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Health Effects of Frigid Cold 

Tips on Staying Healthy Through Freezing Temps  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – With cold season often comes sick season, but thankfully there are ways to help prevent it.  Doctor Casmiar Nwaigwe, director of infectious diseases at Trinity Health and infectious disease specialist, said there are various ways in which the winter season…
December 22, 2022

Trinity Health Schedules Grocery, Cooking Events in 2023  

(MINOT, ND)—Trinity Health Nutrition Services has released its schedule of food events for 2023. The series, consisting of five grocery store tours and four cooking classes, will offer ideas to help families enhance mealtime in the new year with foods that are tasty, nutritious and affordable.  The series will kick…
December 21, 2022

Frostbite Dangers

Always Bundle lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Always be bundled and prepared in extreme temperatures is the message from a Minot trauma expert. Amber Emerson, coordinator for Minot Safe Kids and Trinity Health Injury Prevention, said most of the frostbite cases she sees are from people who were not expecting to be…
December 19, 2022

Wind Chill Week Ahead 

 Weather Service Issues Wind Chill Warning  MINOT – Even for those accustomed to winter in North Dakota the upcoming stretch of cold and wind is a bit out of the ordinary. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning lasting through Christmas Eve.  “There’s very cold Arctic air…
December 19, 2022

Trinity Health Rural Clinic Closures 

Blizzard related  Trinity Health says 4 of its rural health clinics will remain closed today (Friday) due to the blizzard.  Trinity clinics in, Mohall,  Velva, Garrison and New Town won’t open today. Patient appointments will be rescheduled. 
December 16, 2022

Trinity Homes Welcomes New Administrator

MINOT —Trinity Health President and CEO John M. Kutch has announced that Wade Peterson, MBA, a healthcare executive with 30 years of long-term care experience, has been named administrator of Trinity Homes. He succeeds Rhonda Walter, RN, BSN, who is retiring as vice president and nursing home administrator after a…
December 9, 2022

North Dakota medical panel sanctioned 5 doctors in 2022

BISMARCK (AP) — The state Board of Medicine brought five formal disciplinary actions against North Dakota licensed doctors in 2022, including three sanctions that resulted in physicians losing their credentials to practice indefinitely in the state. The number of disciplinary actions in 2022 was six fewer than each of the…
December 8, 2022

Cooking Class Offered by Trinity Health 

MINOT, ND — Trinity Health Outpatient Nutrition Services will present a cooking class, “Recipes for 1 or 2,” Tuesday, December 13, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Trinity Health Community Conference Room at Town & Country Center.    One- and two-person households are a growing sector in North Dakota…
December 6, 2022

Coffee With A Cop 

Stuff-a-Squad Toy Drive   Saturday, December 10th Noon – 2 p.m. at Starbucks Coffee Company – 1340 South Broadway   Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together–over coffee–to discuss issues and learn more about each other.   This event will be similar to the previous…
December 6, 2022

New Skating Rink Downtown 

Citizens Alley ice rink  MINOT – It's a first for downtown – a skating rink in the heart of the city. The rink is expected to add to the downtown shopping experience during the holiday season and is lit with a holiday lighting theme for skating after dark. The rink…
November 28, 2022

Magic City Discovery Center Launches Memberships

Early 2023 opening planned MINOT, N.D. – Give the gift of play, exploration, and discovery this holiday season with an annual membership to North Dakota’s world-class Magic City Discovery Center. Gifting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education provides hands-on learning experiences for the entire year. The Magic City…
November 26, 2022

6th Annual Stuff-a-Squad Toy Drive  

Sunday, November 27th Noon – 4 p.m. Walmart Supercenter   The Minot Police Department and North Dakota Fraternal Order of Police – Souris Valley Regional Lodge #7 are again partnering to accept donations of new unwrapped toys for less privileged families in the region. All donations are divided evenly between…
November 23, 2022

Special Assessment for Traffic Signal

Request to Council by Trinity Health lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – City council voted 4-3 to create the city’s first special assessment district for a traffic signal at the intersection of 23rd Avenue Southwest and 37th Avenue Southwest, requested by Trinity Health, near its new campus.  Alderman Paul Pitner, who voted no,…
November 22, 2022

Eagles Wings Church Hosts Christmas Tree Fundraiser  

One Tree at a Time  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Christmas trees can be beautiful to look at, but thanks to Buy a Tree Change a Life, they can also help those in need.  Dani Clements, site director for the fundraiser and outreach coordinator for Eagles Wings church, said the fundraiser was…
November 22, 2022

Trinity to Hold Skin Cancer Screening 

Free Opportunity  (MINOT, ND)—Trinity Health will conduct a Melanoma/Skin Cancer Screening Wednesday, November 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. The screening, which is free to the community, will be held on the 5th floor of Trinity Health Medical Arts, 400 Burdick Expressway East.   Skin cancer is the most common…
November 20, 2022

N. Dakota AG: Docs can use health info to defend abortions 

By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press  FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Doctors who perform abortions should be able to disclose the patient's personal health information as part of their defense to avoid prosecution, North Dakota's attorney general said Wednesday.  North Dakota's abortion ban, which is currently on hold because of a lawsuit,…
November 17, 2022

Rising food costs take a bite out of Thanksgiving dinner 

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Business Writer  In early November, Hays Culbreth's mother sent a poll to a few family members. She said she could only afford to make two sides for their group of 15 this Thanksgiving and asked them each to vote for their favorites.  Culbreth guesses green beans…
November 16, 2022

Youthworks Faces New Issues 

Youthworks Gives November Update to County Commission  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – An organization that helps youth in Minot is having a few issues since it moved to a new property in the southwest section of the city, including maintaining staff.    After the county voted in June to help fund a new property…
November 15, 2022

New Trinity Hospital on Schedule 

Extensive Planning for Big Move    MINOT – One of the largest construction projects in this city’s history is nearing completion. It wasn’t without challenges, including an explosion and fire, and changing contractors, but the new Trinity Hospital campus is within months of beginning full operation.  “Our revamped timeline following…
November 10, 2022

Northern Plains Children's Advocacy Center

A closer look lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com MINOT – Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center, described here, does a lot for cases where children have had a crime committed against them, including forensic interviews, family advocacy, case management, trauma therapy, and substance abuse treatment. “Our most common client is a twelve-year-old girl, sexually abused…
November 5, 2022

North Dakota high court to weigh judge's abortion ban ruling 

By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press  FARGO (AP) — North Dakota's Supreme Court will hear arguments later this month on the state's abortion ban after the attorney general appealed a judge's ruling that kept it from taking effect.  The high court on Wednesday scheduled oral arguments for Nov. 29 on South…
November 4, 2022

Judge Keeps Abortion Ban from Taking Effect 

By JAMES MacPHERSON and DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota judge ruled Monday that he will keep the state's ban on abortion from taking effect, saying there's a "substantial probability" that a constitutional challenge to the law will succeed.  Judge Bruce Romanick's ruling means abortion…
November 1, 2022

Making Kids Feel Safe 

Overview of Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center  lydia.hoverosn@mydakotan.com   MINOT – After children have a traumatizing experience, telling their story is extremely difficult, and that’s why the Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center strives to make that experience easier on a child.  “Children’s advocacy centers were basically created to provide a MDT,…
October 29, 2022

Audit Hits N. Dakota on Vaccine Handling 

Department of Health disputes it  By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Health Department stored thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses at incorrect temperatures or without temperature data over the past two years, according to a state audit Tuesday that said some of the vaccine was…
October 18, 2022

Bringing Light to the Darkness 

Minot State Hosts Domestic Abuse Awareness Month  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Some may find it hard to talk about traumatic and abusive experiences they’ve had, but some places in Minot are working hard to bring awareness to these situations.  Minot State University is all purple this month, to shed light on…
October 10, 2022

