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Alomere means best of the best. Dear neighbors, It’s wonderful to receive positive news in the midst of one of the most challenging journeys we have all experienced over the past year, and it gives me great pleasure to share a very bright spotlight on some recent national recognition received by Alomere Health. First, I would like to extend my congratulations to our cancer program team for completing the Commission on Cancer (CoC) survey and achieving full accreditation status.

Combined with recently being nationally recognized by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a 5-Star hospital, and Healthgrades’ patient safety award, our programs and organizations recognition is evidence and a great testament to the teamwork and overall commitment to supporting a culture of accountability and excellence that has been embraced by the staff and physicians who work in our clinics and hospital settings.

Thank you for placing your trust in us. That’s the most valuable recognition of all. Sincerely, y

Carl Vaagenes Alomere Health CEO

Additionally, I’m pleased to share the news that Alomere Health has once again been recognized as a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital for 2021. This is the fourth year in a row for Alomere, making us one of only three hospitals in Minnesota to achieve this status! There is no better illustration of the value that rural facilities provide to their communities than to be recognized as one of the top performing rural facilities in the nation. Earning a spot on the Top 100 list is based on performance across numerous metrics. It is the health care industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural provider performance.

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July/August 2021

Get outdoors! Summer’s heating up in Minnesota and that means getting outdoors. In this issue, Al Edenloff gives you some wine ideas to try in July, while Andy Mellgren brings you up to speed on hard seltzers in Andy’s Choice. We have beautiful weather for riding bicycles and Karen Tolkkinen gives you even more reasons to get on that two-wheeler in Finite Planet. In getting outdoors, check out our article on glamping – glamorous camping – and how to take your tenting experience to the next level. You can try out our recipe for JELL-O slushies that can keep you cool when the weather heats up. Check out Lowell Anderson’s The Learning Life, and Shannon Swenson helps you find ways to boost your focus while working from home. Celeste Edenloff gives you the lowdown on Sabrina Marthaler’s treks around the country in Real Chicz of Douglas County. There are stories on staying sunsafe, the benefits of soy, fashion trends for 2021 and so much more. They’re all just waiting for you in this issue of Chicz!

Enjoy! Lori Mork, Chicz editor

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Finite Planet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The Learning Life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Mommy and Me. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Andy’s Choice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 SUMMER SKIN CARE TIPS

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Food and drink

Try these 13 wine ideas in July . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Try your french fries baked, not fried . . . . . . . . 6 Keep your summer berries fresh longer. . . 9 Homemade cake release. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Cinnamon streusel bundt cake. . . . . . . . . . . 12 JELLO-O slushies to keep you cool all summer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Life/Wellness

Ways to boost focus and productivity while working from home. . . . 5 Creams and gels to help sun-damaged skin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Help prevent sun-damaged hair. . . . . . . . . . 14 Reap the health benefits of soy. . . . . . . . . . . 18 The basics of soyfood. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Feeling depressed?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

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Encourage your child to be more independent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 What type of cooking knives can kids use safely?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Fashion

2021 fashion trends: Late 90s comeback. . 16

Entertainment

Puzzles and games. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Shop downtown Alexandria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

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Chicz contributing writers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

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BICYCLING

saves your body, your money and the planet Fourth of six columns looking at ways to live more sustainably on our beautiful planet. By Karen Tolkkinen Many years ago, I lived in Finland, about an hour south of the Arctic Circle. It wasn’t uncommon to see grandmothers bundled up and pedaling bicycles with baskets filled with groceries. I recalled those grandmothers in 2008, when gas prices in Minnesota were pushing close to $4 a gallon, placing stress on many people who didn’t have much cash to spare. We didn’t have much cash ourselves in those days, and so we began riding bikes to work and to the grocery store. What complete freedom and joy!

It was about 7 miles to town, mostly on trails but sometimes along sidewalks or on the shoulders of roads. Our bikes were so quiet we occasionally whizzed close to deer before they had time to bound away. Every day we passed gas stations. The higher the price of gas climbed, the more we exulted in saving money and helping the planet. Plus, like those Finnish grandmothers, we were staying in shape. To combat climate change, scientists say we must move away from using fossil fuels. Burning fossil fuels for electricity, heat and transportation are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities in the United States, according to the U.S. EPA.

A 2021 study by the University of Oxford, published in the journal Global Environmental Change, found that walking, bicycling or using an electric bike even just one day a week instead of taking a car makes a significant impact on carbon emissions.The study concluded that bicycling and walking can even help tackle the climate crisis. Consider these additional benefits: You don’t have to buy insurance on your bike. You don’t need a license on your bike. Purchase price of a bike? Way lower than that of a car. Maintaining a bike? Way cheaper than maintaining a car. Biking can save you a trip to the gym. Plus, keep it up and you too could be biking into your golden years.

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Ways to boost focus and productivity

while working from home By Shannon Swenson It can be easy to sleep late, watch a little TV, spend too much time on social media, or just waste time in general. Having children at home makes everything even more challenging. Try these strategies to get more work done when you’re working from home:

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Set a schedule and stick to it. One of the benefits of going into the office is that you have a set period of time to work each day. You can’t arbitrarily sleep in, read the paper on the couch, check your Facebook page, and then decide to get to work. Create a schedule and follow it.

Schedule your work-related tasks. Create a to-do list and follow it.

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Dress for success. You might be one of those people that can take over the world while wearing your flannel pajamas. Or you might be one of those people that needs to dress like you’re going to the office in order to get your work done. You can try it both ways but then dress in a manner that works best for you.

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Become an expert on your distractions. Study yourself and learn how and when you distract yourself. When are you most likely to get off-track and waste

a lot of time doing something other than work? What types of activities do you use as distractions?

