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A highly aniticpated spring! For most Minnesotans, spring is typically a highly anticipated season. With this winter’s heavy snowfalls and cold temps, many of us have been awaiting this spring with more impatience than usual.

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One of my favorite to-dos at this time of year is nothing other than a good, thorough spring cleaning. I love to go through all the closets and cupboards and clean. But even more than that, I like to PURGE. The cleaning alone doesn’t fulfill my spring rituals. I need to find things to get rid of during that annual cleaning. It’s freeing to simplify and get rid of things you don’t really need and “lighten the load,” so-to-speak. When doing your cleaning, don’t forget about some of those easily overlooked places, like your refrigerator (check out Page 6), or your makeup drawer (Page 16). I’m sure you can find some things in there to throw out! After the cleaning is done, find some fun ways to freshen up your look and your home. We’ve got lots of ideas in this edition of Chicz to get you started.

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Get color ● 4 Customize your soap dispensers ● 5 Don’t forget fridge when spring cleaning ● 6 Walls fit for a magazine ● 7 Organizing small spaces ● 8

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Real Chicz of Douglas County 26 A guy’z perspective 25 He sez...she sez 28 Tech tipz 32 Gamez 34 Great readz 36 10 uses for... coffee grounds 38 Get Fit at the playground ● 29 Consider a career in nursing ● 30 Nature’s alarm clock is ringing ● 31

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pring is the time to bloom. Go ahead, get daring! What better way to do that than with a can of paint? Shades of orange and turquoise continue to be hot colors with impact. We recommend picking your favorite hue and painting a trial 2-foot area on your wall. Live with it for a week or so before purchasing the entire gallon. Don’t be afraid to look to your favorite fabrics for inspiration; take them with you to the paint store for ease in matching. Where else can you spend $30 or less to make such a big impact?

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SOAP DISPENSERS E very bathroom needs soap next to the sink. That’s for hygiene, my dirty little friends, but you already knew that! Since the soap has to be there, why not personalize the experience by making some fun DIY soap dispensers? I personally have gone through several phases of soap dispensers in my bathroom and kitchen. First there was the serious, obsessive, “everything must match” phase. Then there was the “I don’t care what it looks like as long as it’s cheap” phase, when my kids were little and pouring it down the drain. As my kids have grown, I’m finally to the point where I can find a happy medium. I want it to look cute and be something they will enjoy using, but still not cost a fortune. Anything that encourages my kiddos to wash their hands more often is a winner in my book. So why not personalize the hand-washing experience?

Do your kids love Legos? Do you want something sophisticated and pretty? Have some mason jars sitting around? Here’s what you’ll need: Clear, empty pump dispensers. Can be glass or plastic, new or recycled (remove labels with soap and water or Goo Gone). Try a mason jar. Drill a hole through the lid and add a pump. Liquid soap. Any color and scent you want. Decorative items. Legos, beads, pebbles, small toys, decorative glass pieces, marbles, plastic flowers, or whatever your heart desires. Whatever you choose, it must be hard, insoluble, and small enough to go through the opening of your container but large enough not to get stuck in the pump. If items are heavy, they will sink to the bottom; if they are light, they’ll float to the top. Fill the bottle with a small amount of liquid soap, then add a Lego or other decorative item. Keep repeating until bottle is full. Use a skewer to push the items around.


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homez Use this refrigerator storage chart offered by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to help you decide if it stays or goes. Always remember that your family’s health is at stake.

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The days of spring cleaning are upon us. After vacuuming out your vehicle and deep cleaning the house, pay your refrigerator some much needed attention as well. If your grocer has done their job, the food you bring home is in great condition and ready for consumption. Now it’s your job to preserve it for your family. Before you put groceries away, check the temperature of your refrigerator and freezer. Your refrigerator should be set for 40 degrees By Jessica Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius); your freezer should be set to 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 Peterson degrees Celsius) or lower. These temps will help keep any bacteria in food from multiplying. If your refrigerator doesn’t have a thermostat, invest in a thermometer. Next, label items with an expiration date. Once an item is open, its “sell by” date is no longer valid. Use a dark marker and label packaging with a visible expiration date. This is especially important for leftovers. Without labels, you must rely on your mental clock to know how long an item has been in the fridge. Is it worth the gamble? Check for old or expired food. If in doubt about an item, use common sense. It’s never OK to just eyeball an item for mold or other visible signs of deterioration. In reality there are two different types of bacteria that play a role in the breakdown of foods – spoilage bacteria and pathogenic bacteria. Spoilage bacteria grow at refrigeration temps and take the form of mold. While unappetizing, these are not very dangerous if consumed. Pathogenic bacteria, on the other hand, are unrecognizable to the eye and nose and cause the greatest harm if consumed.


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Towel Holder. Small spaces call for pared-down bath supplies. Have three fresh towels handy for you and guests. Try a decorative metal towel holder painted to match your shower curtain, hung within reach of those stepping out of the shower. It’s a fresh use of a tiny space.

Stacked books Well-loved books shouldn’t be hidden away. No space for book shelves? Try an over-the-desk shelf with some space-saving attitude.



Robe hooks Your favorite robe or towel needs to stay handy. If it’s a family bath, choose an over-thedoor option that holds four.

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not-so-very-long-time ago, it wasn’t that difficult to keep track of your teen and who they were hanging out with. Today, things are more challenging. Cell phones, e-mail and social media sites have made the world a whole lot smaller, and made it a whole lot harder for parents to keep track of who their kids are “spending time” with. Don’t give up. It’s more important than ever that you stay tuned in. Here are a few parenting “musts:” Communicate! In any aspect of parenting, talking openly with your child is the best way to stay on the same page. Talk about social media, what they want to participate in and why. Be open-minded. Discuss online dangers. Share real-life examples of what can happen (identity theft, online stalking or bullying, harassment, etc.). Stress that “what goes online stays online.”

The delete button doesn’t make things go away. Kids need to learn how their online actions (and the actions of others) can impact their future. Keep up with technology. Once you find out which social media sites are popular with your child and their friends, do some research. Learn what they are all about and how to use them yourself to gain some insight. Set expectations and consequences. Tell your teen they must get permission before signing up on any social media site. Make it clear they should never share personal or private information including online passwords, except with you. As a parent, you have every right to your child’s passwords. Let them know you may visit their sites from time to time. Pay attention to what they are posting, what their friends are posting, who their “friends” are. Look for red flags. Set time limits so they don’t become too engrossed in these sites.

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As with any rule, if one is broken, take away privileges until they are earned back. When children have proven themselves trustworthy, use your judgment in giving them more freedom. Share. Talk about what’s going on in the social media world. If your child talks about a fun photo a friend posted on Facebook, be interested and say, “Show me!” If you heard about a new social media craze, ask your child what it’s all about. Open the doors of communication. If you act interested, your child may invite you “in” and share the social media experience with you, and that’s a lot better option than having to check up without their approval.


