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FARGO — Next Monday, Americans will see something they haven't seen since Jimmy Carter was president, the mini-series "Roots" aired on television and The Village People's "YMCA" topped the charts ... a total eclipse of the sun.
ST. PAUL — Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton is inviting young women throughout the state to become part of an important advisory group. The Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota brings together women from all walks of life to advise lawmakers and leaders on what they can do to expand opportunities for all women. The organization currently has 14 open cabinet vacancies to fill. Eligible women must be between the ages of 16 and 24. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith are especially encouraging women from underrepresented communities to apply.
FARGO — It's pretty obvious Americans love their s'mores. Since the Girl Scouts first published a recipe for "Some Mores" in 1927 in their book entitled "Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts," we've scarfed down millions of the graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow treats. Gone are the days when s'mores were eaten around a summer campfire. Now we eat s'more-themed food year-round in all kinds of ways from breakfast cereal to night time nachos.
WEST FARGO — While many 19-year-old women probably spend the weekend outdoors with friends, Hannah Boser of West Fargo spends it indoors with her trusty KitchenAid mixer. Boser is the chief cupcake baker for a fundraiser that has continued to grow over the past six years. Addie's Pretty Princess Lemonade Stand was the brainchild of 7-year-old Addie Loerzel, a Moorhead girl with spina bifida who wanted to raise money to help other disabled children enjoy dream vacations like the one she and her family received from the Sunshine Foundation.
FARGO — One thing that's great about summer is all of the fresh, citrusy desserts. One thing that's not so great about summer — how some fresh, citrusy desserts seem fresh and light, but actually pack in a ton of calories. That's why I was glad to run across this dessert for Healthy Key Lime Pie Bars on Pinterest. (How did I ever survive without Pinterest?)
FARGO — When European immigrants settled the Great Plains in the mid-19th century, most probably wouldn't have speculated that 150 years later, the barns they built would inspire one of the hottest trends in 21st century interior design. For the past couple of years, barns — specifically their doors — have been front and center in even the most urban of homes. "I don't think we could have imagined how popular they'd become," says Grant Koenig, one of the owners of Grain Designs, a home decor company featuring reclaimed wood products.
FARGO — Ask the average American over the age of 40 what they first think of when someone mentions "Toledo, Ohio." There's a good chance he or she will say, "Toledo, isn't that where Corporal Klinger was from?" For those of us who grew up watching the television show "M*A*S*H," the northwestern Ohio city will forever be linked to the soldier in dresses gunning for a Section Eight. Not only was Klinger from Toledo, the actor who played him, Jamie Farr, was too.
FARGO — Like millions of other American families with daughters, we live in a household full of Disney princesses. Even though my daughters are both teenagers now, that doesn't mean we chucked our DP goods in the garbage. Call it sentimentality (or laziness), but our house still has its share of Disney princess Barbie dolls, coloring books, pillows, blankets and Halloween costumes.
HAMLIN, Iowa — While many people awaken every morning to the sounds of birds chirping, Christine Jensen wakes up to a very different bird sound. "Thud! ....Thud! .....Thud!" Every morning the same cardinal tries to fly into her den window — not once, or even twice but over and over again. Each time, the bird sits on the branch of a nearby tree, cocks its little head and stares into the home.
GLYNDON, Minn. — "He can get a little sassy. He thinks he's a big dog sometimes," says Val Anderson as she snuggles with Ash, her Jack Russell terrier and dachshund mix. Despite being born without a radius bone in his left arm, Ash holds his own with the other five dogs in the Anderson home in Glyndon, Minn. In fact, Anderson says the handicap might be the reason his back legs are so highly muscled, which today is proving beneficial as he stands upright begging for treats and posing for pictures.