2016

BGS Participates in MTA’s Trucks and Toys 2016 Event

The BGS Transportation Law Department is carrying on the tradition of involvement with a great cause – the Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) Trucks and Toys event. This event provides toys for disadvantaged children and teens all over the state of Minnesota, through the efforts of MTA members like BGS. This year BGS attorneys and staff enthusiastically jumped in to the shopping challenge, and even helped load a truck! The MTA has been running this event for more than 20 years, and this year twenty three MTA members around the state collected toys and cash (used to buy more toys). The MTA coordinates with many charities throughout the state, and this year partnered with even more groups to donate even more toys. Here..

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Why we all need an “IDIOT!” light

My first car was a canary yellow 1964 Corvair coupe. I could tell stories about that car for hours! Learned a lot too – one my strongest memories is of my father’s description of a dash feature. “This,” he said nicely, “is commonly called the ‘idiot light’. If it goes on you need to pull over immediately, shut off the engine, go find a phone and call me!”  That light is a warning that things are on the verge of going badly. IF you paid attention, he said, there was still time to save the day (and the engine block) by pulling over and calling for help. What (or who) is your “idiot” light? We all need one! For some of us, it’s a spouse..

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BGS and the Canada-Minnesota Business Council

Barna Guzy & Steffen is a member of the Canada-Minnesota Business Council (CMBC), a Minnesota-based volunteer organization established in 1994 to support the commercial, economic, and cultural relationship between Minnesota and Canada. BGS attorney Carole Isakson recently attended an event hosted by the CMBC, featuring an intelligent and insightful presentation by global investment research firm TIS Group Inc. CMBC works closely with the office of the Consulate General of Canada in Minnesota, and at the event Ms. Isakson was pleased to meet and converse with Canadian Consul General Khawar Nasim. The Minneapolis office of the Consul General covers Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. According to the CMBC, trade between Minnesota and Canada now exceeds $20 billion dollars annually, with..

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Anoka Halloween Ambassador Candidate Samantha Meyer

In keeping with our mission to support the community in which we are located, Barna, Guzy & Steffen is sponsoring a candidate in the 2016/17 Anoka Halloween Ambassador Scholarship program. Samantha Meyer is a senior at Anoka High School this year and maintains a GPA of 4.01, along with participating in many extracurricular activities and sports. She is a member of the National Honors Society, Rock Climbing Club, Lacrosse, Concert Orchestra, and dance and is involved with her church. She also works at Stoney River Assisted Living in Ramsey. Her creativity shines in this spooktakular decorated BGS pumpkin she created to recognize BGS for her sponsorship and was on display at the Sponsor Dinner on Oct. 20th. Samantha sent the gift back..

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Is it Real or Make Believe?

by Carole Clark Isakson My daughter and I recently enjoyed the weekend Renaissance Festival.We expected to be delighted by the disguises and costumes and this event did not disappoint! The make-believe is fun and often we’re too excited to question – “ who is behind the mask?” Possibly my character, possibly my training, but I’m always curious as to what lies behind the facade, so I asked one particular long-haired-leather-wearing-sword-wielding giant of a man what he did during the week, “I sell car insurance!” he happily told me. Love it, that radical change between real and make-believe is fabulous… in the entertainment industry! However, in the more traditional business settings disguises and make-believe can be dangerous. All kidding aside, this is a question..

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