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The Whistleblower blog has moved on Aug 31, 2009 in WhistleblowersThe Star Tribune is still blowing the whistle, but our look and location have changed. Click here to get to the new blog. If you want the actual URL, it’s www.startribune.com/blogs/whistleblower.html. Our blog posts will now be easier to search...



Minneapolis woman says shady tree cutters are already roaming through the tornado zone on Aug 20, 2009 in Buyer beware, ScamsFrom a woman who asked to be identified only as Carolyn: We live at 46th and Portland and had a very large boulevard tree blow down onto our’s and the neighbor’s yards, thankfully not hitting the houses. My hubby was outside, this guy co...



Take a deep breath and don’t sign on a stranger’s dotted line, says Pete the insurance guy on Aug 20, 2009 in Buyer beware, ScamsAn insurance rep in Hennepin County sent along these thoughts advising storm-affected homeowners to think before they sign: I just wanted to make a note to your story about contractors and unscrupulous practices. Do not sign away your rights, people...



BBB: Tips on avoiding scammers and other unnatural hazards in the aftermath of Wednesday’s storms on Aug 20, 2009 in Buyer beware, ScamsBarb Grieman, vice president of the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota, understands the psychology of people who suddenly find trees on their house or pieces of their roof missing. That guy who shows up at your door offering to fix...



The next tax scofflaws targeted for public shame: bars, restaurants and liquor stores on Aug 18, 2009 in Businesses in hot water, Public recordsThis time, it’s the taxman yelling “Last call!” Having gotten so much notoriety (and cash) out of its public lists of tax delinquent businesses, the Minnesota Department of Revenue this week rolled out its newest deadbeat roster. Th...



No grace period to pay health care premiums on Aug 17, 2009 in Buyer beware, Complaint sagasIt’s no surprise that Greg Lee isn’t the only unemployed Minnesotan to be caught off guard by a COBRA health coverage cancellation notice. His predicament, featured in my Sunday column , arose after a minor accounting error on his part. L...