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Sun
20
Dec

Telling the story of her town

During World War II, women filled in the holes in packing plants after men were drafted into service. (submitted photo)
During World War II, women filled in the holes in packing plants after men were drafted into service. (submitted photo)

Lois Glewwe is out with a new South St. Paul history book
One would think writing a book about the place where you grew up would be easy. For Lois A. Glewwe, writing “South St. Paul: A Brief History” was almost too easy.
“What I found out was it was much harder than I thought because I could have written 600 pages easier than I could write 160,” Glewwe explains. “So to condense it down to a readable, accessible level was the challenge. I was constantly cutting and cutting.”

Sun
06
Dec

Avoid getting stranded: Prepare your car for winter

Winter can be hard on your car but steps can be taken to make things winter-ready. (photo courtesy of Getty Images )
Winter can be hard on your car but steps can be taken to make things winter-ready. (photo courtesy of Getty Images )

Harsh winter weather can be tough on vehicles, and the last thing any driver needs is to break down. Ensuring your vehicle is winter-ready now is a sensible approach to avoid the inconvenience of being stranded out in the cold.

Sun
06
Dec

Tips to ease holiday travel stress

Traveling during the holidays can be stressful for anybody. Planning ahead can help reduce some of this stress. (Sunny Studio - Fotolia)
Traveling during the holidays can be stressful for anybody. Planning ahead can help reduce some of this stress. (Sunny Studio - Fotolia)

An estimated 94.8 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home for the holidays, according to AAA.

Sun
22
Nov

Uniquely Minnesotan

Joan Donatelle. (submitted photo)
Joan Donatelle. (submitted photo)

Cookbooks showcase Minnesota traditions

The Minnesota Historical Society Press recently released two cookbooks — “Come, You Taste” and “Astonishing Apples” — that are uniquely Minnesotan.
First-time author Joan Donatelle says now that “Astonishing Apples” has been published, she can finally cross writing a cookbook off her bucket list.

Wed
04
Nov

Standing is more important than you might think

With the change of seasons comes important safety reminders for seniors.

The statistics on falls among older Americans is staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control:

Tue
03
Nov

No place like home: comfortably aging in place

Baby boomers entering or approaching retirement need to be aware of how they can best prepare their homes to age comfortably. (photo courtesy of Getty Images)
Baby boomers entering or approaching retirement need to be aware of how they can best prepare their homes to age comfortably. (photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Having lived in the same ranch house for 55 years, John Heck's grandparents wanted to make any and all necessary accommodations to allow them to peacefully age in place.

Mon
02
Nov

From Edison to art

This swirl of glass full of small flowers inside is called Garden Memories, created in 2009 by Rick Ayotte. This modern piece is on display at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)
This swirl of glass full of small flowers inside is called Garden Memories, created in 2009 by Rick Ayotte. This modern piece is on display at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

The Fox Cities area is full of surprises

Who would have thought that in 1882, the beautiful Victorian Hearthstone home overlooking the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin, would be the first home in the world to be lighted by hydroelectricity from a central station using the Thomas Edison system?
The event put the area on the map and launched unimaginable changes in how people cooked, cleaned, lived and entertained themselves in their homes.

Tue
27
Oct

‘Hail to purple, hail to white’

 hail to mom and dad

Wearing her school colors, Pam O’Meara stands in front of her former sorority house, now privately owned.  It overlooks Lake Michigan just off the Northwestern University campus. (Pam O’Meara/Review)
Wearing her school colors, Pam O’Meara stands in front of her former sorority house, now privately owned.  It overlooks Lake Michigan just off the Northwestern University campus. (Pam O’Meara/Review)

I searched my closet for anything purple — my school color — and came up with a few shirts, a jacket, socks and even shoes to wear for my 50th college reunion at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois — the first reunion I’ve ever attended.

Sun
25
Oct

Cost-conscious home upgrades for fall

Subtle changes, such as a coat of paint or new hardware, can give your kitchen a fresh, new look and feel. (Getty Images)
Subtle changes, such as a coat of paint or new hardware, can give your kitchen a fresh, new look and feel. (Getty Images)

If you're looking for ways to improve your home but don't have the budget for a full-scale renovation, look at upgrades that add instant value with a smaller investment.

Wed
14
Oct

A birthday party with a twist

Owen, second from right, was granted his wish to see Disney World. His mom, Michelle, said the family trip would not have been possible without Wishes & More. (submitted photo)
Owen, second from right, was granted his wish to see Disney World. His mom, Michelle, said the family trip would not have been possible without Wishes & More. (submitted photo)

Turning 1 is always a cause for celebration.

And celebrate is exactly what a local business plans to do, but with a twist.

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