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Save the Date Shopping Guide That’s Not How Grandma Did It! D.I.Y.: Mason Jar Organizer Recipe: Low-Fat Lime Delights Pondering Plastics

20 Child Gallery: Hush Little Baby 22 Standing Together for Student Success 26 Ladies Who Launch: Amber Sander 30 Wedding Gallery: Rules of Engagement 32 This Day: LOL! 34 Edith Armey | Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da

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Save t he Date April

April 10, 17, & 24

Two-Part Lecture Series: The Role of Margin in Managing the Pace (Time) and Price (Finances) of Life: Learning to Live Within Our Limits

Chautauqua Gallery, Lake Region State College 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Put more fun into parenting! Parenting techniques that emphasize empathy, respect, love, and limits will be covered. This program also benefits the older child. Registration is required by April 9. Call Missy at 6654452 or Macine at 701-256-2560 to register.

Prevent Child Abuse Month

April 5 and May 22 April 5th at 7:00 p.m. UND Lake Region Robert Fawcett Auditorium

Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood

April 9 & 11

May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. UND Lake Region Robert Fawcett Auditorium

TrainND Community Education Basic Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2010

The presentation will be Balancing Busy Lives: Making Space in Our Lives for the Priorities that Matter Most Dr. Richard A. Swenson—worldrenowned doctor, speaker, and author— will lecture on how to deal with everyday stress, balance life between job and family, deal with financial hardship, and cope with issues that we cannot control. Dr. Swenson has lectured to members of the United Nations, Congress, NASA, the Pentagon, and Mayo Clinic, to mention a few. The Good Samaritan Society of Devils Lake and Lakota will be sponsoring the presentations. There will be no charge for admission; although, we will be accepting donations of a nonperishable food item, which will be given to the local food banks in our area. Please come out and join us for the presentations. For additional information, contact Paula or Gerald at 701-6626580 or Michelle at 701-247-2902.

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Create dazzling slide presentations that consist of text, objects, animation, slide transitions, sound, charts, and media clips. You’ll learn how to save your presentations to share them online or on CDs. The cost for this class is $40. For more information, or to register for this class, go to, and then click Community Education.

April 12 Royal Social

This fundraiser for the LRSC Community College Foundation is a casual, open house event. Beverages and snacks will be served, and all attendees will have a chance to win a purse full of treasures. To RSVP to an upcoming social, contact Annette Schmid by phone at (701) 6621641.

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April 11, 12, & 13

TrainND Community Education Self-Defense for Women

Lake Region Budokan 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. How do you prevent dangerous situations? How do you defend yourself? Learn basic self-defense, learn how your body reacts to fear, and master crucial moves so that you can arrive home safely. The cost for this class is $120. For more information, or to register for this class, go to, and then click Community Education.

April 13

CHC Foundation Spring Fling Carrington

April 14

April 17

Jose Cole Circus Carrington

April 21

Annual Children’s Safety & Learning Fair and Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Burdick Arena This free event will feature over 20 booths with hand-on activities for children.

April 25

TrainND Community Education Parent-Infant Massage (Birth to 6 months)

April 28

Spring Fling Fashion and Vendor Show

Spirit Lake Casino Cedar and Red Willow Rooms 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

April 28

Baby’s Morning Out

Celebrate the Month of the Young Child by attending Baby’s Morning Out, an opportunity to gain great ideas for you and your baby. Please register by April 25. Call Missy at 665-4452 or Macine at 701-2562560 to register.

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Discover the art of infant massage. Parents will be guided through instruction on how to massage their babies. Bring your baby to class with a soft comfortable blanket, small towel, special play toy, and easy-to-remove baby clothing. Please feed your baby before class, as stimulated babies may get hungry. Parents will receive a small bottle of massage oil and massage guidelines. The cost for this class is $20. For more information, or to register for this class, go to www.lrsc. edu/workforce, and then click Community Education.

Devils Lake Young Professionals Network Spring Gala KC Hall

April 16 and 23 1-2-3 Magic

Cavalier County Courthouse 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 1-2-3 Magic offers easy-to-follow steps for disciplining children without arguing or yelling. It helps parents avoid over-explaining, maintain control, avoid misbehavior in public, and helps children make positive choices. For more information or to register, call Macine at (701) 256-2560.

Also available for purchase at Creative Impressions Dakota Gifts/Books to Go Kneadful Things ND Coffee Connection Mercy Hospital Gift Shop Royal Java - LRSC Bookstore Wooden Garden - Cooperstown Urban Ranch in West Fargo

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Save t he Date April 30

May 4

Lunch & Learn: Starting Out with Judy Barstad 12:00 p.m. Location TBA

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cando High School Icelandic artist of the week Helgi Hjaltalin Eyjolfsson and the North Star High School students created a model town and documented the process with photographs. At 7:00 p.m. there will be a reception at the Cando Arts Center Gallery. This event is sponsored by the Cando Arts Council in cooperation with North Dakota Museum of Art.

Devils Lake YPN

April 30

Signing with Babies and Toddlers

North Dakota School for the Deaf 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Learn the basics of sign language with children. Registration is not required. For more information call Lilia at 701-662-9000 or Macine at 701-256-2560.

May 3

Royal Social

This fundraiser for the LRSC Community College Foundation is a casual, open house event. Beverages and snacks will be served, and all attendees will have a chance to win a purse full of treasures. To RSVP to an upcoming social, contact Annette Schmid by phone at (701) 662-1641.

May 3, 8, 10, 15, & 17 Golf 101

Coyote Flats Driving Range This is a fun introduction to the game of golf. Instruction on all aspects of the game will be provided. Golf clubs are available, if needed. The cost for this class is $100. For more information, or to register for this class, go to, and then click Community Education.

May 4

Taste of the Lake Region

Memorial Building in Devils Lake Join us as area chefs showcase their talent. All proceeds to benefit Heartland Care Center. For more information, please contact Paula Vistad, Foundation Director, at 701-662-4905, ext. 438.

May 4

Devils Lake YPN

Professional Development: Leader Cast


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Artist in Residence Program

May 12

Carrington Spring Citywide Yard Sales 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

May 23

Personal Style Inventory

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lake Region State College For more information, or to register for this event, call 701-6621578 or go online at

June 1 - 3

20th Annual Devils Run Classic Car Show

Devils Lake Visit for a list of events and more information.

June 2 and 3

It’s a Woman’s World Shopping Extravaganza

Bill Jerome Arena in Devils Lake Visit www.itsawomansworld-dl. com for more information.

June 3

Royal Social

This fundraiser for the LRSC Community College Foundation is a casual, open house event. Beverages and snacks will be served, and all attendees will have a chance to win a purse full of treasures. To RSVP to an upcoming social, contact Annette Schmid by phone at (701) 662-1641.

June 8-10

17th Annual Student Art Show Student artwork that went to the state competition from Rolette, Wolford, and North Star Schools will be displayed at the Hawk Museum in Wolford during the museum’s annual celebration. This event is sponsored by the Cando Arts Council.

