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September 2011


Special Focus Huh? How to combat hearing loss

Pass the laughs: The crowd-pleasing Taste of Home Cooking School returns in November


PRESERVATION Museum, volunteers keep Dassel’s heritage alive

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Welcome: The brilliance of fireflies


Travel: Warm weather retreats


SPECIAL FOCUS: Hearing health and you


Money: Keep cost of caring for parents under control


Cover Story: A lesson in preservation


Wellness: Blood pressure: What the numbers mean


Medicare Answers: Medicare and shingles vaccine


Feature Story: Pass the laughs at the Taste of Home Cooking School


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Welcome The brilliance of fireflies As summer winds down, I have been reminiscing about the seasonal characteristics that remind me of my childhood. Unglamorously, one of those traits is insects. I do not like bugs at all, especially at close range. However, there is one exception I make and that is for fireflies. I can remember a few summer evenings during my childhood running through the lawn barefoot with a jar outstretched in my hand hoping a firefly would find its way inside. I always wondered how these little glowing beetles created their light and why. So what better time than now to find out. First of all, fireflies really are not flies, but rather they belong to the beetle order. Fireflies, or lightning bugs make light within their bodies. This process is called bioluminescence and is shared by many other organisms, mostly sea-living. To do this, the fireflies use special light-emitting organs, called photic organs, located in the abdomen. Inside the photic organs are different chemicals and enzymes that when mixed with oxygen cause a reaction that produces light. The wavelength of light given off by fireflies is between 510 and 670 nanometers, resulting in light that is pale yellow to reddish green. The emission of light from these bugs serves three purposes: mating, hunting and protecting. More than 2,000 species of fireflies exist throughout the world. Not all species of fireflies produce light, but those that do have their own reasons for lighting up. The common eastern firefly gives off flashes of light in unique courtship patterns. During certain times of night, male fireflies fly about flashing their unique patterns, while females on the ground watch for a pattern they like. When hunting prey, female fireflies use their light and a technique known as aggressive mimicry to trick male fireflies of a different species into believing she is of the same species. When the males are tricked into landing by the impersonating female firefly, she attacks him and eats him. Some evidence also suggests that besides gaining nutrients from the males they eat, the females also acquire toxic chemicals which they use to defend themselves from other predators. Finally, all firefly larvae, sometimes called glowworms, light up. They use their light as a warning signal to predators. The light flashes tell the predators that the glowworms contain chemicals that are distasteful or toxic to the predators. Fireflies have served many human purposes over the course of history. For example, the ancient Chinese captured fireflies in transparent or semi-transparent containers and used them as lanterns – though I cannot imagine how many fireflies it would take per container to achieve an amount of light that could penetrate even semi-darkness. Another phenomena of fireflies is their ability to synchronize their flashes among large groups. Current lines of scientific thought about what causes fireflies to flash at the same time range from diet, to social interaction to altitude levels. In the United States, one of the most

famous sightings of fireflies blinking in unison occur near Elkmont, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains during the second week of June. Congaree National Park in South Carolina is also host to the phenomena at points at or above 2,000 feet in elevation. I think it would be a fun summer trip to one day visit these parks and witness the great light display created by Mother Nature through fireflies. This issue of Zest is full of history, hearing health tips and homecooking. First, learn how the Dassel Area Historical Society is preserving the past and building for the future. Also inside is a preview of the Taste of Homecooking School that returns to the region in November. Finally, learn how to protect and maintain your hearing with the special hearing health section inside. I welcome your feedback and ideas. You can e-mail me at or send a letter to Hutchinson Leader, 36 Washington Ave. W., Hutchinson, MN 55350 or Litchfield Independent Review 217 N. Sibley, Litchfield, MN 55355. All the best! Katie Winter

