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Rosmann: Farm families of teenagers have added challenges, responsibilities

The early teen years, from about 10 to 14, are often the most difficult for parents, and even more so for teenagers. Agricultural families, rural teenagers and their parents experience the same challenges as other families, and additional circumstances unique to farmers, ranchers and farm workers.

Pet care: Certain dog breeds may have adverse drug reactions

Dear Dr. Fox: I have just adopted a 6-month-old female Australian shepherd mix from an adoption network. A friend warned me that this breed can get ill and die from heartworm prevention medication.

Prairie Fare: Nutrition specialist skips flu shot, pays price

This will be a different sort of column because it is the first one entirely written in a prone state from my “sick nest” on my couch at home. I still can’t sit or stand upright without tipping over.

Square dancing (April 18)

Kovels: Corkscrew collecting a challenge, prices increasing

Kovels: Corkscrew collecting a  challenge, prices increasing

Wine spoils quickly if exposed to the air. It was not until the 18th century that glassblowers were able to make bottles with narrow necks that made airtight storage possible.

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ND livestock director sees opportunities

Shaun Quissell has both personal and professional connections to livestock. He’s part of a family beef operation near Scranton, N.D. He’s also the new director of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s livestock development division. Quissell succeeds Wayne Carlson, who retired after 21 years in the post.

Sisters bond over shared love of horseback riding

Sisters bond over shared love of horseback riding

FARGO - Horseback riding was an important part of growing up for the Speikermeier sisters. Paul and Ardys Spiekermeier’s daughters Ann Geiszler, Mary Bartholomay, Polly Lindemann and Beth Lange spent hours exploring with their horses, riding in parades and sneaking out of the house for midnight rides.

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Square dancers raise funds for American Heart Association Press Pass Archive

Area square dancers kicked up their heels recently to raise money for the American Heart Association. Ninety-eight square dancers and five spectators from North Dakota and Minnesota raised $3,553 at the 22nd annual North West Region Square Dance for Heart benefit March 30 at the Waubun (Minn.) Community Center.

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Farmers, propane suppliers need to work together, industry official says Press Pass Archive

Farmers, propane suppliers need to work together, industry official says

Roy Willis can’t promise the propane shortage of 2013 to ’14 won’t happen again. But he can suggest ways for farmers to reduce their risk. “The most important thing is to have a good relationship with the propane supplier in your local market and to work with them to predict your needs and come up with a good economic plan that works for both you and the retailer,” Willis says.

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Pet care: Cat litter box issue Press Pass Archive

Dear Dr. Fox: My 2-year-old cat, Purrlie, who, along with her brother was orphaned at five days old and raised by a foster mom, decides every once in a while to stand up in the cat box and pee over the edge in a spraying position.

Rosmann: Coping with farming uncertainties

For many of America’s farmers and ranchers, 2014 is starting with more uncertainties than we have experienced in quite a while. Much of the western half of the Corn Belt is experiencing carryover from the 2013 drought, and other parts of the Midwest have too much moisture. The late spring this year is causing additional apprehension.

Kovels: Amphora pottery makes unique conversation piece Press Pass Archive

Kovels: Amphora pottery makes unique conversation piece

Want a conversation piece for your living room? Look for a piece of Amphora pottery from Bohemia. Several potteries in Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia, around the turn of the 20th century made large vases in the Art Nouveau style.

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New foundation provides strength, longevity to post-frame buildings Press Pass Archive

New foundation provides strength, longevity to post-frame buildings

MOORHEAD - E­ven after harsh winter blizzards, post-frame buildings remain standing when other structures might be felled by the region’s wind and weather, said Tom Janke, manager of the Morton Buildings Moorhead construction center.

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