Breakfast and Lunch

June 8

Putnam House Wine Tasting Carrington

June 8

Pierce County Relay for Life

7:00 p.m. Johnsen Field in Rugby Call Laurie Odden at 701-776-5935 for information.

June 12

Navigating Microsoft® Windows 7

9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Lake Region State College For more information, or to register for this event, call 701-662-1578 or go online at

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10th Annual Potholes Prairie Birding Festival Carrington

June 15 - 17

Langdon Citywide Rummage Sale

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June 20

Communication Skills for Emerging Leaders

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lake Region State College For more information, or to register for this event, call 701-662-1578 or go online at

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HotSpots to Shop

Find these items and more through local retailers. When purchasing an item that you’ve seen in our shopping guide, make sure you tell them that you saw it in Lake Region Woman. Claims products make in the Lake Region Shopping Guide are of product manufactures and not of Lake Region Woman or Graber Media.

Lyndon Shoes

Made with the finest Australian lamb’s leather, the EMU Australia Lyndon is the standout high fashion wedge style in the EMU collection. The EMU brand and many others are available at Boots and Heels in Devils Lake. $159.00

Clay in Motion Pottery Soup Bowl

These unique bowls are available in a variety of colors at LaMotte’s Paint and Glass in downtown Devils Lake. Include a package of Wind and Willow soup mix and it makes a great gift! $20.99 for the bowl $7.99 for the soup mix

Big Fun Wall Décor

Decorate your lake cabin with this wooden wall décor branded with the name of your favorite lake. This and similar items are available at Creative Impressions in Devils Lake. Prices Vary


You will have unmatched accuracy with the convenience of wireless connectivity on the golf course. The SkyCaddie® is WiFi ready with an optical trackpad. SkyCaddie is the Official Rangefinder of The PGA of America. SkyCaddie is available at Gerrells Sports Center in Devils Lake. $399.99

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Shaklee Cinch® Chocolate Shakes can be used in substitution for a regular meal. It has leucine to help preserve muscle and lots of protein to make you feel full. Available through Denice Casavant, Independent Shaklee Distributor, at Retail price: $48.00 Member price: $40.80

Punch Studio™ Pocket Note Pads

Punch Studio™ Note Pads are fun, colorful, and decorated with bright colors and beautiful accents that no one will miss. These pocket note pads are available at The Garden Gate in Devils Lake. $4.50

China Trollbeads

Inspired by the antique Chinese lac worker, this beautiful pattern draws lines over time to meet in this glass bead. Trollbeads are available at Ritter Huesgen Jewelers in Devils Lake. Prices Vary

McCoy Flower Pots

The J.W. McCoy Pottery Company was established in Roseville, Ohio in September 1899. The early McCoy Company produced both stoneware and art pottery lines. These pots are available at Nettiques in Petersburg. $28.00 Large Pot $18.00 Small Pot

Beer Bread

The Beer Bread Company, located in Sac City, Iowa, was started by a busy mom in search of good food that took very little time to prepare. The idea of adding a few ingredients to a dry mix and ending up with a delicious treat was very appealing and so The Beer Bread Company was born! This mix, along with a variety of dip is available at Elaine’s House of Dreams in Lakota. $6.99

Fig Frog Welcome Sign

Hand painted green metal sitting frog holding a “Welcome” sign overhead. Frogs eyes are green marble held with wire. This burton+BURTON® item, and others like it, can be found at Snapdragons Floral in Devils Lake. $22.00

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Kate by Kate McCullar Collection

This collection is sterling silver and rhodium plated to prevent tarnishing. This jewelry is available at Ritter Huesgen Jewelers in Devils Lake. Prices Vary

Dragonfly Lanterns

These burton+BURTON速 hand-painted ceramic lantern candleholders have a decorative dragonfly cutout that lets your candle shine through. This item, and others like it, can be found at Snapdragons Floral in Devils Lake. $20.00 each

Oakley速 Custom Radar Sunglasses

These Oakley速 sunglasses were designed especially for retail at Gerrells Sports Center in Devils Lake. Design a pair for yourself right in the store! $200.00

ALYSSA速 USA Handbag This Alyssa handbag is a great summer accessory. This handbag, and others like it, is available at Boots and Heels in Devils Lake. $42.00

Fair Trade Eyeglass Case


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These handcrafted satin eyeglass cases come in a variety of colors. The eyeglass case, along with matching tote bags can be found at The Garden Gate in Devils Lake. $12.00 for the eyeglass case $13.50 for the tote

Viva Beads Purse

Store your Apple® iPad® in this stylish Viva Beads Purse/ iPad case. The clear protective screen allows you to operate your iPad while it’s still in the case. This item is available at LaMotte’s Paint and Glass in a variety of colors. $36.99

Shaklee Cinch® 3-in-1

RibbonWick™ Candle

Shaklee’s Cinch® 3-in-1 boosts metabolism, helps keep blood sugar steady, and provides the vitamins and minerals that you need. Available through Denice Casavant, Independent Shaklee Distributor, at Retail price: $59.95 Member price: $50.95

Damask Woods features the refreshing scent of sweet grass balanced with oak moss and cool mountain air. This stunning collection in a beautiful silver finish featuring an intricate damask pattern is available at Elaine’s House of Dreams in Lakota. $31.95

Just Passing Through?

Remember that you traveled through Devils Lake with this embroidered sweatshirt from Creative Impressions in Devils Lake. Stop in a pick one out before you head home. $49.99

Vintage Oil Cans

The perfect addition to any rustic décor, these vintage oil cans from Nettiques in Petersburg are available in different sizes. Prices Vary

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That’s Not How Grandma Did It! Learning New Parenting Techniques Can Strengthen Your Child By Macine Lukach Kids don’t come with instruction books. But, it sure would make life easier if they did! Raising children is one of life’s greatest rewards, but it can be tough. Just when you think that issues are under control, something changes and you have to start over. Each child is completely different. What worked with the first one, often doesn’t work with the second. The role as parents is the most important job we undertake and likely the longest job we will ever have. Parents never quit being parents. In every career or job, we receive training and update our skills. Yet as parents, we often overlook parenting education opportunities. We wouldn’t consider approaching a job with yesterday’s skills. Yet many people approach childrearing as their parents and grandparents before them, never considering the need to update. Times have changed, as have parenting strategies. Certain pieces of traditional parenting are important in every generation, such as nurturing, providing for children, and teaching respect. Raising children as we were is not always the wisest choice. During my childhood, my dad never resorted to physical punishment. I do recall being threatened with the belt. And, whenever Dad would go to remove his belt, he never had one on. We would then laugh. I knew that my dad had no intention of using the belt on me, but I understood his message. Now, when I think back on this, it raises several questions. Current research shows that hitting is wrong and an inappropriate form of discipline. This makes me wonder: What if my dad would have hit me? And, what if I would have parented the same way? Two big “what ifs” that, if true, would have a potentially damaging effect on my children. Discipline means “to teach.” So, if a parent resorts to physical punishment, what lesson is being taught, and what kind of role model is he or she to the child? I often hear that people avoid taking a parenting class because others will assume that they are bad parents. That is not true. People who attend parenting programs recognize the reality of childrearing today. Often, they reaffirm their current parenting approach and gain further knowledge about the available parenting tools that address their current issues.

