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Written by Jan Meyer
Friday, 24 February 2012 14:37
Jan Meyer’s Biker’s Diary offers readers reflections of life from a decade on the seat of a bike
LANESBORO, Minn. – Originally written as a diary and published as a weekly newspaper column, Jan Meyer’s new nonfiction book Biker’s Diary: The Best of Ten Years--One Woman’s Adventures in Life, Both On and Off Her Bicycle (published by AuthorHouse) covers 10 years of the author’s life and bicycling.
Biker’s Diary: The Best of Ten Years crosses the globe both physically – visiting landscapes as diverse as Lincoln, Nebraska and Bluff County, Minnesota to Norway, Thailand and Southeast Asia – and emotionally:
12 August 2002: Shock can’t be anticipated. The oncologist/hematologist came in and found a place to sit down, even though that wasn’t easy since my spouse, I, and my elevated leg were occupying all the chairs. That should have been the first clue.
He then proceeded to say that what he had to talk with us about was bad. And he went right into the nitty gritty: “You have acute myelogenous leukemia.”
Despite the sometimes-serious content, Meyer insists the book is a light and fun read, “…incorporating humor and everyday experiences into a book about one person’s philosophy of life.”
About the Author
Jan Meyer started riding a bike at an early age and, like many, dropped the bike as a form of either transportation or fun as soon as she could drive. Many years later, the bike trails of southeast Minnesota and then Lincoln, Nebraska, called to her, and her bike again became both a way to go to and from places and, with enough bungee cords, a way to tote and haul anything. Good exercise was an added bonus. And then she discovered it was also a good perch for philosophizing about life.
Meyer holds a Ph. D. from the University of Minnesota, worked for United Airlines for many years, and was faculty at the University of St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota. She spent many years as a management development consultant for companies in the U.S. and Canada, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia. She specialized in crisis management: preparation, prevention, and response for companies vulnerable to highly visible crises such as airlines and oil companies, among others. In retirement, she does more of the same along with volunteer work and continuing a longtime love of writing.
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Written by Jake Glimco
Friday, 24 February 2012 09:51
Public invited to experience free fitness classes and enter for a chance to win thousands in prizesHHhh
Moline, IL / February 20, 2012 – Moline’s most comprehensive new fitness facility, Fitness Xpress is hosting a Celebration of Motivation, offering participants a chance to win THOUSANDS in prizes, including a trip for two to Hawaii and a new Lifecycle® stationery bicycle. The event begins with a Chamber Ribbon-Cutting and tour Thursday, February 23rd and continues through Saturday February 25th with opportunities for the public to try free fitness classes. To schedule a free classes during the grand opening, go to www.fx247.com.
Fitness Xpress’s model for success is firmly grounded in the knowledge that the key to achieving any goal is motivation. When that goal requires significant behavior changes, the importance of motivation is multiplied. Fitness Xpress offers a full array of group fitness classes that provide members with a wide variety of fitness options that are fun as well as motivating and never get stale. Fitness Xpress’ Group Fitness Classes include:
- Zumba: a Latin dance-inspired fitness program that incorporates hip-hop, Soca, Samba, Salsa, Meringue, Mambo, martial arts and some Bollywood and belly dance moves plus squats and lunges.
- Body Pump™ and Body Combat™ -- Les Mills® -licensed classes which refresh their music and choreography every three months. New Zealand-based Les Mills is named for the former Olympic shot put medalist and later Mayor of Auckland, New Zealand, who has become the standard-bearer for group fitness classes. Group fitness classes invite members to put aside whatever else is happening, and lose themselves for an hour in a pure, invigorating challenge that will improve their body, mind and motivation. Research by AC Nielsen indicates that Les Mills class members attend three times more often than standard freestyle classes.
- Super Cycling classes in dedicated cycling studio. Super Cycling focuses on endurance, strength, intervals, high intensity and recovery using a special stationary exercise bicycles with a weighted flywheel in a classroom setting.
- Kickboxing, Kettlebell Blast, Fitness Frenzy, Lower Body Meltdown, Body Blast, Fat-Burning Aerobics and Yoga.
Fitness Xpress’ Director of Operations David Bedwell says, “Many of our members discovered Fitness Xpress’ after plateauing at other clubs. We specialize in partnering with our members to help them find the motivation they need to achieve their goals…not just in fitness, but in life.” Fitness Xpress is the Quad-Cities’ home to Thin and Healthy’s Total Solution® which has been called “the BEST kept secret in weight loss" by the Executive Producer for Oxygen Channel’s Fitness Insider program. Thin and Healthy Total Solution® GUARANTEES 2-7 pounds of weight loss per week and incorporates a comprehensive approach to positive life change. Thin and Healthy has helped local members achieve not only impressive weight loss, but positive professional accomplishments.
