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Alfreda Lodge dies

Alfreda Lodge, age 88, of Minneapolis and formerly of Waterloo, died Sunday, May 15, 2011 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

She was born October 27, 1922 in Albia, Monroe County, Iowa, the daughter of Clyde and Ethel (Lewis) Johnson. She married Wiley Y. Lodge, Jr. on October 27, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois. He preceded her in death on January 4, 1991.

Alfreda Lodge worked as a telephone operator for the Waterloo Community Schools. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.
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21 Signs of Spring at the Arboretum

Spring has taken hold at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum despite a dusting of snow this past weekend and cooler temps.  From Earth Day and Arbor Day activities to National Public Garden Day to how to get your garden growing to brilliant blooms in May (32,000 tulip, 10,000 daffodil & 6,000 pansy bulbs) and yoga in the gardens…it’s time to visit the Arboretum and celebrate what’s in store for spring!
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Fast and healthy summer meal tips

Fast and healthy summer meal tips When the hot weather hits you want to put colorful, healthful meals on your family's table without breaking a sweat. 

Preparing meals quickly can help you keep the temperature down in your kitchen during the summer. And adding fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits to low-fat meals is a great way to get the nutrients you need to take advantage of the warm weather while staying trim in your swimsuit. 

Here are a few tips for healthier seasonal meals, from the experts behind an innovative new cookbook, "The Special K Challenge & Beyond" cookbook, which features more than 100 recipes, as well as expert fitness and nutrition tips:
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Park Board gets $10,000 for JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden

Park Board gets $10,000 for JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) was recently awarded a $10,000 grant by the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA’s) Grow Your Park program—made possible through a gift from the J.R. Albert Foundation—to support the JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden, located north of Glenwood Avenue in Theodore Wirth Park.  
 
Through programming at the garden, children and teens plant, weed, water, compost, harvest, prepare, sample and take home garden produce from late-May to late-September. Grow Your Park funds will be used to address the needs and wishes of 2010 program participants and will focus on three main areas: perennial plants and crops, garden infrastructure and new intergenerational programming.
 
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4 overlooked spots to spring clean

4 overlooked spots to spring clean Is your spring cleaning routine sufficient? Or do you suspect dirt may be lurking in places you've never even put on your to-do list?

If you're like most Americans, chances are you forgot some of these often overlooked spots while spring cleaning:

In the Kitchen
Most people hit the stove, fridge and the microwave. But there are more places in the kitchen needing your attention. All cupboards and pantries should be cleared and re-stocked at least once yearly to dispose of expired food and guard against insects and rodents.

Also make sure you clean your can opener! This often used, rarely cleaned tool can be a trap for bacteria and spores. Use Q-Tips and soapy water to wipe down every nook and cranny, including the gears.
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Earth Day offers hope to youth

The Sierra Club and NAACP held an Earth Day celebration at the Minneapolis Urban League on Saturday, April 30th to promote clean industrial methods and to celebrate the enthusiasm of young people for protecting their environment.

The Sierra Club works closely with Minneapolis community leaders in neighborhoods disproportionately affected by toxic by-products. They advocate strengthening environmental protection agencies toward eliminating the release of mercury in Minnesota’s precious water resources and other toxins into the air.
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Soul Daddy: America’s next great restaurant opens at Mall of America

Soul Daddy: America’s next great restaurant opens at Mall of AmericaSelf-employed caterer/cook Jamawn J. Woods and his Soul Daddy concept last Sunday, May 1, reigned supreme as winner of NBC Televison’s alternative series “America’s Next Great Restaurant.”

As part of his prize, Woods’ concept made its grand opening Monday, May 2, at Mall of America, and simultaneously at two additional locations in New York and Hollywood.

Iron Chef Bobby Flay, with investors Curtis Stone, Steve Ells and Lorena Garcia, said Soul Daddy had the greatest potential to succeed in the competitive restaurant market and invited people to see for themselves at the roll out of the three eateries.
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