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Bi-weekly news articles featuring family, nutrition, health, fitness, community and youth. Written by Marcia Hellandsaas, NDSU Extension Agent

Empower Your Family to Start Succession Plan - Attend Upcoming Workshop

February 17, 2021 - Passing the farm or ranch onto the next generation is a complex endeavor. I've been involved in the process for years on our family farm! Planning is key. How do you start? NDSU Extension has developed a complete succession planning workshop and it will be held here on...

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Try These 7 Steps to Build a More Healthful Sandwich

February 10, 2021 - Sandwiches are almost a main stay in my diet. I eat them often at work for my noon meal or for a quick evening bite. This time of year, they can get a bit old and boring. It's cold outside and how do I keep them interesting? Try the following suggestions to help ensure your sandwiches stay healthful and appealing...

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McKenzie Co Food Pantry details, Savor leftovers, Test your money savings skills

January 27, 2021 Times maybe difficult for local families, if you are struggling the McKenzie County Food Pantry can help, here are the times and dates...; Savor Your Leftovers...; Test Your Money Saving Skills at the Grocery Store... which of these are true for you?...

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Tips on enjoying holiday tastes without all fo the wastes

December 30, 2020 This is a different holiday season for me, as it is for so many of us. But I have to say that I am celebrating, just in smaller gatherings. One has taken place and I still have two more. I would guess that others are doing the same as me. At all gatherings, everyone is...

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Focus on Emotional Wellness this Holiday Season

December 16, 2020 - Oh, this has been a most difficult year! I, like a lot of people I'm sure, are anxious to start a New Year and hope things will get better soon! We seem to be challenged each day. The list of challenges for all of us will be difficult, depending on our individual circumstances. This list can be very long for some and much...

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Upcoming Holidays and COVID-19 Fatigue

November 25, 2020 - I believe I have COVID fatigue. It's a tiring feeling and not wanting to wear a mask deal. It's really wanting to be done with this social distancing thing. Well, I've found out, the fact it, there are at least two kinds of "Covid fatigue"...

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Dinner Parties Reinvented

November 18, 2020 - Thanksgiving may be different this year. I'm going to be at a small gathering of immediate family. I'm not traveling far-just nearby. I'm probably not the only one with a different plan this year as far as family goes. You know, menus may also be a little different. Regardless of what Thanksgiving 2020 brings, make it memorable. Here are some ideas that could be used for...

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McKenzie County Community Foundation awards grants

November 11, 2020 - The McKenzie County Community Foundation gave out $8,400 in grants this month. Recipes were: Bio Girls Project, Long X Arts Foundation, Badlands Gymnastics Club, Lifeguard Training Equipment-Rough Rider Center, Children's Corner/Tater Tots and Bakken Oil Rush Ministries. These grants were made possible with key gifts from area donors...

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Tips for Preparing Elk/Vension

November 4, 2020 - It's often been said that we have about six seasons in North Dakota: our traditional spring, summer, winter and fall and then there is road construction and also hunting season! I have passionate hunters in my neighborhood and I'm an early bird, so I often greet them as they are up early and heading out to try and locate whatever wild game is on the agenda for the day...

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Take Action during Medicate Open Enrollment

October 21, 2020 - I have become somewhat involved in Medicare Open Enrollment over the past few years. Some Extension Agents (like me) have received some training from the North Dakota Insurance Department's State Health Insurance Counseling Program (SHIC) to help people with questions. So, if you are on Medicare, you already may be...

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McKenzie County youth celebrate National 4-H Week

October 7, 2020 - McKenzie County families are excited to celebrate National 4-H Week this week - October 4-10. Watch for youth and adults wearing 4-H apparel - we are celebrating our great organization! 4-H empowers young people with the skills they need to lead for a lifetime...

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Practice Emotional Wellness during the Pandemic

September 23, 2020 - This pandemic seems to become more challenging all the time. It's a definite worry, especially if we interact with those who are at risk of contracting the virus. Or, if we are one of the more vulnerable people in our population. Emotional wellness is a great topic at this time...

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Back to School During the Pandemic

September 9, 2020 - Starting a new school year is a stressful time under the best of circumstances, let along during a pandemic. Some of the best ways to support our children through another transition is to engage in open communication and role model healthy behaviors...

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