Making the World a Better Place 

Building Confidence for Girls in the Midwest   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  SOUIX FALLS – Though there isn’t an official Girl Scouts troop in Minot, there are still many girl scouts in the area.  Bailey Brooker, director of communications for Dakota Horizons out of Sioux Falls, said there is an office out of Bismarck…
October 8, 2022

Making a Living Will 

Public invited to Trinity Event  MINOT—Trinity Health’s pastoral care team will host a healthcare directive drive October 27 to assist people who would like to complete an advance healthcare directive.   A healthcare directive, also known as a living will, is a written legal document that allows people to state…
October 7, 2022

Tomato Harvest 

Provident Home Companion  The biggest reason to garden is for tomatoes, isn't it? Those tasty, tangy-sweet fruits are the highlight of summer. No grocery store variety comes even close to what comes out of a garden. But the delight of summer tomatoes is too quickly gone.    Fall frosts always come…
October 3, 2022

Teaching Older Children about Money 

Budget Wise  It's important to start teaching children about finances when they are young so that they are fluent in the language of economy. Last week I talked about how to teach the youngest children about money. This week let's look at what your elementary-school and middle-school aged children should…
September 28, 2022

When You Can’t Control the Windchill, Take Control of Your Story

She's Not from Around Here PIX- MINOT--I’m not an expert at many things. A lover of learning, I tend to soak up information and skills, without ever committing them to lifelong practice. This comes in handy because I know a little bit about a lot of bits. If I need…
September 27, 2022

Time to Buy Honey 

Provident Home Companion  Admit it. We all have a sweet tooth. We really can’t do without our sugar. Well, we can, but who really wants to?  That's why sugar or honey is a cornerstone of your basic long-term food storage. But storing sugar can be problematic. Even the slightest amount…
September 26, 2022

Trinity Offers “Cooking on a Budget” 

Cutting Kitchen Costs  MINOT -- Trinity Health Outpatient Nutrition Services will offer a cooking class, “Cooking on a Budget,” Tuesday, October 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. In the Trinity Health Community Conference Room at Town & Country Center.   The event is a complement to last month’s grocery tour,…
September 22, 2022

If You're Bored, You're Doing It Wrong

Hot Dish Lifestyle MINOT--Hello Hot Dishers! If you are in Minot, or within driving distance and you aren’t having fun this weekend, you’re doing it wrong. Actually, for the rest of the month, if you stay home and claim there’s nothing to do—you’re doing it wrong. There is so much…
September 22, 2022

Teach Your Children Young 

 Budget Wise  It's not uncommon to feel overwhelmed by financial stress or think that you are constantly treading water to keep from going under. These feelings are becoming more and more common, especially now as Americans are seeing inflation outpace their income. In many areas of the economy, 10% inflation…
September 21, 2022

Scandimonium, Return of Norsk Høstfest

She's Not From Around Here MINOT--It happened while my family was at Logger Fest over the weekend. I was standing to the side of the bouncy-house obstacle course, waiting for my son to come down the final slide, when I heard foreign speech behind me.   In another place I wouldn’t…
September 20, 2022

Eat Healthy, Save Money 

Grains and Legumes  If you're working on long-term food storage, something that will feed your family for a year or more, you'll want foods that will store for a long time and provide maximum nutrition for minimum price. That's why grains and legumes are the cornerstone of any good long-term…
September 19, 2022

Leaders of Tomorrow

Making a Difference: Boy Scouts Right in Minot lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Whether it's camping, building, entrepreneuring, or simply adventuring, Boy Scouts Northern Lights Council is all of that in one. The Boy Scouts of America is divided into councils, and the Northern Lights Council serves all of North Dakota as…
September 17, 2022

Free Hospice Care Symposium 

Local, National Health Experts  MINOT—Trinity Health will host a free symposium on hospice care October 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Sleep Inn & Suites.   The symposium is open to community members and healthcare professionals or anyone interested in hospice care. Presentations by national and local health…
September 16, 2022

Emergency Response 

September is Preparedness Month  First established in 2003, National Preparedness Month is held each September to increase public awareness about emergency preparedness. This year, the national theme for NPM is “Protect Your Legacy.” The genesis of NPM goes to the aftermath of the attacks on 9-11. The heroic response of…
September 16, 2022

Trash Christmas

She's Not From Around Here  MINOT--My favorite biannual holiday starts on Monday.  That’s right, I’m talking about Trash Christmas.  I know a lot of new folks have moved into Minot since the last Trash Christmas, so I thought it only fair to write about it again. (Read my first article…
September 15, 2022

Family Budget Night 

Budget Wise  charlene.nelson@mydakotan.com As you work towards a healthier budget, it is essential to include your children in the process. It will make life so much easier if everyone in the family has a clear idea of what the family budget is and is working towards the same goals.   There…
September 14, 2022

Cowgirls for a Cure

Shades of Pink MENOKEN--Giving cancer the ‘boot’ is the motto of Cowgirls for a Cure. Lifting North Dakota breast cancer patients, up with their horses, is what close to four-hundred people did-- including barrel racers, their supporters, and Sanford employees Saturday, September 10.  Joining the fight against breast cancer, Bill…
September 13, 2022

Hot Dish Land 

Out and About Happenings  MINOT--There are very few things I enjoy hearing less than the words, “There’s nothing to do in Minot.” I’ve spent the last three years intentionally combating this phrase, and the negativity that comes with it.  Before a new transplant arrives in Minot, they have often already…
September 13, 2022

A Look at Long-Term Food Storage 

Provident Home Companion  For months I've been writing about how important it is to have a three-month food storage. This is the most basic step to being prepared. Your “super pantry” should be stocked with the everyday food you eat, enough to last three months. This will help you get…
September 12, 2022

Participation and Enthusiasm

She's Not from Around Here amy.allender@mydakotan.com MINOT— On Monday, I went to the Soggy Doggy Pool Paw-ty at Roosevelt Park Pool. My sons and I found seats on the bleachers to watch dogs jump from diving boards and wade in the kiddie pool. As I sat there, reveling in the…
September 8, 2022

The Essential Three-Month Savings 

Budget Wise  Charlene.nelson@mydakotan.com  Budgeting is essential to financial well-being, and yet it is one of the most difficult things to implement.  So you'll understand if I return to the topic every now and then. It may be time to check and see if you are on target to meet your…
September 7, 2022

Trinity Health to Expand Patient Access to Digital Therapeutics 

Partners with Orexo U.S.  to help patients manage depression and excessive drinking  MINOT -- Trinity Health, a nonprofit and integrated healthcare system that serves northwestern North Dakota and eastern Montana, has entered a partnership with Orexo, a pharmaceutical and digital therapeutics company, to provide digital therapeutics to Trinity Health patients.…
September 7, 2022

Roughrider Rodeo Finals

Labor Day Weekend tisa.peek@mydakotan.com PARSHALL-- Challenges have arisen all season for Roughrider Rodeo contestants. Whether it be recovering from last year’s drought to the spring storms, to an increase in fuel prices—nothing stopped contestants from putting their best ‘boot’ forward this past 2022 rodeo season. “Cowboys and cowgirls are resilient.…
September 6, 2022

King Kohlrabi

Provident Home Companion Charlene.nelson@mydakotan.com Three or four years ago, my husband's co-worker gave him two kohlrabi, two giant kohlrabi. Normally kohlrabi is about the size of an apple or orange, weighing about 6-10 ounces each. But these were huge, each one weighing twenty pounds! I would have expected them to…
September 5, 2022

NoDak Bar Culture and a Perfect Bar Recipe 

She’s Not From Around Here  Amy.allender@mydakotan.com  MINOT -- “Are you willing to bring a pan of bars for the after-funeral luncheon?”   This sentence was written in a now nearly-decade-old email.  As I read and reread that first request for bars, I could surmise the term was referring to dessert.…
September 1, 2022

