I am thinking of filing for bankruptcy - Chapter 7, as I am unemployed since February and have no assets. I have $0 in my bank account due to a levy by the Minnesota Dept of Revenue for 2013 taxes. (I have since talked to them and am in the process of getting that straightened out.) I have zero money, and if it weren't for the generosity of a good friend would be homeless. Are there any pro bono services in Minneapolis that can help me, or would filing myself (probably) be okay, as long as I follow the filing directions carefully (the MN bankruptcy court site has a pretty good page on what forms need to be filed, etc)? I don't have $1200+ to pay a regular attorney. Any advice appreciated. I'm completely overwhelmed and now afraid that any future job opportunities may be threatened due to the potential for garnishments, etc.
After watching our house not sell for 3 months (with one offer that would require us to bring 40k to the table!), we think it might be time for more creative solutions. Tell me about Strategic Defaults in Minnesota. [more inside]
To celebrate our anniversary, Mr. DrGail and I are planning a weeklong road trip to the only one of the lower 48 states we haven't visited: North Dakota. Now that we have a destination, what is there to do? [more inside]
I'm getting hitched! On September 6th! My dress doesn't fit, and it needs to be altered. [more inside]
Next week, I am taking the Empire Builder from Chicago to Portland, Oregon. In a previous question about train travel, someone suggested reading books that take place along your train route. This is an idea I love ... and I have at least 47 hours to pass! So: what are your favorite (kindle) books which occur in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, or Oregon? Bonus for rural themes. I am not a big mystery fan, but if it is particularly excellent, I'll read it. Romance is out. Otherwise, I'm open to anything!
I am moving to Duluth, MN! I've never stepped foot in Minnesota, let alone Duluth. What advice can you give me? [more inside]
I grew up and attended university on the East Coast. I don't know what I was thinking when I matriculated at a graduate program in the Midwest-- perhaps I thought that having lived in diverse settings would be a good life experience or something (?) ... Well, what's done is done, and I'm here for the next three years. Please help me better deal with this culture shock! [more inside]
Current snowblower appears to be dead. Looking for a recommendation for a replacement, probably single-stage, at a reasonable price. Machine will be used to clear paved surfaces (sidewalk plus driveway) for a Minnesota home. Details inside. [more inside]
I work with a small retailer of non-perishable foodstuffs (among other things). Niche and one-of-a-kind product lines—local/craft/boutique, organic, gluten-free, etc.—do quite well here, and we'd like to carry more of the same. [more inside]
Who is the absolute best heating contractor in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
Looking for a home in a gay marriage state. [more inside]
I want to go backpacking in Minnesota or western Wisconsin this weekend. Where should I go? [more inside]
Visiting the Twin Cities in a few weeks with my girlfriend. She'd like to check out some walkable shopping districts with a vibrant, dense mix of stores and places to eat. But does this exist on a somewhat-large scale? [more inside]
Asking for friends: They have a 2-year old and are looking for various toddler activities around the Twin Cities (accessible by public transit a plus, but farther away may be worthwhile for something really awesome), especially both downtowns, Roseville......... Swap groups (clothes, toys), sports/physical classes, play groups, a swimming pool with shallow toddler area, music and art classes, dance (esp. tap dance, including shows if young kids can't participate), etc. TIA.
Living in Minnesota for the past few years, I've finally taken an interest in camping. It's been real fun and I'd like to progress from car camping to backpacking. There are a lot of recommendations online for men's backpacks but not so much for women. [more inside]
Help me relax for a night away near Minneapolis. [more inside]
So my BFF and I have five days in Minneapolis, two of which we're spending at an educational conference (Yay FlipCon13!) in Stillwater. Hope us eat well AND have fun in Minnesota! [more inside]
Minnesota-vehicle-noob filter: What sorts of vehicle registration documents do I need to keep in or on my car? [more inside]
We have received services from the school district and we are about to lose our teachers due to our daughter aging out of the program. We'd like to give nice and appropriate gifts to the teachers who have helped our daughter for the last two and a half years. [more inside]
My fiance and I are planning to get married next year, and we would like to ask a dear family friend to officiate the wedding. I want to know if there are any drawbacks/difficulties that we may not have thought of. [more inside]
Can you suggest a therapist in or near St. Paul, MN? [more inside]
(US election filter) Is it unlawful for me to post some homemade additional "vote here" signs to make my polling place easier to find? [more inside]
I'll be in Minneapolis, Minnesota in November for a conference over a weekend. What should I do, see, and eat while I'm there? [more inside]
Where can I find a place to watch the presidential/vice-presidential debates? [more inside]
Who should I be contacting to fix this sinkhole? [more inside]
Taking a road trip with a 6 year-old and an 8 year-old around Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, it must end in Norfolk. Looking for ways to make it fun for the kids. Open to quick stops or day+ diversions, happy to drive out of the way if the cost/benefit is there as the time-line is open-ended. Thanks for any suggestions!
