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The Other Skin Cancer

When people talk about skin cancer the type that most people think about is melanoma. This skin cancer follows the ABCDE rules for diagnosis. A – Asymmetry, B – irregular Border, C – more than 1 Color, D – Diameter more than 6 mm, and E – expanding in size. However, these rules will not help find the most common […]

Vitamin D A Concern this Winter

Oliver County Extension Agent Vitamin D is called the “sunshine vitamin” for a reason. However, in cold climates, we cover ourselves. Our eyes may be peeking out. But many people bundle up and do the “penguin hustle” and quickly waddle over icy patches to their vehicle or other indoor destination. This results in many of us getting 10 to 30 […]


Gotta hand it to my old man

Back in my pre-North Dakota days, Dad worked as a machinist at the Alcoa plant in Bettendorf, Iowa. He didn’t make a ton of money and he had a stay-at-home wife, seven kids, and a varying assortment of animals to feed. Even with all those kids and only one income, holidays were always grand and glorious at our little home […]

“Gratitude for Grandparents”


A three-pound baby entered the world in recent days. This precious child was born after his Mom spent seven weeks in the hospital on bedrest. At home, Dad and two siblings were working, going to school, and worrying. Surrounding the family were two sets of grandparents who ensured that the pieces all fell into place. From meals and lawn care, […]

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Our Outdoors

It’s strange how one day in November, you can be staring out at a beige and brown field, watching deer move back and forth, going about their annual chase in an effort to beget the next generation; and then the next day, staring silently as drifts and drifts of white grow in the front yard, pinning you indoors until the […]

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