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Give the gift that truly matters this year


 “There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald It’s finally arrived: Christmas season in the Northland. For many, the mere mention brings to mind cheery images of twinkling lights on big fir tr… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password […]

Issues to explore when considering guinea pigs as pets

 Impulsive decisions with regard to family pets can be disastrous. Prospective pet parents who do not take the time to decide if pets fit their lifestyles before taking one home may end up regretting their decisions and/or returning the animal, … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Giving blood is a slam dunk

Donors get chance at Minnesota Timberwolves tickets

This January, all presenting blood donors with Memorial Blood Centers will receive a voucher for a pair of Minnesota Timberwolves tickets. See a game at the newly renovated Target Center! Plus, donors will be entered for a chance to win a fourpack of… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Essentia Health offers tips to avoid a cold this winter

You may not be able to avoid the cold weather headed our way, but with a few simple measures, you may be able to stave off the dreaded cold virus. “Cold weather itself does not cause colds or the flu. Viruses do,” says Dr. Kevin Stephan, who is the h… Please register for a free account or log in below […]

County Board approves $398 million budget for 2018

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – With a focus on maintaining and building upon core services, the St. Louis County Board has unanimously approved its 2018 budget in the amount of $397,918,261. In addition to funding the core services of public health and human ser… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Iowa Red Bull general takes command of 34th Infantry Division

JOHNSTON, IA – Brig. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, assumed command of the 34th Infantry Division “Red Bulls” during a ceremony in Rosemount, MN, on Dec. 9. Headquartered in Minnesota, the division has be… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

VA invites cities to participate in Mayor’s Challenge to prevent veteran suicide

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the inaugural Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among service member… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

A Christmas gift that remained a mystery for 40 years



AUTHOR’S NOTE: I wrote this story on November, 1993, while on a temporary work detail in Artesia, NM, where one of the Federal Training Centers for U.S. Immigration was located. The Albuquerque newspaper asked for Christmas stories, and I decided to … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

The Fab Five: Furry and other family

Heather Kantos, sister of photographer Kallie Kantos, is shown at left holding Winston; Barkley Paige is in the middle (Kallie’s black lab); and Abby Geldert (niece) is holding Annabelle. “Too bad my cat can’t stand the ferrets,” Kallie said. Heather… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

A plethora of prime rib recipes to ponder



 While ham or turkey are often considered standard holiday table fare, many turn to prime rib for their dining choice when celebrating the festivities of the season with friends and family. We host Christmas dinner at our home every year and hav… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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