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Getting dressed: Go beyond the bottled salad stuff

A salad without dressing is really just a pile of lettuce, which just doesn’t have much flavor. Dressing is an important component to any salad — be it greens, pasta, fruit or whatever. The dressing is what ties all the different ingredients together and adds additional flavor.

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Love Story: One couple's journey through the travails of dementia

Let’s hang on to what we’ve got Don’t let go, girl; we’ve got a lot Got a lot of love between us Hang on, hang on, hang on to what we got Dooh doo, dooh doo, dooh doo … In the video posted on YouTube, that classic 1965 song by The Four Seasons plays while a woman giggles and sways to the music. Although the lyrics are significantly poignant, the woman doesn’t sing along. She can’t, because dementia has impaired her speech.

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Celebration of freedom rocks on in George, Iowa

GEORGE, Iowa — The community of George stretched out holiday festivities by turning its annual Fourth of July celebration into a weekend affair called Freedom Days.

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In Jackson, a festival grows into its own

JACKSON — The first Rhythm of the River festival was part of Jackson’s Sesquicentennial celebration in 2006. Since then, it’s been staged in conjunction with the community’s Town & Country Days.

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Dear Madeleine: Local woman carries on correspondence for 59 years

WORTHINGTON — Bernadine and Madeleine have never met face to face. They have never even talked on the phone. The two women live 4,600 miles apart: Bernadine Kunze in Worthington, Madeleine Egloff-Schwarz in Basel, Switzerland.

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American Reformed celebrates 100 years

WORTHINGTON — It’s been 100 years since several families of Dutch heritage formed a congregation in Bigelow that eventually became Worthington’s American Reformed Church, but that Hollander heritage is still very evident among the congregation members.

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Out of the blue: Book about 1968 tornado includes connections to Worthington

TRACY — June 13, 1968. It’s a date that has both haunted and fascinated Scott Thoma for most of his life. Thoma was 9 years old that day when the first recorded F5 tornado in Minnesota history tore through his hometown of Tracy, killing nine people, injuring 125 others and destroying nearly one-fourth of the town’s structures.

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Top cop

Police officers to sit on top of grocery store as part of fundraiser

WORTHINGTON — Long before her shift begins atop Worthington’s Hy-Vee Food Store on July 2, Worthington Police Officer Jacki Bomgaars will have already logged many hours toward the third annual Cop on Top fundraiser for Special Olympics Minnesota.

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Motoring: Worthington native competes in the Great Race from St. Paul to Alabama

WORTHINGTON — Although he didn’t have much time to dawdle, Ken Brass couldn’t resist a stop in his hometown earlier this week. Brass, now of California, was en route to the Twin Cities for The Great Race, a collector car competitive controlled-speed endurance road rally, which this year will take its competitors on a course from St. Paul, following the Mississippi River down to Mobile, Ala.

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Indian Lake Baptist Church marking 140 years

WORTHINGTON — It’s 10 years until Indian Lake Baptist Church’s sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) and 15 years past its quasquicentennial (125th), but the congregation felt it was important to acknowledge the church’s milestone of 140 years with some sort of celebration.

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Let's work together, do ourselves proud

WORTHINGTON — When I graduated from Worthington High School more than a couple decades ago, I planned to leave here and never look back, except maybe for a short visit. I certainly never intended to live here again.