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Water Main Break Repair Underway on Cody Street

I've noticed several water main breaks around my neighborhood in West Duluth, but so far (knock on wood), our household hasn't been affected.  Even a "scheduled" water interruption is a disruption in ones day. Today, in all the snow, there is a water main break that the City of Duluth wants those it affects to be aware of.  Does it affect you?

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3 Reasons Chocolate Is Healthier Than You Think and You Should Eat More of It

Can eating more chocolate actually be a smart, healthy decision? Yes, it can, despite everything your parents used to say.

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Duluth Fire Department Provides Simple Safety Tips After Respondsing to Two House Fires Due to Clothes Dryers

Thank you to our busy Duluth Fire Department.  Yesterday they responded to over 30 different incidents.  Three of which were structure fires.  To note and the reason for my blog is that two of those structure fires calls were two hours apart and both were due to clothes dryers. Thankfully the damage was not extreme, but it does prompt the Duluth Fire Department to ensure we have access to simple tips to keep our home, family and belongings safe.

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American Red Cross Launches New Flood App for Mobile Devices [Download the App Now]

Until the flood of June 2012 I wouldn't think I needed this app on my mobile phone.  Now, I'm grateful to the American Red Cross for thinking ahead to provide the app and potentially save lives and minimize loss.  It's free and you'll have instant access to local and real-time information.  Download the app now!

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Beam of Hope, Another Reason You Should Be A Partner In Hope

I have had the honor and opportunity to visit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital many times in my broadcast career and each time I do, I am amazed at the progress that is made in researching pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases.  This year, I was enthralled to be introduced to the Beam of Hope.  THIS is an amazing tool that will be used to save lives and just another reason why becoming a Partner In Hope (PIH) is so important.

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Photo Credit True Activist via You Tube
Photo Credit True Activist via You Tube
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Powerful Video Shows Your Actions Can Profoundly Affect How Your Kids Behave [VIDEO]

This is a must-watch video, for anyone who is a parent or contemplating having a child.

You may not think that your actions have consequences, but they do, especially when seen by a child, who views you as a role model

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Kelly Ripa could live in that fridge - Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Weber Shandwick
Kelly Ripa could live in that fridge - Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Weber Shandwick
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It’s National Frozen Food Month, How Long Should You Keep Food in the Freezer?

March is National Frozen Food Month!  It's all very exciting and perhaps a terrific time to clean out your freezer and see what amazing mystery food you may have way in the back under that ice cream.  But, before you cook it and eat it you should know that frozen food doesn't stay good forever.

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Combat Flu Season By Making Your Own Hand Sanitizer

It's cold and flu season (and has been for a while).  We heed all the warnings.  Wash your hands, cough and sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands and stay home if you are feeling ill.  Of course, people are also using an abundance of hand sanitizer, which makes your hands dry out.  But, I found one that is alcohol free that you can make at home from jill at onegoodthingbyjillee.com

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Resistance Is Futile: The Norovirus

Did you ever watch Star Trek with the Borg?   They, as a collective, would say, "Resistance Is Futile."  Meaning no matter how hard you tried, you would eventually become assimilated.  A week ago the Borg showed up at our home, in the form of the Norovirus, and my defenses began.

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Need Added Inspiration? Attend Gearing Up For Grandma’s 2014 Featuring Carrie Tollefson

Registration is open, the weather is warmer and it’s time to think about Grandmas Marathon Weekend! Have you started training yet?  If not, and need inspiration, or if you have and are looking for valuable information then you'll want to attend the annual Gearing Up for Grandma’s pre-race seminar.

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A Much Tastier Cabbage Soup with Protein and Seven Day Diet Plan

Ok, we've all tried the diet soup recipe and the seven day plan, right?  My first recipe was all water and vegetables and not much flavor.  It was really hard to stick to it.  The search was on to find a tastier cabbage soup recipe and I found it on a website from a gal named Catherine.

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American Heart Association Awards Hands-Only™ CPR Training Kits to City of Duluth; Training Starts Soon, Register Here

 

I learned CPR using a hands-only CPR kit.  I got it when I was a Go Red for Women participant.  It's such important knowledge to carry with you.  The few minutes you take to learn the proper way to administer CPR can give someone extended life with their friends and loved ones.  Just think, that loved one might be one of your own!  Want to learn?

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