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Warm weather retreats Beat the falling temperatures with trips to Florida and North Carolina • Florida Sunshine In the dead of winter, we all long to be on a warm, sunny beach. Well this January, Riley’s Travel Easy Tours is offering just that. The travel company has a 16-day trip planned to the Florida sunshine. The tour begins on Jan. 24 and returns Feb. 8. It ranges in price from $2,469 to $3,629. Price includes: Motorcoach transportation, overnight accommodations, meals, attractions, baggage handling, all taxes and service charges, and a Riley’s Travel Easy Tours driver and tour director. About the tour: The first four days are spent getting to know fellow travelers as the motorcoach makes its way to the Sunshine State. Stops along the way include a dinner show at Nightlife Dinner Theater in Nashville, Tenn., and a tour of the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Ga. Next, the tour lands in St. Augustine, Fla., where a trolley tour of the city and a visit to the Fountain of Youth are planned. As the motorcoach follows the Atlantic coast, it will arrive in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for two fun-filled days. Activities include a special viewing at the Kennedy Space Center and a cruise on the Intercoastal Waterway past millionaires row. Key West and Naples are the next stops and feature shopping and a guided cruise through the Everglades. Orlando follows with three days visiting your choice of Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios or EPCOT. Sea World is on the itinerary as is a Polynesian luau dinner show. Waving goodbye to Florida, the tour winds its way home, but not before stops in Marietta, Ga., Louisville, Ky., and Rockford, Ill.

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In a breakthrough theatrical spectacular, “Blue Horizons” follows a young girl’s vivid imagination in an emotional adventure combining the power of the sea and the elegance of flight at Sea World Orlando. • Appalachian Mountains How does a tour of the “ancient mountains” sound to you. If it sounds like fun, then come along for Rustad Tours’ trip to the Appalachian Mountains, North America’s oldest mountain chain. The tour begins Oct. 15 and returns Oct. 22. It ranges in price from $1,129 to $1,469 and includes hotel accom-

modations, meals, admission to attractions, baggage handling, all taxes and services charges and the services of a tour director. About the tour: The trip starts by setting off through the scenery of Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio on the way to Lexington, Ky., where travelers will visit Lexington’s horse farms and view the Appalachian Mountains.


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Asheville, N.C. is the next destination, highlighted by a tour of the Biltmore House and Gardens, which has been the movie set for “Forest Gump” and “Last of the Mohicans.” After this is a twisting journey through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Newfound Gap to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. That night is spent at the Black Bear Jamboree. The following day a tour guide comes onboard for a tour of the back roads to learn about the way the mountain people used to live in the area. The afternoon will be spent at Dollywood and the evening at the Dixie Stampede. Traveling on to the bluegrass fields of Kentucky via a winding road through Daniel Boone National Forest to Cumberland Falls. Next its on to Sinking Springs Farms, the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. As the trip, winds down a few final attractions include My Old Kentucky Home State Park and a stay at Federal Hill Mansion.

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Hearing Health and You

Find the hearing aid that’s right for you A range of devices offers hearing solutions


t is estimated that around 30 million Americans have a hearing loss, which is about 10 percent of the population. In the over 60 age group, the incidence is thought to be 30 percent. But only 28.5 percent of those 30 million wear hearing aids, meaning more than 20 million Americans with hearing loss are not being helped. If you suspect that you or a family member may have a hearing loss, the first step to take is to schedule an evaluation by an ear, nose and throat specialist and then a doctor of audiology. The condition causing the hearing loss may be treatable or it may be the sign of a more serious condition. The specialist is likely to then refer you to an audiologist for a complete hearing test to determine the degree of loss, and to give the physician information needed to help you with the problem. A screening test alone is not usually enough. An audiologist will typically take an impression of your ear canal, choose the most appropriate aid and adjust the device to fit well. Once a diagnosis is made on the type of hearing loss, a hearing aid is chosen to best remedy the problem. People are sometimes hesitant to commit to a hearing aid because of worries about how it will look and whether it will really help. By learning more about the hearing aid options available, what to look for when buying a hearing aid and how to break it in may help alleviate some of those fears.

Hearing aid styles All hearing aids contain the same parts to carry sound from the environment into your ear. However, hearing aids do come in a number of styles, which differ in size and the way they’re placed in your ear. Some are small enough to fit inside your ear canal, making them almost invisible. Others fit partially in your ear canal. Generally, the smaller a hearing aid is, the less powerful it is, the shorter its battery life and the more it’ll cost. The following are common hearing aid styles:

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Completely-in-the-canal hearing aids are molded to fit inside your ear canal and can improve mild to moderate hearing loss in adults. Some of its attributes are being the least noticeable in the ear, less likely to pick up wind noise because the ear protects the instrument and easy to use with the telephone. An in-the-canal hearing aid is custom molded and fits partly in the ear canal, but not as deeply as the completely-in-the-canal aid. This hearing aid can improve mild to moderate hearing loss in adults. It is less visible in the ear and also easy to use with the telephone, but might not fit well in smaller ears. The half-shell, a smaller version of the in-the-canal hearing aid, is custom molded and fills the lower portion of the bowl-shaped area of your outer ear. This style is appropriate for mild to moderately severe hearing loss. It is bigger than an in-the-canal hearing aid, but often includes additional features, such as directional microphones and volume control.

