Tuesday, January 29, 2013
How dangerous are winter roads?
Sunday's snowstorm served as a reminder that winter in Minnesota frequently means car crashes. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the foul weather caused 367 crashes, 48 crash-related injuries, 299 spun-out cars, and three jack-knifed tractor-trailers. In some ways, those numbers are yet more proof that winter-weather driving can prove difficult. For this week's Patch Pro, we've lined up someone who can answer all your questions about winter driving safety, and winter car repairs. Jeff Matt is the owner and founder of Fridley's Victory Auto Service & Glass, a local, award-winning auto repair business with five locations in the Twin Cities. Jeff is also an ASE Certified Master Technician with more than 20 years of automotive …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Do you have questions about social media? Ask our Patch Pros by leaving a comment below.
How well do you know your friends? In light of the bizarre hoax involving star Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o and a renewed focus on online friendships, the topic for this week’s Patch Pro is social media. This week’s Patch Pros are: Lisa Genosky Genosky is the owner and co-founder of Queen Bee Media. Queen Bee Media is a Twin Cities social media marketing agency. Cherie DeBrule DeBrule is the co-founder of the St. Paul Marketing Team. She designed the books Rise Above the Race and The Google Places Bible. Ask your questions in the comments section below.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Get answers from a medical doctor, a specialist in traditional Chinese medicine, and two public health professionals.
The numbers behind this winter's influenza epidemic can look really scary. It's sickened thousands and killed at least 27 in Minnesota alone, including a 14-year old St. Louis Park high schooler who was first hospitalized on Christmas Day. To top it off, the flu strains being passed around this year are spreading even further and faster than in most years. All together, it can make you worry that the next person to sneeze on you at the grocery store could give you the bug. It's the kind of worry that leaves you asking questions. How contagious is influenza? What can you do to steel yourself against the virus? How does a flu shot or an immune-boosting substance even work? To answer all your queries, Patch has asked a team of experts to …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Our panels of experts on various topics helped make the lives of Minnesotans ridiculously easy throughout the past year. Here's a look back at some of the best questions and answers.
You asked, and our experts answered. For much of the past year, Patch has provided local experts on a variety of topics. Here's a look back at some of the most popular advice offered, as measured by the number of readers who "clicked" on these posts: Question: Many times, it seems as though severe storms that follow an I-94 path ... split or shoot north or south of us. Are we just lucky or is there some scientific definition? Meteorologist Keith Marler: The ole "Metro split", eh? ... The simple answer (but not necessarily the complete answer) is that its simply a perceived effect exaggerated by the fact that we now notice it when it happens to occur ... the slightly longer answer is being studied by a group of Meteorologists/chemists/etc …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Got someone on your list who is hard to shop for? We've got Twin Cities style consultants on deck to help you find the perfect gift.
We all have at least one person in our lives that presents a perennial problem during the holidays: They're impossible to shop for. Maybe they're a vegan who can't countenance any animal products whatsoever, or a friend who is allergic to everything from angora to silk, or worse, the one who never wants anything. Enter Melissa Hardin, creator of Flaunt, a mobile boutique run by a group of fashion artists and style consultants out of a studio in Fridley. Also on deck are Jennifer Zafft, Marketing Director for The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove, and Lisa Buck, a resident of the Lake Minnetonka area and veteran holiday shopper, and Kelly Bray of Zida Boutique in Burnsville. Stymied? Whipshawed by confusion? These ladies will help you …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
How can a person eat healthy during the holidays? We don't know either. That's why we invited some experts for you to ask.
With the holiday season in full swing, eating healthy may seem impossible. With that in mind, for two days at Patch, we have five pros who will answer your questions and offer some advice about avoiding gastric-gluttony during the holidays. This week, our pros are: On Tuesday, Dec. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 12, our experts will take questions from Patch users about healthy eating during the holidays. So go ahead and ask away! Leave your questions in the comments area below and they’ll check back regularly through Wednesday to answer your questions. Editor's note: The contents of this post and comments are for informational and educational purposes only and not intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Got questions about buying new cars, or other automotive topics? We've got someone with answers.
When it comes to buying a new car... Do you have to stick with an SUV if you want cargo room? How can you measure whether you're getting good value for your money? What cars work best in a Minnesota winter? This week's Patch Pros, Patrick Sutter and Debbie Tufts, are here to help sort out these questions. Sutter is the general manager for Borton Volvo's Minneapolis and Golden Valley dealerships, which together employ about 70 people. He's worked for Borton Volvo for nearly 30 years, and works closely with the car company in a number of other areas. Tufts, meanwhile, has been a sales manager for nine years for Golden Valley's Rudy Luther's Toyota Scion, a dealership that has been in the community since 1972. Add your question in the …
Time to deck the halls and the house. Ask our Patch Pro advice on creating a great holiday lighting display.
Despite facing the challenges of having Parkinson's disease, Plymouth resident Mike Justak each year puts on a great holiday lighting display—complete with music and much more. For the past three years the display has gotten bigger and better. Justak works on it for almost a year beforehand. This year's display has 40,000 LED lights and now five more homes in the neighborhood are involved. A 17-foot tree is part of the display, as well as a 25-foot flowering crab wrapped in 4,000 LED lights. You can listen to Justak's own radio station take in the musical and light display each winter in Plymouth. Justak does the work to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease as the lighting display brings hundreds to his curbside every holiday season. He …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Let one of our Patch Pros answer your questions about winter home maintenance.
As the days grow shorter and the thermometer continues its steady, downward slide, many of us are preparing as best we can for the long dark months ahead. But when it comes to winterizing your car, do you know what necessary steps should be taken or the best methods? Here to help with our preparations are three "Patch Pros"—local car repair and maintainence specialists that have agreed to answer your questions and address your concerns regarding car winterization in the comments section below. Our experts are: Our panel of three experts will regularly check the comments below and try to answer your questions for this "Ask a Patch Pro" feature beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Thanks to all our Patch pros and questioners for …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
A breast care coordinator, cancer survivor and proprietor of a boutique that caters to women in the midst of breast cancer treatment will answer your questions about breast cancer for the next two days.
It is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. For the next two days Patch will host a panel of people to field your questions about breast cancer. On Thursday, Oct. 9, and Friday, Oct. 10, our panel will take breast-cancer related questions from Patch users. So go ahead and ask away! Leave your questions in the comments area below and they’ll check back through Friday to answer your questions. The comments of these experts are intended for general information only, and should not be construed as medical counsel."