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Church opens in former Wisconsin tavern

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) — A closed tavern in Chippewa Falls that appeared slated for demolition has been given new life as it has reopened as a church. River City Community Church has leased the building, moving into the building in August that was known as The Lodge for the past ...

Ditched for a new crowd

Dear Annie: I am a college student and have met few people I would consider friends. However, there is one friend in particular, “Sally,” whom I have helped out a lot since we met. There have been times when I’ve taken her to and from work (she has paid me back for gas), and I even helped ...

Pet plan for a foreign land

Dear Readers: Traveling to a foreign country with a pet requires preparation and planning. Here are some things to consider: * First, please consult the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website (www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel) for advice. * All vaccinations must be up to date and ...

High triglycerides

Dear Dr. Roach: Recently I was diagnosed with FCS (familial chylomicronemia syndrome) by my primary physician. I have extremely high triglycerides and Type 2 diabetes. I have brought my A1C from 10 percent to 6 percent, as well as lost 40 pounds and completely changed my way of eating. I also ...

Noises in the night

Dear Annie: I recently moved to a noisy downtown apartment building. I’m a pretty deep sleeper, but the noise level at my new place is challenging even for my normally sound slumbers. I would just wear earplugs to bed, but I’m worried that would keep me from waking up to my alarm in the ...

Save the shave

Dear Readers: Are you seeing lots of fellas around town sporting lots of facial hair? There’s a good reason for that — it’s a guy thing. This month is No-shave November, and it was started several years ago to raise awareness about cancer, specifically prostate cancer. Of course, men ...

Pancreatic cancer

Dear Dr. Roach: It is my understanding that there is no early-screening test for pancreatic cancer, and it is typically not diagnosed until it is very advanced, hence the high mortality rate. My late loved one’s case was confirmed only after having a CT scan; not even an MRI revealed the ...

Torn apart by adultery

Dear Annie: Many years ago, I was in the U.S. military. I was sent to Southeast Asia and served three six-month tours. On my last tour, I suspected my wife had an affair, but I had no proof. While I was in training for a job after I was released from active duty, I heard that my wife had spent ...

Time for pumpkin spice

Dear Heloise: You had a recipe for pumpkin pie spice that came in very handy the last time I made a pumpkin pie. However, that was last year. Could you repeat that spice combination? — Frances P., Kaysville, Utah Frances, I’d be happy to do that for you: Pumpkin Pie Spice 1/2 teaspoon ...

Transplant recipients

Dear Dr. Roach: My son is a kidney transplant recipient. Is it safe for transplant recipients to get the new Shingrix vaccine? — J.O. Answer: Because the Shingrix vaccine is not a live vaccine, it is thought to be safe. It is licensed for immunocompromised people, like your son, but ...

Invite your kids to help make this chocolate sheet cake

(AP) — This chocolate sheet cake requires that you use Dutch-processed cocoa powder. What exactly is that? A process called Dutching, which was invented in the 19th century by a Dutch chemist and chocolatier named Coenraad Van Houten, raises cocoa powder’s pH level, which gives the cocoa ...

Invited, not invited

Dear Annie: A former co-worker of my husband’s invited us to his son’s wedding. We received the usual “save the date” card one year prior to the ceremony. For the whole year, he asked us whether we would be attending every other week. About six months before the wedding, my husband’s ...

What’s the score?

Dear Heloise: I’ve noticed now that my credit card bill comes with my credit score. What gives? — Helen R. in Pennsylvania Helen, this is a fairly new service that some credit card companies provide. It can be easier to look for mistakes on your report when you see your score every month, ...

Too much iron

Dear Dr. Roach: I’m a 70-year-old woman. Last October, during my annual physical, blood tests showed that my iron levels were extremely high. My doctor did additional blood tests for hemochromatosis and concluded that I didn’t have it. She suggested that I donate blood every three months to ...

News from the DNR

Lake Mille Lacs winter anglers allowed 1 walleye starting Dec. 1 Winter anglers on Lake Mille Lacs will again enjoy a walleye harvest this winter for the third season in a row, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Similar to last season, anglers will be allowed to keep walleye on ...

Social insecurity?

Dear Readers: Today’s Sound Off is about Social Security. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: Recently, on the news, I heard a politician refer to Social Security as an ‘entitlement program.’ I find this annoying because it sounds as if the government is being ‘generous’ in giving back the ...

Arterial blood pressure

Dear Dr. Roach: I recently had surgery, and my blood pressure was monitored with a catheter. The readings were higher by 30 to 40 points compared with cuff measurements taken at the same time. They were having a hard time getting the catheter readings down to 170. I am wondering which readings ...

In Recognition

Thank you to the Pride in the Tiger Foundation for a generous grant which made it possible to bring the Missoula Children’s Theatre to Holy Redeemer School. Over 50 HRS students participated in the week long production. The end product was two great performances of “Robin Hood.” Thank ...

Ousting his AG, Trump barrels into Nixon territory

President Trump’s long-expected firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be a prelude to an outrageous, blatant political crime that could make the Watergate scandal of the 1970s pale in comparison. Trump’s accompanying appointment as acting attorney general of Matthew Whitaker, ...

Snubbed by nephew

Dear Annie: Yesterday my husband and I spent three hours on the road, traveling from our home to our nephew’s college football game. We told my sister we planned to attend his game and gave up tickets to a Division I game in our hometown. I called my sister on the way there to ask whether she ...