Hearing Health and You


The five most common styles of hearing aids are the completely-in-the-canal, in-thecanal, half-shell, full-shell and behind-the-ear. An in-the-ear (full-shell) hearing aid is custom made and fills most of the bowl-shaped area of your outer ear. This style is helpful for people with mild to severe hearing loss. It is more visible, but generally easier to insert into the ear. Behind-the-ear hearing aids hook over the top of your ear and rest behind the ear. The hearing aid picks up sound, amplifies it and carries the amplified sound to an ear mold that fits inside your ear canal. This type of aid is appropriate for almost all types of hearing loss and for people of all ages. It is the largest, most visible type of hearing aid, but is capable of more amplification than are other hearing aid styles.

Before you purchase • Ask about a trial period. A hearing aid should come with an adaptation period. It may take you a while to get used to the device and decide if it’s useful. Have the seller put in writing the cost of a trial and whether this amount is credited toward the final cost of the hearing aid. • Think about future needs. Ask whether the hearing aid you’ve chosen has residual amplification so it will still be useful if your hearing loss gets worse. • Check for a warranty. Make sure the hearing aid includes a warranty that covers both parts and labor for a specified amount of time. • Plan for the expense. The cost of hearing aids varies widely — from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Professional fees, remote controls and other hearing aid options may cost extra. Talk to your audiologist about your needs and expectations. If cost is an issue, good instruments are still available at reasonable prices.

If you’re a veteran, you may be able to get your hearing aid at no cost. Some private insurance policies cover part or all of the cost of hearing aids, but you need to check your policy to be sure. Medicare doesn’t cover the cost of hearing aids.

Breaking in your hearing aid Getting used to a hearing aid takes time. Your listening skills should improve gradually as you become accustomed to amplification. The sound you hear is different because it’s amplified. Even your own voice sounds different when you wear a hearing aid. When first using a hearing aid, keep these points in mind: • Hearing aids won’t return your hearing to normal. They can improve your hearing, however, by amplifying soft sounds and reducing loud background noises. • Allow time to get used to the hearing aid. It may take several weeks or months before you’re used to the hearing aid. But the more you use it, the more quickly you’ll adjust to amplified sounds. • Practice using the hearing aid in different environments. Your amplified hearing will sound different in different places, so it’s a good idea to practice using your hearing aid in various environments. • Go back for a follow-up. Most providers include the cost of one follow-up visit in their fee. By taking advantage of this, any necessary adjustments can be made to ensure your new hearing aid is working at its best. – Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

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Beltone is Focused on Patient Satisfaction Joe Jerkovich has been serving Central Minnesota for more than 27 years. He is committed to delivering the best overall hearing care in the industry. As such, he consistently monitors the experiences of Beltone patients to ensure every individual receives the attention they deserve. Most recently, our patient satisfaction survey showed 95% or higher satisfaction ratings in several key areas 99% Staff friendliness and professionalism 97% Ease of making appointments 96% Convenient office locations 95% Live demonstrations of hearing instruments

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Hearing Health and You

Do I have hearing loss? Try this test on yourself to find out if you should consider having your hearing tested. If you answer yes to more than two of the following questions, you should have your hearing evaluated: • Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone? • Do you hear better through one ear than the other when you are on the telephone? • Do you have trouble following the conversation with two or more people talking at the same time? • Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high? • Do you have to strain to understand conversation? • Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background?

• Do you have trouble hearing in restaurants? • Do you have dizziness, pain, or ringing in your ears? • Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves? • Do family members or coworkers remark about your missing what has been said? • Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)? • Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately? • Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children? • Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what people say?

If you notice signs of hearing loss, visit your doctor to set up a hearing evaluation.

– National Institutes of Health



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Hearing Health and You

How loud is too loud? Loud noise can damage your hearing quickly. Both the level of noise and the length of time you listen to the noise can put you at risk for noise-induced hearing loss. Noise levels are measured in decibels. The higher the decibel level, the louder the noise. Sounds that are louder than 85 decibels can cause permanent hearing loss. Your hearing can also be damaged by prolonged exposure to high noise levels. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders lays out the following

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If you are primary caregiver for one or both parents, you might be able to claim them as dependents for tax purposes.

