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Great River Guys: We got a little carried away (08/06/2014)
By GRSFís Lee Gundersheimer and Doug Scholz-Carlson

Doug: I am so excited. Sunday we wrapped up our season.

Lee: That is exciting?

Doug: No, that is always upsetting, we hate to have our closing  ... 

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Monkey business (08/06/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- Most of the time Iím happy I donít have to cover national and international news, but once in awhile, there is a story I just wish was in our coverage zone. This monkey story, heard on public radio wh ... 

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Spider snake (08/05/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- Iím not afraid of spiders or snakes generally. I like animals, even gross looking bugs and big slithering snakes. The line for me, however, lies right in front of the ones that can kill me.

I was eas ... 

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The promise of public education (08/05/2014)
From: Dr. Stephen West

WAPS Superintendent

I am both humbled and honored to have been selected to serve as Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Superintendent in this community, and will work tireles ... 

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Imagine Latsch (07/28/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- Iíve spent a fair amount of time at Winona City Hall. Sometimes, itís been exciting ó debates, fiesty political banter, important votes. Other times, when the School Board reaches hour four, for examp ... 

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GRSF is the gift that gives (07/21/2014)
by GRSFís Lee Gundersheimer and Doug Scholz-Carlson

Doug: Why are you so out of breath, Lee?

Lee: Iím finishing our 5k Will Run hopefully some time today.

Doug: Good. I just finished, and  ... 

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Al Owne: This column, and you, have helped with healing (07/16/2014)
I was having a hard time getting over my wifeís death, and I was having just as hard a time surviving on my own, so what was I going to do? I had been to a grief counseling class of six sessions which ... 

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GRSF is the gift that gives (07/16/2014)
by GRSFís Lee Gundersheimer and Doug Scholz-Carlson

Doug: We think of this Shakespeare Festival as a gift, one that our community gives us by supporting, and one we give to our community by provid ... 

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The rotary phone (07/16/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- You know youíre getting old when little kids lump you into an adult category that includes people who could be your parents, then ask if there was electricity when you were growing up. They think rota ... 

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Al Owne: The fate of the Levis (07/07/2014)
Wish me luck! Iím headed to the sewing machine. I need a new pair of cut-off jean shorts. I have a fairly nice pair of Levi jeans with a white paint spot on the rear end that Iíve decided to use for t ... 

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Great River Guys: Whatís all the fuss about ĎRosencrantz and Guildensterní? (07/07/2014)
From: GRSFís Lee

Gundersheimer and

Doug Scholz-Carlson

Doug: With the opening of ďRosencrantz and Guildenstern are DeadĒ Saturday (be sure to get your tickets and your WOW button for the after  ... 

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With all my heart (07/07/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- I got over writerís block a long time ago. I donít spend my days staring out the window trying to figure out how to get started. Still, Iíve been watching this computer cursor blink on an empty page f ... 

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Al Owne: Does it get any easier? (06/30/2014)
The familiar question, ďDoes it get easier?Ē came up in a conversation recently. My answer is, ďYesÖand no.Ē I know some of you will consider that a cop-out answer, but I can explain. The ďyesĒ part m ... 

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Top 10 reasons to GRSF (06/25/2014)
by GRSFís Lee Gundersheimer and Doug Scholz-Carlson

Lee: Have you ever GRSFed? We are celebrating our 11th season in Winona, but have you ever been to the festival?

Doug: As we visit and talk to g ... 

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Al Owne: Belated Father's Day (06/23/2014)
Iím sorry, guys. I completely forgot Fatherís Day last week. Thatís kind of typical isnít it? Motherís Day is a big deal, as it should be. After all, a woman carries a child for nine months and goes t ... 

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WOW ó Time to dance in the streets! (06/18/2014)
by GRSFís Lee Gundersheimer

and Doug Scholz-Carlson

Lee: Hey Doug, wasnít that Steamboat Days fun?

Doug: Yes, quite a spirited week ó great music, fun food, classic cars ó

Lee: And then there ... 

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Al Owne: Griddling, slowly (06/09/2014)
I will be observing the fourth anniversary of my wifeís passing in the coming week so Iím not sure how things will go. I guess Iím still in a state of shock. It isnít that I donít accept the fact that ... 

