Sagness Memorial Grant Awarded to Burleigh County FCE

churchBuckstopJunctionFamily and Community Education (FCE) Association has been a strong voice in promoting a healthier and better life for individuals, families, and communities through education, leadership and action. Building on the strength of the family as the center of a strong citizenry, FCE has a rich history that you could be a part of in Burleigh County.

Most recently, Burleigh FCE members met at the Spring Council meeting and enjoyed the key presentation of Understanding Depression Later in Life.  This is one example of many programs available to local organizations from NDSU Extension Service to enhance the lives of adults and youth. New business included the election of three officers: Shelley Porter, President; Carlene Dockter, Vice President; Kathleen Bien, Secretary.  We also want to thank Linda Uhte, Treasurer, for her significant contribution to the Burleigh County Association.

Our keynote project is sponsoring the school house at Buckstop Junction in Bismarck, ND.  In 2016, the Burleigh County FCE Association was granted $200 from the North Dakota Family and Community Educators Arlene Sagness Memorial Grant.  We enjoy the responsibility of maintaining the school house as many of our current members attended school in the actual school house.  The Lein School House #2 operated near Arena from 1906 to 1958.  Alice Falkenstein, a member of the Still Club for 62 years, reported it was cleaned by both Wing and Riverside clubs, we replaced curtains and blinds and completed some painting.  We intend to finish painting the school house and replacing light covers.  Tours are scheduled through Buckstop Junction Historic Town.  These tours allow youth to learn about the history of rural North Dakota.

For more information, please contact Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, Shaundra Ziemann-Bolinske, shaundra.ziemann@ndsu.edu.

 

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Vole Damage: A Rite of Spring

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Does your lawn look like this? Do you notice small tunnels of dead grass snaking through your yard? Even worse, you may observe feeding damage on small shrubs and trees. Voles were very active this winter under our heavy snowpack. Insulated and protected by snow, voles feasted on grasses and roots during the course of the winter.

Voles are rodents with short ears and a stubby tail. While mistakenly referred to as “field mice”, these rodents are meadow voles and are common throughout North Dakota. Their populations peak every 2 to 5 years depending on environmental conditions. Snakes, hawks, owls and other predators help control the population.

While highly visible in early spring, vole damage to lawns is usually minor. Homeowners should rake the dead grass and soon rhizomes from surrounding plants will cover the damaged area. If the damage is more significant, then these areas can be reseeded.

Little can be done in the spring to eradicate voles. As the snow recedes, voles leave the now-exposed turfgrass and seek cover in areas with taller vegetation. Fall is the best time to prevent excessive vole damage. Homeowners should practice good yard sanitation to avoid creating an attractive vole habitat. Grass should be cut short in late fall. Shrubs should be limbed up a bit to avoid creating cover near the ground. Furthermore, areas of plant litter should be cleared. A little prevention in the fall will go a long way to discouraging voles from using your yard as their winter home.

by Esther McGinnis, NDSU Extension Horticulturist https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/horticulture/vole-damage-a-rite-of-spring-4

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ND 4-H Horse Judges Certification – April 22, 2017

4-H HorseJudges CertificationNDSU Extension to Host 4-H Horse Judges Certification Workshop. ults and older youth will have an opportunity to learn about becoming a 4-H horse show judge at a workshop the North Dakota State University Extension Service is hosting Saturday, April 22, in Washburn.

The workshop will be followed by a certification test.

“Individuals who wish to judge 4-H horse shows in North Dakota need to be certified,” says Paige Brummund, NDSU Extension agent for Ward County. The workshop will be held starting at 9 a.m. in the Johnsrud 4-H Education Center at the North Dakota 4-H Camp. It will cover the “North Dakota 4-H Horse Show Rules and Judging Guide.”

This workshop is open to anyone but would be especially beneficial for adult volunteers and older youth involved in the 4-H Horse Project, Brummund says.

Certification testing will begin at 1:30 p.m. The exam is designed to test the participants’ knowledge of 4-H horse class rules and judging procedures.

The testing procedure will consist of judging horse show classes and a written exam. Individuals who pass both portions of the exam will be considered certified and their name will be added to the official certified horse judges list the North Dakota Center for 4-H Youth Development maintains.

Judges are certified for three years. Then they must be recertified to remain on the list.

Attending the morning informational seminar is free of charge. The cost for taking the certification testing is $20. Preregistration is required. Register online at https://tinyurl.com/llzr9c3  or call 701-857-6444.

https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/burleighcountyextension/calendar-of-events/nd-4-h-horse-judges-certification-april-22

 

Still Time to Make April Your Walking Month at Work

Walk CalendarGo! Bismarck-Mandan, our local healthy community coalition, aims to continuously bring people together to build a culture of health where we live, learn, work, and play.  Walking does not require any special skills. It also does not require a gym membership or expensive equipment.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week.  Following these guidelines can contribute to overall health, and decrease the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes.

Our coalition is promoting several walking events in April:

Thunderbird Run:  Visit www.runsignup.com/Race/ND/Bismarck/ThunderbirdSpringRun to learn more and register by April 13th!
     When: April 15th, Race times vary
     Where: United Tribes Technical College
     Who: Open to Adults and Youth

BCBS Walk @ Lunch Day:  Join BCBS, Public Health, City employees and GO! members as we walk to the Capitol and back over lunch.
When: April 26th at 12:00 Noon
Where: Meet at Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, 500 East Front Ave
Who: Open to All

Check out our walking calendar for events in April, daily tips and activities on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GoBismarckMandan/ or http://www.gobismarckmandan.org/initiatives/work/.

 

https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/burleighcountyextension/hot-topics/2017-hot-topics/make-april-your-walking-month-at-work

 

 

How to File an Income Tax Extension

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income-taxIf you need more time to file your 2016 federal income tax return, you can request an extension. An extension will give you until Oct. 16, 2017, to file your return, and you can avoid the penalty of 5 percent of the unpaid taxes for each month it is late.

 An extension does not give you more time to pay what you owe. You will need to estimate the amount of tax you owe and pay that amount by April 18, 2017, or your will be subject to penalties and interest.

 You need to file Form 4868 (www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4868.pdf) electronically by using IRS e-file or completing a paper copy and mailing it to the address in the table below.