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Take breaks responsibly. A quick walk isn’t likely to lead to any problems at work. Checking your social media accounts just might. Watching TV for a few minutes can easily lead to an hour or more of wasted time. Set a timer and avoid any activities that will be challenging for you to stop when your time is up.

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Manage your phone and computer. The phone and the computer are

often the biggest distractions. Put your phone on silent and leave it in the other room if you can. Limit your computer use to work activities until your workday is completed.

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Perform chores after work. It’s tempting to vacuum the floor, do a load of laundry, run errands, or make your bed during the workday when you’re working from home. You managed to do those activities outside of work in the past. Working from home can be highly productive but might require a few changes in your approach.

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Try these 13

wine ideas in July By Al Edenloff

It’s July, the height of summer. It’s also the perfect opportunity to spend some time in the sun, not doing much of anything – except, perhaps, sipping on some wine. Here are some fun ideas to try in July that also pair with special days of the month: July 1, International Chicken Wing Day. If your wings are of the buffalo variety, a Riesling is an excellent wine choice. Remember the wet naps to keep your glass sticky-free. July 6, National Fried Chicken Day. You can’t go wrong with Champagne or sparkling wine. July 7, Chocolate Day. In general, white wines work best with lighter chocolates while red wines – Zinfandel, Cab or Merlot – are the best choice for dark chocolates. July 8, National Blueberry Day. Bring out those scrumptious blueberry flavors with a Petite Syrah or a Merlot.

July 9, National Sugar Cookie Day. Reach for a wine that’s slightly sweet, such as a Prosecco or a Rieseling. July 12, Pecan Pie Day. A dessert wine works best. Try Sauternes or a Sherry. July 13, National French Fries Day. Wine experts say you can’t go wrong with the classic pairing of fries and Champagne. July 14, National Macaroni and Cheese Day. With all that buttery goodness going on, pair it with a buttery Chardonnay. July 18, National Caviar Day. A classic pairing is caviar and vodka but certain wines can also make a memorable combo with fish eggs. Try a light-bodied Pinot Noir or a Pinot Grigio. July 21, National Hot Dog Day. Caviar one day, hot dogs three days later. Why not? Try a Pinot Noir with your dog. Or if the hot dog is loaded up with pickles and peppers, go with Sauvignon Blanc. July 25, National Chili Dog Day. More hot dogs! The chili topping calls for a fullbodied red, such as Syrah. July 29, National Lasagna Day. A natural pairing is Sangiovese. Bonus: The wine is

made from grapes in the Tuscany region of Italy that’s kind of known for lasagna. July 30, National Avocado Day. Close out the month by pairing an avocado-based dish with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or a Chablis.

Try your french fries baked, not By Lori Mork

Do you love french fries, but hate all the grease and deep frying involved? Then give these baked potato wedges a try. My mother used to make these for our family when I was a child and they

satisfied my craving for fried foods. I had forgotten about this recipe until I tried a box from HelloFresh, a meal kit delivery service, and one recipe included these wedges. It brought back memories of my childhood. Although the recipe didn’t call for them, I added the toasted sesame seeds the

same way my mom had and it just gave them an extra special touch. You can use whatever spices you like on your wedges – fresh rosemary, Parmesan cheese, chili flakes, dried thyme, cayenne pepper, even fresh garlic. Make them your own with your favorite seasonings.

BAKED POTATO WEDGES INGREDIENTS: 12 oz. Yukon Gold potatoes Olive or vegetable oil salt and pepper OPTIONAL: 1-2 tsp.. fry seasoning Toasted sesame seeds Fresh rosemary

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FRY SEASONING: 1 part garlic powder 1 part onion powder 1 part paprika

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DIRECTIONS: Adjust oven rack to top position and preheat to 425 degrees. Wash and dry potatoes, then slice into 1/2-inch thick wedges. Toss potatoes on a baking sheet with a large drizzle of oil. Season with salt and pepper and any additional seasonings you’d like. Roast on top rack until crisp and brown, 20-25 minutes.


The power of The PERSISTENCE Learning By Lowell Anderson Ever wonder what the secret of success is? Many of us search for some magic formula or self-help method that will ensure quick success. However, while there are things we can do to increase our odds of success, the real “secret” is often that those people who are successful simply never give up: They just keep going until they eventually succeed. It’s the same with learning. Although there are methods and techniques to help you learn more effectively, ultimately it comes down to persistence. In other words, those who acquire knowledge or learn how to do things, simply keep on learning and

growing until they get there - no matter how long it takes. For some people, learning seems easy. For others it may be more of a struggle. But in the end, that doesn’t really matter. If what you’re learning is important to you, what matters is to just keep going. It may take a month of hard work, or it may take 10 years of whatever spare time you can find. What’s really important is continuing to make some kind of progress. Sure, there are times when we may need to learn something quickly, like when you are starting a new job and need certain skills. But usually what matters more is finding a schedule that fits in with our busy lives and taking one small step at a time.

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As I said in a previous column, we tend to resist learning slowly. Not only are we impatient, but our culture continually implies that we should be able to learn things quickly and then move on to something else. But that’s not always the way the real world works. The amount that anyone can learn in a short time is usually limited and cursory. It can take years of hard work to really learn something so it becomes a part of you. In

fact, some things may take a lifetime to truly master. So how do you keep going? A lot of it just comes down to making a commitment and making sure that that commitment is as easy to keep as possible. It also helps if it’s something you are passionate about learning or doing so it’s not a chore. If you keep on the path and keep moving, you can’t help but reach your goal eventually. It’s only when you step off the path that your learning stops.

