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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MOORHEAD — Twelve-year-old Addie Loerzel has a smile as sparkly as the sky blue formal gown she wore on Tuesday, Aug. 14. "It's going great!" she said in the midst of running Addie's Royal Cupcake Stand, her seventh-annual cupcake and lemonade fundraiser for the Sunshine Foundation, a national nonprofit that helps "answer the dreams" of kids who are seriously ill or facing physical challenges.
Fargo has been mentioned a few times in song, including by Lyle Lovett ("Farther Down the Line,") Jimmy Buffett ("Travelin' Clean") and Johnny Cash ("I've Been Everywhere"). But Fargo is getting another shoutout in a brand-new song released by the self-described "girl trio" COLOR.
FARGO — On June 8, 1939, Fargo-Moorhead was abuzz with talk of the visit of Norway's Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Martha. According to newspaper reports of the time, the royal couple was "highly celebrated" as they toured Concordia College and visited with local dignitaries. Less than one month earlier, another young European man came to town under much different circumstances. He was fleeing the Nazis, leaving his parents behind and hoping to start a new life in a place where he knew almost no one. There were no crowds to welcome him, no pomp and circumstance, but it would be him who, 80 years later, would leave a legacy fit for a king.
FARGO – Supermodel Ashley Graham says an aspiring model from Fargo has “the talent and potential to break through” in the industry.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Nicole Phillips and her 14-year-old daughter had just gotten off Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters ride at Disneyland when they took a break for a phone interview.
ULEN, Minn. — The sky was overcast as two SUVs pulled up the the cemetery just north of here. Four men dressed in matching grey T-shirts get out of the vehicles and walk carefully and silently past rows of tombstones. A nearby wind chime plays a melody as the men stop at a grave at the edge of the cemetery. The grave, decorated in red geraniums, belongs to Brady Oberg, a soldier the men never met but who inspired them to take on a Memorial Day challenge like no other.
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.
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 — When it comes to doing what's best for our planet, many of us assume that one person's actions don't amount to much. What's the big deal if I throw away that aluminum can or drink from plastic water bottles every day? It might not matter if it truly were just one person doing that, but when millions of us are wasteful with our resources, Earth pays the price. As we approach Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, here are 10 things you can do to conserve resources and put less strain on the environment. Recycle
FARGO — Black Friday has come and gone and some of you are well-into checking off items on your Christmas list. Others are in a white-hot panic with no clue what to get anyone. No matter which category you fall into, you might want to consider homemade gift breads. They're a fairly economical way to add an extra homestyle touch to store-bought gifts, and they're an easy standalone gift for those still stumped with shopping.