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That old box of letters

Dear Annie: I’m a happily married almost-70-year-old woman who has been sorting and purging the contents of boxes in my attic in preparation for downsizing. I was surprised to find one shoe box stuffed full of letters that an old high school boyfriend, “Dave,” wrote to me during his first ...

Third-party problems?

Dear Readers: Many stores sell items on their websites that come from third-party vendors. The vendor gets a larger customer base, and the retailers get to sell a broader range of merchandise. Win-win. But what if there’s a problem with your order? Big retailers are making returns easier. ...

Using less antibiotics is best

Dear Dr. Roach: I am an 81-year-old male. I have CMML (chronic myelomonocrytic leukemia), but Vidaza has stabilized my condition. I am otherwise in good health. Some years ago, I had an operation on my thumb that became infected, and I was given Duricef. This caused me to have colitis, which ...

News from the DNR

Take an overnight canoe camping trip with new ‘I Can!’ program A new “I Can!”program offers participants the chance to learn the outdoor skills necessary to take an overnight canoe camping trip. The overnight adventure trip is one of many summer programs Minnesota state parks and ...

Controlled by parents

Dear Annie: As long as I can remember, my parents have controlled the majority of my actions. They’ve told me which classes to take, which subjects to pursue, which extracurriculars to participate in, which colleges to apply to. Over the years, when I’ve tried to speak up, they’ve shut me ...

Sibling slights

Dear Readers: Today’s Sound Off is about people who blatantly favor one child over another. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: My mother and father always favored my brother over me, and it’s been a problem between the two of us all our lives. For example, they sent my brother to college, ...

CPAP machine cleaning

Dear Dr. Roach: I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea in the early 1990s and have been using a CPAP machine ever since. I have just recently begun seeing advertisements on television for a product that cleans the inside of your CPAP machine. It is common knowledge that we must clean the ...

Poetry Corner

By Ted Kooser U.S. poet laureate, 2004-2006 Is it worse to live in a city where you can’t see a big storm coming until it’s right on top of you, or to be out on the plains where you can see it coming for almost too long? I like this long look at an approaching and then passing storm by ...

The loss of a child

Dear Readers: I received a great deal of helpful feedback for “Heartbroken on Valentine’s Day.” Thank you to everyone who wrote in. Dear Annie: I also had a son who died on Valentine’s Day. His name was Robert, and he was 11 1/2 years old when he passed away 28 years ago. He will ...

Kovel’s Antiques

By Terry and Kim Kovel Advertising signs with bold-colored graphics, interesting product names and pictures of Uncle Sam and other patriotic designs sell for high prices. They sell best in the size sometimes called a “sofa picture,” since it’s big enough to hang between the ceiling and ...

New at the Library

New Materials at the Marshall-Lyon County Library Fiction • Bernhard, Susan. Winter Loon • Faye, Lindsay. The Paragon Hotel • Perks, Heidi. Her One Mistake • Petrie, Nick. Tear it Down (Peter Ash #4) • Wilkinson, Lauren. American Spy Mystery • Hewson, David. The Savage ...

On This Date

In 1775: Patrick Henry delivered an address to the Virginia Provincial Convention in which he is said to have declared, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" In 180: Explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, having reached the Pacific coast, began their journey back east. In 1914: The ...

On this Date

In 1765: The British Parliament passed the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies, which fiercely resisted the tax. (The Stamp Act was repealed a year later.) In 1882: President Chester Alan Arthur signed a measure outlawing polygamy. In 1894: Hockey's first Stanley Cup ...

What breed won’t make me sneeze?

Dear Heloise: My kids are asking for a dog, but they both have allergies. What would be a good breed for them? — Karen S., Fort Wayne, Ind. Karen, allergy-prone kids need a hypoallergenic (less likely to cause an allergic reaction) breed. What causes the allergies? Dander and shedding, ...

Hutch diverticulum

Dear Dr. Roach: I am 76, female, healthy, do not take any meds and am scheduled for a total knee replacement in three days. During the testing, they made an incidental discovery on the CT scan of “a possible right sided right Hutch diverticulum of the bladder” and “two prominent right ...

Could gift be a hint?

Dear Annie: I read your response to “Loving Mother,” whose children bought her gift cards to clothing stores rather than generic, credit card-type gift cards. Though I agree that honesty is the best policy, perhaps her children were actually trying to give her a subtle hint that she needs ...

Is the crust a must?

Dear Heloise: My trainer told me how to care for my workout wear: 1. Letting wet, sweaty clothes lie around in my gym bag is a bad idea. Mildew, bacteria and mold growth? No thank you. 2. Hang sweaty clothes to dry, then launder. 3. Separate colors from whites, and no towels or fleece ...

Nighttime visions

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a healthy 76-year-old woman. Almost every night, I am startled awake by visions of people standing over my bed. It’s usually once, but can happen up to three times in a night. It’s often after being asleep for an hour and a half. They’re not dreams. Something wakes ...

Spring is in the air

Dear Readers: Spring is a beautiful season full of new beginnings. The hibernating animals come out of their slumber to play. Daylight hours are longer, so there is more time to enjoy the warm sunshine. That can be used as more time to hike and play outside. Beautiful baby animals are born, and ...

The best gift

Dear Heloise: Being 79 years old, I don’t need much and don’t really want “things” for special occasions. The very best gift anyone could give me is to invite me for a home-cooked meal. Nothing fancy, just dinner or lunch and someone to share it with me. Like so many people in my age ...