The LowDown Brass Band drops new single at Canopy Club on Friday


Lowdown Brass Band promo photo
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The Lowdown Brass Band will perform live at the Canopy on Friday. Their big brass sound over a soulful, funky beat is sure to entertain all ages.

URBANA - On Friday, LowDown Brass Band will co-headlining the stage at the Canopy Club with another windy city act, Mungion. LowDown, a seven-piece Chicago-based brass ensemble, has a Tower of Power sound layered over distinct, familiar underlying rhythms of soul, blues, funk, and reggae.

The Canopy show will be the debut of their newest single Call Me, a song about the world we live in, "... where secret agendas, governments, and corporate greed seek to separate and divide." Call Me has that late 70s horn swagger gliding over the familiar Chicago house beat of the 80s.

Inside their 2008 self-titled debut, the band described themselves as"... the New Orleans hump with a Chi-town bump." There is no better way to describe their finger popp'n, booty-waggin' party sound in this release of Be The One Tonight.



A seasoned touring band, LowDown has opened for Galactic and Bon Jovi, did a stint on NPR's Tiny Desk, and is a steady act on the Jazz festival circuit. The group has built impressive gig credentials performing at The Montreal Jazz Festival and Lagunitas Beer Circus.

A staple in and around Chicago, they have filled the airwaves at the Chicago Jazz Fest, Chicago's Do-Division Fest, and Wicker Park Fest.

This summer, the seven muscians have a packed calendar with performances at the Victoria Jazz Fest, the Edmonton Jazz Fest in July, and Saskatoon Jazz Fest.

While the band plays mostly original songs, LowDown does a darn good job of putting their spin on classics like Foxy Lady by Jimmy Hendrix in this Wayne's World parody.



The show kicks off with Champaign's very own Afro D & Global Soundwaves is a socially-conscious hip hop/jazz/funk band that will open for the two acts. The doors open at 7am. Ticket prices are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available online here.

It's no secret, our readers chime in on where to go for a romantic Valentine's Day rendezvous

Urbana's Silvercreek Restaurant is one of many ideal spots for a romantic Valentine's Day meal. Photo: The Sentinel

URBANA - Last week, The Sentinel asked around, looking for advice on where are the best restaurants in the area for a romantic Valentine's Day date. Here are 16 responses to the question, "Where's the most romantic place to eat in Champaign-Urbana or Champaign County?"

The Wheelhouse in St. Joseph and Biaggi's in south Champaign garnered a couple of votes each. However, the most romantic spot for an intimate meal seems to be at home.


In the Champaign-Urbana area, Biaggi's or the Urbana Country Club. Umi Grill in Terre Haute has the best sushi in the area.
~ Brady S.

LaBamba's
~ Erin J.

Wheelhouse
~ Kelly C.

Texas Roadhouse
~ Kevin T.

Possum Trot, Sun Singer, and Hamilton Walker
~ Roger K.

I'll go with what he said
~ Brian B.
(pointing at Roger K. above)

Destihl in Bloomington
~ Kendra P.

Biaggi's
~ Nikki H.

Kathy's Kitchen! But if you want something more intimate, Silvercreek
~ Kathy M.

Wheelhouse. We go there at least once a week
~ Ashley B.

Home
~ Phil M.

I know I would be cooking a nice meal for my lady or go wherever she wants to go
~ Eric M.

Don't ask me. I'm divorced.
~ Julie A.

Our living room
~ Jason W.

Longhorn Steak House
~ Stephanie H.

Seven Saints or B'Dubs. I'm the least romantic person you'll ever meet
~ Megan W.

In case you are wondering, yes, we Googled our question. The top five locations in Champaign-Urbana on Trip Advisor at the time of this article were 1. Silvercreek, 2. Timpone's, 3. Nando Milano, 4. Hamilton Walker's, and 5. Biaggi's.

Where did you get lovey-dovey this Valentine's Day? Tell us in the comment section below.

Guest Commentary | School bullying must stop, everyone must work together

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator


Four New Jersey teenagers have been charged in connection with the attack of a 14-year-old girl who later took her own life after video of the incident was posted on social media.

One juvenile is charged with aggravated assault, two juveniles are charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and one juvenile is charged with harassment, Ocean County prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer told CBS News in an email.

