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4-H Camps - Learning and Fun Experiences

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If you’re looking for adventure this summer, try the 4-H Camp near Washburn. Any youth can attend a variety of camps to have fun while developing lifelong skills, trying new activities, learning the importance of a healthy lifestyle and discovering what they can accomplish, all in a safe environment. Check out the possibilities today!

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Living With High Heating Costs

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This winter’s frigid temperatures and high heating costs are putting a big dent in North Dakotans’ budgets, so this may be a time when the whole family needs to sacrifice a bit and tighten up spending. “When Prices Rise: Living on Your Income,” can help families track their expenditures and reduce their spending. “Family Money Manager” is another Extension publication that can be helpful when adjusting the family budget.  

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Check Stored Grain

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Search for small changes in your stored grain that are indicators of potential problems. The early snow, cool fall and early cold winter temperatures made 2013 a challenging year for the corn and sunflower harvests. Some grain went into storage at higher than recommended moisture contents, and that increases the likelihood of storage problems.

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Extension: 100 Years of Service

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In 2014, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state national network of educators who extend university-based research and knowledge to the people. The Smith-Lever Act has stimulated innovative research and vital educational programs for youth and adults through progressive information delivery systems that improved lives and shaped a nation. Join us as we celebrate 100 years of extending knowledge and changing lives.

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Guide to Reloadable Prepaid Cards


When a prepaid card is reloadable, it generally is meant for longer-term use. Funds initially are deposited on the card and the card can be reloaded with more money at any time. It is the “reload” feature that distinguishes prepaid cards from other cards. Consumers also may choose to have a paycheck deposited directly to a prepaid card. There are advantages and disadvantages to using a reloadable card.

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Beverage Mixes in a Jar

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If you are looking to save some money on holiday presents, consider making inexpensive and tasty beverages in your own home. Making beverage mixes in the home is a fun and easy way to make delicious drinks without breaking your budget and many people welcome a special holiday coffee or tea beverage. Sip it slowly and enjoy! (Photo by Alice Henneman, University of Nebraska Extension – Lancaster County)

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Save on Energy Costs

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Homeowners can save money by doing a basic energy audit using an infrared thermometer. By following some energy saving tips and filling out a questionnaire, a homeowner can find sources of air leaks and learn about insulation levels in a home. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Meiklejohn)

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Fats in Our Diets

Trans Fat

Through the years, certain foods fall in and out of public awareness and favor. This certainly has been true of fats, such as those found in margarine and butter. For example, for a time, margarine was recommended instead of butter for health reasons; more recently, margarine has received bad press because it contains trans fat. These conflicting messages in the media can create confusion.

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Let’s Talk Turkey!

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You can make sure that the turkey you serve during the holidays produces only compliments. Just remember the four simple steps to food safety: clean, separate, cook and chill. (Photo by anitapeppers at morgueFile.com

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Keep Your Home Healthy

house photoIndoor air quality is important because we breathe about 5,000 gallons of air daily and spend 90 percent of our time indoors. Indoor air quality problems, such as exposure to carbon monoxide, can be life-threatening and exposure to mold can cause respiratory problems and trigger asthma attacks. (Photo by kconnors at morgueFile.com)

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