FARGO — Every Halloween, families all over the country spend time together buying costumes, carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating. For some families in our region, Halloween togetherness is more than cooperatively scooping out pumpkin guts on the kitchen table or sharing Snicker bars. It's business.
FARGO — There are a lot of things to like about fall — the colorful leaves, the crisp air and pumpkin spice lattes. This year, I'm adding this appetizer to my list of favorite fall finds. Pretzel bites with beer cheese dip feels like Oktoberfest in Germany (or maybe just a sweatpants-wearing Sunday afternoon watching the Vikings). We're talking serious yum here.
WEST FARGO — If your home was built somewhere between 1985 and 1995, there's a good chance your kitchen is full of golden oak cabinets. These cabinets have an almost orange tone with carved, cathedral-style edging on the door front. They're as much a sign of the era as grunge music, "Saved by the Bell" and the phrase "Read my lips — no new taxes." Though they might still be functional (and even look relatively nice), these golden oldies can make your kitchen look outdated.
FARGO — Every fall, random bags of apples show up at work with Post-it notes reading, "Help yourself." As much as apple tree owners love the fruit their tree bears, sometimes there's just too much—but just the right amount to share! But what if you run out of ways to use those apples?
MOORHEAD — Stylist Marissa Schultz from Moorhead's Urban Hair says she was surprised by the requirements she needed to get her stylist's license in Minnesota in 2008. "They had me do finger waves and pin curls," she says of the methods of hairstyling first popularized in the '20s and '30s. "In the beauty industry, things are constantly changing. It just seemed funny to me that hadn't changed."
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.