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Growing Together: Coaching readers on vegetable gardening basics

Growing Together: Coaching readers on vegetable gardening basics

FARGO -- Have you ever hesitated trying something new because you didn't know where to begin? I've never golfed. Picture me showing up at a golf course giving it a whirl alone and untaught. I know you whack a white ball toward a tiny hole somewhere in the distance. Maybe I could figure it out as I go.

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Dispatches from DC: Ag journalism in the nation’s capital

Dispatches from DC: Ag journalism in the nation’s capital

Today, we’ll hear from numerous top national figures, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Robert Johansson, USDA chief economist, as well as top trade officials. Clint Raine of the National Corn Growers Association, will talk about the use of drones in agriculture.

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Jessie Veeder: Getting lost in my quickly changing hometown

Jessie Veeder: Getting lost in my quickly changing hometown

Have you ever been lost in your hometown? If the town you grew up in was like mine, one Main Street drag, no stoplights within 50 miles, three bars all in a row between a car dealership on one end and a café on the other, I'm sure you were able to keep pretty good tabs on the place.

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Katie Pinke: A special circle

Katie Pinke: A special circle

Even though my big city school had hundreds of more students, I didn’t graduate with any more knowledge and my group of friends and experiences wasn’t any more diverse than what my son is experiencing on the North Dakota prairie at a small school — all in one circle, all connected by common experiences.

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Local art on display in Washington shows canola in bloom

Local art on display in Washington shows canola in bloom

As many in our region know, there are few things more beautiful than a canola field in bloom. That beauty currently is on display in Washington as part of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition.

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Spring is a busy time for sheep-farming family

Spring is a busy time for sheep-farming family

Jake Cuperus always knew he wanted to be a farmer. Jill always hoped she would marry a farmer. Luckily, life brought them together. “Our moms were good friends. I’m a year older than him so I’ve actually known him his entire life.” Jill says. “I went to college at Winona State, and one summer I came back and we worked at a barn together milking cows. The rest is history.”

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NDSU students teach tots about agriculture

NDSU students teach tots about agriculture

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Farm Rescue aids North Dakota farmer

Farm Rescue aids North Dakota farmer

Tarin Dewald, who farms near Fredonia, N.D., was working on his auger March 6 when he fell off, plummeting about 15 feet to the ground. He broke his pelvis, a few ribs, his elbow and got a concussion from the impact of the fall.

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'Nutraceuticals' a blurry frontier between food and drugs

LONDON - A boom in "nutraceuticals" - food and drinks with potential health benefits - is paving the way for a rush of deals, as food and drug companies compete to dominate a market expected to be worth $280 billion by 2018.

Growing Together: Lesser-known annuals are an opportunity for adventure

If you're up for an adventure, skip petunias and marigolds and discover the world of lesser-known annuals. Many of the following types graced the flower beds of our grandparents. Not all are offered by every garden center, but enjoy a scavenger hunt to each of the region's growers. I've added the word "easy" behind descriptions of the most carefree.

Women take on floods and hunger in rural Pakistan

Amina Bibi lost her husband, a boatman, to kidney failure soon after massive floods in 2010 hit the remote district of Rajanpur in Pakistan’s Punjab province. “All I can afford is rice, so that’s what I feed my eight children every day and they are just not getting enough nutrition,” said the weary-looking widow, aged around 40.

Jessie Veeder: Giving the farm the Martha Stewart treatment

Jessie Veeder: Giving the farm the Martha Stewart treatment

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- In a little over two months, my little sister will be getting married. In a little over two months, we'll be celebrating in front of the old red barn with the rock foundation at the homestead place where my grandpa grew up and my dad was raised and all of the cousins, friends and family in between fell in love with this place over work or noodle salad or coffee on Sunday afternoons.

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Katie Pinke: The Small town welcome wagon

Katie Pinke: The Small town welcome wagon

When the ladies heard me ask my husband if they were speaking in German, they turned around to greet me. “Velcome to Vishek” they said. One of the ladies, who later introduced herself as Wilma, looked me right in the eye and said, “Do you speak a little Cherman?” I smiled and sarcastically said, “Jeg snakker litt Norsk,” giving a nod to my Norwegian heritage.

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Jessie Veeder: Stepping stone job fosters lifetime of friendship

Jessie Veeder: Stepping stone job fosters lifetime of friendship

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- It was the type of summer I hope we've all had in our lives. The one that stands between one life and another, full of long days, short nights and the sort of temporary things you grab onto knowing that, in a few months, everything changes.

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Home near the Range: Farmers, ranchers end up on walls of cafe

Home near the Range: Farmers, ranchers end up on walls of cafe

The coffee is always free at The Farmer’s Daughter Cafe. It’s sponsored by local businesses and individuals, and when customers drink it, they get to sit near some of the area’s hardest-working men.

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