• Hobbies & Interests
    Safety tips for runners

    Whether running alone or with a group, make sure to be alert to your surroundings By Lori...

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    What does organic really mean?

    By Lori Mork All the conversation about natural and organic foods can leave consumers at a loss....

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    Give organic wines a sip

    By Al Edenloff With the fast growing trend of consumers searching for organic and all-natural food products,...

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    Shotgun shell lights

    By Karen Jennissen I tried a bit of a different method for assembly of these shotgun shell...

  • Food & Drink
    Recipes for the campfire

    By Lori Mork BBQ Hot Dog and Potato Packs Ingredients: 1 package (20 ounces) refrigerated red potato wedges 4 hot dogs 1 small onion, cut into wedges 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 cup barbecue sauce Directions: Divide potato wedges among four pieces of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Top each...

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    Don’t leave wine out of summer fun

    By Al Edenloff When it comes to enjoying a beverage in the great outdoors, an icy cold beer gets top billing. But why not change things up this summer and try a glass of wine? A bottle of wine is easy to transport, requires only a minimum amount of chilling and doesn’t...

  • Food & Drink
    Farmers Markets: Why buying local is good for your wallet and your health

    By Carly Erickson Summer is right around the corner and that means a plethora of fresh produce and products will become available at our local farmers markets. Alexandria is lucky enough to have an online farmers’ market that runs year round, but with the weather warming and ground thawing, more produce options...

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    Mommy and me crafts

    By Melanie Danner Cookie Sheet Travel Tray (Pinterest) Supplies: 9 x 13 cookie sheet Spray paint Directions: 1. Spray paint cookie sheet with a fun color and let dry. Optional ideas: Attach to car seat with Velcro strips or create a lap tray with a bean bag pillow on the bottom. Magnet...

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    Pinterest inspired!

    By Lori Mork The fastest-growing standalone website in history, Pinterest, is a virtual scrapbook that allows people to keep “boards” of their favorite ideas through photographs linked to websites on which the ideas were found. This is one example: I’m a huge nature lover and much of my house is decorated using articles...

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    Food and family: Two peas in a pod

    By Sylvia Luetmer We live in the “bread basket,” a fertile and fruitful landscape where our families can grow healthy and strong. Every day when we gather around the table, food draws us together in the tradition of our regional heritage; it connects us to each other, to our values, and to...

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