Leisure & Lifestyle

Mon
27
Apr

Saving energy means saving money

Month after month, one of the best ways to save money is by conserving energy and making your home more energy efficient. 

Tue
14
Apr

Use color to create space, calm

The office needs to be a place away from distractions—but folks who multi-task may still need a window on their world. This home office meets both needs, with a view of family activity but an uncluttered, unfussy treatment with taupe and white. It’s visually calm, making it that much easier to concentrate on the task at hand. (National Association of Remodelers)
The office needs to be a place away from distractions—but folks who multi-task may still need a window on their world. This home office meets both needs, with a view of family activity but an uncluttered, unfussy treatment with taupe and white. It’s visually calm, making it that much easier to concentrate on the task at hand. (National Association of Remodelers)

It’s no surprise homeowners are turning to soothing grays, beiges and other “retreating colors” for bedrooms.

Mon
06
Apr

Tips for tracing your family’s past

Learning about your ancestry can be a fun, and sometimes challenging, adventure.
Learning about your ancestry can be a fun, and sometimes challenging, adventure.

Were your ancestors humble farmers or wealthy nobility? Did they travel to find their fortune or have they always lived close to your current home? Exploring your genealogy can be fascinating.

Tue
03
Mar

Anatomy of a tax scam: a number, a threat, a payoff

It comes out of the blue: a voice on the phone telling you owe the IRS money.

If you pick up the phone with a live operator or are so flustered you call a number left on voicemail, you may find yourself talking to:

Mon
09
Feb

Think home upgrades are out of reach? Think again!

Programs that help seniors keep their homes upgraded and safe are available in Dakota County. (submitted photo)
Programs that help seniors keep their homes upgraded and safe are available in Dakota County. (submitted photo)

Thanks to volunteers and nonprofit organizations throughout the Twin Cities, seniors who can no longer get up on ladders, get down to repair damaged floors or afford to pay for the repairs needed to help keep them in their homes have a helping han

Thu
08
Jan

‘When should I retire?’ and other questions

Jim Czechowicz and Rhonda Whitenack, Social Security public affairs specialists in the Twin Cities, offer the following questions they’ve received lately and the answers they offer.

Tue
30
Dec

An unexpected gift that keeps on giving for years to come

Was there ever a gift under the tree that you thought was going to be one thing, and it turned out to be something entirely different?
It might have been an item that wasn't even on your Santa list, and when you opened it you were initially disappointed, but you came to appreciate it over time.
Perhaps it was more useful than you ever imagined. Maybe it even became one of your most treasured possessions. Or maybe it was an unexpected event, that provided fond memories for years to come.

 

Wed
24
Dec

No wrapping: 97-year-old’s gift is in song

Around a dozen Edgerton Elementary 4-5-6th-grade choir members made a surpise caroling visit with Cecilia Gresback, a 97-year old Maplewood resident Dec. 16. Next, the singers were off to the Maplewood Mall for a singing engagement.
Around a dozen Edgerton Elementary 4-5-6th-grade choir members made a surpise caroling visit with Cecilia Gresback, a 97-year old Maplewood resident Dec. 16. Next, the singers were off to the Maplewood Mall for a singing engagement. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Carolers sent from across the country
The scene: following a fresh sprinkling of snow, 14 young carolers from Edgerton Elementary School file into Cecilia Gresback’s living room, filling her Maplewood home with song and good tidings. The 97-year-old rocks her chair back and forth and claps her hands, keeping tempo with the carolers as they sing “Holly Jolly Christmas” with a keyboard accompaniment.
Her daughter, Rita Shor, sitting by her side, can hardly keep her eyes dry.

Wed
17
Dec

Strohmeier’s legacy can be measured in miles

Elmer and Janice Strohmeier participate in the MS 150 Ride from Duluth to the Twin Cities, in 2002. During the three-day event, the couple slept in a tent.
Elmer and Janice Strohmeier participate in the MS 150 Ride from Duluth to the Twin Cities, in 2002. During the three-day event, the couple slept in a tent. (submitted photo)

Elmer Strohmeier, 76, and his wife, Janice, also 76, have put in more miles than they can recall running and biking on the trails that run through the city of North St. Paul.

Thu
11
Dec

Lucky enough to be heading to warmer climes this winter? Stay savvy about the sun.


Submitted photo

You may be on vacation, but your skin isn’t.

Travelers should be aware that ultraviolet  radiation from the sun -- even on such a brief jaunt as a several-day beach vacation -- plays a significant role in the development of skin cancer.

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