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Inexpensive ways to make the miles fly by By Karla Mikkelson hether you’re a mom-on-the-go or a grandma with little ones in tow, there’s more to long car rides than giving your most precious cargo highs from “fruit” snacks and a stack of gam-


ing devices. Think back to the simpler days – life without a Nintendo DS, iPod or portable DVD player. Teaching kids to entertain themselves with a few small, quiet toys when they are toddlers is a skill they’ll carry with them the rest of their lives. Here are some inexpensive tips to take the pain out of long car rides: • Search for items out the window that start with each alphabet letter. • Spy license plates from as many states as possible and find them on a U.S. map. • Chat Pack or Brain Quest (portable kids’ question/answer decks). • Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader (try the travel-sized electronic version.

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SMART By Jessica Sly

Are you in need of some new outfits but are restrained by a strict budget? Too intimidated by all those racks of clothes to even attempt browsing? Good news! There are plenty of ways to shop smart for clothes, find what you’re looking for and stay within your budget. All it takes is just a little prep work. Take inventory. Make a list of everything you already own so you don’t have to guess in the store or end up buying doubles. Plan ahead. Decide which outfits you need to complete and what items are “essential” to your wardrobe, and shop with that in mind. If you need to find a blouse to match a skirt, bring the skirt along so you can try them on together or more easily match them.

Always mix ‘n’ match. You can save a lot of money by purchasing items that are adaptable. Can you wear that new skirt multiple ways or with two or three items you already own? Quick tip: Solid colors are easier to mix ‘n’ match than prints with designs or embellishments. Try on everything. Clothes sizes vary from brand to brand. Never assume something’s going to fit. Save time and money by making sure it’s a good fit and comfortable before you buy it. Trust your instinct. If you loved it on the rack but aren’t quite so thrilled with it on, and are thinking “should I or shouldn’t I,” you probably shouldn’t. Make a wish list. See something you love but it would put you way over the budget? Write it down or take a picture, then save for it or work it into your next clothes shopping budget.



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FREEZE AND Freeze your favorites to feed a family on a budget


ne day, fresh green beans were on sale for 99 cents per bag at a local grocery store. I stacked five full bags into my cart and went on my way. It wasn’t long before I ran into my neighbor. “May I ask what you are going to do with all those beans?” she asked. “Freeze them!” I proudly replied. While I realize the value of using them fresh, I also know my budget. And at that price, they were a great buy at no more of a cost than canned.

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My habits are similar for any great buy that can be frozen and used within one to six months, depending on the product. If you’re ready to stretch your shopping budget, I recommend an upright freezer, a stack of freezer bags and a Sharpie to label your food. Be sure to add the date you froze it. This will allow you to use the earliest items first. Organize each shelf by food group, and always look to the freezer first for meal inspiration and planning. As the months go by, you’ll save many a trip to the store, as well as hundreds of dollars. JohnBlock/GettyImages

Fruits & Veggies •Sweet corn (blanch and cut off the cob). •Garden green beans. •Garden asparagus (great from a local farm). •Squash (slow bake, mash, add butter and brown sugar, freeze). •Strawberries (toss with a bit of sugar so they make their own juice, then freeze). •Tomatoes (blanch, pull of skins, freeze. Great for chili). •Apples (cut or dice so they’re ready for apple crisp, apple pancakes, etc.). •Applesauce (great for lunch boxes and a healthy substitute for sugar in recipes). •Green, red and yellow peppers (dice small for use in omelettes and other recipes). •Onions (chopped small for omelettes and casseroles). •Chopped carrots and celery (ready for fast homemade soups and casseroles).

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Other: •Soups (double the batch and freeze for quick, healthy lunches). •Wild rice (pre-cooked with beef boullion, onion and celery, this makes a great fast, homemade soup). •Chicken, fish and red meats. • Meatloaf/meatballs (bake extra and freeze to save time later).

Desserts, Cookies, Breads Make extra banana and pumpkin breads to have on hand for quick breakfasts and drop-in guests. Warming a homemade pie in the oven will impress guests every time. They’ll never know it was frozen. Don’t see it on this list? Be creative. You never know until you try it.

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50 sense By Lori Mork

Ah, spring. Sunshine and the approach of warm weather has many of us looking forward to shedding winter wardrobes in favor of light-weight, summery fabrics. But for women in our 50s, spring brings the daunting task of finding clothing that flatters, yet doesn’t scream our age. Here are a few tips gleaned from several fashion writers for the upcoming spring season, or for any time of year! Buy clothes that fit. Steer clear of baggy or tight. Tailored clothing is the most flattering. Know what to accent and what to camouflage and don’t follow trends. Wear what looks good and fits your lifestyle. Sleeveless or three-quarter? If your arms are fit and toned, sleeveless is in. If not, three-quarter sleeves are the way to go. Despite what designers are showing, puffy sleeves and shoulders don’t cut it. Scrutinize your neck area. Unless it’s smooth and wrinkle free, avoid over exposure. This is a tricky area. Mix and match. Feel free to mix prints, but match by color tone. Stay away from tiny floral prints or details like gold buttons or trim.

Watch the length. Skirt/dress hemlines should fall at the knee or below. Wear a belt at the waist to give the body definition and give clothes a contemporary look. The right handbag. An oversized clutch is a contemporary option to the shoulder bag, and can be paired with jeans and a T-shirt, slacks and a dressy top, or a dress. Bags that fit under the armpit are flattering if not too big or too small. Don’t match your shoes and handbag! Neutral is nice! A universally flattering color is camel, a neutral that mixes well with black, brown, ivory, leopard and red. You can’t go wrong with black and/or white, especially when mixing textures like leather, crocodile or patent leather. Don’t overdo accessories. Focus on one standout piece at a time, and don’t be afraid to use trendy pieces. Jeans. Denim is timeless, as long as the fit is flattering. Dark wash or true blue is slimming. Boot-cut with a slight flair balances the body with the hip and is slimming. The narrower the jean leg opening, the more delicate the shoe. NEVER wear tennis shoes with jeans!


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wardrobe musts The perfect fitting bra. We don’t care what the tag reads. If you’re spilling out the top or the back, it’s time to re-measure.

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Dark-wash straight leg jeans. There’s nothing

more flattering than a pair of jeans with a very dark wash and a little bit of stretch to hug your curves and maximize the length of your legs.

A crisp white blouse. Whether your choice is ruffled or plain, make sure it’s stain-free and ready to go at any moment. That short-notice job interview, date night or an important meeting all deserve this timeless classic. A slimming, fitted cardigan. Our choice? A

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simple cotton fabric that’s not too bulky. No one wants to add more bulk. Try it with a very narrow or very wide belt for a simple but up-to-date look.

Jacket. Remember the blazer? Today’s jacket is a

bit more tailored. If you choose long or three-quarter length sleeves, your investment in this classic will go a long way. It should be versatile enough to pair with jeans, dress pants or a skirt of your choosing.

