Watkins/EV Senior Dining – Jan. 18-22

Eden Valley meals are delivered to your home by volunteers before noon Monday-Friday. Please order at least one day in advance by calling Mary Lou at (320) 453-4407 to order a meal. Watkins meals can be picked up curbside at St. Anthony Manor before noon Monday-Friday or can be home-delivered by calling Chrissy Elton at…

Rime ice creates winter wonderland

This winter so far, Central Minnesota has enjoyed several mornings with everything covered in hoar frost, where humid air on clear, calm nights form crystals on grass, leaves, and branches. Last Saturday morning, though, we were treated to rime ice covering everything. Rime ice occurs in a freezing fog when there is a wind and…

Stearns County gives first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccination clinics are under way in Stearns County after Stearns County received its first shipment of Moderna vaccine to support vaccination efforts in phase 1a. The Minnesota Department of Health provided guidance regarding the distribution of vaccine to hospitals, long-term care facilities, and local public health. 

Watkins/EV Senior Dining – Jan. 11-15

Eden Valley meals are delivered to your home by volunteers before noon Monday-Friday. Please order at least one day in advance by calling Mary Lou at (320) 453-4407 to order a meal. Watkins meals can be picked up curbside at St. Anthony Manor before noon Monday-Friday or can be home delivered by calling Chrissy Elton…

Keep your driveway and sidewalk safe: How much salt is too much salt?

H2YOU works to answer this age-old question Water pollution from salt (or chlorides) is widespread and can come from multiple sources including excess use of deicers during winter maintenance. As little as a single teaspoon of salt can pollute five gallons of water; the equivalent of a 50-pound bag of salt can pollute 10,000 gallons…

Drive-through Nativity in Watkins a success
In yet another adaptation this year because of COVID-19, the parishes of St. Anthony and Assumption Church hosted a drive-through Nativity program Dec. 30 for all to enjoy. Eight scenes were set up throughout Watkins depicting the story of Jesus’ birth. Spectators were able to start from St. Anthony’s, safely in their own vehicles, following…
Watkins/EV Senior Dining – Jan. 4-8

Please call at least one day in advance. Meals may be picked up. For Eden Valley Senior Dining, please call at least one day in advance. Meals are delivered in your home by volunteers. Congregate dining is no longer available in Eden Valley. Please call Mary Lou Niewind at (320) 453-4407 to order Meals on…

Best diets

Leanne McCrate, RD, LD, CNSC Dear Readers It seems that most Americans, including me, will be happy to put the year 2020 behind us. No doubt, it’s been a tough year. It’s difficult to focus on healthy eating during the holidays with so many sweets available, but the new year is just around the corner,…

Artificial sweeteners

Leanne McCrate, RD, LD, CNSC Dear Dietitian, I am on a diet, and I usually drink one or two diet sodas a day. A coworker insists that diet sodas cause weight gain instead of weight loss. Is this true? Suzanne Dear Suzanne, Artificial sweeteners, or nonnutritive sweeteners (NNS), made their debut with saccharin in 1884…

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