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Al Owne: Kitchenese (in English, please) (06/02/2014)
I hope you made it through Memorial Day OK; itís a tough one sometimes. I know. I was asked to make some comments about losing Army buddies for the Winona Post and I had to refuse. I felt bad because  ... 

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Al Owne: Get with it! (05/28/2014)
I was issued a challenge recently to jump into creative cookery by making the relatively newly popular French egg dish, quiche, and the relatively old popular baking morsel, popovers. Iím still planni ... 

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Something to celebrate (05/21/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- I walked in to Winona Health last week to peppy music and a team of hospital leaders dancing. A person is always greeted by smiling faces when she walks through the doors at Winona Health, but this ti ... 

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Al Owne: A taste of Tijuana (05/19/2014)
Well, as the old saying goes, ďA half a nice day is better than none.Ē I was speaking of last Sunday, Motherís Day. It seems like getting even a part of a day without wind, rain, or snow these days is ... 

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Al Owne: The perfect pancake (05/12/2014)
I hope all you mothers out there are having a good day. How can we set aside only one day to honor mothers? I think each day is Motherís Day for most people. From what little I can remember of my moth ... 

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Get carried away with GRSF (05/12/2014)
by Lee Gundersheimer and Doug Scholz-Carlson

Lee: Doug, whatís with the truck? You score a few things at the 100 Mile Garage Sale?

Doug: Nope. Itís almost time to move to Winona for the summer, so ... 

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Home sweet home (05/07/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- Last weekend my husband and I made some real progress on the house. Outside, of course, and by my husband and I, I really mean my husband. He worked long and hard finishing up a cool new patio in the  ... 

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Al Owne: The unofficial orphan (05/05/2014)
After my last column, I talked to some people who live alone to see what they did in the bread department. The consensus was that the loaves are too big, but by keeping the bread in the refrigerator i ... 

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Mystery garden, part 2 (04/30/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- I love to garden. People who were fortunate enough to visit my home the summer before last will tell you tales about tomato plants that were taller than my husband (6í7Ē), even when the fruit became h ... 

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Al Owne: The bread dilemma (04/28/2014)
Your 50-year-old husband of 27 years is killed in an auto accident, and youíre left alone with the children. What worse can happen? A young widow in the Twin Cities area found out recently. When she  ... 

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Bugs, bees, and the missing pair of shoes (04/23/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- I was about 10, and my best friend Mandy and I were in the backyard, playing with Molly, my new puppy. It was a fantastic summer day, and we were taking photos; I still have one of Mandy with six-mont ... 

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GRSF Get Carried Away: Minnesota and the arts (04/23/2014)
By Lee Gundersheimer and Doug Scholz-Carlson

Lee: Doug, did you know that Senator Jeremy Miller has a We-no-nah canoe in his office in the capitol?

Doug: Really?

Lee: Well not a full-size can ... 

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Attack of the huggers (04/21/2014)
ďIt ainít fair!Ē Thatís my new motto for life. Donít worry, Iíve had that proven to me several times in the last 80-some years, not just lately. It came to mind the other day while I was thinking abou ... 

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Sit. (04/21/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- You canít teach an old dog new tricks, but you might be able to teach her her old tricks in sign language when she stops pretending sheís deaf and actually becomes deaf.

That would have been the hea ... 

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Al Owne: Death, taxes, and a child's cookbook (04/14/2014)
Iím ready to mail in the checks to pay my federal and state income taxes and I have my property taxes set out to remind me to take care of them. Someone once said that the only sure things in life wer ... 

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Al Owne: No injuries (04/07/2014)
I had to change the ďNo injuriesĒ sign in my kitchen last Sunday. Yes, it was the waffle ironÖ the new one. My batter was a little too thick so a little oozed out over the side. When I went to clean i ... 

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Al Owne: Suzy Spider (03/31/2014)
By -- Iím getting to be a veteran Skyper; I talked to my Japanese-based child for over an hour last week without losing contact, pushing the wrong button, or dropping my I-Pad on the floor. I was just windi ... 

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'Welcome hither, As is the spring to the earth' (03/24/2014)
By -- By Lee Gundersheimer and Doug Scholz-Carlson

Doug: ďWelcome hither, As is the spring to the earth.Ē

Lee: Are you singing again Doug?