Another reason that people give for not attending a parenting program is lack of time. However, making time for our children and helping to prepare them for today and the future is a worthwhile endeavor. The Region 3 Parent Resource Center offers a variety of parent education opportunities in Ramsey, Benson, Rolette, Cavalier, Eddy, and Towner Counties as part of the NDSU Extension Service. The mission of the North Dakota Parent Education Network is to provide research-based parent education to North Dakota parents. Funding is provided by the ND Department of Human Services – Children and Family Services Division. Several parent education opportunities are coming up during the month of April in the area. The “Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood,” “Signing with Babies and Toddlers,” and “Celebrate Your Baby!” classes will be offered in Devils Lake. The “12-3 Magic” class will be held in Langdon. Additionally, the “Love and Logic” workshops will be offered in New Rockford and Minnewaukan. Dates are listed in the “Save the Date” section of this issue. In addition to parenting programs, a lending library and the “Take and Learn” bags are resources that are available to the public at Region 3 Parent Resource Center. Fred Rogers, of the PBS children’s program “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood,” once said, “Strengthen a parent and you strengthen a child.” To me, this is what parent education opportunities are about. Parents are children’s first teachers. For more information, contact or call 701-256-2560. [LRW]

Macine Lukach | Writer Macine is the coordinator for the Region 3 Parent Resource Center and the Family and Consumer Sciences extension agent for the NDSU Extension Service, Cavalier County office. To stay updated on events hosted by Region 3 Parent Resource Center, like them on Facebook at


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Mason Jar Organizer Organize your crafts or art supplies with mason jars.


A piece of wood (old kitchen cabinet doors work great!) Mason jars of various sizes (throw in a set of salt and pepper shakers to store glitter or other small items) Hose clamps sized to fit around the jars or lids Small screws to affix the hose clamps to the wood


Place the jars on the wood to position them and mark them lightly with a pencil. Remove the jars and screw the hose clamps to the wood. Once the clamps are in place, secure the jars in the clamps and tighten. Turn one jar upside down and poke a hole in the lid to feed ribbon through and use as a dispenser. Attach kitchen knobs or hooks and hang in a convenient place near your craft station.


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Low-Fat Lime Delights Submitted by Brenda Langerud

1 ½ cups low-fat graham cracker crumbs (about 5 ounces) 2 Tbsps. brown sugar Butter-flavored cooking spray 8-ounces light, tub cream cheese 1 Tbsp. lime zest 1 14-ounce can fat-free, sweetened condensed milk 1/3 cup lime juice (3 or 4 regular limes) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Dance with Just For Kix! Celebrating 11 Years in the Lake Region!

Welcome to Just For Kix. We believe that dancing as a team builds strong dancers of any age. Come out today and see for yourself. Our classes are fun. Make lifelong friends, participate in exciting performances and have a great time!

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Combine cracker crumbs with brown sugar. Lay a sheet of aluminum foil in an 8 x 8 square baking pan, with the sides overhanging the edges. Tuck sides under. Spray foil-lined base with butter-flavored cooking spray. Press crumb mixture into pan. Briefly spray cooking spray on top, and then press again. In a medium bowl, beat light cream cheese until softened. Add lime zest and condensed milk. Beat until smooth. Add lime juice and beat until well blended. Pour lime mixture onto crumb base. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until center is just set and edges pull away slightly. Allow to cool. Chill for at least 2 hours. Cut into 16 bars. 144 calories per bar.

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Pondering Plastics By Grace Kurtz

Do a little digging, and you’ll discover that there is a movement in America—and across the globe—toward living without plastics. Yes, living without plastics! Many people are attempting to rid their homes of the convenient, yet controversial material. And, there are good reasons for it. Most of us have seen or heard news reports that warn of the chemical dangers of plastics. In an article for NPR in March 2011, Jon Hamilton wrote that “most plastic products, from ‘sippy’ cups to food wraps, can release chemicals that act like the sex hormone estrogen. According to a study in Environmental Health Perspectives, testing showed that more than 70 percent of the (tested) products released chemicals (…) and that was before they exposed the stuff to real-world conditions: simulated sunlight, dishwashing and microwaving.” George Bittner, one of the study’s authors and professor of biology at the University of Texas, claimed that after exposure to real-life conditions, more than 95 percent of the products tested positive for chemicals. You might wonder about the products that are marketed as “BPA-free,” and if the scientific world ruled out the danger by removing the BPA. The study that Bittner conducted concentrated on BPA-free baby bottles and water bottles, and he found that “all of them released chemicals having estrogenic activity.” Sometimes, those products had even more activity than the products known to have BPA. The following are some frightening facts about what plastics are doing to the environment (provided by • In a 2003-2004 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly 93 percent of the people tested, age six and above, had detectable bisphenol A in their urine; females had slightly higher levels than males. • Each year, the world goes through some 500 billion plastic bags. Of that, WorldWatch Institute estimates that about 100 billion are used and discarded in the U.S. alone, at the cost of 12 million barrels of oil. • According to, “The largest of these garbage swills is known as the Pacific Gyre, or The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It is roughly the size of Texas, containing approximately 3.5 million tons of trash. Shoes, toys, bags, pacifiers, wrappers, toothbrushes, and bottles too numerous to count are only part of what can be found in this accidental dump floating midway between Hawaii and San Francisco.” • Humans currently produce 260 million tons of plastic a year. When those products are pulled into the sea’s currents, the plas-

tics do not biodegrade but are broken into smaller pieces that are consumed by marine life at the bottom of the food chain. An examination of gastrointestinal obstruction in a green turtle found off Florida discovered that, over the course of a month, the animal’s feces had contained 74 foreign objects, including “four types of latex balloons, different types of hard plastic, a piece of carpetlike material and two 2-4mm tar balls.” There are still major debates in the political and scientific world about whether plastics are harmful to our health and the environment. Part of the challenge of pinpointing plastic’s impact is the existence of hundreds of studies, each of which using different methods and quantities of exposure. However, one thing is clear: it is nearly impossible to get away from plastics in your daily life. As a challenge, in the next few days, pay special attention to all the places that you and your family, and your food, might be exposed to plastics. This will provide a clearer picture of how challenging it can be to live “plastic free.” For example, many food products that we purchase are stored in plastic. In fact, if you look on a condiment container that is made from plastic, you might find two other “safety measures” that are made from plastic: one surrounding the outside of the cap, and the other found under the cap, which must be removed prior to dispensing the product. Plastic can be found in carpet, paint, furniture, curtains, and kitchen and bath accessories such as serving utensils, soap dispensers, and coffee pots. Children’s toys and kitchenware is made mainly from plastics, as are the mainstream, commercial diapers that most families use. The next issue will focus on some easy ways to reduce the use and exposure of plastics, especially around your food and drink sources. In the meantime, take a closer look at your family’s plastic use in the next few days or weeks. You might be surprised by what you discover! [LRW]

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In 1994, Grace received her BA in Business Marketing from Mercyhust College in Pennsylvania. She went on to receive her Masters from Suffolk University in Massachusetts in Higher Education Administration. Her professional experience includes over 10 years in higher education. Many of her positions were in Admissions as a Telerecruiter, Recruitment Specialist, Associate Director, and Transfer Counselor in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and North Dakota. At Lake Region State College, she was the Director of Continuing Education from 2000 to 2004. Her responsibilities included Community and Distance Education and the Outreach Programs. After a brief time with CountryBank USA, she became certified in insurance sales; but, left that role to become a full-time mother of her two sons: Landon and Gannon. In 2009, Grace joined the team of trainers at TrainND, facilitating a number of professional development trainings such as: Coaching in the Workplace, Generations in the Workplace, Resolving Conflict, Team Building, and What’s My Communication Style, for which she received excellent comments. Her professional experience, coupled with her natural enthusiasm, proves to be an excellent combination for a trainer. Grace spends much of her time fostering her at-home, direct sale business with lia sophia.

