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Judge denies broadband retrial
Scholarships available to student musicians
Student arrested for threat against William Kelley School
Two Harbors junior earns prestigious leadership award
Lake County Court Report: Feb. 9-March 6
DNR Report: March 18
Two Harbors Curling Club League Results: March 8
Boys basketball: Foul trouble dooms Mariners
Duluth Warriors skate for veterans in Silver Bay
DNR Report: March 9
baseball and softball
Ask a Trooper: Friend has suspended license; can I drive her car?
On Faith: The time has come to set aside differences
Judge's View: Youth movement deserves credit
Legal Learning: 'The Post' should be required reading
Ask a Trooper: How long can trains block railroad crossings?
Richard Joseph Grupe
Ronald "Grub" Anderson
Jean D. Sullivan
Dorothy Helen Puent
Lake County Past: March 17
North Shore Library News: March 17
Miss Pre-Teen Lake County seeks applicants
Food shelf donations matched in March
Finland to celebrate St. Urho
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DNR Report: March 18
DNR Report: March 9
DNR Report: March 5
North Shore sees coho salmon earlier than usual
DNR Report: Feb. 24
Mike and Diane Holbeck
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Gert's Dirt: Dry clean or hand wash?
Many items with "dry clean only" labels can be washed in your machine or by hand. Wool, silk, rayon and linen can usually be safely washed at home. Items like lingerie should be hand washed. Dissolve a few drops of mild detergent in room temperature or cool water in a clean sink...
May 22, 2015 - 1:57pm
May 1, 2015
Gert's Dirt: Whites that are 50 shades of gray
I love white shirts, jeans, jackets, crisp cotton sheets and towels. Sometimes my white clothes gradually turn gray after a number of washes. If this happens to your laundry, too, try these tips for getting them white again. Sorting your clothes is essential. Even a colored article...
May 1, 2015 - 8:19am
April 17, 2015
Gert's Dirt: Fifty ways to leave your clutter
Clutter makes your home difficult to keep clean and organized, and it is a challenge for almost everyone. This week, let's throw some things away. There probably are 50 ways, but let's start with seven. 1. As you get ready to enjoy your day, go through beauty products that...
April 17, 2015 - 2:32pm
February 6, 2015
Gert's dirt: Lost and found
Do you ever lose your keys? Your phone? Important paperwork? I can't tell you how many times I have misplaced my coffee cup. Mental changes in older folks can be a warning sign and should be brought to the attention of their physician, but for most of us, we just have so much on...
February 6, 2015 - 11:17am
January 2, 2015
Gert's Dirt: Please do not refrigerate
It is tempting to put everything in the refrigerator — we think of it as a preservation box. However, there are some items that should never be placed in the fridge, and others that can be refrigerated but will be fine in the pantry, too. — Bread: Storing bread...
January 2, 2015 - 10:20am
December 19, 2014
Gert's Dirt: Holiday road trips
Gas prices are plummeting and the weather has been mild. It's the perfect time to load the kids into family sedan and head home for the holidays, but don't take off without proper preparation and car maintenance. Here are some reminders that will ensure a safe trip for you and your...
December 19, 2014 - 12:12pm
December 5, 2014
Gert's Dirt: Keeping the holidays purrfectly safe
Donna Bellino for the Lake County News-Chronicle I always wonder what my dogs and cats think when I haul in the Christmas tree and decorate it for the holidays. I'm guessing it's, "Wow, what a great idea. Thanks!" Every cat I've had climbs the tree or bats at ornaments. There...
December 5, 2014 - 12:00pm
November 7, 2014
Gert's Dirt: Where not to leave your ...
Donna Bellino for the Lake County News-Chronicle Here are some tips for storing common household items. These little improvements will make a big difference in the cleanliness of your home. Purse: Do not place your purse on the floor in a public restaurant, store or bathroom....
November 7, 2014 - 10:55am
October 3, 2014
Gert's dirt: Fire prevention
Donna Bellino for the Lake County News-Chronicle There have been several house fires over the last few years in the area, some with devastating personal consequences and thousands of dollars in damages. Residential fires increase in frequency in the fall and winter. Learning about...
October 3, 2014 - 1:23pm
September 26, 2014
Gert's Dirt: Interior home maintenance in fall
Donna Bellino for the Lake County News-Chronicle Last week, we reviewed fall home maintenance for outside. This week, I will share tips for what you can do inside your home to keep it safe and warm in the coming cooler months. We'll start with the windows. If you have screens...
September 26, 2014 - 3:12pm
September 19, 2014
Gert's Dirt: Fall maintenance checklist
Donna Bellino for the Lake County News-Chronicle The kids are off to school and the nights are getting cooler, but we will still have some warm and pleasant days in September and October for maintenance around the house to prepare for the cold days and nights of winter. This...
September 19, 2014 - 1:30pm
September 8, 2014
Gert's Dirt: Getting things done
From Donna Bellino We all have ideas, projects and plans, but the real challenge is how to make them happen. Success is the goal in everything, whether it is cleaning a closet or garage, finishing a big project for school, opening your own business, getting a dream job or going...
September 8, 2014 - 10:05am
January 31, 2014
Gert's Dirt: Working toward a clean home
Donna Bellino for the Lake County News-Chronicle Beating the busy bathroom blues Other than the obvious reason to “go” there, bathroom visitors shower, shave, apply make-up, pluck, tease, blow-dry, spray, brush teeth and take medications in these small rooms, making it one...
January 31, 2014 - 2:31pm
November 22, 2013
Gertie's Dirt: Cleaning for guests
Enjoying the company of friends and family is a wonderful part of the holiday season. Here are some suggestions to make this time special without the added stress. To make sure your house is presentable for unexpected guests, clean the areas they will see and close the doors to other...
November 22, 2013 - 2:32pm
November 15, 2013
Gertie's Dirt: Cleaning the stove
As promised, in this week's Gert's Dirt column, we're going to tackle the stove. With the holidays coming, you'll want a clean appliance for preparing festive meals and baking cookies, so put on those rubber gloves and let's get started. Stovetop and microwave Remove the knobs...
November 15, 2013 - 11:07am