Doug: That is from the ďWinterís Tale.Ē

Lee: I donít think wi ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (03/24/2014)
By -- It happened at 11:47 a.m. Thursday; did you feel it? Spring arrived! Or at least it was the time of the Vernal Equinox when the sun rises and sets 12 hours apart. Of course we are talking about at the ... 

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Learning how to fly (03/24/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- I was 21, the sun was rising, and I was cruising home from my overnight shift at the group home, wind tearing through my hair. Raisin, who was a puppy at the time, was in the passenger seat. I was loo ... 

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Learning how to fly (03/17/2014)
By Sarah Squires -- Learning how to fly

I was 21, the sun was rising, and I was cruising home from my overnight shift at the group home, wind tearing through my hair. Raisin, who was a puppy at the time, was in the pa ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (03/17/2014)
By -- Spring after all

It looks like we are going to have spring after all. Yes, the sun is getting higher in the sky, the birds are calling for their mates, the potholes are getting deeper, and the sno ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (03/10/2014)
By -- Letís start out with the information I know youíre dying to hear about: the squeeze bottle pancake mix results. I used it last Sunday and I must say that it wasnít bad. Iím sure in the hands of a bett ... 

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Great River goes to school (03/05/2014)
By -- Doug: This week, weíve given the Great River Guys column over to the teachers of our residency, GRSF Company members Brian White and Stephanie Lambourn. Take it away, guys.

Brian White: This Friday i ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (03/03/2014)
By Al Owne -- Yes. I found it right under my own nose. To paraphrase an old song, ďI was looking for batter in all the wrong places.Ē Thanks to a helpful email hint from Ken, I found the precious pancake batter rig ... 

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Julius Caesar, through the eyes of a teenager (03/03/2014)
By -- Doug: For the past four years, actors from the Great River Shakespeare Festival Company have come to Winona in the middle of winter to teach at Winona High School.Valerie Williams, who runs the theate ... 

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Al owne in the kitchen (02/24/2014)
By Al Owne -- Bad news, good news, and just news. I was finally so frustrated that I asked an employee of the big grocery that I frequent about the new Pillsbury squeeze bottle pancake batter. He was a meat departm ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (02/16/2014)
By Al Owne -- I saw a robin last Wednesday. He, or she, was sitting under some kind of berry tree eating whatever was falling off at this time of the year. I walked right past and it just kept pecking at this mea ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (02/09/2014)
By Al Owne -- Sorry, but I still havenít found the magic squeeze bottle pancake batter yet, but Iím still looking. I havenít been doing much shopping with the current weather patterns the way theyíve been. Iíve b ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (02/02/2014)
By Al Owne -- What is it; feed a cold and starve a fever or the other way around? No matter, Iím suffering from either the flu or a cold. It seems like Iíve been sick off and on since the first of December. Of co ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (01/26/2014)
By Al Owne -- Iíve been slowly learning the pros and cons of the waffle iron I got for Christmas. It cooks faster than the old one and you canít necessarily go by the steam rule. There may be steam, but the waffle  ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (01/19/2014)
By Al Owne -- I hope you donít mind, but Iím going to make a late New Yearís resolution. When Iím making one of my fancy (?) breakfast meals, I should stay near the stove. I donít think throwing eggs or pancake bat ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (01/12/2014)
By Al Owne -- Resolutions are really a good thing for the new year; keeping resolutions for the new year is really a hard thing to do. After I turned 80, I decided to make resolutions that were pretty easy to keep ... 

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Al-Qaida resurgence in Iraq: a big surprise, right? (01/12/2014)
From: James Puz

A recent AP news release reported that hundreds of masked gunmen from the Al-Qaida-linked Islamic State in Iraq and Levant have currently taken control of major portions of two Iraq ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (01/05/2014)
By Al Owne -- Itís over, and I made it through emotionally unscarredÖI think. I used my ďlook back at the good timesĒ method to get passed these potentially sad days. Iím not saying that I wasnít sad at all about b ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (12/29/2013)
By Al Owne -- Phew! Itís over. I made it through another Christmas without too much emotional damage, I think. Much of my success was due to my not-so-far-away son, his wife, and daughter. We put my newly cleaned o ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (12/15/2013)
By Al Owne -- When I read last Sundayís column, I was kind of embarrassed about how dumb I sounded. After a long counseling session with one of my kitchen savvy sons, Iíve decided that I just donít have the right  ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (12/08/2013)
By Al Owne -- Okay, I know it was after Thanksgiving, but I wanted to make a pumpkin pie anyway. I like pumpkin pie! I read the recipe on the store brand pumpkin can and decided that Iíd bought the required ingre ... 

