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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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.
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.