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Road trip and appreciating America

My wife and I are not big travelers. We admit we are basically "homebodies." But recently we took a quick 600-mile trip down to northwest Iowa to help with some family business. We traveled through North Dakota, South Dakota, the southwest corner of Minnesota and then into Iowa.On the trip down ...

PRAIRIE FARE: Inspire your menus with fresh season vegetables

"I'll have the garlic mashed potatoes and green beans as my two sides," my younger daughter said.We were celebrating her birthday. We were in a sit-down restaurant for the first time in months. We removed the required protective masks to eat, of course.I glanced at her in disbelief. Since when ...

ND Legislature trying to block amendment measures

Once again the North Dakota Legislature is trying to obstruct constitutional amendments proposed by petition of the people.At the present time, constitutional amendments initiated by citizens go straight to the ballot for an up or down vote. If approved, the amendment goes into effect.Under the ...

Heart Of America Library News 7-25

A big "Thank You" to all that stopped at our Book Sale held during Crazy Days. It was a last minute decision, and turned out to be a good daylots of books found new homes. For those of you that missed us, we will be having another book sale Aug. 11-13 in the West Room. These will be different ...

Attic cleaning, letter reading, and other pursuits

There is a significant link between family treasures and memories. But the key to enjoying these treasures is in the way they elevate your feelings.With COVID-19 hanging around, we continue to spend most of our time at home. We have made a list of things we need to do around the house, such as ...

More reform proposed for higher ed

North Dakota voters will once again be deciding whether or not the Board of Higher Education should be revamped to solve unidentified problems seen by the Legislature.For the 2014 election ballot, the Legislature proposed the outright abolition of the Board with replacement by three full-time ...

Prairie Fare: Try these 5 questions for ice cream month

I barely recognized my daughter at first when I walked into the store.She was wearing a face mask and plastic gloves. Her hair was pulled into a high ponytail.However, I recognized her eyes. I think she was grinning when she saw us. Her eyes crinkled a little. She almost disappeared from view ...

PASTOR’S CORNER: Are you feeling anxious?

Some of the most comforting words of Jesus are found in the sixth chapter of Matthew when He said, "Do not worry about tomorrow ..." There is no doubt we are living in stressful times, and we have many "unknowns" about what tomorrow is going to look like. (Many ask: "What will our schools look ...

DAKOTA GARDENER: The right way to water your lawn

Can you enjoy a green lawn in summer without an expensive water bill? This is a hot topic across much of North Dakota today. Let's discuss how you can make every drop of water count.To keep your lawn green and growing, it needs about 1 inch of water per week from you, rainfall or a combination ...

Support native bees, enjoy the many benefits

Pollinators are responsible for about 75% of the food we eat. The European honeybee is the most well known but our native bees are also critically important.We can help our native bees and gardens by reducing or eliminating the use of pesticides and providing shelter as well as food and ...