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When depression strikes

Dear Annie: I want people to know that depression can happen to someone even if her life appears wonderful. I know from experience. A few years ago, I had just married a wonderful man and moved to a beautiful home in a fun new city. I had been looking forward to these changes for months. ...

Spring-cleaning supplies

Dear Heloise: I’m a teacher’s assistant, and some of our students can have difficulties. It’s tough being a kid nowadays. I always go into school with a big smile, a “Hi, how are you?” and a high-five. When I get a smile in return, I feel like I’ve really helped somebody. — ...

No vaccine is perfect

Dear Dr. Roach: I just read an article that vaccinations are on the decline in many states. My question is about children who already have vaccinations. Do unvaccinated children who catch a disease pose any risk of infecting vaccinated children? Who is actually at risk here: Is it only the kids ...

Holiday spending

Dear Annie: This is about the person who wrote about a social group that has potlucks where one member always takes more than his share, getting in line first, loading his plate, gobbling up his food and then getting in line again. Then he makes sure he’s at the end of the line after everyone ...

My flames have fizzled

Dear Heloise: The flames from the burners on my gas stove do not burn evenly. — Olivia T., Smyrna, Del. Olivia, first remove the grates over each burner and look carefully to see if the holes are clogged. Clean them well with a toothbrush and make certain they’re grease-free. Then, using ...

Just getting older?

Dear Dr. Roach: My heartbeat is around 98-100 per minute. I checked with my primary doctor, and she said it’s normal, as I am getting older. (I’m 48 now, female, and other than heartbeat, my health is normal.) My doctor checked my blood and said everything is normal except low calcium. I ...

To cook a center-cut tenderloin, we use a reverse-sear

The Associated Press (AP) — The center-cut tenderloin — often called chateaubriand — comes from the middle of the whole tenderloin, which sits beneath the spine of the cow and gets no exercise at all, making it the most tender piece of beef you can buy. We knew that a simple ...

Morning buns combine richness of croissant with cinnamon bun

(AP) — Combine the rich layers of a croissant with the sweet swirls of a cinnamon bun and you’ll have one of our favorite brunch pastries: morning buns. For a simpler route to a yeasted, croissant-like pastry, we added a packet of yeast to a quick puff pastry dough. We created long, ...

Should opposites attract?

Editor’s Note: Annie Lane is off this week. The following column was originally published in October 2016. Dear Annie: I am a soon-to-be divorced man who has suffered a great deal of pain after the collapse of my lengthy marriage. After enduring the dissolution of multiple post-separation ...

Coded communication

Dear Readers: Have you noticed? Your bank, email server and insurance company may now ask you for not only your password when you log on, but also another code that they text you on your cellphone. This is called multifactor authentication. Pretty fancy verbiage, but it’s for the well-being ...

Getting accurate BP reading

Dear Dr. Roach: I monitor my blood pressure at home as part of my regular wellness routine. The instructions for the BP monitor say to sit upright, keep my feet on the floor and to not place the cuff over clothing. In addition, directions indicate that the cuff should be placed at the level of ...

News from the DNR

Rules and additional details released for CWD special hunt in deer permit area 346 Hunters interested in another opportunity this winter to harvest deer can find details available online at mndnr.gov/cwd about a special hunt that takes place from Friday, Jan. 25, to Sunday, Jan. 27, and ...

In Recognition

The Community Christmas Dinner committee thanks the following businesses and individuals who made generous donations to the turkey dinner: Turkey Valley Farms, Reinhart Foods, Hy-Vee, Aldi, WalMart, KMHL Radio, Marshall Independent Newspaper, Henle Printing, Carrow’s Cleaners, Holy Redeemer ...

Cold shoulder after divorce

Dear Annie: I recently went on vacation with my mom, stepdad and siblings. We went to the river where my stepdad has been going for about 30 years. Everyone else in the community has been going there every year for just as long, if not longer. Now, my mom and stepdad met each other while they ...

Not so charitable

Dear Readers: Today’s Sound Off is about scammers who use charities to fool people. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: Please warn your readers of the charity scams that are now very popular with thieves. Someone calls, is very friendly on the phone and wants you to donate to some worthy cause ...

Cow’s milk for strong bones?

Dear Dr. Roach: I read that cow’s milk weakens the bones. Is that true? — A.H. Answer: The preponderance of the evidence is that dairy intake — like cow’s milk, yogurt and cheese — increases bone strength and reduces fracture risk. However, there is not the highest level of evidence ...

Sister’s communication has changed

Dear Annie: I am writing to ask your opinion about the change in my sister’s behavior toward me. I have two sisters, and the one I am speaking of is my elder sister, “Ruth.” Ruth has always been envious of my younger sister and me and resented the close relationship I had with our ...

A pooch with extra pounds

Dear Heloise: My veterinarian has diagnosed my dog as overweight. She says, as it is with people, extra pounds usually appear as a result of the animal eating too much food and not getting enough exercise. There are other conditions that can contribute to your dog being overweight: hormone ...

Fiber pills

Dear Dr. Roach: Can you explain the purpose of taking fiber pills? I’ve heard some say they’re to relieve diarrhea, and others that they help with constipation. — J.K. Answer: Fiber supplements help with both diarrhea and constipation. Fiber is not absorbable in our guts, so the fiber ...

Kovel’s Antiques

By Terry and Kim Kovel Ever see an old chair that seems different — the parts are a little more curved, the stretchers between the legs have more shape and the seat seems a little low? The informal slat-back chairs made in Canada and what would become the United States in the 17th and early ...