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A Store to Remember: Forget Me Not Opens in Harrisburg 12

A Suite of Nutcrackers 16

ET CETERA 2017 Humane Society Pet Calendar 18 11th Annual Project Warm-Up 20

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From the Farm to 41st Street: Stensland Family Farms Ice Cream + Country Store BY MARY MICHAELS | PHOTOS BY JULIE PRAIRIE PHOTOGRAPHY

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“It’s Never Too Cold for Ice Cream.”

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new ice cream shop on 41st Street has a rich history that started on a farm near Larchwood, Iowa, more than a century ago. The family tree on that farm began with Tobias Stensland, whose son Arthur later started a dairy operation. Arthur’s sons grew up milking cows and working the farm, and eventually son Doug joined Arthur in the operation. However, they decided to retire the dairy operation. But, in 2003, a pair of young and ambitious twins approached their grandfather Arthur about restarting the dairy as a way for them to earn money for college. Doug and his wife Mona helped their 17-year-old sons Jason and Justin acquire the funds to get started, and the boys learned quickly from their father and grandfather. They would milk cows before and after school with their younger brother, Kyle. With the help of robots and other high-tech machinery, the dairy experienced tremendous growth, and the twins received numerous accolades throughout the agricultural community. In 2015, the family broke ground for a creamery at their Larchwood farm – where four generations of the Stensland family now live. The whole family is part of the operation now, including Doug and Mona, Jason and Justin and their families, Kyle, and the boys’ sister Leah (Stensland) Moller. When the siblings began talking about a storefront in Sioux Falls, they approached their uncle, Mark Stensland, to return to South Dakota to manage it. Stensland Family Farms Ice Cream + Country Store on 41st Street features more than 20 different flavors of ice cream, plus non-dairy sorbet options, ice cream sandwiches, floats, sundaes, milk, cheese curds and ground beef. They plan to add hard cheeses and flavored cheese curds next year. Framed pictures on the wall show the farm in its early days, as well as after its expansion. Back by the windows, where you can peek into the kitchen and perhaps catch a glimpse of Mona or Leah making ice cream magic, hangs a collage of family pictures and news articles featuring the family’s success with their dairy operations. After a long career in retail, sales and the financial industry that took him out of state, Mark says he couldn’t be happier about being back “home” to work with his family.  “At first I wasn’t sure, but then there was just this tugging at me, and I knew this was the right thing to do.” He credits “the kids” – Jason, Justin, Kyle and Leah – for their

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hard work and determination to see the dream of the creamery on the farm and the Sioux Falls store become a reality. “I love this,” he says. “Meeting people, talking to people and introducing them to our fresh, local dairy products. I love coming to work every day.” Not only do they promote their own local foods, but they also help other Sioux Falls businesses as well. They offer ice cream sandwiches with cookies from The Cake Lady, and their coffee is from The Breaks Coffee Roasting Co. Speaking of coffee, when you come to the store, you can order a cup of coffee with a dip of your favorite flavor of ice cream. Or, if you’re needing a little “lift” during the day, go for the “Wakeup Call,” which features finely ground espresso beans mixed with their coffee ice cream.  In a nod to the farm, the flavors on the menu include Farmhouse Original (vanilla), Strawberry Fields, Udder Me Mint and How Now Brown Cow (chocolate). These creative folks don’t stick to just basic flavors, however.  You can also get Pistachio, Peanut Butter Cup, Smore Please, Salted Caramel Pecan or Heavenly Holstein, which is light cocoa ice cream blended with black and white cookies.  Kids will love Carnival Craze, which is cotton candy ice cream with pink crackling candies. Die-hard chocolate lovers may want to try Conquer the Craving featuring their own homemade brownie batter with homemade brownie chunks and cookie dough. Sampling spoons are ready at the counter so you can try a few flavors before deciding what you want in your dish or made-on-thespot waffle cones. Once you find your favorite – or favorites – they have quarts available for you to take home. While the store has a lineup of regular flavors, they will also change flavors seasonally, so plan on visiting often. Oh, and just in time for the holidays, they have made space in the large milk coolers for their very own eggnog. The arrival of December may not necessarily have Sioux Falls residents and visitors thinking about ice cream. However, a sign on a shelf inside the store proudly proclaims, “It’s Never Too Cold for Ice Cream.”   And despite the temperatures outside, you will definitely get a warm welcome at Stensland Family Farms Ice Cream + Country Store.

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A Store to Remember: Forget Me Not Opens in Harrisburg BY MARY MICHAELS | PHOTOS BY JULIE PRAIRIE PHOTOGRAPHY

Hours: Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun 1-4 p.m. 520 N. Cliff Ave Harrisburg, SD 57032 (605) 213-3111

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“Home Is Where Your Story Begins.”


f you are looking for a special gift or something new for your home (or wardrobe), Forget Me Not is a store you’ll want to remember. Jody Kusek first opened Forget Me Not in Sioux Falls in 2008, and she recently added a second store in Harrisburg, located in the retail center on Cliff Avenue that also includes Schoeneman’s Building Materials Center and Lava’s Javas & Treats. The growth of the Harrisburg community and convenience for her Iowa customers led to the decision to expand. In addition to home décor, the spacious Harrisburg shop also carries women’s clothing and accessories. The store has a dressing room, which the Sioux Falls store doesn’t have, so they are able to carry more variety. The wide array of jackets, sweaters and shawls in the store now are perfect for the cooler weather, and so are the glam slippers. When buying clothing, the team typically orders just one run of an item to ensure that women in the area can find unique pieces that can’t be found anywhere else. Forget Me Not has lots of fur and sparkles to get you ready for all of your holiday events. Look for the friendly elf on a shelf while you’re perusing the racks! You can find everything from furniture to frames year-round at Forget Me Not. If you are looking for a side chair, an accent table or even bedroom furniture, you can find it at Forget Me Not. Laura Flyger of Design-N-Drapery also has a corner of the shop to provide consultations on window treatments, with a range of fabrics for draperies and Hunter Douglas window treatments. Store manager Deb Teunissen says the

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new store has been well received. “We are really enjoying meeting people from Harrisburg and surrounding towns,” she says. “We love this big space, and it’s been fun bringing the expanded clothing line to the store.” Each section of the store has a different look and feel, from traditional décor to a more modern flair. And now, during this holiday season, each of these areas has Christmas accessories to enhance the look. If you are planning a holiday gathering, you can choose from an assortment of party napkins and flame-burning or LED candles to set the mood. Santa collectors will love all the different figurines made in all sorts of sizes and materials, including a Santa that looks like it was carved from a knotty log. There are sprigs of greens and berries for your vases or mantles, holiday-inspired wall art, ornaments and vintage Christmas tins and greeting card sets. For stocking stuffers, pick up small packages of Door County Coffee in flavors like Candy Cane or Hot Buttered Rum, or a sweet treat of jumbo red and green malted milk balls. And, the great thing is if you are shopping for a gift, they have greeting cards right by the counter, so you can get everything you need in one stop. It is also obvious the friendly staff loves what they do. “We have so much fun finding items for the stores and then connecting people to those things that fit their home and their lifestyle…or to help them find that perfect gift for friends and family,” says Teunissen. “We want to help our customers turn their house into a ‘home.’” That very mission of Forget Me Not Gift Boutique seems to be summed up in one of the throw pillows available at the store that says, “Home Is Where Your Story Begins.”

