#Living

Twelve must plant pollinator-friendly flowers

Fill your garden with colorful annuals you and the pollinators can enjoy all season long. Look for outstanding varieties chosen by All-America Selections (AAS), a nonprofit plant trialing organization, to brighten your garden, attract pollinators and outperform other varieties on the ...

Calving season brings mix of wonder and worry

WATFORD CITY — We’re in the middle of calving season here at the Veeder Ranch. And because we’re in North Dakota, our plans to calve mid-April didn’t necessarily get us out of the cold woods. Every coulee and protected place on the ranch is still full of snow, so every day is like a ...

On Arbor Day, plant a tree to plant a memory

Arbor Day is Friday, April 27. It is a recognition of trees and their importance in our world. It is a good time to plant a tree or shrub. Trees are a great way to honor someone, either living or passed, as well as pets, and important life events. Colleen and I plant a tree or shrub for each ...

Dakota Handcrafters: Name: Jim Dignan

Current Hometown: Lake MetigosheHow would you describe your specialty handcraft? Carved ducks are the primary subject, have carved probably 60. I try to bring together different woods and or wood grain to resemble feather patterns. Animals, birds and fish are some of the other carvings. What ...

Kicking up dust on the road of life

We live on gravel roads that stretch like ribbons along pasture land dotted with black cattle. As we kick up dust beneath our pickup tires heading out to a chore or to meet up with a neighbor, we take for granted how these roads were built and why they’re here. Because these days we’re in ...

An ounce of prevention…

There are some garden problems that can be solved now before they happen later in the growing season. By taking a bit of time now, it will yield benefits of more and better garden produce later. Here are a few things that can help you have a successful gardening year. Hardening off ...

Spring 2018 decor: A happy and relaxed refuge at home

The biggest trend in decor may be that there isn't a big seasonal shift in style any more. In an era of democratic design, there's a relaxed approach to home decorating that has put the notion of "in" or "out" on a back burner. We can decorate our homes more freely. There are furnishings, ...

On the ranch, being a good neighbor means so much

Out here on the ranch there are millions of tasks that require the proper attire. When I was growing up I don’t think I ever saw our neighbor out of his Carhart bibs during the winter months. He would come in for a visit and sit at the kitchen table for an hour or so looking prepared to get ...

Tree leaf galls, what can I do?

Even though we have just experienced record low temperatures, and daytime high temps 20-plus degrees below average, spring will soon be here! And when the temperatures do start to climb, the tiny microscopic mites that cause leaf galls will wake up and move to do their damage. Many of the ...

Dakota Handcrafters: LeAnn Cargo

Current Hometown: Towner How would you describe your specialty handcraft? I make handmade jewelry. I specialize in western turquoise necklaces but make all styles and types for my customers. What or who inspired you to become involved in it? I love the turquoise jewelry. I think it is ...

Vegetable varieties worth a try

There are a great many excellent varieties of garden vegetable available to home gardeners. And each year plant breeders introduce more varieties with improved characteristics. So it is not difficult to find well adapted varieties which will produce good quantities of great tasting veggies. ...

I wonder when we’ll look back and say “Remember when?”

“Remember when we used to hit up places like this after a long night out?” he said as he held the drooling, wiggly baby in one arm and ate chicken fried steak with the other while I shoveled eggs into my mouth between the toddler’s incessant requests for more toast, because she had just ...

I wonder when we’ll look back and say ‘Remember when?’

"Remember when we used to hit up places like this after a long night out?" he said as he held the drooling, wiggly baby in one arm and ate chicken fried steak with the other while I shoveled eggs into my mouth between the toddler's incessant requests for more toast, because she had just ...

Red carpet designer

MANDAREE – It’s a dream come true for Norma Baker Flying Horse – and any designer – to have one of her fashion designs worn at the Academy Awards show, the Oscars. Flying Horse, owner of Red Berry Woman, a fashion designing business at Mandaree, has been named the first contemporary ...

Long moments remind us of fleeting nature of life

This winter has been long enough. I woke up to another three inches of snow on our doorstep this morning, crushing my hopes of spring finally hanging up her coat here. I tried to complain as I poured the coffee, but I know it will fill the dams and make the grass green. A few days ago, ...

Dakota Handcrafters: Michelle Meindl

Current Hometown: Minot How would you describe your handcraft? I would describe my craft as a very unique one and a keepsake that a person can hold onto forever. What or who inspired you to become involved in it? The person that inspired me to do the paper quilling was a lady in one of ...

How little — not big — moments remind you about living

There are moments in this life that remind you what living is. I can say from experience that it’s only a little bit the parts that you plan out that do the trick, like jumping out of an airplane over the Gulf of Mexico. Making it safely to the sandy beach after swallowing the atmosphere in ...

‘Have your most restful bedroom ever!’

Bedrooms are an extension of daily life. With stacks of magazines, bills to pay, too many electronics, it’s no wonder so many people have trouble sleeping. Now it’s time to reclaim your space and turn your bedroom into a relaxing place to escape chaos. Here’s how: – Double up window ...

New storms whip up memories of old ones

If you were anywhere in North Dakota last week, the weather was likely on your mind. You were talking about it over coffee, your TV turned to your favorite weather reporter, checking road reports and calling friends to ask what it was like over there in Bismarck, or Keene, or down by Hettinger. ...

Hottest Pepper Varieties to Try this Year

Turn up the heat and add a bit of spice to your meals with hot peppers. Add them to your garden, flower borders and containers for added beauty and easy picking. Your biggest challenge will be narrowing down your choices. Let All-America Selections (AAS), all-americaselections.org, winners ...