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  • Within Our Walls: April 15, 2024

    Jodi Hovdenes, President, CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Medical Center|Apr 15, 2024

    New changes to our billing system It has been some time since my last Within Our Walls article. I have been pondering what this week’s article should be about, and with suggestions from staff, I am going to write about a concern staff, and community members have voiced. It is no secret that our billing system is for lack of better words, less than stellar. Over the past 6-8 months, I have received concerns, complaints, and frustrations from patients, family members, and staff. The complaints e...

  • Field and Garden: Garden plots, large vegetables, fertilizers

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

    Are you interested in gardening, but don’t have a suitable site? Do you already have a garden but need additional space for corn, squash, melons or some other crop? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then perhaps you should consider reserving a spot in the Carrington Community Garden, located just east of the parking lot at Bethel Chapel. The 10 feet by 20 feet plots will be tilled and ready to plant as soon as conditions allow. A water line at the site makes it possible to k...

  • From the Past: McHenry to celebrate 75th anniversary

    Renee Hopkins|Apr 15, 2024

    12 Years Ago April 21, 1949 Mr. and Mrs. Math Hockert, Eastman Township farm couple, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Sunday, April 24, and are inviting their friends and neighbors to an open house during the afternoon and evening. The Hockert farm is located 10 ½ miles northeast of Kensal. Mrs. John Jeske was one of 25 winners of a Westinghouse automatic toaster in the fourth week of the Red Owl’s “name the Red Owl and rhyme it” contest. No one has said there is oil beneath th...

  • Savvy Senior: Choosing a senior community that offers all levels of care

    Jim Miller|Apr 15, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, Can you help me identify some good senior living communities that offers all levels of housing and care from independent living to nursing home care? I am in my late seventies and know I need to downsize from my current house, but I want my next move to be my last. One Move Mary Dear Mary, If you want your next move to be your last, an all-inclusive retirement community – also known as a continuing-care retirement community (or CCRC) – is a great option to consider. Here’s wha...

  • Dakota Datebook: 1897 flood in North Dakota

    Apr 15, 2024

    Surely April is a month of great duality in the state of North Dakota; after a long winter, residents are relieved to see the first signs of spring, but, unfortunately, these signs often include spring flooding. One of the worst floods on record occurred during the spring of 1897; the flood was so great, and the damage so terrible, that it was used as the "measure of other Red River floods" for decades after. Very early on, many realized the flooding that year would be bad. The Fargo Forum...

  • From the Past: Mrs. Jennifer Vining turns 100

    Renee Hopkins|Apr 8, 2024

    12 Years Ago April 14, 1949 Announcement was made last week of the resignation of Guy Cook, as chairman of the Foster County government savings bonds committee. Chilo W. “Bud” Burnham has been appointed to succeed Cook. Establishment of an electrical shop in Carrington in the Sorenson building two and one half blocks north of the Penney store is announced by Robert Clevenger, formerly of Fargo. He will deal in appliances and wiring. A close-out sale begins Saturday at the J and B Auto Sup...

  • Dakota Gardener: A new appreciation for the Easter Lily

    Esther McGinnis, NDSU Extension horticulturist|Apr 8, 2024

    Easter lilies are ubiquitous at this time of year and many people dismiss them without a second thought. However, if you knew the history and the complex production cycle, you might gain a new appreciation for this lovely white lily with trumpet-shaped flowers. Easter lilies are native to Japan’s southern islands and the bulbs were exported to the U.S. during the early 1900s. In 1919, Louis Houghton, a World War I veteran, fell in love with the beautiful flowers while he was in Japan and s...

  • Prairie Fare: How to get a handle on food waste

    Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service|Apr 8, 2024

    I always feel bad when I throw away food, even when it is no longer edible. Unfortunately, lots of food in the U.S. gets wasted every year. “Food waste” means that food is not eaten and is discarded. “Food loss” happens before food reaches us, and can happen during storage, processing and transportation. Food waste can happen anywhere along the way in the food chain, including homes, grocery stores and restaurants. Let’s try a quiz to see what you already know. These questions and answers are ba...

  • Savvy Senior: Recommended vaccines for Medicare recipients

    Jim Miller|Apr 8, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I recently turned 65 and would like to find out which vaccines are recommended and covered by Medicare? New Beneficiaries Dear New, All recommended vaccines for adults, age 65 and older, should be covered by either Medicare Part B or Part D, but there are some coverage challenges you should be aware of. Here’s a rundown of which vaccines are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and how Medicare covers them. Covid-19: Even though C...

