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  • Field and Garden: Urban farm gives opportunities to young people

    Jeff Gale, NDSU Extension Agent, Foster County|Jul 22, 2024

    A teacher in Carrington recently commented to me that although we live in an agricultural community, many of her students don’t know where food comes from. If that’s true of our students, imagine how difficult it is for young people who grow up in urban environments. Last week I toured a project that is attempting to address that issue in a neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The non-profit group New Neighbors offers employment to 20 to 25 high school students each year. Half of the stu...

  • From the Past: Lightning destroys farm home

    Renee Hopkins|Jul 22, 2024

    12 Years Ago July 28, 1949 New Rockford won the district championship in the Junior Legion baseball tournament held at Harvey last week, taking the final game from Harvey 11 to 0. Rainfall in one of the heaviest showers of the season came to this part of the state Tuesday evening too late to be of any great benefit to the growing crop, except for corn and late flax. Carrington lost 11 to 6 to Bremen in a baseball game played on the Carrington diamond Sunday, this event winding up the Tri-County...

  • Yard of the Week: July 22, 2024

    Jul 22, 2024

    Yard of the Week honors for the week of July 8 go to Mark & Mary Struxness at 195 11th Ave S. Their yard features a beautiful lawn and nice patio area with a variety of plants and flowers along with patriotic décor for the Independence Day holiday. They received a $25.00 gift card from Runnings. Yard of the Week is sponsored by the Carrington Garden Club and Runnings. Nominations are welcome at the Chamber & EDC office by calling 652-2524, emailing to [email protected] or stopping by 871...

  • Savvy Senior: Kitchen ideas for aging-in-place

    Jim Miller|Jul 22, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, My 77-year-old mother, who loves to cook has had several kitchen-related accidents over the past year. What tips can you recommend for making a kitchen safer and more practical for seniors, without doing a big expensive remodel. Inquiring Daughter Dear Inquiring, There are a number of small improvements and simple modifications you can do that can make a big difference in making your mom’s kitchen safer and easier to maneuver. Depending on her needs, here are some tips for d...

  • Field and Garden: Corn and beans need warm weather

    Jeff Gale, NDSU Extension Agent, Foster County|Jul 15, 2024

    “Of all my crops, the corn is struggling the most,” a farmer texted last week. He continued, “Some, but not all, of our corn may make knee-high by the 4th of July. I’d rather it was waist-high.” The slow development of this year’s corn and soybean crops has frequently come up in my recent conversations with farmers. Cool weather is to blame. Temperatures warmed considerably last week, but overall, our daytime highs have averaged three degrees below normal since corn was planted mid-May. Crops li...

  • From the Past: Circus coming to town August 2

    Renee Hopkins|Jul 15, 2024

    12 Years Ago July 21, 1949 Laverne Peterson, local angler, caught a 30-lb. snapping turtle in the Sheyenne River last Sunday morning. The turtle was to be sampled by Laverne and members of his family Wednesday evening. The Girl Scout camp at Camp Rokiwan, Spiritwood Lake, opened Sunday, July 10 with sixty-four girls registered for the first week at the camp, including a group from Carrington. In attendance from Carrington were Shirley Stern, Mary Ellen Ebentier, Karen Skjonsby, Mary Ann Okert,...

  • Dakota Gardener: The biggest threat to our gardens

    Tom Kalb, NDSU Extension horticulturist|Jul 15, 2024

    What’s the biggest threat to gardens today in the Dakotas? It is herbicide misuse. Nothing else comes close. Gardeners send me over 1,000 photos of sick plants every summer. The most common photos are of tomato and potato vines that are mysteriously twisted and curled. In many cases, nearby tree leaves are stretched and cupped. These symptoms are caused by herbicide injury. Today’s herbicides are much more powerful and persistent than ever. Lawn clippings may be toxic to garden plants. In the...

  • Savvy Senior: How to prevent and treat macular degeneration

    Jim Miller|Jul 15, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, Is macular degeneration hereditary? My mother lost much of her vision from it before she died, and now at age 65, I’m concerned I may get it too. What can you tell me? Brown Eyed Betty Dear Betty, Unfortunately, having a parent or sibling with macular degeneration does indeed increase your risk of getting it by three to four times. But the good news is there are things you can do to protect your eyesight, and a number of treatments that are available if you do happen to get i...