Keep Health Cost Down

Budget Wise Charlene.nelson@mydakotan.com   This month my husband began the labyrinth of paperwork required for him to retire at the end of September. Living on a fixed income is daunting enough, but in the last year or so we've seen our health expenses go up and we have to make some…
August 31, 2022

You Can Do It 2

Provident Home Companion Charlene.nelson@mydakotan.com Last week I wrote about all the good reasons you should be canning food this summer. And now it's time to get started. The garden is producing, fruits are ripening, you have so much good food available to you this season, it's time to take advantage…
August 29, 2022

Minot's Newest Trail

Phase One of Fun Lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Trails can be a nice way to get both exercise and fresh air, and Minot seems to be growing in its number of them.  The Minot Park District recently finished Phase One of a new trail, called the Outdoor Recreational Trail, west of…
August 26, 2022

ND Abortion Plan Halted

Judge puts hold on North Dakota trigger law banning abortion By DAVE KOLPACK Associated PressFARGO, N.D. (AP) — A judge on Thursday again blocked a trigger law banning abortion in North Dakota as he weighs arguments from the state's lone abortion clinic that the law violates the state constitution.Burleigh County…
August 25, 2022

She's Not from Around Here

“No sane person would choose to leave Florida to live in North Dakota."  Amy.allender@mydakotan.com  I read that quote in a news article a couple weeks ago. When my eyes ran across the words, I nearly spit out my coffee, choking back a laugh.  The next day, friends came over for…
August 25, 2022

Budget Wise

Keep Health Costs Down charlene.nelson@mydakotan.com This month my husband began the labyrinth of paperwork required for him to retire at the end of September. Living on a fixed income is daunting enough, but in the last year or so we've seen our health expenses go up and we have to…
August 24, 2022

Diabetes Prevention

Diabetes Prevention Sessions Scheduled  (MINOT — The Trinity Health Center for Diabetes Education is accepting registrations for Weigh 2 Change, a CDC-approved diabetes prevention program that helps people with prediabetes take control of their health through nutrition, exercise, and support.  Interested persons are encouraged to attend one of two “Session…
August 23, 2022

You CAN Do It

In the 1860’s a tinsmith named John L. Mason invented what we now call the Mason jar -- a glass jar with a threaded lip and a metal lid secured with a reusable metal ring. Since its invention, this homemaker’s wonder has allowed people all over the world to preserve…
August 22, 2022

Arreter le sucre...

If you don’t know or understand French, let me clarify what this headline means. Simply put, it’s “stop the sugar.” As mentioned in the past, this weekly column is mostly about events happening in North Dakota, or the surrounding states or provinces. This week I feel compelled to write about…
August 21, 2022

Prairie Health in Mohall

MOHALL -- While the COVID-19 pandemic is now mostly an afterthought in our local rural communities, there is no doubt that the pandemic changed the way many people see the world. For Tiffany Strand and Brandy Moen, this is especially true with the way we were able to care for…
August 19, 2022

You'll See

MINOT--“I see you here a lot,” said the man who held the door for me as we simultaneously left the library.  “Yeah,” I replied, while shoving my now-empty coffee mug into my bag. “I come here to work when my husband is home with our kids. I’m close enough that…
August 18, 2022

Five Meals for $5

Have you ever had one of those weeks? The week where everything seems to go wrong and you find your finances, time and patience put to the test? Maybe you’re having a busy week shuttling kids to activities two or three times a day, lots of home and garden chores…
August 17, 2022

Ways to Grow Organic

MINOT – Many people long to grow and eat organically, but it can be very hard to grow organic food.  James Rogers, extension forage crop production specialist at the North Central Research Extension Center, spoke of how organic material in the ground can solve several crop problems.  “I was looking…
August 16, 2022

Enjoy Fresh Garden Peppers

Every year I plant peppers. A lot of peppers. At least six varieties of peppers, two to four plants of each variety. This year it’s Jalapeno and Serrano for salsa and canned peppers, Banana and Hungarian Wax\ for Chili Rellenos and pickled peppers, Paprika and Cayenne for powder, and Death…
August 15, 2022

Swan Song 

The application deadline for one of 2,200 tundra swan licenses available in 2022 is rapidly approaching. Mark Aug. 17 on the calendar if that application hasn’t already been submitted. However, if 2022 follows trends in recent years, it’s possible – but not certain -  wanna-be swan hunters could still have…
August 13, 2022

The Tried and True Secret to Thriving Where You Are

Today, I’m going to tell you a secret. To understand the secret, you’ll need to know the question I’m asked most often: Why, Minot? As in, “Why do you insist on liking Minot so much?” I get this question all the time. Until the moment my husband told me he’d…
August 11, 2022

Fill the Bus, Bring the Smile

MINOT – With school time quickly approaching, school supplies will be necessary for kids of all ages. That’s why Sunrise Rotary Club in Minot hosted its annual Fill the Bus event Wednesday to collect school supplies for children this year. Several organizations put the event on with Town and Country…
August 10, 2022

Back-to-School Savings

Very few parents want to start thinking about back-to-school shopping in the middle of summer. But back-to-school supplies and clothing can cost hundreds of dollars, so now is the time to start planning so that you can realize the biggest savings. Start with a budget If I'm starting to sound…
August 10, 2022

Celebrating Independence

Minot – Independence seemed worth celebrating at a picnic in Minot recently. The picnic was put on by the service agency Independence Inc. and set up in its building’s parking lot Tuesday. Scott Burlingame, executive director of Independence Inc., said this is the 11th annual picnic that is a get…
August 9, 2022

Grandma is Building a Legacy

TWIN BUTTES -- “I’ve been a sponge my whole life, getting help from other horseman, ropers, competitors, you name it” explained Halliday, North Dakota barrel racer, Lynn Schaper. Making her mark this year in the North Dakota Rodeo Association (NDRA) as one of the top all around cowgirls. She is…
August 9, 2022

The Dreaded Blossom End Rot

It’s every gardener’s nightmare: You spend all summer nurturing your lovely tomato and pepper plants to maturity and when the time comes to pick the delicious fruits of your labor you discover they have ugly, black rotting splotches on the bottom of the fruit. You have fallen victim to the…
August 8, 2022

Providing Independence

  MINOT – “Remove barriers and achieve dreams” is the goal of Minot’s service agency Independence Incorporated.  Scott Burlingame, executive director, said Independence Inc. is an 11-county service organization, serving northwest North Dakota for anyone with physical disabilities, learning or cognitive disabilities, mental health issues, vision issues, and blindness.  There…
August 6, 2022

Lord's Cupboard Garden -- Volunteers and Tears

VELVA – A great harvest for an even greater cause – feeding those in need in Minot and Ward County.  Produce harvested from raised gardens north of here is distributed five days a week at the Lord’s Cupboard Food Pantry in Minot. Dedicated volunteers planted the vegetables, maintained the gardens…
August 4, 2022

There's Nothing in North Dakota

MINOT— “I just know by the time we find a good place, the boys are going to be cranky and it’s going to be a disaster.” This was my lament last Sunday, as I wove our car up and down country roads, scanning the horizon for highlighter-yellow fields. I grumbled…
August 4, 2022

Books in the Summer

MINOT – While summer can be a great time to go outside and enjoy the warm weather while it’s here, many kids in Minot have enjoyed listening to and reading books during the hot days.  The Minot Public Library finished its last story time for the summer for young children…
August 3, 2022

Fun on a Dime

The average American spends about $1,800 a year on entertainment and that's not including eating out. Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t have fun. Who wants to live frugally if it's all tedium and drudgery? If we are to be successful at living within the budget, it's essential to find…
August 3, 2022