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SABRINA’S TOP TEN HIKING TIPS (in no particular order)

1. Keep an eye on the weather 2. Dress in layers 3. Keep hydrated 4. Bring snacks 5. Take pictures 6. Know the amenities of the park 7. Wear trail-specific shoes 8. Don’t litter 9. Soak up your surroundings 10. Start slow, take deep breaths and just enjoy the time being immersed in nature

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Evansville woman finds peace and beauty on the trails

By Celeste Edenloff Being in nature fills Sabrina Marthaler’s soul. The peacefulness. The beauty. The wildlife. The quiet. “It all fills me up,” she said.

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Marthaler, who is from Evansville, is a personal trainer and lead administrative specialist at Noonan Sports Specialists in Alexandria. And, she is a nature loving runner, hiker, walker and mom to Hank and Benny, her two furry babies. Hank is a German shorthair pointer and Benny is half shorthair and half black lab. And they are two of the reasons she spends nearly every Saturday morning running, hiking or walking the trails at parks within Douglas County. Most often, it is at Kensington Rune Stone Park, she said, as it’s one of her favorite parks in the area. It could be because of its close proximity to where she lives or it might be because of everything the park has to offer her – and her dogs, who like to spend time splashing about in the small lakes and ponds within the park. Because July is National Park and Recreation Month, Marthaler seemed to be the perfect person to feature in this issue of Chicz. TRAIL RUNNER Marthaler, who used to train like crazy for the numerous road races she’s finished, including the Boston Marathon,

It was dramatically gorgeous. How can I go back (to running on the roads)? SABRINA MARTHALER

Personal trainer administrative specialist, speaking about a North Shore retreat made the switch to trail running in about 2012. Running trails seemed way more fun to Marthaler as there was no traffic to worry about and it was so much more peaceful. It can be more challenging because of the terrain, but that’s part of the allure. Prior to working at Noonan Sports Specialists, Marthaler was a client. Mike Hawes, co-owner of the facility, would take six clients on a retreat each year up to his family’s cabin on the North Shore. The retreat, fully organized by Hawes, was held “deep in nature,” she said, which she claimed to be “super cool.” She said Hawes hosted the retreats for eight years and she was able to attend every single one. MARTHALER continued on page 26


Keep your

summer berries fresh longer By Lori Mork

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ummer in Minnesota brings a wealth of fresh produce, including a variety of berries. But keeping them fresh can be hard and there’s nothing worse than opening your refrigerator ready to snack on some juicy strawberries, only to find them covered in mold. Doing some research, I found several sites that gave the same advice to help you store your fresh fruit much longer and you only need a few items. Here are the items you’ll need: white vinegar, water and a colander and salad spinner.

Combine 1 part white vinegar and 5 parts water in a large bowl. Very few of the sites I visited had the same ratios, with some 1-to-3 on up to 1-to-8, but I selected a ratio somewhere in the middle. Submerge and soak your berries in the vinegar mixture for a few minutes. Vinegar will help to kill bacteria and mold spores on your strawberries, cleaning and sanitizing them. At this point, you can rinse them with cool water for an additional cleaning, but most sites said to just drain them and that there would be no vinegar taste. Dry your strawberries thoroughly with paper towels. You can place some paper

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towels in a salad spinner then put your strawberries in a single layer on top, then gently spin to help them dry. Make sure to remove all the moisture to keep your fruit mold-free. Once they are dry, transfer berries to a paper towel-lined container in a single layer and cover loosely with a lid. Do not seal it or your strawberries will again get moldy. The paper towels will help soak up any remaining water. This should help keep your fruit moldfree and delicious for at least a week.

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Encourage your child to be more

independent In order for children to develop their problem-solving skills, improve their self-esteem and ultimately be academically successful, they need to learn to be independent. Here are some ways to encourage your children to do more on their own. Assign your children an increasing number of responsibilities according to their age, abilities and maturity level. Avoid giving them too many new duties at once or choosing tasks for which they don’t have all the necessary skills yet. When you assign your children a new responsibility, take the time to clearly explain how to complete the task. Supervise them the first few times, but avoid stepping in to do the job yourself. Remember to be

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patient, and repeat instructions if necessary. If a task is particularly challenging, break it down into several steps. This will help prevent your children from getting discouraged. If they encounter a problem, guide them to a solution by asking questions rather than immediately providing an answer. Create a chart or calendar outlining your children’s responsibilities (setting the table, helping do the groceries, brushing their teeth, etc.). If your children can’t read yet, use pictures or symbols to help them keep track of their chores. Finally, remember to highlight your child’s successes, and praise them for trying even if things don’t go as planned.


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homemade cake release

I love a good bundt cake, but getting the cake out of the pan to showcase the design can be hard to do. When I first began making bundt cakes, I followed the directions of greasing, then coating the pan with flour. Inevitably, some corner would stick and I’d be left with a bundt that had pieces missing. It drove me crazy. Then I tried the pre-mixed baking spray, which worked okay, but it was hard to get it even, and again, I still

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had spots sticking, especially when I used my elaborate star pan. After I took a cake decorating class, I learned about cake release products, which worked great, but they were pretty expensive for the amount you received. Enter Pinterest. A search of that site came up with this recipe, and I jumped right in. With just three ingredients, it took just minutes to whip up and, boy, does this stuff work! I made the amounts listed below, which made two jars full – way more than I needed, but it does keep well in the refrigerator. You can make this recipe with any amounts as long as you have equal parts flour, shortening and oil. Give it a try.

CINNAMON STREUSEL BUNDT CAKE INGREDIENTS: STREUSEL TOPPING 1 cup flour 1 cup light brown sugar, packed firmly 1 Tbsp. cinnamon 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into chunks 1 cup pecans, chopped CAKE 2/3 cup butter, softened 2 cups granulated sugar 2/3 cup sour cream 4 eggs 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

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HOMEMADE CAKE RELEASE INGREDIENTS: 1 cup flour 1 cup shortening 1 cup vegetable oil DIRECTIONS: Place all ingredents in bowl of a mixer and mix together until smooth and well blended. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To use, generously spread on inside of cake pan, making sure to get in all corners and crevasses. Bake cake as usual. After removing from the oven, let it rest in the pan for 10-15 minutes before removing. The cake should release easily from the pan.