  • Field and Garden: Still time for many vegetable crops

    Jeff Gale, NDSU Extension Agent, Foster County|Jul 8, 2024

    A friend from Indiana called last week, and I patiently listened as he boasted about his thriving garden. “I picked my first cucumber today,” he said, “and my tomatoes look tremendous.” My experience this year has been quite the opposite. My potatoes died after heavy rain left them standing in water for several days. Other vegetables – corn, cucumbers, and zucchini – didn’t emerge at all and had to be replanted. They are growing now, but way behind in development compared to last year. I’m not...

  • From the Past: Sharp increase in vandalism in June

    Renee Hopkins|Jul 8, 2024

    12 Years Ago July 14, 1949 An annual Luther Day celebration was held at Spiritwood Lake on Sunday, July 10. Over 1000 people were in attendance at both the morning and afternoon services. Mary Ann Hayashi, governor of Girls State, and Sam Zimmerman, representative from Carrington to Boys State held at the state college in Fargo, were featured speakers on the Kiwanis program held Wednesday. The Carrington ball club defeated Leeds in a Tri-County Amateur league game at Leeds Sunday, 10 to 3, to...

  • Dakota Gardener: A pleasant surprise

    Joe Zeleznik, NDSU Extension forester|Jul 8, 2024

    I travel a lot throughout North Dakota. It’s part of my job. While it’s sometimes hard to be away from home so much, I do get to see a lot of the state, enjoying both its natural beauty and the variety of the many small towns. I’m always on the lookout for rare or unique tree species during my travels. Recently, I was in Hettinger, North Dakota, and saw a newly planted ‘MN Strain’ redbud tree. I was glad to see the folks in this town trying something new and different. I was also a little wo...

  • Savvy Senior: How to hire a caregiver for in-home help

    Jim Miller|Jul 8, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, I need to hire a good in-home caregiver to help my elderly father who lives alone. What’s the best way to do this? Searching Sarah Dear Sarah, Finding a good in-home caregiver for an elderly parent is not always easy. How can you find one that’s reliable and trustworthy, as well as someone your parent likes and is comfortable with? Here are some tips that can help. Know His Needs Before you start the task of looking for an in-home caregiver, your first step is to det...

  • Yard of the Week: July 8, 2024

    Jul 8, 2024

    Jordan and Kelsey Wolf's yard is this week's Yard of the Week. Featuring pretty blooms and a large vegetable garden, it is located at 901 4th St. S. The Wolfs receive a $25 gift card from Runnings; a co-sponsor of Yard of the Week. The Carrington Garden Club welcomes nominations at the Chamber & EDC office by calling 652-2524 or emailing: [email protected]....

  • Field and Garden: Cool weather slows corn and soybeans

    Jeff Gale, NDSU Extension Agent, Foster County|Jul 1, 2024

    “You couldn’t ask for better weather than we’ve had this year for small grains,” one farmer remarked to me during the Foster County fair. Unfortunately, the cool, wet conditions over the last six weeks haven’t been as favorable for corn and soybeans. Both crops thrive in temperatures around the mid-80s. Last June, we experienced 19 days above 80 degrees, and several producers mentioned they’d never seen corn grow so rapidly early in the season. This year, however, the mercury exceeded 80 degrees...

  • Yard of the Week: July 1, 2024

    Jul 1, 2024

    Marvin and Connie Dunn's yard at 87 13th Ave. N. is this week's Yard of the Week. A fun yard with lots of cute décor and a plethora of flowers and color. They receive a $25 gift card courtesy of Runnings; a co-sponsor of Yard of the Week. The Carrington Garden Club welcomes nominations at the Chamber & EDC office by calling 652-2524 or emailing: [email protected]....

  • From the Past: Company F held reunion in Carrington

    Renee Hopkins|Jul 1, 2024

    12 Years Ago July 7, 1949 An Editorial: Residents of this community were visibly shocked by the severity of the accident which occurred south of town Saturday night in which several local people were involved. Accidents will happen and do, and when they do there are certain rules which we as passer-bys should enforce upon ourselves to facilitate the work of those who must help the unfortunate victims and fix responsibility for the crash. First of all, we should get help for the victims by...

  • Dakota Gardener: Save money in a high-production home garden

    April Johnson, Pollinator technician, NDSU Extension|Jul 1, 2024

    In today’s world where every penny counts and sustainable living is increasingly becoming a priority, home gardening offers a dual benefit; the joy of growing fresh produce and the opportunity to save money in the process. In this article, we’ll explore strategies to help you save money in your high-production home garden. Save on seeds and plants One mature botanical fruit may produce hundreds of viable seeds–much more than you get in an average commercial seed packet. Open-pollinated varieties like tomatoes are ideal for seed saving becau...

