#Living

Coming home: Hospital hallway that once held fear now full of hope

There’s a long hallway in a hospital, connecting two parts of the building with plain beige carpet and tall windows that let the light in from the street. All day, every day, nurses, doctors and employees rolling carts of covered chicken and Jell-o to be delivered to patients who may not ...

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VEEDER: How a dog’s life measures time

The first year my husband and I got married, we lived in the little house in the barnyard where my dad was raised, unloading all the earthly possessions a pair of 23-year-olds can acquire in the short and broke spans of our adult lives – hand-me-down lamps and quesadilla makers. By the time ...

FIELDING QUESTIONS: Corn gluten meal can prevent crabgrass

Q: I purchased a product called Maize Weed Preventer at a local nursery to apply in hopes of preventing annual crabgrass seeds from sprouting in the lawn. Does this product work? When is the right time to apply? – Sandy Gjervold, Fargo. A: The product contains corn gluten meal, which was ...

ID-theft

What to do if your identity is stolen

BISMARCK – Do you know what to do if your identity is stolen from you? Identity thefts do happen in North Dakota. “We processed 102 ID Theft Affadavits for calendar year 2016 and 2017, year to date, we have processed 24,” said Liz Brocker, a spokeswoman for the North Dakota Attorney ...

Use care while cleaning to avoid hantavirus disease

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health reminds everyone of the importance of protection against hantavirus disease. As spring begins, many people will be cleaning cabins and other buildings that have been closed for the winter. These are places where one is more likely to be exposed ...

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Gift cards & certificates

What do you do if you have a gift card or gift certificate but the company goes out of business? Liz Brocker, a spokeswoman for the North Dakota Attorney General’s office in Bismarck, said gift cards should be used as soon as possible. For more information about gift cards and gift ...

This June 6, 2010 photo taken in New Market, Va., shows hydrangea blooming red and blue on the same bush. Hydrangea are coarse-textured plants that draw the eye because of their contrasts in shape or appearance. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Don’t forget about texture when planning your garden

The most popular element in landscape design is color, but texture is another important building block. Texture in gardening can be seen as well as felt, and is used primarily to provide contrast. Color lacks dimension without texture, which can soften spaces, provide visual interest, fashion ...

This May 12, 2008 photo shows the fluffy white ball of a mature dandelion taken near New Market, Va., and shows the seeds ready to scatter and colonize disturbed soil. Weeds have a tendency to flower quickly, produce vast quantities of seeds and some have adaptations for travel by wind, water or animals. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Weed control starts with the seeds

Weed seeds are among the most patient organisms in nature. Many weeds can produce thousands of seeds per plant per year, and those seeds might lie dormant for decades, just waiting for the right conditions to sprout. If you want to control weeds, then find where these seeds accumulate — in ...

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The beauty behind the first signs of spring

The first calf of the year was born on the Veeder Ranch last week. That afternoon I went out on a walk to clear my head and to climb to the top of a hill to see if there were any mommas off alone on a hillside or in the trees, a pretty sure sign of some birth action. But I didn’t see a ...

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Jon Bauer, left, and Dylan Lee, managers of Budget Music & Video in downtown Minot, said the interest in vinyl has been building steadily and people of all ages are buying vinyl records.

For all ages

Depending on your age, you might know them as vinyl. Others may know them as records or LPs. Jon Bauer and Dylan Lee, managers at Budget Music & Video in downtown Minot, talked about the revival of music produced in this form. What is vinyl? According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, ...

Stick shift struggles and why I blame my dad

I have a confession to make. In the years I spent growing up out here on the ranch as well as those being all grown up here on the ranch, I have never properly learned to drive a stick shift. Oh, I can make it work. I can get from Point A to Point B if Point A is the house and Point B is ...

This undated photo provided by Regina Lark shows a garage organization project in Los Angeles, Calif. This image shows a garage after being organized to the client's goals. (Regina Lark via AP)

Garage a mess? Tips for tackling a daunting job

Garages have a way of going from deep storage to cluttered chaos. Clearing out the flotsam and organizing what remains can be daunting or downright overwhelming. But with careful planning and a specific game plan, most garages can be organized in a day or a weekend, experts say. And if the ...

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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 ...