— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger North Dakota for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Check out the October AARP North Dakota newsletter. Stories include: Telephone Town Halls with U.S. Senate Candidates. Burkholder Named Recipient of Volunteer Award. Caregiving Expert to Speak in Bismarck and Fargo. Minot, Grand Forks Caregiving Lunch and Learns. Upcoming Coffee and Conversations in Mayville, Cavalier, and Valley City. Monthly legislative update calls with Advocacy Director Mike Chaussee. Upcoming driver safety classes around the state. Get Help with Medicare Part D during Open Enrollment If you’d like to receive the newsletter …

— We are encouraging AARP members in North Dakota to sign up to receive email from AARP North Dakota about upcoming events and other news. Go to http://www.aarp.org/yes2emailND. If you don’t already have an account on the AARP website, you’ll have to create one (by entering a user name and password) before you can opt in to receive our email. You’ll receive emails about upcoming events such as lunch and learns, Movies for Grownups, and free document shredding. We’ll also periodically …

— Although she walked in the University of Mary graduation ceremony April 29, Bismarck resident Cassidy Kraft has one more task to complete before earning her degree in mass communication, with a minor in marketing. Kraft began a 13-week internship June 5 at AARP North Dakota. She will focus on communication projects including; social media, volunteer recruitment, campaign planning and implementation, and event planning. During her experience at the University of Mary, Kraft was an editor for the school newspaper, completed …

— Wendy Hogue of Mandan has joined the staff of AARP North Dakota as senior operations associate. Hogue will have primary responsibility for managing the business operations of the AARP state office in Bismarck. Hogue comes to AARP from USDA Rural Development, where she worked as an administrative office associate in Bismarck. Hogue earned a bachelor’s degree from Valley City State University, an American Management Association Certificate in Leadership from Dickinson State University, and a Financial Management Certificate from Cornell University. …

— Mike Chaussee of Bismarck has joined the staff of AARP North Dakota as associate state director for advocacy. Chaussee will have primary responsibility for organizing and coordinating federal, state and local advocacy on issues of importance to AARP members, as well as a key role in supporting member volunteers who are engaged in working on those issues. Chaussee comes to AARP from KXMB-TV where he was assistant news director and assignment editor. From 1997 until 2014 he was an associate …