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Minding our Elders: Sparing a loved one with dementia unnecessary grief

Minding our Elders: Sparing a loved one with dementia unnecessary grief

DEAR CAROL: My mother has mid-stage dementia and just recently started asking to see her deceased twin brother. It breaks my heart to tell her that Uncle Jim died of cancer 10 years ago.

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Helpful hint: Put dry teabags in flats to help absorb odor

FARGO – Despite the erratic temperature changes typical of “spring” in Fargo-Moorhead, I’ve dusted off my fall flats. As long as there’s no chance of sinking down into a 3-foot snow drift, they’re getting worn.

Women's Wisdom: Wherever she goes, Phillips finds kindness

Women's Wisdom: Wherever she goes, Phillips finds kindness

FARGO – I’ve been leading women’s empowering workshops for almost two decades, and I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to connect with amazing women around the world. But through all these years, there is one woman in particular who really stood out to me and deeply touched my heart.

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Positively Beautiful: Dove campaign creates buzz

Positively Beautiful: Dove campaign creates buzz

“Patches” has been viewed almost 10 million times this week. Women were invited to participate in a research study with well-known psychologist and body image expert Ann Kearney-Cooke, testing a new product called the RB-X Beauty Patch, a “revolutionary product developed to enhance the way women perceive their own beauty.”

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Style show at NDSU showcases student work

Style show at NDSU showcases student work

FARGO – Salvador Dali and “Beetlejuice” inspire Emma Skumautz’s designs. The 22-year-old apparel studies major at North Dakota State University put her muses to work as she created looks for the 13th Annual Fashion, Apparel and Business Organization (FABO) Spring Fashion Show.

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Her Voice: Writing teaches teen about self, culture

Her Voice: Writing teaches teen about self, culture

MAHNOMEN, Minn. – Isabella Griffin says she’s always been told she’s a great writer. Now she has proof. The 18-year-old White Earth Tribal & Community College student recently took second place in the first writing competition she’s ever entered.

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Coming Home: Childhood Easter egg hunts helped us find more than candy

Coming Home: Childhood Easter egg hunts helped us find more than candy

I’m 6 years old, and the wind is blowing a chill across my face, making my eyes water and the fuzz that escaped my stocking cap flip in an attempt to fly away. My mom zipped my coat up to my chin, hiding the top of my Easter dress and leaving the frills to float above my snow boots, creating a perfect uniform for a task that required agility and patience, athleticism and all of Spider-man’s senses.

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Self-sabotage: What to do when you are your own worst enemy

Self-sabotage: What to do when you are your own worst enemy

FARGO - Stacey Rzaszutak wanted to lose weight. But when she was feeling down, she’d eat to feel better. Instead, she would just end up feeling worse. “Then I’ve got a stomach ache and I don’t feel good about myself,” she said.

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Helpful hint: Give used K-cups second life as spring seed starters Press Pass Archive

Helpful hint: Give used K-cups second life as spring seed starters

The downside to the lickety-split convenience of a Keurig coffee machine – unless you use a reusable filter or biodegradable version – are the K-cups left over.

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Minding our Elders: Sibling disapproves of parent’s move to nursing home Press Pass Archive

Minding our Elders: Sibling disapproves of parent’s move to nursing home

DEAR CAROL: I’ve been taking care of my mother for seven years. For the first five years, she lived in an apartment and I visited twice a day to provide help. The past two years she’s lived with me.

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Yoga helps Fargo woman through recovery from alcoholism

Yoga helps Fargo woman through recovery from alcoholism

FARGO – Yoga helps Alicia Waldoch recharge, calm down and take a step back from the craziness of the world. It has also helped the 39-year-old Fargo woman with her recovery from alcoholism, she said.

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Coming Home: When I grow up, I want to … Press Pass Archive

Coming Home: When I grow up, I want to …

When I grow up, I want to be the kind of woman who lets her hair grow long, wild and silver. I hope I remember to keep my flannel shirts draped over chairs, hanging in the entryway and sitting on the seat of the pickup where they are ready and waiting for me to pull them on and take off somewhere, the scent of horsehair on the well-worn sleeve.

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Shaffer: Fighting the gender wage gap

Shaffer: Fighting the gender wage gap

Women got their yearly reminder this week of how far we still have to go in the workplace as the world celebrated Equal Pay Day. Each April, we’re bombarded with the humbling data that we still make far less than our male counterparts for doing the same work.

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Regional McDonald’s Employee of the Year left abusive situation with help from the YWCA Press Pass Archive

Regional McDonald’s Employee of the Year left abusive situation with help from the YWCA

FARGO - Bonnie Giles knows her regulars by name, face or order. They know the McDonald’s hospitality leader by her smile, her cheery attitude and her signature hair flower. When she’s out running errands, “People just stop me and say, ‘Hey, you’re the friendly lady from McDonald’s on South University!’ ” she says.

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More US moms staying home with children, study says

WASHINGTON - More American mothers are staying at home with their children, a shift that reflects rising immigration and the fact many women are unable to find jobs after a sluggish period for the U.S. economy, a Pew analysis released on Tuesday showed.

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