Culture

​A trifecta of local lore

October 30th, 2019

Cyanotype by Sabrina Hornung

One of my favorite things to do is to drift along the roads less travelled in search of finding local lore--especially ghost stories. In the spirit of Halloween we thought we’d share a few. What kind of stories circulated around your hometown? We’d love to hear from you. Afterall, a man much wiser than myself once said, “If you can’t add to the story, there’s no use in telling it.”

Crazy Loon and Colonel Sullers
If the peaks and buttes of Western North Dakota could talk many…

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A Historic Halloween at Hjemkomst

October 23rd, 2019

Cover art by Colby Nelson, cover by Raul Gomez

October is coming to a close and Halloween is right around the corner. With the witching hour close at hand, people are looking for ways to celebrate the spookiest time of year. There is no shortage of Halloween shenanigans to be had around Fargo-Moorhead, but some of them are in places you probably didn’t expect. Like, say, the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead.

This year, the Historical & Cultural Society of Cass-Clay is hosting the “Hjemkomst Monster Ball”. “We have not had a…

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​Creepy Crafts, Spooky Spots, And Haunted History

October 23rd, 2019

There’s more to Halloween than blood and guts and screaming your way through a haunted house. From painting monsters and crafting wizarding wands to investigating the paranormal, outsmarting zombies and diving into virtual reality (plus some not-so-creepy Halloween experiences for the whole family), these regional attractions go beyond the scare for a range of Halloween experiences.

Creepy Crafts

Whimsy Hollow Wand Workshop

October 26

1 – 4 p.m.

Spirit Room

Fargo

spiritroom.com

Channel your…

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Keeping up with the Munsters

October 16th, 2019

Butch Patrick - Eddie Munster

By the time Butch Patrick was cast with the iconic role of Eddie Munster the wolfboy son on the classic television program “The Munsters,” he was a seasoned child actor. Starring in television roles on such programs as “General Hospital,” “Rawhide,” “Bonanza,” “My Favorite Martian” and countless others. By the time he became part of the Munster family in 1964 he was 11 years old.

According to Patrick, “The Munsters” was the early 60s zany equivalent to “Leave it…

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​Affordable Europe: Money saving tricks to help your dream trip happen

October 9th, 2019

Tour guide in Lisbon, Portugal - photograph by Elena Bicu

Western Europe is a dream destination for many U.S. residents. But according to a study by the U.S. Travel Association, 55% of Americans didn’t use all of their paid vacation days in 2018. And that number doesn’t even count those of us – myself included – who only dream about having paid vacation days to take in the first place.

I write about travel for a living, teach a vacation planning course, and co-host a travel podcast, so I talk to a lot of people about why they’re not…

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​Chrome Extensions

October 2nd, 2019

I’ve had some questions about “Extensions” in the Chrome web browser lately, so I thought I would talk more about them.

First let me state that I use the Chrome web browser because I feel it is the fastest and most capable browser at this time. The key phrase here is “at this time”. Things change quickly in the browser world and new versions of the current browsers might do strange things. If you are a consistent computer user you know that software (apps) get updated all the…

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​Five ways to rock Oktoberfest

September 25th, 2019

Munich Oktoberfest - photograph by Alicia Underlee Nelson

It’s prime Oktoberfest season, both in Germany and here in the upper Midwest. I visited a biergarten and a beer tent at Oktoberfest in Munich (the place where the party started way back in 1810), then bellied up to a communal table at Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart to hoist a beer stein and learn how the Germans celebrate.

I came away with five tips for enjoying Oktoberfest to the fullest, whether you’re in Germany or the Midwest. Try them yourself at one (or five!) of the…

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Research and data collection around the web

September 18th, 2019

I am sure that you have reflected about how some of the web sites you use get your name or other facts about you, shopping habits, area of the country you live in or even your closest friends. The answer to your questions is data collection. Collecting data is valuable because you can use it to make informed decisions. The more relevant, high-quality data you have, the more likely you are to make good choices when it comes to marketing, sales, customer service, product development and…

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​Do You have a router in your house?

September 18th, 2019

I guess I have to assume that most of you do. It is useful when you have more than one computer that you want to connect to the Internet. There are also many other advantages to owning a router but that is a story for another time. This time I want you to know about resetting the router.

A factory reset wipes your router’s custom settings and returns it to a like-new state. This is an important step when troubleshooting some network problems. Factory-resetting is relatively easy, but…

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​Fall Equinox at Medicine Wheel Park

September 18th, 2019

Joe Steckler - photograph by Michael Gabbard

By Kristin Gruber
perriex1@gmail.com

Amongst the many charms of autumn in Valley City, North Dakota, at the top of a huge hill, in a serene, semi-secluded area, you'll find Medicine Wheel Park.

The park offers 30 acres of scenic trails, 12 burial mounds between 500 and 2,000 years old, a 3,000 square foot flower garden, a distance-scaled solar system and more. Its centerpiece is the Medicine Wheel.

Measuring 213 ft around and built with fieldstones, the Medicine Wheel, inspired by the Big…

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