2 cups flour 1/4 tsp. baking soda DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. To make the streusel topping, mix flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in bowl. Cut in cold butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in pecans. Set aside. To make the cake, beat softened butter, granulated sugar and sour cream in large bowl with mixer on medium speed

until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each one. Mix in vanilla. Gradually beat in flour and baking soda on low speed until well mixed. Spoon 1/2 of the streusel topping into greased and floured 12-cup bundt pan. Spoon 1/2 of the batter over top. Repeat layers. Bake 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.


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SUPPLIES: Paper plate Construction paper Scissors Glue INSTRUCTIONS: Cut out the following: 3 Different colored circles for the ice cream

3 Half circles with rippled edges for the whip cream 3 Cherries Little extras for sprinkles Glue the shapes on the paper plate and get ready to grab a spoon!

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Three popular types of creams and gels to help

sun-damaged skin Summer and sun go hand in hand. Though a day of lounging in the backyard or at the beach may make for a perfect summer afternoon, it’s vital that people take steps to protect their skin from sun damage. The U.S. National Library of Medicine notes that some sunlight can be good for the skin so long as people make a significant effort to protect themselves from overexposure. Damage to skin cells increases a person’s risk of skin cancer, one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers across the globe. The health care experts at San Diego’s Scripps Health note that various topical creams and gels can help treat sun-damaged skin. As effective and helpful as they might be, individuals are urged to prioritize preventing sun-damaged skin, which involves avoiding the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the

sun’s UV rays are strongest, and wearing and routinely reapplying sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor of 30. Exfoliants: Exfoliants are designed to stimulate faster skin cell turnover. That can help people with sun-damaged skin, as such damage slows the rate at which skin cells turn over and replace themselves. As a result, exfoliants can help to alleviate the dull, dry skin that often develops after overexposure to the sun. Retinoids: Retinoids are compounds derived from vitamin A that, like exfoliants, also speed up the turnover process of skin cells. Retinoids also stimulate collagen production and lighten brown spots. Vitamin C and other antioxidants: Some research has suggested that vitamin C can help to reduce the harm that UV rays cause, though should never be used as a substitute for sunscreen.

Individuals concerned about sun-damaged skin can speak with a dermatologist about the various ways to protect their skin when they’re spending time in the great outdoors.

Choose the right pair of sunglasses

Help prevent sun damaged hair Summer hair care routines after changing colors may require a few additional steps, as weather or styling conditions can contribute to less-than-desireable results, including brassy tones. Wear a swim cap before going into the pool or the ocean to protect against chlorine or salt water. Stick to the shade and avoid having hair fried by exposure to the sun’s UV rays. If that’s not possible, wear a hat or hair products that con14 Chicz July/August 2021

tain UV protection.  Consider highlights instead of all-over hair lightening/coloring. There will be fewer colored portions of your hair and less opportunity for lightened hair to turn brassy. Use a toner or correctional ‘purple’ shampoo. Toning products rely on color wheel technology. Opposite colors on the wheel cancel each other out. Orange and yellow hues are opposite blue and purple.

Quality sunglasses protect the eyes from UV rays, reduce eyestrain in bright conditions and protect the eyes from flying debris. Here’s how to find the right pair of sunglasses for you. Check the UV rating. Sunglasses should block 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Make sure the label indicates that the sunglasses protect against UVA and UVB rays. Wear large sunglasses. The more coverage from sunglasses the better. Oversized or wraparound sunglasses are best, as they can cut down on the UV rays entering the eye from the side. Don’t be fooled by dark lenses. Dark lenses do not necessarily block more UV

rays than light-colored lenses. It is important to look at the label to see the UV rating. Select functional sunglasses. Certain sunglasses are specifically designed for certain activities. Sport sunglasses, for example are designed for running, biking and hiking. Know the functions of polarized lenses. Polarization helps reduce glare coming off of reflective surfaces, such as water, but does not offer more protection from the sun. Color of lenses also helps. Brown, gray and green lenses are ideal for everyday use and most outdoor activities. Light colors like rose, yellow and amber are good in low to moderate light conditions.


Essential summer skin care tips Protecting and caring for skin should be part of people’s year-round health care regimens. Such an approach can help people look their best and also uncover any minor issues before they escalate into something more significant. Skin guards a person from harmful chemicals and protects the body against extremes in temperature. The skin also guards against harmful sunlight. Skin care is not seasonal, though efforts to protect the skin may need to be stepped up during the summer. The American Academy of Dermatology says one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetimes. These skin wellness tips can help protect the skin and keep it looking its best when the mercury rises. LIGHTEN UP Choose lightweight products for summer usage. This includes cleansers and makeup. For instance, rather than an oilbased cleanser, choose a gentle, foaming option. Thicker products mixed with increased perspiration and humidity may lead to clogged pores and inflammation.

LATHER ON SUNSCREEN Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more is recommended to protect the skin from UV damage. But it’s easy to forget to apply sunscreen. Using a lightweight moisturizer with SPF built in reduces product usage and time spent caring for skin.

UTILIZE VITAMIN C SERUMS Hyperpigmentation – skin that appears darker, whether in small patches, large areas or over the entire body – can occur in summer. According to Omer Ibrahim, a board-certified dermatologist and codirector of clinical research at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, vitamin C serum can improve the appearance of fine lines, help with collagen production and also prevent hyperpigmentation. DRINK MORE WATER Higher temperatures and increased perspiration can lead to dehydration. That may cause headaches, dry skin and even lightheadedness. Drink at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water every day.