Sandals. Every woman deserves some fresh


summer sandals with sparkle. Try a metallic silver or bronze shade. Never be afraid to mix your coppers or bronzes with silver jewelry!

A fashion scarf. Make it colorful and fun. When

you put it on, it should make you smile! This great low-cost accessory can be paired with a sundress in the summer and layered with a sweater and jacket in the winter. You’ll get lots of mileage out of one great scarf.

Party dress. How do you know if it’s the one? Can you add a sweet ruffled sweater for your holiday party? Can you add a scarf and wear it to a summer dinner overlooking the lake? Can you add a jacket and wear it to your next job interview? That’s how you’ll know.

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Fitted top. The area just below your bustline is your narrowest part. If you’re trying to disguise some extra pounds, don’t forget that a great V-neck and a fitted torso go a long way. Hoop earrings. From hammered silver to

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Let it go!

By Tara Bitzan

Here’s another thing to add to your spring cleaning list – your makeup! It’s easy to forget how long you’ve had a tube of mascara, or when you last replaced your lipstick. But outdated makeup could cause your skin to break out or a nasty eye infection. Even if you’ve never had problems in the past and have used makeup years past its prime, be wary. Care tips to get the best from your makeup: ● Use clean brushes/sponges to lengthen cosmetic life. ● Some companies print expiration dates on cosmetics. If you don’t see one, when you open a cosmetic for the first time, write the date on it. ● Store cosmetics in a cool, dry environment HOW LONG TO KEEP YOUR MAKEUP: Mascara/liquid eyeliner: 3 months. The risk of transferring bacteria back and forth from your eye and the tube is great, so 3 months if the longest you should keep it. If the product starts to dry out before 3 months, throw it. Never add liquid to the tube.

It’s time to toss that old makeup Eye pencils: 2 years. Sharpen before each use to ensure a clean tip. Lipsticks: 2 years. Sharpen lip pencils before each use to ensure a clean tip. CreatasImages/GettyImages Eye shadows: Liquid – 1 year. Powder – 2 years. If you had an eye infection, throw away all eye makeup and applicators and buy new.

Blushes/powders: Cream blushes – 1 year. Powders – 2 years. If it acquires an odd odor, develops a film, or has an odd colored tint to it, throw it. Foundations/concealers: Moisturizing foundations/stick concealers – 18 months. Oil-free foundations/liquid concealers – 1 year. Brushes: Wash every 2 to 3 months in a mild detergent. Sponges: Wash weekly and replace monthly.

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Personalized Photo – Have someone take a picture of you (and your siblings if you have any). Frame it in a handmade frame or buy one that fits their personalities.

other’s Day and Father’s Day are just around the corner! Now’s the time to start planning. Mother’s Day is May 12 and Father’s Day is June 16. Low on cash? Fresh out of ideas? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered! Take one of these ideas or use them as a springboard to create the perfect, unique gift.


Wacky Hands – Trace your hand and your parent’s hand on black construction paper. Cut them out, glue to white or colored paper and frame. Jupiter/GettyImages


Coupons – Create some “coupons” that your mom or dad can redeem at any time of year. Include coupons for a back rub, big hug, car wash, leaf raking, control of the remote control, doing the dishes, hour of silence... use your imagination! Make them on the computer and print them out, or use construction paper, markers or paints to create them.

Modified Mugs – Use a paint marker to write a quote, special message or draw a picture on a plain coffee mug. Letting the mug heat up with your oven, bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes and let cool. Hand wash only!

Their Day Their Way – On their special day, let them make all the decisions on how to spend it. Have them choose the activities, the place to eat out, the movie to watch, etc. All too often parents give in to whatever their kids want. Surprise them by letting them make ALL the decisions for the day.


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Hey, chicas! I was so excited to write this article because it’s about my fav season: SUMMER! Here are five fast and simple DIY’s to spruce up that wardrobe of yours just in time for the summer.

Shorts With this hot number, everyone will want a pair! Supplies: • An old pair of plain colored or blue shorts • Fabric markers • Rhinestones (optional) • Fabric scraps big enough for patches (optional) Decorate the shorts with rhinestones. Attach fabric scraps as patches. Or write on the shorts with fabric marker - favorite quotes, song lyrics or anything you want. I’m making a One Direction pair! JupiterImages/GettyImages



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Tee Tank Transform an old favorite tee into your favorite tank! Supplies: • An old T-shirt Lay shirt flat, face-up. Cut sleeves off using the seam as a guide, then cut three thin strips from the removed sleeves. Cut a scoop-neck on front and back of the shirt. Lay the shirt face down. Gather the shirt’s two shoulder straps together in the back. Wrap a sleeve strip around them and knot it. Wrap and knot the remaining two strips. And there you have it! If you’re a visual learner, type T-shirt tank DIY into Pinterest and it will show you how it’s done! If you use an adult-size tee, you could turn it into a swimsuit cover-up!

Flip Flops This one’s a classic, but they’re awesome! Supplies: • Multi-colored water balloons or ribbons • Flip flops Tie unfilled water balloons (or ribbons) to the flip flop straps, alternating round end and open end. Cluster them together so that no parts of the straps show. Double knot them to last longer.

This one has been around for a long time, and seems to never go out of style! Supplies: • A plain white or colored T-shirt (or swim suit, etc.) • A tie dye kit (available at most craft stores) Follow the instructions on the tie dye kit to create this DIY. If doing a T-shirt, when you’re done, you could turn it into a Tee Tank!

Headbands/Bracelets This is a fast one! Use leftover scraps from your Tee Tank for the fabric. Supplies: • Tee Tank fabric • Hot glue gun (be careful not to burn yourself!) Braid the fabric until it’s long enough to fit around your head or wrist. Glue a rectangular piece of fabric around both ends of the braid to join them. Let dry and rock it with your new wardrobe. Amanda Herzog is a 7th grade student at Discovery Middle School in Alexandria. Photo credit: Valueline/GettyImages

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wine gadgets By Al Edenloff You get a bottle of wine. You open it. You drink it. End of story, right? Well, it can be. But if you like gadgets or want to add something extra to your experience, consider these ideas: Openers. There are more options than you can shake a cork at – electronic openers, uncorking machines with wooden bases and ornate handles, pump-style openers with low-pressure cartridges and endless styles of corkscrews. If simplicity and functionality is your goal, consider a twist-style corkscrew that’s housed in plastic. Position the plastic ends of the opener over the edge of the bottle and twist the handle. The corkscrew in the middle drives into the cork and removes it as you twist. A tip: Buy extra corkscrews to stash in a suitcase or bag for spur-of-the-moment picnics or hotel stays. Pourers. It’s annoying when drops drip down the bottle or onto the tablecloth when pouring, especially if it’s a staining red wine. Prevent that by buying a dripless pourer. Once again, there are many options on the market. One good and inexpensive product is a drop stop wine pourer – a thin, flexible silver mylar disk that you roll up and insert into the neck of the bottle. Voila! No more spills.

