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Sniffle, Sneeze, Scratch: An Allergy Primer

Sniffle, Sneeze, Scratch: An Allergy Primer

For months—no, make that years—Linda Johnson of West Fargo worried about her son’s health. His nose dripped like a leaky faucet. “I don’t think Conner ever had a clean nose,” says Linda. He snored so loudly she could hear him over the television while he slept in his upstairs bedroom. “It was almost like he [...]

Spring Cleaning in  30 Minutes or Less…Guaranteed!

Spring Cleaning in 30 Minutes or Less…Guaranteed!

I know what you’re thinking: 30 minutes cannot possibly be long enough to complete all your spring cleaning. Well, that depends on how you look at it. Most of us don’t have endless amounts of time to spend cleaning our houses, and more than that, who really wants to? It’s not fun. So, what’s this [...]

How to Deal With Medical Debt

How to Deal With Medical Debt

A broken bone, mental health therapy, a long-term illness, a car accident, a premature baby. All of these situations—and so many more unexpected ones—can land a family in medical debt. According to Wikipedia, “Medical debt is different from other forms of debt, because it is usually incurred accidentally or faultlessly. People do not plan to [...]

Settling the Great Debate: What to do With Your Kids’ Art

Settling the Great Debate: What to do With Your Kids’ Art

Some moms save every scribble which finds its way to paper. Some wait until the cover of darkness and then sneak it, piece by piece, to the recycling bin. It’s a constant debate and tremendous source of second-guessing: Just what’s a mom to do with the mounds of “artwork” generated by her kids? Multiply this [...]

Difficult or Delightful: 6 Reasons to Appreciate Your Mother-in-law

Immediately upon walking out of the church on my wedding day, my mother-in-law burst into tears. While she claimed they were “tears of joy,” I know it was very hard for her to hand over her son to another woman. Mothers-in-law often get a bad rap. Mother-in-law jokes abound, and somewhere right now there’s a [...]

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 [...]