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Pamela Abrahamson of Minot has been quilting for many years. She is the featured quilter at this year’s 24th Annual Minot Prairie Quilt Festival.

Grandmother influenced festival’s featured quilter

When Pamela Abrahamson was growing up her grandmother, Clara Davick of Minot, was a big influence on her and her quilting life. “She’s the one who influenced me to proceed with quilting,” said Abrahamson. Her grandmother did many crafts as well as sewed clothes and quilted, which led ...

Motherhood means holding on tight as you’re letting go

“One. Two. Threeee!!!” She yelled before she launched herself from the top of one big round hay bale and over the mud-filled gap to the next, landing safely on her knees before scrambling up to her feet to continue her race down the rest of the row of hay. I stood holding Edie on my hip, ...

In this undated photo provided by April Wagner, Wagner works with a blow torch and hot glass in her Detroit, Mich., studio. (Sebastian Sullen/April Wagner via AP)

Glassblowing’s gotten easier for amateurs to learn

BOSTON (AP) — On a chilly winter morning here, two furnaces inside the Massachusetts College of Art and Design burn at upwards of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat is palpable as you enter the room, but it doesn't seem to bother a group of students working nearby.   They're here learning ...

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Calvin Berry, co-owner of Green Thumb Greenhouse, west of Minot, said container gardening is a popular way to grow flowers and vegetables.

Springing ahead

Getting ready for spring starts early at Green Thumb Greenhouse, west of Minot. Actually, spring’s now just around the corner. The season officially begins on Monday. Calvin Berry, along with his wife, Ashley, own Green Thumb Greenhouse. This week, he talked about getting ready for the ...

When childhood memories involving a goat and a Lincoln turn whimsical

Some days, when I feel like life hasn't thrown me an adventure worthy enough of reflection, I like to dig back in the archives for a memory to recount, the way you do when you find yourself sitting around the table having a beer with old friends. We all have our favorite go-to stories in ...

‘Evening to Paws’

The Souris Valley Animal Shelter in Minot will hold its 11th annual "Evening to Paws," gala Saturday, April 15, at 5 p.m. in the Grand Hotel. The shelter's major fundraising event of the year will include a live and silent auction. Lexy Wymann is this year's musical guest. "During that ...

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Randy McDonald, Souris Valley Animal Shelter director, with Bedelia, the shelter's friendly cat, said making sure a pet and the pet's breed are right for your home is an important part when adopting a new pet.

Adopting a pet

Are you thinking about adopting a pet? You might want a cuddly cat or a dog anxious to see you when you come home from work each day. Or, it might even be another type of pet. Adopting an animal is gaining a family member for the life of that pet and this is a major commitment for ...

Orchid cactuses burst into flamboyant flowers one or more times a year, yet hardly ever needing to be watered or repotted. (Lee Reich via AP)

Cactuses are the easiest houseplants

Succulents, which are plants with fleshy stems or leaves, are ideal houseplants. They have interesting shapes, are relatively pest-free, and thrive in the dry air of a heated home — and on neglect. Let's look at cactuses, which are just one kind of succulent. Cactuses are native only to ...

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Attractive mixes of dahlias look stunning in the garden and combine nicely in cut floral arrangements, shown in these photos from Longfield-Gardens.com

Add garden pizzazz with easy-care dahlias

Plan now for a memorable grand finale in this year’s garden. Dahlias are spring-planted bulbs with big, colorful flowers that bloom continuously from midsummer to the first fall frost. Early in the season, the foliage of these easy-care plants provides a lush green backdrop for nearby ...

A day in the life of a chief executive baby

“She’s not a baby anymore,” I said to my husband as we were driving home from the big town; Edie was strapped in her car seat behind me, singing her own original refrain on repeat at the top of her lungs. “No, she’s not,” he replied. “She’s the CEO of a household ...

Make a pledge to save money for emergencies

A lot of Americans aren’t in the habit of saving. Only 54 percent say they have a savings plan with specific goals, 43 percent have a spending plan that allows them to save enough money to achieve the goals for which they are saving, and 66 percent have sufficient emergency funds. The North ...

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From the left, Rachael Walz, Kelsey Beechie and Sara Seykora, operating partners, are shown in the Market on 4th along Minot’s Fourth Avenue Northwest. They said repurposing gives an old piece of furniture or other item new life.

Repurposing

Do you have “stuff” that you no longer use but can’t get rid of it because of its sentimental value or you think you might use it some day or perhaps you just can’t part with it. To find out more about repurposing, the Minot Daily News asked the operating partners of the Market on 4th ...

Door always open to home of old friend?

I used to go to her house in the time between after school and basketball practice. I would eat graham crackers with cheese, and we would sit at the table in her family’s kitchen, her mom popping in to say hi and get the scoop on our day. I was a country kid in junior high, and I had a few ...

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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 ...