Elden's Fresh Foods is giving back to the community by sponsoring the location for Cooking Matters in Minnesota. Cooking Matters in Minnesota is a hands-on, cooking-based nutrition education program that teaches low income families how to prepare healthy and tasty meals and snacks on a limited budget. The nationwide program connects local volunteer culinary instructors and nutrition educators with community partners to teach low-income adults, teens and kids about eating healthy. Cooking Matters has been expanding in rural areas and has reached out to the Head Start Association.
The word "Afghanistan" is very three-dimensional. Beneath its 11 letters lie years of turmoil and timeworn feuds littered with interspersed prosperity. Surrounding its 11 letters lie misconceptions and prejudices. On top of its 11 letters sits the Karzai administration, precariously. And within its 11 letters lies Tyler Tischer's story. Alexandria resident Tyler Tischer spent his first five years after graduating from Jefferson High School in the Marine Corps. These five years brought Tischer to a total of 13 different countries ranging from Spain to Israel to Afghanistan.
Hunting season is open. But rather than hunting for game, may we recommend setting your sights for the Part D Medicare prescription drug plan that's best for you? You'll have more time than usual this year because open season is lasting longer than usual. If you currently are enrolled in Medicare and are considering changes to your Medicare Part D plan, act now. The "open season" runs from October 15 to December 7. The Medicare Part D prescription drug program is available to all Medicare beneficiaries to help with the cost of medications.
Right now, 8.3 million seniors experience food insecurity in the U.S., and by 2025, it is estimated that this number will grow to 9.5 million. Enter Meals on Wheels, a nationwide program that delivers meals to the elderly, homebound and disabled. In Douglas County, more than 140 people receive meals from this program and similar programs take place in Osakis, Glenwood, Hoffman and Parkers Prairie. "Some people I deliver to are just afraid," Alexandria's Henry Hyatt noted. "People have forgotten food on the stove and the fire alarms went off.
Politicians have a very nasty thing they have to deal with, and they avoid it as much as they can. It is called a budget, and we have not seen one out of Washington, D.C. for over three years. You may ask, "How can they run the government without a budget?" There are two reasons for that. The first is simple. They just don't want to deal with it.
Most people only see products gleaming and packaged on shelves in stores, rarely are the middle steps to create these products seen.
Honk! Honk! No, that's not a car horn you hear coming from the Wildes' property near Alexandria. It's the playful banter of the couple's pet geese. "We don't really know why we got them, they were just so cute and tiny, they looked like little cotton balls when they were first born," Karrie Wilde recalled. Seventeen years ago, Karrie's husband Jarrod gave her two 2-day-old Brown Chinese geese for Mother's Day. They instantly became attached. Though the couple knew nothing about geese at the time, they never regretted getting them. "I love the geese," Karrie said.
Chances are, if you receive Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or any federal payment, you receive it electronically. More than 90 percent of people getting monthly Social Security benefits already receive electronic payments. If you don't yet, that's about to change. There is a U.S. Department of Treasury rule that does away with paper checks for most federal benefit and non-tax payments by March 1, 2013.
I'm going to get a bit nostalgic for this column, and I hope you bear me the patience to read along. Andy Griffith, one of America's beloved character actors, died recently at the age of 86. Those of my generation can remember Andy from his portrayals of Sheriff Andy Taylor on the Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry RFD. The town and characters were fictional, but there is a bit of Mayberry and the personalities portrayed, in all of us. The weekly TV situation comedy aired from 1960 to 1968, and reruns have been a constant staple of cable TV over the last two decades.
Many vestiges of our area's past are gone forever. Historic buildings have been torn down, burned or fallen down. Main street businesses have either disappeared entirely or changed from pioneer to more modern functions. Some old structures have taken on new purposes because most in their original form would be impractical in the 21st century. Stately old homes have fared the best in small towns and rural areas, but the large timber or frame barns that used to be on every farm are now becoming a rarity.