Aerators. To breathe life into your wines, consider purchasing an aerator. Air helps release subtle flavors and aromas locked into the wine. That’s one of the reasons for swirling wine in your glass. You can make a cheaper wine taste more complex or help a well-aged wine reach its full potential by letting it mingle with the air. Stores are filled with options. Invest in a decanter, which typically has a broad base and fluted top. Pour the wine into the decanter and let it breathe. Or use a Vinturi. Hold this tube-like device over your glass and pour. The Vinturi funnels the wine in quickly and mixes in the right amount of air, while straining out any sediment. Wine charms. These are functional and fun. They come in all kinds of different shapes, colors and styles, often containing funny phrases or sayings. Have your guests pick ones they like and loop it around their glass so they know which glass is theirs despite setting it down among other glasses. Have fun exploring the gadgety world of wine!

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Sweet tee-time By Crystal Dey Goldilocks would have loved Arnold Palmer. He got the swell drink of the 1960s just right – not too sweet, not too sour, not too bitter. His classic cocktail has been Chiczified and brought into 2013 as the Pink Lady Palmer. PINK LADY PALMER Raspberry iced tea Pink lemonade Raspberries Lemon Sugar Ice Brew a raspberry flavored tea and chill in the refrigerator overnight. We used Celestial Seasonings’ Raspberry Zinger. Add sugar to sweeten to preferred taste. Also, toss a metal tablespoon in the freezer. Add ice to a glass and fill halfway with pink lemonade. If making your own lemonade, try our Raspberry Pink

Lemonade recipe below. Otherwise, try Simply Lemonade with Raspberry. Pour chilled iced tea over the back of the frozen spoon slowly into the glass. This will keep the two liquids separate and create a two-toned tonic. Pop a few raspberries on top, garnish with a lemon slice, and you just aced the Pink Lady Palmer! RASPBERRY PINK LEMONADE 1 cup raspberries 1 cup lemon juice 3/4 cup sugar 6 cups water Puree raspberries and press through a fine sieve over a bowl to extract juice. Mix sugar, lemon juice and 6 cups cold water until sugar is dissolved. Add raspberry juice. Mix and chill in refrigerator at least one hour prior to serving over ice.

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rhubarb By Lori Mork

Whether it’s bright pink or dull green, the first signs of rhubarb herald the return of spring. Sweet, yet tangy, this vegetable disguised as a fruit is so versatile, you’ll find a myriad of ways to incorporate it.

Rhubarb Bread Pudding I usually double this recipe for a 9x13 pan. I also have used frozen rhubarb and it comes out a little chewier, sort of like a bar recipe, but still really good. When I make it in a 9x13 pan, I usually bake it longer – an hour to an hour and 15 minutes. INGREDIENTS 2 cups rhubarb, chopped 3 eggs 1-1/2 cups sugar 4 slices of bread, cubed 1 tsp. vanilla In a greased 8x8 pan, layer cubed bread, then rhubarb. Mix together eggs, sugar and vanilla until smooth; pour over bread. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until lightly browned and set.

Rhubarb-Cherry Crunch INGREDIENTS 1 cup oatmeal 1 cup flour 1/2 cup margarine 4-5 cups chopped rhubarb 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 2 Tbsp. cornstarch 1 tsp. almond extract 1 can cherry pie filling 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional) Mix together oatmeal, flour and margarine with pastry blender. Press half the mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Sprinkle chopped rhubarb over top of crust. Boil together 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and cornstarch until thick. Add almond extract, pie filling and nuts. Spoon over rhubarb. Sprinkle remaining crumbs over top. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Rhubarb Custard Cake INGREDIENTS 1 cake mix (lemon, white or yellow) 3 cups chopped rhubarb 1 cup sugar 1 cup whipping cream or half and half Prepare cake mix as directed on box. Pour into greased and floured 9x13 pan. Sprinkle rhubarb over top of cake; evenly sprinkle sugar over top and then pour whipping cream or half and half over top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Cool completely; store in refrigerator.

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Blueberry Rhubarb Jam INGREDIENTS 5 cups rhubarb, chopped 5 cups sugar 1 can blueberry pie filling 2 (3-oz.) packages raspberry gelatin Mix together rhubarb and sugar and bring to a boil. Add blueberry pie filling and gelatin. Bring back to a boil and boil for 5-7 minutes. Fill jars. Can be frozen, refrigerated or sealed with wax.


Rhubarb Slush INGREDIENTS 8 cups diced rhubarb 8 cups water 2 cups sugar 1 small pkg. strawberry gelatin 2-3 cups vodka In a Dutch oven, boil together rhubarb, water and sugar until

rhubarb is tender. Strain rhubarb mixture through a colander and use only the liquid. While still hot, add gelatin and stir to dissolve. Add 2-3 cups vodka and freeze. To serve, fill large glass half full of rhubarb mixtures, top with 7-Up or Sprite.

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Rhubarb Cake INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup shortening 1-1/2 cups brown or white sugar 1 egg 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. vanilla 2 cups sour milk or buttermilk 2 cups flour 1-1/2 cups rhubarb, chopped

Cream shortening and sugar. Add other ingredients and mix well. Fold in rhubarb. Spread in greased and floured 9x13 pan. Combine 1/2 cup white sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Sprinkle over mixture. Bake 350 degrees for 45 minutes. MartinPoole/GettyImages

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2 cans vanilla frosting 1 can chocolate frosting Standard size marshmallows Chocolate chips (regular and mini)  Chocolate wafer cookies (round)  Pink colored sugar  Assorted flavors/colors of Tootsie Roll candies  Red food coloring  Red Skittles candy

t’s amazing how a little frosting and a little creativity can turn plain cupcakes into something fantastic. Make a batch of cupcakes using your favorite pre-packaged mix or homemade recipe, then let your creativity run wild to make these cute critters, or whatever else comes to mind! Happy spring!



Cut two edges from chocolate wafer cookies to create a semitriangular piece to use later for the head. Coat with chocolate frosting and allow to dry.  Spoon vanilla frosting into a Ziploc bag. Cut tip from bag to create a

very small hole, and pipe onto cupcake using a circular motion to create the sheep’s “wool.”  Add head piece to cupcake, and top with more white frosting curls to hide the edges.  For eyes, dip the flat sides of two mini chocolate chips into vanilla frosting, and press onto head.

Cut chocolate Tootsie Roll candies in half and flatten into triangles for ears. Place onto cupcake.  Optional: Add a small dab of pink frosting to create the sheep’s mouth, or use colored frosting to add a bow.