Fitness Xpress, a locally owned and operated company and has membership levels that offer 24-hour access, a bring-a-friend free program, free classes and free-tanning. Memberships start at $9.95 per month with no long-term commitment required. To learn more about Fitness Xpress go to www.fx247.com. To learn more about Thin and Healthy’s Total Solution go to www.thinandhealthytotalsolutions.com.
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Written by TheLink Delivery Service
Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:35
The Iowa Games, Iowa's largest amateur sports festival, provides more than 20,000 athletes with a variety of Olympic-style sports during the Summer and Winter Games. The Games are part of the National Congress of State Games and are open to Iowa residents of all ages and abilities. The Iowa Games is hosted by the Iowa Sports Foundation, a nonprofit organization which has a participation base of over 190,000 Iowans. For a complete listing of all the Iowa Games events and results please visit www.iowagames.org.
Maya Baker, Gold, Basic 3 Compulsory Moves, Figure Skating;
Maya Baker, Gold, Basic 3 Freeskate, Figure Skating;
Lauren Barlow, Bronze, Preliminary Compulsory Moves, Figure Skating;
Brianna Hakenewerth, Silver, Forms / Children/Junior Novice 11-17, Martial Arts;
Brianna Hakenewerth, Silver, Sparring / Children/Junior Novice 11-17, Martial Arts;
Todd Hubbard, Bronze, Forms / Men/Women Novice 35-49, Martial Arts;
Todd Hubbard, Gold, Forms / Team Intermediate Bracket 2, Martial Arts;
Todd Hubbard, Gold, Sparring / Men/Women Novice 35-49, Martial Arts;
Alex Kurth, Silver, Open Class Giant Slalom / Male 18-25, Alpine Ski Racing;
Alex Kurth, Gold, Open Class Slalom / Male 18-25, Alpine Ski Racing;
Levi Langel, Gold, 1-2 Grade / Bantam 3, Wrestling - Dubuque;
Mike Mendelin, Gold, Men's Classical 8K / 35-39, Cross Country Skiing;
Mike Mendelin, Silver, Men's Freestyle 11.2K / 35-39, Cross Country Skiing;
Elissa Moylan, Gold, Pre-Preliminary Artistic, Figure Skating;
Elissa Moylan, Gold, Pre-Preliminary Freeskate Group B, Figure Skating;
Elissa Moylan, Gold, Preliminary Compulsory Moves, Figure Skating;
Norm Riek, Bronze, Doubles / Championship Level, Table Tennis;
Norm Riek, Silver, Singles / 40 & Over, Table Tennis;
Richard Stubblefield, Gold, Doubles / Beginner Level, Table Tennis;
Erik Belby, Bronze, Men's Classical 8K / 35-39, Cross Country Skiing;
Erik Belby, Bronze, Men's Freestyle 11.2K / 35-39, Cross Country Skiing;
Lyette Boucher, Silver, Forms / 2nd Degree & Above 14-34, Martial Arts;
Lyette Boucher, Bronze, Sparring / Black Belt/2nd Degree & Above 14-34, Martial Arts;
Jeff Bradley, Gold, Men's Freestyle 11.2K / 50-59, Cross Country Skiing;
Doug Christensen, Gold, Forms / Men/Women Intermediate 35-49, Martial Arts;
Doug Christensen, Gold, Sparring / Men/Women Intermediate 35-39, Martial Arts;
Dorie Dettmann, Silver, Adult Freeskate, Figure Skating;
Jacob Felderman, Gold, 5-6 Grade / Junior 1, Wrestling - Dubuque;
Alexandra Foley, Silver, Basic 6 Compulsory Moves, Figure Skating;
Alexandra Foley, Bronze, Basic 6 Freeskate, Figure Skating;
Alex Gosa, Gold, Sparring / Children Novice 4-10, Martial Arts;
Yeo Jin Kim, Silver, Forms / Men/Women Novice 35-49, Martial Arts;
Yeo Jin Kim, Silver, Sparring / Men/Women Novice 35-49, Martial Arts;
Arnold Kompaniyets, Gold, Doubles / Beginner Level, Table Tennis;
Arnold Kompaniyets, Bronze, Singles / Championship Level, Table Tennis;
Ben Lloyd, Gold, Men's Classical 8K / 25-29, Cross Country Skiing;
Joanna Lochner, Silver, Female / 35-39, Road Race;
Grace Lomelino, Silver, Pre-Preliminary Freeskate Group A, Figure Skating;
Grace Lomelino, Silver, Preliminary Compulsory Moves, Figure Skating;
Lisa Michaels, Bronze, Forms / Men/Women Novice 18-34 Bracket 2, Martial Arts;
Michael Middlemiss, Gold, Open Class Giant Slalom / Male 65 & Over, Alpine Ski Racing;
Michael Middlemiss, Gold, Open Class Slalom / Male 65 & Over, Alpine Ski Racing;
Theresa Monfre, Bronze, Forms / Men/Women Novice 18-34 Bracket 1, Martial Arts;
Theresa Monfre, Gold, Forms / Team Intermediate Bracket 2, Martial Arts;
Theresa Monfre, Silver, Sparring / Men/Women Novice 18-34 Bracket 1, Martial Arts;
Rich Nelson, Gold, Men's Classical 8K / 50-59, Cross Country Skiing;
