Tracy Briggs is a former TV anchor/radio host currently working as a features writer and video host for Forum Communications.
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FARGO — It used to be a given: Wine in a screw-top bottle, or heaven forbid in a box, was not to be bothered with. The best wine had to be uncorked like it had been for centuries. But these days, that isn't necessarily the case. You can enjoy a glass of spectacular wine without touching a corkscrew. In fact, in some circumstances, screw-top or boxed wine is the better choice.
FARGO — According to the National Sleep Foundation 60 percent of Americans between 13 and 64 have sleep issues every night or nearly every night. They include snoring, insomnia, waking in the middle of the night and waking unrefreshed. No wonder that line at Starbucks is so long.
The beauty industry is quick to point out what’s new, what’s never been seen before and the latest developments guaranteed to make you your most beautiful self. But it turns out much of what we deem new and trendy in beauty can actually be traced back generations. Some centuries-old beauty rituals are still being used today. Here are just a few ancient beauty rituals that have stood the test of time.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Please don’t send me angry emails and letters about the story I’m about to write.
FARGO — Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train is off and running, entertaining crowds and raising money, food and awareness for the hungry, and its 20th year of operation will bring it back to North Dakota and Minnesota next month. The U.S.-bound train left Montreal on Sunday, Nov. 25, and will run through Quebec, New York, Ontario, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin and North Dakota before arriving at its final destination in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, on Dec. 16.
FARGO — If anybody has license to be stressed going into the holidays, it’s Kristin Pahl and Kari Bloomquist. Pahl and her husband just closed on a new house, and she delivered a new baby boy in October. Her friend Bloomquist also just bought a house and got engaged.
FARGO — It’s hard to imagine Christmas without the Christmas tree. It’s like Easter without the bunny or the Fourth of July without fireworks. But what you might not know is that the tradition of putting a Christmas tree up in your home is relatively new to the United States — less than 200 years old, despite the fact that the idea of the Christmas tree goes back to ancient Egyptian times.
FARGO — The first North Dakotan crowned Miss America, Cara Mund, is striking out at the Miss America Organization in a letter circulating online Friday, Aug. 17. In it, the Bismarck woman said Gretchen Carlson, a Minnesotan crowned Miss America in 1985 and head of the organization, is largely to blame.
FARGO — We just can't leave well enough alone, can we? When it comes to dessert, who doesn't like sweetly decadent choices like caramel, chocolate, marshmallows and hot fudge? Whose big idea was it to add the dill pickle to the list?
SEATTLE — Professional organizer Melissa Schmalenberger has uncovered many unusual things in her years of helping people get their acts together. Cluttered drawers full of kitchen utensils that "maybe I'll use someday" or closet shelves packed with jeans someone swears they'll fit into again. But one item is particularly common amongst the disorganized: books on how to organize. "I can't tell you the number of times I'll find organizing books," Schmalenberger says with a laugh. "They have good intentions, but they've maybe read 20 pages."