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You’ve made your list, you’ve checked it twice, and now you’re faced with finding everything from token gifts for the office to something a bit more meaningful for that special person in your life.

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The modern automobile — recognized by many as being invented by Karl Benz, one of the founders of Mercedes-Benz, was first conceived in 1886. Known as the Benz-Patent Motorwagen, the world’s first modern car featured a three-wheeled design, throttle lever for a gas pedal and had a top speed …

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There are few better windows into the natural history and wild places of the The Columbia River Gorge than those found seeking out our resident and visiting birds.

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Kids’ interests, wants and needs change so much as they grow — creating an extra challenge for friends and family looking for an age-appropriate holiday gift.

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Nov. 28 — Turkey Trot Fun Run at the Twin Tunnels Trail (start/finish at the Hood River side visitor’s center). Registration begins 8:45 a.m.; run starts at 10 a.m. Fundraiser for Mosier Community School. 3K, 5K and 12K routes. Register online at www.mosier.k12.or.us.

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Nearly 60 million people run in the U.S. as a form of exercise. With very little equipment required, little skill and some perseverance running can be done nearly anywhere by nearly anybody. It’s the perfect way to begin a healthy life and to maintain one.

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Christmas has always been a bitter-sweet season for Dianna Niday, owner of Another Chance Resale & More downtown The Dalles.

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As a seasoned minimalist and an aspiring zero-waster, I know that holiday gift giving can be daunting. What do you give someone who doesn’t like a lot of stuff? And what do you give when you’re the one trying to reduce your footprint?

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Physical and emotional wellbeing are easy things to overlook in the hectic scramble of the holiday season, so what better reminder than a gift, big or small, designed to nurture the body and mind.

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Gifts don’t have to be physical objects — experiences are fun to give and receive for any occasion. Here’s a sampling of some of the many opportunities that abound in Hood River, Cascade Locks and The Dalles that are perfect for any age.

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With topics Gorge-specific and beyond, Gift Guide presents a selection of books, mostly by local authors, available at Klindt’s Bookstore in The Dalles, Waucoma Books in Hood River, and other bookstores.

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You, and your dog, can support local businesses in an enjoyable way, thanks to Hood River creative Nohelani Roche.

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