Leisure & Lifestyle

Thu
08
Jan

‘When should I retire?’ and other questions

Jim Czechowicz and Rhonda Whitenack, Social Security public affairs specialists in the Twin Cities, offer the following questions they’ve received lately and the answers they offer.

Tue
30
Dec

An unexpected gift that keeps on giving for years to come

Was there ever a gift under the tree that you thought was going to be one thing, and it turned out to be something entirely different?
It might have been an item that wasn't even on your Santa list, and when you opened it you were initially disappointed, but you came to appreciate it over time.
Perhaps it was more useful than you ever imagined. Maybe it even became one of your most treasured possessions. Or maybe it was an unexpected event, that provided fond memories for years to come.

 

Wed
24
Dec

No wrapping: 97-year-old’s gift is in song

Around a dozen Edgerton Elementary 4-5-6th-grade choir members made a surpise caroling visit with Cecilia Gresback, a 97-year old Maplewood resident Dec. 16. Next, the singers were off to the Maplewood Mall for a singing engagement.
Around a dozen Edgerton Elementary 4-5-6th-grade choir members made a surpise caroling visit with Cecilia Gresback, a 97-year old Maplewood resident Dec. 16. Next, the singers were off to the Maplewood Mall for a singing engagement. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Carolers sent from across the country
The scene: following a fresh sprinkling of snow, 14 young carolers from Edgerton Elementary School file into Cecilia Gresback’s living room, filling her Maplewood home with song and good tidings. The 97-year-old rocks her chair back and forth and claps her hands, keeping tempo with the carolers as they sing “Holly Jolly Christmas” with a keyboard accompaniment.
Her daughter, Rita Shor, sitting by her side, can hardly keep her eyes dry.

Wed
17
Dec

Strohmeier’s legacy can be measured in miles

Elmer and Janice Strohmeier participate in the MS 150 Ride from Duluth to the Twin Cities, in 2002. During the three-day event, the couple slept in a tent.
Elmer and Janice Strohmeier participate in the MS 150 Ride from Duluth to the Twin Cities, in 2002. During the three-day event, the couple slept in a tent. (submitted photo)

Elmer Strohmeier, 76, and his wife, Janice, also 76, have put in more miles than they can recall running and biking on the trails that run through the city of North St. Paul.

Thu
11
Dec

Lucky enough to be heading to warmer climes this winter? Stay savvy about the sun.


Submitted photo

You may be on vacation, but your skin isn’t.

Travelers should be aware that ultraviolet  radiation from the sun -- even on such a brief jaunt as a several-day beach vacation -- plays a significant role in the development of skin cancer.

Tue
02
Dec

See clearly in the car, on the pathway and at home


The natural enemies of winter workouts? Not necessarily. (submitted photo)

When the cold of winter settles in, it can bring a wide range of problems, especially for those who wear glasses.

Tue
02
Dec

Old World Christmas Market creates holiday magic

Colorful hand-blown glass balls from the Czech Republic will make a Christmas tree beautiful.
Colorful hand-blown glass balls from the Czech Republic will make a Christmas tree beautiful. (photos by Pamela O'Meara/Review)

As I drove across Wisconsin last December, I was excited at the prospect of a weekend getaway at The Osthoff Resort.

Mon
01
Dec

Spreading the joy

Nancy and Rodney Brown dress as Santa and Mrs. Claus, welcoming thousands to their extravagant holiday setup from Thanksgiving to the first Sunday in January in Inver Grove Heights.
Nancy and Rodney Brown dress as Santa and Mrs. Claus, welcoming thousands to their extravagant holiday setup from Thanksgiving to the first Sunday in January in Inver Grove Heights. (Submitted photo)

Inver Grove Heights couple are ‘Santa and Mrs.’ to neighbor kids, light-show fans
Santa Claus lives on a quiet street in Inver Grove Heights.
At least he does according to 2-year-old Brady and 4-year-old Gabriel.
Their neighbors, Nancy and Rodney Brown, not only dress up as Santa and Mrs. Claus every night for more than a month during the holidays, but they set up thousands of dollars worth of lights in their yard.

Mon
01
Dec

Turn on the power of little red cranberries

The wind blows the cranberries to one side of the marsh at Glacial Lake Cranberries in Wisconsin Rapids.
The wind blows the cranberries to one side of the marsh at Glacial Lake Cranberries in Wisconsin Rapids. (Photos by Pamela O’Meara)

Wisconsin’s state fruit is a must-have holiday ingredient
Ever since I met up with my former college roommate in Cape Cod several years ago and we went to a cranberry festival, I’ve wondered how the tart red berries are grown, harvested and processed both in Cape Cod and Wisconsin, which grows even more cranberries.
Last month, I learned the answers when I visited part of the 50-mile Cranberry Highway in central Wisconsin. The state grows about 60 percent of the nation’s and the world’s cranberries.
 

Thu
06
Nov

Oakdale WWII vet honors generations of fallen comrades


Carlson, an Oakdale resident, is a member of Roseville VFW Post 1635 on the East Side of St. Paul. (submitted photo)

For Gordon "Gordy" Carlson, volunteering is a way of life.

Every Wednesday for the past 30 years, you'll find Carlson at Fort Snelling National Cemetery as a member of the Memorial Rifle Squad.

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