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Cragun’s Resort $20 Million Renovation Continues During Pandemic

BRAINERD, Minn., Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Eric Peterson, General Manager of Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, MN, is one of the most positive people you’ll meet. Give him lemons and he’ll gladly take them and say “Thanks – Free Lemons”! Which is exactly the positive attitude Peterson and Cragun’s have taken during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

This coming winter marks the half-way point of Cragun’s $20 million-dollar resort expansion and improvement project. In late 2015, Cragun’s embarked on an aggressive plan to remodel, replace and add new amenities and lodging to ensure the resort’s continued success. When the pandemic started to slow things down in March, Peterson took the opportunity to ramp up construction in several areas of the resort. This enabled Cragun’s to keep people employed and make significant progress in the improvement plan.

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Why the ‘Home Improvement Effect’ May Be Responsible for an Increased Interest in Plastic Surgery

Encino, CA plastic surgeon George Sanders, MD had never done a virtual consultation until March of this year.

But, once COVID hit, it quickly became commonplace at his practice. 

“At first, there were maybe one or two per week, but then there were many—often several each day,” he recalls. “Not only did patients virtually consult, but they scheduled their surgery in anticipation of the end of the surgery shutdown.”

And the calendar concurs: Since his office reopened for elective procedures in mid-May, the surgery schedule has been filled. “Part of this is due to the backlog of patients who were already scheduled for surgery but had to postpone it. Other patients were planning to have surgery anyway, and now seems like the perfect opportunity.”

However, Dr. Sanders says, there’s a third patient group that never considered surgery and are now drawn to it. 

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Photo Agency Settles With Harry and Meghan Over Photos of Their Son at Home | World News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, have reached a settlement with a celebrity photo agency that took unauthorized pictures of their young son at home, according to court documents filed on Thursday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex filed a lawsuit in July alleging that unnamed paparazzi photographers used drones and helicopters to take “illegal” photos of their son, Archie, at the family’s private residence in California when he was 14 months old.

Court documents filed with Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday said photo agency X17 had agreed to stop distributing the images, which showed Archie with his maternal grandmother in a garden at the family’s residence, and to turn over the original pictures and all copies.

In addition, X17 apologized to the family.

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Topeka business leaders back Docking building renovation – Business – The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Greater Topeka Partnership, which includes Downtown Topeka, Inc. and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, are in support of renovating of the Docking Building, the state said at a committee hearing Wednesday.

DeAngela Burns-Wallace, Secretary of Administration, said she has been in talks with local business leaders, who are now in full support for the renovation.

Curtis Sneden, president of the Chamber of Commerce, confirmed such.

“We are supportive of a plan that will return the Docking State Office Building to its proper place as an important facet of downtown,” he said.

The Docking State Office Building, a 62-year-old 12-story high-rise adjacent to the Capitol, had long been neglected and plagued with issues. Former Gov. Sam Brownback had pushed to tear down the building, which was ultimately rejected.

Now, the next state legislature will be considering four proposed options in renovating the building. The one path the state administration

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How the Boost in Home Improvement Might Benefit the Packaged-Food Industry

While stuck inside during the pandemic, plenty of people have decided to spruce up their surroundings.

The result has been great for home improvement retailers such as Home Depot, Lowe’s and Ace Hardware, which have seen sales spike as the nation shelters in place. But the time and money people are putting into their homes now could have long-term benefits for a completely different industry—packaged-food manufacturers.

Sean Connolly, CEO of Conagra Brands, maker of Duncan Hines cakes, Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn and Slim Jim meat snacks, believes that even when a vaccine arrives and restaurants begin running at full capacity again, people will feel pulled toward spending more time around the house because of all the upgrades they’ve made to their kitchens, furniture and entertainment systems.

“Now that they’ve made these investments into nesting or cocooning—whatever you want to call it—we expect they’re going to want to get a return on

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Did Zacj Grienke really give away pitch sign

Did Zach Greinke really give away a pitch to the Oakland A’s?

The Houston Astros pitcher caused a stir on Thursday when he held up two fingers moments before throwing a 3-2 pitch that A’s outfielder Ramón Laureano deposited into the left field stands for a two-run home run in Game 4 of the ALDS.

Did Greinke really give away pitch?

That looks … bizarre. Was Greinke atoning for the sins of the Astros sign-stealing scandal by blatantly giving away pitches to a playoff opponent?