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An open letter to Garrison Keillor (12/04/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

After 39 years, it must be hard to make lutefisk funny. Thatís almost a contradiction, because lutefisk is funny, but honestly Garrison ó can I call you Garrison? ó youíre long-winded. Itís December ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (12/02/2013)
By Al Owne -- Did I tell you I found another electrical cord that fits the monster waffle iron? Those of you of a certain age will understand; there was a plug with a certain configuration which fit many of the ki ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (11/24/2013)
By Al Owne -- I thought it would be a culinary breakthrough for breakfast. I should have known better; if any of the female members of the family had been around, they would have said, ďYouíre going to mix what wit ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (11/17/2013)
By Al Owne -- Well, Veteranís Day was just as miserable as usual. Windy and cold seems to be normal weather for the day and once in a while we can throw in a little rain and/or snow. Yet we have the same dedicate ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (11/10/2013)
By Al Owne -- I can tell things are getting back to normal; I goofed up a batch of pancakes last Sunday. I mixed the mix according to the directions on the box with Aunt Jemima smiling at me, but they looked a lit ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (11/01/2013)
I have always prided myself on being independent. I come from a long line of men who would rather walk five miles in snow and ice than accept a ride from a well-meaning motorist. Lately, Iíve been t ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (10/27/2013)
By Al Owne -- I hope nobody saw me. What would I say? I was desperate. Iím sorry. I havenít had time to fix the power supply to the old faithful waffle iron and I was suffering from waffle withdrawal when I wal ... 

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Knee-deep, in a life jacket (10/23/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- I am a worrier.

Some of you may recall a column I wrote a few years ago detailing the most wonderful invention my brother-in-law created: safety jumper cables. (If you wanted to, you could search ďB ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (10/20/2013)
By Al Owne -- In one of my first columns, I wrote how many steps I had to take to make a bed by myself. Now Iím going to update that to how many hops I have to make to make my bed while using a walker. A couple of ... 

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Autumn in Winona (10/20/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- I remember when I didnít live in wonderland. When I called the rural flatlands of Minnesotaís west side home, people would caravan from the Ďcities to see the fall colors ignite across the forest clus ... 

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Saint Lucia (10/16/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Iím Swedish. In most of the Minnesota corners where Iíve lived, thatís a statement met with ďOh YahĒs and ďUff DahĒs rolled from Scandinavian tongues; here I am clearly outnumbered.

Itís really inte ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (10/13/2013)
By Al Owne -- Iím back! More about that later, but now another waffle story which might be the last one at least with my older convertible iron. The Sunday before my recent absence I decided to make a delicious bat ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (09/15/2013)
By Al Owne -- Are you a multi-tasker? I try to be, but sometimes I get bogged down in secondary tasks and the primary task is not given enough attention. Thatís not real serious unless one adds the words, hot stov ... 

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The honeymoon (09/11/2013)
By Sarah Squires -- Two years ago, today ó right at this moment, in fact ó†I stood on a secluded sand bar in Kieselhorse Slough and promised to love, cherish, and have fun with my husband forever. The only catch was a sl ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (09/08/2013)
Just like that, overnight, there are yellow buses running all over the streets in the morning picking up small children waiting anxiously along with their parents who are waiting more anxiously. I gu ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (09/01/2013)
By Al Owne -- Last weekend, I shifted my food order around. See, I usually have eggs of some sort on Saturday, and pancakes or waffles, however the mood strikes me, on Sunday. In an emergency, I made a fried egg  ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (08/25/2013)
By Al Owne -- I made a relatively perfect batch of waffles on Sunday. I say relatively because none of them were perfectly square. I learned that in your own kitchen, itís better to have them a little smaller than ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (08/18/2013)
I messed up a recipe. I know how to cut recipes in half and all that, but I thought I could manipulate a recipe to fit my cheapness. As youíve heard I often make pancakes or waffles from a mix. Whe ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (08/11/2013)
By Al Owne -- Iím never going to learn with the microwave. We had a set of Melmac type dinner plates when we were first married. As we moved to more permanent china dishes, these plates became sort of utility ite ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (08/04/2013)
By Al Owne -- Itís funny, but since Iíve somewhat mastered the art of cooking, Iíve eaten out more than ever before. When I say mastered, I mean Iím able to whip up something reasonably healthy and tasty for lunch ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (07/28/2013)
By Al Owne -- I was driving out of town the other day with the radio on an ďOldiesĒ station when I heard the vocal song ďLonely.Ē Boy, I listened to the words for once and thought, ďThatís me.Ē Of course the song ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (07/21/2013)
By Al Owne -- If you hadnít noticed, itís been pretty hot lately. I suppose I could do the ďItís been so hot thatÖĒ jokes, but I donít think we need to be reminded that we are uncomfortable. Nowadays, we go from a ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (07/14/2013)
By Al Owne -- I had an interesting adventure in the kitchen recently without burning myself or anything else. Have you ever used re-fried beans? There was a can of re-fried beans in the kitchen pantry so they cou ... 

