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for: ‘April, 2014’

April 2014

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There’s Sand in Them Thar Hills: Minnesota Races to Regulate Frac Sand Mining

“Not all that tempts your wand’ring eyes And heedless hearts, is lawful prize; Nor all that glisters, gold.”1   The silica or “frac” sand boom in Minnesota appeared to have all the makings of a modern gold rush: extensive sand supplies, rabid demand, national media coverage, speculators offering to pay multiple times market value for […]

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Injuries While at Work: Work-Related or No?

Courts are frequently called upon to decide when an employee’s injury is or is not work-related for purposes of compensation and both the statutes and case law offer guidance.  A recent decision of the Minnesota Supreme Court nullified a test developed by the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals, but seems not to have changed the […]

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Great Volunteers

In the July issue of Bench & Bar of Minnesota, you will be introduced to the new MSBA president, Richard Kyle.  As with incoming presidents each year, his portrait is expected to grace the cover of the July issue.  In January of this year, Mr. Kyle completed his second term (for a total of six […]

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Personal & Professional Development

I am proud to be a member of the MSBA because of the opportunities it provides for members to be leaders. Sure, it may seem obvious to speak about leadership opportunities when you’re the president, but it’s not just about this particular, mighty office (side note: at the April 25 Assembly meeting the announcement will be […]

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Immigration Facts Every Judge and Attorney Should Know

1. Pleading guilty to domestic assault “intent to cause fear” is no longer a “safe” plea for noncitizens. In the past, most criminal defense attorneys and prosecutors operated under the assumption that a conviction of domestic assault “intent to cause fear” in violation of Minn. Stat. §609.2242 subd. 1(1) was a “safe” plea for noncitizen defendants because […]

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