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Aging Options

Help for Families to Plan Ahead Financially

By Karissa Olson

In the last issue, I provided information on the different types of care that are available for long-term care. But, before going any further, I want to provide some information on the different payment sources for care. When considering long-term care for you or your loved one, you need to be somewhat familiar with the different types of payment options because there is a lot of misinformation out there. Thanks to a number of factors—better medical care, better diets, more exercise, etc.—American men and women today are living longer than any other generation. Accordingly, there is a good chance that you or someone you know will need one or more of the different types of long-term care in our community. Paying privately is simply paying out of your pocket for services that you might need. Oftentimes, paying privately can be tricky with increasing costs of care.

home? In 1988, Congress enacted provisions to prevent “spousal impoverishment,” which is when the spouse who still resides at home is left with little or no income or resources. These provisions help ensure that this situation will not occur and that community spouses are able to live with independence and dignity. • How do we plan for funeral expenses if he/she is on Medicaid? An individual can set aside up to $6,000 of his or her own money for burial.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, in 2010, half of those who were 65 and older had an income of less than $22,000 a year, and half had less than $53,000 in savings. Meanwhile, the ND average annual cost of nursing home care today can be as much as $80,000, assisted living, $30,000, and home health care services can total $53,000 a year. A few primary sources of payment for the services that you might need include Medicare, Medicaid, Long-term Care Insurance, and Private Pay. Some of the sources may be used together. There are misconceptions about Medicare and Medicaid. Both programs differ, yet both are governmental programs that provide services to specific groups of people. What is Medicaid? Medicaid is a state-governed program for certain individuals with low income and few resources. Medicaid then pays the provider or program that offers the services. For certain services, such as long-term care, residents are expected to contribute to their cost of care with their own resources. Many people have questions regarding qualifying for Medicaid, and I always recommend that they check with the local County Social Service office. The following are a few of the most common questions about Medicaid, with my general response: • What about my spouse, who still needs to have money to live at Karissa Olson | Writer Karissa was born and raised in Devils Lake, graduated from DLHS, and then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota–Crookston. In 2009, Karissa was presented the Outstanding Alumni Award from UMC for her passionate work in long-term care. Since 2001, she has been a licensed nursing home administrator in Minnesota. The Olson family was excited to be given the opportunity to come back to North Dakota in 2004, when Karissa was hired as CEO/Administrator of Lake Region Lutheran Home, Inc. She is currently an Advisory Board Member of TrainND, a board member of Lakes Social Services, member of the American College of Health Care Administrators, North Dakota Long-term Care Association, North Dakota Department of Health Business Process Re-engineering Committee, Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, and Rotary Club of Devils Lake. Olson lives in Devils Lake with her husband Rich—who works for the City of Devils Lake Engineering Department—and their two daughters, Mikaela (8) and Brittyn (4).


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• What are the rules for transferring our assets? To ensure that Medicaid applicants apply their assets toward the cost of their care, and that they do not give them away to gain Medicaid eligibility sooner than they otherwise would, Congress established stricter asset transfer rules under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993. These rules include penalties for applicants who have disposed of assets for less than fair market value on or after a look-back date. Under current law, the look-back date is five years prior to application for Medicaid for all income and assets that are disposed of by the individual. Transfers made for less than fair market value during the look-back period can be, but are not always, subject to penalties. Penalties are defined as months of ineligibility for certain Medicaid long-term care services. What is Medicare? Medicare is a federal health insurance program that pays for hospital and medical care for elderly and certain disabled Americans. The program has two parts for hospital and medical insurance (Part A and Part B) and two additional parts (Part C and Part D). The most common type that is used for long-term care is Part A, and many are familiar with the prescription drug coverage under Part D. In general, to be eligible for Medicare, an individual must be 65 years of age, under 65 and disabled, or at any age with End-Stage Renal Disease. For skilled nursing care, Medicare requires that you have a three-day qualifying hospital stay and be in need of a skilled nursing service. Skilled care requires rehabilitative staff or skilled nursing staff to give treatment. You are allowed up to 100 days, providing that you meet the requirements that are set by Medicare. Medicare will pay the first 20 days at full cost, with no out-of-pocket expense to you. The next 21 to 100 days are paid for by Medicare, but the daily co-pay is billed directly to you. Long-term Care Insurance is an important option that oftentimes does not receive enough thought at the appropriate time. As Baby Boomers continue to age, it is expected that the demand for long-term care services will continue to soar (remember, long-term care doesn’t only apply to nursing homes). Concurrently, federal and state government are expected to continue working toward ways to cut the long-term care costs for the health care needs of the elderly. To prevent losing life savings or selling assets to pay for care options, some people avoid paying for this care now by divesting (giving away one’s assets) prior to needing long-term care so that they can qualify for Medicaid. This is a difficult process and a gamble because the laws that govern divesture are expected to tighten as legislators search for ways to control the rising healthcare costs.

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Long-term care insurance helps pay for your care and protect your assets by reimbursing you for covered expenses, up to the amount set forth in your policy. Depending upon the type of policy that you choose, this insurance can reimburse you for a wide variety of home, community-based, and facility care services. Additionally, it can offer care options that might not be covered through government programs. The best way to ensure access to all types of available longterm care services, and to preserve your ability to make choices, longterm care insurance is a great choice. A good time to buy long-term care insurance is between the ages of 50 and 55, according to the American Health Care Association. In addition, the premiums for long-term care insurance are much lower when you’re younger. The simplest answer regarding when to buy long-term care insurance: When you can afford it, and before you need it. For more information and guidance on the costs for longterm care, go to: or [LRW] *Disclaimer – this article is for general guidance only. Please contact Medicare, or your local social services or long-term care insurance office for specifics as they may apply to you.

