pork adobo

Facing the challenge of finding and recruiting teachers to fill eight openings at the start of the 2023-24 school year, the Mott-Regent School District looked across borders to find talent in the Philippines. The rural school district eventually hired two North Dakotans and six Filipino educators, who are teaching kindergarten, first grade, science, math, music and special education this year. Beyond sharing their teaching talents, the Filipino teachers are also sharing their culture, with students, the school and the local community.

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Rustic Herb Bread and Tortellini Soup

Americans like food. A lot. In fact, the United States has a long list of national days dedicated to certain foods, which have been carefully researched and catalogued by Marlo Anderson in the National Day Calendar – the official, authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique national days. (Read about it on page 6.)

Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day, North Dakota Living features two veteran-owned Pride of Dakota businesses.

Jaydobo is owned by Jayson Parsons, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, whose line of seasonings brings the zest of the Southwest to the heart of the Midwest.

The Jolly Jalapeno is owned by Alfredo and Tabatha Lugo, who balance their salsa-making business with their military careers in the U.S. Air Force.

Read their stories here!

Father's Farm

Chet Yoder, director of Father’s Farm in Wolford, a longer-term, faith-centered rehabilitation center for men reentering the community, shares two of his family’s favorite recipes.

His daughter, Kiera Yoder, is to thank for this stovetop mac and cheese, a quick-and-easy comfort meal your family will request time and again. And the juneberry pie – as delicious as it is beautiful – comes from Chet’s sister, Chalon Yoder.

Read about Chet and Father’s Farm here!



Oldies, but goodies

In May 1957, the magazine’s “Recipe Roundup” was born. Through the decades, the recipe pages in North Dakota Living have remained a reader favorite (as Lucille shares with us in her “Reader Reply”). We even published a series of cookbooks with the recipes featured in this magazine and shared by our cooperative members, readers and home cooks.

This month’s recipes come from the 1987 “REC Family Cookbook.” To celebrate 70 years of North Dakota Living, we made the original version of each recipe, plus a version with a new twist (see recipe notes).



Whether you’re packing for a picnic or packing a lunch, these pack-worthy recipes are sure to please.

The picnic pasta salad is light and packs a lemony punch. It can be assembled and served in a large bowl, or try it layered in a jar for a picnic-perfect look and easy transport.

These delectable s’mores bars pack the nostalgia and fun to elevate this classic campfire treat. The bars can be individually wrapped and frozen for a grab-and-go treat or to pack in your picnic basket. Wrap in plastic wrap, then tinfoil for the campfire feel.


treasure hunt

Discover some treasures and have some fun during North Dakota’s 100-mile rummage sale, the Highway 21 Treasure Hunt, June 16-17.

The Highway 21 Treasure Hunt will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Friday and Saturday, June 16-17.

“With approximately 100 rummage sales along the 100-mile route, this is the most unique rummage sale event in North Dakota,” says Luann Dart, who coordinates the event.


Learn how to make maple syrup at Fort Stevenson State Park Saturday, April 8, during Maple Sugaring Day.

Located 3 miles south of Garrison, along the north shore of Lake Sakakawea, Fort Stevenson State Park will hold the event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

State park staff will demonstrate how to tap a tree, collect sap and turn it into delicious maple syrup. Hear about the history of maple syrup and the equipment used. Maple talks take place at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.


In election years, North Dakota Living offers its platform as the state’s largest circulated publication to familiarize voters with the candidates seeking statewide office.

North Dakota voters will decide victors in the Nov. 8 general election for the offices of U.S. senator, representative in Congress, secretary of state, attorney general, agriculture commissioner, tax commissioner and two public service commissioners. Political party endorsements are indicated for statewide political party offices.