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 — Saturday marks an important anniversary in archaeology circles. On Nov. 4, 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter chiseled his way through the doorway of what would become the most famous tomb in history — that of King Tutankhamen. Not only did Carter unearth treasures not seen in 3,200 years, he opened the door to a pop culture phenomenon celebrated decades after the young pharaoh's death.
LOS ANGELES — May I have the envelope please? A Moorhead High grad has earned a Student Academy Award for an animated short film he created. Devon Manney, a 2013 graduate of Moorhead High School, is one of only 17 students in the nation honored this year with a Student Academy Award.
FARGO — Your child comes home with a note from school asking for $10 to pay for a school field trip. For most in the area, that's not a big deal. But for the 1 in 9 people living in poverty in Cass or Clay counties, that small amount of money is enough to break the bank. It's easy to get lost in facts and figures when it comes to poverty. But United Way of Cass-Clay (UWCC) is trying to get past the numbers and help people walk in the shoes of those living in poverty every day.
FARGO — The football season is at last upon us and while the most popular foods to nosh on while watching the game might be pizza, beer and Buffalo wings, who says you can't enjoy a sweet, decadent, football-themed cupcake for dessert? In fact, not only is it a way to treat yourself, it's actually a smart thing to do. Norwegian researchers Dr. Arnold Berstad and Dr. Jorgen Valeur (Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital, Oslo) found eating something sweet after a big meal actually aides digestion. Woo hoo! Now that is something to cheer about.
FARGO — What do you like about fall? For some it's the crisp, clean, cool air. For others it's the beauty of falling leaves or the chance to get back to the gridiron. For me, fall is fabulous because it's apple harvest time. We have an apple tree in our backyard with branches so heavy and droopy with ripe fruit I can almost hear them screaming, "Pick me now, woman!"
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.