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Buying or using gift cards? Read the fine print!

For many consumers, gift cards offer a simple, convenient solution for holiday gift giving. But shoppers need to stay on their toes when purchasing and using gift cards, says J. Michael Collins, University of Wisconsin-Extension family and consumer economics specialist and director of the UW-Madison Center for Financial Security. There are two main types of […]


Creativity is key for holiday gifts on a budget

For many people, spending on gifts to celebrate the holiday is an important family tradition–whether the holiday is Hannukah, Kwanzaa or Christmas. Gift-giving offers families the opportunity to be creative and give meaningful gifts as they try to do more with less. Below are some ideas to consider as you do your holiday shopping. Plan […]


Protection from Illness over the Holidays and Winter

Protect yourself and your loved ones against illness over the holidays and coming winter season. Hand washing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps (think Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) that you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness caused by pathogens so that you and your […]

Feed My People

Feed My People Food Bank and Action City Visit

If you are a seventh grader or older. Please come join the SYC members and friends to a day of community service and then a bit of Holiday fun. We will be spending the morning at Feed My People Food Bank and then spending the afternoon at Action City in Eau Claire, WI.


Family Stories are a Special Holiday Gift

November 24, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Local Contact: Mary Wood, 715-672-5214 UW-Extension Family Living Agent, Buffalo and Pepin Counties   Family Stories are a Special Holiday Gift Research shows that sharing family stories may be as beneficial to children as reading to them; in fact, storytelling may even provide additional bonuses. “When parents tell detailed […]


Pepin County Farm Management Club Annual Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 20, 2014 Contact: Mike Travis, Agriculture Agent 715-672-5214    Pepin County Farm Management Club Annual Meeting scheduled for December 9 The Pepin County Farm Management Club is pleased to invite local farmers and agribusinesses to the club’s 68th Annual Meeting at Club 10 east of Durand at 11:30 a.m. on December […]

Holiday Traditions

Holiday traditions may change to meet family needs

Families develop many holiday activities, events and rituals over the years. Some activities become family traditions and others fall by the wayside. As children get older, the schedules and demands of school, jobs and sports may affect their feelings about time-honored family traditions. One way for parents of teens and preteens to ensure that holiday […]