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WEST FARGO — A Lutheran church in West Fargo is hoping an evening of laughs will go a long way in helping a local agency that assists children in crisis. The Lutheran Church of the Cross is holding a family-friendly comedy show Sunday, March 26 featuring Star Search comedian, ventriloquist and musician Taylor Mason. "I like their slogan that Mason is clean enough for Disney, smart enough for Microsoft and funny enough for Second City Improv," says Chad Christianson, the youth and family director at the church.
FARGO — Americans might be fiercely divided in many areas, but NCAA basketball doesn't appear to be one of them. We love our college basketball — an estimated 40 to 50 million people will fill out March Madness brackets this year. Some are seasoned professionals, while many more are just having a little fun in an office pool. Either way, the odds of walking away with a perfect bracket are astronomical — anywhere from one in 128 billion to 1 in 9.2 quintillion, according to Business Insider.
FARGO — Few people would rank the noise of someone crunching potato chips among their favorite sounds in the world, alongside cooing babies and babbling brooks. On the contrary, it's pretty annoying. For people diagnosed with misophonia, annoying sounds can be much more troubling — creating intense rage, anger and even an urge to flee. Misophonia is literally defined as "hatred of sound" and was recognized as a psychological condition in 2001.
FARGO — Many Americans will spend part of March 17 indulging in green beer, corned beef and cabbage. That's okay, I guess. But wouldn't it be better to spend St. Patrick's Day enjoying a better trio of items from the Emerald Isle? To borrow from the Lucky Charms leprechaun (which would probably drive a real Irish person crazy), this trio combined is "magically delicious." Dark Chocolate Irish Cream Guinness Bread is rich, delicious and just a little indulgent. You only celebrate the Irish in you once a year, right? So why not give it a shot?
MOORHEAD — If there's ever a kitchen in town where a dish is never allowed to air dry, it just might be at the north Moorhead home of Harold and Sally Horpedahl. In their home, the couple has worked together to produce more than 2,000 hand-painted flour sack dish towels that are now being sold to benefit the WDAY Honor Flight project.
FARGO — Like an estimated 5 million people around the globe, Anne Vig and her daughter Madeline Cano of Fargo participated in the Women's March on Jan. 21. "Since the election, we wanted to connect with other like-minded people because we're very concerned about this administration and how it will handle women's issues," Vig says.
FARGO — Do you ever have those times in life when something just sticks in your craw? For me, it's that overwhelming sense of failure with macaron baking. I consider myself a pretty good baker (a pretty good eater of baked goods anyway). But I have twice attempted to make macarons and both times I failed miserably. Macarons are supposed to be pretty little puffed up meringue cookies surrounding a delicate buttercream filling. My macarons looked more like something the car ran over — flat and a little lumpy at the same time.
Do you ever have those times in life when something just sticks in your craw? For me, it's that overwhelming sense of failure with macaron baking. I consider myself a pretty good baker (a pretty good eater of baked goods anyway). But I have twice attempted to make macarons and both times I failed miserably. Macarons are supposed to be pretty little puffed up meringue cookies surrounding a delicate buttercream filling. My macarons looked more like something the car ran over — flat and a little lumpy at the same time.
FARGO — It could be said Centennial Elementary School in south Fargo turns out parent leaders the way Ivy League schools crank out Fortune 500 CEOs. Over the past decade, the school has served as the place where many North Dakota Parent Teacher Association (PTA) leaders get their start before taking their advocacy for children all the way to Capitol Hill.
FARGO — I guess with every plan you need to plan for the unexpected. That's what I've learned during month No. 2 of "The Great Indoors: Trek to Times Square." To refresh your memory, in the beginning of January, I invited readers to join me as I virtually walked from my home in Fargo-Moorhead to Times Square by New Year's Eve. To achieve this, I needed to log about 28 miles a week on my FitBit. I started off strong and made the first month's milestone by reaching the Osakis/Alexandria area by the end of January.