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Pathways to Happiness

North Dakota is the happiest state in the U.S. according to this year’s annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Minnesota follows close behind at number four. And why shouldn’t we be happy? We have a strong economy, the air is clean (often cold, but clean), crime is low, and we have our “Minnesota/North Dakota Nice” attitudes. In [...]

The Heat Is On: Protect Yourself From the Sun

The Heat Is On: Protect Yourself From the Sun

Nothing makes us feel more alive than the sun. Its brightness beckons us to come outside and play. Its rays warm our skin. Its energy promotes life on earth. But the sun can also be a real killer. “At 35, I had to treat skin cancer because of damage done under the age of 18,” [...]

Does This Smell Bad to You? How Long Food Lasts

Does This Smell Bad to You? How Long Food Lasts

You got a killer deal on five pounds of bacon with your club card. Now you’re wondering how many strips your stomach and heart can take before those delectable applewood-smoked slices go bad. Have no fear: They will keep for up to a week in the fridge and still be delicious up to a month when frozen. Knowing how long [...]

Senior Moments: Advice from the Over 90 Crowd

Senior Moments: Advice from the Over 90 Crowd

A video clip of two 100-year-old best friends, Alice Jensen and Irene Cook, recently bombarded the Internet (youtube.com/watch?v=73ZzBcjVcrk). They’ve known each other for 94 years, can finish each other’s sentences like pros, and are pretty savvy for being centenarians (meaning they are over 100 years old). They know what “selfies” are, and one of them [...]

A Jam Anyone Can Get Into

A Jam Anyone Can Get Into

With the trend in consuming products as close to the source as possible, and the continued rise in food costs, it’s no wonder more people are turning to home canning and preserving. According to Brenda Schmidt, Brand Manager of Fresh Preserving at Jarden Home Brands (manufacturer of the popular Ball and Kerr canning products), sales [...]

Nine Apps That Keep Kids Moving

Sixty minutes a day. That’s the minimum amount of physical activity recommended for children, ages 6 to17, by the Centers for Disease Control. Some kids meet that goal effortlessly. They can’t wait to walk the dog, belong to a team that practices every afternoon, or nag their parents to go on long hikes and bike rides. [...]

You’re Retired? How to Volunteer Overseas

Remember when you were young and idealistic and wanted to make a difference in the world? Now that you’re retired, you have your chance. Baby boomers and members of the Silent Generation are flocking overseas to take part in volunteer vacations. You’ll be in good company if you head abroad to volunteer. Those ages 65 [...]

Connect Through the Magic of Storytelling

Connect Through the Magic of Storytelling

“Why do you have a badger skin?” inquired my 6-year-old nephew. My family, along with a small group of other adults and children, formed a semicircle in the shadowy quiet of a reconstructed Indian encampment earth lodge at a children’s nature center. Christine Freeman, an employee, had been guiding us through the lifestyle of the Kanza Indians, [...]

Are You a Lousy Tenant?

According to the National Multi Housing Council, 32 percent of Americans are renters. Locally, those numbers are higher. Based on the 2010 census, 42 percent of the people in Cass and Clay counties are renters. If you’ve been a great tenant, you’ll reap the benefits. But if you have a blemished past, you could face everything [...]

4 Tips for Planning a Meaningful Retirement

A commercial on television the other day caught my attention. It was from AARP, and it showed different people who looked to be in their early 60s in different aspects of daily life. When the camera focused on them they would say things like, “When I grow up, I want to own a bookstore,” or [...]

Celebrating and Thanking Veterans

Celebrating and Thanking Veterans

“Every time I’m thanked, it makes every second of military service I gave meaningful,” says Devlon “Jamie” Olson of West Fargo, N.D. Olson comes from a long line of veterans and says it feels wonderful to be thanked for his service. He served four years in the U.S. Navy as a Petty Officer and was [...]