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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MOORHEAD, Minn. — Emma Vatnsdal juggles three jobs along with her studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Last year she added another time-consuming task to her life: looking for a new apartment. "My roommate and I wanted to add another roommate so we needed to find a three-bedroom we could all afford," Vatnsdal says. She says it wasn't easy — they spent more than three months looking for a place that fit their needs.
FARGO — What do you like about fall? For some it's the crisp, clean, cool air. For others it's the beauty of falling leaves or the chance to get back to the gridiron. For me, fall is fabulous because it's apple harvest time. We have an apple tree in our backyard with branches so heavy and droopy with ripe fruit I can almost hear them screaming, "Pick me now, woman!"
Most of us can only imagine what it's like to sing in front of "American Idol" judges — the pressure to stay in tune, keep your cool and not freak out, wondering what in the world they're thinking. Even so, hundreds (or even thousands) of people hope to have the opportunity Wednesday, Sept., 6 when the popular reality show holds auditions in Fargo for the upcoming season premiering on ABC in early 2018.
Let's face it, when it comes to pies, modern-day Americans are spoiled. Our choices are endless from simple, but classically delicious apple pies to over-the-top creations like cookie dough cheesecake brownie pie. When you think about those culinary choices, eating something called vinegar pie sounds a little ... ummm ... interesting. But this week, I've been thinking about throwback recipes, most likely because I've had a really cool WDAY Honor Flight event on my mind.
FARGO — Next Monday, Americans will see something they haven't seen since Jimmy Carter was president, the mini-series "Roots" aired on television and The Village People's "YMCA" topped the charts ... a total eclipse of the sun.
FARGO — When George MacConnell and his family drove from their home in Veblen, S.D., to Fargo's Sky Zone Trampoline Park, he figured he'd have some fun hanging out during his nephew Wayde's birthday. He didn't figure on witnessing an act of kindness that would help another nephew break out of his shell long after the party was over. MacConnell says 13-year-old Wayde, his 10-year-old niece Jynavi and a few friends were having a good time jumping and playing on the trampolines, but his 12-year-old nephew Sage was reluctant to join in.
It's pretty obvious Americans love their s'mores. Since the Girl Scouts first published a recipe for "Some Mores" in 1927 in their book entitled "Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts," we've scarfed down millions of the graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow treats. Gone are the days when s'mores were eaten around a summer campfire. Now we eat s'more-themed food year-round in all kinds of ways from breakfast cereal to night time nachos.
One thing that's great about summer is all of the fresh, citrusy desserts. One thing that's not so great about summer — how some fresh, citrusy desserts seem fresh and light, but actually pack in a ton of calories. That's why I was glad to run across this dessert for Healthy Key Lime Pie Bars on Pinterest. (How did I ever survive without Pinterest?)
FARGO — When European immigrants settled the Great Plains in the mid-19th century, most probably wouldn't have speculated that 150 years later, the barns they built would inspire one of the hottest trends in 21st century interior design. For the past couple of years, barns — specifically their doors — have been front and center in even the most urban of homes. "I don't think we could have imagined how popular they'd become," says Grant Koenig, one of the owners of Grain Designs, a home decor company featuring reclaimed wood products.
Ask the average American over the age of 40 what they first think of when someone mentions "Toledo, Ohio." There's a good chance he or she will say, "Toledo, isn't that where Corporal Klinger was from?" For those of us who grew up watching the television show "M*A*S*H," the northwestern Ohio city will forever be linked to the soldier in dresses gunning for a Section Eight. Not only was Klinger from Toledo, the actor who played him, Jamie Farr, was too.