Sunday Liquor Sales in Minnesota

As a Wisconsin to Minnesota transplant over 30 years ago, I am periodically reminded of how unique Wisconsin and its citizens really are when viewed from outside its borders.  One of my law partners recently told me her Scottish husband was in Louisiana, and a local there, on hearing his accent, asked if he was from Wisconsin. Yesterday my mom and dad were eating lunch in the grocery store deli area in Wausau Wisconsin when a group of school kids arrived with their teachers.  Obviously a field trip, the teachers ushered the kids toward the fruit section to explain the different fruits and vegetables.  In the course of the discussion it was apparent that the kids were drifting off to look at the fresh donut..

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BGS Bass Fishermen on Mille Lacs 2015

Scott shows off a small bass on an overcast day. The Barna, Guzy & Steffen bass fishing team of Bill Huefner and Scott Lepak was back at it for the first time in 2015. Bill and Scott were joined by Bill’s brother Tom from Columbus Ohio. Tom was spending his last day before his official retirement on the lake. While Mille Lacs has had more than its share of bad publicity on walleyes, it remains a lake that offers monster smallmouth bass opportunities. The changes in weather systems and the cold water temperature for the last Friday in May made for prospects on Lake Mille Lacs that were as dim as the sky overhead. Using the theory that you can’t catch a bass while..

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A Spooky Halloween Tale (True Story!) from BGS

People may think that lawyers don’t have ghost stories. While it may be true that no self respecting ghost wants to bother trying to scare someone who is skeptical as a profession (and often does not stop talking long enough to hear ghostly noises), you might be surprised that some lawyers have spooky tales. Anoka, Minnesota is the Halloween capital of the world. It is famous for inventing trick or treating. It also has many interesting ghost stories. The Anoka County Historical Society has ghost walking tours in the summer (it is not really ghosts that do the walking – the people on the tours walk while hearing stories about ghosts). The main fire station in Anoka is relatively new and..

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Habitat for Humanity: Building Hope Together

On October 3, 2014 BGS helped build its most recent Habitat for Humanity house. This house was a single story house specially constructed to meet the needs of a disabled family member. Another great thing about this house was that it is located in Columbia Heights, a City where we have been honored to serve as City Attorneys for the past 23 years. Our work crew arrived expecting to put on siding but the wet weather from the previous day had put the project slightly behind schedule. We spent the morning disassembling scaffolding and hauling it through the mud before we could get to our main jobs of putting up a center post on the porch and installing fascia and trim. The work crew of..

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Killers and Con Artists Among Your Job Applicants? You Won’t Find Out Until You Decide to Interview Them In Minnesota.

Looking for a good bookkeeper? Want to make sure Tom Petters and Bernie Madoff don’t apply? In Minnesota starting next year, the answer may be too bad for the employer. Effective January 1, 2014, employers in Minnesota may not inquire into, consider or require disclosure of the criminal record or criminal history of any applicant for employment until the applicant has been selected for an interview by the employer. In the event that the employer does not interview applicants, the employer may not require disclosure before a conditional offer of employment is made to the applicant. This “ban the box” legislation prohibits the common employment application form from including a question asking an individual to identify if they have ever been convicted of a crime..

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