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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.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Following electrifying sets by Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and Eric Church is a tough order.
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MOORHEAD - The city of Moorhead has started building a contingency dike in preparation for a second crest, and more could be built soon. Construction of a dike running along Rivershore Drive from north of Interstate 94 to south of Woodlawn Park began yesterday. Bob Zimmerman, city engineer, said the dikes are just a precaution and that it was important for residents to realize the city was "not abandoning them." The dikes would bring certain heights between 43.5 and 44 feet, but would average only 2 feet high off the ground.