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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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.
HADDON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Becca Kotte is a one happy employee, calling her boss "the coolest man I've ever met." High praise, but not all that surprising when you find out the former Fargoan works for one of the biggest rock stars in history. Kotte, a 2005 graduate of Fargo South High School, has been working as a backup singer for Rod Stewart for about a year. "He's an absolute dream to work for," she says. "People say when you meet a celebrity, there's an aura around them. That was absolutely the case when I met him. He's so cool."
FARGO — The first thing you notice when you walk up to Fargo's newest downtown apartment complex is that its name — 300 Lime — makes perfect sense. The building has a bright green exterior wall that gives the otherwise modern, industrial-looking design a touch of the great outdoors.
As fall hits, millions of Americans immerse themselves in all things pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice mania began in 2003, when Starbucks introduced the pumpkin spice latte. Since then, the coffee giant has sold hundreds of millions of them to the PSL faithful, many of whom count down the days until their beloved drink becomes available. But the trend has gone beyond coffee; pumpkin spice is now available in everything from potato chips to gum. Forbes estimates pumpkin spice has become a $500 million business.
FARGO — In the first few weeks of school, students will do their best to remember important things — exam dates, homework due dates, even when the next school break is. But thousands of students need to remember something even more important: what to do to prevent an asthma attack during school hours. According the the American Lung Association, 6.2 million children in the U.S. live with asthma, approximately 50,000 in North Dakota alone. One of them is Will Ahlfeldt, a Fargo eighth-grader.
According to the National Sleep Foundation as many as 70 million Americans have some kind of sleeping disorder. Whether it's insomnia, sleep apnea, or snoring the result is a nation full of people sleepwalking through life and creating health hazards for themselves and others around them. It's estimated drowsy drivers cause at least 100,000 automobile crashes each year. The sleep-deprived have greater incidences of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Groggy employees also cost employers billions of dollars in productivity and health care costs each year.
FARGO — The football season is at last upon us and while the most popular foods to nosh on while watching the game might be pizza, beer and Buffalo wings, who says you can't enjoy a sweet, decadent, football-themed cupcake for dessert? In fact, not only is it a way to treat yourself, it's actually a smart thing to do. Norwegian researchers Dr. Arnold Berstad and Dr. Jorgen Valeur (Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital, Oslo) found eating something sweet after a big meal actually aides digestion. Woo hoo! Now that is something to cheer about.