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WOODBURY -- A group of women who gather every month at a Woodbury coffee shop shows just how small the world is. Or how diverse the city has grown to be. The International Women's Group of Woodbury consists of members who come from all different parts of the world: Brazil, Mexico, Korea, Hong Kong, England, Canada, France, Lebanon, Egypt, Argentina and Chile, just to name a few. The group was started just last spring by Lisa Vale, an American whose family traveled for work to Brazil, Italy and Spain for 15 years before finally settling in Woodbury.
Nick Boyer doesn't think physical fitness should be limited to those who can afford it. The Woodbury resident and personal trainer recently launched an organization called Power of Exercise. The concept behind the nonprofit is to provide a gym membership and personal trainer services at no cost. "I see a need and an opportunity to help people who can't afford it," Boyer said. The plan, he explained, calls for Power of Exercise to receive nominations for prospective clients through the organization's website.
Arthritis can make physical activity more difficult. In spite of that difficulty, exercise is an important part of staying healthy for men and women with arthritis. Even moderate physical activity can strengthen bones and muscles and increase joint flexibility, making it easier for arthritis sufferers to perform daily tasks. There are different types of exercise to aid those suffering from arthritis. They include cardiovascular, strengthening and flexibility training.
The significance of a driver's license never truly dissipates, which makes it difficult for aging men and women to address their abilities as a driver and whether they can still safely share the road with other motorists. Traffic statistics show there are reasons to be increasingly cognizant of a driver's ability as he or she ages. Drivers over 65 have as high a crash rate as teenage drivers, said Larry Nadeau, director of outreach with the Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center.
Top-seeded Red Wing will face Owatonna Thursday in Red Wing in the Final Four of the Section 1AAA tournament at 5 p.m. The fifth-seeded Huskies defeated fourth-seeded Rochester Mayo 7-3 Tuesday in Rochester. The Wingers and Owatonna met earlier in the season at the Owatonna Wood Bat Tournament. Red Wing defeated Owatonna 3-2. Second-seeded John Marshall received a bye and advanced to the Final Four. Century also advanced Tuesday after defeating Northfield 2-1. The Final Four is double elimination.
Reed Grimm's fate on "American Idol" now rests with viewers. He advanced into the top 24 contestants after Wednesday night's program. Public voting will begin Tuesday Feb. 28 -- the same night Ellsworth will hold a party at the high school to both celebrate the local graduate's success and help area residents cast votes for him. Tuesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Ellsworth High School will sponsor a Reed Grimm Night. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free.
LAKE CITY - Lake City paid tribute to slain police officer Shawn Schneider Saturday as his family and 2,000 public safety officers from across Minnesota and around the country laid him to rest. His funeral at First Lutheran Church was rich with stories, song and scripture. The Revs.
The alert declared by operators at the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant as a result of a chemical spill this morning was terminated at 2:08 p.m. today. Operators declared the alert at 3:53 a.m. today after workers discovered sodium hypochloride, commonly known as chlorine bleach, leaking from a tank in the screen house. The chemical is used to treat water that is brought into the plant for cooling. The incident released no radioactive material, and officials said there is no danger to the public.
Here's a trio of criminal treats for readers who enjoy out of the ordinary crime books. "Hot Pursuit," By Suzanne Brockmann (Ballantine Books, $26) turns the tables as Brockmann's longtime heroine Alyssa Locke finds herself on a new assignment. In previous outings, Locke is the leader of a personal security company Troubleshooters, Inc., which specializes in guarding other people's lives. In "Hot Pursuit," Locke is the victim.
I'll begin this review with the admission that I am a friend and former colleague of the author and once co-wrote a book with her. Normally, I wouldn't review a friend's book, but this one's too good to miss, too valuable for all manner of reasons. My friend is Peg Meier, longtime feature writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and author of many best-selling books, including a blockbuster of years back, "Bring Warm Clothes." Peg specializes in Minnesota history, recalled in photographs, diaries, news items of the past.