Tracy Frank is a SheSays, Variety, and Farmer's Forum reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
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FARGO – Alex Thomas thought something might be wrong with her son before she brought him to his 2-month checkup.
FARGO—Old cookbooks, especially those that contain a collection of community recipes, can be a treasure trove of culinary gems. Perusing one recently called, "What's Cookin' in Lehr, North Dakota," compiled by the King Homemakers Club in 1966, I also found pages of helpful hints. Long before #LifeHacks were trending on Facebook and Twitter, homemakers of the 1960s were sharing tips and tricks to make home life a little easier. Here are a few household tricks from the King Homemakers: • To remove grease spots from clothing, the book suggests salt dissolved in alcohol will often do the
FARGO – Trent Gilbery can tell you how much feed any steer in the herd ate on any given day and how long it took the animal to eat.
FARGO—I love audiobooks. They make boring tasks like cleaning or driving for long periods of time a lot more interesting. The problem, however, is I can't always listen to audiobooks with my kids around. Even young adult novels might contain some words or situations I don't want my preschooler and preteen hearing.
FARGO—For the past several months North Dakota State University students have been working to build a ¼-scale tractor, basically from the ground up. Members of the Bison Pullers club will take their creation to a national competition later this month. Student teams receive a 31-horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine and a set of Titan tires. Beyond that, the design is up to them. "Essentially, it'll look like a lawn tractor when we're done," said Aryel Smith, a junior agricultural communications major and the club's secretary.
WEST FARGO—Instagram is helping local business P2 Industries gain worldwide recognition. The West Fargo fabrication company posts pictures of its products and process on its Instagram page, @p2ind. "We like to show the process," said Dave Sauvageau (@davemoneysign), a P2 Industries fabricator and content creator for the Instagram page. "A lot of times people will see the finished product, but they don't see how we get there." They've received comments on their photos from people all over the world. "Instagram is a crazy community," Sauvageau said.
CASSELTON, N.D.—When Ida and Ken Breidenbach married almost 50 years ago and people would ask them how many kids they planned to have, they joked that they were going to have 12. "We didn't really think we'd have 12," Ida said. Now Ken cautions, "Don't joke about these things," because the Breidenbachs have 12 children—three biological and nine adopted from abroad.
FARGO—For the past two decades, Yoke-Sim Gunaratne has been working to promote and support cultural diversity in the Fargo-Moorhead area. When the nonprofit organization Cultural Diversity Resources started in 1994 in Fargo with the help of a $400,000 three-year Pew Charitable Trust grant, Gunaratne took charge as the organization's executive director. "There were no organizations or programs that focused on cultural diversity," she said.
FARGO—Miranda Meehan had her first herd of 15 cattle while she was still in high school. "It was my responsibility to take care of them," she said. "I had to...
FARGO—When Shelly Hurt-Geist is at work, she's surrounded by colorful fabric, thread and possibilities. You could say it's her job to play dress-up. The 42-year-old West Fargo woman has worked in costuming at Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre for almost 20 years. She started in 1996 when she was an undergraduate student studying apparel and textiles at North Dakota State University.