Alexandra Floersch has worked for Forum Communications since February 2015. She is a content producer and photographer who enjoys writing about finance, fashion and home.
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MOORHEAD, Minn.—Images of chunky, knit blankets made of 1-plus-inch diameter yarn recently have been circling the web and social media. Do a little digging, and you'll find these cozy blankets retail for $50 to $200 on sites like Amazon, Ebay and Etsy. But, with a little practice, intrepid crafters can create their own hand-knitted blankets. Betsy Armour, 40, of Moorhead, Minn., came across a video of hand knitting on Facebook and was instantly mesmerized by the process and its results.
Before the age of technology, diaries provided a much-needed space for teens to explore their feelings and identities. In 2017, social media has become the modern diary, providing an outlet for self-expression across each site. But when adults — including parents and grandparents — slowly started to infiltrate the sites, they became less attractive to teens who were forced to seek privacy, creating accounts hidden from family members. Thus, 'Finsta' was born. What is Finsta(gram)?
FARGO — For many Halloween costume DIYers, the tradition was crafted early on. "My mom made a lot of cool costumes when we were young, and the time we spent putting costumes together made me feel special," says Erin Fallgatter of West Fargo, N.D. "In a world full of Power Rangers and Jasmines, I was the dead prom queen. Now that I'm a parent, I love to do the same with my own kids." For Carrie Schwanke, a special effects makeup artist and owner of Carrie's Twisted Art in Fargo, childhood was full of memories spent creating an original costume.
FARGO — While 580, 720 and 835 are just numbers, when associated with credit, they carry a lot of weight. In 2003, the American Bankers Association (ABA) Foundation — the nonprofit arm of ABA — founded "National Get Smart About Credit Day" which is celebrated on the third Thursday of October. In correlation with the organization's mission to provide financial education, the day (and even the month of October) gives bankers the opportunity to get out of the office to educate the public.
FARGO — When the chilly air sets in, locals retreat to their cozy abodes to sip on pumpkin spice lattes and relax. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy the festive fall colors and harbingers of the season inside the four walls of your home though. Just sharpen your scissors and plug in the hot glue gun because these three crafts — Faux Acorns made out of plastic eggs, adorable No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins and an elaborate (but effortless) DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece will create a home worth showing off all autumn long. Faux Acorns Supplies
Silent sirens sound in our heads. We deny it for days, not wanting to admit our ridiculous reaction to changing plans. But eventually our internet search history unveils our true feelings — a nearly chest-collapsing weight that prompts the question "How can I live in the present?" With congested calendars as the norm, we've become accustomed to timelines and schedules that provide structure at work, next to our hard deadlines and urgent project proposals. But that same strategy breeds anxiety outside of work.
FARGO — Fashion rules are hard to follow. No socks with sandals. No clothing too big (or too small). Colors and patterns must "go." And please, don't fail to finish the look. Often men's fashion faux pas are displayed for the world to see. But for men who don't enjoy shopping in the first place, pointing out what not to wear may leave them wondering, "What is acceptable?" Here are seven trends to get men one step closer to a dashing wardrobe. 1. Contrasting collars and cuffs
MOORHEAD — At first, you might think coffee is an odd thing to have on tap at a microbrewery. But after learning more about "nitro brew coffee," it starts to make sense. In February 2016, Junkyard Brewing Co. in Moorhead announced coffee on tap, giving employees a much-needed boost throughout the day. "We thought about getting a coffee machine because we didn't have a way to brew coffee here in the mornings," says owner Aaron Juhnke. "But then we thought it would be a lot more convenient to do nitro brew."
PEORIA, Ariz. — You could call Joshua Becker an early pioneer of the minimalist movement. If you haven't read his books on minimalism, you might recognize him from Netflix's documentary "Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things." The Wall Street Journal bestselling author was born in Aberdeen, S.D., and attended junior high and high school in Wahpeton, N.D., from 1987 to 1992. Having written about minimalism for 10 years, Becker first saw America take hold of the idea when the recession hit in 2008.
FARGO — When Tim and Amy Paul first toured their current home in Moorhead, Minn., it wasn't love at first sight. The three-bedroom, 2.5 bath 1960s rambler-style home needed some TLC. While the previous owners had knocked out walls, giving way to a more open-concept layout on the main level, their Realtor mentioned an idea that quickly became the selling point: installing much-needed built-ins for the living room. "It wasn't a functional living room before," Amy says. "Where to put a couch was an issue. We knew before we bought it that built-ins were a must."