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Money and caregiving

Dear Annie: My husband and I are both in our mid-80s, and we are beginning to experience health issues. We have four children from his former marriage. We have been married for 48 years. I have always expected to go to a nursing home when my health declines to that point. My husband vehemently ...

A love of Chinese beets

Dear Heloise: Everyone at my house loves your Chinese beets. Unfortunately, I lost the recipe, and I’m not sure what ingredients to use, or the amounts. Would you reprint this recipe? — Stacy W., Portland, Maine Stacy, I love this recipe, too, so here it is: Chinese beets 6 cups ...

An increased cancer risk

Dear Dr. Roach: I have a follow-up question regarding the risk of cervical cancer from HPV and herpes. I have had cervical cancer and exposure to DES. You did not mention if this particular estrogen exposure is a risk factor, but I am wondering. — M.M. Answser: Diethylstilbestrol, or DES, ...

Spatzle Primavera is made with vegetables, cream and cheese

(AP) — Springtime is the right time for Pasta Primavera, which is, after all, the Italian word for spring. There’s some controversy about who invented this wonderful dish, but everyone agrees that it was made famous in the late ‘70s at New York’s Le Cirque restaurant. In any case, the ...

News from the DNR

New estimate shows healthy Mille Lacs smallmouth bass population Since the late 1990s, Mille Lacs Lake has become an increasingly popular destination for anglers who want to catch trophy-sized smallmouth bass. Until now, it wasn’t known how many of these fish - prized more for their fight ...

Getting back in the loop

Dear Annie: My husband passed away seven years ago from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. We had very dear friends whom we went everywhere with — church, movies, plays, vacations. The husband of my friend also had Alzheimer’s, and he passed away a year and a half later. The two of ...

More than just a number

Dear Readers: The Social Security Number (SSN) has been around since 1936, but what do you know about it? The SSN was originally designed simply to monitor wages for workers in the United States, to help them receive monetary benefits. But the number has morphed into an identifier for all ...

Workplace safeguards

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 35-year-old female welder. I am very fit and live a healthy lifestyle, but I worry about the effects of all the things I am exposed to at work (heavy industrial) and how to monitor them. I do not have a family doctor, and must rely on walk-in clinics. Are there certain ...

On This Date

In 1792: Capt. Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle began composing “War Song for the Rhine Army,” later known as “La Marseillaise,” the national anthem of France. In 1800: Congress approved a bill establishing the Library of Congress. In 1898: Spain declared war on the United States. (The ...

Telling somone she stinks

Dear Annie: I have a very sensitive office environment problem. My office mate smells, and the smell permeates the entire office and even gets stuck to my clothes. And I’m not the only one who can smell it. Other co-workers have noticed it, too. I think it’s a matter of not changing clothes ...

Scammers targeting veterans

Dear Readers: Today’s Sound Off is about veterans who are singled out by scammers. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: Scammers are targeting American veterans with various schemes to take advantage of them. Veterans should be very wary of any phone calls that are unsolicited. That includes ...

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Dear Dr. Roach: For two years, I have had symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Like many of my fellow sufferers, I continually feel bad, but no test can confirm my diagnosis. Because of this and other factors, I am looking at “psychosomatic illness” as a cause. CFS would lend itself to ...

At rock bottom

Dear Annie: I am writing to you looking for help with substance abuse. I would like to find a natural way of releasing myself totally from this disease, as well as from crushing grief I’m experiencing from loss. I recently lost my kids’ father. I have taken it really hard, to the point ...

Loathe the lizards?

Dear Heloise: I hope you can help. Summer is just around the corner, and we will be inundated again with lizards. Do you have a remedy I could try? — Carol in Houston Howdy, Carol. Lizards in your home or on your patio might be a problem, especially if somebody is squeamish, but lizards are ...

Genital herpes

Dear Dr. Roach: I am finally getting the courage to write to you. I am 73 years old and just found out that I have herpes. How can I have herpes when it has been at least 10 years since I last had sex? I am one of those “fine community leaders.” —Anon. Answer: Genital herpes infections ...

Kovel’s Antiques

By Terry and Kim Kovel Mention Tiffany and collectors may think of the very different things made by Louis Comfort Tiffany. He was so talented that it is almost impossible to know everything he did. He was a popular designer and creator of glass, pottery, jewelry, windows, lamps and even ...

More cylinders doesn’t mean longer car life

Editor’s Note: This new format replaces any previous column. Information about the change in the column can be found on the King Features website, www.kingfeatures.com. Dear Car Talk: I got into a discussion about engine life. I said, all things being equal, an eight-cylinder engine will ...

Celebrity Birthdays

Celeb birthdays for the week of April 22-28 By The Associated Press April 22: Actress Charlotte Rae (“The Facts of Life”) is 92. Actress Estelle Harris (“Seinfeld”) is 90. Actor Jack Nicholson is 81. Singer Mel Carter is 79. Country singer Cleve Francis is 73. Director John Waters ...

Poetry Corner

By Ted Kooser U.S. poet laureate, 2004-2006 Family life can shove one up against another, and here’s a poem by Jeffrey Harrison that gets to that. It was originally published in Five Points, one of our most respected literary journals. Harrison’s most recent book is “Into Daylight” ...

New at the Library

New Materials at the Marshall-Lyon County Library Fiction • Benson, Adrienne. The Brightest Sun • Berry, Steve. The Bishop’s Pawn • Bunn, Davis. Firefly Cove • Burke, Sue. Semiosis • Cole, Myke. The Armored Saint • Crook, Elizabeth. The Which Way Tree • Hauck, Rachel. The ...