Adriana Kuch, 14, was found dead in her Bayville home on February 3, two days after the disturbing video of the attack at Central Regional High School was posted online. The video showed girls throwing a drink at the teen, then kicking and dragging her down school hallways. They pushed Adriana into red lockers lining the school hallways and one of the girls in a pink shirt punched Kuch repeatedly.

When I was an elementary child riding the school bus, we had a few fights on the bus. One young man who didn’t live that far from me was constantly getting into fights on the school bus. One day he had a kid down repeatedly punching him in the face. The bus driver stopped the bus and escorted both boys off the bus while still a couple of miles from their homes. We then drove off and left them on the road.

I don’t recall seeing the fight continue as they now had to walk or hitchhike a ride to get home. Since the one boy was being beaten so bad, I don’t think the driver made the best decision since the other kid could have finished him off on the rural road we were traveling. However, it did appear the fight had stopped as we drove off. Most likely not having a bus audience, bleeding and having to walk home changed the scenario.

In the sixties and seventies there were bad things that happened in schools that often got swept under the rug. With no social media kids usually ended up working it out or staying away from people we didn’t like. Often many of us never took our school problems home because our parents had enough problems without having to worry about our school fusses. Or, we were afraid we might get in trouble at home.

School children face challenges. There are ongoing pressures from bullies who must be corralled and disciplined, dismissed from school or in some cases put in a place where they can get rehabilitation and help for their psychotic issues.

Locking a 14-year-old up in jail for years solves nothing. However, kids that bring about injury or death to another student need mental help and rehabilitation before being freed to invoke pain on someone again. Most likely if your family has lost a family member to a bully you want the offender locked up for life.

Even though my school era was not a perfect world schoolteachers and principals had authority to paddle our butts. They had authority to discipline us, suspend us from school and could put bite with their bark. We knew the teachers ruled and we respected them. I can remember see paddling’s that I never wanted to get and received a couple myself.

No school has the ability to patrol every corner of a school facility. Bullying, fights and bad things typically occur in unsupervised spaces. Schools can’t hire enough security guards or have enough monitors to patrol ever corner.

Every day in every state in America a private school is starting or the ground work is being formulated.

Ten years from now almost every city and even small community in America will have a private or faith-based school. Some of these will only be elementary schools but many have or will develop junior and senior highs. Such schools are not free of their own issues but parents across America are desperate for safe places for their kids.

Parents want a place where there is zero tolerance of bullies and an administration who means business about protecting the children. They want an environment where their children can be mentored, taught and prepared better for life, college or to move into adult jobs.

Parents don’t want a school who they feel is working against them or hiding things from them.

Life is like this. The world is like a jungle most days. There are bullies in the workplaces, neighborhoods and mean people can be found all over. This is why we have the right to call 911. We can file charges against people with the police. We should have the right to carry a firearm and defend ourselves. We have to work to help each other and protect each other.

Teachers, administrators, parents and students must work together for safety and security. Children and teachers must feel safe with an environment free from bullying, hazing or intimidation. Kids should not have to wake up every day fearful of going to school. Neither should the school staff and parents.

The issue of bullying and school safety requires school boards, all staff, parents and students to work together. It’s not a task for a few to accomplish but a job for us all.


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You've heard it before, as you age, exercise and eat healthy

by Tim Ditman
OSF Healthcare

RANTOUL - The National Institute on Aging says people age 65 and older are at a higher risk for heart attack, stroke, coronary artery disease and heart failure. February – American Heart Month - is the perfect time for people 65+ and their caregivers to arm themselves with the information and supplies needed to keep their heart healthy.

Karen Whitehorn, MD, is an internal medicine physician at OSF HealthCare. Of the many risk factors for heart issues in older people, she points to blood pressure as a big one to watch. Dr. Whitehorn says a healthy blood pressure reading is 130/80 and below.

"If you're on medication, take your medicine every day," to keep your blood pressure normal, Dr. Whitehorn says. "Exercise and eat healthy. You want a diet that's low in sodium and processed food. You want fruits, vegetables, fresh whole grains and lean proteins like turkey, chicken and lean pork."

An annual physical exam is critical, too.

On exercise, Dr. Whitehorn admits mobility may be an issue for older people. She recommends checking with a health care provider like a physical therapist to see what exercises are right for you. Some workouts can be done sitting down. Low-impact cardio like walking is an option.

