GRAND FORKS — If you've noticed that it's getting harder to focus on things up close as you've gotten older, you're not alone. With aging comes inevitable changes in vision, a local eye specialist said, but there are steps you can take to protect your eye health and possibly slow deterioration. The most common vision problem in older adults is "presbyopia" which affects the eye's ability to focus on near objects, said Dr. Mark Sczepanski, an ophthalmologist at the North Dakota Eye Clinic in Grand Forks. This is because "the lens gets larger and less pliable."
Heavy drinking has become a bigger, more socially accepted part of American women's lives. And health statistics show the results have been deadly. "Alcohol is killing twice as many middle-age women as 18 years ago," said Kristie Gerrells, a licensed addiction counselor and clinical supervisor at the Red River Behavioral Health System in Grand Forks. "We have more understanding of why that takes place. Women have an extra predisposition to health problems stemming from alcohol abuse, due to their physiology," she said.
A 62-year-old Crookston man arrested Friday night is suspected of driving through two overhead doors at the county jail before hitting a gas station with his vehicle, police say. Shortly after 8:30 p.m., the Polk County sheriff's deputies responded to the Northwest Regional Correctional Center, the county jail in Crookston, for a report of a vehicle driving through both its overhead sally port doors, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff's Department.
GRAND FORKS — Her pregnancy was progressing well when Cassie Marka headed to the clinic for a 20-week ultrasound procedure in the spring of 2013. She and her husband, William, were excited about the pending birth of their first child. "We went in to learn just the gender," Cassie Marka said. But they learned much more. "They said something was wrong with her heart but we'll wait and take a closer look later," she said. The weeks between hearing something was wrong and learning exactly what was wrong were "pretty awful."
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Tammy Schotzko, a professional organizer, remembers opening a cupboard in a client's bathroom and finding stacks of canned goods. "She had put them there because she'd run out of space in her kitchen. And she completely spaced out that they were there." Scenarios like that are not uncommon, said Schotzko, who owns and operates the business "We Love Messes" in Bemidji, Minn. "Clutter becomes part of the landscape," she said. "We stop seeing it — until someone with 'fresh eyes' comes in."
There’s nothing quite like the start of a new year -- a clean slate, if you will -- to get you thinking about the quality of your life and the things you want to achieve. It’s a great time to take stock and reflect on what is right about your life, those things you are happy with, and what aspects you’d like to change. For example, getting too wrapped up in a job can drain you of time and energy, and leave you with too little time for self care and for being available for loved ones.
GRAND FORKS — You may not have noticed — and we don't want to startle you — but Christmas is next weekend. If you don't have all of your Christmas shopping wrapped up, you've officially entered the dreaded last-minute shopping mode. But don't panic. You still can find some great gifts you'll be happy to give and, more important, your gift recipients will be pleased to receive.
Homemade food items and beverages make a wonderful gift—one that stands apart from the all-too-predictable, ho-hum items that fill the flurry of sales fliers that stream into our homes this time of year. Job and parenting demands means that people have a lot less time to spend baking in the kitchen these days. Why do you think those bake sales are so popular? Who doesn't love homemade bread or biscotti, a package of delicious cookies, a jar or two of yummy jam, or a Christmas-themed tin of spiced pecans or caramel corn?
Molly Yeh, local food blogger and cookbook author, is at the White House on Tuesday making gingerbread houses with the pastry chef. She'll also be working Tuesday afternoon with another...
GRAND FORKS — Becca Cruger could not have guessed the response she'd receive when she challenged her online card-making community to send her cards for victims of abusive relationships. The challenge "really resonated with people," she said. She has been inundated with hundreds of handmade cards from paper-crafters around the world who share her desire to raise awareness of domestic violence. "They came from all over the U.S.—the East Coast to down South to the West Coast. And from Australia, Finland, the United Kingdom and Canada."