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FARGO — Before you go over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house, make sure you pack for the trip. Or rather, pack for the unexpected things that could happen on the way. As the temperatures continue to drop, snow blows and winter travel can become dangerous, experts urge drivers to take precautions, not just behind the wheel, but even before getting in the car. If you haven't already, the time has come to check and pack your winter survival kit.
FARGO — In 2014, when Herman Stern was posthumously awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Roughrider Award — the highest honor for a North Dakotan — he was celebrated as a businessman and a civic leader. He ran Strauss clothing store for years, promoted the Boy Scouts of America and established chapters in the Red River Valley, founded what would become the United Way and oversaw the formative years of the North Dakota Winter Show. What may have come as a surprise to some was how he saved over 120 Jews from Germany as Adolf Hitler rose to power.
FARGO — Sean Astin knows what people want to hear. "The coolest thing about what I'm doing in Fargo is that it's not what I want to talk about, it's what people in Fargo want to talk about," he says. What those who attend the actor's appearance at the Fargo Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 13, will most likely want to talk about will be his roles in the epic "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "The Goonies" and "Rudy." Astin's visit is a fundraiser for the HERO (Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization), the Fargo Theatre and its annual film festival.
FARGO—Jon Wanzek is familiar with building things, having worked in the family's construction business. After he sold the company a few years ago, he still had the desire to create, but now he's using his imagination instead of heavy machinery. Wanzek co-wrote and produced the North Dakota-based feature thriller, "Valley of Bones," with Fargo natives Dan Glaser and Steven Molony.
The tagline for the new North Dakota-based thriller, "Valley of Bones," is "Some things are better left buried." The filmmakers — many with Fargo ties — did well to unearth an impressive story framed by family ties and personal history, but fall just a little short with the finishing touches. The independent feature-length film is mostly shot in western North Dakota and does a great job using the landscape and the oil boom atmosphere as a potent backdrop.
MOORHEAD—While bathroom work has been the most popular home renovation project for some time, this year kitchens put bathrooms on the back burner for home remodelers. According to a May report by the National Association of Home Builders, kitchens trickled past bathrooms as the most popular home project in 2016. More than just getting new appliances or countertops, kitchen remodels cover everything right down to, well, the kitchen sink. In a case of what's old is new, farmhouse sinks have seen a resurgence over the last decade.
BARNESVILLE, Minn.—Every year Potato Days in Barnesville, Minn., serves up a range of fantastic foods, from baked potatoes to, potato sausage and dumplings. That's not even considering the French fry feed or the national lefse cook-off. If you can't get to Barnesville this Friday and Saturday, or want to push the envelope, you can still celebrate the adaptable tuber with some help from Raghavan Iyer's cookbook, "Smashed, Mashed, Boiled and Baked—And Fried Too!"
FARGO—The Fargo Theatre hosts an evening with actor Sean Astin on Sept. 13. The actor will discuss his 30-year career, including roles in blockbuster hits like "The Goonies," "Rudy" and the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. He is slated to appear in the next season of "Stranger Things," set to be released Oct. 27 on Netflix. Tickets are $25 and $40, with VIP packages, including a meet-and-greet, for $250 for two. Tickets are available at the Tickets300 box office, tickets300.com, or (866) 300-8300.
FARGO—While some may have given Justin Timberlake the title The King of Pop after Michael Jackson died, others have insisted Bruno Mars is the rightful heir. It's a valid argument, but one that cuts Mars short and doesn't consider the full scope of his musical gifts. He cashed in his 24K Magic World Tour with a stop at the Fargodome Friday night and made it rain pop, R&B, funk and rock hits.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn—While potential rain threatened to dampen the spirits of WE Fest, concert-goers weren't going to let questionable weather cloud their day. "This is awesome," said Jen Middleton. "Look at the rainbow." Indeed, a rainbow shone east of the campgrounds around 6 p.m., and clear skies followed on the first day of the three-day country festival.