#Living

Brightly colored flowers popular for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just a few days away – Sunday, May 13 – and a time when many people purchase flowers for their moms. Scott Bethke of Season’s, a flower shop in downtown Minot, said mixed flowers are very popular for Mother’s Day. “I think anything bright and vivid to grab ...

Cool season vegetables for planting now

There are a large number of vegetables that can grow when soil temperatures rise above 50 degrees. Many of them do their best under cooler growing conditions. Hot weather will slow or even almost stop production. Many of the leafy vegetables such as lettuce, kale, rhubarb, as well as all of ...

Relishing the signs of spring, whether good or bad

​Throw open the doors and bring out that old book that props up your window. Let the sun in and the breeze blow through the house because I think spring might finally be happening after all. I wouldn’t dare say for sure, except last weekend I picked some crocuses and a tick off the back ...

Dakota Handcrafters: Michelle Beaver

Current Hometown: Garrison How would you describe your specialty handcraft? I originally started making candles and wax melts because I love scented and colorful products. I developed a soy/wax blend over a few years that melted at a lower temperature, but still have a great scent. Once ...

Faithful dog was first family member

WATFORD CITY — It’s always a rainy day for this kind of news. But if the sun happens to be shining when you hear it, standing in the vet’s office bouncing your fussy baby while your big-hearted old dog waits for you on a blanket in the back of your car, well you’d just resent it’s ...

Buyer Beware!

Retail sellers are busy getting their stock of trees, shrubs and perennials displayed for their customers. In most instances, the stock that is displayed is adapted for our area and will grow successfully. But sometimes in large, national businesses, stock is supplied to local stores which is ...

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 ...