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A Suite of Nutcrackers BY MARY MICHAELS


utcrackers are one of the timeless symbols of the holiday season, and as December arrives, stations begin playing various arrangements of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite. Now, a trip to the Rock County Historical Society provides an amazing experience as you step into a suite of nutcrackers. Luverne resident Betty Mann started formally collecting nutcrackers in 2001, but in 15 short years, had grown her collection to over 2,500 pieces. And with the exception of a few that her children took as keepsakes, they are now part of the society’s permanent display. Mann primarily kept an eye out for soldiers and drummers over the years, and she found some special pieces while traveling in Germany and England – including some from Buckingham Palace. One of her first soldiers was on a pencil case that she had as a child in school, and that is part of the collection as well. Although many of the nutcrackers are traditional, the filled cases at the historical society also feature nutcracker figurines of various occupations like a hunter, fisherman, and chef, and a variety of animals including a penguin. Sports fans will enjoy the shelves filled with football nutcrackers – mainly the Minnesota Vikings, but a few others like the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants as well. And, Mann’s collection isn’t just figurines, but also includes other items with nutcracker designs, like rugs, pillows, puzzles,

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dishware, a cookie jar and even an egg timer. Mann, 86, also has been collecting decorative shoes since she was 10 and now has around 10,000 of those. She says her kids give her a bad time about her sizable collection, but she says they are partly to blame. “One year for Christmas, they gave me 55 nutcrackers and shoes!” She adds that her friends would also get in on the act as well. “I have friends who loved to spend my money,” Mann laughs. “They would call me because they would be somewhere and find nutcrackers, and they’d tell me I needed to go buy them.” She hopes that her donated collection will encourage people to come visit the Rock County Historical Society displays that span across six different buildings. She’s passionate about this organization, having served as its president now for 22 years. The group purchased the old Ford garage in Luverne, and at that history center, they provide assistance with genealogical research as well as house historical displays. They are currently working on an agricultural display that will be opened next spring. As a permanent display, you can see Mann’s collection of nutcrackers year-round. Visit the historical society’s center at 312 E. Main Street in Luverne. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. And if you go on Tuesdays, you’ll probably have a chance to meet the collector herself!

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The 2017 Pet Photo Calendar Contest was a fundraising effort that raised a total of $10,129 for the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society. It was a fun way to get people involved in submitting and choosing the photos that are featured in our 2017 calendar, all while donating money to the organization for a good cause. Photo entries in the contest ranged from dogs and cats to horses and pigs. Many of the submissions were animals rescued from the SFAHS.

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Project Warm-Up Saturday, Dec. 10 • 10am - 3pm Sonia Sotomayor Elementary School 1510 S. Lake Avenue, Sioux Falls


roject Warm-Up was started in 2006 by Kaitlin and Tracy Vik. Kaitlin wanted to create a service project for her Key Club at Lincoln High School and knowing the growing population of homeless students in the Sioux Falls School District, they came up with the idea of making fleece tie blankets. That first year, Kaitlin, along with her parents, little sister and 20 of her friends, made 100 blankets to donate. The project has grown immensely over the years with many

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local schools, church groups, social groups, scout troops, athletic teams, work groups, and families hosting blanket making parties of their own to donate. Over the past 10 years, more than 15,000 blankets have been distributed to children in need in the Sioux Empire and beyond! Project Warm-Up has answered the call when tornados struck the communities of Delmont and Wessington Springs, and when a flood devastated the town of Canton. Volunteers have delivered blankets to children who are facing serious health issues, lost a parent, are in foster care or are struggling due to other life stresses. Three years ago, Project Warm-Up partnered with Habitat for Humanity to provide a new blanket to each family member when

they receive the keys to their new home. This year they will partner with a project started by Rachel Schuldt, Chemo Comfort Bags, that are going to local people who are undergoing chemotherapy. They have also partnered with Hugs 4 Haddley and Amy Jo Lems to deliver blankets to children in local hospitals. Donations of fleece and funds are greatly appreciated. Please consider helping Project Warm-Up to show children in our area and beyond that they are loved and cared for, by giving them a warm blanket to call their own. got fleece?

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December Augustana Christmas Vespers December 2 • 7pm December 3 • 3pm & 7pm December 4 • 2pm Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 909 West 33rd St. Augustana University presents Christmas Vespers 2016, a celebration of the birth of Christ featuring Augustana’s four choirs and the orchestra. INFO (605) 274-5320.

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Free First Friday Friday, December 2 5pm - 8pm Washington Pavilion 301 S. Main Ave. Come enjoy free admission to the Kirby Science Discovery Center, free admission to the Visual Arts Center, free special lectures, artist receptions and other scheduled events in the building (Please note CineDome film admission is a separate, low rate on Free



First Friday evenings). INFO (605) 367-6000. Twilight Flights December 2 & 3 • 5 - 9pm December 8, 9, 10 • 5 - 9pm December 15, 16, 17 • 5 - 9pm Strawbale Winery 47215 257th St. Renner, SD Enjoy a helicopter flight to see the lights of Sioux Falls and Winter Wonderland at Falls Park. Cost is $235.00 for 2, and $270.00 for 3. Includes, wines and heavy

appetizers, flight, and dessert and wines. Must call for reservations with a credit card to hold it. (605) 543-5071. Trefoil at Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, December 2 noon - 1pm. Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street Trefoil performs in the courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum from

noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch or purchase one from Bagel Boy. (605) 367-4210 or Winterfest Arts & Crafts Show December 3 • 9am - 3pm Cardinal Gym, Luverne Public Schools Admission fee $3.00 and children 12 & under free – check www.luvernechamber. com for full listing of events during Winterfest

International Chef Cook-Off Saturday, December 3 5pm - 7pm The Coliseum 515 N. Main Avenue Sixteen local celebrity chefs battle it out at the 2nd Annual International Chef Cook-Off. Your vote counts - select your favorite! Beer and wine will be available. Single Ticket: $30 each (2) Tickets: $50 total. Reserved table of 8: $200 total. Single

and couple Tickets will also be available at the door. Buy a raffle ticket or two for your chance at one of the beautiful theme baskets. Baskets are each valued over $75 and represent a country from around the world. INFO (605) 367-7401.

7630 W. 26th St. Celebrate the season with a Polar Express party! Come for a winter-themed storytime followed by crafts and fun activities based on The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. INFO (605) 978-6899.