  • Prairie Fare: Keep the tradition of family meals

    Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service|Jul 1, 2024

    “This is grotesque!” my husband exclaimed. I looked up from my magazine to see what had piqued his interest. I was watching a 1950s-era TV show and reading simultaneously. In the show, the father of the family was returning from work in his double-breasted suit and fedora. His smiling wife in a summery dress and heels walked away from the large bouquet of flowers she was arranging nearby. His neatly dressed children ran to the door to greet him as he hung his hat on the coat tree. I’m not sure...

  • Savvy Senior: Do you need a digital will?

    Jim Miller|Jul 1, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, My wife and I had our estate plan – including a will, power of attorney and advance directive – drawn up about 10 years ago but have recently read that our plan should include a digital will too. What can you tell us about this? Almost 80 Dear Almost, If you or your wife spend much time online, adding a separate digital will document to your estate plan that provides a list of your digital assets would be extremely helpful to your loved ones when you die, not to mention it...

  • Field and Garden: Tips for a green lawn this summer

    Jeff Gale, NDSU Extension Center, Foster County|Jun 24, 2024

    June has been pleasant, but with July approaching, we can usually expect warmer and drier weather. If keeping your lawn green throughout the summer is important to you, it’s essential to monitor your grass closely. Lawns need about an inch of water each week to stay green and healthy. If we don’t receive enough rain and you notice the grass beginning to wilt, it’s time to irrigate. Don’t wait until the leaves start turning brown. Remember to water deeply and infrequently. The aim is to keep th...

  • Yard of the Week: June 24, 2024

    Jun 24, 2024

    This week Yard of the Week honors go to Jason and Jodi Hovdenes at 175 13th Ave. N. The yard features many different perennials in both the front and backyard providing a variety of blooms and color. They received a $25 Runnings gift card provided by the co-sponsor Runnings. The Carrington Garden Club welcomes nominations and will receive nominations at the Chamber & EDC office by calling 652-2524 or email to: [email protected]....

  • From the Past: Lyman Foster County Dairy Queen

    Renee Hopkins|Jun 24, 2024

    12 Years Ago June 30, 1949 Foster County will be represented in the State Diary Queen contest by Donna Lyman of Grace City, who won the honor of Foster County Dairy Queen, in Carrington during Dairy Day last Wednesday. Delegates to the Hiawatha regional conference in Wadena, Minn., June 21 to 24 from the senior Girl Scouts of Carrington were Norma Pedersen of Juanita and Phyllis Perkins of Carrington. The delegates attended under the sponsorship of the Carrington “A” Association. Featured at...

  • Dakota Gardener: Brighten the shade with a hosta

    Emily How, NDSU Extension Agent, Ward County|Jun 24, 2024

    "I need to plant a hosta under my tree, which variety is your favorite?" This innocent question to one of the NDSU Extension Master Gardeners in Ward County sent me down a rabbit hole learning about this beautiful shade-loving plant. Hostas are a member of the asparagus family and are native to Asia. With over 2,000 different cultivars, there are many different leaf and flower colors, and variegations. Common flower colors are white, lavender and purple. The bell-shaped flowers may be fragrant...

  • Prairie Fare: Are flowers in my yard edible?

    Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service|Jun 24, 2024

    "I will have some hibiscus lemonade," I said. That sounded interesting to me as I perused the menu. Maybe the attractive flowers would translate to a pleasant flavor, I thought. The beverage was pinkish in color and had a cranberry-like flavor. I liked it. I have tried lavender lemonade and rose-infused beverages. Soup with floating squash blossoms was novel to me, too. I am seeing an increasing number of beverages and foods crafted with the addition of flowers. As I admired the colorful flowers...

  • Savvy Senior: Can you stop and restart Social Security benefits?

    Jim Miller|Jun 24, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, Can I stop my Social Security retirement benefits and restart them later to get a bigger payment? I recently got a nice unexpected inheritance, so don’t need the money from Social Security right now. If possible, I would like to suspend my benefits and restart them at age 70. Do-over Dan Dear Dan, Yes, there are actually two different strategies that allow Social Security beneficiaries to undo their claiming decision. But to be eligible, there are certain conditions y...

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