"But if any exercises hurt, don't do them," Dr. Whitehorn warns. "If you walk too far and you're having pain, stop walking. You might not want to walk every single day."

Dr. Whitehorn says if you have high blood pressure, check it at least once a day at home. Ask your health care provider what type of home blood pressure kit is best. If you don't have high blood pressure, check it every six months. Your provider should also check your blood pressure when you have an appointment. But Dr. Whitehorn says don't worry if that reading is a little high.

"People get nervous just seeing the doctor. They're already a little upset because they have to come to the doctor," Dr. Whitehorn says of the phenomenon known as white coat syndrome. "So when you take their blood pressure, it goes up. Normally, the nurse takes the blood pressure first. Then, after the person has been resting for a while, the doctor takes it again. It usually comes down."

Other symptoms of heart issues include shortness of breath, chest pain and dizziness. Someone experiencing a heart attack might suffer nausea and neck, arm or shoulder pain. If you experience these symptoms, call 9-1-1 right away.

Your doctor may order a stress test to get a better idea if your symptoms are indeed due to a heart problem. Dr. Whitehorn says one type of stress test puts you on a treadmill while your heart rhythm is monitored.

"If the rhythm is abnormal, it might indicate there's a problem with your heart," Dr. Whitehorn says.

For people who can't tolerate walking or jogging on a treadmill, there is medicine to safely increase their heart rate while a health care provider monitors.

If the results of the stress test warrant further examination, a doctor will perform a cardiac catheterization. They will insert a catheter, usually through the groin, and send it up to your heart to take images using contrast dye. This will show if any of your arteries are narrow and what steps the provider will take next, short term and long term.

Learn more about heart care on the OSF HealthCare website.

Excessive social media use shown to lead to risky behavior in children

by Tim Ditman
OSF Healthcare

Alton - The pros and cons of social media are well documented. It allows you to connect with friends and pursue passions, but bullying and misinformation can be rampant.

But can frequent social media use lead to changes in brain development during the formative adolescent years? A recent study suggests so, but much more investigation is needed, says Karna Sherwood, MD, a neurologist at OSF HealthCare in Alton, Illinois.

The study tracked 169 sixth and seventh graders and found those who habitually checked social media were more sensitive to rewards and punishments. To view it a different way, kids who constantly refresh Facebook hoping the likes on their post will go up may be more impulsive to seek out real-life recognition.

"At a certain point, 10 likes or 20 likes are no longer gratifying enough," Dr. Sherwood says. "And then you have to find another way to get even more likes or more appreciation."

That "another way" could lead to risky behaviors such as substance abuse. But Dr. Sherwood says more study is needed to conclusively make the link. Just how much does our life in the digital realm affect our life away from the device?

"A follow up study would certainly investigate if [frequent social media use] has an effect on rates of anxiety and depression," says Dr. Sherwood. "Could this affect addiction? And what interventions could be taken to nullify those behaviors?

"As a society, if we want to raise happy and healthy people in an age where we are getting better technologically, what steps do we need to take?"

Until then, Dr. Sherwood has some good advice no matter your age or number of Twitter followers.

"Until you get the rest of the information, it’s better to have some degree of regulation," and restraint with social media, Dr. Sherwood says.

Learn more about how the brain works on the OSF HealthCare website.

Seven benefits from cooking in cast iron pots and pans

cast iron cooking
Photo: Food Photographer|Jennifer Pallian/Unsplash
Cooking with cast iron pans can help you create delicious and healthy meals with ease. Iron pans are great conductors of heat. They heat quickly and maintain a consistent temperature throughout the entire cooking process.

SNS - Cooking with cast iron pans is a timeless tradition that has stood the test of time for good reason. These durable, versatile pans offer a unique set of benefits that make them a top choice for home cooks and professional chefs alike. But what makes cast iron pans so special that you should start using them?

We did thorough research, and this article will explore the many advantages of cooking with cast iron and show you why you should make this timeless kitchen tool a part of your cooking arsenal.

The biggest advantages of cooking with cast iron pans
From their exceptional durability to their ability to retain and distribute heat evenly, cast iron pans are a kitchen essential that you won't want to be without. Whether you're searing a steak or baking a pie, cast iron pans can help you create delicious and healthy meals with ease.