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Come meet Santa at Color Me Mine & paint a special plate that features your child’s handprint along with Santa’s. They will also paint an ornament and decorate cookies. All ages welcome! Parents, bring your camera! Photos are welcome. $45+Tax/Child, Prepaid Event. Please call to register. 362-6055. Advance Directives: Start the Conversation December 6 • 10am - 11am Sanford Wellness Center on Oxbow. Outpatient Rehab Center, Room 102 3401 W. 49th Street This is a free event. URL: http://www.sanfordhealth. org/classes-and-events/ courses/advance-directivestart-the-conversation. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Wednesday, December 7 7pm Washington Pavilion 301 S. Main Ave. The beloved TV classic soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful

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holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. INFO (605) 367-6000. Sanford PROMISE Community Lecture Series December 8 • 5:30 - 6:30 Sanford Center 2301 E. 60th St. North The PROMISE Community Lecture Series is a free, monthly seminar hosted on the second Thursday of each month. Invited speakers are leaders in their respective fields of research representing academic institutions and industry in our region. Each scientist will share their recent research and discuss the implications of their work on society. This month Daniel Kota, PhD/ Staff Scientist and Tiffany Facile, Enterprise Director of Clinical Research Operations at Sanford Research will present “Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine”. INFO (605) 312-6590. St. Lucia Festival December 8 • 7pm December 9 • 7pm St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 2001 S. Elmwood Ave. All are welcome for this free and meaningful event that celebrates the best things of Christmas: community, light, family, children, and good food. We share an invitation to our community to consider making a St. Lucia performance part of your 2016 Christmas experience. The story of Lucia, the symbol of light

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Ceili Dance Thursday, December 8 6:30 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street Ceili (pronounced KAY-lee) is an Irish social dance. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced dancer, Ceili dancing is a fun and energetic way to spend an evening. Get ready to dance at the Old Courthouse Museum! Free Admission.

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Flower & Flame performs in the courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch or purchase one from Bagel Boy. (605) 367-4210 or Reindeer Games Saturday, December 10 2pm - 4:30pm Midco Aquatic Center 1601 South Western Avenue The weather outside may be frightful but our party will be so delightful! You’re invited to the early holiday celebration! Come join us for some fun holiday games, and win some prizes all while jamming to some of your favorite carols! No registration required. INFO (605) 367-8222. Victorian Tea Party at the Pettigrew Home & Museum Sunday, December 11 • 2pm Pettigrew Home & Museum 131 N. Duluth Avenue Enjoy winter in true Victorian fashion at the historic Pettigrew Home & Museum. Learn about the history of tea while enjoying a delicious tea blend. Space is limited for this adult program. Call (605) 367-7097 to register. Free admission. INFO www. 20th Annual Christmas at the Cathedral Thursday, December 15 7:30pm Friday, December 16 7:30pm Saturday, December 17 1:00 pm Sunday, December 18 • 2pm

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St. Joseph Cathedral 521 N. Duluth Ave. The 20th annual Christmas at the Cathedral will be performed December 15-18. This year’s theme, “ReImagine Christmas” offers an opportunity to imagine ourselves experiencing the very first Christmas. Through beautiful music and inspiring reflections, you will experience how God “re-imagined” the world through the Incarnation – God coming among us – in the birth of His Son, Jesus. INFO (599) 988-3742. Preserving Your Family Treasures Program Thursday, December 15 • 6pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street Do you have important heirlooms or photos you would like to preserve? If so the museum staff will teach you the proper storage techniques. Call 367-4210 to register in advance. Admission is free. www.

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Ronning Branch Library features SD Author/ Storyteller, Tom Roberts Thursday, December 15 10:15am - 11:45am Ronning Branch Library 3100 E. 49th Street Thursday, December 15 7am - 8:15am HyVee, 3000 S. Minnesota Avenue SD Author/Storyteller, Tom Roberts will present a program of Christmas stories. A delightful program

for all ages! Public invited. Mr. Roberts will also be available after the program to sell and sign copies of his new book, THE GREATEST GIFT – THE WISE ONES’ JOURNEY as well as his other titles, ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRIST; SANTA’S PRAYER; THE LITTLE LOST SOCK; and RETURN TO THE FARM – A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY. 100% of each purchase benefits Children’s Home Society of South Dakota. INFO (605) 965-3138. The Cartwright Brothers at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, December 16

noon - 1pm Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street The Cartwright Brothers will perform in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch or purchase one from The Pickle Barrel. (605) 367-4210 or www. Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers Sunday, December 18 4pm - 6pm Orpheum Theater 315 N. Phillips Ave. This musical showcase features the talents of a multi-piece band playing Christmas classics and

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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Muscial December 7 • 7 pm Washington Pavilion 301 S. Main Ave. The beloved TV classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Call 605-3676000, stop by our Box Office or visit washingtonpavilion. org to get your tickets today! 2pm - 4pm Midco Aquatic Center 1601 S. Western Ave. Looking for a fun afternoon over your holiday break? Join us for a floating good time watching a movie in the 50 Meter Pool. There will be

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Rosemaling Demonstration at the Old Courthouse Museum Tuesday, December 20 1pm - 4pm Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street Eileen Halverson will be demonstrating the Norwegian folk art of Rosemaling (decorative painting) in the second floor hallway of the Old Courthouse Museum from 1-4 p.m. Stop in any time for a demonstration or to ask questions! INFO (605)367-4210 or www. Anjelic at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, December 23 noon - 1pm Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street Anjelic will perform holiday favorites in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch or purchase one from The Pickle Barrel. (605) 367-4210 or www.

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Starlab Inflatable Planetarium at the Old Courthouse Museum Thursday, December 29 1:30, 2:30 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street Discover the night sky, explore the constellations! Starlab is a program for adults and children over the age of 5. Not recommended for those not comfortable in the dark. Tickets only $2, program begins promptly on the hour with no late entry. Groups of 8 or more, please call ahead. INFO (605) 367-4210 or www. Wibit Play at Midco Aquatic Center Friday, December 30 • 6pm 1601 South Western Avenue What is a Wibit®? A Wibit® is an inflatable water feature that can be used in the water to create additional fun for all ages! Midco® Aquatic Center will host Wibit® events. These events will be held in the 50 Meter Pool. INFO (605) 367-7665. Elisabeth Hunstad at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, December 30 noon - 1pm Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street Elisabeth Hunstad will perform a mix of jazz & pop in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch or purchase one from The Cookie Jar. (605) 367-4210 or www.




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Mark & Cassie Radtke Home




he stockings are hung by the chimney with care at the Radtke house in Rock Rapids, Iowa. And, Easton (4), Callen (2) and Everly (4 months) are certainly hoping that St. Nick will soon be there. Mark and Cassie Radtke bought the house five years ago, shortly after they were married. At the time, it was just the two of them, but they knew they wanted to start a family. “We’ve certainly filled it up in five years!” laughs Cassie. When it comes to Christmas, the family is all in – from trees in nearly every room, right down to the Christmas jammies the kids wear all month long. The house is special not only because the Radtkes are creating memories there with their children, but also because there is an extended family connection. Cassie and Mark bought the house from Cassie’s brother. “Back when the house was up for sale, my Mom said someone should buy it and fix it up,” says Cassie. “So my brother bought it and my parents helped with a lot of the work.” That work included stripping three layers of wallpaper, pulling up carpet and installing new hardwood floors, a kitchen and bathroom remodel. Even with some modern updates, the family still preserved the charm of this 1940s home. Cassie grew up just a block from where she lives now, and although Mark had lived in Denver, he was ready for life in a smaller town. Cassie says her siblings all came back to the area as well, so they love

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having family close by. Being part of the Rock Rapids community is important to the Radtkes, so Cassie likes to visit the local shops for new Christmas finds, and many of the canvas-mounted photographs in the house were taken by a friend who also lives in Rock Rapids.

