Leisure & Lifestyle

Thu
17
Apr

Why a wood deck is one of the best investments a homeowner can make


Adding a deck will increase a home’s livable space and boost the property’s value as well. (Submitted photo)

As the seasons turn, more homeowners look for projects that not only make their homes more livable, but also offer great return on investment.

Thu
17
Apr

Is your garage door ready to roll? Survey casts doubts


Don’t get stuck! To make sure a garage door operates properly, homeowners should consider regular maintenance. Some tasks are do-it-yourself, but others are best left to qualified professionals. (Submitted photo)

Does your garage door creak, squeak or groan when you open or close it? If so, that isn’t a good sign. But noticing this is the first step to fixing what could become a major home repair issue.

Tue
15
Apr

Learning to take my time in Azerbaijan


New Year’s Tree in Yevlakh. Santa Claus comes to Azerbaijan on New Year’s Eve! (photos by Rebecca Rowe)

Making cookies or other treats is quite common for me as I simply have a difficult time going anywhere without some sort of gift in my hands. Here I made some, let me say, delicious chocolate chip cookies for a birthday present.

A Soviet-era Vladimir Lenin statue was cut into pieces and left in a Yevlakh junkyard.

A student group with whom I work; originally I had taken the photo of each student this autumn so that I could quickly learn each of their names.

Dear friends and family: I thought I would take the opportunity and send a quick update regarding my wellbeing. Everything is fine.
I had a bout of mononucleosis from late November through December which limited my levels of energy, but, of course, I persevered. The persistent feeling of having been hit by a bus and constantly needing sleep was – as those of you who know me can imagine – both unfamiliar and unwelcome. I’m glad that my health is much improved now.

Sat
12
Apr

The extraordinary world of Mr. Selfridge and his fabulous store


Selfridges department store dominates Oxford Street in London, just as it has for over 100 years. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Little did I know when I started watching “Mr. Selfridge” on PBS’ Masterpiece Theater last year that the go-getter who opened a shocking new store in the heart of London in 1909 was the same person who first modernized and popularized Marshall Field’s in the heart of Chicago. I often shopped at Field’s as a high school and college student.

Thu
10
Apr

Get back on the road — carefully


Car repair and maintenance can put a strain on both a senior’s budget and back. With some smart and simple preventive care, you can reduce automotive troubles down the line. (StatePoint)

The snow is finally melting and it may be time to shake off the cabin fever with a road trip — maybe to a shopping or entertainment destination or maybe to check on the cabin.
But first, take time to make some preparations to ensure you make your destination safely.

Wed
09
Apr

Oakdale woman takes a spin on the ‘Wheel of Fortune’


Jessica Kiefer of Oakdale, right, and her friend Kristin Wasil from Michigan were contestants on the March 26 episode of “Wheel of Fortune.” The show’s theme was “Girlfriend Getaways,” and the two took home just over $10,000 in winnings. (submitted photo)

Kristin Wasil and Jessica Kiefer (submitted photo)

(courtesy of Wheel of Fortune)

The Wheel of Fortune set was decorated in a Southwest theme during “Girlfriend Getaways” week. (courtesy of Wheel of Fortune)

Local teacher appeared during ‘Girlfriend Getaways’ week
An Oakdale woman recently appeared on “Wheel of Fortune,” the 31-year-old game show based on the popular game “Hangman,” in which contestants buy letters to solve word puzzles to win cash and fun prizes.

Wed
09
Apr

‘Cakes From Grace’ makes sick kids smile one cake at a time


Becky Hunt, founder of Cakes From Grace, an organization dedicated to raising the awareness of congenital heart defects, loves whipping up cakes for such families. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

A variety of decorated cakes and cupcakes highlight the creativity of Becky Hunt’s mission of spreading hope and smiles. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The cake made to celebrate Gracie’s first birthday in heaven along with a picture of Gracie. (submitted photo)

In October 2012, Becky Hunt made a difficult decision: to quit her corporate job to care for her 2-month-old daughter, Gracia, who was born with a severe congenital heart defect.
Gracia, affectionately known as Gracie, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome -- a condition where the left ventricle of the heart does not develop properly, so the left side of the heart can’t pump blood to the rest of the body.

Wed
09
Apr

Minnesota’s residency laws throw ‘snowbirds’ for a loop


What do going to church or participating in sailing races have in common? They can affect your ‘snowbird’ tax status. (submitted photo)

Determining residency for tax purposes often proves challenging for Minnesota’s population of “snowbirds” -- retired individuals who head south each winter.
Last year, Gov. Mark Dayton made a well-publicized attempt to enact a “snowbird tax,” expanding the number of people required to pay Minnesota income taxes.

Wed
02
Apr

North High presents 'The Proposal'

North High Drama rehearses the Neil Simon touching comedy about relationships and precious family gatherings.

Wed
02
Apr

Stories you wouldn’t believe


The cover of “Perils of a Polynesian Percussionist” was hand-drawn by author Meg Corrigan and her grandson Logan Broich, 14. Sitting at the drum set is Todd Barlow, a character inspired by Corrigan herself.

Meg Corrigan of Lake Elmo never aspired to be a drummer, let alone play for a Polynesian revue, but from a young age she had a passion for Hawaiian culture. She played the drums for a traveling Polynesian revue for three years. (Submitted photos)

True events inspire Meg Corrigan’s new novel
Meg Corrigan has a penchant for picking things up.
She never studied to be a writer. She’s only ever taken three months of drum lessons. And yet somehow she’s managed to transform both of those talents into professions.

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