Trials and Tribulations of Yard Work

North Dakota summertime brings a unique sense of urgency and pride when it comes to taking care of a yard. Maybe it’s because we have a limited season to enjoy the aroma of fresh cut, magenta, green grass, or it’s the season of competition on who can maintain the ultimate…
August 2, 2022

A Local National Night Out

The Minot Police Department announces this year’s National Night Out. This year’s event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 2 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Roosevelt Park.   Joining us will be area Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies, as well as other area first responders showcasing their…
August 1, 2022

Picture Perfect

MINOT – Some artists use paint, some music, and some, like Sawyer Duckwitz, Moffit, use a special kind of pencil, called a graphite pencil. At her table at the North Dakota State Fair, Duckwitz said she starts her work by identifying an object or building she will draw, then placing…
August 1, 2022

There's No Such Thing as Too Much Zucchini

The joke is “Leave your car windows rolled up in the summertime or someone will deposit a bunch of zucchini in your car.”  But the truth is, there is no such thing as too much zucchini. Honestly, there are so many amazing ways to use zucchini, why would you ever…
August 1, 2022

Meet Emergency Responders

MINOT -- Trinity Health is inviting the public to attend a picnic event celebrating the lifesaving work of its medical transport teams and other emergency medical service professionals.   “Cookout with the Crew” will be held Tuesday, August 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Town & Country Center parking…
July 31, 2022

Keeping Kids Safe

MINOT – Keep the kids safe with Trinity Health’s free twice a month free car seat check.  Amber Emerson, Trinity Health Safe Kids and Injury Prevention coordinator, said anyone is welcome to come to the Minot Fire Station 1 to get a free car seat check twice a month.  “Four…
July 30, 2022

Volunteer Rewards

MINOT – When asked why he volunteered to help, his answer was brief and to the point. “It’s the way it should be,” said Bill Schaller, Killdeer. Nearby dozens of people, young and old, were fishing off the large pier at the Conservation and Skills Park at the North Dakota…
July 29, 2022

Bag It

We all have to work and we all have to eat. Since work keeps us busy, it's natural that you want to eat out on your lunch hour. But how much is that lunch costing you?   Visa credit card company recently did a survey and found that the average American…
July 27, 2022

Big Loops -- Lake Sakakawea Classic

PARSHALL -- Fish were not the only thing getting caught this past weekend, July 23 and 24 on Lake Sakakawea. Healing Horse Ranch and Wrangler Team Roping Championships presented an estimated couple thousand teams of team ropers utilizing their loops to catch horns and hooves-- bringing home the grand award…
July 26, 2022

Raising Chickens, Part Two

Raising chickens, how to save money and have fun doing it!
July 25, 2022

Workers Needed at Easter Seals Goodwill

MANDAN – Easter Seals Goodwill ND is celebrating 75 years of helping individuals with barriers and disabilities. ESGWND is a combination of two national organizations, Easterseals and Goodwill Industries, put together as one in North Dakota. Carmen Devney, marketing coordinator for ESGWND in Mandan, said that several states have combined…
July 23, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: Creative Kindness and Good Ideas

MINOT -- The van’s bright yellow exterior, accented by pastel, candy-colored sun rays immediately grabbed my attention. My children were more focused on the massive bubbles being blown in front of the Oak Park amphitheater. I followed, but kept side-eyeing that lovely van, wondering what sort of brilliant idea may…
July 21, 2022

Lower Your Electric Bill

This is the fourth in a series on lowering your electric bills. Today we'll look at a few final ways you can lower your electricity costs and stay ahead of the inflation monster.    Lighting Use natural light. A single south-facing window can illuminate 20 to 100 times its area. If you…
July 20, 2022

Antler Outlaws

ANTLER -- Way up by the Canadian border, in Bottineau County, is this little town. Fields of crops line the highway, trees are abundant, and rodeo action was alive this past weekend, July 16-17. The Antler Outlaws and Rough Rider Rodeo Association hosted their 3rd Annual rodeo together. The Antler…
July 19, 2022

Small Town, Big Celebration

BUFFALO -- Last Saturday, July 16, the small Cass County town of Buffalo, population 200, celebrated homecoming and community building with their 16th annual Shuffle Off to Buffalo. This community celebration first began in 2007 as a class reunion and festival. The annual event unites this small community and brings…
July 19, 2022

MSU Alumni Luau

MINOT -- The Minot State University Alumni Association will again host its annual MSU Alumni and Friends Luau at the Flickertail Gardens at the North Dakota State Fair.  The Alumni and Friends Luau is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27 from 5-7 p.m. and is free to MSU alumni and friends,…
July 18, 2022

Chickens-Key to Self-Reliance

Even though I've had chickens for eight years, I've never recommended raising chickens as a part of prepping or self-reliance, until now. Today's food prices are increasing at nearly three times the rate of wage increases. Recent avian flu outbreaks have triggered the destruction of millions of chickens. The result…
July 18, 2022

A Tiger Tale

COLEHARBOR – My what a fish! Lake Audubon has produced a lot of thrills for fishermen hooking into muskellenge, but the thrills just keep getting bigger and better. Earlier this month Jayd Culley, Dickinson, was fishing with guide Kellen Latendresse when he encountered a monster of a fish. “I was…
July 17, 2022

The Lake

Can we talk about “the lake” for a minute? During my years in North Dakota, I’ve become a student of Hot Dish language, culture, and traditions. I celebrate Syttende Mai, enthusiastically watch Lawrence Welk reruns, participate in Trash Christmas, and say things like “Oh, fer cute,” “Uffda,” and “Oh, I…
July 14, 2022

Lower Your Electric Costs

If you're trying to cut down on your electric bill, you're not alone. Reports in May show that inflation is up 8.6%, which is bad enough. But energy prices rose 3.9% from the previous month ago, bringing the annual gain to 34.6%. It 's doubtful that any of you are…
July 13, 2022

Lansford Strong

  LANSFORD -- This is a small town about 20 miles north of the Minot Air Force Base where service to country and service to community intersect.  Specifically, they come together at the Lansford Rural Volunteer Fire Department.    While other area small communities are constantly struggling to find volunteers, the…
July 12, 2022

Dehydrating: Part Two

Last week I told you all the great reasons you should be dehydrating your summer produce [Providential Home Companion: Time to Dehydrate | The Dakotan | Charlene Nelson (mydakotan.com)]It's super easy, doesn't take much time, and it's the best way to preserve the color and flavor of foods. Preserving food…
July 11, 2022

Nobody wants to work…

I needed to have some service work done on my truck, so I took it to the Ford dealership in Minot. And since there is a McDonald’s across the street, I thought I would hang out there while having a cup of coffee. So, an elderly lady and I are…
July 10, 2022

She's Not From Around Here: The Community Pool

We could see the glimmer of sunshine on water before we heard the splashing or smelled the sunscreen. My husband, Derek, and I pedaled our tandem bicycle up to the bleachers near the pool and climbed off. On the other side of the chain link fence teenage boys were lined…
July 7, 2022

Budget Wise: Save in the Laundry Room

If seems like the utility bills are out of control, you're not wrong.  Experts are predicting that energy costs will rise 16% over the next year. That's why it's so important to get a grip on your electric bill now, so you can better weather the year to come. The…
July 6, 2022

Trinity Eases Mask Policy

  MINOT — Trinity Health is easing some of its masking requirements for people vaccinated against COVID-19 – a change that will continue so long as community incidence of the virus remains at lower levels.  Starting Thursday, July 7, face masks will be optional for patients and visitors who are…
July 6, 2022

Providential Home Companion: Time to Dehydrate

It's not enough that you store up extra food to see you through disasters or other challenges. You need a way to produce and preserve your food. Back in May I wrote about the need for a food plan. Should you get "food storage"? | The Dakotan | Charlene Nelson…
July 4, 2022

