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WILLMAR -- They say that the couple who laughs together, stays together. If that's true, then Susie Dunlap and Randy Czarnetzki should have a long, happy life together. On Saturday, the couple wed on the ice at the Willmar Civic Center in a curling-themed wedding. Curling, an Olympic sport, involves two teams shooting heavy stones down the ice toward a target -- not exactly the picture of romance.
WILLMAR - The church is an age-old institution with strong roots in traditional practices. Perhaps because of its ancient origins, many people might not associate the church with modern advancements in technology or with social networking trends, such as Facebook. But several churches in the Willmar area don't see that as the case.
Video: Snow storm of Feb. 29 in west central Minnesota
When you only have a birthday once every four years, you learn to make it count. At least, that's the motto that Tracey Erickson, a leap day baby, has adopted. On Feb. 29, she'll turn 12 -- or, technically, 48. A speech and language clinician at Willmar Middle School, Erickson finds it "amusing" that this year, she'll be turning the same age as many of her students. "Obviously, they know that I'm not 12 years old," she said. "But they think it's funny.
For couples, Valentine's Day is a chance to celebrate the love you share with another person. If you're not part of a couple, however, the whole day can be a depressing reminder of all that's missing in your life. But it doesn't have to be, says Kathleen McIntire, author of "Guiding Signs 101." Instead, use Valentine's Day as a day to start loving yourself, she advises. "In our culture, we're so used to looking outside of ourselves for validation," she says. "But the most important thing is to love ourselves.
Valentine's Day, otherwise known as The Most Romantic Day of the Year, is only days away, and if you haven't found the perfect gift for that perfect someone, you may be entering panic mode. To be fair, it's a day that can be filled with pressure. Unrealistic expectations and confusion over what makes the perfect gift can suck the romance right out of the holiday.
What is radon? Radon is an invisible, odorless gas produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water. How does radon get into homes? Radon typically moves through the ground to the air in your home through cracks and holes in the foundation. Any home, new or old, can have a radon problem. What are the effects of radon? The only known effect of radon is lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking.
A few months after moving into their Olivia home, Neil and Jackie Kaufenberg learned that one of their neighbors had found above-average levels of radon in her house. Curious, they decided to purchase a home test from Menards and check their own house for radon, unsure of what they would discover. What they found was shocking: In their basement, the radon level was around 30 pCi/L (picocuries per liter). On the main level of the house, it was between 10 to 15 pCi/L. The average recommended safety level, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is between 2 and 4 pCi/L.
On the West Central Tribune's blogging platform, Areavoices, there are already several community bloggers who write about everything from politics to health to everyday life. Here is a non-comprehensive list of those in the community who are already blogging on Areavoices: 2wheeler (2wheeler.areavoices.com) HealthBeat (healthbeat.areavoices.com) Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition (kcdrugfree.areavoices.com) Levi's catching radius (leviscatchingradius.areavoices.com) Look At This (lookatthis.areavoices.com) Middle Minnesota (Rep.
When it comes to blogging, there are no rules. What works for one person may not work for another. In general, though, there are a few key points to keep in mind when you first start a blog. Write about what you know. People who have a passion for a particular topic will find it much easier to write on that topic than something they don't really care about. It also helps to narrow the focus of your blog. For example, instead of trying to write about sports, you could center a blog entirely on Minnesota teams or even on one team. Post often and consistently.