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On Thanksgiving, how many of us will eat a huge turkey dinner with all the fixings, then head to the couch to watch a little football only to fall asleep by halftime? The common belief is that the drowsiness is caused by a chemical in turkey called tryptophan — the basis for the brain chemical which makes people tired. But scientists now say that's not what's really happening. They say the snooziness comes from eating an abundance of carbs and drinking alcohol.
WASHINGTON — There is an undeniable twinkle in Liana Kim's eyes when she talks about World War II veteran Gwen Young. "I'm completely enamored with her," Kim said. "She paved the way for all of us." Kim, an Army Reserve captain in the 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade in Oahu, Hawaii, escorted Young on the recent WDAY Honor Flight from Fargo to Washington, D.C. When she found out Young had been invited to go, Kim said she didn't hesitate to fly to Fargo to take her.
Washington D.C. — One of the best things about the WDAY Honor Flight is when random strangers come up to the veterans and thank them for their service. It happens throughout the trip to our nation’s capital–no matter what monument they visit.
The Honor Flight book is back! After selling out in less than six weeks this summer, Forum Communications has chosen to reprint a limited number of copies of "In Their Honor: WDAY Honor Flight 2007-2017" to satisfy the growing wait list of would-be readers. The book features stories since the flights started in May 2007. It also includes beautiful, never-before-seen images from Forum photographer Dave Samson, Honor Flight volunteer photographer Scott Marthaler of LeMar Photography and much more.
Any fan of musical theater will remember the famous song "I Cain't Say No!" from "Oklahoma," in which Ado Annie sings about her troubles rejecting the proposals of would-be suitors. These days, saying "no" to a dancing Oklahoma cowboy isn't the issue. It's rejecting the assertive neighbor lady who wants you to be vice president of the PTA. You swear you're not going to say "yes" to this volunteer committee or that. You won't agree to chair the school bake sale or join the board of a nonprofit that you gave money to once.
FARGO — Saturday marks an important anniversary in archaeology circles. On Nov. 4, 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter chiseled his way through the doorway of what would become the most famous tomb in history — that of King Tutankhamen. Not only did Carter unearth treasures not seen in 3,200 years, he opened the door to a pop culture phenomenon celebrated decades after the young pharaoh's death.
In 2017, a prospective home buyer doesn't have to wait until an open house to take a peek inside their dream home. Recently, more potential homebuyers are experiencing close-up views of what could be their new home without ever walking through the door. Sophisticated, immersive media technology — including 3D imaging, virtual reality walkthroughs and 360-degree photos — are changing the way buyers are buying and sellers are selling.
Every once in a while I'm reminded that not everyone lives life the way we do in the upper Midwest. And nowhere is that more evident than in the kitchen. Not everyone calls that bubbly stuff we drink "pop." In most of the world a casserole — while warm to the touch — is not called a "hotdish."
FARGO — Ask people what comes to mind when they think "North Dakota Tourism." They might mention the Badlands, the Medora Musical or even Josh Duhamel. But a doughnut from Fargo probably doesn't make the cut.
One of the best pieces of advice I heard about gardening is to grow what you like. Simple enough. But I didn't always do that. I would grow tomatoes (which are not among my family's favorite things) because they grow easily in this part of the country. When I'd get a bumper crop each summer, I'd give them away or bring them to work. But by this time of year, I was never sad to see my tomato plants wither and die. The same cannot be said when I started growing something I really love: basil.