The Ancient Art of Hard Work

It is that time of year. Fireworks season, tournament fishing, baseball games, what have you, but the hidden holiday amongst all this fun -- haying season. As you drive across the highways and byways of North Dakota, one may notice the beautiful windrows of ample drying grass and alfalfas lining…
July 4, 2022

Lady In Waiting

Lindsey Miller, Flaxton, was crowned the new Miss Rodeo North Dakota on June 18.
July 1, 2022

She's Not From Around Here: Small Magic

When describing why I find life in North Dakota so enjoyable, I usually cite a combination of local culture, quirks, and my stubborn insistence on finding beauty in things often overlooked. Giving a singular and concise answer to why Minot, ND has become something of a muse to me, is…
June 30, 2022

New Chief of Staff

MINOT — Scott Knutson, MD, an emergency physician and frequent member of Trinity Health’s leadership team, has been elected Chief of Medical Staff for Trinity Health. Dr. Knutson was selected by his peers and confirmed by the Trinity Board of Directors. Knutson will occupy the position previously held by Jeffrey…
June 29, 2022

Lower Your Electric Bill

Your electric bill is one of the biggest guzzler of your monthly expenses. Fortunately electricity in North Dakota only costs about 9.6¢ per kilowatt hours (kWh), well below the national average of 13.1¢ per kWh. But we have higher heating demands in the winter, so the average North Dakotan spends…
June 29, 2022

Off Grid Cooking: The Wonder Box

Here's another cool off-grid cooking method you may want to try: the Wonder Box. Here is simplicity and genius at it's best. The Wonder Box is basically a slow-cooker that works by heat retention. It was developed in the 60's to help families in third world countries cook with very…
June 27, 2022

TMS Offers Hope to Patients with Persistent Depression, OCD

MINOT — Behavioral Health Services is launching an effort to increase awareness among healthcare providers and the public about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). TMS is an FDA-approved, noninvasive, nonpharmacological treatment for people with major depression -- and now obsessive-compulsive disorder -- who’ve been unable to attain relief from antidepressants or…
June 24, 2022

Lower Your Auto Insurance Costs

If you haven't shopped around for insurance in more than a year, chances are that you're paying too much for car insurance. There are several factors that can change the cost of your insurance and give you lower premiums than what you're paying right now: Your car depreciates Insurance rates…
June 22, 2022

Off-grid Cooking: The Rocket Stove

Summer is a good time to experiment with off-grid cooking. Last week I introduced you to solar cooking. But if a solar oven isn't what you're looking for, maybe you want to look at the rocket stove. A rocket stove is a small L-shaped stove that uses small diameter wood…
June 20, 2022

She's Not From Around Here: When Visitors Come

This month our house feels a bit like a bed and breakfast — and my heart couldn’t be happier. In a perfect storm of circumstances and schedules, our home will be vacant of visitors only eight of June’s thirty perfect days. I’ve told you before, I’ll never claim that Minot…
June 16, 2022

Off-Grid Cooking: Solar Ovens

A power outage can be stressful. If you have prolonged power outage, you will be glad for a hot meal. What do you have planned for cooking if you can’t use your stove? June is the perfect time to learn how to cook off grid. This is a “kill two…
June 13, 2022

She's Not From Around Here: I Wasn't Prepared for Summer

When my husband and I found out we would be moving to North Dakota, we got lots of unsolicited comments and advice. “Hope you like the cold.” “Have fun in the great white north — it’s just ice and wind up there.” “Why not Minot? Freezin’ is the reason. Haha!”…
June 9, 2022

Save Big on Cleaning Supplies

The grocery store is a minefield of danger to the family budget, especially with current inflation. Food is essential, so you really can't stop grocery shopping, can you? But a good portion of the tally you pay at the till is not for groceries, but cleaning supplies for the house.…
June 8, 2022

The 3-Day Plan

Last week we talked about the 3-3-3-1 rule for developing your emergency plans and how to create a Bug Out Bag for the first three minutes of a disaster. This week we're going to look at the three-day plan, the second 3 of the 3-3-3-1 rule. Start with a plan…
June 6, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: Lonely Holidays

I’m not from around here. Sometimes that can be really hard. Usually I’m too distracted by the fun I’m having and the quirky local culture to notice the hard parts about not being a native North Dakotan myself. Once in a while, though, the very not-from-here nature of my existence…
June 2, 2022

Trinity Lifts Lockdown

MINOT — Earlier today, Trinity Health was notified by the Minot Police Department of a credible threat to our facilities and/or the people within them. On the advice of law enforcement officials, Trinity initiated a facility lockdown to limit movement and screen those entering our buildings. Later this afternoon, following…
May 31, 2022

Trinity Health on Lockdown

***Updated at 3:30 p.m. on May 31, 2022***  MINOT — Minot Police say Tuesday’s lockdown of Trinity Hospital came as a result of a social media threat. According to police, they notified Trinity of a threatening post on Facebook, and Trinity responded with the lockdown. A police department spokesman said…
May 31, 2022

The First 3 Minutes

It's almost summer time, and that means we're entering tornado season. Natural or man-made disasters will strike without warning. In North Dakota, we should prepare for a house fire, tornado, or a chemical spill. In other parts of the country, the disasters might be earthquakes or flash flooding. When planning…
May 30, 2022

Formula Shortage Affects Trinity

MINOT — The recent baby formula shortage has affected some patients at Trinity Health in Minot. Dr. Diana Peterson, a pediatrician at Trinity, said the shortage, caused by a baby power manufacturing plant in Abbott, Michigan closing, has not affected those in Minot as badly as in other places across…
May 26, 2022

She's Not From Around Here: The Carousel

“I’m about to put a quarter in!” I called to a couple walking their daughter in a stroller at the zoo. “Does she want to rid?” They parked their stroller and helped their little girl climb onto one of the miniature horses on the merry-go-round at the zoo. My boys…
May 26, 2022

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

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

Hometown Heroes

Dueling Derbies in the Wind COLEHARBOR — Oh my did the wind blow! Gusty and nasty, but not so harsh to keep stout veterans from venturing onto the water. Fortunately, they were rewarded for their perseverance. Hometown Heroes staged a fishing event on Lake Audubon on May 14. The wind…
May 22, 2022

She's Not From Around Here: It's Not a Vacation Destination

Last weekend we visited Rapid City. During the days we crammed in tourist activities. We hit Bear Country, Reptile Gardens, and Old McDonald’s Farm. We ate ice cream at Mount Rushmore and browsed Who’s Toy House downtown. In the evening we visited local friends over meals and later watched our…
May 19, 2022

‘Wild About Safety’ Zoo Event Planned June 7

MINOT — Safe Kids Minot will host a family event, “Wild About Safety,” Tuesday, June 7, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Roosevelt Park Zoo. Families will enjoy free admission to the zoo, courtesy of Enbridge. The community event is designed to share safety tips with families and will include…
May 18, 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

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

She's Not From Around Here: Trash Christmas

Something magical week is nearly upon us in the Magic City. It’s that special time of year that yields surprises, laughter, and neighborly cheer. It’s an emotional rollercoaster of loss, joy, victory and disappointment. It’s one of the traditions I found incredibly odd when I was a naive newcomer, and…
May 12, 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

She's Not From Around Here: Mother's Day

My birthday falls right after Christmas. Often the day is spent in the car or airport traveling to or from visiting family. The business of Christmas and New Year’s can put my ideals for a birthday celebration on the backburner. Plus, I’m usually too tired from all the Christmas-ing to…
May 5, 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

Grocery Tour Focuses on Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance

MINOT — Trinity Health Outpatient Nutrition Services will host a grocery store tour focusing on celiac disease and gluten intolerance Tuesday, May 10, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the main MarketPlace Foods, 1930 South Broadway. The free tour, led by Clinical Dietitian Kayla Cole, RDN, LRD, is part of…
May 2, 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

