Tracy Briggs is a former TV anchor/radio host currently working as a features writer and video host for Forum Communications.
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FARGO—Laura Gaarsland sits at the dining room table of her north Fargo home chuckling at a photo of her family in 2013. "We were trying to get a good shot. We were trying so hard to get everyone to match — all wearing white. But it was just chaotic. Finally, (daughter) Payton said, 'Let's just do a funny one.' And that's the one we ended up choosing." What Gaarsland, 33, didn't know then, as she and her family mugged for the camera, was that just two years later her world would turn upside down.
FARGO — With the Fargo Marathon just two weeks away, the streets are full of people trying to get in those last minute training runs. Despite the long distances they run, avid runners might tell you it can be relaxing and stress relieving. However, some runners — especially women — can find themselves harassed or fearing for their safety. According to a 2016 survey by Runner's World Magazine, 43 percent of women have experienced harassment during training compared to just four percent for men. While much of the harassment is verbal, it can sometimes turn violent.
FARGO — If you were born anywhere between 1946 and 1981, there's a pretty good chance you held down a summer job as a teenager. Whether it was lifeguarding, flipping burgers or working at an ice cream parlor, a summer job was almost a rite of passage for many Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the majority of teens in the '70s and '80s held summer jobs, hitting its high point in 1988 when 70 percent of teens worked during the summer. But by the summer of 2014, only about 35 percent of Americans aged 16 to 19 were working.
FARGO — When it comes to doing what's best for our planet, many of us assume that one person's actions don't amount to much. What's the big deal if I throw away that aluminum can or drink from plastic water bottles every day? It might not matter if it truly were just one person doing that, but when millions of us are wasteful with our resources, Earth pays the price. As we approach Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, here are 10 things you can do to conserve resources and put less strain on the environment. Recycle
FARGO — Americans have been decorating Easter eggs the same way since the electric light bulb was in its infancy. It was 1880 when a druggist in Newark, N.J., created a way to dye Easter eggs using little tablets combined with water and vinegar.
FARGO — What do you suppose is the No. 1 question people ask The National Onion Association? (Besides of course, "Seriously, there's something called The National Onion Association?") The answer is: "How can I cut an onion without crying?" There seems to be about 2 million answers for that. That's the number that comes up when you plug that question into Google. Solutions range from "wear goggles" to "run water" to "keep a piece of bread in your mouth." (Carbs are the solution for everything, aren't they?)
FARGO — When you're talking about St. Patrick's Day cuisine, most likely the staples come to mind: corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, Irish soda bread and, of course, green beer. But how often do you hear about dessert? Everyone knows the Irish are a fun-loving people so why wouldn't they enjoy something sweet after dinner? If you're looking for something sweet to serve your lads and lassies, here are five favorite recipes from "The Great Indoors with Tracy Briggs." Homemade Irish Cream
WEST FARGO — Justin Vega sits in the barber chair covered in a cloak looking both excited and a little nervous. "Are you ready for this?" asks Men's Hairhouse Stylist Destiny Ose. "As ready as I'll ever be," he replies. As tentative as Vega sounds, he says he's been looking forward to getting his hair cut after a long, two-year wait. The operations coordinator at Noridian Healthcare Solutions normally wears his hair closely cropped, but in 2016 he decided to grow it out to donate to charity.
FARGO — Last May, Bernie Erickson and David Hamilton's south Fargo neighbors must have thought they were a little bit crazy. The couple got decked out in parkas, poured themselves cosmopolitans and dangled their feet in their pool while telling a video camera all about their backyard. "Four months out of the year, this is a beautiful backyard oasis," Erickson tells the camera as it pans across the clear, blue water. "But we want to experience the oasis, full time, all the time, every day," Hamilton chimes in. Why confess all of this to the camera?
FARGO — It's quiet on weekday mornings at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fargo. Five people — four women and one man — sit quietly at a table drinking coffee, nibbling on cookies and talking the way only the best of friends do. "Bob is our one man. We'd like to get more, but no one else comes," says one woman. "Yeah, so I get stuck making the coffee," Bob replies. "But you're so good at it," replies another woman.