Frost cupcakes with vanilla frosting. Put approximately 1/2 container chocolate frosting in a microwave-safe bowl and heat until melted. Pour randomly onto cupcakes to create cow’s spots.  To create a nose, add two or three drops of red food coloring to approximately 1/4 container vanilla frosting. Mix well and spoon into a small Ziploc bag. Cut tip from bag to create a very small hole, and pipe onto cupcake in a circular motion. Place two mini chocolate chips onto nose to finish.  Place two regular size chocolate chips on cupcake as the cow’s eyes.  Cut chocolate and lemon Tootsie Roll candies into quarters. Form two lemon candies into points to create horns, and flatten two chocolate candies into triangles for ears. Place onto cupcake. 


Frost cupcakes with vanilla frosting tinted with 1 drop red food coloring.  Cut several marshmallows into four equal slices, and cut the inner slices in half. You’ll have

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two rounds and four half-circles per marshmallow.  For each pig cupcake, you’ll need one marshmallow round and two half-circles. Use the round as the nose, and the half-circles as ears. Coat them in pink sugar and press into place on cupcake.

Place two regular size chocolate chips on cupcake as the pig’s eyes.  Place a red Skittle as the pig’s tongue, or use a piece of softened pink Tootsie Roll.  Sprinkle pink sugar on the pig’s cheeks.

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wo months into parenthood and I’ve lost count of the number of times I have been amazed at how natural it is for moms to be good at what they do. My wife, Mali, and I didn’t have to wait longer than expected for the arrival of Aubree Olivia Morken. In fact, Mali is the most organized person I know, so it was fitting that our daughter came without much fuss exactly on her due date. We got to the hospital around 11 a.m. on December 27. By 2:05 p.m.,



we had a healthy baby girl weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces. The delivery went as well as we could have expected, at least on my end. I was conscious for all of it and only felt a little light headed. Before you go singing my praises, realize that Mali did most of the work. She went in determined to get through this without medication and never came close to straying from that plan. For all my male readers out there, that’s the kind of grit and determination that great players show during crunch time. Mali has continued to amaze me ever since. It’s not that Aubree has been a tough baby. Quite the opposite. She’s great. Smiles are a lot more frequent than cries, and when she does cry it is usually a pretty easy fix. When it’s not, there’s one person who seems to have the magic touch. I have tried to be that person. I bounce around with her, hold her every which way to try to get her comfortable. I sing to her, I rock her, but when nothing seems to work, I simply hand her off to Mali and the crying tends to stop.

I guess that’s the reward for being so selfless. Isn’t that ultimately the biggest trait that every good mom shares? Their day never really ends. Mali wakes up with Aubree in the middle of the night to feed and change her. Daylight hours consist of feedings, play time, tummy time and naps. Only the naps are strictly designated for Aubree. By the time I get home to By Eric take over, Aubree is noth- Morken ing but smiles. Mali never seems fazed by the constant demand. The only thing she dreads is the day it will end when she goes back to work and Aubree heads to day care. I knew how important the role of a mom is, but I’ve come to appreciate that responsibility by witnessing it firsthand. Kudos to you, mothers. The men in your life are impressed. Eric Morken is a husband, new father, sports reporter and outdoor enthusiast.

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Gardens with a flair so fanciful, Tolkien would be green with envy Homegrown isn’t just the name of her radio show, it’s a way of life for Linda Kellerman. Originally from Minneapolis, Kellerman ditched the city scene, retreated to a peaceful parcel northwest of Alexandria and has cultivated almost two acres into a splendid shire fit for fairies and gnomes. Kellerman was drawn to Douglas County after spending many wonderful summers at her parents’ home on Lake Carlos. For the past 23 years, she and her husband Richard, who answers to “John,” have called Alexandria home. A master gardener since 1995, Kellerman hosts Homegrown, a live gardening show, on KXRA Radio. She’s had the gig for eight years and looks forward to Saturday mornings when she can nurture listeners’ passion for nature. When did you first realize you had a green thumb? I grew up in a gardening family. My grandfather grew fruit trees, two acres of vegetables, and many blooming plants, but his specialty was roses. At the height of his rose passion, he grew more than 30 varieties. My father also was a wonderful gardener. At our home in St. Louis Park, he built a fish pond with a Pagoda. When my parents retired to Alexandria, he continued with a large vegetable garden and fruit trees. I’ve always gardened and I married a man who also loves gardening. Things really came into focus for me when we moved here and I had two acres to work with; what a joy! Who or what inspired you to become a master gardener? We had the good fortune to move next door to Keith and Sheila Norling; Sheila is a master gardener. At that time, there were three master gardeners in the county. Now, the

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Douglas County Master Gardeners boasts a membership of more than 50 volunteers. Master gardener interns are given 50 hours of horticulture education in exchange for 50 hours of volunteer work given back to your county the first year. Your continuing commitment to the program is a minimum of 25 hours volunteer work a year. I heard you have a “fairy garden.” What is a fairy garden? This project began as a present from my husband for my 50th birthday. He cleared an area in our small woods and from cut firewood created rustic fairy homes. We laid in a pond and trails and planted miniature plants. This garden has grown over the years and now has more ponds and a waterfall, many more buildings that Linda Kellerman MASTER GARDENER AND HOST OF ‘HOMEGROWN’ my husband created, many of stone and stained glass. There is a collection of fairy figures as well. Our latest area is the “Gnome Home” at the base of our giant basswood, complete with doors and stained glass windows and, of course, gnomes!

“You know, I really haven’t met many plants I don’t like.”

What’s the weirdest question you’ve gotten on Homegrown? I am blessed with a savvy and smart listening audience and all questions are good questions. Recently, I had a caller ask whether I had ever seen a new kind of squirrel with a big behind and very short tail. I knew she was ask-

real chicz ing a serious question, but it sounded so funny that it took a few seconds to answer, “No.” She called back the next week to report she Googled “Big Butt Squirrel” and found that it probably was a defect of some sort...poor squirrel... but it made for a funny moment. What is your favorite plant? I love perennials, blooming and not blooming. I love fragrance and I love the old fashioned flowers you would find in a cottage garden. Peonies, iris, daylily, lupine, poppy. My garden is quite shaded so I also love hosta, ferns, bleeding hearts, trillium. You know, I really haven’t met many plants I don’t like.

What can Generation Z learn from your generation? I will be celebrating my 60th birthday this April and am still surprised to see the face that greets me in the mirror. I don’t think much has really changed in my lifetime except technology. Values and beliefs are still the most important part of how you live your life. Don’t let other people define

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How does a person turn their black thumb green? Turn to someone who gardens and ask for guidance. I have learned a great deal from other gardeners. For example, have patience, sometimes a plant needs to find the right “home.” Even a distance of a few feet can prove to be the right move. Poppies dislike being transplanted or moved. They a have a long tap root, but once you find their “home,” they will bloom happily for years.


What are your other interests? My husband and I are very proud grandparents. Our son and his wife have five wonderful kids. We also have two toy Japanese chins and an English bulldog. We have bred Persian kittens for years. I enjoy wildlife and feeding birds. Another passion is cooking. I really enjoy creating new dishes. I love to read and of course I love to talk; just ask my poor husband.

