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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FARGO — Whether for a family reunion, wedding or vacation, booking accommodations can cause headaches and drain your travel budget all for a place to merely rest your head at night. Even more, sometimes finding a place to stay at all can be a challenge. "There are places around the country and the world where oftentimes there are big events that come to town and there's just not enough accommodations," says Jasmine Mora, Airbnb press secretary for the Dakotas.
FARGO — Finding the freshest fruits and vegetables without knowing the recipe for ripeness can be much like gambling on a mystery-flavored Dum Dum. You never know what you're going to get ... until you taste it. Before strolling down the produce aisle, arm yourself with tips from the experts to find delicious fruit.
FARGO — Flipping through TV channels and scrolling through trending hashtags, we find that escaping news of the world's latest tragedies is as difficult as avoiding fireworks on the Fourth of July. Amidst the news of mass bloodshed, unwarranted cyber attacks and Mother Nature's wrath, we often hold our deepest beliefs to ourselves. In a world where everyone and everything should be accepted, we wonder if our faith ever will be, no matter the definition.
FARGO — You wake up, open the blinds and greet the morning sunshine. But within seconds you notice a bizarre but troublesome view. There on the street — paralleled parked — is a car with its hood up ... in flames. While no one wishes to be in that situation, winter brings a whole new set of vehicle-related dangers.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — On the sidelines, fans dress in winter layers to combat the crisp January air. Crackling engines echo across the track as riders mentally prepare for the race. Once the checkered flag waves, number 68 makes his way to the front of the pack, riding with rhythm and maneuvering a 500-pound snowmobile like it's physically attached to him. Behind the scenes, 33-year-old snocross rider Tucker Hibbert races mountain and dirt bikes in summer and lifts weights and hits the test track in winter to prepare. And by gosh it has paid off.
FARGO — In the fashion world, women tend to be the risk-takers, trying out new trends in the name of style. Men, on the other hand, tend to play it safe. "Men's (fashion) is a lot more classic. It doesn't tend to change as much and doesn't tend to grab onto the trends as much as women's," says West Acres Mall style expert Niki Larson. "I think that's just because women get bored of their wardrobe quicker where men really like their classic looks." In outerwear, the same rules apply.
As the long winter days grow shorter, Midwesterners seek the fresh air that comes with spring – and mini-getaways to get them through until summer.
FARGO — Every fall, we pack away summer clothes and brush the dust off our winter coats, preparing for the long winter ahead. It's not long before the snow falls and Midwesterners bundle up to face the cold. While clothing fashion trends may change in the blink of an eye, outerwear trends move a little slower. (Cue: sigh of relief.) "There's a lot more of those classic pieces you see year to year," says Niki Larson, a style expert at West Acres Mall. "(Outerwear trends) don't change as drastically as clothing does."
FARGO — While it's all the rage, Beth Iepson admits she was rather terrified of the idea of an Instant Pot at first. "I was honestly scared to use it just because I had seen my mom's older pressure cooker — this scary thing. You always picture the top blowing off, I don't know why," says the 29-year-old owner of Elisabeth Eden Photography. "It doesn't even let you open it unless it's done so there's no way you can mess it up." Iepson was introduced to the Instant Pot last summer by a foodie friend.
FARGO — We often consider it a "strength." We boast about it on our resumes and refer to it when asking for a raise or proving our worth in the workplace. We smile, assuming it makes us a valuable player in this game of life. Though under high levels of stress, we wear "multitasker" as a badge of honor, despite the studies and statistics that show there's nothing righteous or healthy about it. Experts say switching between tasks comes at the cost of a 40 percent loss in productivity. Interrupting one task to focus on another can even affect our short-term memory.