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How to choose a business attorney

It’s often said that one should choose one’s attorney in the same manner that one chooses one’s doctor. If you have a serious knee injury and one that perhaps requires surgery, you are for certain going to seek out the best orthopedic surgeon that you can find. You will want to speak to and interview that physician on their experience in performing the type of surgery that you require. You may interview another physician for a second opinion or to decide which physician best suits your needs. Most importantly, you would want the best physician that you can afford. Continue Reading →

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Five steps to that first home

Want to buy your first home? Maybe you’ve got some cash saved for a down payment and maybe even recommendations for real-estate agents from savvy friends. But have you cleared your credit report, hired a tax adviser, or weighed FHA financing compared with a conventional mortgage? Sam Williams, 31, has taken all three steps in a yearlong quest to buy her first home. “This whole experience has taught me that it’s important to have your financial act in order,” said Williams, a manager in Minneapolis, MN. Continue Reading →

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Gift yourself with self-compassion during the holidays

By Lisa Ferentz

Contributing Writer 

The holidays can be a wonderful and cozy time of year. We reconnect with those long forgotten warm sweaters that have waited patiently for us in the back of our closets. Everything we eat and drink is pumpkin flavored. We start to look longingly at our fireplaces, and even anticipate the first snowfall. But for many people, the shift out of daylight savings and other harbingers of fall and winter create feelings of anxiety, loneliness, anger, and depression. Continue Reading →

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Children’s lives at stake in fight against obesity

Farm to Head Start among many nonprofit programs making progress
 

This past summer, Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties’ (CAPRW) Head Start Program partnered with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy to establish a pilot program known as “Farm to Head Start.” Modeled after the successful Farm to Table movement, the Farm to Head Start Program is designed to connect young children to locally grown farm-fresh food, educate children and families about proper nutrition, and support area farmers who are producing healthy choices such as fruits and vegetables. On Sunday, November 30, CAPRW’s Farm to Head Start Program will be highlighted during the local CW 23’s television program “Our Issues Twin Cities.” This particular episode will focus on the monumental problem of childhood obesity, which most experts contend has reached epidemic levels. As part of this program, CAPRW Head Start staff will address the importance of introducing small children to healthy eating options, the challenge of delivering farm-fresh produce to low-income neighborhoods, the logistics involved in getting food from the farm to the table, and the widespread benefit of such a program to the community. These issues are significant, especially when considering the role that poverty and race play in the scourge of childhood obesity. Both nationally and locally, statistics reveal that while the obesity epidemic affects all ages, genders, and racial groups, low-income populations and communities of color are disproportionately affected by this trend. Continue Reading →

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Getting out of our own way

Doing better requires that we confront our self-defeating behaviors
 

It’s hard not to notice the plight that Black people are in across the nation — well, across the world. However, let’s focus solely on America. Black people are always near the top, if not number one, in every statistic for something bad. We really do not need statistics to point these things out. Just go on Broadway, Lake Street, Payne, Arcade, Penn, Rice Street, etc. Continue Reading →

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Cutting costs during the holidays

You know “stuff” isn’t what makes the holiday season truly fulfilling. Yet each year, despite your best intentions, you end up shopping too much, rushing too much, stressing too much…and savoring the moment too little. Here are 10 suggestions to help you maximize your joy by making small, deliberate changes in the way you spend (or don’t spend) your money this holiday season

Set a gift-giving budget 

By the time we reach adulthood, most of us have learned that giving and receiving unneeded gifts is an enormous waste of money. Sit down (perhaps with your spouse) at the beginning of the season and develop a holiday budget. Draw names for extended family members. Continue Reading →

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Community Action in Ramsey-Washington demonstrates transparency, accountability

I wish to utilize this column to share some important information related to the operations and oversight at Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties (CAPRW). The recent shutdown of Community Action of Minneapolis has given rise to an unprecedented level of scrutiny toward Minnesota’s other 25 Community Action agencies, including CAPRW. As part of this enhanced scrutiny, the local media have identified a number of critical areas of concern, which include the use of personal loans, agency travel expenses, and board governance. In early October, our Finance Committee Chair engaged our independent auditing firm, Wipfli LLP, to establish agreed-upon procedures in order to conduct “a deeper dive” into the business operations of CAPRW, specifically as it relates to our agency’s travel expenses, loan receivables and executive compensation. These procedures were designed in a manner to prohibit any possible influence or input from CAPRW staff. Continue Reading →

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Overcoming barriers to employment

Over the last several decades, the number of Minnesotans throughout the state with some type of a criminal record has increased to an estimated one million, or one in five. Some estimates put it even higher. Minnesota has the eighth highest percentage in the nation of its citizens incarcerated or currently on some type of supervision — in 1982 it was one in 98, in 2013 it was one in 26. Many Minnesotans are turned away from employment for which they are qualified even though their record may be unrelated to the job. In addition to this are the high racial disparities in Minnesota’s criminal justice system, combined with racial disparities in other areas of opportunity that make the impact of these records particularly devastating for African American, Latino, and Native American job-seekers. Continue Reading →

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