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Standing Together for Student Success TRiO Student Support Services Help Students Achieve Educational Goals

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From a simple smile to being a sounding board, the TRiO team at Lake Region State College guides students to success. “They are who they are because they stand together,” said Lauree Wangler, LRSC graduate and former TRiO student. “They are a wonderful bunch of professionals working with a needed program, assisting those with various needs and obstacles. They help clear the fog to personal success,” she said. Wangler’s testament to the value of TRiO and its wonderful staff is not unique. This story has been retold by voices of countless other students, some of whom are now nurses, social workers, business professionals, information technicians, and entrepreneurs who work in the Lake Region and throughout North Dakota. Those graduates assert that their dreams might have vanished without the support of TRiO director Theresa Leiphon and the staff of TRiO at LRSC. “I feel like the TRiO Program and the remarkable staff treated me in a holistic manner. They guided me academically, financially, emotionally, and spiritually. They stood for me when I was weak, encouraged me when things were rough, and always understood,” Wangler said. Today, Wangler is working as Director of Nursing Services at the Good Samaritan Society in Devils Lake. TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) is a grant funded through the Department of Education to qualifying colleges and universities. Lake Region State College has been funded to offer such a program since 2001. The goal of this program is to increase its participants’ college retention and graduation rates. TRiO serves students who are first generation college students (meaning that the students’ parents did not complete a bachelor’s degree), students with low-income backgrounds, and/or students with a disability. “TRiO is a great tool for students to utilize. It is great to watch students succeed, especially when they come in to TRiO in the beginning of the year, so unsure of themselves. With a little guidance and support, they can do great things. It is heartwarming to be a small part of their success,” Leiphon said. Leiphon has served as the director since the program started in 2001, and maintains that TRiO weaves a balance between supporting students and challenging them with goals and objectives. This balance helps students gain the confidence and self-awareness needed to tackle college challenges without excessive apprehension. The program provides tutoring, financial literacy classes, college expectation guide, cultural enrichment, and more. Leiphon expressed that there is a strong need for tutoring in classes such as statistics, chemistry, and algebra.

Kateri Long, LRSC graduate and current student at UND, said that TRiO’s tutoring was a great tool to use while on campus at LRSC. “Annette Schmid (TRiO staff member) went above any tutoring expectations. She was a great help.” The TRiO program at LRSC serves 160 students each academic year, two-thirds of which are women. That could be due to a higher number of women—both traditional and older-than-average—who are going to college, many whom are juggling family, college, and work. For that reason, the TRiO staff keeps the office area family-friendly, welcoming kids with a box of toys near one of the worktables to keep children busy if mom needs to pop in and talk to her advisor. At first glance of any college classroom or student union, one cannot know the personal story of each student. College entrance exams guide advisors and instructors in placing students in the right classes and career tracks. But, those exams do not measure other influencing factors such as finances, support systems at home, and balancing priorities of children, career, and earning a degree. All of these factors are a part of daily life for many college students. Leiphon added that students who are eligible for TRiO come into the office with those very concerns. For Melanie Gehrtz, returning to college to complete her degree while commuting, working, and raising a family made the mountain called college appear insurmountable. Then, she met the TRiO staff at Lake Region State College. “I needed that confidence boost—just knowing someone was there,” she said. “I went from not wanting to walk in front of a class to not being afraid to speak in front of 500 (people).” Today, Gehrtz has not only earned her associate’s degree from Lake Region State College, but has completed her bachelor’s degree from Mayville State University. She still pops in to the TRiO office occasionally. “Once TRiO always TRiO,” she said with a smile. Kateri Long also stays in touch with members of the program. “They continue to support me on my journey,” she said. Along with Leiphon, three other staff members are dedicated to work with students. Coordinators Annette Schmid and Patty Wallace work with students, depending on their majors. Wallace works with students who plan to transfer to universities for advanced degrees, and Schmid works with students in the career and technical fields. Leiphon and Wallace have been with the program since it started 10 years ago. Leiphon also mentioned past staff members Melinda Martin, Andy Wakeford, and Lane Azure, who were all fantastic additions to her team. Administrative Assistant Heidi Becker completes the LRSC TRiO team. Heidi Becker is also a product of the TRiO program. She can’t believe that she now works in the same area where she sought advice during her college studies. “There was always someone there to answer my questions and guide me through the college process. They kept me on track to my degree,” Becker said. Now she’s there to lend a helping hand. The University of North Dakota also has TRiO staff based at LRSC. Kelsey Walters is an advisor for the TRiO/Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), which helps individuals with academic potential to enroll in the college of his or her choice. The EOC works specifically with people who are low-income and/or first generation. EOC has several Outreach Advisors. Walters’ position serves the Lake Region and Turtle Mountain Community High School in Belcourt. She assists students with the college process from choosing a major, completing financial aid forms, and more. Walters emphasizes that the EOC position does not recruit for any one school, but rather provides options to the participants and assists students in making decisions that fit their needs. Walters admits that she has seen successes every day that she has worked for TRiO/EOC. “Whether it is helping high school students figure out where they want to go to college, or a GED student who is unsure of what to do next, or single mom of three who wants to come back to school after graduating high school 20 years ago—we’re there. Working with different people from all different backgrounds, and helping them achieve their goals…I wouldn’t want to do anything else,” she said.

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Retention Tool According to the Department of Education, all Student Support Services (SSS) projects must provide the following: • Academic tutoring, which might include instruction in reading, writing, study skills, mathematics, science, and other subjects • Advice and assistance in post-secondary course selection • Assistance with information on the full range of student financial aid programs, benefits, and resources for locating public and private scholarships • Assistance in completing financial aid applications • Education or counseling services that help improve student financial and economic literacy and assist students in applying for admission to graduate and professional programs • Assistance for students who are enrolled in two-year institutions in applying for admission to, and obtaining financial assistance for, enrollment in four-year programs

The SSS projects can also (but do not always) provide the following: • Individualized counseling for personal, career, and academic information, activities, and instruction • Individualized counseling to help acquaint students with career options • Exposure to cultural events and academic programs that are not usually available • Mentoring programs to help secure temporary housing during breaks for students who are homeless, youths and students who are in foster care, or students who are aging out of the foster care system

TRiO and other similar programs are key to retaining students—assisting them with any roadblocks that they face on the way to reaching educational goals, and making sure that they don’t fall short of those goals due to reasons that can be resolved. College president Dr. Mike Bower asserts that the TRiO Program at LRSC is one of the best directed programs to assure first generation and lowincome students and families that we care about student success. “It is one of the best because of the devoted staff in that office,” said Bower. “The credit for the success of this program goes to Theresa Leiphon and her team members whom work diligently to assist students in financing their college education. They make sure the students enroll in challenging college-preparatory courses and provide academic assistance through tutoring, supplemental courses, and to fill in any gaps in the student’s academic preparation,” Bower said. Student Support Services does all that and more, Kateri Long asserts. “One of the biggest things they helped with was academic planning and advisement. They really helped to map things out for me and put classes and timelines into perspective. As far as the transfer to UND—again, TRiO helped aid in that process as well,” she said. Long continues to use TRiO services as she advances through her degree work. Now a senior at UND, Long is majoring in social work and minoring in chemical dependency. She will earn her bachelor’s degree this December. “I am utilizing the TRiO program here at UND—and they have also helped aid in the advisement and planning aspect. TRiO is a great help and offers hope to a lot of students that may not find it elsewhere. I owe a big thanks to TRiO because I truly believe they have helped me to come this far,” Long said. Along with her career in nursing, Lauree Wangler is raising five wonderful children and celebrating 19 years of marriage. “I also do some consulting as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant. I enjoy writing devotionals and encouraging others to choose their attitude and be all that they dream to be. I am aspiring to finish my BSN, which has been put on hold for various reasons. I am blessed and thankful for all the joys and trials God has set before me,” she said. Melanie Gehrtz is working and considering relocating to eastern North Dakota for her dream job. As for the TRiO staff, they are continuing to serve students and help support student dreams, something Patty Wallace hopes to continue for a long time. “It’s the best job I’ve ever had,” Wallace said. “I feel good about what I do and know I make a difference.” The rest of the TRiO staff agree. “TRiO is knowing someone is there and a solution is a step or call away. It’s a way for students to make connections,” Theresa Leiphon said. Wangler hopes that eligible students use the services that TRiO provides, and that they also remember to give back to others in need of a boost. “Mentor others because they need the strengths you have to offer.” [LRW]

