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When the best-laid plans go awry

WATFORD CITY— “Well, I’m on my way home now anyway,” he said on the other end of the phone. I called him for something trivial, like why the lawnmower wasn’t starting, just the kind of phone call every husband likes to get when they’re off on a manly weekend getaway. (The same way ...

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Lady bug larvae are great pest predators.

Gardening good guys

Not all insects we find in our gardens are bad. There are some who are big help in keeping plant pests such as aphids, caterpillars, and flea beetles in check. They do this by eating the adults and larvae of the prey. Here are a few of the “Garden Good Guys.” Encourage them to stay in your ...

Minot Tool Library building its inventory with tool drive

The Minot Public Library, the home of the Minot Tool Library, will host a tool drive on its parking lot Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Members of the public are invited to contribute tools in good working condition and free of rust. Charitable donation receipts are available. The Minot Tool ...

Gardening apps are getting better all the time

Gardening apps are getting better all the time, supplanting manuals and textbooks as the way people dig for information. Many university Extension services are developing the digital aids to extend outreach to clients. "Extension apps provide reliable, research-based information," said ...

This undated photo shows blueberries growing in LaGrangeville, N.Y. Despite wet soil, these blueberries grow well because they are planted on raised mounds from which water drains well. (Lee Reich via AP)

Wet weather brings garden problems

(AP) — A season of rain is as trying as a season of drought. Excess rain creates gooey soil, which is no fun for planting if you are a human and no fun for growing if you are a plant. Roots need air, and day after day of rain can fill all the soil pores with water. The result: Roots have ...

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Love is an untidy, long story

“Happy Anniversary” flashed the message on my phone as it sat on a kitchen counter smudged with waffle batter and covered with grapes and cups of coffee and orange juice. My body was aching, my back and feet screaming at me from a week of scheduling madness, keeping me and my big belly on ...

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How to eliminate little green caterpillars

There is little that is as distasteful as finding a thoroughly steamed green caterpillar in your broccoli or cauliflower on your plate!!! These little green caterpillars are the product of two common flying insects. The Imported Cabbage Butterfly is one of these insects. It is white with ...

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 Ruth Ganes models her mother’s wedding gown from May 1940. Ganes will be a model in a fashion show to be presented during Ladies Day at The Sibyl Center in Stanley on Aug. 26.

Ladies Day planned at The Sibyl Center

STANLEY – The Sibyl Center in Stanley will present “Ladies Day” on Saturday, Aug. 26. Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. for viewing the private collections on display. A fashion show of vintage wedding dresses will be presented at 2 p.m. by Wanda Rodin and Gail Huff. Musical ...

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A simple faucet upgrade boosts home appeal and improves kitchen functionality.

Updates to transform your new house into your dream home

From StatePoint News Service Congratulations, you’ve purchased a home! Now what? You’ve saved a million ideas on Pinterest and you’re ready to start making improvements. But how do you prioritize to make the most of your money? Consider these simple upgrades to transform your new house ...

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The hope that lives in a rain shower

It rained last weekend. For the first time since spring arrived, the clouds rolled in during the early morning and they hung over the land all day like a sweet, life-giving blanket, sending waves of drenching water, turned to sprinkles, turned to mist turned back to heavy rain, on and off all ...

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Blossom end rot

Blossom end rot is a frustrating condition that affects tomatoes, peppers, summer and winter squash, eggplant, pumpkin, and melons. It shows up as a drying, decaying spot on the blossom end of the vegetable which is the end opposite the stem. The cause is a lack of calcium in the plant. The ...

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A song comes to life in the garden

She was munching on a pea pod I’d plucked from the plant in front of her, her fine blonde hair escaping from the ball cap she insists on wearing backwards, rendering it completely useless for protecting her rosy cheeks from the 80 degree day. Before she finishes her first garden treat, ...

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MAIN: Decorative fences are an effective way to hide composting stations conveniently tucked behind gardens in the landscape, shown in this photo from Melinda Myers, LLC.

Enjoy an attractive, convenient composting station

Make recycling green debris into compost convenient and attractive. Create a space you and your neighbors will appreciate. And locate composting in a convenient area that is easy to access and manage, so you are more likely to do it. You’ll quickly recoup your initial investment of time and ...

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Scam Prevention: What to do to help prevent scam artists

When an area resident received a call last week from a scammer saying there was a warrant out for her arrest, she contacted her local law enforcement agency. The area resident didn’t answer the phone call but the caller left a voicemail saying the IRS had an arrest warrant out for her ...

In a world of worry, pay the good stuff forward

WATFORD CITY — Last night, the person in front of me paid for my meal at the drive through. It had been a long Monday, and I got to the end of it only to realize I hadn’t really eaten anything all day. So I went to one of the only drive-throughs in town, sacrificing nutritional value and ...

Fall web worms and their messy web nest are an eye sore. The easiest way to control them is to wait until late evening when the caterpillars have returned to the nest. Photo from K. Oten, NCFS.

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Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

Fall web worms and their messy web nest are showing up on trees and shrubs. The caterpillars feed on the leaves of the trees and shrubs, and then retreat to the nest at night. Unless it is a very small tree or shrub, or one very recently planted, they will do no serious damage to the plant. ...

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Common milkweed is best known as the food source for Monarch butterflies. It and other weeds become an annoyance when they show up in lawns, gardens or flowerbeds.

Controlling weeds takes time, persistence

Getting rid of weeds is a problem. Common milkweed is primary food source for the monarch butterfly but this wide-leafed weed can be an annoyance when it pops up in lawns, flower beds and gardens, it can be an annoyance. When milkweed is in a lawn, Ken Eraas, horticulture assistant with ...