FARGO — In her 2006 book, "I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman," director and screenwriter Nora Ephron wrote, "When your children are teenagers, it's important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you." I didn't get that back in 2006 when my kids were little. I do now.
FARGO — When North Dakota State football fans travel to Iowa City to watch the Bison take on the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, they'll no doubt enjoy standard stadium food and drink: hot dogs, nachos and overpriced sodas. But when in Iowa, fans might also want to do what Iowans do — eat a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich.
FARGO — Brian Hastings has been drawing house plans since he was 12 years old. His family calls it more than a serious interest. Now Hastings—who didn't become an architect, but a crisis manager at Microsoft—is putting those plans to good use after leveling an old home in Fargo's Clara Barton neighborhood and starting from square one. Hastings says all along he wanted to find a home in a nice, old neighborhood. "Not just a nice neighborhood, this neighborhood," he says.
FARGO — As thousands of Bison fans head to the Fargodome this Saturday, Sept. 10, when North Dakota State University takes on Eastern Washington, one Fargo man is hoping people will stop over to the Fargo Air Museum and help him send hundreds of veterans on the trip of a lifetime. Scott Hilsendeger will be selling his handcrafted picture frames to raise money for the WDAY Honor Flight. "I'm a huge history lover and political junkie. It's just something I want to do," he says.
MOORHEAD — When you walk through the front door of the Teddy Bear House in north Moorhead chances are you'll be greeted by a swarm of pre-schoolers. "What's your name?" "Are you a teacher?" "Darcy's our teacher!" Darcy is Darcy Barry, the owner and teacher at the child care center, who corrals the seven children with a simple command, "Who wants to play with Play-Doh?!" "Yeah!" they yell, almost in unison. The children, who range in age from 2 to 5, sit down on miniature chairs surrounding a tiny table as Barry goes to the back room to pick up a huge glob of blue Play-Doh. As they start flattening and rolling the dough, Barry, who has owned and run Teddy Bear House since 1989, reflects on how much the children mean to her. "I just love these kids! They react to me better than adults," she says.
MOORHEAD — I have a lovely co-worker named Hillary Sorenson who keeps me on my toes. In addition to her job as a content producer for Forum Content Studios, she's also been an NASM certified personal trainer for four years. She recently designed a workout plan for me that will (I hope) counteract the fact that I make (and thus eat) too many darn cupcakes for The Great Indoors. The other day, I overheard Hillary telling our other co-workers, Alex Floersch and Danielle Teigen, that she found a cookie that was actually pretty good — for breakfast! I countered with "Isn't every cookie fabulous for breakfast?" #SugarAddict
FARGO — When the UPS man comes through the door of Kittsona in downtown Fargo, he's greeted with an enthusiastic "Woo hoo!" from manager Samantha Hayes. "We get so excited when we get new boxes in!" she says. Even more so now that the store, which specializes in women's clothing and unique North Dakota and Minnesota products, has additional room to display inventory.
MOORHEAD — On this Thursday morning, as the sunlight streams through the living room window of her century-old home in south Moorhead, Willow Hines is doing what a lot of 3-year-old girls might be doing — belting out "Let it Go" at the top of her lungs. "She loves this movie! She could watch it everyday," Jennifer Hines says of her youngest child's love of the Disney movie "Frozen." "As we told Laken and Bella (her brother and sister) she's like everyone else, she just has an extra chromosome."
MOORHEAD — If you think symphony music is snooty, stuffy and a little too hoity toity, you're in for the surprise of your life Thursday, Aug. 18, at Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead. The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony is putting on a knee-slappin', boot-scootin', humdinger of a hoedown for its sixth annual Symphony Rocks concert. The 75-piece symphony joins with the 12-piece funk band Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome for this year's wild, Wild West theme.
FARGO — Perhaps it's fitting that, in a way, it took the Dalai Lama to help Stewart Herman alleviate 46 years of frustration. But the retired Concordia College religion professor's awakening reads more like an episode of Tim "The Toolman" Taylor's "Home Improvement" than Oprah's "Super Soul Sunday." For the past two years, Herman and his wife, Linda Johnson, also a retired Concordia professor and former dean, have been remodeling a century-old Minneapolis two-story into an environmentally friendly net-zero home for the future.