April 30, 2017
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An oldie but a goodie: Minnesota seniors find vitality through improv comedy

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MINNEAPOLIS — Like many people of a certain age, Diane Fuglestad has been made to feel invisible.

The tipping point came one winter day at the bus stop, when the driver closed the doors in her face and started to drive off. After she knocked on the door to get his attention, his excuse was, “Oh, I didn’t see you there.”

Roller derby at a crossroads: Bye-bye fish nets, hello ESPN

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — With one minute left on the clock, skater Krista Corwin places her front wheels just behind the starting line — core tight, legs coiled, arms ready to pump furiously. The roar of the crowd and the flash of the cameras fade away as Corwin waits for the final whistle in the bout between the Santa Cruz Derby Girls’ Boardwalk Bombshells and Bay Area Derby’s Berkeley Resistance.

The shrill tweet then echoes through the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium as she takes off like a gazelle, leading the Bombshells on a recent Saturday to their first victory of the 2017 season.

Sobering trend: Millennials, hoping to find real connections, ban the booze at social events

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — It’s not really about the meal at the monthly Conscious Family Dinner, although there is a plenty of vegan Indian food. You can spend time in a cuddling sanctuary, sit down with a tarot reader, chat career goals with a life coach or sit in on an acro-yoga sex psychotherapy presentation. And there’s almost always some form of dancing.

But what’s inconspicuously missing is alcohol.

Photo therapy: Program helps Seattle’s homeless ‘carve out a creative space’

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SEATTLE — Sometimes nobody shows up. Sometimes five do.

All are homeless, but on this day they’re also photo students hitting the streets in a program to bring “healing through creativity.”

How to set up a tech-free zone at home

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Technology brings so much to our lives — information, entertainment, security and comfort in our homes. But it’s not hard to overdose on tech time.

Sometimes you need to unplug and connect with the great big world beyond the screen. To help your household enjoy some time without electronics on a regular basis, consider establishing a tech-free zone in your home. Here’s how:

Behind the Lens

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To give our readers insight into the work that photographers do at the Kenosha News, we present Behind the Lens. Every second Friday of the month, each photographer will pick his favorite photo of the previous month and talk about the process behind getting that photo. We hope you enjoy this behind-the-lens perspective.

— Kenosha News Chief Photographer Kevin Poirier

Milan designers hit ‘empowering women’ theme in fall fashion

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MILAN — Milan Fashion Week took a formal turn on the fourth day of previews for next fall and winter.

Mindful of the price point, designers were not churning out looks that could be tossed into a suitcase for a fanciful journey, but rather pieces that could hang in the closet for years to come, even left alone for a period only to re-emerge as relevant as the day they were purchased.

We love our libraries: Curious reader uncovers history, eyes innovations

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From a small, leather-bound book on genealogy published in 1851 to a very large electronic sensor-driven book return system, Kenosha’s public library system has it all.

Cataloging the highlights and tracing the history of the Kenosha Public Library is our starting point as we delve into the reader-inspired Curious Kenosha questions: “What is the history of our library system?” and “How long have we had four locations?”

Behind the Lens

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To give our readers insight into the work that photographers do at the Kenosha News, we present Behind the Lens. Every second Friday of the month, each photographer will pick his favorite photo of the previous month and talk about the process behind getting that photo. We hope you enjoy this behind-the-lens perspective.

— Kenosha News Chief Photographer Kevin Poirier

Putting down roots in Kenosha County: English farmer writes book about family’s journey to settle here

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In a remote corner of northwestern Kenosha County stands a living monument to the area’s earliest settlers.

It’s Wisconsin’s second largest bald cypress tree, a species not usually found in a northern climate. It came from somewhere else and so did the settler who planted it.

Caring for animals: Programs emphasize the importance of teaching kids to be kind to pets

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The Kuerner brothers, John, 4, and Will, 6, had fun last summer gathering branches and leaves for bird nests, touching real bird feathers and gathering nuts and berries for wildlife — all as part of a Backyard Buddies program at PAWS in Seattle.

But the experience wasn’t just fun, it was also meant to teach the kids about respecting animals and treating them humanely.

The Pussyhat Project: Nation’s knitters use their skills to make a statement

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SEATTLE — Pussyhat. It’s a smirk of a name for a bright pink, knitted cap with little ears poking up from either side. Meow.

But don’t be fooled. All over America, knitters are casting on with a vengeance, making enough Pussyhats for an estimated 200,000 women who will gather in Washington, D.C., on Saturday — the day after Donald J. Trump’s inauguration — to march in support of women’s rights.

Behind the Lens

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To give our readers insight into the work that photographers do at the Kenosha News, we present Behind the Lens. Every second Friday of the month, each photographer will pick his favorite photo of the previous month and talk about the process behind getting that photo. We hope you enjoy this behind-the-lens perspective.

— Kenosha News Chief Photographer Kevin Poirier

Dressing the first lady: Michelle Obama loves fashion and the fashion world loves her

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NEW YORK — The morning after Michelle Obama’s big speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, in which she argued passionately for a second term for her husband, designer Tracy Reese’s phone was ringing. And ringing.

Mrs. Obama’s powerfully delivered speech had attracted much attention — but these phone calls were about her dress. A shimmering sleeveless sheath in rose and silvery gray, it was pretty universally considered a fashion slam dunk. And customers wanted it.

These boots were made for walkin’ ... on ice: In Alaska, footwear options abound to stay upright

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Darrell Bachmann doesn’t wear ruby slippers, but when he clicks his heel, something magical happens.

Bachmann invented KickSpikes, a boot designed to walk on ice. Kick a button on the heel and 7mm steel cleats pop out. Kick the button again and the cleats retract, allowing the wearer to walk inside without tearing up floors.

Hunting the elusive Hatchimal: Parents embark on quest for this year’s hot toy

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SOUTH ELGIN, Ill. — Tiffany Thomson saw a “gazillion” Hatchimals at the South Elgin Toys R Us back in October. She didn’t think her kids would want one and worried it would be another Furby-type toy.

But the South Elgin woman found herself camping out at the same store early this month hoping to get one of the elusive Hatchimals — which have become the one of the hot toys of Christmas 2016.

Behind the Lens

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To give our readers insight into the work that photographers do at the Kenosha News, we present Behind the Lens. Every second Friday of the month, each photographer will pick his favorite photo of the previous month and talk about the process behind getting that photo. We hope you enjoy this behind-the-lens perspective.

— Kenosha News Chief Photographer Kevin Poirier

‘Toys of the Year’ guide is here just in time for holidays

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Introducing the 2016 Toys of the Year! These 20 kid-approved picks are squeal-inducing, happy-dance-launching hits

that left our testers begging for more. Talk about holiday must-haves!

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