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The dangers of food poisoning - and how to avoid it

We've all experienced it at least once in our lives: That sudden onset of queasiness that quickly escalates into a full-fledged gastro-intestinal apocalypse. Fortunately, for most, food poisoning runs its course in about 24 hours with no lasting effects.

For some, however, it can be much worse than a day or two of misery. Food poisoning can lead to life-threatening complications - including dehydration, kidney failure and widespread organ failure in those with vulnerable immune systems. Those most at risk include:

4 common questions about divorce in Minnesota

Divorce can be a difficult and stressful process, even in amicable situations. Navigating the maze of legal issues is confusing for many separating couples. To make matters more complicated, there few hard-and-fast rules and rarely any black-or-white answers. Instead, the outcome of important matters such as property division, alimony and child custody hinges on the unique circumstances of your family.

It's still helpful to learn about the general legal framework of divorce in Minnesota. Below you will find general guidance on some of the most common questions divorcing couples face. However, as with any legal issue, make sure you consult with a lawyer about the specifics of your situation.

Most common medical mistakes in Minnesota

Medical errors are a leading cause of death among patients nationwide. These untimely deaths are all the more tragic because they're wholly preventable. Even when mistakes don't result in death, they can still lead to serious complications, unnecessary risks, misguided treatments and skyrocketing medical bills.

In Minnesota alone, there were 336 reported incidents of medical errors in hospitals and surgical centers last year - up nearly 10 percent from 2015. However, the number of deaths from medical errors slightly decreased.

Tips to Help Your Child Get Through a Divorce

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By Barbara Nevin 

Having been a family law attorney for over 35 years, I am often asked what co-parents can do to make a divorce easier for children. Most parents love their children and want what is best for them. Some cooperation from both parents may often help their children to adjust to their new situation. Children thrive when their parents are cooperative. Here are a few tips that I have learned over the years.

3 things you should know about child custody in Minnesota

There's no way around it: Child custody cases are stressful. The big unknowns that lie ahead can cause you countless sleepless nights. While life will never look the same as it once does, you can have hope for a more settled future once you get through this difficult transition time.

One way to calm your worries is to clear up common myths about custody - and to have a more realistic understanding of what to expect. Here are three things you should about the custody process.

Are you in debt after the holidays?

By Barbara Nevin

A case, from the Ghosts of Christmas Holidays Past, may be helpful!

It was Christmas in 1993. Bill Clinton was president, and Beanie Babies were introduced to the public. During that year Sears Roebuck and Company decided to be "Scrooge Like" and took "exception" to the discharge of collector Barbie Dolls a mother paid for on her Sears's credit card. She also purchased Barbie and Ken clothes, Barbie's case, and Barbie's armoire. This unfortunate purchase happened next door to us, in the State of Wisconsin, in the case of Sears, Roebuck and Company, v. Bruce A. Johannsen and Terri L. Johannsen, Bankruptcy case number, 92-13915-7, Adv. Case No. A93-1039-7. The total of all of their toy purchases by the Johanssens amounted to $1110.71.

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What we can learn from last year's spike in pedestrian deaths

2016 was a rough year for pedestrians. More pedestrians were killed than any other year in the past quarter-century, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Seniors age 65 and older are at greater risk of getting struck by cars. So, too, are children. Many of these accidents occur in crosswalks, where pedestrians have the right-of-way.

Surprisingly, even though people get struck by cars far more often in crowded downtown centers, nearly twice as many fatalities happen in the suburbs. Wider roads, faster speeds and fewer traffic controls might contribute to higher death rates.

Defective, dangerous or both? Know your rights when products malfunction

From Hatchimals to hoverboards, some popular holiday gifts are becoming the subject of lawsuits.

A Minnesota family just announced they are suing the manufacturer of a hoverboard that caught fire and led to the death of four family dogs last summer. Meanwhile, amid widespread complaints of Hatchimals that don't hatch, at least one parent has threatened to sue the manufacturers of the popular new toy, according to Business Insider.

Black ice: How to drive safely in subzero temps

It's one of the most dangerous times of year for Minnesota drivers. When temperatures plummet for days on end, the potential for black ice increases exponentially. This nearly invisible hazard contributes to deadly accidents every year. In fact, across the country, more than 100,000 people are injured each year due to winter weather conditions.

What exactly is black ice?

Put simply, it's a thin, transparent layer of ice that commonly appears in below-freezing temperatures. Black ice forms when the moisture from vehicle exhaust, warmed by friction from the tires, condenses and freezes on the pavement. It's especially common in dry conditions when temperatures dip the lowest around dawn and late evening.

Thinking about bankruptcy due to credit card debt?

It's that time of year: The season of generosity and warmth, but also the season of spending. With the holidays just around the corner, millions of Americans will take a hit on their pocketbooks and bank accounts. Come January, it may be time to rethink your finances.

'Tis the season for debt

Credit card debt is a leading cause of consumer bankruptcy. These companies make it easy for spending to spiral out of control. Then, they hit you with sky-high interest rates that can make it impossible to get back on top.

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