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The living room provides a warm and cozy welcome to visitors, and the fireplace mantle that holds the family stockings is decked out with holiday greenery. Cutting down a fresh tree is a family tradition that Cassie grew up with, and she is excited that she and Mark can now pass that on

to their children. The tree stands in front of the living room window, and the rest of the room is filled with Christmas-patterned throw pillows, whimsical holiday characters and a tile that proclaims the ultimate holiday mantra from the movie Elf: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.�

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“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

The home features a formal dining room, and Cassie draws on memories of her childhood when decorating for Christmas. “I remember at my Grandma’s house, she always had fancy place settings and beautiful centerpieces,” she says. “It’s also a tradition my Mom has carried on when hosting holidays, so I love being able to use our china and create something beautiful as well.” The china rests on larger red charger plates, a silver bowl of white ornaments sits at the center of the table, and each chair is wrapped with wide plaid ribbon that holds a spray of greenery on the chair backs. A group of nutcrackers stands on the buffet, another family tradition started for Cassie by her mom. A tree in the corner holds Cassie’s ornament collection, each have a special meaning. Most were given each year by Cassie’s parents. Some of her favorites include a keepsake ornament from Cassie and Mark’s first Christmas together, ornaments of their

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childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s handprints and ornaments Cassie has received through ornament exchanges with her girlfriends in Sioux Falls. Cassie loves the work done in the kitchen when her brother owned the house. The quartersawn oak, mission style cabinets

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were made locally by family friend Chris Bixenman, and the metallic tile backsplash adds a nice pop of color. The kitchen opens to the family room. An island with a sink faces the family room so Cassie can interact with the kids while they are playing or

watching TV, or she can keep an eye on them out the big windows if they are outside in the fenced-in yard. A mudroom off the family room gives them a place for coats and shoes. Cassie says she loves all of the cabinets that provide

great storage. The main floor also includes a guest room with a cedar chest Cassieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uncle had made for her high school graduation, and an office, which is a place for Mark to showcase his hunting treasures.

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But, there’s also room in the office for holiday décor, including several of the Jim Shore pieces that Cassie has collected, from Santas and a snowman to a beautiful nativity set. At the top of the staircase, which is decorated with sprays of

greenery, sits another little tree and nativity set. Everly’s room is all girl, with pink walls and white furniture. Glittery pink and white ornaments hang on her little tree. The boys also have a tree in their navy and forest green room, but

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theirs has cars and monster trucks. All three kids have Christmas sheets on their beds. The boys also have a great reading area, and Christmas-themed books stay on the shelf all year long. Cassie and Mark used the same newborn photographer for each

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their heads, the Radtkes are happy they made this house their first family home. “We love it here,” she says, “and we can see ourselves staying here for a long time. Christmas really is the most wonderful time

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of the year! We love spending time with our friends and family and enjoying all that the season’s special for us. With all the decorations, the bedding and their jammies, the kids really embrace it too. And that’s fun for us.”

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Dinner is in the Box BY JIM MATHIS


nless you’ve been living under a rock or you completely shut yourself off from all media until the election was over (which no one would blame you for) you’ve undoubtedly seen ads for the growing field of meal/grocery delivery services with names

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like Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and Plated. Have they piqued your interest? Have you tried them yet? Not to worry Dear Reader, I did, and I’m here to give you the skinny before you sign up. So what are they? The idea is that somewhere far away a team of

The box arrived on a Wednesday, just as promised. Inside was some pretty ingenious packaging; the corrugated cardboard box is lined with something that looks like moving blankets encased in plastic. In the top section of the box are the vegetables, bread, seasonings and sauces. The bottom section holds several ice packs and the proteins, chilled, but not frozen. If you’re one of those people who always takes food to relatives for the holidays, these boxes will be handy for transportation. If not, your recycling guy will not be a fan of your new meal plan. We’ve ordered the boxes off and on for a couple of months, and overall it’s been a good experience. On the positive side, it’s helped to break me out of a recipe rut that I’d fallen into. We’ve stirfried Asian, sizzled Italian and dug in to some good old American comfort food. My beloved and I have liked some of the dishes enough to recreate them on our own. Others have inspired me to try variations; like Chicken Marsala; I’ve remade it once but with pasta instead of potatoes. And then I found veal cutlets at the meat market and made a Veal Marsala version. All of the meals so far have taken 45 minutes or less to make. One challenge with the first few recipes was that I was trying way too hard to follow their directions. That’s just not the way I cook. My beloved pointed out that I was getting stressed in the kitchen instead of relaxing and unwinding from my workday. She was right, so I lightened up and approached it differently. Now I read the recipe card, set it aside and start to cook the way I

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chefs is creating perfect weeknight meals, carefully documenting the recipe and directions and measuring out just the right ingredients in just the right quantities. Then they carefully package them in insulated boxes and with the help of the good people at FedEx or UPS, deliver the whole kit and caboodle to your doorstep. All you do is open the box and you’re ready to make dinner. I looked at several options and most of them are designed for a two or three person household; perfect for my beloved and me. Of course if you have more in your house, you could add plans and get four or five portions. Most let you choose from several meal options each week, set your preferences for the kinds of meals you’ll get; beef, chicken, or fish or vegetarian (some even vegan) and dietary restrictions like dairy or gluten. All offer the ability to skip weeks if you’re travelling or busy. As I began to narrow them down, Blue Apron and Plated seemed like the best fit for us, and after much consideration and hand-wringing, I committed to trying Plated. Plated offers two or three portions of two meals a week, delivered to our corner of the world on Wednesdays or Saturdays. We chose the Wednesday omnivore plan; we’re good with chicken, beef or fish, and we’re open to the occasional vegetarian option if it sounds appealing. So Week One I signed up to get all the stuff we’d need to make a couple of dinners. Our first box included Pork Belly Steam Buns and Chinese Beef with Broccoli — not a bad start.

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know how. Smell, watch, listen; you’ll know when to do the next thing far better than watching a clock and following the directions to the letter. Once I did that, my attitude about the Plated box changed. Now I don’t see it as a chore, but a chance to play. One of these days I’m going to have Kara unpack everything, take away the menu cards and just see what I come up with; like playing Chopped via FedEx. As promised, these box services deliver meals with little food waste. The worst I’ve seen is they sent a large red onion when I needed about a quarter of it. But what they fix with no food waste, they over-compensate for with lots of packaging waste. There’s the box, the insulation, the cold packs to start with – then everything is in its own little plastic pouch, bag, bottle or cup. If you have a “reduce, reuse, recycle” tattoo, one of these kits may cause you to have a heart attack. And I wish there was more flexibility in the shipping dates, Tuesday would be way better for me, but that’s not an option. But we’ve started to look forward to the box. And a coworker is on the same plan and we’ve been sharing hits and misses, and

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looking forward to trying the new options each week. Does it cost a little more than going to the mega-mart? Probably, but I’m not stuck trying to figure out what to do with leftover kale or scallions. I’m spending less time the local grocery store and at $12 a meal, we’re spending less than most takeout. And the meals are certainly better for us. We’re also eating takeout far less frequently. This may create a small hole in the Sioux Falls economy, and for that, we’re sorry. If you or the cook in your household is feeling like they’re stuck with the same rotation of dishes each weeknight, maybe the gift of Plated, Blue Apron or Hello Fresh would be nice Christmas present. The cook gets to explore some new ideas in the kitchen, and everyone gets a chance to get out of that rut. This sounds like a pretty good way for you to do yourself a favor and eat something good today! Jim started cooking chicken as a short-order cook in college, now he run ADwërks, an advertising agency in the fashionable Uptown Neighborhood of Downtown Sioux Falls.