STAY IN THE SHADE In addition to using sunscreen daily, try to stay out of the sun as much as possible when UV rays are at their strongest, which is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. In addition, wear clothing that offers sunscreen protection. It’s important to care for the skin daily, but especially so during the summer.

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2021 FASHION TRENDS: Late 90s comeback and more Keeping up on the latest fashion trends often means having a foot firmly planted in the past. Experts say fashion is cyclical, which means there’s a good chance that if you hold on to items long enough, they’ll become popular once again. New York-based celebrity stylist Samantha Brown says it’s common for trends to follow a 20-year cycle for reappearance. That means that the looks that were popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s are now poised for a comeback. In addition to Y2K-esque influences, current fashion trends are focused on easy-to-wear items that will continue to help people be comfortable during Zoom meetings, but also ensure they look put together when they venture outside into a post-pandemic world. Here’s a look at some of what’s trending. RIPPED JEANS: Distressed jeans have now paved the way for big 1990s rips in lighter-washed denims, which

have made a return in a big way. Browse your local Forever 21 or Hollister and all the cool kids are now donning what their parents wore while attending college decades ago. And while you’re updating your jeans, be sure to pick high-waisted, wider-legged ‘Mom’ jeans, as they’re more popular than skinny options. CHOKERS: Chokers were one of the quintessential accessories of the 1990s. Tight around the neck, these necklaces can be made from stretchy fabrics, leather cords or even beads. They’re at home at a music festival or a night out on the town. PATCHWORK PRINTS: Patchwork offers a more delicate take on the flannel of early 1990s grunge attire. Style experts say it provides a romantic touch, but is still casual and edgy.

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SPORTY AND HIP-HOP TRENDS: Sporty Spice and Gwen Stefani could often be seen in sports bras and athletic pants, and that look is returning. Athletic-inspired hoodies, brands, track pants, and footwear are casual and comfortable. Overalls are another effortless and laid back style to make a resurgence. They’re equally at home paired with heels or Vans, Adidas or Converse sneakers.

time indoors learning virtually and working from home, sweatpants and leggings emerged as go-to staples for daily dressing and were dubbed ‘couch clothing.’ When heading out now, trade in muted gray or black for candy-colored joggers.

CROPPED CARDIGANS AND TOPS: Showing midriff is back in a big way. Stores are stocked in cropped tops that are just as cute with lounge-worthy sweatpants as high-waisted jeans. SW E AT PA N T S : Perhaps fueled by a year of spending

BULKY FOOTWEAR: If you are a guy or gal who never left home without your trusty Doc Martens in the past, dust off those boots and other clunky shoes for the ultimate comeback. Top Trends Guide says 1990s shoes, such as square toe heels, combat boots, platforms, and thick-soled sneakers, are trendy once again.

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rom edamame to tofu to beverages to yogurts, soy is seemingly everywhere. Soy began its meteoric rise to dietary fame as an alternative to dairy and meat products and has been made more popular by Asian cuisine. Many tout the health benefits of soy, while others suggest it may not be so great. However, soybean fans can breath a sigh of relief as they gain a greater knowledge of this versatile legume. Soybeans are the seeds of the soybean plant used in a variety of foods, especially when replacing animal protein. They are a cultivated plant of the pea family that produces edible seeds. Native to East Asia, soybeans have been an important part of Asian cooking for thousands of years. But soy was only introduced to the Western world in the 20th century. Soybeans are a source of high quality protein. Three-quarters of a cup of cooked soybeans contains as much protein as 1/2 cup cooked meat, chicken or

fish. Like meats, soybeans contain ample amounts of amino acids, but without the side effects of saturated fats, according to Dieticians of Canada. But soy isn’t fatfree, as it contains more fat than other legumes. But the fat from soy comes mainly in the form of beneficial monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, including omega-3 fatty acids. Soybeans contain isoflavones, which are part of a family of chemical compounds called phytochemicals. According to The Mayo Clinic, soy isoflavones, sometimes called phytoestrogens, have estrogen-like effects in the body, which can help maintain bone health and protect against heart disease. The North American Menopause Society has studied soy for its benefits to women at midlife. The report published in the journal Menopause found soy can relieve certain menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes. While it does not work as well as hormone therapy, it

A nutritious diet is a vital component of a healthy lifestyle. When overhauling their diets with a goal on improving their overall health, adults may consider a host of new foods. That’s when soyfoods first find their way on to many people’s radars.

rization were inconsistent and inconclusive, leading the FDA to downplay the relationship between soy proteins and heart health until further research could be conducted.

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scored moderately well. The data also revealed that soy appears to help women under the age of 65 with cognitive function. One area of concern involves high levels of soy and its relationship to cancer. Researchers at Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute said consuming high amounts of soy isoflavones may stimulate the growth of tumors in breast cancers that are estrogen-sensitive or for women with a history of this type of cancer. Therefore, moderation is essential, especially for those with a history of cancer sensitive to hormones. Soy can be a healthy addition to one’s diet but should not be viewed as a cureall. In moderation, soy can be a viable substitute for some animal proteins. Discuss the potential benefits or risks of soy with a doctor before consuming soy or soy supplements.

