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Sixty years ago this morning, 15-year-old Fargoan Robert Velline went to school with a ticket in his hand for that night’s Winter Dance Party concert featuring his idol, Buddy Holly, as well as Ritchie Valens, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Dion & The Belmonts at the Moorhead armory . By the end of the day, the rock 'n' roll landscape was turned upside down, and Velline had a ticket to stardom.
FARGO — Karin Niemi (shortened from Haapaniemi), the mother-in-law of the late film star Patrick Swayze, has died at the age of 93. A native of Minnesota, Karin, a registered nurse, married Edmond Haapaniemi and settled in Houston, Texas. The couple had six children, including one daughter, Lisa, who married Swayze in 1975, a year after she graduated from the Houston Ballet Dance Company, which Swayze's mother owned and directed.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — A food writer and Food Network star based here is teaming up with grocery distributor SpartanNash, owner of Family Fare, Sun Mart and other regional grocery stores, for some holiday recipes. Molly Yeh will feature recipes on her blog, http://mynameisyeh.com , using ingredients from the Our Family line of foods.
On Tuesday night, many will gather around TVs, computers and smartphones to watch election results. It will be the end of a long campaign season that saw tempers fly and stress levels rise.
FARGO — Anastasia Higginbotham is a children's book author and illustrator, not an athlete, but to teach kids to stand up against racism, she's taking a knee next to Colin Kaepernick. The quarterback is pictured in her new book, "Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness," so when Higginbotham prepared for readings, she drew a cardboard cutout of the controversial star and a stadium backdrop.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — When Florida Georgia Line headlines Friday night, Aug. 3, at the three-day country music event WE Fest, the duo may be breaking a record. Singers Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley teamed up with Bebe Rexha on her single, "Meant to Be," which has topped Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for 34 weeks. The tune's longevity there ties it with Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" for the longest stay at the top of that chart.
FARGO — When St. Paul's Summit Brewing Co. hit a bump in the road at the end of 2017 and was forced to lay off employees for the first time in its 32-year history, founder and president Mark Stutrud looked back home to get the company back on track. The brewer released a new beer with barley grown on his cousin's North Dakota farm. Dakota Soul has been such a success, Summit has been forced to more than double its production of the lager. The beer will likely be Summit's third best-selling beer, making up about 10 percent of sales by the end of the year, Stutrud says.
FARGO — The Fourth of July is one of the biggest beer-drinking holidays in the country, but if you really want to celebrate America's history, put down the Bud Light and consider a fortified wine from the Portuguese Madeira Islands off the coast of Africa. Or perhaps raise a glass of Philadelphia Fish House Punch. Or if you really want to start a revolution in your head and stomach, consider a Rattle Skull.
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.