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Combine flour and 1/2 cup sugar, then cut in the butter until this mixture is crumbly. Knead in the cherries, 2/3 cup of chopped white chocolate and almond extract until dough forms a ball. Form the dough into 3/4 inch balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten slightly with a cookie press or a glass dipped in the remaining sugar. Bake at 325˚ for 10-12 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Remove from baking sheet and cool for an hour. Melt shortening and remaining white chocolate in the microwave and stir until smooth. Dip half of each cookie into the melted chocolate and allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper and sprinkle with coarse sugar and edible sugar. Allow the chocolate to set and store in an airtight container. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

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remember waking up on January 6th, 1978, running to the living room chimney to find my stocking full of candy and little toys. I remember not believing my eyes. I remember exclaiming to my parents, “La Befana found me in America too!!!” I was six-years-old, and it was my first Christmas in the United States. My parents did everything they could to make it feel like home, more like Italy: we had Panettone cake, we had Advent calendars, we had tortellini with freshly made bolognese, we had the smells and the tastes and the decorations, but I was still worried about one thing… Would La Befana find me? La Befana is one of Italy’s oldest and most celebrated legends. Each year on January 6, the children of Italy awaken in hopes that La Befana has made a visit to their house. This is a significant day to Italians because it marks the end of the Christmas season and the day that the three Wise Men arrived in Bethlehem. Over the years, the Epiphany has been a more celebrated holiday for the children of Italy than even Christmas. As legend has it, the three Wise Men were in search of the Christ child when they decided to stop at a small house to ask for directions. Upon knocking, an old woman holding a broom opened the door slightly to see who was there. Standing at her doorstep were three colorfully dressed men who were in need of directions to find the Christ child. The old woman was unaware of who these three men were looking for and could not point them in the right direction. Prior to the three men leaving, they kindly asked the old woman to join them on their journey. She declined because she had too much housework to do. After they left she felt as though she had made a mistake and decided to go and catch up with the kind men. After many hours of searching, she could not find them. Thinking of the opportunity she had missed,

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soon all of Milan was asking for “Toni’s bread” or “pan ad Toni.” The true inventor of the new treat did not mind, however. He soon became one of the family - Adalgisa was his forever. Now that you have a little insight into my Italian Christmas,

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Italy’s answer to France’s Champagne, this sparkling wine makes for a great aperitif. Plan your toast accordingly and pick up a few bottles of Prosecco for your guests to enjoy.

I could write a book about Chianti. I’ve written many articles about this region in Tuscany, and it will always have a special place in my heart. This is rudimentary, but Chianti follows this sequence in terms of quality, price, and time spent in oak: Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG, and Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG.

PINOT GRIGIO You can’t go wrong with this varietal if you’re serving any kind of seafood. Pinot Grigio from Italy will have a hint of citrus flavors and a dry minerality. The perfect pair with white fish and crustaceans.

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO I would be remiss if I didn’t include one of Italy’s heaviest hitters (and one of my personal favorite wines in the world.) Made of 100% Sangiovese, this wine must be aged in oak for at least two years and another three years in the cellar before it is released. Be prepared to spend some money on this. You won’t be sorry.

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Goodies for Gourmets Stocking stuffers for the gourmets in your family. Shop Dragonfly this holiday season for something special for everyone on your list! 206 E. Main St., Luverne, MN. (507) 449-2060.

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Nutcracker Scavenger Contest Play Luverne’s Nutcracker Scavenger Contest December 3 - 23. Follow the trail of 100 nutcrackers throughout Luverne any time of the day or night. Fill in the NAME of each nutcracker at locations marked on the contest map entry form for a chance to win one of six $50 Luverne Chamber Gift Cards! Entry forms available online at

A Holiday Tradition The Rock County Historical Society provides an amazing experience as you step into a suite of nutcrackers. Luverne resident Betty Mann started formally collecting nutcrackers in 2001, but in 15 short years had grown her collection to over 2,500 pieces. Make a visit to this display a new holiday tradition. 312 E. Main Street in Luverne, MN. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fabulous Flatbreads Stop by Sterling’s for one of their fabulous flatbread pizzas — or order all four for the table! BBQ Chicken, Steak & Onion, Margherita and Chicken Florentine. Sterling’s Café & Grille. 105 E. Main St., Luverne, MN. (507) 449-0220.

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Why Would I Need a Hysterectomy? BY ALYSSA KUECKER, AVERA HEALTH


ysterectomy is the second most common surgery for women — behind only C-sections. Each year, 600,000 women undergo this procedure, which removes the uterus and cervix.

Why would your physician recommend hysterectomy? Past and current health conditions that may lead to a hysterectomy include: 1. Uterine fibroids – Benign tumors located in the uterus,

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fibroids affect approximately 30 to 40 percent of women during their lifetime. If medication or other treatments fail, the woman may choose a hysterectomy. 2. Abnormal, irregular, heavy or painful periods 3. Pelvic pain 4. Pain during intercourse 5. Cancer “We typically see women in their 40s and 50s having hysterectomies as that is when bleeding abnormalities usually appear,” said Molly Uhing, MD, Avera OB/GYN, “but we see

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“While hysterectomy is still the second most common surgery for women, the need for them among women is actually decreasing because we are finding and addressing those health issues before we get to that point,” explained Uhing.

There are three ways the procedure is typically carried out. In the vast majority of cases, hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure: • Trans-vaginal: The uterus and cervix are removed through the vagina. Cost effective and minimally invasive with less than 1 percent complication rate, this is the gold standard of hysterectomies. • Laparoscopic: In this procedure, the surgeon uses either laparoscopic instruments or robotic arms to remove the uterus and cervix through small incisions made in the abdomen. Sometimes the incision is made through the belly button, resulting in virtually no scar afterwards. A 1 percent complication rate and shorter recovery make this another ideal option for patients. • Open surgery: Much like a C-section, an open surgical hysterectomy involves an incision along the lower abdomen. This option is extremely rare as it requires a longer recovery and poses a 20 percent complication rate.

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“If you need a hysterectomy, know your options,” said Uhing. “Ask if you’re a candidate for robotic surgery or another minimally invasive procedure that carries low risk.” Unfortunately, Uhing has found that many women try avoiding the hysterectomy they so desperately need in fear of losing their sex drive or hormones and starting menopause early. This isn’t true. “Female hormones are primarily produced from the ovaries, which are rarely removed at the same time as a hysterectomy,” explained Uhing. A hysterectomy in addition to a bilateral salpingo oophorectomy removes the uterus, cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes. “Because the hormones that come from the ovaries are so important to a woman’s long-term health, the only time we consider removing them is if there’s a specific problem with the ovaries or if there’s a personal or family history of cancer.” Unless you have a more invasive surgery, hysterectomy can be an outpatient procedure. In most cases, you’ll go home the same day. For the more common trans-vaginal and laparoscopic procedures, you’ll take pain medications for three to five days, be back to work within two weeks and follow a lifting restriction of no more than 10 pounds for about six weeks. Hysterectomies often resolve heavy bleeding and pelvic pain. While it can be hard to grasp that you’re losing a major organ, advanced options lessen pain and recovery time, and in most cases help you feel better than before.

