Tracy Briggs is a former TV anchor/radio host currently working as a features writer and video host for Forum Communications.
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FARGO — Drive south along Fargo's 25th Street South just past a Starbucks on the corner of 32nd Avenue and you'll notice what looks like a grain elevator rising above the North Dakota prairie. Look even closer to see what appears to be an attached white A-frame barn. However, the stained glass windows in the barn are a dead giveaway this isn't a farm at all.
FARGO — Lee Clarens walked into the room with a big smile on her face and an even bigger exclamation. "I brought popcorn!" she said as she placed the big blue bag of cheddar and caramel popcorn on the table. While Clarens and her friends in the Red River Rainbow Seniors weren't here for a party, it still kind of felt like it as they sat on the old white couches surrounded by books, rainbow flags and plenty of laughter. A group of LGBTQ people over the age of 50 living Fargo-Moorhead, the Red River Rainbow Seniors offer a place for socializing, education and advocacy.
FARGO - Laura Gaarsland sits at the dining room table of her north Fargo home chuckling at a photo of her family in 2013. "We were trying to get a good shot. We were trying so hard to get everyone to match — all wearing white. But it was just chaotic. Finally, (daughter) Payton said, 'Let's just do a funny one.' And that's the one we ended up choosing." What Gaarsland, 33, didn't know then, as she and her family mugged for the camera, was that just two years later her world would turn upside down.
DULUTH — Scandinavia is known for many things — cross-country skiing, wool sweaters, blond hair and ABBA. But, perhaps unfairly, the foods of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland are stereotyped as slightly uninspired, white and bland. "It's not bland!" says Beatrice Ojakangas. "Maybe it's the way we've started to prepare it lately, but it's real, natural, good food, and it is so tasty."
FARGO — When you think about people who work in the construction trades, most likely you don't picture many getting teary-eyed on the job. But a recent project in South Fargo, probably had a few of them awfully close — not from an errant nail gun or hammer to the thumb — but from the emotional realization that their work made a difference in a child's life.
FARGO — Every summer millions of American children put away their school books and pack up their overnight bag for a week or two at camp. According to the American Camp Association, 14 million people attend day or overnight camps every year. Traditional camps offer swimming, camping, wilderness hikes and sports. Others offer campers extended training in music, theatre, religion or languages.
FARGO - It might have reached above 80 degrees here Friday, but that didn't stop 88-year-old Cecilia "Sis" Christianson from surrounding herself with dozens of colorful quilts while her nearby friends and family sipped on cold root beer floats. The group came to Fargo's Good Samaritan Society apartments to congratulate Christianson on a monumental achievement - sewing 1,000 quilt tops for Project Linus, an organization that gives quilts to children in crisis situations.
FARGO — With the Fargo Marathon just two weeks away, the streets are full of people trying to get in those last minute training runs. Despite the long distances they run, avid runners might tell you it can be relaxing and stress relieving. However, some runners — especially women — can find themselves harassed or fearing for their safety. According to a 2016 survey by Runner's World Magazine, 43 percent of women have experienced harassment during training compared to just four percent for men. While much of the harassment is verbal, it can sometimes turn violent.
FARGO - Anyone who has built their own home could tell you selecting a floor plan is just the beginning. The hardest work is what comes next - going all over town picking out the finishes for the home - from flooring to faucets and everything in between. However, Verity Homes is the latest home builder to make it a little bit easier by bringing it all under one roof. This month, Verity (which is Latin for "honesty plus truth") has opened "Inspirations by Verity" - what they call "North Dakota's most state-of-the-art home design studio," located at 4150 19th Ave. S., Fargo.
Here's what a few locals had to say about their first summer jobs and everything they learned while working them. Jessie Cohen Now: Multimedia journalist, KVRR-TV Then: Lifeguard