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Hans and Kyleigh Grafstrom were recently married and just had a baby when they decided to buy a house. Not just any house, though; they wanted a fixer-upper to flip. "We thought, 'Let's try this for the first house,' " Kyleigh recalls. The couple found an old home that needed some work and in December of 2014, they bought one at 124 10th St. N., Moorhead. Now, three years later they've turned the fixer-upper into a turn-key home to sell. The process was an eye-opener, but all of the do-it-yourself work and self-discovery was worth it for the young couple.
FARGO — As we settle into the post-holiday season, it's time to take a long look at winter. The big question this time of the year — especially during the recent Arctic coldsnap — is, "Why do we live here?" The most common response is that while winter seems longer than any other season, each has its benefits and experiencing the splendor of all four seasons is reason to stay. While each season offers so much to savor, winter's food offerings may get a bit washed out after all of the holiday cookies and sweets.
FARGO—"Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we go." Over the next month, people will be hitting the road to spend the holidays with family and friends. As there's not always room at the inn, or Grandma's new condo, more and more people are looking to alternative short-term housing options like Airbnb. While rental owners try to make their guests feel at home, some also try to strike a balance when it comes to holiday decor.
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."