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Matt Hanka
04.04.2018

Managing Your Residential Construction Project

Spring is construction season.  Are you planning a project?  If so, you may find the following tips helpful. First, how do you identify a contractor for your project?  Is the work specialized or general?  Have you used a certain contractor before and been pleased with the result?  Or, can a trusted contractor give you a […]

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Stephanie Ball
03.21.2018

Fryberger’s Stephanie Ball Honored as an Attorney of the Year

DULUTH, MN—Stephanie Ball of Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A., has been named one of the 2017 Attorneys of the Year by the publication Minnesota Lawyer after winning a multi-million dollar jury verdict for a quadriplegic woman. Nine years ago, Paige Anderson was a passenger in a car that collided a school bus, paralyzing her. […]

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John Gasele
01.31.2018

Introduction to Copyright Law

Copyright law is an often misunderstood legal issue that can have big implications for your business.  A copyright is the legal right to control the use of an original, creative work.  Without copyright protection, there would be very little incentive for authors, artists, and others to share their work, or even go through the creative […]

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Chris Virta
01.25.2018

Christopher Virta Named Shareholder at Fryberger Law Firm

DULUTH, MN—Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A., a law firm headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota, announced attorney Christopher Virta has been made a shareholder. Since 2009, Virta has served Fryberger’s many clients well. He has extensive experience in public finance, economic development, and municipal law. He has used his knowledge to help and educate others, and […]

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Mia Thibodeau
12.05.2017

An Estate Plan: The Best Holiday Gift

The holiday season is here.  Finding the perfect gift can be a difficult task, but what better gift for your loved ones than making sure your affairs are in order?  For many Minnesotans, the task has been simplified by two facts: 1) most assets pass by beneficiary designation, which keeps the assets out of probate; […]

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Donald Erickson
11.16.2017

II. Handbook Wage and Hour Provision: What They Must Contain

Wage and hour law present a unique challenge to the legal or HR practitioner.  The rules were developed in the Great Depression of the 1930’s where most employees were paid for physical labor, but now the rules must be applied in situations not anticipated by the regulators who developed the rules. Why is wage and […]

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Donald Erickson
11.16.2017

Social Media Policies: Balancing Employer Needs with Employee Rights

A.    Social Media and NLRA Violations for Non-Union Employers 1.     Protection of “Concerted Activity” The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)[1] protects the rights of employees to act together to address conditions at work, with or without a union.  Thus, employers without unions are subject to the NLRA.  An employer’s failure to comply may result in […]

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08.03.2017

Attorneys at Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A. Named Minnesota Super Lawyers and Minnesota Rising Stars

Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A. is proud to announce seven attorneys: Stephanie A. Ball, Robert R. Kanuit, Paul B. Kilgore, Paul A. Loraas, Daniel D. Maddy and James H. Stewart were named 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers. Only 5% of Minnesota lawyers are awarded this honor each year. Stephanie A. Ball was named in the […]

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Stephanie Ball
02.02.2017

Itasca County jury awards $28.6 million to woman paralyzed in a 2009 bus-car crash in Coleraine, Minnesota

An Itasca County jury has awarded $28.6 million to a Marble, Minnesota, woman who was paralyzed when an Ely Public School District bus crashed into the car in which she was a passenger. Paige Anderson was 16 years old when the October 9, 2009, crash occurred at the intersection of Curley Avenue and Highway 169 […]

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11.29.2016

Christmas City of the North Parade

Friday, November 18th was the 58th anniversary of the Christmas City of the North Parade. Friday, November 18th was also the first snow storm of the season; it was a cold, windy, and wet evening. Due to the extreme weather, several parade participants dropped out and attendance was down by quite a bit. For the […]

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