Cooking cast iron breakfast
Photo: Andrew Spencer/Unsplash

But what makes cooking with cast iron pans so special? We did a thorough investigation, and here are the top seven benefits that will make you instantly want to replace all of your cookware with their cast iron substitutes.

#1 Durability
One of the biggest benefits of cast iron pans is their exceptional durability. Cast iron is a very strong, heavy metal that can withstand high temperatures and constant use without showing signs of wear and tear. Unlike other types of cookware, cast iron pans can last for decades (or even longer!). Of course, with proper care and maintenance. This makes them a great investment for any kitchen, as they'll be a reliable, long-lasting tool for all your cooking needs.

#2 Affordability
Cast iron pans are also an affordable option for cookware, especially when compared to other high-end options such as stainless steel or copper. Plus, as we already mentioned, you won't have to replace them often as they're extremely durable. Additionally, many cast iron pans are available at a reasonable price, making them accessible to most budgets.

While some specialty cast iron pans can be expensive, basic pans are often quite affordable and are great for everyday use. Furthermore, cast iron pans are also often passed down through generations, which means that they can be an affordable option for those who inherit them.

#3 Better heat retention and distribution
Cast iron is a great conductor of heat, which means it can heat up quickly and maintain a consistent temperature throughout the cooking process. This is especially useful for tasks such as searing, frying, and baking, where precise temperature control is essential.

The pan will also retain heat long after you take it off the heat source, allowing you to keep the food hot for longer. This is particularly useful when you need to finish a dish in the oven. You can transfer the pan directly from the stovetop to the oven without the need to transfer the food to another dish.

#4 Easy to clean
Contrary to popular belief, cast iron pans are actually very easy to clean. Unlike other types of cookware, cast iron doesn't require special detergents or cleaning agents. You can easily and quickly clean it with hot water and a stiff brush, even after you've just cooked your favorite red wine braised beef short rib ragu. After cleaning, it's important to dry the pan thoroughly and then oil it to prevent rust.

With proper care and maintenance, a cast iron pan can last for decades, and it will only get better with use. Therefore, make sure to find a great place for them in your kitchen, as this will also help you keep the space tidy. After all, every productive kitchen is neat and organized, so make sure to research hacks for a tidy kitchen, as they'll help you make the most of your space.

#5 Non-stick cooking surface
When seasoned properly, cast iron pans have a naturally non-stick cooking surface that's perfect for cooking delicate foods like fish and eggs. Over time, the oils used to season the pan will polymerize and fill in any small imperfections on the surface, creating a smooth, non-stick surface that's perfect for cooking without oils or butter. Additionally, the natural non-stick surface of cast iron pans is much more durable than other types of non-stick cookware, and it won't wear off over time.

#6 Flavor-enhancing properties
One of the unique benefits of cast iron is its ability to enhance the flavor of food. Cast iron pans can add a subtle, smoky flavor to foods that are impossible to achieve with other types of cookware. This is because cast iron can reach very high temperatures quickly. This allows it to create a Maillard reaction, a chemical process that creates new flavors and aromas in food.

This is particularly useful for meats and other proteins, as it helps to create a delicious crust on the outside while keeping the inside juicy and tender. It also allows you to cook at high temperatures, which is excellent for searing and caramelizing. Your grilled jalapeno cheddar meatballs will taste more delicious than ever.

#7 Versatility
One of the best things about cast iron pans is their versatility. They can be used on the stovetop, in the oven, on the grill, and even over an open flame. This makes them perfect for a wide range of cooking tasks, from searing steaks to baking bread. They can also go from stove to oven, allowing you to sear and then finish cooking in the oven, a great way to cook a steak, for example. This versatility also makes them perfect for cooking a variety of dishes, from savory to sweet. Cast iron pans can be used for making pancakes, cornbread, frittatas, and even desserts like cakes and pies.

Another great aspect of cast iron is that it can be used for both indoor and outdoor cooking. You can take it camping, tailgating, or even use it for a backyard BBQ. The cast iron pan is also great for cooking over an open fire, which can give you that extra smoky flavor.