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Henry V at GRSF (07/14/2013)
by Robert Stuber

Henry V, directed by James Edmondson for the Great River Shakespeare Festival

For those who saw the 2011 production of Henry IV, it might help to know that Season 8ís Prince Hal ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (06/30/2013)
By Al Owne -- I had a chance to skim some out-of-town newspaper advice columns recently and was surprised at the widowed person-based problems discussed. Mostly it was children of the widowed who were asking for a ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (06/09/2013)
By Al Owne -- Were you aware that the words klutz and kitchen both start with the letter ďKĒ? Iím sure you were and are wondering what that has to do with anything. Well, itís important in my kitchen because Iím  ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (06/02/2013)
By Al Owne -- Well, that hurdle has been leaped. (Like I could leap a hurdle.) I made a big batch of waffles from scratch. I left that hand written recipe on the back of the envelope in front of me on the kitchen ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (05/26/2013)
By Al Owne -- Iím down to four original lemon-colored Windsor Melmac plates now. It was that Marie Callender again. Seventeen minutes on high was just too much. I had forgotten about the last time already. (My  ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (05/19/2013)
By Al Owne -- My weather prediction for Mothersí Day was a little off. It was indeed sunny with no rain or snow, but you really had to hold on to your fancy hat. I visited a city about 50 miles west of Winona for ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (05/05/2013)
By Al Owne -- Boy what a disappointment! I had a column all arranged in my head that went something like this. Last Friday the temperature finally decided to be spring-like and jumped up into the 70s. My winter  ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (04/28/2013)
By Al Owne -- In my kitchen, itís either not enough or too much. Last week, I wrote about my cupboards being bare, similar to Old Mother Hubbardís. I cured that quickly by heading to the local grocery. I purchas ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (04/21/2013)
By Al Owne -- As I write this, Iím filled with sadness over the Boston bombing and the horrific plant explosion in West, Texas. In both cases there was loss of life and injury to hundreds of innocent people includ ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (04/14/2013)
By Al Owne -- I did it. What a feeling of accomplishment! I successfully whipped up a batch of waffles Sunday morning. You know what my secret to success was? I wasnít afraid of the waffle making routine. That ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (04/07/2013)
By Al Owne -- I often get questions from non-widowed friends about what itís like living alone after being with someone for over 50 years. I was thinking about that the other day when I was getting ready for a med ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (03/31/2013)
By Al Owne -- I got a lesson in waffle making the other day. One of my children, hearing of my waffle woes, called and said he was coming to give me a lesson in Waffle Making 101. He arrived with a large shopping ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (03/10/2013)
By Al Owne -- I evaluated my house cleaning the other day. I was sitting in the bedroom and I thought I detected a little dust under the tall dresser. ďI wonder when I last cleaned under there,Ē I thought. I dra ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (02/24/2013)
ďIf I would have known you were comingÖ.Ē Yes, I successfully baked a chocolate cake the other day. It turned out so well it was surprising. I think the reason for my success was that I just did it o ... 

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Minority reporter (02/24/2013)
By Sarah Squires --

My husband follows technology. From afar, I should say; we are old fashioned, real book reading people who donít jump to embrace every new device that hits the streets. And for the most part, he lik ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (02/17/2013)
By Al Owne -- People describe people by saying, ďShe didnít suffer fools very well.Ē My wife fit that saying, but you could also add, ďÖor spendthrifts!Ē We started out poor and she didnít want to go back even if ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (02/10/2013)
By Al Owne -- Let me start with a little tip for those of you who have been forced into the unfamiliar confines of the kitchen. Do not leave a metal spoon in a pan which is over a hot burner especially on a gas st ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (02/03/2013)
By Al Owne -- My latest kitchen disaster was due to a mixture of overconfidence and failure to read directions. Well, and maybe some kitchen cluelessness, also.

