FARGO — Forum Communications is going back in time at this year's Downtown Fargo Street Fair. As a show of appreciation, the company is giving its loyal readers, listeners and viewers a free POP — as in "Piece of Pie," not soda. Forum employees and WDAY personalities will be handing out free slices of pie from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in the U.S. Bank Plaza. The pies are provided by Fargo's Sons of Norway, the premiere spot in town for out-of-this-world pies.
MOORHEAD — What grown woman doesn't want to be a Disney princess at least some of the time? Perhaps a lot of you. But as someone who's dressed up as both Snow White and Belle for Halloween, I jumped at the chance when the folks at the Trollwood Performing Arts School invited me to learn how to roller-skate with the cast of this summer's mainstage musical, Disney's "The Little Mermaid."
FARGO — Deb White has a smile that can light up any room even when the talk turns a little apocalyptic. "My metabolism is so slow — I'd be great in a nuclear disaster," she says, "I'm that efficient." All jokes aside, that slow metabolism means White has always battled her weight. But the past five years have been life-changing for the sociology professor from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She says her weight loss journey has helped her change her entire perspective about weight loss and her own potential.
FARGO — I've never been one to make homemade ice cream. I remember when I was a kid, we got a homemade ice cream maker for Christmas. My poor little mom built biceps the size of She-Ra Princess of Power trying to churn the darn thing. I had better luck when my children and I tried to make homemade ice cream a few years ago, but it was still a lot of work. The whole process makes me wonder, "If Ben and Jerry have already invented the wheel, why do we need to reinvent it?" Buying ice cream from the grocery store is so much easier.
FARGO — In the bedroom community of North River, just a few miles north of Fargo, it's not unusual to find beautiful homes with well-manicured lawns and beautiful, blooming gardens. But what is a little out of the ordinary is finding a lawn worth saluting. But that's just what Dave Rice has done in his yard for the past 17 years. Every year since 2000, Rice has proudly planted an American flag flower bed complete with seven rows of red, white and purple petunias (he hasn't found a blue petunia he likes).
FARGO — Alexander Hamilton has been dead for 212 years. But he is seeing a posthumous surge in popularity rivaled only by the likes of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean. The Founding Father owes it all to a little Broadway show that's turned into a cultural phenomenon. "Hamilton," written by Lin-Manuel Miranda who also appears in the lead role, was nominated for 16 Tony Awards earlier this month. The cast and production team walked away with 11 wins — one short of the record set by "The Producers" in 2001.
MOORHEAD — When a small finger-shaped funnel cloud dropped out of the sky east of Moorhead late last month, many adults in the metro area rushed outside to take a look, snapping a picture or two to post on Facebook. But for some children in the area, it was a whole lot scarier.
The folklore is legendary — a giant woodsman and his loyal blue ox, Babe, carrying out heroic, nearly superhuman feats around the wilderness. It's said Paul Bunyan created the Great Lakes because he needed a watering hole for Babe, and the Grand Canyon was formed when he dragged his ax across the ground when he walked. Bunyan's exploits have been shared in stories for more than a century and at least six towns in America (including both Bemidji and Brainerd, Minn.) claim him as their own.
FARGO — For the third year in a row, downtown Fargo plays host Thursday, June 16, to the Burger, Bourbon and Beer Fest—a culinary threesome that packs a bigger punch than Moe, Larry or Curly in a room full of hammers. The event goes from 5 to 10 p.m. near the Great Northern Bicycle Company at 425 Broadway.
HARWOOD, N.D. — Walking through Sheyenne Gardens with Neal Holland is like going back to school. "That's called a Martha Washington," he says while pointing out a colorful geranium. There's the weird. "This is a Pumpkin on a Stick. It's like an eggplant but with thorns all over the leaves," he says. And the weirdly fragrant. "Smell this," he says while holding out a purple flowering plant, "it smells just like an open bottle of vanilla extract."