The basics of soyfoods WHAT ARE SOYFOODS? Soyfoods are foods made from soybeans, a legume that the Cleveland Clinic notes is an excellent source of high quality protein. That distinguishes soybeans from many other legumes. DOES SOY PROMOTE HEART HEALTH? The connection between soy protein and heart health has been studied at length, and organizations such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have reevaluated their stance on soy protein and its link to heart health. In 1999, the FDA authorized a health claim for soy protein that suggested it could reduce a person’s risk for heart disease. However, the FDA ultimately concluded that the studies on which it based its 1999 autho18 Chicz July/August 2021

SO ARE SOYFOODS HEALTHY? The health care experts at the University of California San Francisco Health note that the following foods that contain soy provide a variety of nutritional benefits. Edamame: Edamame is a dish of green soybeans that are boiled or steamed in their pods. UCSF Health notes that edamame are high in protein and fiber and do not contain any cholesterol. Tofu: WebMD notes that tofu is made by pressing curdling soy milk into a solid block. Tofu has been linked to lower risk for various diseases, including osteoporosis. Tofu contains plant estrogens, and women’s estrogen levels go down after menopause, leading to a loss of bone mass that makes them vulnerable to osteoporosis. According to WebMD,

plant estrogens in tofu can make up for some of the estrogen drop-off related to menopause. Soymilk: Soymilk is produced when soybeans are soaked, ground fine and strained. The resulting fluid is soybean milk. UCSF Health notes that unfortified soymilk is an excellent source of high quality protein and B vitamins. However, unfortified soymilk lacks calcium and vitamin D, both of which are found in traditional milk. Fortified soymilk contains both calcium and vitamin D. Soyfoods may be worth consideration for anyone looking to eat a more nutritious diet.


Feeling depressed? By Shannon Swenson Consider trying these strategies to address your depression: Take care of your body. When your body is poorly taken care of, your mind suffers too. One of the best things you can do when you’re feeling depressed is to put some emphasis on your body. Eight hours of sleep, healthy food, and a reasonable dose of exercise can do wonders for your mood. Spruce up your environment. It’s maybe time to declutter. Buy a plant. Hang some artwork that you love. Pick up your bedroom and make your bed. Get outside. Fresh air and sunshine can be just what you need when your mood is poor. Go for a long walk and just enjoy being outside.

Play a game. It could be a board game, lawn game, or video game. Play a game and have some fun. If you can do it with someone else, that’s even better. Create something. Paint a picture. Build a deck on your house. Hang a shelf in the garage. Make a website. Create something and notice how it impacts your mood. Use affirmations. Fill your mind and attention with positive thoughts and ideas by using affirmations. Make a list of 10 positive things you can say to yourself and repeat them as much as you can.

Make a reasonable plan for the future and begin working on it. Depression leads to getting stuck. One of the best ways to get unstuck is to create a vision for the future and begin working toward that. It might give your mood a great boost.

Stay busy. This one is tough, because you likely want to sit around and do nothing, but that’s likely to make you feel even worse. Use your time wisely by giving some of the other tips on the list a try.

Interact with others. Avoid spending all of your time alone. At the very least, find someone online to chat with. Ideally, find someone you can see in the flesh and have a conversation with them.

Remember your accomplishments. Give yourself something positive to think about by remembering all the great things you’ve done. Recall those memories. Depression should be taken seriously. There are things you can try before calling your physician. If you’re really under the weather or have thoughts of hurting yourself, ensure that you see your doctor.

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shower and wedding gifts. The labels were a hit with all my nieces and nephews and just an added special touch for the people I love. If you don’t have access to your own design program, there are several sites online with free labels, including FTD by Design, Canva, LoveToKnow as well as mini labels by Something Turquoise.


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GLAMPING: “glamorous camping.” Glamping is upscale camping with amenities and comforts not usually used when camping. By Lori Mork Utilizing modern comforts and amenities, glamping combines comfort and luxury while still allowing you to appreciate nature, and has become extremely popular. An entire industry has cropped up to cater to those who wish to enjoy the outdoors and a new way to vacation. It’s more than just a nice tent, though. While in Kenya a couple of years ago, we experienced our own version of glamping as we stayed in safari camp tents, complete with electricity, gorgeous attached bathrooms and turndown bed service. Glamping in amazing locations with luxurious amenities doesn’t always come cheap and not everyone wants to spend that amount of money, but there’s no reason you can’t create your own version of glamping that is much more affordable. Here are a few ideas that can help you get started: IF POSSIBLE, BUY A LARGER TENT. A larger tent will give you some open space and the ability to stand upright, and might even include a second room or a large overhang to use as a sunshade if it’s in your budget. This also gives you room for a place to keep your clothing and shoes, and possible a bedside table. COMFY BEDDING. Having a tent with more space also allows you room for a bigger and more comfortable air mattress and cot to keep your bed up off the floor. Add in comfortable sheets, soft pillows and cozy throw blanket and even

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some cute accent pillows to upgrade your space. You may already have some of these items at home, which will keep your expense down, but still give you extra comfort and take your camping experience over the top. PERSONAL DECOR. Add an area rug to your room as well as outside the door. If you have a sunshade or an extra room on your tent, you can set up some comfy camp chairs with a side table, perfect for that morning cup of coffee or to relax before bed. Don’t forget to bring a couple of extra blankets to use as cushions on hard ground or camp chair. To round it all off, add some nice woven baskets or a decorative chest. Not only

do they give you storage for shoes, blankets, towels or other camping equipment, they’ll add some touches of glamour to your space. TOUCHES OF A SPA. Want to take your trip up another notch? Why not splurge and bring quality towels, candles, lotions or flowers to add to your room? If you include a small cooler for the corner of your tent, you will have fresh water or juice at your fingertips any time of the day or night. It doesn’t take much to upgrade your camping experience and those touches of comfort will make you eager to schedule another vacation.