Keep cost of caring for parents under control By Jason Alderman


udos to the millions of “sandwich-generation” Americans. These exhausted souls spend their time and money caring for and supporting not only their own children (and sometimes, grandchildren), but their parents as well. It’s no wonder that so many people caught in this situation have trouble paying their bills and saving for retirement. If you are primary caregiver for one or both parents or support them financially, these ideas may help you keep your own finances on track. You may claim your parents as dependents for tax purposes if: • You provide more than half their financial support. If they live in your home, you can count the fair-market rental value of their lodging, includ-

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ing utilities, in that calculation. • Their gross income (excluding Social Security payments and other tax-exempt income), is less than $3,700 a year. • They did not file a joint tax return – unless it was to claim a refund. • The rules are complicated, so consult a tax professional or review IRS Publication 503 at to see if you qualify. Even if you can’t claim your parents as dependents because of the gross income limit, if you itemize deductions you still may be able to deduct their medical expenses you paid for provided you supply over half their financial support. The deduction applies only to medical expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income, so paying for their

expenses just may help put you over that threshold. For a complete list of qualifying expenses see IRS Publication 502 at Another way to lower your tax bite is to participate in employer-provided flexible spending accounts, where you pay for eligible health and dependent care expenses (including those for dependent parents) on a pretax basis – that is, before federal, state and Social Security taxes have been deducted. This lowers your taxable income and therefore, your taxes. A broad range of federal, state and private assistance programs are available to help low-income seniors and others pay their bills, including: • Medical coverage through Medicaid and Medicare. For a good overview of these programs, see “Get Financial Help” at

Money • Most pharmaceutical companies offer patient assistance programs that provide uninsured and lowincome people access to prescription drugs they couldn't otherwise afford. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details. • The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides grants to help pay utility bills. To see if your parents qualify, go to • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps lowerincome Americans buy nutritious food. Visit for qualification requirements. • Rental assistance for low-income people is available from several Department of Housing and Urban Development programs as well as other state and local agencies. See “Find Rental Assistance” at • AARP has an excellent guide to finding public benefit programs at They also have a Caregiving Resource Center at And finally, if your parents live far away, consider hiring a local geriatric care manager to help develop a game plan. It’s not cheap, but you’ll appreciate the peace of mind. A good resource is the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers ( Jason Alderman directs Visa’s financial education programs. Sign up for his free monthly e-Newsletter at www.practicalmoneyskills.c om/newsletter.

Financial Focus® Grandparents May Need to Balance Gifts and Goals Grandparents Day falls on Sept. 11 this year. While not as widely observed as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, Grandparents Day nonetheless serves a valuable purpose in reminding us of the importance of grandparents in the lives of their grandchildren. If you’re a grandparent yourself, you already know the joy your grandchildren bring you, and through the years, you have probably been generous with them in many ways. At the same time, though, you probably need to strike a balance between your heartfelt gifts and your financial goals. It can be challenging to achieve that balance. For one thing, you and your fellow grandparents have not been stingy in your giving over the past several years. America’s grandparents provide an estimated $370 billion in financial support to their grandchildren between 2004 and 2009, according to a survey by the MetLife Mature Market Institute. This averages out to $8,661 per grandparent household over the same period. However, many of these same grandparents may not be accumulating sufficient financial resources to enjoy the retirement lifestyle they’ve envisioned. In fact, the median balance of retirement accounts for 55 to 64 year olds is only about $100,000, according to the Center for Retirement Research. That’s not a lot of money for an age group that could spend two or even three decades in retirement. So, as a grandparent, what steps might you take to bolster your retirement savings while simultaneously helping your grandchildren? Here are a few ideas: • Maintain permanent life insurance — Once your children are grown, you may feel less compelled to carry life insurance. But the right type of life insurance can benefit you throughout your life. Permanent life insurance offers you the chance to build cash value, which you may be able to access, depending upon the specifics of your policy. And you can name your grandchildren as beneficiaries of your policy. • Open a 529 plan — Use the money you’re already gifting to fund a 529 plan to help your grandchildren pay for college. These plans have generous contribution guidelines, and withdrawals are tax-free, provided the money is used for qualified expenses. There may be state tax incentives available to in-state residents who invest in their home state’s 529 plan. And a 529 plan offers you a degree of flexibility; if the beneficiary grandchild decides to forgo college, you can transfer the unused funds to another grandchild, tax and penalty free. However, withdrawals used for expenses other than qualified education expenses may be subject to federal and state taxes, plus a 10% penalty. • Contribute to a Roth Individual Retirement Account (IRA) — The Roth IRA is a powerful retirement savings vehicle. You can fund your IRA with virtually any type of investment, such as stocks, bonds, and government securities, and your earnings grow tax free, provided you don’t take withdrawals until you’re at least age 59 1/2 and you’ve held your account at least five years. Your grandchildren may appreciate your generosity, but they’ll also no doubt want you to enjoy a comfortable retirement. As always, you need to do what makes sense for your situation. You may find there are ways to help both your grandchildren and yourself.