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isiting the Emergency Room (the ER) or sometimes referred to as the Emergency Department of a hospital can be a traumatic and stressful experience for anyone. However, the doctors at Orthopedic Institute want you to know you have options. Here are five suggestions from the experts:

This is an option when your situation is concerning enough that you don’t want to wait until the next day. The PA will be able to assess your injury and help determine what is best for you. You may need to see an Orthopedic Institute physician, and the PA can get the ball rolling with x-rays and possibly an MRI.

1. If you find yourself needing orthopedic care that is not life threatening, and occurs between the hours of 7 am and 5 pm, you can call OI at 605-331-5890. You will be in touch with one of the knowledgeable and caring nurses who will visit with you to find out more about the seriousness of your injury and possibly get you in with one of the OI doctors the same day, encourage you to come to the OI walk-in clinic, or go directly to the ER.

3. If you’re in need of medical care after office hours, you can call the after-hours call service at 605-331-5890. They will listen and take your message and quickly get it to the doctor who is on call for Orthopedic Institute. When he calls you back, he will help you decide how urgent your situation is and if a trip to the ER is necessary, or if you should get an appointment in the office in the next day or two.

2. If you require urgent orthopedic care between 3 – 7 pm Monday through Friday or from 11 am – 3 pm on Saturday, Orthopedic Institute offers a walk-in clinic, OI NOW, that is staffed by a professional orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA).

4. Sometimes a trip to the ER is necessary, and it is no one’s idea of a swell time. More than 130 million times a year, people in the U.S end up there—often with non-life-threatening problems that can mean hours of waiting for treatment. Before seeing a

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specializes in whatever landed you in the emergency room in the first place. “It can be comforting to go with a doctor you know and trust, says Dr. Peter Looby, a board certified orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedic Institute. I sometimes think patients land in the ER and don’t know they have a choice, but they do.” 5. Having the ER call an Orthopedic Institute doctor who you already have a relationship with will get the process started much quicker than with a doctor who has never treated you before. This will only help get you in and out of the ER as soon as possible, and ahead of patients waiting to be assigned a doctor.

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An Ozark Mountain Christmas in Branson, Missouri BY JESSICA WEISCHEDEL


ranson, Missouri, has many possibilities for a vacation full of excitement and adventure. With several live shows, one of the world’s top theme parks, the beautiful Ozark Mountains and three gorgeous lakes, a rich history and plenty of shopping and restaurants to enjoy, it makes for a fantastic place to visit. When the holidays come around, Branson will not disappoint the people who come to see what it has to offer. It’s called Ozark Mountain Christmas, which has been an ongoing tradition for more than 25 years. From November through New Year’s Day, the holiday season is kicked off with a variety of ways to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. The holiday light displays in Branson are impressive to say the least. New in 2015, the Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights & Village on Buena Vista Road in Branson is a drive-through Christmas light display featuring a “magical mile”, rides on the North Pole Express train, selfies with Santa, Crackling Christmas Chickens, Clydesdale horses, a life-size nativity experience, and gourmet hot chocolate to enjoy. Another display, located on Highway 76, the Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills is home to the famous 160-acre outdoor theatre, Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. It is transformed into a holiday dream, and rated by the Travel Channel as one of the top 5 drive-through Christmas displays in the United States. Complete with a 230-foot-tall Christmas tree, the Trail of Lights features a series of animated characters who tell stories surrounded by millions of Christmas lights. Admission also includes a cup of hot chocolate or cider and a trip to the top of the Christmas tree, otherwise known as Inspiration Tower. A trip to Branson during the holidays just wouldn’t be complete without visiting Silver Dollar City, an internationally

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awarded 1880s-style theme park featuring over 40 thrilling rides and attractions, live shows and concerts, craftsmen, food, and shops. To add to the excitement, this all sits on top of one of Missouri’s deepest caves. During Christmas season the park holds what is titled An Old Time Christmas, and is illuminated with over 5 million dazzling lights, and 1,000 decorated trees, including a special effects Christmas tree that stands five stories tall. This tree is positioned in the Main Street square near the front entrance, and is the clear focal point of the celebration. Decorated with hundreds of thousands of colorful LED lights which are choreographed to be in unison with music throughout the Square’s storefronts and other trees. Almost every building, tree, and walkway is covered with lights from top to bottom, which makes the sight something you can spend hours admiring. The Christmas on Main Street light and sound spectacular is performed every 15 minutes throughout the evening, with a lighting ceremony around the big tree at 5:30p.m. each night. Shortly afterwards, the Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade occurs, featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & Friends, as well as many rides and attractions. As Grand Marshal, Rudolph leads the evening parade as it winds through the streets of Silver Dollar City. The live shows in Branson are worth seeing, as the city is called the Live Music Show Capital of the World. The lineup of themed shows and special performances that celebrate the season are amazing. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame member Cedric Benoit and the Cajun Connection Band spice up the holidays with Christmas on the Bayou, with some catchy Cajun music during a 30-minute show. Two award-winning Broadway-style musical

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productions are a part of An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City, both of which are free with the park admissions. A Dickens Christmas Carol takes place in a stunning Victorian period scenery and props with a talented cast of actors accompanied by a live orchestra and excellent special effects. This unique adaptation of the famous classic novel, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, uses inspiration and humor to actively tell the brilliant story of Scrooge’s journey through Christmas past, present, and future to help him realize who he really is. It’s A Wonderful Life is a holiday classic that comes to life on the Red Gold Heritage Hall stage with a cast of 14 actors performing the story of George Bailey, who discovers the value of life, family, and friends with the help of Clarence, his guardian angel. The music in this production is pre-recorded, but the costumes and special effects are especially stunning. The Living Nativity transports your family to ancient Bethlehem and reveals the real reason for the season with a musical performance of the celebration of the original Christmas

story. It takes place several times throughout the day and lasts just 15 minutes. The Frontier Fa-La-La Follies is a hilarious holiday adventure with a wild west comedy-style sing-along featuring familiar Christmas carols during a 45-minute show of dancing, singing, and fun. Enjoy over 80 Christmas trees decorated with themes including gingerbread, camping, plaid, and more at Jingle Bell Junction, located in the Frisco Barn. A Christmas decorator’s dream, here you will find a brilliant selection of items to adorn your tree and brighten up your Christmas. An abundance of home-style Christmas feasts are available, such as a prime rib buffet at the Reunion Hall, a holiday harvest buffet at Molly’s Mill, and hot apple dumplings and cinnamon ice cream at Dockside Grill, Water Tower Concessions, and Berries & Cream located near the Lumbercamp. Eva & Delilah’s Bakery is famous for warm and delicious homemade treats, including the perfect traditional holiday fruitcake. Nestled in a festive tin, this ideal comfort food

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is for use in a quiet place – not while driving or operating a rocket. Using this several times a week during stressful times or even daily will help your mind create a habit of relaxation. As you begin to listen to the words take long, slow, deep breaths. This will help your mind get the message that your body is safe now. Let the words, music, and the quiet spaces in between guide you into a relaxation to refresh and refocus your attention. You can use it before bed and then fall asleep or use it during the day with the intention to be refreshed after listening. It is about 25 minutes long.

