Lessons Learned from the Duluth Flood [Photos]

June 21, 2012

I've called Duluth, Minnesota "home" for the last two years. In that time I've experienced a burst water pipe, fallen tree branches and a lot of snow. In 1994, I made it through the 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Northridge, California, despite living just a few miles from the epicenter. In 2010, I witnessed first-hand the force of the floods that devastated Nashville, Tennessee and dumped more than five feet of water on my mom's home. And for the last four years I've worked for an insurance company that's

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Is This the Right Way to Adjust Side-View Mirrors?

June 18, 2012

A few weeks ago I received an email from a co-worker that included a link to a short how-to video. This particular video demonstrated a way to adjust a vehicle's side- and rear-view mirrors so that the blind spot is reduced as much as possible.

If reducing your blind spot is a big concern of yours, you might find the video helpful, but if you're like me, you might have some concerns about the recommendation. Take a

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[Review] Red Cross First-Aid Smartphone App

June 14, 2012

The American Red Cross just released a new smartphone app that promises to prepare you for dangerous or life-threatening situations. The app covers a huge array of topics ranging from bee stings to hypothermia. I decided to take the app for a test drive so I could share my thoughts with all of you.

In short, the Red Cross executed this huge undertaking perfectly. I can't think of a single

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Working With Parents: When Can I Discriminate?

June 12, 2012
This guest post is based on a chapter in Managing Legal Risks in Early Childhood Programs: How to Prevent Flare-Ups from Becoming Lawsuits, a book co-authored by Tom Copeland and Holly Elissa Bruno.

Is it okay to have different rules for different parents in your child care program? It depends.

In general, you can set your own rules and run your business the way you want, without fear that you are breaking the law if you treat parents

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AYP Conference in the Wisconsin Dells

June 07, 2012

In less than three weeks, more than 250 YMCA professionals from seven different states will be converging on the Chula Vista Resort and Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells for the 2012 AYP North Central Region Conference. West Bend has attended several AYP conferences in the last few years, so we're really looking forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces over this three-day event.

We are very excited about the opportunity to sponsor the golf outing this year; not only because it kicks off the entire conference, but because it will benefit the

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