Alexandra Floersch has worked for Forum Communications since February 2015. She is a content producer and photographer who enjoys writing about finance, fashion and home.
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FARGO — You wake up, open the blinds and greet the morning sunshine. But within seconds you notice a bizarre but troublesome view. There on the street — paralleled parked — is a car with its hood up ... in flames. While no one wishes to be in that situation, winter brings a whole new set of vehicle-related dangers.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — On the sidelines, fans dress in winter layers to combat the crisp January air. Crackling engines echo across the track as riders mentally prepare for the race. Once the checkered flag waves, number 68 makes his way to the front of the pack, riding with rhythm and maneuvering a 500-pound snowmobile like it's physically attached to him. Behind the scenes, 33-year-old snocross rider Tucker Hibbert races mountain and dirt bikes in summer and lifts weights and hits the test track in winter to prepare. And by gosh it has paid off.
As the long winter days grow shorter, Midwesterners seek the fresh air that comes with spring – and mini-getaways to get them through until summer.
FARGO — Every fall, we pack away summer clothes and brush the dust off our winter coats, preparing for the long winter ahead. It's not long before the snow falls and Midwesterners bundle up to face the cold. While clothing fashion trends may change in the blink of an eye, outerwear trends move a little slower. (Cue: sigh of relief.) "There's a lot more of those classic pieces you see year to year," says Niki Larson, a style expert at West Acres Mall. "(Outerwear trends) don't change as drastically as clothing does."
FARGO — While it's all the rage, Beth Iepson admits she was rather terrified of the idea of an Instant Pot at first. "I was honestly scared to use it just because I had seen my mom's older pressure cooker — this scary thing. You always picture the top blowing off, I don't know why," says the 29-year-old owner of Elisabeth Eden Photography. "It doesn't even let you open it unless it's done so there's no way you can mess it up." Iepson was introduced to the Instant Pot last summer by a foodie friend.
FARGO — We often consider it a "strength." We boast about it on our resumes and refer to it when asking for a raise or proving our worth in the workplace. We smile, assuming it makes us a valuable player in this game of life. Though under high levels of stress, we wear "multitasker" as a badge of honor, despite the studies and statistics that show there's nothing righteous or healthy about it. Experts say switching between tasks comes at the cost of a 40 percent loss in productivity. Interrupting one task to focus on another can even affect our short-term memory.
While many posts have the ability to surprise us on social media, one thing that is expected this time of year is changing Facebook statuses. News feeds highlight life milestones with a simple update from "single" to "engaged" or even "married." But what makes the holiday season a particularly popular time to tie the knot? Four couples share their New Year's engagement and wedding stories, shedding light on how and why they chose the day to celebrate their love. Propose already... I'm freezing
As New Year's revelers bid adieu to 2017 and ring in 2018, the bright promises of the new year are reflected in the sparkle and shine of the most stylish partygoers. "It's just one of the evenings where it's a tradition to go out and celebrate the end of a year and the beginning of something new," Laura Polanski, co-owner of Leela & Lavender boutique in Fargo. "I think that inspires people to get with their family and friends and have some fun."
FARGO — Some of life's most chaotic moments require all hands on deck. Whether that's multitasking in the kitchen, entertaining one child while holding the other or frantically cleaning before guests show up, sometimes it's all you can do to get by, desperately wishing for an extra hand. Technology to the rescue.
FARGO — December seems to come with a spirit of giving, sharing and supporting loved ones, the community and even complete strangers. It can be a magical time of year where acts of kindness fill the air with hope for mankind. This year, our features team wanted to do some sharing of our own. While our contribution might not be quite as meaningful as volunteering or as impactful as providing our financial support, we hope we can offer drink recipes that will add to your holiday memories as you gather around the table with family, friends and loved ones.