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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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)?
In fifth grade, Sam Huseth and I sat at her kitchen table among scattered belongings. We collected prized possessions to “freeze” in a time capsule to later uncover our senior year (thank you, Crossroads ). We thoughtfully selected objects that we imagined might predetermine our future—a microphone made of tin foil for me (an aspiring pop star) and a homemade stethoscope for Sam (who is, interestingly enough, now a nurse).
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
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
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 — For those who haven't heard, the 2017 solar eclipse is heading this way and it's a big deal. With the path of totality spanning from Lincoln Beach, Ore., to Charleston, S.C., the closest drive to totality is Omaha, Ne. — approximately 425 miles by car. "This is probably the least effort necessary for seeing an eclipse in the past 38 years," says Bob King, an amateur astronomer, Astro Bob blog writer and photo editor at the Duluth News Tribune. "The last one was in '79."
FARGO — This fall, volunteers will gather in downtown Fargo to build on a site where just a year and a half ago so much had been taken away. Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity is constructing a new home near where fallen Fargo Police Officer Jason Moszer was shot. While it might not seem like a place many people would like to live, it's providing a fresh start to one family of four.
FARGO — For some, tequila is the mean culprit responsible for crazy nights, nasty hangovers, celebratory shots and everything in between. But Anthony Dub, general manager at Vinyl Taco, says it doesn't have to be that way. "If you have some basic knowledge of it and you pick the right brands — the right type of tequila — it's really amazing," he says. Tequila, made from blue agave, is split into several categories based on the aging process: • Blanco (aka silver): aged 0-59 days • Joven (aka gold): blended or colored