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FARGO — Every once in a while I'm reminded that not everyone lives life the way we do in the upper Midwest. And nowhere is that more evident than in the kitchen. Not everyone calls that bubbly stuff we drink "pop." In most of the world a casserole — while warm to the touch — is not called a "hotdish."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — This weekend in Detroit Lakes you could have the opportunity to combine the therapeutic and insightful experience of working with horses with the personal benefits of yoga and meditation. In a joint workshop put on by Naturally Randi Kay and HorseSong Coaching, participants will create a deeper relationship with themselves and others through yoga and equine-guided coaching.
FARGO — "Rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme. You better get me to school on time!" Oak Grove Lutheran School and Elevate Rock School in Fargo will perform "School of Rock" — a two-hour, two-act musical (plus intermission), based on the hit movie of the same name.
FARGO — There's something special about eating the way your ancestors did. I remember one Christmas, my sister and I chose to make an authentic British Christmas dinner complete with beef Wellington, Yorkshire pudding and plum pudding. It was a ton of work, but it felt pretty cool to know that we were enjoying the flavors our forefathers and foremothers did before they came to America.
FARGO — Ask people what comes to mind when they think "North Dakota Tourism." They might mention the Badlands, the Medora Musical or even Josh Duhamel. But a doughnut from Fargo probably doesn't make the cut.
FARGO — Moorhead native Chelsea Brink and author Nora McInerny are proof that friendships can be very powerful. "Nora is my opposite," says Brink, a 2004 graduate of Moorhead High School. "She's thinks in word. I think in pictures. She's talented in some things. I'm talented in complementary things." This was most evident in February when the two women helped three little words cement themselves into the American subconscious and onto the skin of women (and men) around the nation, including right here in Fargo-Moorhead.
MOORHEAD — Adam Jensen, a senior at Minnesota State University Moorhead, first thought about law enforcement as a career when he was a freshman at Sauk Centre (Minn.) High School. "I liked the idea that you're not sitting behind a desk," he says. "You go out into the community and talk to people. It's always something different." However, his career plans were not set in stone when he enrolled at MSUM. But that all changed during a criminal justice class when members of Moorhead Police Explorers visited campus.
FARGO — One of the best pieces of advice I heard about gardening is to grow what you like. Simple enough. But I didn't always do that. I would grow tomatoes (which are not among my family's favorite things) because they grow easily in this part of the country. When I'd get a bumper crop each summer, I'd give them away or bring them to work. But by this time of year, I was never sad to see my tomato plants wither and die. The same cannot be said when I started growing something I really love: basil.
FARGO — Leola Daul, the founder of Fargo's Heart-N-Soul Community Cafe, says she hopes people leave mealtime with "a full belly and a nourished body, heart and soul." Now the pay-what-you-can cafe will have an easier time figuring out just how to do that. The cafe received a $10,000 grant from the North Dakota Consensus Council, a partner of the Bush Foundation, to explore food insecurity and social connections using the community cafe concept.
HADDON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Becca Kotte is a one happy employee, calling her boss "the coolest man I've ever met." High praise, but not all that surprising when you find out the former Fargoan works for one of the biggest rock stars in history. Kotte, a 2005 graduate of Fargo South High School, has been working as a backup singer for Rod Stewart for about a year. "He's an absolute dream to work for," she says. "People say when you meet a celebrity, there's an aura around them. That was absolutely the case when I met him. He's so cool."