After my last partial success with waffles, I deci ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (01/27/2013)
By Al Owne -- I received some feedback on my last column about merchants putting roadblocks in my shopping trips. Most people agreed with me.

Speaking of shopping, men will understand this problem; I donít know  ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (01/20/2013)
Merchants have added a new obstacle to my shopping forays. Now it seems that every business has some kind of special card to use to get good deals. In most stores I really donít shop enough to make t ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (01/13/2013)
By Al Owne -- I got a little overconfident in the kitchen again. I usually make my Sunday morning pancakes with a simple mix. All I have to do is put a cup of the mix in a bowl (I actually use a large plastic mea ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (01/06/2013)
By Al Owne -- The big three emotional holidays for us widowed folks are gone now: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Yearís have passed and now we can look forward to Easter. Each of these days has memories for some ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (12/30/2012)
By Al Owne -- As usual, my kitchen disasters are followed by something that turns out well. Many columns ago I told you I had some apprehension about using the sewing machine. Well, thereís an item in the kitchen ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (12/23/2012)
By Al Owne -- The old saying, ďItís an ill wind that blows no good,Ē is an apt saying when looking back on my last cookie disaster. While cleaning the stove top, which was covered with melted butter, I found using ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (12/16/2012)
By Al Owne -- I had been waiting for a snowy day, but I didnít need anything like Sunday. I wanted to start my winter baking schedule, which is always good for a few laughs and many frustrations.

I started off wi ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (12/09/2012)
By Al Owne -- I wonder who the brilliant soul was who came up with the idea to dress food preparation people (cooks) and food distribution people (servers) in black? Those employed in the food business have histor ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (12/02/2012)
By Al Owne -- Well, itís one down and two to go. Iím talking about holidays. Thanksgiving is over and Christmas and New Years are fast approaching. Iím not forgetting Hanukkah, but it still makes two more if you ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (11/25/2012)
By Al Owne -- Well, I whipped up and baked my pumpkin pies for the dessert part of our Thanksgiving feast. One looked terrible, but tasted good; the other looked great, but tasted so, so. Iím batting 500 which is ... 

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Family memories (11/25/2012)
By Sarah Squires -- If I seems that I am in love with the Haake family (story on page 1a), it is because I am. Ruth (Haake) Bublitz, who generously shared family memories with us this week, is my husbandís grandma. (I su ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (11/18/2012)
By Al Owne -- According to the media, we must be approaching the big Holiday Season, eh? The special toy sections in the big box stores have been unveiled and my mail box is filling up with catalogs that I receive ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (11/11/2012)
By Al Owne -- Maybe Iím approaching my kitchen disasters wrong. I read an article telling me not to apologize for my cooking calamities, just change the name. I think sheís talking to someone who makes a minor err ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (11/04/2012)
By Al Owne -- Summer must be over. The bird bath is frozen in the mornings, the leaves are falling off the trees, and I finished my Summer Sludge this weekend. You know the stuff you make in the spring in an ice  ... 

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And So, To Bed (11/04/2012)
By Vicki Englich --

I resisted bedtime as a child. I dawdled, taking my sweet time to put away my toys for the night. As a woman of a certain age, I now have no trouble surrendering to slumber, but I still find myself  ... 

