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Growing together: Award-winning flowers, vegetables for 2017

What’s a gardener to do? Most of us fill our available yard space with our favorite flower and vegetable varieties that have bloomed beautifully and yielded well in the past. But seed catalogs and garden centers are filled with new varieties each year. Should we throw caution to the wind ...

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A few top-to-bottom tweaks can help make you feel your best. The new year is a good time to do just that. Photo (c) Tamryn Miller.

Tips to refresh yourself in the new year

Want to update and improve yourself for the New Year? A few top-to-bottom tweaks can help you look and feel your best. Update Staples Staples and basics don’t need to change with the seasons, however it’s important to update these elements when they’re worn out, no longer fit, or are ...

Diary of a Christmas blizzard

My gramma Edie used to keep a diary of her life here at the Veeder Ranch. They weren’t particularly thorough, and most were written in tiny scrawl on pocket calendars with most every entry detailing accounts of the weather, work, cattle and who stopped by the place for a cup of coffee or to ...

This photo provided Mischief Media Group|MMG and SLT shows fitness trainer Bethany Meyers. Models love her pilates, cardio and strength-training fusion classes at NYC's SLT studios. The former dancer has a mega Instagram following thanks to her whimsical dance moves, motivating ab sessions and enviable pixie cut. (SLT/Mischief Media Group via AP)

Celebrity trainers offer 9 steps for getting back to the gym

Looking to get back into working out after a lengthy or perhaps a lifelong hiatus but feeling intimidated at the thought of squatting alongside hand-standing people at a CrossFit? Remember, even the little things can help motivate you, like a cool pair of shoes, energizing playlist or cute ...

Tips to Save and Spend Wisely in 2017

(StatePoint) — Did you get carried away with the holiday spirit this past season? On the heels of hefty spending, the New Year is the best time to take stock of personal finance habits and make beneficial changes for the year ahead. Here are some useful tips and tricks to spend and save ...

Bring in the birds for winter beauty and entertainment

Brighten your winter days by inviting birds into your landscape. Their beauty and motion help enliven the garden and lighten your spirit. Not only do they provide entertainment, but also an opportunity for all ages to stay involved with nature year-round. Increase the number of visitors to ...

Stephanie Rowell and her daughter Sydney, 5, shop at Toys R Us - Town Center in Kennesaw, Ga. Holiday shopping procrastinators can breathe easy. Yes, most online shipping deadlines have passed. But many retailers are offering other ways to get gifts at the last minute, whether it’s staying open through the wee hours of the night like Toys R Us, or offering Christmas Eve store pickup like Wal-Mart. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Still need to buy gifts?

NEW YORK (AP) — Holiday shopping procrastinators can breathe easy. Yes, most online shipping deadlines have passed. But many retailers are offering other ways to get gifts at the last minute, whether it's staying open through the wee hours of the night like Toys R Us, or offering Christmas ...

VEEDER: Christmas in my mind different than reality

When I was dreaming of having a baby of our own for all those years, I ran through how it might look in our house at Christmas: cozy and warm tucked in the trees, hot cider on the stove, a fire crackling in the fireplace, our baby crawling playfully around the fresh-cut cedar we found together ...

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Pottery by Jim Bailey of Minot, including his signature piece with embedded wheat, is displayed on a shelf in Home Sweet Home.

North Dakota-made products sought after for Christmas gifts

Linda Johnson, owner of Home Sweet Home, says many of her customers are buying made in North Dakota products to give to family and friends out of state but also to those who are living in the state. “A lot of the local people are thinking ‘I’m sending it to my children out of state but ...

Jessie Veeder: Winter has arrived at the ranch

So … winter has arrived. Look out your window. I know you see it in the giant drift you had to dig through to get out your front door making a perfect pile for the kids to build tunnels in after school. Some of you might even have a snowman or two looking back at you. And some of you have ...

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Participants are shown in the “Glaskolben” class – a Christmas ornament class – held at Margie’s Art Glass Studio in Minot this past Saturday.

Beginning glass blowing

Students                learn some easy basics of beginning glass blowing in the “Glaskolben” class – a Christmas ornament class – held at Margie’s Art Glass Studio in Minot. Imported German glass tubing is used for the class. “It’s one of our most popular ...

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Eugene and Nikki Paulsen, who live on Eighth Street NE in Minot, submitted these photos of their outdoor Christmas decorations.

Christmas season lighting

Would you like to see your outdoor lighting display at your home in the newspaper? Send images to eogden@minotdailynews.com for consideration. Watch December editions of Minot Daily News for photos.

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James Lowe, manager of Lowe’s Floral in Minot, explains how to take care of a fresh Christmas tree. One of the main things is a fresh or live Christmas tree requires plenty of water.

Water, Water, Water

One of the sure signs of the arrival of the Christmas season is the start of fresh or live Christmas tree sales. James Lowe, AIFD & CFD, manager of Lowe’s Floral in Minot, said many people like to have a live tree, especially for its fragrance. He provided a few tips for ...

Veeder: Feeding cows memorable in so many ways

Outside, up out of our driveway next to the gravel county road, a couple pyramids of hay bales are stacked up nice and neat, waiting to be unrolled on the cold hard ground for the cows that we will be feeding this winter. It’s a ritual that goes along with keeping cows around here through ...

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‘Tis the season’

‘Tis the season for the Taube Museum of Art’s Holiday “Twilight” Tour of Homes fundraiser. This year’s tour will be held Dec. 3, from 3-7 p.m., with tastefully decorated homes for everyone to enjoy. The tour will include: Margaret and Seth Lange’s home at 2312 W. Central will ...

A vote for baby’s future

I just put the baby down for the night. I rocked her a little longer after she fell asleep in my arms, kissed her head and sat with her in the quiet darkness of her room before I laid her down in her crib. Her arms stretched up above her head as she let out a quiet little sigh and I paused to ...

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“The actual part of the poinsettia that is toxic is the little tiny flowers in the center of the leaf clusters. The actual red and green leaves are not poisonous,” said James Lowe of Lowe’s Floral in Minot. Poinsettias can be kept around children and animals with some precautions.

Some facts about the popular poinsettia & other Christmas plants

Fact or fiction. Are poinsettia plants poisonous or not? James Lowe, AIFD, CFD, manager of Lowe’s Floral in Minot, explains information about the popular Christmas season poinsettia plant and other popular plants of the season. According to information about plants provided by the North ...

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Teri Foley is 
manager of LOR Spa in Minot.

The spa experience

Not everyone has been to a spa. Some may wonder what to expect if they would visit one. Teri Foley, manager of LOR Spa at 1412 2nd Avenue SW in Minot, provided information about the “spa experience” and what to expect. LOR Spa, a locally owned spa, opened in early May. It is ...

Tips to throw better movie nights at home

(StatePoint) —Whether it’s family movie night and you’re watching an old classic, or you’re hosting a big crowd to screen the latest blockbuster, you can take steps to make the viewing experience feel more like the theater – from upgrading your technology to improving your hosting ...

5 steps to prep your home for winter weather

(StatePoint) — This winter, stay ahead of frost and freezing temperatures by taking some easy steps to get your home ready for the cold months ahead. If you’re not sure where to start, there are some quick step-by-step directions to get you in the DIY spirit. How to seal off ...