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Tue
05
Jan

Five tips for better financial health

Looking back at last year’s finances can help you be better prepared for this year. (photo courtesy of Getty Images)
Looking back at last year’s finances can help you be better prepared for this year. (photo courtesy of Getty Images)

As the calendar turns over a new year, it’s a good time to take stock of your finances.

Sun
03
Jan

Three steps to kick off a year of good health

Make your New Year’s resolution be to stay healthy this year. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)
Make your New Year’s resolution be to stay healthy this year. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

A fresh beginning with a new year is the perfect time for a health assessment to ensure you are ready to take on a full and active year ahead.

Wed
30
Dec

Enjoying the holidays with what you have

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and decorating. But sometimes the best keepsakes are those we don’t spend a fortune on.
Can you recall a time you simply made do with what you had on hand? Perhaps it’s a memory of a meal shared with those less fortunate, or a family heirloom hung on a new Christmas tree. Or maybe you got out your sewing machine and stitched together a personalized gift.
Here, newspaper staff members reflect on such memories of holidays gone by — from chopping down their own Christmas trees and tossing a successful party on the cheap to singing carols by candlelight.

Sun
20
Dec

Telling the story of her town

During World War II, women filled in the holes in packing plants after men were drafted into service. (submitted photo)
During World War II, women filled in the holes in packing plants after men were drafted into service. (submitted photo)

Lois Glewwe is out with a new South St. Paul history book
One would think writing a book about the place where you grew up would be easy. For Lois A. Glewwe, writing “South St. Paul: A Brief History” was almost too easy.
“What I found out was it was much harder than I thought because I could have written 600 pages easier than I could write 160,” Glewwe explains. “So to condense it down to a readable, accessible level was the challenge. I was constantly cutting and cutting.”

Sun
06
Dec

Avoid getting stranded: Prepare your car for winter

Winter can be hard on your car but steps can be taken to make things winter-ready. (photo courtesy of Getty Images )
Winter can be hard on your car but steps can be taken to make things winter-ready. (photo courtesy of Getty Images )

Harsh winter weather can be tough on vehicles, and the last thing any driver needs is to break down. Ensuring your vehicle is winter-ready now is a sensible approach to avoid the inconvenience of being stranded out in the cold.

Sun
06
Dec

Tips to ease holiday travel stress

Traveling during the holidays can be stressful for anybody. Planning ahead can help reduce some of this stress. (Sunny Studio - Fotolia)
Traveling during the holidays can be stressful for anybody. Planning ahead can help reduce some of this stress. (Sunny Studio - Fotolia)

An estimated 94.8 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home for the holidays, according to AAA.

Sun
22
Nov

Uniquely Minnesotan

Joan Donatelle. (submitted photo)
Joan Donatelle. (submitted photo)

Cookbooks showcase Minnesota traditions

The Minnesota Historical Society Press recently released two cookbooks — “Come, You Taste” and “Astonishing Apples” — that are uniquely Minnesotan.
First-time author Joan Donatelle says now that “Astonishing Apples” has been published, she can finally cross writing a cookbook off her bucket list.

Wed
04
Nov

Standing is more important than you might think

With the change of seasons comes important safety reminders for seniors.

The statistics on falls among older Americans is staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control:

Tue
03
Nov

No place like home: comfortably aging in place

Baby boomers entering or approaching retirement need to be aware of how they can best prepare their homes to age comfortably. (photo courtesy of Getty Images)
Baby boomers entering or approaching retirement need to be aware of how they can best prepare their homes to age comfortably. (photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Having lived in the same ranch house for 55 years, John Heck's grandparents wanted to make any and all necessary accommodations to allow them to peacefully age in place.

Mon
02
Nov

From Edison to art

This swirl of glass full of small flowers inside is called Garden Memories, created in 2009 by Rick Ayotte. This modern piece is on display at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)
This swirl of glass full of small flowers inside is called Garden Memories, created in 2009 by Rick Ayotte. This modern piece is on display at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

The Fox Cities area is full of surprises

Who would have thought that in 1882, the beautiful Victorian Hearthstone home overlooking the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin, would be the first home in the world to be lighted by hydroelectricity from a central station using the Thomas Edison system?
The event put the area on the map and launched unimaginable changes in how people cooked, cleaned, lived and entertained themselves in their homes.

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