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I have always liked the Dr. Seuss books. If there is rhyme or reason I don’t know, but today one thing, “comes to mind,” “Oh, the places you can go” right here in our own back yard — almost.

Have you traveled some of our old familiar roads lately? It is such an adventure because things seem to have changed so fast. New houses, changes in farms and of course the leaves. Is there anything like seeing the beautiful fall leaves that take on colors beyond description? Then thoughts turn to people who, like the leaves, have left their green leaves behind as they grow older and come out in colorful display as well. We enjoy them and then hate to see them go through growing old, though we know they have lived a life that changed the world and are leaving us the memories of the colorful part they portrayed in their growth.

It has been exciting seeing the progress on the huge greenhouse that is being erected near Medford where they plan to plant fresh lettuce and other greens. We have been able to enjoy delicious, fresh tomatoes near Owatonna year round for some time in our area and now we will be able to have fresh lettuce for our salads and such. I have a feeling that more things will follow, bringing organic and healthy foods to use instead of by semi from places far away.

Splenda is readily available as a substitute for sugar, especially in processed foods. If I see “Splenda” or other sugar substitutes on the ingredients list on products, I don’t buy it. It is an addictive sugar. The only substitute that is naturally sweet is Stevia. Other sugar substitutes make your brain crave it and will sabotage the effort to lose weight.

Spit out your gum as it causes you to swallow air. Go for organic brands like “Glee” or “Simply Green” instead. Check out the protein board too. Many have sugar molecules that don’t break down entirely and hang out where they ferment, causing gas and bloating.

Bananas are packed with potassium and magnesium nutrients that help regulate fluid balance, which helps flatten “belly bloat.” That is just one of 21 things that happen to your body when you eat bananas.

I wish the cancer research people would give out information on what they have achieved or discovered over the years. It would help keep us informed of their progress. They are always asking people to support “cancer research” but we seldom hear what they have learned. If people heard of some of the progress they have made, I think that more people would offer to help them in this fight for a cure.

Dystonia dialogue newsletter articles that have been written by doctors and their university institutions explain the things they have learned. Some of it is hard to understand but at least it is letting one know they are making progress or have made discoveries we wouldn’t otherwise know about.

It didn’t seem fair that “they” could imprison and then vaccinate a mother against her will because she didn’t want her son vaccinated. (They vaccinated him anyway against her will.) It seems parents do not have rights, though they have reasons that differ from doctors who are not always right. I’ve heard that this year’s flu vaccine was only some 20% successful.

It seems medical personnel have precedence over pateints, which I feel should not be. No matter how much information a doctor has learned, most generally he can still only give his opinion, not for-fact information.

Medical information is ever changing and often contradictory. The best advice I can see is keep healthy by using good foods, exercising and listening to your own body. Most people know what is or isn’t good for them. 

Many medical miracles have been achieved because patients trusted their instincts, as well as read and studied information from which they gleaned things that were appropriate for their condition. Doctors are only people and their opinion may be just that – their opinion!

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Some of our Star Eagle readers have commented that they like to read about events such as family and school reunions, birthdays and anniversaries, and birth and wedding announcements. In order to read about these important things we need our faithful readers to pass along the information to us.

Also, if you have an idea for a story that you think would be of interest to our readers, please contact me.

If you have birthdays and anniversaries you would like to include, or news to share, please contact me via  e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by postal mail, P.O. Box 192, Geneva, MN 56035; or telephone, 507-256-4405.

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Birthdays and anniversaries:

• Thursday, November 2nd: Elaine (Krueger) Tetrick, her 91st, Karen Osmundson, Gary Dummer, Dan Nord, Tracy Farr Simon, Janis Klinger, Troy Sommers, Sylvia Janet Baker

• Friday, November 3rd: Nakayla Joy Butler, Preston Dean Shaunce, Brian Muri, Paula Degan Conroy, Tim Hanson, Sydney McCamish, Quinn Sebastian Briedenbach, Jennifer Misgen, Angie & Josh Lair

• Saturday, November 4th: Evelyn Elizabeth Benning, Scott Anderson, Andrew Farr, Stuart Vangen, Jeff Carlson, Brant Hemingway

• Sunday, November 5th: Faith Jennie Tweeten, Preslee Jean Twetten, Hope Ann Twetten, Alyssa Hagen, Kerri d’Eustachip, David Wayne, Skyla Knudtson, Mavis Langlie, Chad Bratten, Allison Hanson

• Monday, November 6th: Brody Richards, Makota Graham Misgen, Mary Ann Lund, Dylan Paul Moen, Jon Beck, David Hagen, Doug Klemmensen, Lauren Jo Draayer, Chad Ayers, Toni Roberts, Taylor Roberts, Kellie & Ryan Benning

• Tuesday, November 7th: Ella Dobberstein, Solveig Adelaine Mattson, her 5th birthday; Ava Leigh Wangsness, her 6th birthday; Alymra Seath, Jolee Johnson, Travis Diederrich, Linda Dobberstein, Scott Olson, Mark Sundwall, Alymra Seath

• Wednesday, November 8th: Sydney Larson, Andrew Jensen, Brian Hughes, Burton Nelson

• Thursday, November 9th: Phyllis Hagen, Tami Lund Wacek, Scott Coxworth, Jon Aronson, Kent Kruckenburg, Cindy Gould, Tim Westrum, Christopher Jepson

• Friday, November 10th: Elizabeth Benning (2011), Keith McDonald, Eric Anderson, Russell Reistad, Tomm Richards, Jennifer Zimprich, Jessica Kasper, Andrew Olson, Jessica (Johnson) & Dan Rebelein, Stan & Liz Reichl, Everett & Diane Jensen

May your special day be filled with sunshine and smiles!

­There are times I made mistakes regarding birthdays and anniversaries because of information I don’t know.  Please look at it as a reminder that though they may no longer be with us it is nice to remember they once were and celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries.

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