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Hard seltzers, flavored malt beverages and organic supergrain alcohol – many people are referring to this category of drinks as ‘healthternative’. What? In other words, they are touting these drinks as a healthier alternative. Hard seltzer vs. flavored beer, aka flavored malt beverages. Simply put, a hard seltzer is water with bubbles that also has alcohol in it. Typically, seltzers are from fermented cane sugar with added fruit and vegetable juices. Flavored beer or flavored malt beverages are fermented using malted barley. One brand, Ranch Water, uses 100% agave nectar, while

Crook & Marker uses a supergrain alcohol; a basebrew made from quinoa millet and cassava root in a modern use of ancient grains. Most seltzers or flavored malt beverages have an alcohol content between four and six percent alcohol by volume (ABV), which is nearly the same as most light beers. Many brands claim to use a proprietary brew process. Most are gluten-free, but check the packaging to be sure. Some also use fruit and vegetable juice concentrates, mostly for color. Perhaps they really are good for you, but healthternative? I don’t know about that. Most brands promote themselves as being green or sustainable, and many are

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some combination of organic/ sustainable/non-gmo/vegan friendly/kosher/gluten-free. Listed in no particular order below are recommendations on flavor and carbonation level. Lighter flavor but with more effervescence, (you know, bubbles): White Claw, Truly, High Noon, Press, Ultra, Kona. Fuller flavor, fewer bubbles: Ranch water, Crook & Marker, Vizzy, Big Sky.

Tea seltzer. Yes, tea: Tea runner available in Peach and Original. Like Kombucha? Try Strainge Beast. If you have not yet tried a seltzer and aren’t sure you’d like them, don’t worry. There are plenty of Rosé wines, bourbons and craft beers from which to choose! Summer is heating up. Stay cool.

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What types of cooking By Lori Mork

The last couple of times that my grandchildren have visited, they’ve been set on helping me in the kitchen. I love having them work with me preparing the food, setting the table and “taking food orders” from their parents. The one thing that made me nervous was their desire to help me cut up foods. The idea of giving children under the age of 10 a knife seemed like a dangerous idea, but we came up with a suitable solution at the time – butter knives with slightly serrated edges. They aren’t overly sharp, but still were good for cutting peeled cucumbers and softer vegetables like bell peppers and snap peas. My granddaughter Brielle, 9, was able to do a good job of slicing onions with a mandolin (carefully!) and prepping cucumbers with the vegetable peeler. Her brother Miles, 5, chopped cucumbers into chunks, although as many went in his mouth as in the serving bowl. They both were able to man the apple peeler with no problems last fall and were able to roll out crust when we baked apple pies. After struggling through the vegetable cutting, I decided to be prepared for their next visit and did some research on what types of knives the two could use for their ages.

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knives can kids use safely?

I found that companies that make kitchen utensils have done some work to make tools the right size for small hands.

PLASTIC/NYLON SERRATED KNIFE One of the first knives that have been recommended for children younger than 10 is a heavier plastic or nylon serrated knife, or even a serrated cake knife. These knives are able to cut through bread, cheese, soft fruits and vegetables, and are relatively safe for little hands. SAFETY KITCHEN KNIFE As your children get older, you can begin to let them use a safety kitchen knife. These tools have metal blades, but have a blunted flat edge and a rounded tip, and are good for the majority of fruits and vegetables. You’ll still have to keep an eye on the action because these knives can still cause cuts. SMALL SANTOKU KNIFE Children ages 6-10 can graduate to a smaller knife with a sharp edge, such as a small santoku with a sheath. A santoku knife is a Japanese-style knife that has a flat cutting edge and a handle that is in line with the top edge, leaving plenty of clearance between the handle and the cutting board. It also has a rounded curve at the end rather than a sharp point. Don’t settle for a paring knife. Despite its small size, it doesn’t have enought clearance between

the handle and cutting board to be safe for small hands. CUT-RESISTANT GLOVES Finally, if you’re still a little nervous about allowing children to use sharp knives, you can add a pair of kid’s cut-resistant gloves, which are designed to help protect small hands from cuts. These gloves are especially nice if your child is using a grater or a mandolin slicer. These gloves are made of a high performance glass fiber with a tight knit and fit snugly on hands to prevent slipping. They come in several different colors that will make all children happy. I may even look for a pair for myself.


Teaching children

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As a parent or grandparent, how do you help children to handle something as potentially dangerous as a kitchen knife? Since some children dive right into almost anything with reckless abandon and others are methodical and careful, only you know what level of skill your child might be at, but there are some basics you should follow.

SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY. Children learn by watching others, so make sure that you are a model of the safety you want your child you emulate. Demonstrate how to safely handle a knife and instill in them a solid understanding of how to use a knife as well as what not do do. PLASTIC AS A STARTER. With a plastic knife, children

can learn the basic skills of slicing and chopping using things like Play-Doh, marshmallows and kinetic sand. Many plastic knives are the size of authentic metal knives, so children are able to undestand how to properly hold them. It’s also a perfect time to teach them about what not to do, like poking each other, waving them around, pounding on the table with them – all dangerous when using real knives. ALWAYS SUPERVISE. No matter how old your child is, you need to be near them and keeping an eye on the action, especially once they’ve begun using real knives. PICK THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB. When you decide your child is ready for

the real thing, select a knife that is suited to his age.

practice in order to become competent with a knife.

USE IT CORRECTLY. As you continue to help your child, make sure you teach them the correct way to hold a knife and especially what do do with their other hand. Teach them when to use a sawing motion or when to cut straight down.

TALK TO THEM. When you’re cooking together, talk about what you’re doing and explain words like chop, dice or mince and how to accomplish those tasks. Not only does talking help them learn, it creates a bond between you and your child and gives them a love of cooking.

