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 — This is the week fair foodies in Fargo-Moorhead look forward to each year. The Red River Valley Fair and the Downtown Street Fair are both in full gear serving us decadent, fried, sweet and sugary, put-it-on-a-stick kind of food we know we probably shouldn't eat but simply can't resist. Something about walking between the booths at the street fair or down the midway at the fairgrounds makes us crave outrageous food. We've heard of deep-fried Oreos, deep-fried Twinkies or even deep-fried butter.
KINDRED, N.D – Allison Powell slings the heavy backpack over her shoulder and calls out to the other hikers in her party, “Should we get started?” The other hikers at Ekre Grassland Preserve near Kindred gather up their belongings as a German shepherd named Rinny and a golden retriever named Sloan chase each other through the tall grasses, seemingly unaware they’re about to be part of a special hike with a Minot woman waging an epic battle and the family who loves her.
FARGO — I've spoken before about the ginormous rhubarb plant in my backyard. Suffice it to say it has not shrunk in the past year or two — in fact, I'm thinking we might see if it's eligible for it's own zip code.
FARGO — How fabulous is early June? Summer is here, but it's not yet too hot and humid (plus, the mosquitoes haven't yet arrived to the party). It's the perfect time of year to get outside and get those steps in. We're about halfway through the Trek to Times Square —The Great Indoors effort to virtually walk from Fargo-Moorhead to Times Square by New Year's Eve.
FARGO — When it comes to prom now versus prom in the 20th century, much has changed. Not only are kids today staging elaborate promposals, they're spending a ton of money on dresses, tuxes, hair, makeup, food and limos. According to VISA, the average American teen (or parents of that teen) spends more than $900 on prom. Way back when, your date might ask you to prom over the avocado green landline phone, buy you a corsage, pick you up in his Dad's Buick and call it good.
WEST FARGO — One of the largest fireworks organizations in the world is once again coming back to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds and will put on several nights of fireworks shows for the public. The Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI) is hosting its 45th annual convention "Kaleidoscope of Fire" at the fairgrounds off Main Avenue in West Fargo. During the convention, PGI members from around the country will offer multiple opportunities to learn skills through technical seminars and classes scheduled during the week.
FARGO — Let's be honest, April Fool's Day isn't much of a holiday. It's more of an annoyance, really. You go through the day questioning everything you see and hear from pranksters who revel in the day. Even news people get a little goofy this time of year. The most famous April Fools' Day prank in history happened in 1957 when the BBC ran a news report showing Swiss farmers picking cooked spaghetti off of trees. The "Swiss Spaghetti Harvest" segment caused phone lines to jam with people asking where they could buy a spaghetti plant.
FARGO - The Honor Flight project takes center stage on television Tuesday night. The next episode of top-rated CBS-TV primetime drama NCIS will highlight the non-profit organization that sends World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington D.C. free of charge to see their war memorials. More than 100 Honor Flight trips arrive in D.C. every year and serve as a way to say thank you to veterans for their service.
MOORHEAD — If there's ever a kitchen in town where a dish is never allowed to air dry, it just might be at the north Moorhead home of Harold and Sally Horpedahl. In their home, the couple has worked together to produce more than 2,000 hand-painted flour sack dish towels that are now being sold to benefit the WDAY Honor Flight project.
Do you ever have those times in life when something just sticks in your craw? For me, it's that overwhelming sense of failure with macaron baking. I consider myself a pretty good baker (a pretty good eater of baked goods anyway). But I have twice attempted to make macarons and both times I failed miserably. Macarons are supposed to be pretty little puffed up meringue cookies surrounding a delicate buttercream filling. My macarons looked more like something the car ran over — flat and a little lumpy at the same time.