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His name is Cash, and dogs just don’t get any goofier than this one.

Amy: This “goofy dog” thing was not Brandon’s intent when shopping for a hunting dog. We went to pick out a puppy with the understanding he would be raised as a hunting machine. I rolled my eyes, but understood. Brandon: I got a call from a friend one day. He knew of some great lab puppies at an irresistible price. I knew the bloodlines were great because the pups were from my friend’s dog. What a hunter! I was so excited! The choice was easy; I picked the biggest male with the most energy. There he was with a fat belly stealing the toys from his siblings, running around like a complete maniac. Perfect! Amy: I’ve never owned a dog that “came with papers.” I grew up with strays – misfits of the dog world. So, owning a dog registered with the By Brandon & Amy Chaffins American Kennel Club must be a big deal, right? This dog will naturally be smart and well-behaved, like canine royalty. Phooey. Brandon: Using his ancestor’s names, we came up with “Drake’s Cash Hayseed Too” as our dog’s AKC registered name. We call him “Cash” after the man in black, Johnny Cash. Well, Cash had a different idea and established his name to mean, “I eat money.” Here’s the story: When he was about 1, we piled cash from our garage sale on our kitchen table under a heavy candle. We came in later to

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find shredded and missing cash. Cash almost went up for adoption that day, but tears from the wife and her sister changed my mind. The saving grace is that Cash is a hunting machine. He is a born-natural at pheasant hunting. Amy: With my husband’s crazy work schedule, Cash and I were spending a lot of time together; the bigger he grew, the harder he was to handle. Off to doggie obedience school we went – just the two of us. We both needed the training, me on how to command him and he on how to obey. We were off to a stellar start and I thought there just might be hope for this guy. Then, as each participant took a turn showing off their “heel” skills, Cash and I took our turn. He was doing well and I was so proud, but then, the beast stopped and lifted his leg on me in front of the entire class – a stream of urine hit my leg with precision and I… was… mortified. We made a quick exit. I loaded that dog in the truck, called my husband crying and told him what a piece of… work his fancy hunting dog was. Then I stopped at Dairy Queen for a cone of consolation. Brandon: I remember the call like it was yesterday. It was hard to decipher through the sobbing but I got the details straight. I think Cash was close to adoption that day, too. Amy: Over the years, Cash and I have come to an understanding: he’s my big baby now. Our relationship has evolved. Cash has mellowed over the years and I can’t help spoiling that goofy dog. Admittedly, I’ve ruined Brandon’s big fancy hunting dog. It wasn’t on purpose; it just happened, one doggie toy at a time. Brandon: Seriously? One at a time? It looks like a doggie toy bomb exploded in our house – they’re scattered everywhere. From the ducks and frogs to the fluffy skunk and squeaky whatcha-ma-thingies, it’s endless. One day I came home to Cash sitting on the kitchen rug with this “help me” look

on his face. He was wearing a tie that said “Woof” on it. I think that was possibly the first time I rolled my eyes at my wife. And then there are the nicknames. She calls my dog Mr. Boogers, Silly Banilly, Zippers.... No wonder he is “special,” the poor guy doesn’t even know his name. I have to admit, though, I am accepting things since the big fella has done a great job at keeping Amy company while I’m working. His personality is pretty funny, too. Just try and mope about a bad day when Cash is around…. I dare ya. Amy: I guess the moral of the story is that men can change – male dogs anyway. Cash went from a spazzy money-eating, leg-lifting, slobberlipped hopeless creature to a mellow, tie-wearing, cuddly puddle of fur. So much for the fancy hunting dog… Brandon and Amy Chaffins of Alexandria have been married nine years – long enough to have learned to live with each other’s “quirks.”


By Elaine Munn pending time outdoors improves moods and gives the body a chance to soak up some Vitamin D. Spring’s moderate temperatures and increasing daylight hours make it the perfect season to get outdoors. And if there’s a playground within jogging distance of your house, you have access to free equipment for a complete workout while enjoying play time with your kids. Warm up by walking, jogging or biking to the playground. If you just want to have fun with the kids, go “freestyle.” Pumping arms and legs on swings, climbing on jungle gyms, swinging from monkey bars and sliding down the fireman’s pole will stretch and tone muscles and burn calories. You won’t know you had a workout until you wake up the next morning! If this seems like too much fun and not enough work, here are some strength training ideas using your own body weight, gravity and playground equipment.


Benches. Bench seats can be used for pushups by placing hands on the seat and feet on the ground. Make it more challenging by reversing position – hands on the ground, feet on the seat. Seats can also be used for tricep dips and step-ups. Monkey bars. Get an upper body workout by using the bars for chin-ups, pull-ups, reverse pushups and hanging crunches. Modified versions of these exercises can be done using lower bars that allow the feet to reach the ground. Swings. Use the swing seats for support while doing planks and other balancing and stability exercises to strengthen the core. Steps. Strengthen legs with calf-raises, standing jumps, lunges and step-ups. Bring the kids! According to the Center for Disease Control, kids should be active at least 60 minutes daily with moderate or vigorous activity. Some playgrounds have running tracks, baseball fields, soccer nets and basketball hoops. Get a workout by chasing a ball out to center field, practicing jump shots or kicking a soccer ball. This is a great opportunity to encourage your kids to leave the house and have fun while being active, and you’ll create some happy family memories.


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Nature’s alarm clock is ringing o you ever wonder why it feels so good to get outside? We have a lot of strange names for the claustrophobic, cooped-up feelings common this time of year – seasonal affective disorder, spring fever, and my favorite, cabin fever. It’s that stuffy feeling relieved by changing the sheets, shaking rugs and cracking the windows…even at 45 degrees. There’s something interesting about temperature swings. In the fall, after 50-degree mornings, a 75-degree afternoon feels glorious, and we cling to it knowing winter is on the way. In the spring, the pattern is reversed. A 30-degree day that would make us groan and shiver in the fall evokes open windows, car washes and no coat. So why does the change of temperature in the spring feel so good? Well one of the therapies for cabin fever is getting out and interacting with nature. Studies show that humans problem solve, have less stress, learn and thrive in an outdoor environment. There has to be more to it. Why do those first bright days and warm temps have us out in shorts and sunglasses? I’ll be the science guy for a second and report that our natural circadian rhythms (our body’s craving for balance between light and dark) are affected positively by lengthening days. Other studies demonstrate our brain waves, the alpha waves that spark creativity, are also positively affected by being outdoors.