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Cover Story


Judy Gudmundson regularly volunteers with the Dassel Area Historical Society, taking on such tasks as indexing newspapers and the names of former Dassel High School students.

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Cover Story By Katie Winter


iles of railway run through Meeker County, surrounded by green cornfields and blue lakes. All are steeped in history. Members of the Dassel Area Historical Society gather this history, display it and teach it to others, all from their Dassel headquarters, a complex consisting of a museum, community room, and the remnants of Universal Laboratories. Built in 1937, Universal Laboratories was once the largest processor of ergot in America. Lester R. Peel of Rice Laboratories Inc. constructed the facility to produce yeast as an additive for poultry and hog feed. He also used the new facility to harvest ergot, which had previously been imported from Europe by U.S. pharmaceutical firms. “It’s a story about a fungus,” Dassel Area History Center Director Carolyn Holje said. “The theme of our exhibit is ‘Ergot: From Blight to Blessing.’ So its history has been one of devastation and destruction. It’s a fungus that grows on grain. It has some very destructive components. There are also some components in this little fungus that have medicinal qualities. That was the blessing.” Peel enlisted farmers from the Dakotas, Great Plains and Canada to ship their ergot-infected corn to Dassel where the black specks of ergot were separated from the kernel. Many separation methods were employed but the best was an electrostatic machine, followed by a group of women who separated the rest by hand. Holje said the operation was essential to the livelihood of Dassel at the time. “It was a big deal,” Holje said. “The women that worked here in the building received better wages. And lots of them when we interview them say they would have never been able to go to nurses training or go to advance training anywhere if they hadn’t had the job.” In the mid-1970s, a synthetic version of ergot was developed and Universal Laboratories closed. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. Today, the four-story building stands

Built in 1937, the Universal Laboratories building in Dassel has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1996. as a reminder of the past, while serving as a functional gathering space for the present day community. “We do lots of programming,” Holje said, “because we look at our society as not only preserving the past, but enriching the present and securing the future of the Dassel area. We do this by offering people cultural programming, educational programming and fun things to do.” In 2006, the Minnesota Preservation Alliance named it as one of 25 of the most significant preservation projects in Minnesota. In 2009, a 6,000-square-foot annex was added on the west side that includes office space, a community room, catering kitchen and an archives room, leaving the Universal Laboratories building to be used for the museum. The museum has four permanent exhibits: “Ergot: From Blight to Blessing,” “The Peterson Pharmacy,” “Wreisner Brothers Horseless Carriage,” and an exhibit honoring U.S. Senator and Kingston native Magnus Johnson. A variety of temporary exhibits also call the museum home at different times of the year. In 2009, the museum hosted the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, “Between Fences.” In September, another Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” is coming to Dassel. This exhibit runs through

Saturday, Nov. 5. The Dassel Area Historical Society added a local touch to the exhibit with a presentation called “Absent Narratives: The Faces of Dassel.” It celebrates the cultures of residents not always told, in particular Native American, Asian, Hispanic and African. “Absent narratives kind of deals with harmony too,” Holje said. “Rural places across the country and in Minnesota have been changing demographically in the past years. Our beginning was that of the European. So we’ve celebrated them for many, many years and now with our changing demographics we’re excited to have different cultures and different countries represented and our job is to celebrate those. So we’re looking forward to that.” The artifacts, old photos and personal stories that make up the variety of exhibits are a reason to return to the museum throughout the year, as many visitors do, Holje said. “It’s unique and fun and interesting,” Holje said. “We have lots and lots of changing exhibits. We like that because people can come more than one time and see different things. We try to get local things to tell stories. We try to make the local thing tell the bigger story. It makes it more interesting for everybody.” The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

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Cover Story from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Dassel Area Historical Society has about 400 member households, split between people who live in and around Meeker County and those who did in the past and still want to stay connected. A quarterly newsletter, website and Facebook page keep everyone in touch. The society receives funding from the City of Dassel for salaries and utilities. Donations and grants help pay for projects and programming. Volunteers, like Judy Gudmundson, help catalog and index names of speakers at Memorial Day services, deceased former residents and attendees of Dassel High School.