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Erin always possessed a passion for reading and writing. “I wish I had more time to devote to writing professionally and personally. In today’s high-tech and fast-paced world, it’s assumed you can just manufacture a great document or quickly scan and digest a comprehensive piece, but devoting time to both is so rewarding.” Her mom helped stir that passion for reading and writing. “The best quick escape to a new world is through a book. I still can get lost in a great story.” Erin began writing during her high school years in Hankinson, ND, which led to studying communication at UND. She received an internship at the Grand Forks Herald in 1995, which led to a reporting job for the paper and AGWEEK magazine. She earned a degree in journalism from UND in 1996. Erin moved to the Lake Region when she married her husband, Steve, who farms east of Devils Lake with his family. She switched from reporting to public relations, working at the Spirit Lake Casino for two years before becoming marketing and communications director at Lake Region State College in 2000. She and Steve are the proud parents of three active youngsters aged 2-10. Between work and the kids’ schedules, finding free family time can be tough, but they squeeze it in wherever possible. “Homework and many family discussions occur in the kitchen while preparing a meal.”

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Ladies Who Launch Amber Sander Written and photographed by Autumn Graber

The American dream is not dead—it’s alive and well inside the brick and mortar of Boots and Heels. To walk through the door is to step into a boutique that owns a downtown feel. Shopping isn’t just the processes of acquiring goods and services—it’s an experience. That’s why I believe women like to shop. We like to have experiences and create memories with our mothers, sisters, and girlfriends. “I think shopping should be fun,” said Amber Sander, owner of Boots and Heels. And to think, this all came to fruition over the Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s fishing tournament in 2011. Like many who grew up in the area and moved away, the Sanders family returned every year to participate in the fishing tournament. At the time, Amber, her husband Ben, and their two children Bailey (4) and Brighton (2) were living in Grand Forks and felt that they reached a plateau there. “We felt like we were at this point when we needed to do something and we did not know what to do,” she said. While visiting with family over the fishing tournament weekend, Amber and Ben were presented with the idea to open a business—a shoe store in particular. “I thought it was a horrible idea,” she said. “I initially said no. Then the next day, I didn’t think it was a terrible idea anymore.” Amber and Ben got to work right away. They met with key individuals and put their Grand Forks home on the market. Their house sold within a month, which allowed them the funds to help build their new business. It also helped that they had good credit. “Then I was really excited—running around like a crazy person trying to get organized,” she said. Amber is a self-proclaimed “shoe-aholic” and prefers pointy-toed heels. She had previously worked in retail and loved the job, so the idea of owning a shoe store wasn’t so bad after all. Once the location was confirmed and the renovation began, things went pretty smoothly. “We had Daniels Drywall come and do all of the fill-in work for the walls, then they were able to paint for us,” she said. “My husband and his father laid the floor.” Amber was grateful that they purchased the flooring from LaMotte’s Paint and Glass because the floor in the store is a little unpredictable—a character trait for many older buildings. “The guys from LaMotte’s came over and helped us out a couple times. We got an excellent level of service.”


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While renovations were underway, Amber was diligently in search of products to sell in her store. She found herself on the phone, calling shoe companies to ask, point-blank, if she could sell their products in her store. They also traveled to Las Vegas to a buyers’ market. “It helps to see and feel and touch things,” she said. “You can have an emotional response to something and know it would be good for your store.” “We try and bring in new products on a regular basis; products you won’t see everywhere else,” she said. One of the products sold at Boots and Heels are Beatrix New York backpacks. “We are the only ones that sell them in North Dakota.” The backpacks are PVC, lead, and phthalate free, and have padded straps. Because PVC cracks, the backpacks can last a lot longer. Amber admits that she is young. However, at a surprising 25 years old, she shows great potential as a young entrepreneur. And lucky for us, she didn’t let her age hinder the decision to open a shoe store. She knows that she has a lot to learn and welcomes the education that she would glean from being a business owner.

Amber (Sandberg) Sander is a 2004 graduate of Devils Lake High School and holds a degree in human resources from Northwest Community and Technical College. Ben Sander is a 2001 graduate of DLHS and holds a Bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from the University of North Dakota.

“Google is my friend,” she said. In the beginning, Amber struggled with the thought of how to get a grasp on how much product she should have in her store. She stumbled across the term “open to buy numbers” and it all became clear. “You project that you are going to do X amount of sales in a year and X amount of sales each month then take how much you need to replace your inventory.” This formula allows you to decide your inventory levels. In addition to learning the ins and outs of business, Amber finds herself acting as the sales person, buyer, IT department, and snow removal service. “No one should go into a business unless they absolutely love it,” she said. “I spend 80 and 90 hours a week here. I can’t be sick because we have no employees.” Occasionally, Amber requests the assistance of her mother to watch the store for her when she needs to be gone. For Amber, it’s important to know and remember who has shopped in her store. “I don’t think you should sell someone something and then forget about them.” Amber wants to be able to ask people how their shoes are working out for them if she meets them on the street. On the flip side, Amber loves it when people stop in, even if they don’t plan to buy anything. “I always tell people, ‘If you have an extra five minutes, come in and see what we have new.’ You don’t have to buy something every time you come in.” The pride that Amber has for her store is evident in her personality. She glows when talking about it, and admits that she feels blessed to be doing what she loves. “I sometimes drive by the front of the store, just so I can see it,” she said. “I park in the back so I don’t always get to see the front of the store unless I’m shoveling. I love it.” [LRW]


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This Day: LOL!

