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Extending Support for Farmers, Ranchers in Times of Stress

Many farmers, agricultural professionals and family members are facing increased stresses linked with uncertain market conditions. The hours they must spend in checking on market prospects, reviewing financial needs, and making farming decisions can be long, stressful and tiring.

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Set Realistic Goals for the New Year and Beyond

Baby boomers are more likely to achieve New Year’s resolutions by making meaningful long-range resolutions for their second act of life.

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Set Financial Goals as Your New Year's Resolution

Now is the time of year when people start to set their New Year’s resolutions. Why not make your goals work for you and have a healthier financial year?

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Winter a Good Time for Learning

North Dakota winter weather and extended time indoors brings opportunities for learning like no other time of year.

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Tips to Make Enjoyable Holidays for Older Family Members

The holidays are a special time for us to re-connect as families, enjoy each other’s company and reflect on many good memories of the past.

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Illustration by Jan.Smith

A Child's Guide to Making Friends

Making friends is an important part of child development.

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Budget Your Thanksgiving Meal

When we think about Thanksgiving one of the first things that comes to mind is food (turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, etc.). Here are some tips to save some money on your meal this holiday.

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Family Caregivers

November is National Family Caregivers Month: Are You a Family Caregiver?

Are you one of the 62,100 individuals in North Dakota providing care to a spouse, relative or friend?

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Illustration by Natalie Jeanne Champagne

Mental Health Resources Available

Check out the resources on the new mental/behavioral health webpage. NDSU Extension developed it in response to North Dakota’s crucial need for awareness and education in mental and behavioral health, and referrals to services for people needing help.

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Don't Let Your Halloween Spending Terrify You This Year!

Did you know Halloween is one of the highest grossing holidays in the United States?

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Circles of Aging Project Final Report

Circles of Aging Project

What are the needs and desires of baby boomers as they age in North Dakota? See the final report of a 2-year long focus group study on baby boomers’ perceptions on senior centers, nutrition programs, and other service and program needs.

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What is Medicare Open Enrollment and Why is it Important?

Even if you have a plan and think you are set for the coming year, you need to consider your health and health-care spending now because of “Medicare open enrollment.”

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If Meals Were More Fun

Shared mealtimes with family members seem to be going the way of the dinosaur for many American households.

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Supporting Emotional and Behavioral Health

When stressful times occur, it is important to consider the emotional and behavioral health needs of the individuals around us.

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Farming and Ranching in Tough Times

Farmers/ranchers and their family members experience pressure from all directions. While all of us must contend with economic ups and downs or family concerns, farmers have added uncertainties such as the weather and commodity prices that directly influence their lives and farming operations.

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Sean Brotherson

Father Involvement and the Future of Children and Families

Q: Why is father involvement a topic of social concern in America today?

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers Program Grows in ND

NDSU Extension Service was pleased to conduct a Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class Leader Training in Fargo on June 27 & 28, 2016. Extension FCS Agents and community educators/volunteers from across the state attended this 2-day workshop to become certified to offer this education to family caregivers in their respective communities.

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Responding to Distressed People

Responding to Distressed People

Sometimes you need help. Sometimes you are help.

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