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Showing appreciation for those who do the work

Dear Heloise: Would you remind people that Christmas bonuses are one day’s pay or one week’s pay? For years now I have cleaned homes; did over and above what is expected; never called in sick or was late. And at the end of the year I get at most $20 and no “thanks, you did a wonderful ...

Carlson named to Palmer College of Chiropractic dean’s list

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Michael Carlson of Bark River has been named to the fall 2019 trimester dean’s list at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s main campus in Davenport, Iowa. Palmer College of Chiropractic, the first and largest college in the chiropractic profession, has campuses in ...

Cousin’s anger, recklessness worrying family she’s rejecting

Dear Annie: My cousin has had anger issues for years, especially toward our grandmother. A few years ago, her parents got divorced, and her dad immediately started dating another woman, with whom he now shares a house. My cousin has announced that she is cutting herself off from all family ...

Remembering the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918

A century ago, in the fall of 1918, American armed forces, including some 1,500 men and a few women from Delta County, were involved in a titanic military effort in the last months of World War I. Even while these forces, working with the powerful armies of France and Great Britain, were slowly ...

Don’t look at the light: Screen time can hurt sleep

Dear Readers: Looking at the BRIGHT LIGHT on your phone, or reading a book on your tablet or electronic reader at bedtime, can disrupt your natural sleep/wake cycle — your circadian rhythm. Experts agree that the blue light from these devices can block your body’s ability to produce ...

Being sensitive to the common struggle of mental illness

Dear Annie: I am new to your column, so I’m not sure what all you’ve shared with the public about mental illness. I’m hoping you will publish this letter because I feel that most people need to know more. It’s often said that the more understanding one gains, the more compassion he/she ...

The Yooper spirit can brave any illness

ESCANABA — Times are tough, but Yoopers are tougher. This is not the first time we have been grounded by illness. Back in 1846, Father Frederic Baraga snowshoed into the U.P. wilderness, bringing prayers and smallpox vaccines to the native peoples that lived in the remote woodlands. So ...

Take the credit card you can get, work toward one you want

Trying to choose a credit card can feel like deciding who to swipe right on in a dating app — especially if you’re new to the game or have been out of it for a while. With both, you might revise your wish list of qualities if the pool of possibilities is smaller than you had hoped. ...

Who to call about those annoying robocalls

Dear Readers: Still getting those annoying robo calls from fake charities, fake IRS calls and other nuisance calls? It’s important to report them to federal agencies so they can gather evidence and put a stop to these people. Be sure to: * Report all scam calls to the Federal Trade ...

Parents concerned about daughters’ perpetual singleness

Dear Annie: We have two daughters, ages 30 and 32. They are both educated professionals. While they are completely self-sufficient financially (no debt because we paid for their higher education), we are still their “go-to” for emotional support. They are active socially with friends, ...

Free at-home scouting activities available to all

APPLETON, Wis. — In light of the coronavirus, The Boy Scouts of America Bay-Lakes Council has posted free resources for scouting at home on its website, www.baylakesbsa.org. The activities are for boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth grade. Certificates of achievement are available, ...

Immanuel women support Welcome Newborns

Courtesy photo On Feb. 22, the Immanuel Lutheran Church Women held their annual Immanuel Lutheran Lenten Breakfast and Musical Program. In recent years, the Immanuel Lutheran Church Women have donated back to the community by giving a portion of the event’s free will offering. This year, ...

How to be the friend who talks about finances

I know my friends’ joys and anxieties and Hogwarts houses. I can even identify their shoes from under a bathroom stall. (“Is that you, Lindsay?”) They know my family members and preferred pizza toppings. But we know squat about one another’s finances. That’s pretty wild, given ...

What to do with musty towels, old books and expired foods

Dear Heloise: Help! A few of our towels have a musty smell (including my favorite). Despite repeated washings, it won’t go away. What can I do? — Tim, Omaha, Nebraska Tim, sometimes odors linger even after washing, but here’s something you can try: Be sure to wash only a few towels at a ...

Feeling unfulfilled in marriage rocked by affair

Dear Annie: Why am I in a quandary? Because I have been married most of my adult life, and I feel almost nothing for my partner of 33 years, and I’m sure we are both just going through the motions of the relationship. Don’t misunderstand; I care deeply for this person. I just feel ...

Briefs

Mid-week activities ­canceled at First GLADSTONE — First Lutheran Church is canceling all mid-week Lenten services and soup suppers. The church will attempt to make all mid-week services available on YouTube. In the search box, type “First Lutheran Church Gladstone” to find the ...

Sons of Amvets make series of donations

Courtesy photos The Sons of Amvets Post 123 made a series of donations recently. In the above left photo — with puppies — are, from left, Steve Baur, Don Caron, Sue Gartland, Tanya Gartland, Ray Caron and Mike Swanson. The check was for $200 to the Delta Animal Shelter. In the center ...

The secret to a great Irish coffee isn’t what you’d expect

Last summer, I traveled to Ireland to learn about Irish whiskey, a spirit I knew relatively little about. The Irish drink I knew better was Guinness, which I enjoyed occasionally and use to make my favorite chocolate chocolate cake. Turns out, I am not alone in my unfamiliarity with Irish ...

Keeping those stainless steel sinks clean and looking like new

Dear Heloise: I just bought a new stainless-steel sink for my kitchen, but I’m worried it’ll end up looking like my old one, which wasn’t too shiny after a couple of years. How do I keep it nice looking? — Grace in Mississippi Grace, first of all, never use an abrasive cleanser. Just ...

Granddaughter’s sleep schedule straining relationship

Dear Annie: My live-in girlfriend and I, both 58 years old, have a dilemma. Several times a month, we watch her 7-year-old granddaughter for a night or two, usually on weekends. The child arrives in the evening, stays up until 3 or 4 a.m. and sleeps until early afternoon. I have made fun ...