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developed by Rebecca Wiener McGregor over the last 10 years, is a combination of traditional hypnosis techniques such as regression, parts mediation, and guided visualizations along with positive language, breathing, the practice of gratitude, meditation, and accountability so that you can feel happy with yourself, your relationships, your communication, and your work. This method is also the basis for her coaching programs that help you focus on feeling confident, balanced, clear about your values, and operating from love (instead of fear) so that you can create happiness in your whole life. When you are happy, your relationships, career, communication, spirituality, and overall wellness are happier too. Find your happy. Make your Whole Life Happy™. Rebecca helps teens and adults heal from fear-based experiences. Some of the reasons people seek her help are: • Grieving a loss • Reducing negative thoughts • Growing confidence and self-worth • Building stronger relationships with self and others • Attracting a healthy relationship • Healing past verbal, sexual, physical abuse and assault • Freedom from rage

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while they follow the map throughout the boat as they search for the Sugar Plum Fairy Sweet Stops, take a photo with Rudolph, and visit the Captain in the Wheelhouse. Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Helpers offer face painting, and kids can complete a Christmas Wish List and place it in the Toy Soldiers Mail Box for immediate delivery to Santa Claus. Branson is grand no matter what time of year. With so many fun adventures and attractions ready for you during the Christmas season, it makes for an exceptional destination for your holiday getaway.

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“Knowing what you would like and outlining it in your birth plan is good, but remember to be flexible as no birth ever goes exactly according to our plans.”


hen it comes to labor, the most important thing is to expect the unexpected. Knowing what you would like and outlining it in your birth plan is good, but remember to be flexible as no birth ever goes exactly according to our plans.

How do I know when I am in labor? Early labor is when you are having contractions but your cervix is not changing. This can last for two to three days, so you might get sent home from the hospital and asked to return when the contractions are closer and stronger.

Who will delivery my baby? When you are in labor, a nurse will usually be with you for a 12-hour shift, so you may have more than one nurse during your labor. Your physician or midwife will usually have an on-call provider that will handle your delivery, so it might not be your specific provider.

When is it too late for an epidural? You will usually need 30 minutes to get IV fluids, and the epidural will usually take about 30 minutes to start working. So I

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usually tell patients that if they are ready to push the baby out, it is probably too late for the epidural.

How will I know when to push? You will usually know it’s time to start pushing because you will feel like you have to poop. Patients are always worried about this but the muscles you use to push your baby out are the exact same ones you use to poop. If you actually have a bowel movement, it’s not a big deal to us, and your nurse will simply clean it up.

How long will I push? First time moms can push for two to three hours. Moms who have delivered before can push for one to two hours but sometimes it can be much quicker. There is no way to estimate how long this will take.

Am I going to tear during delivery? It’s hard to predict if someone will have vaginal tears. If you do, stitches will be placed that will dissolve, eliminating the need for

removal. We usually try not to cut an episiotomy unless there is a reason to do so. You may also have swelling of your labia (lips of vagina) and ice packs work very well to help numb the area and decrease the swelling.

When will I deliver the placenta? After the cord is clamped and cut, you will still need to deliver the placenta. It usually will happen within a few minutes of your delivery but can take up to 20 to 30 minutes. You will be given Pitocin to help your uterus firm up and your nurse will need to massage your uterus to make sure it stays firm. You can see the placenta if you would like. Many women are interested to see where their baby was living for the previous nine months.

Why am I shaking after delivery? The shakes are caused from the immediate hormonal shifts that occur after delivery. They are normal. If you try to stop yourself from shaking, it usually makes it worse. They will usually go away in a few minutes.

Talk with your provider for any additional questions you may have about the labor and delivery process. You can also schedule an early OB appointment at Sanford Women’s with your choice of provider. Pick between an OB/GYN, a family medicine physician or a certified nurse midwife. Call (877) 24-WOMEN to make an appointment today.

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Christmas Finger Puppets Materials: Pipe cleaners, mini pom poms of various sizes, googly eyes, glue, and wire cutters. Instructions: You can create all sorts of Christmas creatures with pipe cleaners and pom poms. Decide what you want to make, such as a reindeer, a snowman, an elf, a penguin, or Santa Claus, and choose the coordinating colors of pipe cleaners and pom poms for the bodies and heads. Take the pipe cleaner and tightly wrap it around your finger, making sure the top of the pipe cleaner coils down to a smaller circle. Carefully remove it from your finger, then put a tiny dab of glue onto the wire end of the pipe cleaner and stick it straight down into the pom pom you chose for the head. Hold this in place for a few seconds so that it sticks. Now it’s time to add the accessories! Get creative with gold antlers for a deer, a sparkly red pom pom for Santa’s belly, or a black pipe cleaner for a snowman’s scarf, just to name a few ideas. Let your kids come up with more ways to create these cute little puppets and then put on a puppet show!

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Gumdrop Ornaments Materials: Small styrofoam balls, spice drops or gum drops, thin ribbon, scissors, straight pins, and hot glue. Instructions: Cut a piece of ribbon about 4 inches long. This will be the hanger for the ornament. Make a loop, then secure it to the styrofoam with a straight pin. Add a little bit of glue to the top of the pin and let dry. Apply glue to the bottom of a gum drop and hold it to the styrofoam for a few seconds. Repeat until you form a circle around your ribbon, then keep working around each circle until the whole foam ball is covered.

Paper Roll Christmas Tree Materials: Even number of toilet paper rolls (the more rolls the bigger the tree), green paint, paint brushes, stapler, small christmas ornaments, and scissors. Instructions: Begin by setting aside 1, 2, or 4 paper rolls to be left unpainted or painted brown. The number depends on the size you plan to make your tree. These will make up the trunk of the tree. Paint the rest of your toilet paper rolls with green paint, inside and outside. Let them dry completely, then staple them together to make a triangle shape. Staple the tree trunk together, then glue the green tree on top, so that it sits upright. You can also choose to go without a trunk. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to decorate your Christmas tree! Let your kids decide which ornaments and decorations they want to use. Decorate both sides or just one, depending on how you plan to display it.

Paper Plate Snowman Materials: Construction paper, string, hole punch, foam or paper plates. Instructions: In two plates, punch two holes the same distance apart at the top of one and the bottom of the other, then thread string through them both so the top and bottom overlap, and tie. At the top of one of the plates, punch another hole and thread the strings up through it. Tie at the top to form a loop. Flip the plates over so they are upside down. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to create the snowmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face using orange construction paper for the triangle nose, and black construction paper for the eyes and buttons. Cut out some brown construction paper for the arms, and finish off with some of your own creativity!

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Simply Christmas BY AMITY SHAY


hen I was a little girl, my family went out of their way to give me a lovely holiday. I recall walking into my grandmother’s house and it was just something out of a Better Homes and Gardens scene. Gobs of gifts, glorious platters of food, music, the fireplace — and Santa even visited me there too. What a lucky girl I was; truly. I was blessed beyond measure and I was reminded often of the bare bones that my grandmother had during her holidays as a child. After all, growing up with one parent during the Great Depression was incredibly hard. So she decided long before I came into the picture, she’d give all that she could and she has. Still to this day, she remembers me and my children

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every Christmas. It wouldn’t be Christmas for me without my grandmother in it. Now that I get to be the one making the memories and creating Christmas magic, I choose simplicity. There is always something bigger, better and way more expensive, and it is usually more than I could afford for one child, let alone four. I, being an only child, never had to share the expense, toys or anything for that matter, but it is different for me now. Growing up gifted with so much made me feel there could be “too much Christmas”. Because it isn’t about the gifts after all. I wanted something deeper for myself and my growing family.

