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FARGO — Around the world fans, will be tuning in Sunday night, April 14, to the premiere of the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” — but across the country, fans have already been looking up their favorite characters. Telecommunications company CenturyLink looked up the most Googled "GoT" characters in every state over the past five years and unveiled its findings in a recently released list as exhaustive as Daenerys Targaryen’s many names.
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.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The longest-running and biggest holiday event in the area kicks off this weekend with the Concordia Christmas Concert with the theme "For the Beauty of the Earth." More of an institution than a collection of performed songs, the four concerts from Friday, Nov. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 2, will draw thousands from across the region. Two more concerts taking place Dec. 7 in Minneapolis will draw hundreds more fans. Here’s a look at some other numbers behind the annual event as provided by Concordia College:
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 — It's almost time. More than a year after he announced the concert, Ed Sheeran will make his headlining debut at the Fargodome on Wednesday, Oct. 17. It's been a long wait for fans, but the singer has been busy. He's played over 150 dates to more than 3.3 million fans worldwide on this tour, which started in the middle of March 2017 and won't end until late August 2019.
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.