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Murder mystery (10/31/2012)
By Sarah Squires -- When I was a kid, we didnít have the game Clue, so any chance I had to play it was always accompanied by the excitement of a sleep-over or other fun adventure away from home. Figuring out ďwhodunitĒ u ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (10/24/2012)
By Al Owne -- I had a minor kitchen emergency last week. Minor might be a little too mild a term to use, but there was no fire nor even a wisp of smoke involved, and it had nothing to do with the microwave. I und ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (10/17/2012)
Are your closets messy? Do you have trouble finding that favorite outfitómale or female? I read a fairly large article recently that promised to take care of those problems. This person promises to ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (10/10/2012)
By Al Owne -- I tried a new twist in my microwave cooking. I found a Banquet family lasagna dinner tucked away in the freezer. I have no idea why I bought it; it was way too big for me to eat at one time. I decide ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (09/26/2012)
By Al Owne -- I sat at breakfast reading the cereal box, as I often do, and it told me that if I keep eating this particular cereal for a month, I can lose one size. You know theyíre right. Iíve been eating this  ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (09/16/2012)
By Al Owne -- I donít know whether to write this as a product warning or another kitchen microwave disaster. I took my last on sale Banquet pot pie out of the freezer for lunch. I was going to put it in the oven ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (09/05/2012)
By Al Owne -- Living alone, I get a lot of advice on how to survive from people who donít live alone. Something Iíve been hearing lately is, ďYou should get a dog to keep you company.Ē

This raises some questions. ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (08/29/2012)
By Al Owne -- I did it! I baked a cake all by myself. There was this cake mix sitting on a shelf in my pull-out pantry and I kept moving it. Finally I said, ďThatís it; youíre getting baked.Ē It was a little ol ... 

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Baby face (08/26/2012)
By Sarah Squires -- Iíve always had a round face, with chubby cheeks that bend and stretch with every goofy expression, a little ďbutt chinĒ poking out. (And when a boy in one of my classes informed me of this term in gr ... 

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Al Owne in the kitchen (08/22/2012)
By Al Owne -- Things were pretty quiet in the kitchen this past week. Of course I ate out three times and fixed some prepared meals a couple of times and that helps. Oh there were the usual spills and goof ups of ... 

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Reclining (08/12/2012)
By Sarah Squires -- I am sitting right now on the end of a reclining couch, a pillow tucked under every possible inch of me, my calves squeezed into T.E.D. socks with red textured hospital booties providing the necessary ... 

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Sherwood, a cat (08/08/2012)
By Cynthya Porter -- There comes a point in every parentís life when you realize that for however prim and proper you think youíve raised your kids to be, there will still be times when they do obnoxiously vile things to  ... 

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Loving Winona (07/08/2012)
By Sarah Squires -- The other day I spied a photo an out-of-town friend had posted on the internet, a rosy sunset against rippling water. An L-shaped dock cast shadows across the glassy reflective pond; the sky held long ... 

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For the mentors (07/04/2012)
By Sarah Squires -- When I was in fifth grade (or so), I came home one day with an assignment: write a one-page paper about what started W.W.II.

While I realize now that the events leading up to U.S. involvement in the  ... 

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The man behind the curtain (06/27/2012)
By Cynthya Porter --

Iíd like to tell you a story about John Edstrom. And my kids. And about how trampolines are stupid. And how even a book with the seemingly hardest cover can open to contain pages filled with gentle  ... 

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Learning is for life (12/14/2011)
By Sarah Squires -- Picture this: a few years back, Chris and I, along with my mom and brother, were visiting my grandma Tilly in Florida. Chris and Grandma Tilly were standing on the steps leading down to the beach as t ... 

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Thanks for every day, everyday (11/30/2011)
By Sarah Squires -- I have a friend who is constantly reminding everyone what day it is. Not like ĎHey itís hump day.í More like ĎHey, today is National Parfait Day, so stick a cherry on that,í or ĎItís National Clean Ou ... 

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Still me, just Mrs. (11/27/2011)
By Sarah Squires -- For being a news hound, I must confess that I have been keeping a bit of big news in the Sarah world from you.

I got married!

You might have noticed my new moniker, and it is still the Elmquist Sar ... 

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Baby, you can jump my car (10/02/2011)
By Sarah Squires -- I have anxieties about things that can kill you, or me. That sounds all too logical, but the fact is that I have to work to control fears about super duper random and unlikely things that could kill m ... 

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New partnership approach to community giving (09/25/2011)
From: Tina Anderson

As Dahl Automotive celebrates 100 years in business, it made a decision to commit to the Winona community by joining the Winona Community Foundation (WCF) as the foundationís fi ... 

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Becoming more efficient and fiscally responsible (09/21/2011)
From: Deb Roschen

Wabasha County Commissioner

I filed for the office of County Commissioner because I was troubled over the financial direction of Wabasha County Government. In 2004 our net tax l ... 