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. No matter what their age, children need to

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Marthaler from page 8 “It was dramatically gorgeous,” said Marthaler, who thought to herself, “How can I go back (to running on roads)?” That is what led her to look for trails to run and hike on instead. She remembers knowing that Lake Carlos State Park had some great trails as she had been on them with friends, but at that time, it was really the only park she knew about. She eventually learned about Lake Brophy County Park and through some Googling around the internet for parks in the area, learned about Kensington Rune Stone Park and Spruce Hill County Park. After finding the Kensington park, Marthaler made the commitment to hike at least two days a week with her dogs, which she said need it because it keeps them much more calm and even-keeled. “They need to run to burn off their Sabrina Marthaler stands by the map of Kensington Rune Stone Park. The park, which is about 15 miles energy and it forces me to be more west of Alexandria, is one of her favorites for hiking and to bring her dogs to. There are hiking and biking consistent,” she said, noting that she and trails at Kensington Rune Stone Park. (Photo by Celeste Edenloff) her dogs take to the trails year round – Although she spends much of her time through every season and all kinds of trails because it makes it easier to ski, she learned. hiking the trails close to home, Marthaler weather. Additionally, if there are mountain loves traveling to the North Shore to LEARNING THE RULES biking trails within a park and those trails spend time on the trails up north. And When she first started taking to the are soft, stay off of them. Similar to the ski whenever she is on vacation, she will trails, she learned quickly about some trails, marks of any kind shouldn’t be left seek out parks to hike and run in. of the rules. For instance, if a park has on a mountain biking trail. One of her favorites was the Grand groomed cross country ski trails, hikers, She also learned early on that if a park Canyon. walkers, snowshoers and runners, along “It leaves you speechless,” she said. with their pets, should stay off of them. has a map of the trail system, to take a picture of it. It helps for locating the trails “And it makes all your troubles seem so Cross country skiers need/want smooth and to avoid getting lost. small. I would go back in a heartbeat.”

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Kensington Rune Stone Park, located in Solem Township, is about 15 miles west of Alexandria. It is home to the historic Ohman Farm and discovery site of the controversial Kensington Runestone. The newly built Visitor Center offers modern restrooms, an interpretive room, a gathering space that can be rented out, and drinking water. The park offers newly developed and dedicated mountain biking trails and nearly eight miles of multi-use trails for running, walking, hiking and riding on. The trails weave through oak, maple and aspen trees with a few small lakes and prairie meadows mixed in. It also includes picnic tables, charcoal grills, softball field, horseshoe pit, volleyball court and playground. And it has a great sledding hill in the winter. From Alexandria, go west on Highway 27 approximately 14 miles to County Road 103. Go about one and a half miles south on County Road 103 to the park entrance road. Watch for signs.

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Lake Brophy County Park is located on the north side of Lake Brophy. The park was built with a Legacy Grant from the State of Minnesota in 2018. The park offers some of the best views of Alexandria and surrounding areas with the tops of the hills 140 feet above Lake Brophy. Multi-use trails, including mountain bike trails, wind through the park’s 142 acres. Children will enjoy the large playground and the park also offers a swimming beach and fishing pier. In the winter, visitors can enjoy sledding, crosscountry skiing, skating and more. From Alexandria, take County Road 82 west to Brophy Landing NW. Watch for signs. Spruce Hill County Park is located in Spruce Hill Township. The park offers three miles of multi-use trails along with picnic shelters. There is also Spruce Creek, which is a spring fed tributary of the Long Prairie River. The creek flows through the park and offers visitors the chance to wade in its cool waters.

From Alexandria, go north on Highway 29 approximately nine miles to County Road 5. Go five miles east on County Road 5 to Spruce Hill Park Road, which is County Road 105. Go north about three-fourths of a mile to the park entrance road. Signs are located along the way. The Central Lakes Trail is a paved biking and walking trail that spans Douglas County from Osakis through Evansville and on to Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County. The 55-milelong trail, located on the old Burlington Northern rail line grade, connects the cities of Osakis, Nelson, Alexandria, Garfield, Brandon, Evansville and Melby in Douglas County. The trailhead and parking area in Alexandria is at the north end of Broadway in Big Ole Central Park. The Central Lakes Trail also connects to the Lake Wobegon trail, which runs from Osakis through Sauk Centre to St. Joseph. Together, they make one of the longest paved bike trails in the state. The Central Lakes Trail is used as a snowmobile trail in the winter.


Although nowadays she runs and hikes trails just for fun, Marthaler has participated in the Wild Duluth 50K ultramarathon trail race three times. That race takes participants on a little more than 31 miles of rugged, rocky and rooty trails on the Superior Hiking Trail. A friend of hers had competed in it and told her it was just “eight hours of forward motion” and although it sounded a little crazy, the next year she signed up. She said it’s a huge commitment that takes a lot of training. These days, she finds herself volunteering for those types of races or helping her friends who are competing. But any time she is on the trails now, it’s just for fun. Marthaler said spending time in nature can be fun whether you’re alone, with friends or taking the family. “It’s healthy, it’s fun and I Sabrina Marthaler of Evansville loves to hike. This photo was taken at Glacier National Park in Montana. Although she guarantee, you will never spends much of her time hiking a little closer to home, whenever she travels, she will find somewhere to hike. One of her favorite places she has hiked is the Grand Canyon. She hopes to one day hike it again. (Contributed photo) regret it,” she said.

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contributing writers Al Edenloff of Alexandria and his wife, Celeste, were married in the heart of California wine country and enjoy sipping wine on their weekend date nights.

Lori Mork of Lowry is a mother, grandmother and dabbler in all things food, photography and decor related. Lori Mork

Al Edenloff

Melanie Danner of Alexandria is an at-home mother and craft lover. Melanie Danner

Celeste Edenloff

Shannon Swenson is a Life Coach at Encompass Coaching in Alexandria. She enjoys cooking and reading and is a nature, animal and classic car lover. Shannon Swenson

Karen Tolkkinen

Karen Tolkkinen is a reporter at the Echo Press. She enjoys writing, gardening and reading to her 8-yearold son.

Andy Mellgren is the Director of Operations for Plaza and Downtown Liquor. Andy Mellgren

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Celeste is a reporter for the Echo Press. She enjoys perusing her social media accounts, running and participating in races with her husband, Al.

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