Community Banded Together to Shuttle Snowed-In Hospital Staff

MINOT — Dale Deibert normally revs up his Tucker Sno-Cat® tractor to groom snowmobile trails. But a mid-April blizzard put him on a different path – forging trails on Minot’s snow-filled streets. Dale was part of a platoon of snowmobilers, City of Minot personnel, farmers and other locals who joined…
April 29, 2022

Hearing Loss #1 Modifiable Risk Factor for Dementia

MINOT — People who procrastinate getting hearing aids have a new reason to reconsider their hesitancy. A growing body of evidence suggests there may be a connection between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline. Trinity Health’s Audiology Clinic is using Better Hearing & Speech Month in May to raise awareness…
April 28, 2022

Annual “Doc Walk” Set for May 4

MINOT — May is Exercise is MedicineTM Month, a time to celebrate your ability to take hold of your health and improve for tomorrow. To underscore the importance of physical activity to one’s health, the American Medical Association and the American College of Sports Medicine created Exercise is MedicineTM, a…
April 28, 2022

She's Not From Around Here: Cream of Mushroom Soup

We’ve got to talk about the blizzards one more time. Just once more. Then I’m done. Unless, of course we get another blizzard. If we get a blizzard in May, all bets are off and you betcha I’ll write about it. But for today, let’s confidently hope that blizzard warnings…
April 28, 2022

Saving on Groceries Part 4: Final Two Tips

You may be finding it a challenge to keep food costs down, especially if you are living on a 2021 salary or a fixed income. These are financially precarious times and you need all the help you can get. So here are two more tips to help you manage your…
April 27, 2022

Trinity Earns ‘Best Hospitals’ Listing

MINOT — Trinity Health’s acute care hospital and its care teams have been recognized in the 2022 U.S. News and World Report “Best Hospitals” guidebook issue for excellence in heart care. The issue features an insert by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) recognizing health systems that participate in the…
April 25, 2022

The Early Spring Garden: Brassicas

After you've planted your peas, spinach and onions, (mydakotan.com/2022/04/the-early-spring-garden/) it's time to start planting brassicas. “Wait! What,” you may ask “what on earth is a brassica?” Brassicas are a family of plants that are known for being cold-hardy and high in nutrition. They are also called cruciferous plants. That’s because…
April 25, 2022

She's Not From Around Here: The Unsung Hero of Blizzard 2022

We got more snow than I expected. When I wrote last week’s column the blizzard was impending with predictions hinting at the possibility of 30” of snow. However, with my vast meteorological experience (okay, I have none), I made my own prediction: Minot would get far less snow than expected…
April 21, 2022

Saving on Groceries Part 3: Cook from Scratch

In our attempt to lower the grocery bill we've covered things like shop with a list, have a super pantry and cut down on food waste. These all sound like Grandma skills. And the truth is, these are things your grandma did. If your Grandma lived during the depression (like…
April 20, 2022

ND Inventor Receives Newest Version of Lens He Created

MINOT — North Dakota native and inventor Bill Isaacson developed the world's first bifocal or multifocal intraocular lens (IOL) in 1987. The high-tech lens has been implanted during cataract surgeries throughout the world, restoring visual clarity to millions. Now, three decades later he will finally get to experience his own…
April 19, 2022

The Early Spring Garden

Spring is so close, so very, very close, that we are all getting anxious to get into the garden and start planting something. Every year, after a week or two of sunny, pleasant weather, everyone rushes to the garden center and buys a whole flat of garden veggies. Who doesn't…
April 18, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: Spring Snow

You know how some board games can force your pawn to return to start? Or at least make you to move back several spaces? That’s spring snowstorms in Minot. You can play the game. You can execute strategy — but in classic board games like Life, Sorry or Trouble it…
April 14, 2022

Trinity Health Clinics to Remain Closed Thursday

MINOT — Trinity Heath’s Minot and regional clinics will remain closed on Thursday, April 14, including CancerCare, retail pharmacies, kidney dialysis units and other outpatient centers. FirstCare Walk-In Clinic will be closed initially, pending storm cleanup. Check Facebook or trinityhealth.org for updates.
April 13, 2022

Saving on Groceries Part 2: Eliminate Waste

More Tips to Save at the Grocery Store Last week I gave three tips on how to save at the grocery store. They were: 1-Start a Super Pantry2-Shop with a list3-Go easy on the perishable foodsYou can read them in detail here: http://mydakotan.com/2022/04/saving-at-the-grocery-store-part-1/. Let's continue with more tips on how…
April 13, 2022

Trinity Health Activates ‘Code White’ – Clinics Closed April 13

MINOT — Trinity Health is initiating Code White procedures due to the oncoming blizzard. The highest level of Code White will be in effect, which means all Trinity Health clinics, physician offices and outpatient health centers in and outside of Minot will be closed on Wednesday – including the CancerCare…
April 12, 2022

Ten Skills for Self-Reliance

The Internet is full of articles with titles like “Top Ten Skills Every Survivalist Should Know.” I know a lot of people are prepping for some end-of-the-world-doomsday-apocalypse  kind of event and in that case, these would be skills you’d want to know. But how likely is that? I think the…
April 11, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: The Library Sale

A local friend once told me the library sale is an ideal place to observe North Dakotans being North Dakotan. It’s a place to see Dakotaness on display. Like a lot of things, I didn’t understand until I saw it first hand. Let me explain. First of all, the fact…
April 7, 2022

Saving at the Grocery Store Part 1

For most people, food is the third highest expenditure in the family budget (after housing and transportation) and food costs are going up. Way, way up. In the last year — from September 2020 to September 2021 — the cost of food rose 31%. That’s the steepest increase the U.S.…
April 6, 2022

Cooking Class Spotlights Stir Fry Sauces

MINOT — Trinity Health Outpatient Nutrition Services will offer a cooking class, “Stir Fry Sauces,” Tuesday, April 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Outpatient Dietitian Kayla Cole, RDN, LRD, will offer recipes and tips for making homemade stir fry sauces that are healthier than store-bought and just as tasty. “Stir…
April 4, 2022

The Embarrassing Bean

In many parts of the world, beans (and their legume cousins, lentils) are eaten every day at virtually every meal. By comparison, Americans eat very few beans. And this may be one big reason for it: gas. Many people have a reaction to beans that, well, alerts others to what…
April 4, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: Prom in Hot Dish Territory

On Saturday, Minot’s teenagers will dress to the nines and scoot off to prom. Which means, this the perfect time to chat about an outsiders take on Hot Dish prom. Before going further, let me be candid. I love prom. Though my prom years are long passed, I still carry…
March 31, 2022

The Worst Topic of All

Budgeting. Such a boring word and a tedious topic. It's also an emotionally fraught subject. So much of what we feel emotionally and how we respond to society is wrapped up in how we spend our money.  Yet budgeting is the first step to managing finances and is essential if…
March 30, 2022

American Cancer Society Donates CancerCare Transportation Grant to Trinity Health Foundation

MINOT — Trinity Health Foundation is excited to announce it was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society funds a number of initiatives for patients dealing with the impacts of cancer. One of those initiatives is by providing grants that provide transportation assistance…
March 28, 2022

The Magical Fruit

Beans, beans, the magical fruit... School yard rhyme aside, you really should be eating beans at every meal. They are super high in fiber, protein and lots of vitamins. They are a tasty, inexpensive and filling, making them the ideal food for those trying to keep their food budget under…
March 28, 2022

Scavenger Hunt Part of Centennial Festivities

MINOT — Trinity Health has planned several events and initiatives this year and to mark 100 years of delivering care to the region. Trinity Health was founded on April 25, 1922, when Lutheran pastors and congregants from around the region gathered to raise money for a 30-bed hospital in Minot,…
March 28, 2022

Experts Offer Advice on Kidney Disease

MINOT — The Trinity Health Foundation, as well as the Northarvest Bean Growers, sponsored an event on Thursday night about the link between hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). The event had four experts speak on different aspects of the topic. Lotoya Myrie-Walters, a…
March 25, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: The Honor Code

I’ve never been robbed. Not really. There have been two instances in which something of mine was stolen. They are as follows: Once, at a pumpkin patch in Delaware, I painted a small pumpkin that came complimentary with each corn maze admission. I brushed on minimalistic black and white stripes,…
March 24, 2022

Making Ends Meet

Last week my husband and I sat down with an adviser to begin the paperwork for his retirement. This feels like the second scariest decision we've ever made during our marriage. The first was when we decided to live on one income so that I could be at home with…
March 23, 2022

Why Heirlooms?

