Culture

​Healing Arts Revolution

November 6th, 2019

Photograph by Saundra Pawlak

By Kris Gruber
perriex1@gmail.com

Graduating from Sister Rosalind Gefre Massage and Wellness Center, Amy Wasvick has spent 10 years practicing Healing Arts. Her areas of expertise include Essential Oil, Cupping, Swedish, hydrotherapy, structural analysis, Reiki and energy balancing therapies. She is the owner of The Healing Arts Revolution in Moorhead. The center will provide meditation, yoga, massage, energy work, and holistic therapies. Amy says the community can look forward to…

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Building a Recovery Friendly Community:

November 6th, 2019

“The opposite of addiction is a connection,” is a motto for the Recovery Community Alliance, a network of over 50 community members to creatively address the strong need for connections by those in recovery and their loved ones through collaboration.

One of the core members of the RCA is the Lost and Found Recovery Center - an addiction recovery program of Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead. It began in 1987 due to the vision of Thea Gullings, who knew first-hand the effects of…

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What about those Intel Processors?

October 30th, 2019

Intel keeps producing more and more computer processors. Somebody asked me why Intel switched from Pentium to Core (i3, i5, i7, etc.) The answer is simple: money. How else would they satisfy their stockholders?

The other reason is software. It keeps getting more sophisticated and complex. The software needs more computing power to run properly.

So where does that leave us poor folk with 5 year old computers? You can drop out and throw that machine in the trash when it does not keep up…

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​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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