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Parenting class scheduled

The class "Parenting Our Parents" will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Madonna Towers.

The class is community education for Alzheimer’s disease and will discuss what not to do when dealing with a loved one who has a dementia-related illness. Christine Bedney will be the instructor.

Madonna Towers is at 4001 19th St. N.W. in Rochester

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Crossings offers writing class

ZUMBROTA — Crossings will host a class for those interested in writing for a young adult audience from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday .

The class will explore what it means to write for readers ages 13 to 18. It will include a discussion of main characters, plot and themes used in fiction and nonfiction for adults. It will also examine current trends in young adult literature.

Instructor Melissa Brandt is in her last year of study at Minnesota State University at Mankato where she is completing her masters in literature and masters in fine arts in creative writing.

Registration for the class is $38.

To register, call (507) 732-7616. Crossings is at 320 East Ave. in Zumbrota.

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Whole-grain cereal has benefits


Men who eat whole-grain cereal at least seven times each week are 28 percent less likely to develop heart failure than other men, says Health Notes, a newsletter for Olmsted Medical Center patients. Eating whole-grain cereal two to six times each week decreased risk by 22 percent.

To find whole-grain cereals for your breakfasts, check the ingredients list, the newsletter says. Look for the word "whole" in terms like "whole grain flour" as the first ingredient on the list, because terms like "multi-grain" or "100% wheat" don’t necessarily mean the product contains whole grain.

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With the recent postal-stamp increase, a reader needed to buy some 2-cent stamps to put with the 39-cent stamp when mailing an envelope. So now, she staples the two sheets of these different denominations, so she can find them when she needs them. For more hints from Heloise, go to Page XX.

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