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— THE HEADLINE  12/5/2018 Governor Doug Burgum presented his budget for the next biennium to North Dakota legislators on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Here are some of the highlights, prioritizing issues AARP North Dakota will be working on during this session: Burgum proposes changes in how social services are delivered in the state. He would like to see the current structure of 47 administrative areas changed to 19. He was quick to emphasize that ‘touch points’ would not change, …

— 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!

— AARP North Dakota’s advocacy agenda is taking shape as we prepare for the 2019 session of the North Dakota Legislature, which beings on January 3. We’d like to invite you to participate in a conversation about or work with state legislators. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, we’ll host a statewide telephone town hall for our members. We invite you to participate and ask your questions about the 2019 legislature and our advocacy work during the session. We know we’ll …

— AARP North Dakota and the Red River Rainbow Seniors are co-sponsoring a series of lounge and learns of particular interest to the LGBT community. All three lounge and learns are from 5:30-7 p.m. and will be held at the Delta by Marriott in Fargo. There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration is required. A light meal and refreshments will be provided. These sessions are designed especially for the LGBT population and their loved ones. Anyone interested is welcome to …

— Cars have changed. So have traffic rules, driving conditions, and the roads you travel every day. Some drivers age 50+ have never looked back since they got their first driver’s license, but even the most experienced drivers can benefit from brushing up on their driving skills. By taking a driver safety course you’ll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. You’ll learn how …

— AARP is encouraging Medicare beneficiaries to read their annual Notice of Change and to review their health and prescription drug plan options for 2019 during Medicare Open Enrollment Oct. 15-Dec. 7. The N.D. Insurance Department is conducting Part D open enrollment events in eight North Dakota cities. You can also call 2-1-1 from anywhere in North Dakota now through Nov. 16 for help. After providing your medication information and answering some questions, information on the best three plans will be …

— The North Dakota Legislative Assembly only meets every other year. However, during the “interim,” legislative committees will study a wide array of important issues. AARP will be closely watching issues related to health care access and affordability, home- and community-based services, retirement security, property taxes, and other issues important to North Dakotans 50 and older. To keep our members current on these interim studies, AARP North Dakota is hosting a monthly webinar/conference call. During these calls, expect to hear what …

— 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 …

— Have a question for North Dakota’s candidates for the U.S. Senate? AARP North Dakota is hosting two separate telephone town halls with both candidates for U.S. Senate. We’ll have Rep. Kevin Cramer on the phone from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The town hall with Senator Heidi Heitkamp will be from 5:45-6:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22. You will be able to ask questions of the candidates as well as listen to the conversation. To be sure you receive the call …

— AARP North Dakota is sponsoring candidate debates beginning Sept. 4 on Prairie Public Broadcasting. The debates feature candidates for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Public Service Commission, and Secretary of State. Here is the debate schedule. All of the debates will be broadcast live on Prairie Public’s television network and all times are Central. Public Service Commission Unexpired 2-year-term Casey Buchmann (D) and Brian Kroshus (R) 7-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 Public Service Commission 6-year-term Jean Brandt …

— Welcome to the AARP “Passport to Healthy Living” program. Join us at one or more of these free events in the Bismarck-Mandan area that focus on health and wellness. You’ll have a chance to meet new people, have some fun, enjoy new experiences, and live a more healthy life. Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboard Demo 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 Harmon Lake Recreation Area, 3244 Harmon Lake Road, Mandan Learn the basics of kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, including the …