Another volunteer, Dave Stewart, who is president of the board of directors and a volunteer on the exhibits committee, is an architect by profession. He is currently working on remodeling the Magnuson Exhibit. In total at least 100 volunteers help to make the historical society what it is. “We have the most extraordinary volunteers I could ever imagine,” Holje said. “We have more than 100 people contribute not financially, but work-wise in some way throughout a year. We have 12 to 15 people who are here on a regular basis.” For more information or to volunteer, call the Dassel Area Historical Society at 320-275-3077 or e-mail at

Carolyn Holje has served as the director of the Dassel History Center since 2009.

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ures the pressure in your arteries between beats (diastolic pressure). Generally, normal blood pressure is less than 140/90 when it’s taken in a doctor’s office. If you monitor your blood pressure at home, normal is a little lower at 135/85. Visiting a doctor may be a bit stressful for some people, and stress can sometimes raise blood pressure. People at the lowest risk of stroke and heart attack have blood pressure readings less than 120/80. These are the normal levels used for healthy people. You can take self-care steps to help keep your blood pressure within the normal range. First, watch what you eat and drink. Limit the amount of salt in your diet. Shoot for no more than 2,000 milligrams of sodium per day. You should carefully read food labels and recognize that “high salt foods” are those with more than 250 milligrams of sodium per serving.

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Culinary specialist Dana Elliott demonstrated how to make sausage-stuffed red bell peppers at the 2010 Taste of Home Cooking School event at the McLeod County Fairgrounds.

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asten your aprons, grab a spatula and join your friends and family for the Taste of Home Cooking Show on Nov. 17 at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. Culinary specialist Dana Elliott once again will blend passion and skill to share the season’s best recipes, tips, and techniques at the interactive two-hour event. She will demonstrate new recipes you can easily recreate in your home – from apricot beef stir fry to cookie dough truffles and more. Armed with new culinary tips and techniques, you’ll be sure to impress your dinner guests with these sophisticated yet surprisingly easy-to-make dishes. A popular fall event in the Crow River region, the Taste of Home Cooking School not only features Elliott’s fun, high-energy culinary exhibition, but also offers a pre-show expo, door prizes and recyclable goodie bag chock full of items from local and national vendors. “Everyone loves the Taste of Home Cooking School,” Elliot said, “and it makes me very proud to represent. Cooking brings out the best in everyone.” Elliott conducts cooking schools throughout the country. Her love of traveling to experience the flavors of different cities combined with her enthusiasm for cooking allows her to share her culinary passion with people. Elliott received her bachelor’s degree in Culinary Management from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Her previous experience includes teaching restaurant management in post-secondary education and hosting interactive cooking classes, used as a tool for team building, for large corporations. Elliott is a firm believer in the power of food to bring people together. “Whether you are cooking in the kitchen with your friends or sitting around the dinner table with family, there is always great conversation,” Elliott said. “When we eat, typically, we are happy, and that is the best feeling in the world. Cooking, caring and sharing is Taste of Home’s motto and it is so true.” The kitchen has been a home for Elliott since she was a little girl. “It all started by watching my grandparents and parents in the garden,” she said. “We would grow all kinds of wonderful fruits and vegetables. Whenever we wanted something for dinner, we just went to the backyard and picked it. The whole year round, we enjoyed delicious meals made at home, with home-grown ingredients. The whole process excited me. I was always fascinated with textures, flavors and colors of food. Both of my grandmothers and my mom, taught me family recipes, and cooking techniques, and the rest, as they say, is history.” Some of the recipes Elliott will present in her live onstage cooking school show are sure to incorporate fresh produce and interesting ingredients. In total 10 dishes will be demonstrated and awarded to audience members at the end of the evening.