By Shannon Teigen Bacon sizzled in a pan, its salty aroma filling the air in the kitchen. I languidly leaned against the kitchen counter, soaking in a quiet moment. It was one of those elusive lazy mornings when no one had to be anywhere at any given time. Those mornings are a rare commodity in our household and regarded as golden. The girls were setting the table for breakfast. My husband—having just returned from checking on the horses—had become riveted in a morning news program on T.V. My son was looking for napkins in the pantry. There I stood, cradling a coffee cup in one hand and a fork in the other, completely hypnotized by the crackling and hissing noises coming from the griddle. I hadn’t realized that I had begun to smile and giggle. My son looked at me from the pantry door. “What’s so funny, Mom?” he inquired. Indeed, what was so funny? I hadn’t realized that I was making noise audible enough for anyone else to hear. I was lost in a memory of a recent conversation that I had with my mom and sister. It was one of those belly-buster conversations that had us laughing so hard that our eyes were glistening from the tears, our cheeks ached, and we had to consciously control our bladder. There was no way I could re-create that for my 10-year-old son in a way that he would find even remotely humorous. When you think about past conversations that have ended up in giggle-fests, don’t they make you smile? A good dose of laughter provides us with a cleansed feeling, and the energy it breeds is well worth the streaked mascara. According to R. Morgan Griffin in his article “Give Your Body a Boost — With Laughter,” which can be found on, we change physiologically when we laugh. We stretch muscles throughout our face and body, our pulse increases, and we breathe faster, which sends more oxygen to our tissue.

Shannon Teigen | Writer Shannon writes from her rural Devils Lake hobby ranch that is nestled in the peace and quiet of the North Dakota countryside. Her family, consisting of her husband, two teenage daughters, and one son, is the farthest thing from being peaceful and quiet, but she wouldn’t trade it for anything. After graduating from UND, Shannon established her career with foundation blocks of marketing, sales, customer service, human relations, and communications. She currently holds the position of Human Resource Manager for Summer’s Manufacturing in Devils Lake, ND. When Shannon’s not focusing on family or roasting coffee for Little Coyote Coffee—a hobby turned small business—she is passionate about sharing her life’s experiences and motivating others. Whether writing an article for Lake Region Woman or conducting a training session on marketing, Shannon truly believes that you should do what you love and love what you do. You can reach Shannon at


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There are other benefits of laughter: • It can lead to a stronger immune system because it reduces the levels of some stress hormones, such as cortisol, and it increases the health-enhancing hormones like endorphins. • Good hearty laughter exercises the diaphragm, contracts the abs, and it works the shoulders. This work-out effectively leaves the muscles more relaxed for up to 45 minutes afterward. • Laughter also distracts our thoughts from negativity, stress, guilt, and anger. Instead, it focuses on more positive benefits, such as elevating our mood and improving the quality of the interaction with those whom we are sharing the laugh. • According to a study performed at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased memory and learning. Many years ago, I took a Tai Chi class with some friends. Sadly, I don’t remember a lot of that valuable stress-relieving class, but I will always remember how the instructor explained to us that the only time our left-brain and rightbrain work together is that split second when we “get” the humor in a joke. In her article “8 Benefits of Laughter” on the website, Melissa Breyer explains the process and how quickly laughter works. Less than a half-second after exposure to something funny, an electrical wave moves through the higher brain functions of the cerebral cortex. The left hemisphere analyzes the words and structures of the joke; the right hemisphere “gets” the joke; the visual sensory area of the occipital lobe creates images; the limbic (emotional) system makes you happier; and the motor sections make you smile or laugh.” Laughter does appear to have benefits—mentally, physically, and interpersonally. Smiling, I carried the warm plate of mouth-watering bacon to the table, where I joined my family for one of our treasured family breakfasts. As I sat down next to my son, he asked again, “Mom, why were you laughing?” And like any good sister would, with a smile, I blamed mine. “Oh, it was something your aunt did last weekend.” I encourage you to do something that makes you laugh. Watch a comedy, read a funny book, laugh with friends. Make your left-brain and your rightbrain work together, and do something on this day that makes you feel giddy and giggly. LOL! [LRW]


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Written and photographed by Autumn Graber If the saying “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is true, then Edith Armey must be a superhero by now. Oh, what a road this woman has traveled. Some of the many words to cross Edie’s lips starting at an early age are: death, depression, miscarriage, divorce, poverty, and obesity. Along with the “downs” came the “ups,” when she was blessed with three handsome and devoted sons, earned her bachelor’s degree at 47 years old, won her dream job, became a proud grandmother of six grandchildren, and finally rewarded herself with the purchase of a Harley Davidson. We aren’t in the business of airing dirty laundry. Heaven knows we all have our fair share of loads of laundry to do. But, the youngest of eight children, Edie believes things took a turn for the worse when she lost her father to a tragic death in 1973 when she was 20 years old. “That was when they first diagnosed me with chronic depression,” she said. Edie considered herself a “daddy’s girl” and the death of her father affected her greatly. “I remember at my father’s funeral, I was talking to one of my older brothers, one I greatly admired, (still do) for he was the first one in our family to go to college. He said to me, ‘You aren’t very tenacious.’ I didn’t even know what that meant, so I remained silent. When he left, I looked it up,” she said. Edie found that the word means steadfast, persevere, firm, and resolute. “I felt bad, that my brother thought I gave up easily. Why would he say that? What more could I do? I was a champion horsewoman, a straight A student, a hard worker, and committed to family—I never forgot his comment and I vowed to earn the respect of my brothers.” Edie married on her parents’ anniversary, December 14, 1974. She was realizing her dream of marrying a man tied to the earth through farming and they decided to start a family right away. However, tragedy struck in the form of a miscarriage in June of 1975 while visiting family in Washington. The two tried again and they welcomed their first son, Jason, in April of 1976. Then tragedy struck again when two-month-old Jason smothered during nap-time. “He had slipped down between the mattress and footboard and the blanket was wrapped around his face,” she said. “We both just lost it.” The marriage began to deteriorate soon after the death of Jason. “Even though my doctor cautioned us, we thought another child would help our marriage.” Their second child, Brock was born just one year after Jason in April, 1977. “It still seemed like the death of Jason was always between us. I tried fixing everything. I tried religion and I tried doing more work on the farm.” Nothing seemed to work to mend the rift that had developed. Edie was determined not to give up. They welcomed their third son, Brett and she kept trying to fix her family. During this time, Edie unexpectedly lost her mother and was awarded a family inheritance. Thinking maybe the money problems were causing their strife, she decided to put it toward fixing their finances. Her husband protested, but she spent all of it to pay down the farming debt and toward improving their living arrangements. “My brother warned me, and that was my last attempt to fix my marriage.” After eight years of marriage and many failed attempts to fix things, Edie decided it was time to move on. In the spring of 1982, Edie removed herself and her two sons from the home and moved in with her sister’s family. While mending her broken dream and focusing on her boys, Edie found herself falling in love again. “I was madly in love with him,” she said. “But he didn’t want to be married.” Because of this romance, Edie was blessed yet again with another son, Seth. Edie, feeling rejected, moved her family to Bismarck in search of something better and away from the memories. Edie found herself relying on food to cope with the stress in her life. “I ate myself up to 350 pounds,” she said. In her quest for something more, she became heavily involved in religion in search of answers. “When I left Cando, I was pretty downtrodden,” she said. “I was devastated that I had a child and I wasn’t married.” Edie found herself alone and with three young mouths to feed in Bismarck. She was broke because her inheritance was gone and she was out of work with no marketable skills.