“We make popcorn on the stove, read lots of books, watch all the classics; some are even in black and white and we bake a lot.”

I wanted simplicity and grace and gingerbread houses. Being in a go-go society where everything is busy- busy, it is nice to slow down, look around and find peace in your space. Honestly, peace is the last word I would use to describe Christmas, because as soon as November 1 rolls around, there is not a whole lot of tranquility about. How does one create those fundamental ingredients for a perfectly peaceful holiday? I suppose, to pick and choose what matters the most. For us, we love to make gifts. Be it a card, a cup or a scarf, everything it better homemade. Giving back probably is the foundation for our holiday season. We actively seek out opportunities to help make Christmas bright for many. We play favorites by picking out favorite families to spoil with goodies galore and we don’t forget our neighbors, especially if they are elderly. We make popcorn on the stove, read lots of books, watch all the classics; some are even in black and white and we bake a lot. Then every year, when it is time for gifts, it is simple. They all get a Christmas Eve gift and it is a lot of fun to put together, but even more fun when they get to open it. It is usually filled with new pajamas, an activity book or coloring book, hot cocoa, a treat and a new movie. It could be changed up every year but they are just too much fun. Plus it helps put to rest some of the excitement for the big day. Then we get to the gifts under the tree. They get four; something they want, something they need, something to play with and something to read. Simple right? Of course elves ( grandma & grandpa ) send a surprise too, but this way everything seems to flow just right. Christmas is simply my most favorite time of the year, but not because of what is waiting under the tree, but because of the memories being made around it. Toys will come, new electronic devices will go and all that will remain are the times we spent together. The stories we shared, the dreams we verbalized and Getting kids to put down their electronics the promises we made. Even though grandmother and play outside is amy no-brainer when made Christmas dazzling, I your recallbackyard the most contains the way her hair looked, her a slackline! laugh and the way the ham tasted. I don’t remember my favorite toy, but I do remember her joy.

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The Christmas Story by Robert Sabuda Long ago in the town of Bethlehem, on a bright and starry night, a baby was born, a child who was called the son of God. Announced by an angel, born in a humble manger, laid in a bed of straw, visited by shepherds and wise men—the age-old, awe-inspiring story of the birth of Jesus is lovingly brought to life by master pop-up artist Robert Sabuda in six gorgeously imagined scenes, culminating in a 3-D manger sheltering humans and beasts, guarded by an angel above. Glinting with touches of gold and pearlescent foil, The Christmas Story is a visual feast, a holiday treasure to be shared with the whole family. Ages 5 yrs - 8 yrs

The Nutcracker by Niroot Puttapipat The Nutcracker is one of the world’s most popular ballets, telling the captivating story of Clara and the Nutcracker prince as they journey into a land of fantasy. Inspired by Marius Petipa’s sets for the original production of the ballet, Niroot Puttapipat’s delicate silhouette illustrations dance across pale, watercolorwashed backgrounds in a unique interpretation. Starkly beautiful, this keepsake edition evokes all the magic and anticipation of Christmas Eve as Clara and the prince waltz between worlds—and culminates in a 3-D spread bringing the dreamlike Land of Sweets to life. Ages 3 yrs - 7 yrs

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Walk This World at Christmastime by Big Picture Press A collection of global cultures, Walk This World at Christmastime illustrates the ways people around the world celebrate Christmas. Travel to a new set of countries with every turn of the page. Lift the numbered flaps for all the fun of an Advent calendar in a format to be read again and again. Ages 5 yrs - 8 yrs

Christmas for Greta and Gracie by Yasmeen Ismail Greta and Gracie are sisters. Greta is chatty while Gracie is quiet. It’s all fine until, one day, everything changes. It’s almost Christmas, and the sisters decorate the tree, shop for presents, and go ice-skating on the pond. Greta, of course, always knows best. Then on Christmas Eve, while Greta is sleeping, Gracie hears a funny noise. She creeps downstairs to investigate, and the next morning her very special revelation leaves chitty-chatty Greta lost for words! Ages 3 yrs - 7 yrs

The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman When twelve-year-old Nick runs away from his uncle’s in the middle of a blizzard, he stumbles onto a very opinionated bookstore. He also meets its guardian, the self-proclaimed Evil Wizard Smallbone, who calls Nick his apprentice and won’t let him leave, but won’t teach him magic, either. It’s a good thing the bookstore takes Nick’s magical education in hand, because Smallbone’s nemesis— the Evil Wizard Fidelou—and his pack of shape-shifting bikers are howling at the borders. Smallbone might call himself evil, but compared to Fidelou, he’s practically a puppy. And he can’t handle Fidelou alone. Wildly funny and cozily heartfelt, Delia Sherman’s latest is an eccentric fantasy adventure featuring dueling wizards, enchanted animals, and one stray boy with a surprising knack for magic. Ages 8 yrs - 12 yrs

Bizzy Bear: Christmas Helper The Christmas rush is on, and Bizzy is making himself useful at the North Pole as one of Santa’s elves. Join in the fun as Bizzy makes the toys, packs the sleigh, and then helps Santa deliver the presents! Ages 0 mos - 3 yrs

Roly Poly Looks for Santa Claus A Tiny Tab Book Roly Poly is looking for Santa Claus. Will he be able to find him before Christmas? A chunky pull-tab book that’s perfect for little hands! Ages 0 mos - 3 yrs

Peg + Cat: The Penguin Problem by Jennifer Oxley; Billy Aronson Peg and Cat are at the South Pole preparing to watch the ski race at the Animal Winter Games. Suddenly they spy the Penguins zooming downhill. CRASH! The Penguins apologize (“Snow problem,” says Cat), but it seems that there is a problem: the Penguins keep slamming into things! So they all try again, with Peg shouting directions each time they come to a hurdle. “Go over! Go under! Go in between!” But the Penguins still have no clue, because they don’t know what over, under, and in between mean. Luckily, Cat points out some directional arrows to follow, and a problem is solved . . . for the moment. Now can anyone figure out how to keep the ice floe the Penguins have landed on from tilting? Ages 3 yrs - 7 yrs

The Christmas Eve Tree by Delia Huddy It’s late on Christmas Eve, and the little fir tree is the only tree left in the shop. What a poor thing I am, it thinks. But then a young boy enters the store, drawn in from the damp by the warmth and lights and the wonderful smell of Christmas, and he doesn’t seem to mind that the scrawny tree isn’t tall and straight like the others. . . . This magical story, beautifully illustrated by Emily Sutton, captures an unexpected and unforgettable moment of happiness that brings a whole city together. Ages 5 yrs - 8 yrs

Maisy’s Christmas Presents by Lucy Cousins What kinds of Christmas gifts has Maisy brought for her friends Eddie, Charley, Tallulah, and Cyril? With the lift of a flap or the pull of a tab, children uncover each surprise. As for Maisy’s present, they can help pick it out themselves with the turn of a wheel. And in true holiday spirit, Maisy has tucked a little something extra in a final fold as a gift to her readers. Ages 2 yrs - 5 yrs

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