Holiday #PrairiePlaces Twitter Chat

The holiday season is here and I’m so excited!

The 12 Days of Christmas giveaway starts right here on December 1st. There will be twelve daily giveaways from local businesses and makers worth over $1,200 in prizes and this year is going to be bigger and better than ever.

But first, I want to know what you’re excited about this holiday season. I’ll be hosting my monthly #PrairiePlaces Twitter Chat on Monday, November 30 at 8:00 p.m CST and I want to hear from you. We’ll be discussing our favorite holiday events, shops and foods.

If you’ve never done a …

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Shop Small in Fargo-Moorhead

Black Friday is overrated.

I like a deal as much as the next person, but I want to give unique gifts that will make them smile, not a generic item designed to appeal to a rush of shoppers running by at 2 a.m. And I don’t want to have to camp out in the cold or battle crazed crowds to do it.

So this year I’m shopping almost entirely local, skipping the big box stores and focusing on unique small businesses instead. Fargo-Moorhead has a diverse small business community of charming shops, on-trend boutiques, regional gift emporiums, …

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Fabulous and Free: The Minneapolis Institute of Art

For inspiring art at an unbeatable price (free!) the Minneapolis Institute of Art is the place to be.

It offers a gallery upon gallery of art from around the world in a space where the surroundings are almost as soothing and inspiring as the works on the walls.

Everything in the museum is free except for the ticketed exhibit. The current tickets exhibit is “Delacroix’s Influence: The Rise of Modern Art from Cézanne to van Gogh.” You can purchase tickets at the front entrance or outside the ticketed exhibit itself.

It’s definitely worth springing a little for the …

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Party Pics: Behind the Scenes at the Bras on Broadway Fashion Show

“Art is the triumph over chaos.”
John Cheever

Between heartbreaking terrorist attacks around the world, a disturbing mood of tension and intolerance on social media and a heavy workload of assignments that are all due before the Thanksgiving holiday, I’ve been struggling to stay optimistic this week.

So I need to post about something lovely and inspiring today.

In times like these, I believe that art has the power to inspire us and unite us. It can make us smile, make us think and help us to look at our lives and each other in a new way. And …

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Roller Derby Street Style: Tattoos, Glitter And Optional Pants at WFTDA Champs in Saint Paul

I saw the most exciting roller derby bouts of my life (my life, people!!!) at the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Championships in Saint Paul, Minnesota last weekend.

But this post isn’t (entirely) about world class athletes on the track or the positively electric atmosphere in the Roy Wilkins Auditorium as we witnessed history. This post is a love letter to roller derby fans.

A few Angel City Derby Girls fans enjoyed premium seats.

It’s for all of us derby nerds who screamed our faces off for our favorite skaters and fiercely debated calls and strategies from the …

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Local Ingredients With A Side of Passion at Mediterranean Grill

The small menu at Fargo’s newest restaurant, Mediterranean Grill, is focused on fresh, local ingredients, savory slow cooked meats and providing full disclosure about where the food comes from and how it’s prepared.

The interior of the strip mall location is spotless but very basic. All the attention is lavished on the food.

“We want to know what we eat,” said owner Simo Sati. “No preservatives, no hormones. We like to keep the menu small and healthy.” Almost every item, including the sauces and dressings, is prepared in house and made to order.

“There is a little dish …

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World Class Roller Derby In Saint Paul and a FM Derby Girls Giveaway

By the time this post goes live, I’ll be on the road with some of the girls and guys from Fargo Moorhead Derby Girls and Rock City Riot to see some of the most amazing roller derby on the planet.

We’ll be checking out teams from 10 states and three countries at the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Championships at the Roy Wilkins Arena in Saint Paul, Minnesota on November 6-8. And we’ll be cheering the loudest for former FM Derby Girls Shock Therapy and Polly Punchkin, who now play for Seattle’s Rat City Rollergirls and …

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Al Roker From “Today” To Broadcast In Fargo and Moorhead November 9

This just in — “Today” weather guy Al Roker is coming to Fargo and Moorhead on Monday, November 9th! His whirlwind appearances will be a part of Rokerthon 2, where he’ll be whisked around the country to deliver the weather live from all 50 states in one week.

Last year Roker set a Guinness World Record for delivering the weather live for 34 straight hours. And this year he’s trying to beat his own time.

Beating that record and squeezing in 50 states in seven days is certainly going to keep him busy. The trip starts in …

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Four Friday Fashion Tips

Happy Friday!

I don’t know about you, but my brain is fried today (probably because I was dancing at Bras on Broadway until super late last night), so this afternoon I’m bringing you some fun Friday Fashion Tips from our friends at MODE, a great discounted designer fashion outlet in Bismarck.

If you entered the $40 MODE gift certificate giveaway, you can find out if you won at the bottom of the post!

As you might have guessed already, all images is this post are provided by the ladies at MODE.

Um, how have I gone my whole life …

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Fall Travel Tips

I get some of my best tips from readers like you. And my #PrairiePlaces Twitter Chats are one of my favorite ways to get travel inspiration.

Last month I asked my Twitter followers for their advice on the best spots to see fall foliage, enjoy outdoor activities and where to eat and drink when the weather turns colder. They responded with great travel ideas (and lots of spots I hadn’t heard of) in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Manitoba.

The #PrairiePlaces Twitter Chats happen on the last Monday of the month (that’s today!) at 8 p.m. CST, …

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