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Over the last decade, blogging has taken off in popularity. These days, it seems like everyone from politicians to high school students have a blog. It's easy to see why so many have started blogging: It allows people all over the world to make their voices heard. It holds the possibility of reaching hundreds or even thousands of people who take a genuine interest in what you have to say. But what about the basics? What is a blog and what are the advantages to blogging?
The West Central Tribune is looking for bloggers! On our Areavoices platform, anyone from the community can write a blog about any topic that interests them. Local businesses and nonprofits are also welcome to set up a blog on Areavoices. On Areavoices, your blog can be read by anyone who visits wctrib.com. As part of our community, you have the benefits of a built-in readership and increased exposure to your blog. Blogs for the West Central Tribune also have the opportunity to be featured in any of the Forum Communications Co.
Lisa Sellman, author and dog trainer in Minneapolis, doesn't know how to solve all the world's problems, but she does believe they could be somewhat lessened if everyone took the time to volunteer in their communities. "I think a lot of problems that we have in the world come back to a lack of connectedness -- to our community, our family and even ourselves," Sellman said.
Every Monday through Thursday at exactly 9:30 a.m., a group of about 12 men, all retired, gather around for coffee and cookies. They laugh and joke like old friends and tell each other stories about their lives. It's a scene that's not so uncommon.
The Gettysburg Address is less than 300 words in length. It can be recited in under two minutes. But Abraham Lincoln was wrong when he said in his speech that "the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here." In fact, it's one of the most famous speeches in history, given to remember the 50,000 American soldiers who lost their lives at the Battle of Gettysburg. Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and to observe the sesquicentennial, the Willmar Public Library is hosting an Abraham Lincoln and Civil War exhibit now through Feb. 17.
For better or worse, a new year brings with it a clean slate, a chance to mentally erase bad memories from the last year and focus on improving our lives in the year ahead. For many, the start of a new year marks a time to make resolutions: This year, I will lose weight. I will find a new job. I will become debt free. More often than not, however, those resolutions eventually get swept under the rug, never making it all the way to the next year.
SPICER -- This weekend, around 40 ice sailors will gather on Green Lake in Spicer to participate in what will be for many the first ice sailing regatta of the season. The Western Region Championship, sponsored by the International DN Ice Yachting Racing Association, is being held at Green Lake this year because it's one of the few larger lakes in the Midwest that has ice favorable enough for sailing. Despite the warmer temperatures this winter, the conditions at Green Lake are "nearly perfect" for ice sailing, according to Kyle Metzloff, who traveled from Madison, Wis., to participate in the
There are a few big purchases a woman will make throughout her lifetime: a house, a car, that pair of must-have designer shoes. But perhaps no purchase will make as big a statement as a woman's wedding dress. From strapless to lace, sweetheart necklines to tulle skirts, blushing brides-to-be have no shortage of options when it comes to finding The Perfect Dress. This year, brides are likely to spot several new trends as they hunt for their gown, said Terrin DeBoer, owner of Weddings on First in Willmar. "One big trend is a push back to a more traditional style of bridal gown," DeBoer said.
Susie Dunlap and Randy Czarnetzki would be the first to call their upcoming March wedding "a crazy idea." In fact, that's exactly what they do call it. "It definitely started as a crazy, out-there idea that I had," Czarnetzki says. "But Susie went for it." That "crazy, out-there" idea was to have a curling-themed wedding. Yes, curling -- that Olympic sport where players slide heavy stones across the ice toward a target.
It was the most requested item on people's Christmas lists this year -- and no, it wasn't an iPad, a Kindle or any piece of technology with a touch screen. According to the National Retail Federation, gift cards topped people's wish lists for the fifth year in a row, with eight out of 10 Americans planning to give at least one person on their list a gift card. There are many benefits to buying a gift card for someone: They're easy, convenient and something you know the recipient will appreciate.