  • Ag census provides snapshot of county

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

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts the Census of Agriculture every five years. The results of the most recent census were released recently. Here is an assortment of findings contained in the report: Foster County had 235 farms in 2022. A farm is defined as any place that produces and sells more than one thousand dollars of agricultural products annually. One hundred farms were larger than one thousand acres. The average farm size was 1,540 acres. Nearly two-thirds of Foster County...

  • Business Beat: April 1, 2024

    Laurie Dietz, Carrington Chamber and Economic Development Director|Apr 1, 2024

    Welcome to another edition of Business Beat. I wanted to share a few updates with you. We have new faces on our CCEDC board and also on our Convention & Visitors Bureau board! Now serving on the CCEDC board we have: Chairman Scott Tweed, Vice Chair Ashten Dewald, Secretary-Treasurer Deedra Aasand, Mayor Tom Erdman (city rep), Becky Hagel (county rep), Nikki Mertz and new to the board: Sara Richter, Taryn Van Bedaf and Braxton Hewitt. On our CVB board are: Chairman Tom Erdmann, Vice Chair Wendy...

  • Dakota Datebook: Grocer attacked by bugs

    Apr 1, 2024

    The risks of being a grocer were made evident on April 3 in 1934 when the Fargo Forum ran a story on the bizarre hazards facing Red Owl grocer E. D. Branigan. Branigan, manager of the Fargo Red Owl store, had been a grocery clerk for decades and was conditioned for the experience that he encountered several days earlier involving tropical fruit and fauna. While working in the produce department that week, Branigan was approached by a customer requesting some fresh bananas. The grocer quickly fou...

  • From the Past: KHS to present 'The Whole Truth'

    Renee Hopkins|Apr 1, 2024

    12 Years Ago April 7, 1949 Miss Marilyn Moorhouse, senior in the College of St. Benedict, was chosen as a delegate to represent her class, of which she is president, at a congress held at St. Thomas University, St. Paul, April 2 and 3. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Y.F. Moorhouse, Grace City. Gary Holden, assistant manager of the Penney store, announced this week that the Easter Bunny will be at the store Saturday, April 9. He said children are invited and there is a treat in store for...

  • Dakota Gardener: Signs of spring around us

    Emily How, NDSU Extension Agent, Ward County|Apr 1, 2024

    My 98-year-old great aunt always says that spring is here when the mesquite trees start to bud and the bluebonnets bloom. That works fine in Texas where mesquite trees and bluebonnets are common, but here in North Dakota, there are other signs that point to spring. To help this native Texan understand what the signs of spring are in North Dakota, I did an office poll. Birds returning and singing, trees starting to bud, the smell of the soil, bulbs emerging and crocus blooming were the common...

  • Prairie Fare: Consider using reusable grocery bags

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

    I noticed a plastic bag high in the tree outside my home. I wanted to hire a squirrel to get it out of the tree. Squirrels are not very helpful, unfortunately. As we drove around doing errands, I was tuned into the presence of plastic bags. I saw plastic bags trapped in bushes and against fences and buildings. I saw other trash, too, but that’s another story. When I arrived home with a few bags of groceries, I was happy I had remembered to bring reusable bags to carry our groceries to the c...

  • Savvy Senior: Best cell phones for seniors

    Jim Miller|Apr 1, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good cell phones for seniors? My 79-year-old mother needs to get a new mobile phone and has asked me to help her find one that she would like. Searching Daughter Dear Searching, For older adults, choosing a cell phone is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Some seniors love the latest high-tech smartphones with high-megapixel cameras, while others prioritize simple phones with basic functions. So, the best cell phone for your mom will depend on her comf...

  • From the Past: Retail stores expand hours on Saturdays

    Renee Hopkins|Mar 25, 2024

    12 Years Ago March 31, 1949 Mr. and Mrs. Harry Beach left Monday for Havre, Montana, upon receiving information that their son, Marvin, had been seriously injured. They were told that he had been pinned under a Caterpillar tractor, which he was operating, when it overturned. He suffered fractures in both legs and other injuries. Retail stores in Carrington will stay open until 9 p.m. Saturday evenings, beginning April 16, and that schedule will be observed until further notice. It was decided...

