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A controlling friend

r Annie: I have a problem with my neighbor. I don’t know whether it’s her or me. She is a great neighbor, has become a friend, is always helpful and is kindhearted. But the thing is that she seems too controlling. She pressures me to do things with her. Sometimes it works out well and I’m ...

Rummaging through some hints

Dear Heloise: When your church is going to have a rummage sale, some of the people in the church work all week to unpack all the donated merchandise, set up tables and price everything. What are some people thinking when they bring a car full of donated items the day before the sale? — A ...

Brugada syndrome

Dear Dr. Roach: Please discuss Brugada syndrome. Three members of my family died from it before we finally got a diagnosis. Where does it come from? — V.K. Answer: Brugada syndrome is an inherited, genetic condition. It seems to be caused by an abnormality in the genes that code for sodium ...

News from the DNR

Outdoor skills workshop for women scheduled for Sept. 14-16 Women can hike to spectacular views of autumn colors and Lake Superior on the horizon during a three-day fall workshop that teaches a variety of outdoor skills through the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program of the Minnesota ...

Seductive pix for other men

Dear Annie: I’m a 50-something woman who’s been married for 35 years. About a year ago, to spice up our marriage, I started sending my husband seductive pictures of myself during the day. He really loved them and wanted more. Over time, the pictures I sent him got more daring. One of his ...

Movie madness

Dear Readers: Today’s Sound Off is from a reader who was annoyed by people in a movie theater: “Dear Heloise: My wife and I recently went to a movie we had been eager to see. We don’t go to the movies very often, and we might never go again. People were so rude. The people behind us ...

Benefits of quitting smoking

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband is a smoker. I have begged him to quit, but he won’t. He sleeps sitting up, with his legs hanging, because he has trouble breathing. This way of sleeping causes his feet and ankles to swell. His doctor ordered diuretics and urged him to quit smoking. He also ...

Poetry Corner

By Ted Kooser U.S. poet laureate, 2004-2006 I live in Nebraska, out in the country where summers have two seasons, ticks and chiggers, and both the ticks and chiggers like nothing better than a sip of me. So how could I resist seeing what a tick might have to say for itself? Here’s a poem ...

A friend and her issues

Dear Annie: “Nicole” and I have been friends since the time she started at my school. She can be a good friend, but what she does outside of being a friend is questionable, and I think being around her is becoming toxic. Nicole’s ex-boyfriend, “Matt,” told me that Nicole’s mom is ...

No hot dog

Dear Readers: Cars and dogs and hot summer days is a combination that will never add up. On a typical 85-degree summer day, the temperature inside a parked car can skyrocket to over 100 degrees in 10 minutes, and to over 120 degrees in 30 minutes. Shade and cracked windows offer no relief ...

Second time around menopause

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 93-year-old retired nurse. I have a problem with “second time around menopause.” Some nights I wake up warm and need to cool the room with a fan. I had a total hysterectomy many years ago. The nurse in my health office said it is hormonal, but said I am too old to ...

Kovel’s Antiques

By Terry and Kim Kovel Although antique dealers tell us early 1900s oak furniture doesn’t sell, average Chippendale pieces are not wanted and fancy French designs of the past are out of style, some average examples and even good copies can be useful and a good investment. In 1899, Wallace ...

New at the Library

New Materials at the Marshall-Lyon County Library Fiction • Belle, Kimberly. Three Days Missing • Childs, Laura. Plum Tea Crazy • Doiron, Paul. Stay Hidden (Mike Bowditch #9) • Jackson, Lisa. Liar, Liar • Johnstone, William W. A High Sierra Christmas (Christmas #8) • ...

On This Date

In 1789: In an event symbolizing the start of the French Revolution, citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille prison and released the seven prisoners inside. In 1798: Congress passed the Sedition Act, making it a federal crime to publish false, scandalous or malicious writing about the United ...

Alcoholic family member

Dear Annie: My mother-in-law is a very good person deep down. She is a joy to be around — when she’s sober. But more and more lately, she is not. And when she’s not, she is hateful and vindictive and blames everyone else for her problems. She has gone so far recently as to tell me ...

Trip the light ‘pack-tastic’

Dear Heloise: Everyone tells me to pack light for a trip, and yet I don’t really know how to do that because it seems I overpack every time I go somewhere. Got any hints on how to plan a wardrobe for a trip? — Stacy F., Owensboro, Ky. Stacy, it’s really not hard to look good while ...

The dawn phenomenon

Dear Dr. Roach: I recently saw my primary doctor for a physical, and after I mentioned that I eat a fiber bar every day (that also contains peanuts and peanut butter), he informed me of a new study that says peanuts can cause colon cancer. Any truth to that? — K.T.K. Answer: The literature ...

Marshall Community Services

For registration information, call Marshall Community Services at 537-6767 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or log on to www.ci.marshall.mn.us. n Golf lessons will be July 16-20 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) at the driving range. Children ages 7-17 will meet from 4-4:50 ...

Ex moves to same town

the worst, but it wasn’t a walk in the park, either. I had just packed up my life and moved across the country with her to relocate for her job, and a week after we got there, she dumped me. I was blindsided. It took a while to pick myself back up, but eventually I did, and I can look back ...

Jam, jelly — what’s the dif?

Dear Heloise: I’ve often wondered, what’s the difference between jam and jelly? — Mary H., Hammond, Ind. Great question — let’s take a look. Most all of the parts of the fruit are used to make jam. Its texture is thicker, with pieces of real fruit, and can be crunchy with, for ...