Emily Welker

App of the Week: Google Assistant

Find out why it's more than just a voice-assisted search.

What did we do without virtual assistants? Siri and Alexa have made our lives so much more entertaining and in a lot of cases, function almost the way a live assistant would. Google has its own assistant, too. Find out with Francie Black why it’s much more than just voice-assisted search in this week’s App of the Week.

Money Talks: 401k

With the markets up sky-high, it's time to start thinking long-term.

Retirement might seem like a long way away, but if you don’t start paying attention to your retirement investments now, retirement itself might never come. The markets have been riding on a high since well before the start of the new year, and they just broke 26,000. So when you look over your portfolio, you need to make sure you’re…

Thinking Green: Clay

DIY goes artsy-craftsy for home repair projects.

Turns out, sculpting modeling clay isn’t just for your kids’ craft project anymore. There are all different ways to use clay for home repair, and although you don’t want to raid the kids’ craft drawer, clay can play a major role. Check out ways to play with clay — and make your home greener in the process — with this…

Brain Power Makes Powerful Connections: Special Olympics Trivia Night

Pit your noggin against your friends' and neighbors' for a good cause.

Would you say you’re smarter than your buddies are? How about your neighbors and colleagues? Coming up later on this winter, you can put your intelligence to the test for a really good cause right here in the Red River Valley — the Special Olympics of North Dakota/Cass County. Local leaders of the Special Olympics are inviting you to a…

Ask Danny: Moving Furniture

When your living-room look is refreshed but the carpeting isn't.

Rearranging the furniture in a room is one of the fastest (and cheapest) ways to give your home a whole new look on the inside. It can make a room look cozier or more spacious, homier or more sophisticated. However, moving your furniture can also leave the carpet with the “ghosts” of where the old legs were behind. Let Danny…

Tech Tip Today: eco ATM

Need some quick cash after the holidays? Trade in your old tech.

If you got a bright shiny new tech toy under the Christmas tree this year, you’re probably wondering what you should do with your old gadgets. Turns out there’s a way you can turn them into some shiny new coin to go with that shiny new technology. Let Francie Black lead you to a little windfall in this week’s Tech…

Pet Connection: Coffee and Cuddles

The kickoff to Giving Hearts Day starts with this gorgeous ambassador for rescue animal groups.

It’s the start of the biggest nonprofit fundraiser drive of the year. Giving Hearts Day comes in February each year, and each year with it comes millions of dollars in funds donated from folks just like to you to some of the finest nonprofit causes in the Red River Valley region. Of course, it helps to have a high-profile ambassador…

App of the Week: Filmr

Get your own virtual pet unicorn.

If you’ve ever wanted your own pet unicorn, an alien best friend, or a happy dancing robot, now’s your chance. Sure, they only exist in the virtual world, but it’s a pretty decent stopgap until bioengineering firms or an alien invasion make the real thing available. Check out how to make it happen in today’s App of the Week.

Money Talks: New Year In Numbers

2018 is looking good to stay the course.

2018 is off to a rollicking start and the outlook is good in terms of the financial forecast. The first few days of the New Year have kept pace with the performance standards set by 2017, which bodes well for what comes next. But with markets on the upswing, does that mean you’ve missed out on the opportunities to invest…

Thinking Green: Changes Around The House

The top three changes you should make today.

There are a lot of little things you can do around the home to make it greener in the new year. But with all your options, how do you know which ones are the most important to implement? Danny Lipford gives us the lowdown on what to do with his top three in terms of insulation, lighting and water heating…