There’s a buzz going around about “heirloom seeds” especially heirloom tomatoes, leading people to believe that heirlooms have more flavor or are otherwise superior to all other tomatoes. And that's why they can charge you double for the seeds or plants. That’s only partly true. Yes, they do taste good, but…
March 21, 2022

Verendrye Electric Donates to Trinity Health Foundation Capital Campaign

MINOT — Trinity Health Foundation announced it was recently presented a $25,000 donation for the new Trinity Healthcare Campus and Medical District Capital Campaign from Verendrye Electric. Verendrye representatives Randy Hauck, manager, and Tom Rafferty, member services manager, presented the check to Trinity Health Foundation Director Dusty Zimmerman, and Development…
March 19, 2022

Nanny State

The poop was running down the back of my hand and inside my sleeve. I couldn't help but smile. I realized how much I love my new job as a nanny to my 9th grandchild. My wife and I signed on (begged for the chance, really) to nanny our 8-week-old…
March 17, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: Lighter Days

I think the darkness is harder to bear than the cold. Everyone who comes to Minot thinks about the cold. Everyone dreads the cold. Everyone talks about the cold. But very few mention the darkness. In the fall we ride a slippery slope to days spent in the dark. It…
March 17, 2022

Back Talk: SoftWave Technology Gaining Recognition

MINOT — Cornerstone Chiropractic has a new form of treatment for patients, SoftWave, that uses sound waves to stimulate blood flow and bring healing stem cells to areas that have been the source of chronic pain. The SoftWave unit is the first of its kind in the Minot area. Getting…
March 15, 2022

Time to Plan Your Garden

Right now it looks like spring is a long way off. But don’t be fooled — before you know it, it will be time to plant your garden. That makes this the perfect time of year to sit down and plan what you want this year’s garden to look like.…
March 14, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: Why Is Winter Taking So Long?

“Mom, why is winter taking so long?” My four-year-old has asked me this question exactly every day for a week straight. When he says it, the phrase is drawn out. It carries that tone of voice only a genuine child can produce when talking to their parents: Mo—ommm. My name…
March 10, 2022

Ten Reasons to Grow a Garden

Gardening is the most popular hobby in the U.S. right now. Each year more people take up gardening. Last year saw the biggest increase. An estimated six million gardened for the first time last year, and this year it is expected that even more people will join in this favorite pastime.…
March 7, 2022

Minot Home & Garden Show

The Minot Association of Builders Hosts 47th Annual Home & Garden Show MINOT — Inside the North Dakota State Fair Center today, the 2022 Home and Garden Show is being hosted by the Minot Association of Builders, making it the 47th year of its existence.  Erika Kelly, the executive officer…
March 5, 2022

Trinity Hospital Provides Detailed Update on the Progress of New Facility

MINOT — Trinity Hospital in Minot is in the final year of construction of its new campus on the south end of town. Having started construction in 2018 and after an estimated 1.1 million hours of labor between 500-600 daily workers, the crew shared a tour of certain sections of…
March 4, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: A Friendly Push

A few weeks ago I came across a car stuck in a bank of snow. We’d gotten snow earlier in theweek, but this was a warm, 35 ̊ day. Streets were clear, snow had even begun to melt on thesidewalks. The sky was blue, the sun was warm, the wind…
March 3, 2022

Let's Talk Beans

After you have a good store of food — the Super Pantry that we talked about a couple weeks ago — the next thing you should do is go buy 100 lbs of beans and 100 lbs of rice. I can hear you already exclaiming, “One hundred pounds! Are you…
February 28, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: Hot Dish Airports

Since moving to North Dakota I’ve had many moments that leave me thinking I must have stepped into an alternate universe. However, few compare to my experiences at North Dakotan airports. Though locals may not bat an eye at the Hot Dish airport experience, to those of us who aren’t from…
February 24, 2022

Making a Difference: Men on Ice

I think it's really fair to say that it's easy to get discouraged when you take a look at the news now-a-days. Just the other day I heard somebody say that our country is going to hell in a hand basket yet again and definitely agree that it's easy to…
February 23, 2022

Talk to Your Neighbors

We've had a hard winter and some of us are feeling pretty battered by all the storms. Soon the government will be issuing its flood predictions for spring of 2022. Hopefully, the flood forecast will not be too dire. But no matter what's on the horizon, now is a good…
February 21, 2022

She’s Not From Around Here: Talk Like a Local

When you move to a new place it’s common to feel like an outsider. Obviously, you expect it to take some time to find your stride and your people – but that stage of relocation is never fun. I’ve never felt so foreign in a place than when I moved…
February 17, 2022

Outdoor Lessons for the Real World: When the bad thing happens

As I sat in the icehouse catching up with a couple of friends I faintly heard in the distance “dad…Dad…DAd…DAD!” That day I was at an ice fishing retreat with forty plus anglers and about half of them were dads. One of my buddies said, “Someone must have a fish,”…
February 16, 2022

Food Storage Part II

Chances are good that your grandma kept a well-stocked pantry. She called it “putting by” and she thought it was just common sense to always have a good supply of food on hand. But with the prosperity in the decades following the Great Depression, this practice has fallen into disuse.…
February 14, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: Cold is Relative

When you find out you’re moving to Minot, the first thing you wonder about is the cold. Whenyou move to Minot the first thing you’ll think about is the cold. When you tell someone you live in Minot, the first thing they ask about is the cold. Yes, there’s more…
February 10, 2022

Finding Love in Medora 

Couple Shares Their Story   MEDORA — A family trip to Medora finds its way onto the calendars of most North Dakotans. The beauty of the Badlands, the atmosphere of the once little cow town now turned into a buzzing tourist mecca with the Medora Musical taking the marquee position for…
February 9, 2022

Trinity Health Foundation Announces $50,000 Donation for Resiliency Room

MINOT — Trinity Health Foundation recently received a $50,000 donation from retired nurse, Joanne Quale, to aid in the creation of Trinity Health’s Resiliency Room. The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented effect on healthcare. In addition to the devastation it has caused, it has brought new challenges and demands…
February 9, 2022

Food Storage

Let's talk food storage   At first blush, talking about food storage may sound hard core prepper, but it's really not. It's hard core common sense.  When preppers talk about food storage, they are usually talking about a long-term food storage made up of MREs and freeze-dried foods that will see…
February 7, 2022

Non-Congregate Sheltering Discontinued through Ward County 

MINOT — Ward County will no longer provide shelter for COVID-positive individuals needing to isolate or quarantine, also known as non-congregate sheltering. “I will no longer be performing that service due to some issues that we’ve had with it,” said the Director of Emergency Management Jennifer Wiechmann on Tuesday to…
February 6, 2022

Quilts of Valor

Volunteers make Quilts of Valor for Service Members and Veterans MINOT — After enjoying a warm meal together on Saturday morning, a dozen women from the Minot Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) and the Quilters Guild worked steadily at sewing special quilts for those touched by war.  February 5 marks…
February 6, 2022

NDDoH Offering Emergency Recruitment Program

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is offering an Emergency Recruitment Program to encourage individuals to pursue careers working in skilled nursing facilities as a Temporary Nurse Aide and Certified Nurse Aide. The program will run through May 30, 2022, or the approval of 100 applicants—whichever comes first. The…
February 6, 2022