  • Prairie Fare: Snooze your way to better health

    Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service|Mar 25, 2024

    I pushed “snooze” on my alarm clock. Eight minutes later, I pushed “snooze” again. On the first day after the spring time change, I was struggling to awaken. In my fogginess, I wondered how many times you can push “snooze” before your alarm clock stops working. When the alarm went off for the third time, I figured I had better get moving. Time changes get me every time. Traveling to other states in other time zones and then returning home for another round of time change is an ongoing adj...

  • Savvy Senior: Who should be screened for lung cancer?

    Jim Miller|Mar 25, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, Who should be screened for lung cancer and how it’s covered by Medicare? I used to smoke but quit many years ago and am wondering if I need to be tested. Just Turned 65 Dear Just Turned, Even if you haven’t touched a cigarette in decades, you could still be due for an annual lung cancer screening, based on new recommendations from the American Cancer Society (ACS). The new guidelines state that adults ages 50 to 80 who currently smoke or used to smoke the equivalent of one...

  • Dakota Gardener: Lucky shamrocks

    Carrie Knutson, NDSU Extension Agent, Grand Forks County|Mar 25, 2024

    Do you love to partake in St. Patrick’s Day festivities? Many of us do, whether it is simply wearing green, setting up leprechaun traps with your kids or enjoying a green beer! There are many traditions associated with this Irish celebration, such as finding a shamrock that will bring you good luck. Legend has it that St. Patrick used shamrocks for teaching the Holy Trinity. In the month of March, shamrocks can be easily found at local greenhouses and nurseries. What exactly is a shamrock? Have...

  • Dakota Datebook: Land for sale in N.D.

    Mar 25, 2024

    Abraham Lincoln's greatest influence on North Dakota was his signing of the Homestead Act in 1862, which brought thousands of settlers to the state with the promise of free land. The Railroads and the US Government were also selling land in North Dakota in the late 1800s, for as little as a dollar and twenty-five cents per acre, but there was still plenty of land available, even after the Great Dakota Boom of 1878-1890. However, it was getting more expensive. In the March 1907 editions of the...

  • Field and Garden: Be cautious when amending your garden

    Jeff Gale, NDSU Extension Agent, Foster Co.|Mar 18, 2024

    When I was growing up, it was my job each spring to mulch our rhubarb and asparagus with a thick layer of straw and composted manure. The mulch suppressed weeds and supplied nutrients to the perennial garden plants. Both crops thrived in this system. The rhubarb stalks and asparagus spears were big and thick, always tender and never stringy. Last spring I started a new asparagus bed in our yard in Carrington. The plants grew well, and I’m optimistic that the asparagus made it through winter in g...

  • North Dakota Outdoors: Fishing is part of the quality of life

    Doug Leier, Biologist, N.D. Game and Fish|Mar 18, 2024

    Growing up, living or even moving to North Dakota you understand the connection to the outdoors and how important fishing is to "quality of life." While each individual has their own unique factors which contribute to why we live here, the outdoors is part of it for some and more for others. When it comes to fishing there's nobody better than Greg Power, longtime fisheries division chief, to put it into context. What follows is his take on the topic: Recently, I read that even with all the...

  • From the Past: Presser Best of Show at Winter Show

    Renee Hopkins|Mar 18, 2024

    12 Years Ago March 24, 1949 Pfc. Claude W. Swart graduated this week from the Air Force Communications School at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, it was announced by the base commander, Brigadier General Emil C. Kiel. Albin F. Monson, 61, formerly associated with Standard Oil Company in Carrington, passed away at Minot Thursday. Ervin Topp of Grace City was elected president of the Foster County Crop Improvement Association at a meeting of directors held in the county agent’s office in C...

  • Dakota Gardener: Mystery plant number two

    Carrie Knutson, NDSU Extension Agent, Grand Forks Co.|Mar 18, 2024

    Last year, I grew okra as a mystery vegetable in my school garden program. The idea was to introduce young gardeners to a new vegetable and get them to try it. The gardeners did have a hard time guessing the name of the plant. I was worried the pods would not be picked, and that the pods would get old and be left on the plant. That was not the case. The young gardeners kept the pods harvested, and I didn’t even get a chance to try the okra! The okra was well cared for thanks to a NDSU E...

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