In conclusion
As you can see, cooking with cast iron pans comes with plenty of benefits, and they are truly timeless kitchen essentials. From preparing your favorite creamy mushroom pasta to baking bread, there isn't a thing you can't prepare in cast iron cookware. And the best part is – that they can last for decades to come, and you can even pass them on as a family heirloom. Whether you're a home cook or a professional chef, investing in a cast iron pan is a decision you won't regret.



Cooking bacon in cast iron

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Time is running out for free Covid vaccines, tests, and many treatment for Americans

Covid rapid tests will no longer be free
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Government pandemic policies that gave free Covid vaccines and tests to the general public will disappear in two months. The medical and insurance industries are gearing up to capitalize on what looks like a voluptuous revenue stream the virus that will likely never end starting on May 11.

by Julie Appleby
Kaiser Health News
We see a double-digit billion[-dollar] market opportunity
The White House announced this month that the national public health emergency, first declared in early 2020 in response to the pandemic, is set to expire May 11. When it ends, so will many of the policies designed to combat the virus's spread.

Take vaccines. Until now, the federal government has been purchasing covid-19 shots. It recently bought 105 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent booster for about $30.48 a dose, and 66 million doses of Moderna's version for $26.36 a dose. (These are among the companies that developed the first covid vaccines sold in the United States.)

People will be able to get these vaccines at low or no cost as long as the government-purchased supplies last. But even before the end date for the public emergency was set, Congress opted not to provide more money to increase the government's dwindling stockpile. As a result, Pfizer and Moderna were already planning their moves into the commercial market. Both have indicated they will raise prices, somewhere in the range of $110 to $130 per dose, though insurers and government health programs could negotiate lower rates.

"We see a double-digit billion[-dollar] market opportunity," investors were told at a JPMorgan conference in San Francisco recently by Ryan Richardson, chief strategy officer for BioNTech. The company expects a gross price — the full price before any discounts — of $110 a dose, which, Richardson said, "is more than justified from a health economics perspective."

That could translate to tens of billions of dollars in revenue for the manufacturers, even if uptake of the vaccines is slow. And consumers would foot the bill, either directly or indirectly.

If half of adults — about the same percentage as those who opt for an annual flu shot — get covid boosters at the new, higher prices, a recent KFF report estimated, insurers, employers, and other payors would shell out $12.4 billion to $14.8 billion. That's up to nearly twice as much as what it would have cost for every adult in the U.S. to get a bivalent booster at the average price paid by the federal government.

As for covid treatments, an August blog post by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response noted that government-purchased supplies of the drug Paxlovid are expected to last through midyear before the private sector takes over. The government's bulk purchase price from manufacturer Pfizer was $530 for a course of treatment, and it isn't yet known what the companies will charge once government supplies run out.

How Much of That Pinch Will Consumers Feel?

One thing is certain: How much, if any, of the boosted costs are passed on to consumers will depend on their health coverage.

Medicare beneficiaries, those enrolled in Medicaid — the state-federal health insurance program for people with low incomes — and people with Affordable Care Act coverage will continue to get covid vaccines without cost sharing, even when the public health emergency ends and the government-purchased vaccines run out. Many people with job-based insurance will also likely not face copayments for vaccines, unless they go out of network for their vaccinations. People with limited-benefit or short-term insurance policies might have to pay for all or part of their vaccinations. And people who don't have insurance will need to either pay the full cost out-of-pocket or seek no- or low-cost vaccinations from community clinics or other providers. If they cannot find a free or low-cost option, some uninsured patients may be forced to skip vaccinations or testing.

Coming up with what could be $100 or more for vaccination will be especially hard "if you are uninsured or underinsured; that's where these price hikes could drive additional disparities," said Sean Robbins, executive vice president of external affairs for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Those increases, he said, will also affect people with insurance, as the costs "flow through to premiums."

Meanwhile, public policy experts say many private insurers will continue to cover Paxlovid, although patients may face a copayment, at least until they meet their deductible, just as they do for other medications. Medicaid will continue to cover it without cost to patients until at least 2024. But Medicare coverage will be limited until the treatment goes through the regular FDA process, which takes longer than the emergency use authorization it has been marketed under.

Another complication: The rolls of the uninsured are likely to climb over the next year, as states are poised to reinstate the process of regularly determining Medicaid eligibility, which was halted during the pandemic. Starting in April, states will begin reassessing whether Medicaid enrollees meet income and other qualifying factors.

An estimated 5 million to 14 million people nationwide might lose coverage.