Gary Robbins, Silver, Open Class Giant Slalom / Male 56-64, Alpine Ski Racing;
Terry Sanders, Silver, Forms / Men/Women Intermediate 35-49, Martial Arts;
Terry Sanders, Silver, Sparring / Men/Women Intermediate 35-39, Martial Arts;
Logan Schimanski, Gold, 3-4 Grade / Cadet 8, Wrestling - Dubuque;
Tae-Yang Shin, Bronze, Forms / Children Novice/Intermediate 4-7, Martial Arts;
Tae-Yang Shin, Bronze, Sparring / Novice/Intermediate 4-7, Martial Arts;
Kenny Snook, Silver, Forms / Men/Women Novice 18-34 Bracket 1, Martial Arts;
Kenny Snook, Bronze, Sparring / Men/Women Novice 18-34 Bracket 1, Martial Arts;
Giovanni Torres, Gold, Forms / Men/Women Intermediate 18-34, Martial Arts;
Giovanni Torres, Gold, Sparring / Men/Women Intermediate 18-34, Martial Arts;
Jackson Tracy, Silver, Open Class Giant Slalom / Para Skiers, Alpine Ski Racing;
Jackson Tracy, Gold, Open Class Slalom / Para Skiers, Alpine Ski Racing;
Conner Wedig, Gold, 1-2 Grade / Bantam 7, Wrestling - Dubuque;
Randy Wiest, Bronze, Doubles / Championship Level, Table Tennis;
Kirby Winn, Silver, Men's Classical 8K / 35-39, Cross Country Skiing;
Deb Wood, Gold, Women's Freestyle 11.2K / 30-34, Cross Country Skiing;
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Written by Stephanie Samford
Thursday, 09 February 2012 14:37
St. Louis, Missouri Hosts Several Acres of Guns, Gear & Outfitters
Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association (NRA) is pleased to announce this year's Annual Meetings and Exhibits to be held at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri from April 12-15, 2012.
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Members of the news media are welcome to cover this year’s event. For press credentials, please call NRA Public Affairs at (703) 267-3820. Credentials will be available for pick-up in the press office starting Thursday, April 12. Television crews and still photographers should bring necessary equipment and lenses (sports lenses) to cover events from platforms at a distance from the stage. (Please note: Due to limited resources, requests from U.S. media outlets will be given priority over foreign media requests. All foreign media requests will be handled as time and resources allow.)
Over 60,000 attendees are expected at this year’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits, making this one of the largest in NRA’s 141-year history. Leading firearm manufacturers will display the firearm industry’s latest and greatest products. Guides and outfitters, various hunting and shooting accessories, and an extensive private collection displayed by NRA-affiliated gun collector clubs will fill acres of convention space.
The ever-popular NRA’s Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum will take place on Friday, April 13, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. A list of confirmed speakers will be forthcoming closer to the event.
NRACountry, a proud partnership between NRA and country music's brightest stars is pleased to present, in collaboration with Bushnell, NRACountry Jam II at the Ferrara Theatre on Friday, April 13. This year's featured artist will be country music superstar and lifetime NRA member Trace Adkins. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.
NRA’s 4th Annual Celebration of American Values Freedom Event will take place Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. Glenn Beck, political commentator and host of the Glenn Beck Program, will be the featured speaker for the evening. Guests will also be treated to a rousing performance by award-winning comedian and member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Larry the Cable Guy.
NRA’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits provide a safe and fun atmosphere the whole family can enjoy. The ever-popular air gun range is a top attention-grabber -- both for participants and observers. NRA offers diverse seminars throughout the three-day convention, including methods of concealed carry; hunting; Firearms Law; the Grassroots Workshop; and Refuse to Be a Victim®.
For more information, including event tickets, please visit www.nraam.org.
Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America's oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. Four million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services.