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Summerís coming - PLAYtime! (04/27/2011)
By Paul Barnes -- In two very short weeks most of the GRSF 2011 Season company will arrive in Winona, ready to dig into the work of producing this summerís Festival. The center of our labor will be productions of Shak ... 

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To pause or not to pause (04/03/2011)
City Hall and the County Government Center on Main Street might only be a few blocks away from one another, but they are different worlds, for many reasons. As the resident government reporter on Seco ... 

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Setting the Stage for the next decade (03/30/2011)
By Paul Barnes -- Mark Hauck, Alec Wild, and I first talked about establishing a theatre company in Minnesota over dinner during a storm that dropped six inches of snow on Minneapolis. The date ≠ó April 30, 2002 ó stic ... 

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Shakespeare kicks butt (02/23/2011)
By Paul Barnes -- Iím writing from Syracuse, New York, where I begin rehearsals this week for a production of The Miracle Worker, William Gibsonís play about Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller, which Iím directing at Syra ... 

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An ode to Piano Pat (and my soon-to-be Bršutigam) (02/20/2011)
By Sarah Squires -- Last month Chris and I took a trip, a real trip crossing states and such. This is big news for people like us, who usually spend our free time whittling sticks and shooing possums and other Wisconsiny ... 

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The night Led Zeppelin played in Winona and nobody knew it (02/20/2011)
From: Steve ďCookerĒ Koch

Having just watched A ďBiographyĒ episode on the A&E network about the rock and roll band Led Zeppelin, I recalled the story told to me by my pal Bob Rydman.

Led Zeppeli ... 

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Mystery garden (05/30/2010)
By Sarah Squires -- My experiences with flower gardening are not much to brag about. But if you came out to my new little abode planted next to Merrick State Park, you might think that there was at least a little color i ... 

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Going country (01/27/2010)
By Sarah Squires -- In summer, every guest is a surprise. The forest is thick with greenery, blocking the telltale signs, muffling the whistle of the train as it squeals past, blocking out the highway and its parade of l ... 

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Now youíve gone and done it (12/27/2009)
By Paul Barnes -- During this, our annual seeming-to-hibernate period of off-season dormancy, weíve received encouraging signs from the world outside Southeastern Minnesota. Clearly, people are taking notice of Winona ... 

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A culture of giving (06/20/2007)
Giving comes down to an individual desire to make our society better. A community with a strong commitment to giving - be it money, time or other resources - is a community that cares about, and for, ... 

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The impact of tourism on the Winona area (05/23/2007)
Over the past decade, travel and tourism in the United States have grown tremendously, and this rapid growth has raised awareness of this industry, especially in the cities and towns known for tourism ... 

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The art of bathing Raisin (05/20/2007)
By Sarah Squires -- Owning a dog can be one of the most fulfilling experiences in life, a unique and deep friendship, a pleasant sort of codependence. As in any relationship, there are the unsavory factors, including cho ... 

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Into Air, Into Thin Air
It’s difficult to believe this is our last week
(08/02/2006)
By Paul Barnes -- Seems like only yesterday we were assembling in the Performing Arts Center Theatre at Winona State, nervously anticipating Season 3, eager to reunite with company members and local friends from season ... 

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More snapshots from the ‘Season Three’ Album (07/12/2006)
By Paul Barnes -- Alec Wild, fellow Producing Director, galloping on horseback across the bluffs. Pausing to catch their breath, Alec's guide and host inquires if it's okay to ask a "Shakespeare question"Ě - just one. ... 

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Experiencing success (05/31/2006)
By Paul Durand -- As we come to the end of yet another school year, our thoughts turn to the many successes of the past and our dreams for the future. Have you ever wondered why our American culture seems to clamor so  ... 

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Keeping connected with time and distance (01/04/2006)
From: Marian Carroll

Every few months a large envelope arrives in our mailbox. It contains an expected treat -- one I've been receiving for many years. This time it came in the midst of the Chris ... 

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Happy Endings (03/06/2005)
By Linda Lewis -- Listen up, baby boomers. It's time to learn a thing or two about something that could save your life.

When my doctor recommended a colonoscopy I suddenly sat up very straight, cringed and made a tor ... 

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Overcoming hurdles vs. crashing right through them (09/08/2004)
By Becky Glomstad -- My young daughters were watching the Olympics the other day and came running to tell me the story of Perdita Felicien, the Canadian athlete who crashed into a hurdle when running the women's 100 me ... 

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