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Charlene Nelson

Thriftier Thrift Store Shopping

Thrift stores have become quite popular. And what’s not to like? You can get some amazing bargains, and you are helping the environment by using what would otherwise end up in the landfill. Thriftier Thrift Store Shopping I rarely buy anything new anymore. I find that with a good thrift…
May 25, 2022

Burgum, GOP Party Leaders Weigh in on Races

North Dakota has had a significant population increase in the last 10 years, leading to the 2021 legislature drawing new boundaries for legislative districts. This redistricting created a sort of musical chairs as several legislators found themselves residing in a new district or saw significant changes to their old district…
May 23, 2022

Time to Store Water

In times of emergency, water is an essential concern. Water is not only essential to good health and hygiene, it is quite often the first thing to be affected by natural disaster. The water supply may be interrupted because of tornado, flooding, extreme weather or a power outage that affects…
May 23, 2022

Debt-free College

It's graduation time and hundreds of fresh-faced, enthusiastic youth are getting ready to head off to college. College can be an expensive proposition, and it appears that fewer and fewer people are able to afford it. Government reports say that nearly half of all students graduate with student loan debt and…
May 18, 2022

Several Vacancies on Local Ballots

It takes a special kind of person to run for office. Running for office requires an interest in and understanding of local government, time to fill the position and the will to deal with the hassle of the campaign process. It's definitely not for everyone. That's why it's not unusual…
May 17, 2022

Provident Home Companion: Let's Talk About Cloches

Many of our favorite garden vegetables are cold-sensitive: tomatoes, peppers, basil, and vining plants like cucumber, squash and melons are all easily damaged by anything approaching the low-30s. According to weather maps, for most of us in North Dakota the average last frost date is in mid-May. But remember that's…
May 16, 2022

Save on Clothing

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” This age-old proverb is a good guide for those of us trying to live a frugal and sustainable lifestyle. Unfortunately, we live in a throw-away economy. Most people just find it easier to toss things when they break…
May 11, 2022

Plant It and Forget It

A garden is an important part of a good food plan, a plan to ensure that you will always have food regardless of what the market and economy are doing. But vegetable gardens are subject to the whims of nature. Over the years, too much or too little rain, early…
May 9, 2022

The Bane of Your Budget

You're walking through the store, minding your own business when suddenly it grips you. You see something on sale, a novelty item, something you've long wished for and you are seized with the impulse to buy it. Impulse buying is probably one of the biggest threats to your budget. It's…
May 4, 2022

Should you get "food storage"?

The news is alarming: Reports of food shortages around the world, world leaders confirming there will be even more shortages to come, food warehouse and production facilities burning down and more transportation bottlenecks. In the last month or two, I've received several emails and phone calls from people who've attended…
May 2, 2022
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