Now, science hat off and doctor hat on, I’ll tell you humans need to move. We don’t have a genetic defense against sitting still. In fact, many health problems stem from a sedentary lifestyle. Making changes in our posture and surroundings is healthy for us. Most animals, humans included, are attentive to change. A change in surroundings could be a signal of danger or opportunity. Our brains are wired to note these changes and respond. The fresh air, warm temps, sounds of birds, and bright colors are signals of change that call to us. They’re like nature’s alarm clock, waking us from hibernation. Until recent history, we were creatures that lived and worked in the outdoors. Now we spend most of our days inside in settings that can be stressful, regardless of how comfortable. So if you are itching to get outside, it’s normal, and the outdoors is good for you! I’ll see you out there. I’ll be the one in shorts and sunglasses. Sources: Berman, Marc G.; John Jonides, Stephen Kaplan (2/18/2008). “The Cognitive Benefits of Interacting With Nature”. Psychological Science 19 (12): 1207–1212. Brain Rules, John Medina, Ph.D. 2008. Smart Moves, Carla Hanaford, P.hD. 2005

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about your smartphone How do I remove an app icon from the front screen?

By Bridgit Braun and Kendall Brickweg


till trying to figure out how to use your new Android or iPhone? Let us help! First off, here’s a basic piece of information: An application (app) is any program that runs on your mobile device. These operate features that were on the device when you bought it, like the calendar or alarm, or can be downloaded from other external sources to add features or games. Any icon on your screen is considered an app. Now, let’s address a few other basic questions:

How do I move icons to the front screen? ANDROID and iPHONE: You’ve probably figured out that tapping apps opens them. They are movable by touching, holding and dragging them. For Androids, move apps you use often onto the main front screen by touching and holding for a second or two and then simply letting go. They will then drop onto the front screen. If your front screen is full, slide to the next screen by touching the icon, holding and dragging to the right or left until the page slides, and drop by letting it go. Photo credit:ThomasNorthcut/GettyImages

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ANDROID: Any icon you put on one of the front screens can be removed. Touch and hold the icon and drag it to the bottom where a trash can icon should appear. Hold the icon over the trash, let go and it should be removed. iPHONE: Touch any app and hold; icons will start shaking. You are then free to delete any app by touching the X in the upper corner and confirming the deletion. Apps without the X are pre-loaded and cannot be removed.

How do I change the order of icons on the main four options at the bottom of the screen? ANDROID: The phone comes installed with four options (usually the most often used) that stay fixed at the bottom while sliding through your front screens. To change these, touch the “applications” icon to pop up both the bottom main options and all applications available. Select your settings icon. Select edit. Slide the top screen as you would in the main applications area to find the icon of the app you want. Drag it over the icon you want to replace. The changes save automatically so you can click on home (house icon) or return (arrow circling to point back) to get out of the edit option. iPHONE: Follow directions from question 1.

How do I set up a connection to my wireless Internet at home? You may want to set up your phone to log into your wireless Internet connection at home so you don’t use up available monthly data through your cell phone service. You may also want to connect a device that does not have a cell network assigned to it. ANDROID: Touch the settings icon. Then click on WiFi, and select scan. Find your router name, then enter your password or key. Save the settings. Once set up, the device should automatically use your home service when home. Make sure your WiFi option is turned on to activate this. When WiFi is connected, you will see a symbol at the top of the screen that looks like curved lines radiating outward. iPHONE: Touch the settings app. The second option down will be “Wi-Fi.” This will let you know if you are currently tapped into your WiFi or available hotspot. If it reads “not connected,” touch and make sure to slide WiFi on. If there is a known network available that is not password protected, it will be joined automatically. If there is a network that requires a password, it will be listed under Choose a Network. Touch the network you want to connect to and enter password.


Network marketing By Sheila Smesrud

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any people wonder about running a home-based business. Many quickly dismiss the idea. Maybe it’s time to reconsider. Often the terms multi-level-marketing (MLM) or network marketing are attached to words such as “scheme” or “scam.” Some companies have used an illegal pyramid scheme, which resembles MLM, leading to misconceptions and giving true MLM companies and those associated a bad name. But let’s take a second look. Some long-standing, well-known companies in this country use this business model, including Avon, Amway and Mary Kay. The basis of the model is that people are compensated for personal sales as well as the sales of people they have recruited. This creates a level-based system with varying levels of compensation.


The sales force is expected to sell products directly to consumers based on relationship referrals and word of mouth. This is attractive to the entrepreneur who wants to be “boss free,” but also needs a pre-established system providing structure and guidance. MLM companies provide infrastructure, training, and often great rewards. A good MLM company thrives on consumption of their product by consumers as opposed to thriving on incentives to convince people to join their company. In order to be successful in a network marketing company, you must use the products, recommend the products, and invite others to do the same – again and again. This takes motivation, perseverance. and a great love for the product. The average person will make average money in network marketing. It takes an exceptional, driven person to

stick with this – it’s no “get rich quick” plan. There are a lot of companies out there, so you have to find one that fits you. Look for a product you love, a company with a good reputation and credibility, and people in the higher levels who will partner with you and train you. Multi-level-marketing is a great way to create residual income. The goal is to create a life of freedom from the 9 to 5 – freedom to pursue the life of your dreams. Take a deeper look. Network marketing may be for you! Sheila Smesrud is a physical therapist who loves to promote health and wellness. Her network marketing company is 21ten.


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Find the words hidden vertically, horizontally and diagonally throughout the puzzle.





Clues Across


1. Deal a blow to 4. Group of vineyards in France 7. Doctors’ group 8. River of the Argonne 10. 33 1/3 records 11. Incombustible fire residue 12. Hops drying kiln 14. Light in a protective case 15. Canarium luzonicum 17. Concluding

state of pregnancy 19. Holiday bells organization 21. General’s assistant, abbr. 22. Side sheltered from the wind 23. Cook in hot oil 24. Deep hole in the ground 25. Actress Ryan 26. Brew 27. 20th US President 34. Speech

35. Genuinely 36. Thrashed 38. Read superficially 39. Reviewed harshly 40. Leave me alone (text) 41. Thin continuous marks 42. Romanian airport code 43. Auto 44. Spring ahead time

14. Local area network (abbr.) 16. Farm state 17. Orderly and neat 18. Mythological bird 20. Aimed at object 23. Those bearing young 24. A course of action 25. Navigator of a ship 26. Gone by or past 27. One of Regis’

daughters 28. Comedian Ceasar 29. 12 inches (abbr.) 30. Tax collector 31. Greek mathematician 32. Artiodactyl mammals 33. A hereditary ruler 36. Burns gas or wood (abbr.) 37. Of a layperson

Clues Down 1. Auras 2. Antelope with ridged curved horns 3. Mortarboard adornment 4. 1/100 Senegal franc 5. Impolitely 6. Consumer 8. A mosque tower 9. Sea eagle 11. ___ King Charles spaniel 13. Tobacco mosaic virus

