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Tom Rafferty, member services and communication manager for Verendrye Electric Cooperative, explains how SmartHub, a service offered by the cooperative to its members, is available for members to track their electricity usage.

Saving energy saves costs

From flipping a switch to shutting off unnecessary lighting to turning computers and monitors off when not in use helps save energy and money. There’s many ways to save on energy costs in your home as well as business and farm but first it’s a good idea to find out your usage of energy, ...

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The switch from compact fluorescent lighting (CFLs) to LEDs has happened rather quickly, said Tom Rafferty, member services and communication manager for Verendrye Electric Cooperative.

Some tips to help you save energy at home

People can save energy and money at home by using some low- or no-cost energy saving measures. Following are some tips to save on energy at home provided by Tom Rafferty, member services and communication manager with Verendrye Electric Cooperative. “The switch from incandescent to CFL ...

VEEDER: The new good ‘ol days are on their way

I was five years old when my little sister was born. I was at an age where only the big things stick with you as a memory moving forward, and her arrival was one of those big things. I remember the talks my family had about what we were going to name her if she was a girl or a boy. I remember ...

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A giant 5-foot plush teddy bear is a Valentine’s Day gift a special someone will always remember.

There’s still a few shopping days until Valentine’s Day

Flowers, candy, jewelry, plush toy animals, perfume and clothing are appropriate and popular gifts for Valentine’s Day. You only have until Tuesday but if you are looking for something else for a last-minute gift for that someone special, here’s a few ideas from the pages of the Minot ...

VEEDER: Tiny reminders of love in an ordinary life

Last week I had a couple meetings I scheduled in the late afternoon. I do this on days I don’t have Edie in daycare, strategically overlapping the beginning of my workday with the end of my husband’s. Because we live 30 miles and a good 45 minutes from town, the planning can be a little ...

In this image provided by Kari Cronbaugh-Auld of Olathe, Kan., open coil scrolls in various shades of red and pink combine to create a heart shaped message. Quilling, which involves rolling thin strips of paper into various coil shapes and many other techniques, adds extra elegance to a Valentine's Day greeting.(Kari Cronbaugh-Auld/Quillique via AP)

Quilling can add panache to Valentine’s Day cards

(AP) — Want to add a little panache to your Valentine's Day cards? Learn how to roll a few quilling shapes — hearts, teardrops and petals, for starters — to convey your love. Quilling — an ancient craft also known as paper filigree — doesn't require any special tools to get ...

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Almost Valentine’s Day

Order early for Valentine’s Day. That’s the advice from Michael and Samantha Davis for people planning to buy flowers for their special ones for Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, Feb. 14, is only 10 days away. Michael and Samantha Davis have some other tips for ...

VEEDER: In these heated times, listen as much as you speak

Last weekend we slowed down our typical agenda and spent some much-needed time with our good friends. Because we both live in rural North Dakota, we thought it would be fun to meet in the big town to do some shopping, eat out and take our babies swimming in the hotel pool. My friend and her ...

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Brekka Warner, Prestige manager at Ulta Beauty in Minot, said following a skin care system to keep skin hydrated is very important when the weather is cold.

Winter is hard on your skin

It’s wintertime. Your skin get dry from the cold outdoor temperatures and the air indoors might be dry. “What we’ve been seeing a lot of is Korean beauty trends,” said Brekka Warner, Prestige manager at Ulta Beauty at Dakota Square Mall in Minot. Korean beauty, or K-beauty, trends ...

Jessie Veeder

Jessie Veeder is a musician and writer living with her husband and daughter on a ranch near Watford City, N.D. She blogs at https://veederranch.com. Readers can reach her at jessieveeder@gmail.com.

VEEDER: The moral of the old friendship story

We were all sitting around in the living room visiting about weather, politics and how Edie managed to get her second bloody nose in two days in church that morning when he came sneaking sort of quietly through the door, slipping off his snow boots and wool cap before shuffling down the hall ...

This undated photo shows a lemon tree in New Paltz, N.Y. The plant will be able to go a long time without water because of the "watering cone" being pushed into the soil; the cone draws water from the neighboring jar as the potting soil dries out. (Lee Reich via AP)

You’re going on vacation, but what about your plants?

Winter, especially early winter, is a good time of year for gardeners to travel. Houseplants now are most tolerant of neglect and, if we plan a little, they can even thrive in our absence. Lack of water is the major threat to neglected plants. But you know how long your plants can go between ...

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Repurposing and shabby chic are current trends. Dale Ganske, owner of Central Avenue Variety in Minot, holds an old pillar that might be repurposed or made into a new treasure.

Finding collectibles

The hottest selling items in Dale Ganske’s store are the North Dakota highway signs with the silhouette of an American Indian head on them. The North Dakota Department of Transportation is replacing the signs used to number state highways. “The big thing that they’re collecting is my ...

VEEDER: Hot dish and ice slabs key to staying warm in January

Northerners. We like to boast that we’re hardy and resilient and can stand up against the biting, sub-zero, blizzardy cold without much consequence besides a bad case of hat head. We can handle our feet and our pickup tires on icy paths, and we know how to hunker down and make it through on ...

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Chappy Windsor wears arm warmers with a coat made of a combination rabbit and raccoon fur.

Dress for the cold

You can be “cozy and comfy and not frumpy and dumpy” when dressing for the cold weather, says a local businesswoman who is an advocate for wearing natural fibers. Chappy Windsor, owner of Dakota Chappy stores, one on North Broadway in Minot and another that opened last month in south ...

VEEDER: Life lessons learned on the backs of old horses

Every farm or ranch needs an old horse, an animal with a long story of seeing it all so that he can be trusted with the smallest rider or the most inexperienced visitor who wants to see the place on horseback, a request that can be sort of nerve-wracking if you don’t have a trustworthy ...

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Growing together: Award-winning flowers, vegetables for 2017

What’s a gardener to do? Most of us fill our available yard space with our favorite flower and vegetable varieties that have bloomed beautifully and yielded well in the past. But seed catalogs and garden centers are filled with new varieties each year. Should we throw caution to the wind ...

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A few top-to-bottom tweaks can help make you feel your best. The new year is a good time to do just that. Photo (c) Tamryn Miller.

Tips to refresh yourself in the new year

Want to update and improve yourself for the New Year? A few top-to-bottom tweaks can help you look and feel your best. Update Staples Staples and basics don’t need to change with the seasons, however it’s important to update these elements when they’re worn out, no longer fit, or are ...

Diary of a Christmas blizzard

My gramma Edie used to keep a diary of her life here at the Veeder Ranch. They weren’t particularly thorough, and most were written in tiny scrawl on pocket calendars with most every entry detailing accounts of the weather, work, cattle and who stopped by the place for a cup of coffee or to ...

This photo provided Mischief Media Group|MMG and SLT shows fitness trainer Bethany Meyers. Models love her pilates, cardio and strength-training fusion classes at NYC's SLT studios. The former dancer has a mega Instagram following thanks to her whimsical dance moves, motivating ab sessions and enviable pixie cut. (SLT/Mischief Media Group via AP)

Celebrity trainers offer 9 steps for getting back to the gym

Looking to get back into working out after a lengthy or perhaps a lifelong hiatus but feeling intimidated at the thought of squatting alongside hand-standing people at a CrossFit? Remember, even the little things can help motivate you, like a cool pair of shoes, energizing playlist or cute ...

Tips to Save and Spend Wisely in 2017

(StatePoint) — Did you get carried away with the holiday spirit this past season? On the heels of hefty spending, the New Year is the best time to take stock of personal finance habits and make beneficial changes for the year ahead. Here are some useful tips and tricks to spend and save ...