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Minot Parks Boulevard Tree Program now open

The Minot Park District Boulevard Tree Planting Program is open and ready to take orders. “It’s a great time to put in your tree orders for the summer,” said Ron Merritt, executive director of the Minot Park District. “Our Forestry Department will help you pick out the perfect tree ...

Lush peonies add beauty, fragrance to early summer gardens

Set aside a sunny spot in your garden or landscape for a few easy-care, herbaceous peonies. These traditional favorites are treasured for their bountiful early summer flowers, vigorous, shrub-like habit and amazing longevity. Peonies blend nicely with other perennials and are a good addition to ...

Let’s Cook: Tried and true truckers, others

Which do you consider the source of higher, deeper, truer joy: the blessing which comes from having a friend, or from being a friend? When it comes to our recent lifestyle of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are blessed to have a sundry of friends. As I sit and work at the computer, I ...

Food Safety and COVID-19: Tips for Keeping You Safe

You may have heard with the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that you should be washing your food with detergent, dish soap or even bleach to prevent you from getting the virus. Don’t do that! Here some facts you need to know about food safety and the coronavirus. The Food and Drug ...

PrairieFare: Food storage questions abound in COVID-19 pandemic

“We’re eating out of the freezer,” one of my Facebook friends said. “What do you think of this really, really old pizza we bought from a kid who was fundraising?” A picture of an ice-covered, dried out, grayish pizza sitting on a pan accompanied his Facebook post. He’s a funny ...

PrairieFare: Enjoy more family meals during the coronavirus pandemic

“We’re going to gain 10,000 pounds if you keep cooking and baking like this,” my husband said as he glanced in my direction. Did I mention he tends to exaggerate a little? “How many pieces of banana cake have you had?” I asked. “This is my second piece,” he replied without ...

What to do when your income drops

An abrupt reduction in family income, such as if your employer closes during the COVID-19 outbreak, can be a traumatic experience psychologically and financially. But there are ways you and your family can minimize the hardship. – First, don’t panic. Give yourself time to get over the ...

Let’s Cook: Be not a slave to boredom

Numerous changes have happened to lives due to the impact of COVID-19. This virus has made our routine hectic — stores at that we usually shop are closed or have limited hours, restaurants are closed for dining in, professional business places have limited hours or window service only. We ...

Managing stress, anxiety during the pandemic

Some friends and I were talking the other day about how we were all handling the stress and anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic. It turned out that each of us was experiencing it just a little differently. One wasn't sleeping well and had nearly daily headaches. Another had a constant "lump in her ...

The best dahlias for a backyard cutting garden

Dahlias are bold and beautiful flowers that are easy to grow in any sunny garden. They are also spectacular in summer flower arrangements. With just a few dahlias, you can enjoy picking your own fresh-cut flowers every day from July through September. These spring-planted tubers make gorgeous ...

PrairieFare: What’s in your home pantry?

I wiped the handle of the grocery cart with a sanitizing wipe and noticed the large number of shoppers doing the same. The wipes have been available for a long time, and I usually grab one. A trash can was filled with used wipes. Unfortunately, many wipes were on the floor or left in the ...

Let’s Cook: Mastering closet chaos and more

It was inescapable. From the moment Lydia arrived into our lives 15 years ago, we have been reading to her, sharing history with her, and explaining the meaning to her of several interesting items that we have collected over the years in our home. As a parent, I was delighted that at age ...

Prairie Fare: Be prepared foodwise for spring, summer disasters

I thought I heard a freight train driving right by our house despite no train tracks in the vicinity. I glanced at my alarm clock. It said 3 a.m. My bedroom windows were open after an exceptionally muggy Fourth of July day. Now my drapes were flying over me in the strong wind. Was I ...

NDSU Extension to offer online gardening forums

North Dakota State University Extension will be broadcasting the Spring Fever Garden Forum series online, from March 26 to April 16. The forums, held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., are open to all interested gardeners. The forum topics will include how to beautify your ...

PrairieFare: Prom dress dilemma brings coronavirus impact home

“I can’t believe this,” I said to myself. I was checking the status of my online order. My package has been “stuck” in California since Feb. 11, according to the tracking information. Now it’s early March. I finally reached out to the seller. “Due to the coronavirus, your ...

March is a great time to prune many shrubs, but not all

Don’t prune your forsythia, lilac or mock orange yet. Anything you cut off now will result in that much less of a flower show this spring. Except for these and many other spring-flowering shrubs, however, March is a fine time for pruning many trees and shrubs. It’s easy to see what to cut ...

Book addresses gardening, tree planting on northern prairie

“Let’s Grow on the Northern Prairie” by Eric Bergeson is a book about beautifying the region with hardy trees and effective annual and perennial plantings. Bergeson, of Fertile, Minn., spoke at Gardening Saturday at the North Central Experiment Station, Minot, last March, and stopped ...

PrairieFare: Cancer screening can save your life

“A box arrived for you this afternoon,” my husband said. I was not expecting a box. “Is it a small box or a big box?” I asked. Maybe it was a late Christmas gift, I thought to myself. “It’s a medium-sized box,” he replied. I saw the box on the table inside our front ...

Let’s Cook: 36 lemon meringue pies sold!

What is it that attracts many people to lemon meringue pie? It could be the unique flavor of lemons – zesty, sharp, and refreshing? Maybe it is the meringue that is sweet and swirled into cloud of lightness and paired with the invigorating lemon filling that sends one’s taste buds ...