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APRIL HOROSCOPES: LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, someone you know wants to step things up to another level, but you may not be ready to take that kind of plunge. Talk over your feelings in a kind way.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, all indications point to a monumental change in your life. Wait to see what occurs and put big decisions or vacations on hold.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, something special will take place in the next few weeks and you will experience all of it. Magical moments are to be made with a romantic partner.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, family has been on your mind lately, and you may feel it’s best to spend the majority of your free time at home rather than out. Make good use of your time.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, it can be tempting to toss away your responsibilities and simply have fun. But then you will be so backed up it could take quite a while to dig out from under your to-do list.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you may want to think before you speak when a friend asks for advice. The truth might hurt, so it could be wise to keep quiet for the time being.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, a chance encounter has you rethinking what you want to accomplish in the next few weeks. You are second-guessing all of your plans because of this surprise.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, a stroke of inspiration leads you on a creative journey. Things will calm down toward the end of the April when you have to focus on more tangible things.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 A decision you made could have long-term effects, Scorpio. You’ll probably find that you have to do some damage control this week to get things back on track.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, just when you need a bit of sunshine, a satisfying piece of good news arrives. Your spouse or partner plays a significant role in this positive development. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, a tangled web is forming around you, but with quick wit you will manage to steer clear of the melee.


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The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin It seems there have been a number of novels written recently about famous American men and their troubled relationships with their wives and/or lovers, such as Loving Frank about Frank Lloyd Wright by Nancy Horan and The Paris Wife about Ernest Hemingway by Paula McLain. Author Melanie Benjamin took on the complicated but fascinating characters of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Lindbergh is famous for his achievements in early aviation and as the first to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1927. Most of us don't know much more about his life except maybe that he grew up in Little Falls and he lost his first son in a hugely publicized kidnapping. The novel begins with Anne travelling By Kathleen Pohlig home for Christmas with her family in Mexico, where her father had just been appointed U.S. Ambassador. She was still a college student and had always been the plain, quiet one, often in the shadow of her beautiful, outgoing older sister, Elizabeth. Lindbergh was invited to join the Morrows and everyone expected his attention to be focused on Elizabeth. But he was immediately drawn to Anne and their story began. It’s exciting for the reader to imagine Anne’s feelings on her first vividly described flights with Charles and later her work to become an experienced navigator and pilot herself. Charles had come from a troubled and different background and did not seem to have close relationships with anyone other than Anne in his early adult years. After his


trans-Atlantic flight, he was a celebrity and was entertained by people with wealth and power all over the world. It was a difficult life for Anne to be thrust into. As the marriage relationship develops, we see that Charles is rigid, egotistical and domineering. Anne had a quiet, disciplined personality and, as was expected at that time, was submissive to her husband. As the years went by, she became increasingly unhappy with Charles’ virtual abandonment of her and their five surviving children as he was off doing his “important work.” She dreamed of becoming a writer. She kept extensive journals, wrote letters and did eventually become a successful published author (her most famous writing is Gift from the Sea). A woman whose life was dramatically shaped by her husband’s fame and personality, she found her own voice and made the choice to stay with him to the end. Benjamin did a masterful job of research to keep the story as historically accurate as possible. Many well known personalities who were contemporaries of the Lindberghs are in the story. It’s hard to remember that it is a I enjoyed very much and highly recommend! Kathleen Pohlig is owner of Cherry Street Books in Alexandria.

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… is set in the future. The prison system is used for only a small number of criminals; others convicted of crime are injected with a virus that colors their skin. Murderers are red. They spend a short time locked up and then are released, but their skin color remains changed. The main character is a red, convicted of murder because she had an abortion, and Roe v. Wade was overturned. I liked the first half of the book, as the character attempts to figure out how to survive in the world as a red, but I didn’t think the second half was as good. I didn’t feel the characters were developed well; I had a hard time getting Shannon Kludt a good image of the characters or events in the second half. I would recommend the book based on the first half and the story line, but be prepared for a slower second half.

Morals, values, ethics .... all are tried, tested and negotiated in this first-ever novel by a Minnesota husband/wife team. When a newlywed couple embraces an opportunity to manage a hunting/fishing camp in Canada, they find themselves faced with unexpected challenges that accompany life in Vicky Gehring the remote wilderness and the diverse cultures that co-exist within. A crime is committed, which sets them off on their journey of choices and responses to situations. The couple's love for each other is not questioned; however, they must decide if their differences in exercising judgment will be their demise. The title concept of there being two norths – true and magnetic – is used brilliantly! This book was easy to read yet had extraordinary depth. I would highly recommend it! about twins separated at birth by their father. One has Down syndrome and the other is seemingly "perfect." The mother doesn’t know the one exists; the father’s former assistant raises the child. The novel's parallel stories trace the lives of both twins and how they deal with the deceptive family secrets. The premise is intriguing, and the parallel storylines kept me engaged. Edwards does a fanstastic job of developing each character. I felt like I was reading about people I Kristi Wietecha knew. It is a touching story about love that is beautifully written. I would definitely recommend this book. While it’s a quick and easy read, it is one of those novels that stays with you long after you turn the final page. The novel teaches us that love is stronger than heartache and deceit, that with love we can pick up the pieces of our shattered lives and live again.

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Deodorize Place a bowl of dry, unused coffee grounds in your refrigerator or freezer to get rid of spoiled or stale food odors.

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Exfoliate Create a paste by mixing brewed coffee grounds with a little water. Spread on your face, neck or any dry areas, and rub in circular motions to exfoliate your skin.

Repel ants

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Sprinkle dry, brewed coffee grounds in areas where you notice ants, indoors or out. To tackle ant mounds in your yard, pour an entire pot of brewed coffee right on the mound.

Scrub dishes Get rid of grease or tough grime by adding a few teaspoons of coffee grounds to your rag and scrubbing. Rinse thoroughly.

Shine hair Coffee is a simple, natural treatment that can give hair some extra shine. Brew up an extra-strong pot, let it cool and apply it to dry, clean hair. Leave it on for 20 minutes, then rinse. Repeat once a week for best results.

Hide wood scratches Using brewed grounds or dampened instant coffee grounds and a cotton swab, dab into scratches in dark wood and watch the scratches disappear.

Create a dye In a pan of water, add coffee grounds and submerge a sheet of white paper for about two minutes. Let dry and brush off the grounds and you have paper with an antique look! You can also use this process to dye fabric or even eggs.

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Repel cats


Tired of cats using your garden as a giant litterbox? Sprinkle used coffee grounds mixed with some orange peel on the soil, and the cats will find another place to do their business.

Reduce cellulite Many cellulite creams include caffeine in their ingredient list. It is believed to enhance fat metabolism, reducing the appearance of fatty pockets under the skin. Make your own cellulite treatment by mixing warm brewed coffee grounds with coconut oil. Rub onto your skin in circular motions for a few minutes, then rinse!




Coffee grounds are rich in phosphorous, potassium, magnesium and copper and release nitrogen into the soil as they degrade. Sprinkle brewed grounds around the roots of your houseplants or save up your grounds to use in a garden or flower bed.

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