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  • Don Mashak's Minnesota Election 2014 District Judge recommendations
    Don Mashak’s final Minnesota District Court Judge elections 2014 recommendations
    This is Don Mashak's recommendations for Minnesota District Court Judges for election 2014. If you want to see Don Mashak's 2014 recommendations for Minnesota State and Federal Elected officials, please click here: Don Mashak’s final...
  • Don Mashak's Minnesota Election 2014 recommendations
    Don Mashak’s final Minnesota election 2014 recommendations
    This writer, Don Mashak, is trying to provide you with a little different Voter Guide in 2014. (In a past article, this writer provided his preliminary recommendations.) As this writer lives and votes in Minnesota, he will focus on Minnesota State...
  • Great recommendations are necessary for college admissions.
    How to get great recommendations
    A large part of the college application is securing the recommendations. The Common Application requires a recommendation from the counselor and a teacher. Other colleges require recommendations from coaches, pastors or volunteer coordinators....
  • Brag sheets can help students stand out in the crowd.
    Brag sheets and recommendations
    Recommendation forms and letters are common requirements for college and scholarship applications. Many students do not think about recommendations until senior year when they are applying to college. However, recommendations are typically needed...
  • IVY Bar & Grill
    DENISE ENDORSES: IVY on 8th Avenue
    The once lackluster landscape of 8th Avenue is changing for the better; new bars, restaurants, and various amenities are popping up everywhere. One welcome new addition is Ivy, a cozy, well-designed bar/restaurant on 8th Avenue & 56th Street....
  • Working hard
    How to get stellar recommendation letters
    Whether you are a freshman or a senior in high school, it is time to start thinking about what you want your recommenders to say. While recommendation letters do not make up the most important part of your college application, they can add glitter...
  • Netflix
    Netflix Instant--great invention, or greatest invention?
    One problem that keeps getting mentioned when I speak with people who use Netflix's Instant Streaming service, is their inability to find anything they want to watch. It's a problem which frankly should not exist given the vast scope of...
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    Is that (really) your ball?
    Make your mark unique, and you just might get it back!Photo credit: Google ImagesIt happens more than you might think! You hit your ball onto another fairway, and what happens? You find it within a few feet of another ball (with the same brand),...
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    Fine ingredients equal great taste at Alexandria Cupcake
    When Alexandria Cupcake opened on January 2nd of this year, visionaries and co-owners Adnan Hamidi and Kathy Taylor did everything themselves. From baking to selling to cleaning up messes, these two did it all. In the six months that have passed,...
  • America
    Fireworks & Healthy Fare This 4th!
    Yep, we’re already past the mid-point of 2010. It’s time to celebrate our country’s independence with food, drinks and general out door summer shenanigans. We can choose to go haywire or we can try to be as good as we can be by...
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    A sprinkle a day
    Not your everyday 'casual water' hazard! Recommendation: wait ten minutes and take a drop!Photo credit: Google ImagesHydraulic sprinkler systems are considered dinasaurs in the golf course maintenance business but, be it good or bad, they still...
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    Co Co Sala satisfies with new menu and decadent desserts
    Executive Chef Santosh TipturLauren Spath LuhringIf you’ve not been to Co Co Sala recently, it might be time for a visit. For the first time since they opened in 2008, the chocolate lounge and boutique has updated its menu to include some...
  • Cancun
    Cancun Honeymoon
    Nothing screams honeymoon like lying on the beach, soaking up the sun, eating to your hearts desire with a drink in your hand. A drink with an umbrella in it, of course ; ) We decided to go south of the border for some sun as well as some...
  • Me & My Dad
    A Funfilled Father's Day
    Nothing makes my dad happier than a day at the beach, surfing and just enjoying the sun and ocean. Luckily, Father’s Day falls in the summer so it’s a great time of year to get outdoors and spend some quality time with the dads in your...
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    Adaptive Re-Use at its finest: But you can't take a ride on this Reading Railroad!
    Reading (Railroad) Bookstore, Rockford, Michigan (May 2010)(photo courtesy of Duane Shore)We see a lot of structures that have been ‘adapted’ and ‘reused’ from their original form, but nothing quite matches what Kim VerHage...