Archives for April 2011

Eatonville – First African-American Town

Eatonville, Florida is the oldest incorporated African-American town in the U.S.  Established in 1887, it was named after Union Army Capt. Josiah Eaton, a white man who sold his land to the founders.  (About 100 black communities were started after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863. Only a dozen still survive.) … [Read more...]

Don’t Pick Your Pet’s Poison

Easter brings lots of cooking and candy.  It can also bring danger to our household pets.  Too few people know that Easter Lilies are highly poisonous to cats.  The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) website contains an excellent list of almost 400 plants that are toxic to cats and dogs, such as aloe vera and many kinds of ivy.  … [Read more...]

The Minnehaha Bunny

The Minnehaha Bunny has served as a gateway landmark for the Hale, Page and Diamond Lake Neighborhoods in South Minneapolis since its creation by Jeffrey Barber in 2002.  But the huge bronze rabbit has become so much more than that. It is a destination in itself, delighting children and adults with its whimsical and relaxed pose.  … [Read more...]

Hide and Seek

Let’s talk about a real estate bill in the 2011 Minnesota legislative session.  Under MN Statute section 515B.4-108, purchasers of a condo, townhouse or cooperative unit get 10 days to review the home owner association (HOA) disclosure documents.  That 10-day clock starts … [Read more...]

Stinky Documents

When we store food well past its expiration date, it starts to stink.  That bad smell reminds us to put it in the trash.  But unlike food, documents don’t send a clear and obnoxious signal when they should be thrown out.  The staggering volume of paperwork clutters our homes.  But it doesn’t have to.  The table below shows five bulky records we tend to keep past their usefulness.   DOCUMENT TYPE WHEN TO SHRED THEM Credit card bills and receipts After you check and pay each bill, unless needed for your tax return or a warranty. Bank statements At the end of each … [Read more...]

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