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  • 5-year-old mayor loses re-election in Minnesota

    DORSET, Minn. — Robert "Bobby" Tufts may have lost his bid for a third consecutive term as mayor of his tiny northern Minnesota tourist town, but the 5-year-old isn't taking it too hard. After helping raise money for local charities and declaring ice cream the top of the food pyramid, it was just time to move on, he said. "It was fun, but...

  • Pets, kids hardwired to take shelter when thunder signals that storms are coming

    In an early scene in the 1982 movie "Poltergeist," the father character (played by Craig T. Nelson) comforts his son, Robbie, during a storm by having the boy count aloud the seconds between lightning and thunder. If the interval between each flash-and-boom set gets longer, dad explains and then demonstrates, it means the storm is on its way...

  • A Colorado Springs native travels the nation with free ice cream and a message to love the planet

    Caleb Kruse has always loved to explore. It all started in the woods behind his home in the Black Forest, and has continued into his adult life in many forms - from hiking in the mountains to traveling the world. Now, as a 22-year-old college graduate, he's trying to share that message, and he's doing it in an ice cream truck. Kruse, his...

  • Colorado's birthday celebrated by stepping back in history

    To celebrate the 138th birthday of their state, Coloradans could take a step back in time. The History Colorado Center opened its doors Friday with free admission, like many other museums around the state, and provided a day full of performances, food and hands-on activities. Families could learn how to weave a blanket, mine for gold, lasso...

  • Side Streets: Urban fair unlike anything Colorado Springs has ever seen

    Over the years, I've been to many county fairs and a few state fairs. One year we came home from Pueblo with a white bunny we called Glacier. And then a black one we called Midnight. (Sadly, the neighborhood bobcat called them both "dinner" after it ripped open their hutch.) But I've never been to an urban fair. So I'm excited to check...

  • Jewish children enjoying summer camp, but concerned over conflict

    The kids at the JCC Ranch Camp were faced with a day of unrelenting rain Wednesday. Boring, huh? Not if you love playing in the mud. Lots and lots of mud. On feet. On faces. On shorts and T-shirts. And, of course, getting some on the camp counselors. "It's disgusting," said Jake Schulman, 12, laughing and clearly enthralled he and his...

  • Three generations of southern Colorado family continue tradition of climbing fourteeners

    Fremont County Commissioner Tim Payne and his wife, Julie, have instilled a strong sense of family tradition into the lives of their sons, Tanner, 35, and Travis, 32, but they also have inspired a love and appreciation for Colorado's majestic mountains. Friday, Travis, alongside his dad, took his 10-year-old daughter, Alyson, to climb her...

  • Then and Now: Photographs re-create days gone by for friends and families

    We laughed. We cried. We clicked back and forth between your original and re-created photos in our Then and Now contest. We received dozens of entries last month, including shots of puppies morphing into elderly dogs, a truck and even a 1950s aerial photo of Glockner-Penrose Hospital that's now Penrose Hospital. And the winner is local...

  • Eat Well: App feeds kids' interest in healthy eating

    Not that you should need an excuse to eat well, but August is Kids Eat Right Month and I've got just the ticket to help you jump on the bandwagon. It's an app for iPads and iPhones by Bean Sprouts titled "Cooking Fun For Kids: Healthy Playful Recipes, Food Games, and Videos for Kids in the Kitchen." The app comes courtesy of the same women...

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