Jessie Veeder

Jessie Veeder

Jessie is a singer/songwriter/writer and statewide columnist living on her family’s ranch near Watford City with her husband and daughter. She blogs at veederranch.com . Reach her at jessieveeder@gmail.com. (facebook.com/veederranch)

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    Celebrate Fall with Hand Print Paint Pumpkins

    Fall is here and so are the pumpkins. My little sister, Alex, came over to visit and brought with her this fun, easy and adorable fall themed art project. It’s a perfect way to celebrate the season and commemorate your little one’s growth. Alex had plans to send her one-year-old’s cute handprint pumpkin to her […]

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    Ask not what your community can do for you

    Last week I helped plan a welcome event in my hometown of Watford city. On a Friday afternoon, before a home High School Football game, nearly 600 people came through the doors of our community center. And the purpose wasn’t to shop or be convinced of anything, but to show them what our community has […]

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    Back-to-school ice breakers to ease first day fears

    To help students transition to the classroom with fewer worries, teachers and parents may want to initiate ice breakers and other stress-reducing interactions. Here are some ideas. Buddy up Many schools will give out classroom assignments a few days before the first day of school. Parents can investigate who is in their child’s homeroom and […]

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    Are meal delivery services right for your family?

    As school gets in full swing, planning nutritious family suppers can be a challenge. Working parents are busy with commitments to work, family and their children’s school and extracurricular activities. As a result of such commitments, families may find they have little time to devote to cooking, let alone shopping for food. As an alternative […]

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    Make art with bubbles

    Looking for a fun outdoor activity for all ages while the weather’s still nice? Try bubble art! We did, and it was an easy, creative hit that you can do with supplies you might already have around the house. It was so fun we brought the idea to share with the kids at the Watford […]

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    New phases

    I just got done scrolling through photos of my sister-in-law’s family vacation to Florida. They surprised their three girls, ages nine, 12 and 14, with the trip last week and if the photos tell an accurate story, that story was all smiles. Oh, I’m one of three girls, so I know there was some drama […]

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    Summer Photo Contest

    Top 10 Fan Voted Winners We asked and boy did you deliver! You shared so many wonderful photos of your kids and grandkids enjoying summer in all its glory that we had to ask for your help to choose. Congratulations to our top 10 fan-voted winners and to our Winner, Britani Keller who submitted the […]

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    Make berries the center of a sweet cocktail

    Perhaps nothing is more relaxing on a warm summer night than sipping a cocktail as the sun sets. Some cocktails, such as the following recipe for “Blueberry Crush” from Susan Elia MacNeal’s “Infused: 100+ Recipes for Infused Liqueurs and Cocktails” (Chronicle Books), even evoke the twilight hours of summertime with their unique look. Blueberry Crush […]

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    Picture Perfect North Dakota Summer

    Summer is here and in North Dakota that means cramming as much fun in a three-month time period as possible. For my family it also means trying to keep up with fencing and haying at the ranch while juggling work (because we still have to work) and getting the kids in their swimsuits as much […]

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