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FARGO — Before you go over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house, make sure you pack for the trip. Or rather, pack for the unexpected things that could happen on the way. As the temperatures continue to drop, snow blows and winter travel can become dangerous, experts urge drivers to take precautions, not just behind the wheel, but even before getting in the car. If you haven't already, the time has come to check and pack your winter survival kit.
FARGO — In 2014, when Herman Stern was posthumously awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Roughrider Award — the highest honor for a North Dakotan — he was celebrated as a businessman and a civic leader. He ran Strauss clothing store for years, promoted the Boy Scouts of America and established chapters in the Red River Valley, founded what would become the United Way and oversaw the formative years of the North Dakota Winter Show. What may have come as a surprise to some was how he saved over 120 Jews from Germany as Adolf Hitler rose to power.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Superstar singer Carrie Underwood has been announced as the third and final headliner of next summer's country music festival, WE Fest, in Detroit Lakes. Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line had already been announced. The remainder of the bill has not been revealed.
MOORHEAD—While bathroom work has been the most popular home renovation project for some time, this year kitchens put bathrooms on the back burner for home remodelers. According to a May report by the National Association of Home Builders, kitchens trickled past bathrooms as the most popular home project in 2016. More than just getting new appliances or countertops, kitchen remodels cover everything right down to, well, the kitchen sink. In a case of what's old is new, farmhouse sinks have seen a resurgence over the last decade.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn—While potential rain threatened to dampen the spirits of WE Fest, concert-goers weren't going to let questionable weather cloud their day. "This is awesome," said Jen Middleton. "Look at the rainbow." Indeed, a rainbow shone east of the campgrounds around 6 p.m., and clear skies followed on the first day of the three-day country festival.
The region's biggest musical weekend of the year kicks off Thursday when WE Fest opens in Detroit Lakes, Minn. The annual three-day event, which draws about 50,000, always starts the first Thursday in August. This year there's a little competition on the concert calendar as pop singer/songwriter Bruno Mars will play Friday at the Fargodome, the same night Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Eli Young Band and more play the Soo Pass Ranch.
FARGO—"What's cool about cooking is that it has a military structure but is completely driven by creativity. It attracts a certain kind of people," says Amy Thielen. She should know. She is one of those people. "Cooks are like this wild tribe of people who would rather be in the back of the house than up front," she says. "Big-hearted misfits who feed on stress and most are ADHD, and I would say that I am."
FARGO — For years stainless steel has been the shining star in appliance finishes, but lately, buyers have been looking for something, well, duller. Matte finishes like slate and black stainless steel are heating up the market for kitchen equipment. "A lot of people are migrating that way," says Jim Flem in sales at Karl's TV, Appliance & Furniture Store in Fargo, which carries GE's slate products, the LG Black Diamond line and KitchenAid black stainless steel pieces.
FARGO — When it comes to home remodeling, things really heat up in the kitchen. Improvements in the cooking area can add big return for the buck in terms of home value. New appliances, cabinetry, light, flooring, paint and layout are all things to consider, but one of the more overwhelming choices can be countertops. There are dozens and dozens and dozens of options when it comes to picking the surface where you'll prepare and possibly even serve food, most likely the area you see most in the room.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Over the past decade, Kenny Chesney has taken country to the beach. Which made him a natural to headline WE Fest just outside Detroit Lakes. The singer closed out the three-day festival Saturday night with an energetic set of summer party anthems, like the openers "Beer in Mexico" and "Keg in the Closet." Anyone following the previous night's headliners, Keith Urban and Kid Rock, would have had their work cut out for them.