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Talk to the best cooks in Italy, and they’ll tell you the secret to great pasta is an ingredient many American cooks throw out – the starchy pasta cooking water. They always reserve a cup or two to stir into the skillet with al dente noodles to help the other ingredients adhere while thicken…

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January will soon be over and warm outdoor weather is on its way. Weight loss resolutions seem to go by the wayside at this time. This is the time when people realize losing weight is too hard.

Dear Annie: I’m 70, and my friend “Martha” is 72. We live in the same senior apartment complex and have known each other for about nine months. I’ve helped her a lot, taking her to doctor’s appointments, walking her dog after eye surgery, etc. She went to Texas for Christmas with her daughte…

DEAR DR. ROACH: Television is full of ads touting testosterone and other body supplements that are supposed to take a 40-something male and turn his body back into a 20-year-old again. Their spokesmen are usually once-famous athletes who claim to have been able to rebuild body muscle and slo…

CLINTON — Learn how to save on college costs by finding and applying for scholarships at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges’ upcoming Scholarship Night that will begin at 5 p.m. Feb. 1.

The holidays have left without a trace. Well, almost. Long after the decorations have come down, you still have debt hanging around.

Dear Annie: Our daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren live in another part of the country, so we are only able to see them a few times a year. On our most recent visit, my wife asked my daughter where she kept some of the very nice, expensive wedding gifts that had been given to them by fri…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 24-year-old woman. My mother had ductal carcinoma in situ in her mid-40s, successfully treated with surgery and radiation. One of my paternal aunts survived a malignant breast cancer. Am I considered high risk for breast cancer? I know my mom’s cancer increases my risk…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a question in terms of people who are addicted to smoking cigarettes. How come there aren’t any rehabs for people addicted to cigarettes? I heard trying to quit smoking is much harder and more difficult than quitting heroin. Any ideas? – C.A.M.

WHEATON, Ill. – Students named to Wheaton College’s Dean’s List are Grace Johnson of Erie, Illinois; Stephen Nolin of Sterling, Illinois; Annika Reed of Clinton; Hannah Stralow of Morrison, Illinois; and Nancy Taylor of Elizabeth, Illinois.

CLINTON — Geneene Pals and Carol Hill were first-place winners in Boat Club Bridge held recently. Second place went to Don and Judy Doughty; third, Kasu Rickertson and Jim Carey; fourth, Emily Deleney and Sherri Marlowe; and in fifth were Dwight and Penny Royer. The group will meet Feb. 4 at…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’ve been taking levothyroxine for 30 years. I take my daily dosage at about 4 a.m. and eat breakfast at 6:30, more or less. I usually have the same breakfast: rolled oats with some flax meal, blueberries, pea milk and half a banana. I just read an article in the newspaper th…

AMES – The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Jan. 26 at noon will feature Adam Janke, assistant professor in natural resources ecology and management and extension wildlife specialist at Iowa State University, and Kaycie Waters, natural resources field specialist with Iow…

IOWA FALLS – One hundred thirty-six students were named to the Fall 2021 Dean’s List at Ellsworth Community College. Local students named to the list include:

Dear Annie: Am I the only one who is annoyed by the lack of customer service in our country today? I am in my 70s, and I vividly remember the days when I would call a hotel to make a reservation. A live human being would answer the phone and handle my request.

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A fireplace takes a lot of watching and “feeding” if it is going to keep a room warm. Today’s wood-burning fireplaces use logs cut to the right size to fit into the fireplace. A metal basket holds the logs behind andirons, and a fire screen blocks the ashes and cinders from spilling out into…

Dear Readers: Before the start of 2022, I asked you all to send me your goals and resolutions for the new year. These are some of my favorite reader submissions:

Dear Annie: I spent my early childhood years with a loving foster family, and today, at age 75, I have a great relationship with my foster brother.

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 79-year-old female who recently underwent a right total knee arthroplasty. In a routine post-operative X-ray there was indication of early osteopenia in my long bones. I live in Montana and walk regularly during the summer months, but during winter it is more d…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 63-year-old woman. My 29-year-old niece was just diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She discovered that she carries a mutation of her CHEK2 gene. Her father, who is my brother, also has the gene. Should I get tested for the gene and should my children be …

Dear Annie: I had a high school boyfriend 47 years ago but left him. He came to my house the day before I was marrying someone else and begged me not to marry him, but I did. Long story short, after getting divorced, I tried to find him, but I couldn’t. I married again and got divorced again…

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In restaurants across Chengdu, China, there is a singular dish that evokes a tingling response — crispy stir-fried chicken on a plate piled high with thin red chilis.

Dear Annie: I have been married for more than 24 years, and we have three wonderful daughters. My husband has always been a wonderful father and an OK husband.

DUBUQUE — DuTrac Community Credit Union announces its academic scholarship applications will be accepted now through March 25. Scholarship application forms are available at all 13 DuTrac branch office locations and online at DuTrac.org.

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an active 72-year-old male in good health. I do, however, suffer from arthritis in my left ankle, the result of a broken bone while playing football in high school. When the pain flares, I take an Aleve, and it provides quick and nearly total relief. I have read that the…

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Think how difficult it was before 1800, when you had to have light to work at night and there were only candles or several kinds of oil lamps. By the 1850s, it was easier. There were kerosene lamps, gas lamps and finally electric lamps.

Dear Annie: “Numb and Lost” wrote to you regarding emotional detachment as a result of trauma and challenges in their life and struggles with finding proper therapy. As a 37-year-old male who has had difficulties and consequent challenges in therapy, I can relate.

DEAR DR. ROACH: I suffer from frequent allergic sneezing and coughing. Every day I seem to sneeze and sniffle. A daily Zyrtec controls the symptoms, but I am reluctant to take it daily as I understand it is an anticholinergic and continual use can have cognitive effects and cause other issue…

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In many ways, travel in 2021 was more challenging than it was in 2020. While demand for travel returned, sufficient hospitality staffing often did not, leading to long waits at airports, hotel check-in desks and restaurants.

Dear Annie: Without trying to sound arrogant, I am smarter than the average bear. Not quite a genius but certainly up there. I won all kinds of academic awards in school and hold three degrees.

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