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Injured in a car accident while visiting Minnesota?

Minneapolis has become an up-and-coming winter tourist destination - thanks, in part, to Super Bowl LII. If you were in town to support your team or participate in the festivities, you may have encountered firsthand the challenges of driving downtown. In fact, traffic across the metro can be difficult on an average day, much less an extravaganza-packed week with thousands of vehicles flooding the freeways.

So what if you got into an accident while visiting Minnesota from out of state? Whether a fender-bender or catastrophic collision, auto accidents are incredibly stressful - all the more so when they happen away from home. Here's what you should know when dealing with an out-of-state accident.

3 tips for safely navigating Minneapolis on Super Bowl Weekend

The big weekend is finally here. It's been nearly four years in the making. And although Vikings fans may still be reeling from the heartbreaking end to such a hopeful season, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate this groundbreaking event at our state-of-the-art stadium.

Even if you don't have tickets to the big game itself, you might be planning to participate in the festivities - perhaps the Super Bowl Experience at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Super Bowl LIVE along Nicollet Mall, or the many performances, photo ops and pop-up events around town.

However, you'll need to beware of more than just Eagles fans. Traffic, of course, will be horrendous, and getting around could very well be a nightmare.

Mirena IUDs linked to increased brain pressure

Choosing a prescription contraceptive is a highly personal decision. Because each type comes with risks, weighing the pros and cons in consultation with your health care provider is critical for making an informed choice.

But what if the drug's manufacturer failed to disclose certain dangers?

Why do people end up filing bankruptcy?

Nobody makes it a life goal to file bankruptcy. It's not something you hope for or plan for. In fact, many put off considering it for far too long, ashamed or frightened by the unknowns ahead. Yet these same people often find great relief when they're no longer burdened with debt.

So what leads people down the road to bankruptcy?

New street drug makes patients a danger to nurses

Nurses have tough jobs. It's strenuous work. It's physically (and often emotionally) exhausting. They're often stretched far too thin due to limited resources and understaffing.

Not surprisingly, injury rates among nurses are high. Those injuries sometimes spring from an unexpected source: the patients themselves.

4 common misconceptions about adoption

November is national adoption awareness month. Across America, more than 100 million people have been personally involved in adoption or know someone who has, according to the National Council for Adoption.

Whether you've adopted a child, are considering adopting or are exploring adoption services during pregnancy, this important topic hits home in a big way. Adoption provides a tremendous opportunity for families to grow beyond the bounds of blood ties. It gives children of all ages a new life with a loving family.


As my generation, "the baby boomers" ages, we are proud to see our children marry, and we relish the prospect of having grandchildren. We have eaten sensibly, exercised, and remain active. We have contributed to 401 K funds in order to enjoy retirement, and we look forward to spending time with our grandchildren! Many of us have fantasized about taking our grandchildren to Disneyworld, or Yellowstone. Sadly, not every marital situation is forever. What do we do if our children separate from their spouses down the road? Do we have rights to visit our grandchildren if our worst fears materialize and our children divorce, or even worse, we outlive the child who was the parent of our grandchildren.

Family Court matters, including grandparent rights, are usually decided in State Courts. However, the United States Supreme Court, surprisingly became involved in this heart wrenching situation, and their ruling has given us some guidance. A majority of the Justices opined that any visitation granted to grandparents, cannot interfere with the parent child -relationship. The United States Supreme Court made it abundantly clear, in the case of Troxel v. Grandville, 530 U.S. 57 (2000 ), that fit parents, are presumed to act in their children's best interest. This is true, even when parents cut their children off from contact with other family members.


Are There Unnecessary Safety Requirements For Self-Driving Cars?

Have we become too reliant on technology? Do we trust the next big thing too quickly? Maybe, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But maybe not.

In a recent report, the NHTSA commented that they are making the effort to identify and remove any “unnecessary regulatory barriers” to self-driving cars. They will be carefully examining barriers that exist in relation to self-driving vehicles that are not equipped with controls for a human driver. This period of research, evaluation and regulatory revision could take years.

Honolulu Enacts A Law Against Distracted Walking

Yes. You read that right. Honolulu could be the first city of many to take action against distracted walkers – namely, those who are viewing electronic devices while crossing streets in the city and surrounding county. The Honolulu law allows police to fine pedestrians up to $35 for viewing the screen of their smart phone or other electronic device as they attempt to navigate a crosswalk.

City leaders hope they are setting a high bar for pedestrian safety that can be followed across the United States and the world over.

Get Ready For Winter

Midwestern drivers dread the first weather forecast that includes the phrase “wintery mix.” To those who aren’t in the know, a wintery mix means that there will be precipitation falling that is a combination of both rain and snow at the same time. As the temperature continues to drop and clouds get heavier and heavier with precipitation, drivers in Minnesota understand the importance of getting their vehicles ready for winter roads.

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