Leisure & Lifestyle

Mon
21
Sep

Plant now for a beautiful garden — for years to come

Melinda Myers
gardening expert

Don’t pack away that shovel and trowel. Fall is a great time to plant a few new additions in the landscape. Here are just a few ideas for adding immediate and long term beauty to your garden.

Wed
09
Sep

Isolation of patients, caregivers prompts ‘Alzheimer’s Friendly Business’ campaign

Making decisions such as choosing items from a wide selection may be a challenge for those with Alzheimer’s. Employees may need the freedom and encouragement to step out from “behind the counter” to help customers find what they need. (submitted photo)
Is it in your best interests to pursue a reverse mortgage? With the help of a financial advisor, you can determine the answer. (submitted photo)

Why would a business owner or manager want to make sure a store or service  is “Alzheimer’s-friendly”? For one thing, many people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease are already their customers.

Wed
09
Sep

Three things to know about reverse mortgages

Is it in your best interests to pursue a reverse mortgage? With the help of a financial advisor, you can determine the answer. (submitted photo)
Is it in your best interests to pursue a reverse mortgage? With the help of a financial advisor, you can determine the answer. (submitted photo)

Money Management
MNCPA

One of the retirement planning resources that has gained interest in recent years is the reverse mortgage. A reverse mortgage allows you to convert part of the equity in your home into cash without paying additional monthly bills. If you’re 62 or older — and want money to pay off your mortgage or pay for other expenses — you may consider a reverse mortgage.
If you decide to look for one, the Minnesota Society of CPAs offers these three questions to ask so you can decide if a reverse mortgage is right for you.

Wed
09
Sep

Aerate your lawn this fall for a good start next spring

Fall is a great time to aerate the lawn. Whether you do it yourself or hire a lawn care professional to do it for you, aeration at least once per year provides a number of benefits to your lawn, say experts.

Wed
09
Sep

Understanding design to match your home’s architectural style

Adding the right design elements to your home can complete what its architecture hopes to accomplish. But knowing just what to incorporate to complement — rather than detract — from the style of your home can present a challenge.

Mon
03
Aug

When copper was king in the U.P.

In the far background, the Eagle River Light Station sits on a bluff overlooking the river and offers stunning river view. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)
In the far background, the Eagle River Light Station sits on a bluff overlooking the river and offers stunning river view. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

It's beautiful country, steeped in history and a half-day drive away
While the winters may be extreme, Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula is beautiful year-round. Its hilly terrain is covered by hardwood and conifer trees; scenic waterfalls mark its rivers, and it boasts of miles of shoreline and many inland lakes. Wherever you are on the peninsula, you’re never more than 10 miles from Lake Superior. It’s a haven for people who enjoy nature and outdoor activities – no matter what the season.

Sun
02
Aug

Strategies for minimizing student debt

Struggling with student loans? You're not alone.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports that U.S. student loan debt exceeds $1 trillion, and student loan debt among seniors 65 years and older has climbed a whopping 600 percent in the last decade.

Sun
02
Aug

75-year-olds and beyond still paying off student loans

A few weeks ago, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it was gathering information about student loan servicers -- the companies responsible for collecting and processing student loan payments.

Wed
08
Jul

Get them together and on the road — on a budget

Get them all together this summer — with a plan and on budget. (StatePoint)
Get them all together this summer — with a plan and on budget. (StatePoint)

You hear about everyone else's "destination vacations" with three — sometime four — generations. Considering the cost of taking a group anywhere, how do they do it?

And how can you?

Tue
07
Jul

Retiring at 65 ­— can you do it? Should you?

Financial Professionals Association
A retirement plan with a solid, well-thought-out income strategy serves as vital protection against the many risks that threaten a person’s income during retirement, risks such as outliving one’s assets, losing a sizable portion of a retirement nest egg in a financial or real estate market downturn, getting ambushed by a health crisis or long-term care need, and seeing assets erode faster than anticipated due to rising inflation.

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