She’s Not from Around Here 

A casseroler’s take on life in hot dish territory  “Wow, look at all those shades of brown.” The comment was delivered with faux awe from my passenger seat. Her sarcasm was friendly, not fiery. We both laughed.  “Now, now — don’t be judgmental. Look,” I said while pointing out the…
February 3, 2022

Outdoor Lessons for the Real World 

That's Mine  You don’t need to be a parent to understand that kids can get very protective of their toys. Sit down at any local café in our country, and it takes less time to realize we adults don’t have anything to brag about when it comes to humility and…
February 2, 2022

Budgeting

“For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?” Luke 14:28  Budgeting. That is the first step to having a Preparedness Plan in place. If you are serious about…
January 31, 2022

Keeping the Heart of America Beating

RUGBY — The aging Heart of America medical facility is reaching the ends of its lifespan. The expense of maintaining much of the structure has disrupted the economic feasibility of the largest employer in the community.  “We’re paying upkeep on the old facility and upkeep is ridiculously expensive,” said Greg…
January 26, 2022

Citrus Fruit

In the dead of winter, when everything is frozen and bleak, Mother Nature blesses us with a ray of warm sunshine: citrus fruit. This is the season that citrus fruit is harvested, and so there’s plenty. This abundance also means it’s often on sale during the winter months. And a…
January 24, 2022

Outdoor Lessons for the Real World

Will I Make It Perspective is one of those things that’s more important than we give it credit for. Perspective is so powerful that it controls how and why we act in every situation of life…we just lose track of that fact more than we like to admit. There’s a…
January 19, 2022

Declutter and Donate 

Last week I talked about simplifying your life, paring down on things that clutter your time, your emotions and your space. Continuing with that theme, I'm going to challenge you to declutter a room this week. Choose a room—any room—and get rid of what you can't use and organize what…
January 17, 2022

Just Simplify

Stuff costs more than money  Many are beginning to recognize the emotional, spiritual and financial weight of consumerism. That is why there is a surge in blogs, Facebook pages and websites that encourage and extol minimalism and non-consumerism.  Fifty years ago, Americans consumed half of what they do today. Advertising convinces…
January 10, 2022

Trinity Health Dealing with Increased Patient Count 

In a statement released Wednesday, Jan. 5, Randy Schwan, Vice President of Mission Integration at Trinity Health, addressed the fact that the Trinity Health Emergency Department was having to board patients in emergency department (ED) rooms because of a lack of available beds in the hospital. In an email to…
January 6, 2022

Outdoor Lessons for the Real World 

Stretching Yourself  I am not sure if it's a sign of how last year went, but I’m not quite certain how I should start the new year. Part of the reason for my delay is today I am writing about stretching myself and in all honesty, I can’t tell you…
January 5, 2022

Setting Goals

Last week, I gave you a quiz to see how prepared you are. Did you see anything that concerned you? January is the month of new beginnings and fresh perspective. This is the time to start getting prepared. After evaluating how prepared you are for a crisis, it's time to…
January 3, 2022

Before You Take a Bite 

MINOT—Nobody likes to find out their favorite place to eat is temporarily closed, especially if they discover it's due to food and health code violations.   First District Health Unit (FDHU) in Minot makes sure that food establishments are up to code to help mitigate the risk of people getting sick through deficiencies in food quality or being harmed by potential…
December 29, 2021

Evaluate Your Preparedness 

It's the end of the year and a good time to evaluate how prepared you are and maybe start considering if or how you want to be more prepared in the year to come. Start by taking this self-evaluation quiz:   General Preparedness Do you have a family Emergency Plan? If there…
December 27, 2021

Healing Horse Ranch Horseback Riding Center

Nature’s Gift  PARSHALL—Four years ago, the Healing Horse Ranch Indoor Riding Arena opened on the NE Segment of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation outside of Parshall.  The 150 feet by 250 feet heated indoor arena is not your ordinary horse event center. The Healing Horse Ranch is owned by the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara (MHA) Nation and offers therapeutic riding to people across the…
December 26, 2021

Outdoor Lessons for the Real World

It's a Gift This week is Christmas. Many of you have all your shopping done, and it’s just a matter of waiting for the big day to come. Others of you are frantically trying to get the last gifts bought and arrangements made. And I know there are a handful of you that…
December 22, 2021

Illness Prevention

Wintertime brings out all sorts of coughs, colds, and nasty bugs. Now that we've added COVID to the mix, it's even more important to take steps to prevent winter bugs from taking you down.  Prevent illnesses:  Wash your hands. Frequently. Most winter illnesses can be avoided with proper hand washing.…
December 20, 2021

Outdoor Activities in Minot

MINOT—Winter weather can make for a good excuse to stay inside, but the snow and ice can also provide some worthwhile activities outside.  During the winter, the park district maintains four outdoor rinks for skating, hockey, or just learning at Polaris Park, Roosevelt and Perkett Schools, and Corbett Field. All will be open soon, depending on the temperature.   “With the nice weather, it…
December 16, 2021

Provident Home Companion

Preparing a winter safety kit for your vehicle Last week a couple readers suggested a column on winter safety, particularly for cars. The importance of this topic was made even more clear to me as I made the 4½ hour drive from Casselton to Minot just after our last snow…
December 13, 2021

Outdoor Lessons for the Real World

Looking Back The last couple of years have been a little crazy to say the least. We’ve all dealt with personal loss in ways most would say was unpredictable just two years ago. As an author, I’ve been working on planning my articles for 2022. Part of this process involves looking back…
December 8, 2021

Holiday Hikes Set for Audubon NWR 

COLEHARBOR – It's free and an excellent way to get outdoors and enjoy some wintertime exercise.   The Friends of Lake Audubon National Wildlife Refuge and the North Country Trail Association’s Central Flyway Chapter are sponsoring a guided hike on December 9 at 2 p.m. and self-guided hikes Dec. 20-Jan.1, 2022. All the hikes will be at Audubon NWR,…
December 7, 2021

Minot Health Clinic Now Offering Rapid PCR Testing

MINOT—Minot Health Clinic is now offering a Rapid RT-PCR COVID-19 test. The test is required for international travel. Local residents and Canadians no longer have to travel outside Minot to acquire this testing. "I decided this was a worthwhile investment for the Minot community along with those outside the area."…
December 6, 2021

Provident Home Companion

Importance of being prepared for life's uncertainties For close to twenty years, I have been teaching, writing about, and advocating for being prepared for all kinds of emergencies. It started when we moved to our place in the country in 1996. Battered by dozens of blizzards and an ice storm that left us without…
December 5, 2021

New Harpist Graces Downtown Minot

Minot plays host to harpist Jaclyn Wappel MINOT—The city of Minot has been quietly playing host to a new harpist for the past few months. Dr. Jaclyn Wappel, an experienced performer, instructor, and published scholar, will be performing downtown at Lien’s Jewelry on Friday, Nov. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Her set will…
November 25, 2021

Wild Rides

North Dakota Rodeo Association recaps 2021 season  MEDORA – Cowboys and cowgirls came dressed, pressed, and ready to impress as they collected their awards from the 2021 North Dakota Rodeo Association (NDRA) season and finals. With the support of the rodeo committees, the ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora Community Center, and the NDRA organization hosted a banquet on Nov. 13 recognizing the…
November 16, 2021

Fascination with Flight

Velva man rebuilds early biplane VELVA -- Inside a hanger a few miles north of here sits a glistening airplane, dark red with brilliant white wings. Two of them. The stunning biplane was reconstructed by Larry Linrud, 74, a man who has been around airplanes most of his life.   Linrud spent nearly 40 years in the aerial spraying business.…
November 5, 2021
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