If that seems unlikely, it’s because it is.

While it’s fun for fans to think that a six-time All-Star pitcher for baseball’s most reviled franchise would suffer such a monumental lapse of judgment, the more likely explanation is much more mundane.

Houston Astros’ Zack Greinke pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series in

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This Renovation Takes a French Flat From ’70s Spirit to Modern Minimalism

Located in the quiet, small town of Asnières-sur-Seine, just a few kilometers from the center of Paris, this 807-square-foot two-bedroom apartment initially had a ’70s aesthetic. To envision what it would look like after a makeover required a high dose of imagination.

“I had been looking for a new place for about a year when I saw the real estate ad for this apartment,” remembers the 40-year-old owner Hélène, who works in fashion and lives here with her 11-year-old son. “I scheduled the visit for the next day and liked the place. It was very different from what it is now: It was filled with furniture and had carpet on the floor, but I really loved the soft and quiet atmosphere.”

<div class="caption"> <strong>BEFORE:</strong> The homeowner saw the potential in her apartment despite all the furniture and busy carpets. </div>

BEFORE: The homeowner saw the potential in her apartment despite all the furniture and busy carpets.

<div class="caption"> <strong>BEFORE:</strong> The quiet atmosphere was the real draw to the space. </div>

BEFORE: The quiet atmosphere was the real draw to the space.

<div class="caption"> <strong>AFTER:</strong> In the dining room, <a href="https://www.andtradition.com/products/pavilion-av2" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:&Tradition chairs" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">&Tradition chairs</a> surround the made-to-measure table by Heju with an <a href="http://www.atelierareti.com/pendant-lamps-2/girlande-ceiling" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Atelier Areti ceiling light" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Atelier Areti ceiling light</a> above it. A <a href="https://artemest.com/products/tahity-table-lamp-by-ettore-sottsass" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ettore Sottsass table lamp" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ettore Sottsass table lamp</a> sits on the <a href="https://www.usm.com/en-us/modern-home/inspiration/applications/shelving/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:USM shelves" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">USM shelves</a>. </div>

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Comcast working toward 10Gbps to your home

These days, when many of us are working from home, having great broadband isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity. While I wouldn’t kill for Gigabit internet to my home, I’d consider maiming. Alas, I can’t get it. But, while I’m still worrying over that, Comcast is working toward delivering 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps) to homes.

That sound you hear is me crying with longing. 

Comcast has achieved a 10Gbps technical milestone by delivering 1.25Gbps upload and download speeds over a live production network using Network Function Virtualization (NFV) combined with the latest Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) hardware. This is being done with DOCSIS 4. With this cutting-edge cable internet technology, you can expect to see up to 10Gbps speeds downstream and up to 6Gbps upstream capacity over a hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) network.

In its first real-world test, to a home in Jacksonville, Fla., technicians achieved its

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Owego Home Central store partners with Cornell Cooperative Extension | WIVT

OWEGO, NY – A local hardware and home improvement store is helping raise money this month for a new partner.

Home Central has teamed up with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County for their “Round Up for Extension” initiative.

Beginning last Thursday, Home Central customers have been able to round up to the nearest dollar amount during check out to donate to CCE.

Home Central’s General Manager Ryan Rennells says he’s optimistic that people will donate to the cause, and that the store will be doing it’s part as well.

“It’s a great cause. We think people will be more than happy to donate. They do a lot of good in the area. As our part of this, everything that we are able to raise, Home Central is going to match that donation,” says Rennells.

Despite having a COVID-positive customer in late September, the Owego Home Central location remains open,

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Dauphin County hideaway home on wooded lot boasts chef’s kitchen, 3 levels of decks: Cool Spaces

Situated on almost four acres of wooded land, this home sits tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Derry Woods development.

Every view is one of natural beauty thanks to large windows and three levels of decks and balconies. Natural plantings in the front and back attract wildlife.

Inside, wooden floors can be found throughout the home. A dining room flows into a chef’s kitchen with two ovens, two microwaves, two sinks, a large island and plenty of storage space.

Counter seating is available in the kitchen as well as in an adjoining great room with vaulted ceilings, skylights and fireplace.

The master suite has its own balcony, large windows overlooking the backyard and a walk-in closet and a master bath.

The finished lower level offers a huge amount of living space with a TV and game areas and large bonus space with a wet bar, bedroom with a

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