#Living

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 ...

Dakota Handcrafters: Judi Green

Current Hometown: Minot How would you describe your specialty handcraft? All aspects of quilting, from the traditional patterns to art quilts. What or who inspired you to become involved in it? My mother and grandmother were both quilters but I was overwhelmed by their talent. Later on, ...

The curious case of the inevitable missing glove

We have an issue here at the ranch. Besides the weird animal that may or may not still be living in our wall, we have another epidemic that’s driving me mad. It has five fingers, it comes in all sorts of sizes, colors and textures and you can find one laying on every surface of the house, ...

TLC for your roof

Spring is nearly here and time to think about any roof maintenance you might need to do. A roof gets more abuse from the elements and debris than any other part of a building. Debris has a tendency to hold water that will ruin your roof over time, remove all debris behind vents, pipes, pitch ...

Cowboy, cowgirl flair

Cowboys and cowgirls from young children to adults “strutted their stuff” at the first ever Western Flair Style Show held Feb. 16 during the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame’s annual meeting. The annual meeting was held Feb. 16-17 at the Sleep Inn in Minot. It was the first NDCHF annual ...

Lipstick and the memories that remain of loved ones

I leaned in towards the mirror after my shower, hair fixed and on to my makeup, cursing the laugh lines around my eyes and the gray hair that accompanied them as I worked to hide the evidence of the years on my face. My 2-year-old daughter stood next to me, her blond hair wild from the ...

Transform a room without overspending

A room’s design can literally affect your mood. When you start getting sick of looking at your home decor, or just want to feel different about your home for an upcoming get together, you can instantly transform a room without overspending. We’re not talking about a full makeover mindset, ...

Dakota Handcrafters: Nyla Stromberg

Current Hometown: Minot How would you describe your specialty handcraft? After taking a 6-week cake class at Adult Education, I was so inspired to keep learning the art. From frosting cakes, making flowers and to this day I love learning new techniques and using new products. Using gum ...

What is love? The answer depends on who you ask

My dad once told me that he didn’t believe that there was just one person for everyone. I was sitting shotgun in the pickup as he drove us somewhere. He likely asked me about my boyfriend, and I think I responded with a sort of fed-up answer. I was in that transition from teenager to adult, ...

Helping winter birds

Does winter weather get you down? Brighten up those dreary days by attracting beautiful birds to your yard. Whether it’s a food source or protection from the colder temperatures, there are several ways you can attract birds to your yard this winter. Unlike other wild animals, birds actually ...

A gift for Valentine’s Day: Flowers & plants remain traditional gifts

Flowers are one of the the most traditional gifts for Valentine’s Day. Chocolates are in the top two gifts as well. Tammy Holen, owner of Artistic Ambiance, has been in the floral business for 10 years as of Jan. 2 at 417 E. Burdick Expressway in Minot. “A dozen roses is the most ...

Not all messes in life are created equal

“Sorry for the mess,” my friend’s husband said as he opened the door to the pickup he was letting me borrow during the week I was waiting for my new baby to be born in the big town. I took a look around to find an orange hunting vest lying on the back seat and (GASP!) a stray penny on ...

Spring Fever Garden Forums start March 19

NDSU Extension Service is offering a series of forums to gardeners across the state. Gardeners may also participate online on their home computers. In Minot the forums will be held Monday nights – March 19 and 26, and April 2 and 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms 106 and 108 in the ...

Dakota Handcrafters: Shelley Winiger

Current Hometown: Minot How would you describe your handcraft? Knitting fascinates me. I am driven to play with it, to find out what it can do – that is how I fell into designing my own projects. I also love to try new techniques, and so have become addicted to doubleknitting and ...