At last year’s event casserole and pie were big hits among the 1,100 in attendance. This kind of reaction excites Elliott the most. When asked for her favorite part of the cooking school experience, she replied, “It’s the audience, and their excitement and love of good food.” The years Elliot has spent next a stove or hovering over a cutting board have given her a lot of kitchen wisdom. So what advice does she have for the average home cook? “Never be afraid to try something new,” she said. “Most people get into a cooking rut, and serve the same things over and over again. Set a goal with yourself to try three new recipes a month.” For more information about the event and how to purchase tickets, watch the Hutchinson Leader and Leader Shopper, or visit Tickets are $15 and go on sale at the Hutchinson Leader front office and the Hutchinson Cash Wise Foods courtesy desk. The Taste of Home Cooking School is an event you won’t want to miss. Tickets sell fast, so don’t wait. We are going to have lots of fun talking about my favorite thing, food,” Elliott said. “There are some wonderful recipes from our sponsors, and plenty of door prizes as well as tasty tips and tidbits about cooking. We’re going to have a lot of fun at this event. Trust me, you don’t want to miss it.”

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Taste of Home recipes satisfy the taste buds Berry Patch Pie Ingredients: • Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches) • 3/4 cup sugar • 1/4 cup cornstarch • 2 cups halved fresh strawberries • 1-1/2 cups fresh raspberries • 1 cup fresh blackberries • 1 cup fresh blueberries • 1 tablespoon lemon juice Preparation 1. On a lightly floured surface, unroll pastry. Transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edges. Line unpricked pastry with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5-7 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. 2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in berries and lemon juice. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until mixture just comes to a boil; pour into prepared crust. Cool completely on a wire rack. Yield: 8 servings.

Corn and Squash Soup Ingredients: • 12 bacon strips, diced • 1 medium onion, chopped • 1 celery rib, chopped • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth • 6 cups mashed cooked butternut squash • 2 cans (8-3/4 ounces each) cream-style corn • 2 cups half-and-half cream • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt • 1/2 teaspoon pepper • Sour cream, optional Preparation 1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. 2. In the drippings, saute onion and celery until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. 3. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in the squash, corn, cream, parsley, salt, pepper and bacon. Cook and stir until heated through. Garnish with sour cream if desired. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

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Try this berry pie as a healthy dessert option.

Comfort Foods Family-Favorite Cheeseburger Pasta Ingredients: • 1-1/2 cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta • 3/4 pound lean ground beef (90% lean) • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard • 2 tablespoons ketchup • 1 teaspoon steak seasoning • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese • Chopped green onions, optional Preparation: 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Drain pasta; add to meat mixture. 2. Stir in the tomatoes, relish, mustard, ketchup, steak seasoning and seasoned salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. 3. Sprinkle with cheese. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand until cheese is melted. Garnish with green onions if desired. Yield: 4 servings. Recipes courtesy of Taste of Home,

Satisfy your cheeseburger craving with this healthy pasta dish.

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STADIUM SEAT, VIKINGS, hard arm, lightweight and portable, padded back and seat cushion, perfect for all outdoor activities, carrying strap, Asking $25 BO. 320-848-6688

PICNIC TABLE, $35. 320-259-0917

LABEL WRITER, Dymo Model 330, $10. Please call 320-234-3773

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WOOD HEADBOARD and foot board, twin, nice. $50. 320-693-2707

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Your Hearing is important: See a Licensed Audiologist! Communicating with your family and friends, socially or at work is one the most important things we do. When you need your hearing tested and are considering hearing aids, make sure you see a Licensed Audiologist. There are some dispensers who are allowed to sell hearing aids, but are not licensed audiologists. You deserve the best hearing possible. Licensed Audiologists are: • required to have graduate Masters or Doctoral degrees in Audiology • the only providers qualified to diagnose hearing loss and dispense hearing aids • recognized by Medicare as the only provider qualified to test hearing for diagnostic purposes • recognized by the State of Minnesota as the only provider qualified to test children 18 years and under • recognized by the State of Minnesota as the only provider qualified to test hearing for Medical Assistance patients

Hearing Help Audiology CALL 587-3636 TODAY! Dr. Shirley Fors 1978 1982 1986 1986 2004 2007

125 South Main St., Hutchinson Kamrath Chiropractic building

Hutchinson High School, highest honors University of Minnesota, honors, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology University of Minnesota, highest honors, Master of Arts, Audiology Certified, American Speech, Language and Hearing Association President, Minnesota Academy of Audiology Salus University, highest honors, Doctor of Audiology

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