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With my Mitts partner out of the office this week, it's up to me to handle this week's column. I wish I had a recipe to share, but sadly I do not. What I do have is the winner and the answers to our spices and herbs guessing contest held at the Brainerd Dispatch fair booth last week at the Crow Wing County Fair.
I'm flying solo this week since Chelsey, my counterpart, is trying to dig through her desk and emails after being out of the office last week. Good thing this week's topic isn't too hard. I think I can handle this one, thanks to Google, of course. It's been fun answering our readers' questions from the Everything Expo in March. We're going to continue doing so for the next several weeks with a recipe or two thrown in the mix for good measure. This week's batch of questions is all about cookware—some old, some new.
Nearly a month ago, Chelsey and I joined the Crow Wing Energized program "Your Energized Year," a National Diabetes Prevention Program designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The year-long program is designed to help us live a healthier lifestyle through weight loss, learning to eat healthier foods, becoming more active and learning how to deal with stress. So far, in just a month's time, I've lost 9.4 pounds.
Nine-hundred-thirty-two days ago, I stood at the pulpit of my parents' church in Merrifield and gave my mom's eulogy. On Thursday, I had to do it again. But this time, it was the eulogy of a hero, my dad, Dennis Trowbridge. My dad's health journey was a long one. He suffered from rheumatoid arthritis since his early 20s, with the last four years in hospitals or nursing homes due to diverticulitis. If that wasn't enough suffering, he had thousands of procedures and surgeries and even went without food for a year and a half.
When the Brainerd Dispatch was purchased by Forum Communications Company nearly two years ago, I had never considered what culture in the workplace really meant, at least not in the way FCC CEO and President Bill Marcil Jr. intended it. Culture, an engaging, fun and respectful environment a company hopes to create for its employees, is "the most important factor for a successful business today," according to Marcil Jr. "The world we live in is fast paced and dynamic. But none of it could be accomplished without a dynamic culture. Our culture is top priority to our success.
DEERWOOD - Jean Kruger believes in the power of prayer. She has a precious daughter to prove it. Kruger always dreamed of becoming a mother. On Dec. 13, 2014, her dreams came true in the form of a 1-pound, 9.8-ounce baby girl who was less than a foot long - a baby who wasn't supposed to be. Kruger, Deerwood, has battled varying gynecological issues most of her life. There was even talk of a hysterectomy. Most recently, it was discovered she had blood clots in her uterus. Because of the clots, she needed to have some blood work done.
Through the columns I've written for the religion page, those in the religious community may have followed the medical journey my dad, Dennis Trowbridge, has been on for the past two and-a-half years. With tears in my eyes, I can finally type the sentence, "He's home." Granted, home is not his home, but he's not at St. Mary's Hospital-Mayo Clinic in Rochester, either.
With a fluctuating economy, jobs come and go. So do people. But what makes someone want to stay with the same employer for years and years? What's the secret to longevity? The Brainerd Dispatch asked our readers "Who's had their job the longest?" and they answered. The secrets are out. These longtime employees have shared the reasons why they still love what they do after all these years. Joe Simons of Crosby is a 58-year employee of Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge.
I led a small women’s retreat for my church last weekend at Miracle Bible Camp in Longville. The theme was “Purse-onality.” We played games, had devotions, praise and worship time, craft time, did a purse exchange, ate too much food and laughed and cried together. It was a great bonding experience for the eight of us. What we didn’t plan on was to venture out to Bear Pause Theater in Hackensack Saturday afternoon to see the movie “God’s Not Dead.”
As I reflect on 2013 so far and consider what I’m thankful for, I realize my list is different from years past. I’ve always been thankful for the “normal” things in my life — family, friends, job, home — and while I’m certainly still thankful for all of that, it’s easy to take those “normal” things for granted. I lost my mom in July. She was 63. I’m very thankful to have had her here for my nearly 40 years on this earth. However, my daughter Bella only had her grandma for three short years. I could be bitter about that, but what good would it really do?