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 By Gene Johnson    Opinion    May 21, 2020 

This too shall pass

Gene Johnson, Publisher Emeritus, Press Publications, White Bear Lake, MN Over the years I would rag on different issues over and over like keeping the countertops clean at home. These days it’s how to stay clear of the virus and how to keep our...

 
 By Submitted    Opinion    May 21, 2020 

How to handle the mental challenges of social distancing

Submitted The concept of “social distancing” was no doubt a mystery to millions of people prior to 2020. But in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus that was first discovered in China in late 2019 but soon spread across the...

 
 By Dan Reed    Opinion    May 14, 2020

We've been here before

During visits after Saturday night sauna at great uncle Krigsholm’s and either of the Reed or Koivisto grandparents, tales were retold to my brothers and sisters of past epidemics that killed family members or our neighbors. Lives in the 1918...

 
 By Chris Gass    Opinion    May 7, 2020

Until next time

“Goodbye.” Maybe it’s just me but it seems reserved for formal occasions with suits and ties or when the end just can't come soon enough. The saying goes “out with the old and in with the...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    May 7, 2020

May and dandelions

The month of May is the reward for Minnesotans who have made it through another winter. There truly is no other time of year that is more refreshing and uplifting. It begins subtly, with the swelling...

 
 By Submitted    Opinion    April 30, 2020

Tips to stay sane and healthy during the pandemic

Submission by Cheryl Smetana McHugh, LICSW, Executive Director of Therapeutic Services Agency, Inc. I was surprised at my own reaction when I heard Governor Walz extend the school closure for the rest of this school year as I had totally been...

 
 By Submitted    Opinion    April 23, 2020

Professor points out 13 behaviors to adopt as society battles COVID-19

As society digs into its battle against COVID-19, a health researcher at Ball State University recommends behaviors to adapt as soon as possible to avoid illness. “Our society is more diverse than ever, and we have developed a tolerance for a...

 

Be safe, practice social distancing on the water

As boaters across Minnesota prepare to hit the water, they need to keep in mind tips for being safe on cold water as well as their responsibility for staying close to home and practicing socially distancing under Gov. Tim Walz’s “Stay at Home...

 
 By Chris Gass    Opinion    April 16, 2020

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Anniversaries are special occasions. They have us stop and appreciate the perseverance of something through time and admiring progress made, pitfalls overcome, and moments of success. They come of...

 

Court system changes during the pandemic

These past few weeks have been a challenge for everyone, including the court system. COVID-19 has made a lot of normal court functions difficult, and the situation has been so dynamic that plans made on any given day might be obsolete in a matter of...

 
 By Chris Gass    Opinion    April 9, 2020

Making good use of your time

Time is the most precious of currencies. More cannot be made nor can it be accumulated. Maybe most importantly, it has a steady leak of going away never to return. Now, that really sounds sort of...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    April 2, 2020

Finding stress relief in nature

In these most uncertain of times, we need nature more than ever. None of us could ever have imagined the position we are in now. We are all struggling one way or another to come to grips with the...

 

What do I do if stopped by law enforcement?

Question: What should a driver do if they are driving and are stopped by law enforcement? Answer: When you first see the red lights behind you, safely pull over to the right and stop as far off the road as possible. Do not keep driving. The officer p...

 

The truth about being a lawyer

My daughter is thinking about becoming a lawyer. How supportive I am of that plan probably depends somewhat on the kind of a day I’m having, but I have tried to be honest with her about the pros and the cons of a career in the legal field. There is...

 
 By Gene Johnson    Opinion    March 19, 2020

Proceed with caution

COVID-19 has reached pandemic levels in the United States. It is time to live with caution and develop new and renew healthy practices at home, at work, in schools in medical centers and senior care facilities. People are frightened, herd buying is...

 

What's the proper way to do a zipper merge?

Question: What is the proper technique when there is a zipper lane?  For example, coming off of 35 onto London Road, there are two lanes, but everyone merges over to the left lane immediately upon getting onto London Rd.  I learned to drive, and...

 

Keeping an eye out for pedestrians

We’ve gotten a wave of warmer weather lately and the pedestrians have come out to enjoy it while it lasts (because with Minnesota, there’s bound to be another snowstorm around the corner). As one...

 

What is the open bottle law in Minnesota?

Question: Can you explain what is considered an open bottle violation here in Minnesota? Answer: Minnesota law says that it is a crime for a person to drink or consume an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle when the vehicle is upon a street or...

 
 By Chris Gass    Opinion    March 12, 2020

More to recycling: energy, economy, environment

Reduce, reuse, recycle. A common idiom lending itself to be heard and stated so much that you probably give it little actual thought and instead just let it go in one ear and out the other. I know for...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    March 5, 2020

Poncho, the chaser of squirrels

I once read that in pre-settlement times, the forests of North America were so great that a squirrel could theoretically travel from the eastern seaboard all the way to the Mississippi River without...

 

Can you drive a collector vehicle in another state?

Question: Can a vehicle with a Minnesota collector plate be driven legally in Arizona? Is it legal to drive it to and from both states? Answer: Can’t speak for Arizona’s laws, but the general rule is to follow all of the current registration...

 

Buddy's Corner fanfare

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who submitted photos of their precious pets for our “Share the love!” compilation in Buddy’s Corner. When I first brought Buddy to work with me over a...

 

Has the number of DWI arrests declined?

Question: I read somewhere that the number of DWI arrests had declined recently? Is this true? What about non-alcohol related DWI arrests? Answer: While alcohol-related DWI incidents have dropped over the past 10 years in Minnesota, controlled...

 

Older adults can prevent falls through physical activity

According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and nonfatal trauma in older adults and are increasing. In fact, results from a recent study published in JAMA show the rate of fatal falls among adults over 75...

 

Blinded by the light: fog lights on vehicles

Question: I see a lot of people that have their fog lights on and when I am meeting them on the road and some are very bright and make seeing the road very difficult. Some of them appear to be out of alignment and are blinding. What is the law that c...

 

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