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The art of memories: Gallery at Fargo’s Edgewood Vista provides changing art, reminders of past for senior residents PressPass

FARGO - What started as a blank hallway is now a gallery of memories for the more than 200 residents of Edgewood Vista and Village here.


Fire it up: Eating meat less often, choosing better cuts when indulging growing trends for grilling season as prices rise

FARGO - The sun is out, and Memorial Day is behind us – the 2014 grilling season here has begun.


Unglued plans three sessions of summer camp for ‘crafty kids’ PressPass

FARGO - Ashley Morken and the rest of the crew at Unglued loved summer camps when they were kids.


Making a Scene: Exploring other dimensions PressPass

Economics professor author of three sci-fi books FARGO – By day, Clark Jackson is a mild-mannered accountant in Des Moines, Iowa. By night, he’s a universe-traveling adventurer, encountering alien species and solving out-of-this-world problems after discovering a portal to other planets and dimensions.


National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day puts favorite treat in spotlight

FARGO – It’s debatable if we need a holiday to celebrate the treat that makes up a quarter of all cookies baked in America today.


Stakeholders meet to discuss possible culinary institute in downtown Fargo that would partner NDSU, NDSCS PressPass

FARGO – Start with a world-class higher education system. Sprinkle in bountiful local food and restaurants. Add a dash of a thriving downtown. Mix these ingredients together, and Margie Bailly said it could make for a “successful recipe” for a new culinary institute in downtown Fargo.


Area seniors gearing up for annual spring concert PressPass

FARGO – Jim Kinlaw admits he didn’t have a musical bone in his body when he picked up the alto saxophone 10 years ago. “I’d never played anything except the radio,” he said, laughing.


Fargo City Commission to vote tonight on renting snow-melting device PressPass

FARGO – City officials here may soon have a hot way to get rid of the cold byproduct of winter.

A biting concern: Summer brings risk of bug-borne illnesseses like Lyme disease

FARGO – Stacey Nice knew something was wrong when she woke up with a migraine one morning in 2006. She hadn’t previously suffered from anything like this, and the headache wouldn’t go away.


Johnson: Concerts offer memories that outweigh cost PressPass

Here’s some advice you probably won’t get from a financial planner: Go to a concert, even if it’s one of the most expensive entertainment options around.


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Johnson: I’m over journalism’s latest Associated Press Style scandal PressPass

Heads literally rolled in the journalism community with last week’s announcement of a controversial writing style change. Language is constantly evolving, with words coming and going to reflect the modern-day usage and way we speak. Hence our relatively new ability to use the word “literally” to say something that isn’t actually true, such as “my brain literally exploded thinking about the insanity of using saying this clearly defined word to mean figuratively.”


Johnson: We need original movies, not more remakes and sequels PressPass

In its own weird way, the plot of 1987 film "RoboCop" has become the perfect analogy for the sorry state of the movie industry in 2014 – an industry that’s more than willing to suck the humanity and meaning out of the original ideas and characters that we used to see at the theater, increasingly replacing them with remakes, reboots and sequels that often are a mere shell of the original concept.


Johnson: Let’s start 2014 by getting rid of hashtags, MTV VMAs PressPass

Like it or not, we’ll all say goodbye to an illuminating object in 2014. Starting Jan. 1, the 40- and 60-watt versions of incandescent light bulbs – the most popular bulbs in America – will no longer be made, the result of energy efficiency changes by the government.


Making a scene: Moorhead teen heads to film school in Los Angeles PressPass

FARGO – Devon Manney thought he knew in grade school what he wanted to be when he grew up – a professional baseball player.


Johnson: Kayaking brings new appreciation for Red River (video) PressPass

Moorhead - ‘Don’t fall in.” That’s all I could think as I slowly climbed into a little blue kayak on the Red River last week, an afternoon adventure I agreed to try all for the sake of a column.


Ryan Johnson: Pride weekend still important in 2013 PressPass

I attended my first Pride celebration in 2011, when my new boyfriend and I drove down to Minneapolis for a fun weekend.

Johnson: ND’s legal protections have a gap PressPass

I could be fired for writing this column. I could find myself evicted and homeless without warning. Worst of all, I’d have no way of doing anything about it.