Finding Local Color in Harvey, North Dakota

We were whizzing down the highway, bound for Minot, North Dakota. The baby had just woke up from his nap when I saw a sign promoting a train engine in Harvey, ND. Eli loves trains, so I hit my blinker and slowed down so we could stretch our legs.

“Do you always pull over when you see signs?” my mom asked, and not unkindly. Most of our recent drives together had been during the long stretch between my parents’ house and my college dorm in Bloomington, Illinois. These were not sightseeing trips — these were push through, …

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Win A Hyatt House Getaway

The road trip season is upon us. Maybe you need an adventure. Or maybe you’re craving a chance to sleep in, go swimming and just relax.

Either way, you’re going to love this month’s giveaway. Our friends over at Hyatt House Minot, an extended stay luxury hotel in Minot, North Dakota, are offering a free night certificate to Prairie Style File readers!

It’s good for one free night in a one bedroom king or double room in a hotel that’s doing things a little differently. I mean, how many luxury hotels can you think of that started …

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A #PrairiePlaces Road Trip: The Sheyenne River Valley and The Prairie Pothole Region

What do a yurt, a remodeled opera house and North Dakota’s only naturally occurring waterfall have in common?

They’re all on the route of the latest #PrairiePlaces Road trip. Tomorrow my friend JoRelle and I will be on our way to explore the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway, home of some of the prettiest scenery in North Dakota, and the Prairie Pothole Region, one of the most important wetlands in the world.

The Stake Out in Lisbon, North Dakota
Photo by Andrew Filer

We’ll be taking the scenic route through Valley City, Kathryn, Fort Ransom and Lisbon and taking a …

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Party Pics: The Plains Art Museum Gala

The Plains Art Museum Gala has some serious zing. It attracts a fabulous mix of artists, party people and the movers and shakers that shape Fargo-Moorhead and the surrounding communities.

This year I covered the event for a magazine (rough gig, I know) so I saved most of my serious journalistic work for that publication and I’m bringing you some candid, personal snapshots instead.

This is what the walk to the museum through downtown Fargo looks like. It poured rain right before, so that was a dramatic start to the evening.

This year’s party had a Brazilian Carnaval theme, …

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Adding To Dickinson’s Art Ave

Celebrations ‘n’ Crafts, a combination gallery, art supply store and retail shop in downtown Dickinson just celebrated their first birthday in April and they fêted their first year in business by adding another colorful mural to Art Ave behind their shop.

I caught up with Celebrations ‘n’ Crafts co-owner Amanda Galster to get the skinny on the new piece and learn more about what they have planned for year two.

So tell us about the newest 20 foot high mural on Art Ave.
“The artist was Scott Gordon. He started painting at 11:30 a.m., started with the outline …

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Street Style: Rockabilly Gingham

I ran into Tabitha Arnaud from Walcott, ND at the community garage sale at Veterans Memorial Arena in West Fargo a few weeks back and I loved her retro style and fearless pattern mixing.

Seriously, she’s rocking three prints and emerald green shoes and she absolutely owns it. And her great cat’s eye glasses and swipe of bright green eye shadow totally take the outfit up a notch. Clearly Tabitha’s a more-is-more kind of girl and it really works for her.

So much of what Tabitha is wearing is a classic mid-century style, from the flirty dress …

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OMG Stickers: Collaborative Art From Albino Buffalo

This morning I went downtown to Unglued for cupcakes and stickers.

Yep. Stickers. From an old school machine, the kind where you put a couple of quarters into an slot and see what you get. I haven’t done that since I was about 10 years old and used to go to the Pizza Hut on Highway 10 in Moorhead, but you know what? It was still a rush. And I got to support local artists while I was at it.

Albino Buffalo collaborates with local artists to produce series of collectible, limited edition stickers. I warn you, …

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The Chappy Dress And A Winner!

Wow, you ladies definitely loved my last post about Chappy Windsor and her Minot store, Dakota Chappy. It’s inspiring to see how one person has changed so many women’s relationship to clothing and their bodies.

And thanks for commenting and entering to The Chappy Dress, an original design by Chappy Windsor! I’ve totally been living in this comfy dress and my Total Tight (another Chappy design) since I got home from Minot.

I went to the store specifically to purchase a Total Tight, but I have to admit, I totally would have walked right past this dress …

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A Cold One At Junkyard Brewing Company

When the weather gets warmer, all I want is a cold beer. If it’s a super hoppy beer and it’s served on a patio, that’s even better.

If you’re in Moorhead this spring or summer, Junkyard Brewing Company is a great place to grab a beer. The scene is lively, the beer is big and bold and the Junkyard crew opens up those big garage doors and everybody spills out onto the patio. The always buzzy taproom kicks it up a notch, but that’s the best way for a brewery to be on a warm night.

Brothers …

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Dakota Chappy: A North Dakota Original

Is “prairie glam” a thing? If not, it should be. And designer and boutique owner Chappy Windsor should be the movement’s poster girl.

Her Minot boutique, Dakota Chappy, is a fascinating retail concept, an eclectic mix of boho, western, rocker and romantic influences. And Chappy herself is on a mission to help woman of all sizes look fabulous by providing streamlined wardrobe solutions.

Now you can win one of her original designs, a swingy little black dress that somehow looks good on everybody…and every body. But I’ll tell you more about that later in this post.

First, I want …

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