How do I survive a year or two in a small town after years in the city? [more inside]
Translation Help Please for these gravestones ... (Chinese or Japanese? I'm completely ignorant of Asian languages, sorry.) [more inside]
I'm looking for a weekend getaway within two hours of Minneapolis. And I just know that you have suggestions. [more inside]
In 1984's "Purple Rain," Prince famously tells Apollonia to purify herself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. They're standing by a lake, so she jumps in, and only then does he tell her "That ain't Lake Minnetonka." I believe it's not--I'm a native Twin Citian and Lake Minnetonka is huge and ritzy. But my question is: What lake IS it? Another Twin Cities lake? Something in L.A.? A soundstage pool? (Unlikely!) Does anyone have the definitive answer. You can watch the scene here, NSFW because she's topless.
"Actually, it's pronounced "mill-e-wah-que" which is Algonquin for "the good land." "I was not aware of that."
Road trip: what should we check out in Wisconsin and Minnesota? [more inside]
Seeking suggestions for dog-friendly camping and hiking in the Upper Midwest -- Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula. [more inside]
Looking for projector in Minneapolis / St. Paul metro area. [more inside]
Driving from Minneapolis, MN to Portland, OR at the end of the week. Looking for suggestions on what to do along the way. Bonus: Yellowstone for a day? [more inside]
Where can I find me a copy of the 1876 Johnson's New Universal Cyclopaedia? If you're a librarian, please hope me! [more inside]
How do I have the best St. Paul MN Winter Carnival Weekend possible? [more inside]
Dim sum in Minnesota--on a weekday? [more inside]
I'm in the Twin Cities, and I see a number of great-sounding ski stores in my area: Sisu Nordic, Hoigaard's, Midwest Mountaineering, Hopkins Ski and Cycle, and more. Can anyone help me suss out exactly what makes each store unique? I want to buy skate skis and equipment, both local and new, so help me out. Also, are there any good ski forums for the area?
I am preparing to do a photo shoot, and am looking for quasi-futuristic or ultramodern places in Minneapolis to use as a backdrop.
What's a good gift certificate for fashionable warm clothes in Minneapolis? [more inside]
Some friends and I - all new to the area - are looking for a good place to camp within a long day's bike ride of Minneapolis, MN (60-100mi). We're hoping for something where we'll see few other people, and preferably access to a lake or river, hiking trails, and general wilderness (or at least the feeling of being away from civilization for a bit), and good to stay for a couple of days. Any recommendations? I'm having a hard time with the signal to noise ratio of the rest of the internet. Thanks!
I live in Minneapolis, MN, and I'm interested in giving speed dating a try, but I have to idea where to start. Any suggestions for particular events, organizers, or how to get started with this? [more inside]
What's a life-long city boy to do in Duluth? [more inside]
What's a good neighborhood in Minneapolis for post-college life in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
I'm traveling to St. Paul, Minnesota I'll have a bunch of free time and a rental car. I would love recommendations for a day trip! [more inside]
Anyone have a recommendation for an exterminator in the Twin Cities area (St. Paul specifically)? Orkin looks like the main game in town, but I'm wary of simply going with the biggest option around just because it's simple. Reviews/defense of Orkin's service are welcome, too! This is for insects, not rodents.
How crappy is I-94 from Minneapolis, MN to Madison, WI going to be tomorrow morning? [more inside]
I am moving to Minneapolis from Los Angeles and the only thing I'm a bit worried about is the weather. Got some tips? [more inside]
Fancier vegetarian fare in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
What do we need to know about moving to Rochester, Minnesota? Do I need to learn to cook ethnic food if I want to eat it? Do we need engine block heaters? [more inside]