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“My counselor suggested that I focus on my health and use the system for a while since I had three children.” So Edie went on the welfare system. Housing assistance, at that time, was fairly new and the program had a lot of money. “The apartment that they found for us to rent in Bismarck was beautiful.” Whether she knew it or not at the time, a Kirby vacuum salesman gave her the extra push she needed. He was persistent with his approach to sell her a vacuum and was shocked when she told him she couldn’t afford it because she was on welfare. “He said, ‘isn’t that interesting. You live in a nicer place than I do and you’re living off my tax dollars.’” Edie immediately began looking for work.

In 1989, Edie experienced a nervous breakdown and doctors put her on Prozac. “My kids thought that God had actually come down and saved the world,” she laughed. The medicine helped to stabilize her moods, but Edie was still self-medicating with food and a few years later her doctor told her if she didn’t lose the weight, she would be in a wheel chair in two years. She was referred for a psychological evaluation to see if she would be a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery. “They determined at that time that my weight and my appearance had a lot to do with my depression.” Edie ended up being a perfect candidate and she followed through with the surgery.

She was introduced to Marilyn Brucker, the director of the Center for Displaced Homemakers in Bismarck. “She was a tiny woman that always had a smile on her face, always upbeat, and positive,” she said. “I left there and said nobody can be like that. She’s a big fake.” Edie quickly found out Marilyn was not a fake, and indeed, good at her job. Marilyn told Edie to get more education. Edie had already received her two-year degree from Lake Region State College, but Marilyn felt Edie was bright and had a great future ahead of her. Edie was soon enrolled in Bismarck State College’s pilot program for computer education. “They wanted to see how many computer credits you could take in a semester,” she said. She loved the computer classes and accelerated so fast that she was asked to join the staff. She accepted a position as GED examiner. Edie began prepping students who were about to take their GED tests. This opportunity opened a few doors to Edie and she was then able to apply for a full-time office manager position within a division of North Dakota Department of Health. Don’t let this streak of good luck deceive you. Edie was still battling depression and weight issues. “We were poor,” she said. When Brock and Brett were 8 and 9 year’s old, respectively, they had to help with the family income. “Brock and Brett started with paper routes. They had 150 papers to deliver by 6:30 in the morning—never a day off.” The boys would use half of the money made from delivering newspapers to make the family car payment and the other half was theirs to use. “They learned from an early age, how to be responsible and how important it was to keep track of your time and have a schedule.”


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The new Edie, with a new body, found herself in love again and followed her new boyfriend to Fargo after he convinced her to return to school and get her degree. By this time, her oldest son Brock was of college age and they attended NDSU together. She graduated with a degree in sociology in 2000. Six months prior to graduating, Edie began looking for a job and wasn’t having much luck. “My sister said they are looking for someone to run the golf course in Cando so I moved home.” Talk about coming full circle. Edie found herself back in Cando with Seth, who would now be attending high school there. Brock and Brett were soon to follow. By this time, Edie made amends with her ex-husband and Seth’s father. “They both have devoted life partners whom I respect,” she said. Edie’s sons have half brothers and sisters and everyone gets along very well. Soon after her move to Cando, an assistant position for workforce training opened up in Devils Lake and she applied. Edie got the job and began working for Holly Mawby. “I loved the whole idea of work force training because the goal was to get into the rural areas and help those people that didn’t have easy access to college. I loved that. I love helping people. Maybe that’s why I am a ‘fixer’,” she said. In 2002, Doug Darling’s position at Lake Region State College became more demanding, and they determined that he needed an assistant. Edie was intrigued by the opportunity and wanted to apply for the job. She got it, and shortly after starting the job, Doug became ill and had to be absent from work for a while. In Doug’s absence, Edie had to take on his duties and learn his job very quickly. “When Doug came back to work, I told him I’m never doing that again,” she laughed. When the workforce training director position opened up, Edie told Doug she was going to apply for it. Since 2008, Edie has held the position at the program now known as TrainND. “Workforce training’s mission is to provide training for businesses that is related to their employee’s development,” she said. “Community Education courses are meant to be fun, condensed, and stress-free.” TrainND hopes to add a number of different courses for the general public in the future. “We want to do dance classes, massage for couples, and dog obedience training.” The program just needs to find the instructors to provide those courses. And, on top of that, TrainND is just starting to grow in the Grand Forks area. “Some days I feel like there isn’t enough of me to go around, but I love the challenge.” Edie seems to be an organized-free spirit. Those two titles don’t always go together, but it works for her. Edie has had her motorcycle license since she was 16 years old and always enjoyed the pastime. “My nephew got called to active duty and he said I want to leave you my Harley to take care of.” Edie gladly watched over the machine during her nephew’s time away. Once her son Seth graduated and moved to South Dakota to work for Brink Constructors, Inc., she found herself with a severe case of empty nest syndrome and decided to buy herself a Harley Davidson. “I couldn’t stand living by myself,” she said. Soon, Edie moved into the Lake Region State College dorm and took care of south hall for about five years. “After my last broken heart—the final time because it will never happen again, I rode 10,000 miles that summer.” Edie rode her motorcycle so much that she decided she needed a bigger one. “What I call my type of riding is ‘Ridin’ the Vast Lane’. Avoid congestion if at all possible.” “I guess as a fixer, someone (she chuckles) has decided I am a better role model, single. I have helped others ever since I was young. Mom and Dad’s home was a safe haven for many people, for farm kids who didn’t have transportation ‘in the olden days’ so they could be in sports and kids who just needed something extra. My

home is always open to friends and family. I usually have more faith in them than myself, (she laughs again). I adopted as my mantra ‘Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da life goes on.’ If you just keep putting one foot forward, if you just keep getting up and getting dressed, life goes on and it all works out.”

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Edie has been affected by everyone she has met along her journey. Her name says it all, Edie Armey. She is an army of one with the support of many. “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about my mom and my dad, and they’ve been gone 40 years,” she said. “I think about Jason and I only had him for two months.” Edie credits her faith, family, and perseverance for getting through the hard times. “My dad and my brothers are my heroes—I don’t know what I would have done without my brother Jim and my brother-in-law Rick “Butch” Thomas, who passed away March 2011. Those two men were in my corner, helping me teach my sons valuable lessons, skills, and morals.” Edie goes on to say, “Forgiveness is the way to peace of mind. People that live in the past and let their bad experiences fester are never happy. They complain, feel sorry for themselves, and bring others down. They fail to see that people can change, people may have made amends, people may be sorry—it is not my place to judge, only God’s. I can discuss unhappy experiences, but I don’t dwell on them. I forgive so I can live in the present and live long enough to be in my grandkids’ future!” By the way, Edie understands now why her brother told her she wasn’t very tenacious back when she was 20 years old. However, now if you look at the word in the dictionary, I’m willing to bet Edie Armey is now the definition of the word. [LRW]

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“When you feel like you can’t go on, when finances get you down, when you think your kids will drive you crazy, take a deep breath, feel the feelings of a most cherished moment, pull yourself up by your bootstraps, and fake it till you make it!” –Edie Armey

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