Nokomis Childcare creates Giving Hearts Day videos in style of ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things”

We’ve got a special treat for you! We interviewed some of the funny and adorable children at Nokomis Childcare Centers and created a four-part video series called “Kid Talk at Nokomis.” It’s just a fun way to remind folks in the community to give to Nokomis Child Care Centers on Giving Hearts Day 2015. Giving Hearts Day is a regional fundraising event in which every gift to Nokomis of $10 given at on Feb. 12, will be matched up to $4,000!!!

The first video comes out Feb. 6, and the other three will be released the next week. Check here or on the Nokomis Facebook page to see the videos when they’re posted. They’re sweet, cute, funny, sometimes a little baffling, and lots of fun. Don’t miss them, and be sure to tell your friends.

‘No More Diets’ group works to control weight through life changes, skills

Escape the diet/binge/overeat cycle and still lose weight through No More Diets!, a support group of The Village Family Service Center.  No More Diets! focuses on making lifestyle changes and developing skills that will help people manage their weight, as well as make changes in many other areas of their lives.

…Focus on healthy lifestyle changes and address emotional issues that lead to overeating.

…Escape the diet/binge/overeat cycle and still lose weight.

…Keep your weight down without going “on a diet.”

…Benefit from the active support of fellow group members who share similar goals and challenges.

This is an ongoing group and you can join at any time. For fee information or to register, contact The Village at 701-451-4900.

The Village Family Magazine is looking for freelance writers

Calling all writers! If you’re a writer living in the Fargo, West Fargo, or Moorhead area and you’d like to freelance for The Village Family Magazine, please contact us. Email with two writing samples, tell us a little bit about your writing experience, and share article ideas if you have them.

Our Elf on The Shelf had a proposal for the 2015 budget; it was not well received by our CEO

This morning, Hope (our Elf on the Shelf) had some ideas about what to include in the 2015 Village budget. Gary Wolsky – Village President/CEO, was — shall we say — less than impressed.


To see more of Hope’s shenanigans, check out our Elf on The Shelf photo album.

Village Elf on Shelf involved in suspicious Jenga ‘accident;’ Ken doll and plastic elephant named as suspects

The Village Elf on The Shelf, Hope, suffered minor injuries in what authorities describe as a suspicious incident when a Jenga tower fell on top of her last night in the Fargo Village play therapy room. Read more below.


Click below to open The Village’s Elf on The Shelf album and see all the photos (You do not need a Facebook account to see the photos).

Elf on The Shelf maxes out credit cards, gets covered in coffee creamers, throws house party with Care Bears

Hope, our Elf on The Shelf, is out of hand!

Our Elf on The Shelf was involved in a horrible accident!

Fortunately, she sustained no permanent injuries.


Annual RDO Caters Taters For Charity event raises More than $52,000

2014 Proceeds Benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Village Family Service Center

FARGO, N.D., November 21, 2014: RDO Equipment Co. and R.D. Offutt Company held their annual event, RDO Caters Taters for Charity in Fargo on November 6, 2014 at the Doublewood Inn. The potato luncheon and raffle, in its 15th year, served more than 2,700 potatoes through both dine in and take out and raised $52,135 in benefit of Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Village Family Service Center.

Susan Smith, Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, said, “These funds will go directly towards helping us forge strong and lasting relationships between children and adults mentors in our community. This will help us change children’s lives.”

Fred Hudson, RDO Equipment Co. Director of Market Development, added, “This event would not be possible without the generous support from the Fargo/Moorhead community. Thank you to our sponsors, product partners, volunteers, and everyone who purchased a potato.”

Press release from

Photos from the event below:

Photos, video from FM Wine & Dine 2014

If you missed FM Wine & Dine 2014 Friday (or if you just want to relive it), here are some photos and video from the event. Thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered, etc.!

The event benefits Nokomis Child Care Centers and Big Brothers Big Sisters FM, both of which are programs of The Village.




Looking for some deals online? Try these websites and apps

Editor’s note: This post is from The Village Financial Resource Center’s “Real Money” blog.

Think back to a time when having an extra $1,000 would have made a major difference in the circumstance you were facing. How would the situation have played out differently if you had $1,000 to draw upon? Could you have avoided using a credit card and paying interest, taking out a payday loan, or having to borrow from family or friends? Whatever the situation, when you need to borrow money for unplanned expenses, it usually costs you in more ways than one.

The standard recommendation is to have a liquid savings account containing three to six months of your monthly expenses. Determine this amount by tracking what you spend. Don’t forget about your periodic expenses-the expenses that occur throughout the year, but not necessarily on a monthly basis. Periodic expenses include auto/home maintenance, gift buying, traveling, propane, medical deductibles, etc.

Three to six months of expenses in savings can feel like a very lofty goal for most families. However, having this amount in savings will protect your household from a tailspin if faced with periods of unexpected unemployment, seasonal income shortages, medical expenses, and major repairs.

Adequate savings provides you with a stable financial foundation. Just as a house is only as stable as the foundation it is built on, so are your finances.

Electronic Couponing and Deals
You can save money using the Internet through a variety of websites and mobile apps. Here are some of our favorites.

Websites (All of the websites listed here are also available as apps.)

  • – Created by a mom from Utah with established connections to the best freebies and deals each day. She gives great advice and also matches up store coupons with manufacturers for you. This is a great time-saver for people who want to get the deals of a crazy couponer without spending the time.
  • – Deals on clothing for babies and kids and other stuff.
  • – Various products on sale
  • – Daily deals
  • – Coupon codes and deals
  • – Just about every online retailer is on this site. Once you have an account, you can search by product or retailer, find discount codes, and receive cash back on all your purchases. You get a free $10 gift card to the place of your choice just for signing up!

Mobile Apps

  • GeoQpon – Coupons you can scan at the register
  • Shopkick – Find coupons and earn points toward gift cards
  • Smartphonemate – Earn credit at just by having the app open on your phone ($3/month) or tablet ($5/month)
  • Gasbuddy – Lists all gas stations in the area, along with prices. You can update the prices as well and earn entries for a free gift card