"This is our No. 1 concern" right now, said John Baackes, CEO of L.A. Care, the nation's largest publicly operated health plan with 2.7 million members.

"They may not realize they've lost coverage until they go to fill a prescription" or seek other medical care, including vaccinations, he said.

What About Covid Test Kits?

Rules remain in place for insurers, including Medicare and Affordable Care Act plans, to cover the cost of up to eight in-home test kits a month for each person on the plan, until the public health emergency ends.

For consumers — including those without insurance — a government website is still offering up to four test kits per household, until they run out. The Biden administration shifted funding to purchase additional kits and made them available in late December.

Starting in May, though, beneficiaries in original Medicare and many people with private, job-based insurance will have to start paying out-of-pocket for the rapid antigen test kits. Some Medicare Advantage plans, which are an alternative to original Medicare, might opt to continue covering them without a copayment. Policies will vary, so check with your insurer. And Medicaid enrollees can continue to get the test kits without cost for a little over a year.

State rules also can vary, and continued coverage without cost sharing for covid tests, treatments, and vaccines after the health emergency ends might be available with some health plans.

Overall, the future of covid tests, vaccines, and treatments will reflect the complicated mix of coverage consumers already navigate for most other types of care.

"From a consumer perspective, vaccines will still be free, but for treatments and test kits, a lot of people will face cost sharing," said Jen Kates, a senior vice president at KFF. "We're taking what was universal access and now saying we're going back to how it is in the regular U.S. health system."


KHN correspondent Darius Tahir contributed to this report.

KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three major operating programs at KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation). KFF is an endowed nonprofit organization providing information on health issues to the nation.

Recipe | Pesto Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad

Family Features - From salads and snacks to breakfast, lunch and dinner, rounding out a full menu of healthy meals shouldn't be a chore. In fact, you can still enjoy your favorite flavors and tickle your taste buds with nutritious recipes that capitalize on powerful ingredients you actually want to eat. Starting the new year with fresh intentions, whether you're trying to reset for 2023 or simply add more greens to your meals, begins with delicious, nutritious and easy recipes.

This recipe is another fresh twist on pasta salad can make lunches or your evening side dish an enjoyable way to stay on track.

With more than 100 varieties of fresh, healthy and convenient ready-to-eat salads, Fresh Express provides plenty of inspiration, information and incentives to help you achieve your goals. For example, this Pesto Pasta Salad features red lentil rotini and Twisted Pesto Caesar Chopped Salad Kits loaded with a fresh blend of crisp iceberg and green leaf lettuces, crunchy garlic brioche croutons, Parmesan cheese and creamy pesto dressing. Add fresh grape tomatoes and toasted walnuts for a simple side or easy lunch that can be made ahead of time.

Pesto Pasta Salad

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 quart cooked red lentil rotini
  • 2 packages (9 1/2 ounces each) Fresh Express Twisted Pesto Caesar Chopped Salad Kits
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
  • Prepare red lentil rotini according to package directions; cool 15 minutes.

    In bowl, mix rotini and one dressing packet from salad kits. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; mix well. Refrigerate, covered, 30 minutes, or until rotini is cold.

    In large bowl, mix lettuce from both salad kits with remaining salad dressing package. Add rotini and tomatoes; toss to combine. Sprinkle with garlic brioche croutons and shredded Parmesan cheese from salad kits and walnuts.

    Substitution: Traditional rotini can be used for red lentil rotini.


    Take your better-for-you eating plan from bland and boring to delightfully delicious by visiting Culinary.net and FreshExpress.com for more inspirational meal ideas.

    Photo of the Day | February 12, 2023

    Ty Pence, Garrett Seims, and Coy Taylor try to block a shot

    Three on 3

    ST. JOSEPH - SJO's Ty Pence, Tanner Siems, and Coy Taylor (left to right) form a defensive wall on Unity junior Andrew Thomas during first-half action on Friday. Down by two with 2:28 left in the second quarter, St. Joseph-Ogden rallied with a 13-point unanswered run to go up 35-24 on the Rockets. The Spartans improved to 24-4 with a week to play in the regular season after taking down the Rockets 67-50. The two conference foes are looking at a possible rematch, this time on a neutral court with a regional title on the line, at the Bismarck-Henning Regional on February 24.

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