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Send us your mother’s special recipe

Do you have a special recipe your mother made, or makes?

If you would like to be part of our Mother’s Day special, send the recipe along with a brief description of your mother to Mike Klein at 18 First Ave. S.E., Rochester, MN 55903, or e-mail to

Include your name and telephone number.

PAIIR offers classes


Parents Are Important in Rochester (PAIIR) will offer the following classes in April. For more information or to register call (507) 328-4020. Financial assistance is available for classes.

• PAIIR Fair: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday. PAIIR is celebrating the National Week of Young Child with the PAIIR Fair. Join the PAIIR staff for fun activities, open play, information on parenting, children’s health and development, preparing for school and more. No registration necessary.

• Happiest Baby on the Block: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday. For ages 0 to four months. Held on Tuesdays through May 20. Looking for ways to connect with other parents at the same time as learning more about your baby? This class focuses on the needs of your young baby. Class will also include parent discussion time.

Eight Rochester "Jazzercisers" participated in a Timberwolves halftime show that was also a fundraiser for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, as part of a group of 120 Jazzercisers from around Minnesota on March 2 at the Target Center.

The Jazzercisers who performed the routine were not professional dancers. The program offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing movements.

The performers raised more than $12,000 through the event to support D.A.R.E. D.A.R.E. aims to provide youth with the life skills they need to avoid involvement with drugs, gangs and violence.

The Minnesota Historical society is offering the following events in April:

• Scratch Versus Mix: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at the Mill City Museum, 704 South Second St. in Minneapolis. In this interactive demonstration, "Scratch vs. Mix: Which Brownie is Better," visitors can learn more about the history of test kitchens and convenience foods. Visitors will then be able to sample scratch and mix versions of one of today’s most popular convenience foods, fudge brownies. Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students, $4 for children ages 6-17 and free for children under age five and MHS members.


• Capitol Construction Tour: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 at the Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in St. Paul. Explore the State Capitol building and learn about architect Cass Gilbert and the building planners, contractors and craftsmen hired to complete the work during the nine year construction period from 1896 to 1905. A display of historic construction photographs will also be available for viewing along with artifacts from the building’s construction. Fee is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students, $4 for children ages 6-17, with a $2 discount for MHS members. Reservations are required.

Tip of the day

Heloise says

Did you know that you lose most of the nutrients in a cucumber when you peel it? The peel contains all of the vitamins, such as A, B-6 and C. Instead of completely removing the peel, use a vegetable peeler and leave thin strips. When sliced, you’ll hardly notice it, and you’ll be getting some of the nutritional value. For more hints, go to Page XX.

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