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Tue
21
May

Music at your Washington County Library

With inspiration from the “Buffalo Gals” folk song, children’s book author Joanne Ryder wrote the words to the picture book “Dance by the Light of the Moon.” In the story, she has animals gathering for a barnyard dance organized by Farmer Snow. I recently re-read the book to a favorite little person. Charlotte said, “Sing it, Gramma!” And I did, because somehow it’s best that way.

Tue
21
May

A grandparent’s wisdom  

Becoming a grandparent is a wonderful opportunity to offer love, support and all the knowledge we have acquired throughout our years of raising children.
We have many answers to the childrearing questions our sons and daughters may have and are only too happy to impart our words of wisdom. We feel we know best as we have been in these situations and our children are living proof that we did the right thing. 

Thu
16
May

Will he still be singing in August?

On one of our rare warm evenings this spring, I hustled out of the Oakdale Target store with hopes of getting home in time to squeeze in a bike ride before nightfall.
It’s an unusually quiet store, and the parking lot was nearly deserted as I settled in behind the steering wheel. Just as I was reaching for the car door, I heard a faint bird song off in the distance.

Tue
14
May

You know you need financial advice, but from whom?

Whether you are just starting a retirement fund or need additional help with managing your money, you may benefit from information on selecting an investment services professional.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce reminds investors that it pays to understand the differences between a broker-dealer agent, an investment adviser representative, and a financial planner. Each serves a distinct role in helping with your financial future.

Tue
14
May

Isaacson opposes salary increase

As the Minnesota House and Senate begin ironing out differences between our budgets in conference committees, I want to let my constituents know that I staunchly oppose including legislative pay raises in the final product. 
Unlike the Senate, the House budget does not include legislative pay raises. 

Mon
13
May

A dream finally realized

Sitting in David Ostrom’s tenth grade writing class at Mounds View High School, I was encouraged to choose a topic of my own interest for an “I-Search” research paper.
Whereas most tasks from teachers necessitated adherence to specific direction, this assignment allowed me to indulge my own curiosity and explore a subject of personal  selection.

Sat
11
May

Both the forest and the trees

Washington Conservation District (WCD) first began its tree program 35 years ago in 1978. One can imagine farmers and homeowners across the county tucking spindly, bare-root seedlings into the soil and wondering when, and if, the trees would grow large enough to shade the ground and block the wind. It was an awful lot of work to do for trees that would take years to grow.

Sat
11
May

Minnesotans need property tax relief

The last decade has seen an enormous increase in property taxes throughout the state.
Since 2003, rates have increased by 86 percent. This is an ever growing burden on the middle class.
Property taxes are regressive. They are not based on one’s ability to pay, but rather on where one lives.

Fri
10
May

When in doubt, don’t give it out

Scams and crooked deals are everywhere today, often where we least expect it. When you’re home answering the phone, browsing the Internet, checking the mail, or opening your door, scam artists and fraudulent operators look for ways to get your Social Security number and other private information. At every turn, you can protect yourself by following one easy principle. If someone contacts you and claims to need your private information, think twice and remember: when in doubt, don’t give it out.

Fri
10
May

Arson causes millions of dollars in damage annually

Arson destroys more than buildings, it can devastate a community. 
Over the past 23 years arson fires have caused 56 deaths and more than $333.7 million in property damage in Minnesota. During National Arson Awareness Week – May 5 -11 – State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl wants to focus public attention on a crime that affects every Minnesotan.  

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