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Sun
09
Aug

Standards of review in the appellate process

From the Bench

Trial court judges hear testimony, review evidence, and apply the law in making decisions.  Sometimes one side or another believes that the trial judge erred either in analyzing the evidence or in applying the law. Our judicial system allows for people to appeal to the Court of Appeals or, in some cases, the Supreme Court

Sun
09
Aug

Land of 10,000 Buffers

This lakeshore buffer along Lake Phalen helps to improve habitat and water quality. (submitted photo)
This lakeshore buffer along Lake Phalen helps to improve habitat and water quality. (submitted photo)

Angie Hong
Washington Conservation District

If you canoe or kayak on rivers, you quickly find that you spend more of your time prepping supplies and equipment, loading and unloading, and shuttling between the put-in and the take-out, than you ever do paddling on the water. So, it was no surprise to me last Friday that my friend and I were ready to launch on the St. Croix River, just in time to stop and eat lunch. We climbed into our canoe, shoved off from the landing, and then paddled more or less diagonally straight across the river to a sandbar where we promptly parked ourselves for the next hour.

Wed
05
Aug

It’s in your court: Specialty Courts

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

A growing trend in Minnesota courts is the establishment of specialty courts, such as drug courts, DWI courts, domestic violence courts, and veteran’s courts. A colleague earlier this year wrote about such courts as follows:

 

Sun
02
Aug

DNR Q & A: Trees as natural water filters

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:

Q. How do forests contribute to clean water?

Wed
29
Jul

Downsizing to a small backyard

Marge and and Steve Sagstetter transformed their yard to be lower maintenance, while blending in with wetlands behind their Oakdale home. (submitted photo)
Marge and and Steve Sagstetter transformed their yard to be lower maintenance, while blending in with wetlands behind their Oakdale home. (submitted photo)

Angie Hong
Washington Conservation District

When Marge Sagstetter and her husband Steve decided to move to Oakdale after 25 years in Lake Elmo, they took more than just their interior furnishings with them. Marge, a Master Gardener, had spent years lovingly cultivating and tending to gardens at her old home and, though she looked forward to a lower maintenance yard in Oakdale, she just had to bring a few flowers and ornamental grasses along with them when they moved.

Wed
29
Jul

National Night Out: More than meets the eye

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” -- Mother Teresa


Wed
29
Jul

Crowdfunding: the potential and the pitfalls

Better Business Bureau
Minnesota-North Dakota

Crowdfunding, the process of financing a creative project or supporting individuals in need through online donations, is rapidly growing in popularity.These crowdfunding websites, such as GoFundMe, Indiegogo, Kickstarter and RocketHub, give people the opportunity to contribute to projects and campaigns they support or believe in. While the above-named crowdfunding websites are established entities, not all campaigns on their sites may be trustworthy.

Sun
26
Jul

DNR Q & A: The varying abundance of pike

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:

Q. It seems like there are a lot of small hammer-handle pike where I fish. Is this true across Minnesota?

Thu
23
Jul

80 years of Social Security

Your Social Security
Rhonda Whitenack and Jim Czechowicz
 
Social Security has provided critical financial help to people of all ages for the last 80 years, and despite our age, we're far from retiring! As the Social Security program celebrates its historic birthday this August, we're reflecting on our diverse history, our current strengths, and ways we can continue to improve our services to you.

Wed
22
Jul

Discovery in civil cases

From the Bench

Greg Galler
District Court Judge

Have you ever heard about something called “Discovery” in relation to civil lawsuits?  Discovery is the process by which each side can discover the basis of the other party’s claims and allows each side to see almost all of the evidence that the other side will use in the case.

Discovery became possible in the United States following the Federal courts adoption of discovery rules in 1938. After that, every state has adopted similar rules. Earlier, when someone started a lawsuit the defending party would not know exactly what the evidence was until the trial started.

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