My Next Adventure: A Midwestern Summer Road Trip

“All my life I’ve always come back to one thing,
my need to feel free and the need to feel the breeze…”
– Jess “Chief” Brynjulson, “Highway Writings”

The weather is warm and I’m already dreaming of the open road. It’s going to be a summer of seeing familiar landscapes with new eyes and venturing off the beaten path in Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana and Wisconsin.

For the next five weeks, I’ll be canoeing the Mississippi, hiking in the North Dakota badlands, having a beer in eastern Montana, shopping in historic Minnesota downtowns and visiting as many art …

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Hidden Fargo-Moorhead: Fargo’s Public Art Wall

The largest piece of collaborative art in Fargo-Moorhead isn’t in a museum or gallery. It’s a sprawling, constantly mutating swirl of colors and ideas known as The Fargo Public Art Wall. And it’s hidden away in what appears to be a nondescript alley in downtown Fargo.

You’ll find this love letter to artistic expression between 1st and 2nd Avenues North and 4th and 5th Streets North.

I think the easiest way to locate it is to start at either The Forum building at the corner of 1st Avenue and 5th Street or at the Jackson Building, a brick …

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Summer In The City: What To Pack For A Long Weekend Away

If you’re jetting (or driving) off to the city for a mini-break, you don’t want to be weighed down with a ton of luggage. And you really don’t want to be trying on a million outfits in your hotel room when you could be hitting the streets or relaxing on a rooftop patio with a drink in your hand.

You need a few stylish basics that can go from day to night, mix and match pieces that serve more than one purpose and comfortable footwear for walking. Everything goes with everything, each piece can be worn …

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Travel Inspiration: Poems For New Adventures

“Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose…

…Henceforth I ask not good-fortune — I myself am good fortune;
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Strong and content, I travel the open road.

Mon enfant! I give you my hand!
I give you my love more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law;
Will you give me yourself? will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?”

“Song of the Open Road” by …

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Get Gorgeous and Win Big With Brea

Ladies, if you want to score a mini shopping spree for yourself or your favorite kiddo, this month’s giveaway is for you.

One lucky winner will take home a $75 gift card OR an accessories package from Brea, a North Dakota-owned boutique based in Mandan.

Brea features a modern mix of work-friendly statement pieces and laid-back bohemian women’s fashion as well as on-trend shoes (sizes 6-10), accessories and colorful clothing for kids. There’s a brick and mortar boutique in Mandan that’s open Wednesday-Saturday if you’re in town and an online store so you can shop anytime, anywhere.

The shop …

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Platforms and Glitter: Back To The 70s Party Pics

You know it’s a good party when a blonde in a flower crown kisses you and tries to sweep you off your 5-inch platform heels while you’re in the middle of an interview with the fiesta’s head honcho.

You know it’s a really good party when said head honcho (Plains Art Museum Director and CEO Andy Maus) just laughs — and insists you get more wine. (Thanks Andy!)

I’ve written about the Plains Art Museum’s Spring Gala here before. In fact, this event inspired my very first post on this site four years ago.

(Please concentrate on the photos …

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Authentic Mexican Food in the Red River Valley

Cinco de Mayo is upon us, which means people are talking about where to find the best margarita. No judgement here. I totally support this quest and eagerly await the collective answer.

But while everybody else is drinking, I’ll totally be thinking about where to find the best Mexican food. Because I think about that a lot. I’m kind of obsessed. Give me freshly made tortillas, killer pico de gallo and queso fresco and I’ll be set. Ditto for tamales. Ooh, and carnitas…

Pan dulce at La Unica in Moorhead, MN

See, I grew up in a small, agricultural …

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Grab A Beer (Or Six) at Kilstone Brewing

Here’s a fun fact about bloggers (well, this one anyway). It’s entirely possible to get caught up in researching and photographing an article and completely forget that you haven’t actually published it yet. That’s totally what happened with Kilstone Brewing.

Fargo-Moorhead’s fourth craft brewery opened in north Fargo in early 2015. It’s a family affair, run by brothers/brewers Brock and Grant Wigen and their dad Randy.

I visited Kilstone Brewing to research this craft beer article for Matador Network (it’s a rough life, I know). I brought my husband Derrick along because 1.) He really likes craft …

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A Midwesterner’s View of The Azores Islands

I’ve followed Bismarck, North Dakota-based writer Katey K. since we met at a conference last summer. She’s a riot on Twitter as @Katey911 and she also writes for Katey911.wordpress.com. (Although she’s insisted that I tell you all she’s an “intermittent blogger”.)

I was scrolling through Twitter one morning when I saw that she leaving on vacation. I’m always looking for ways to showcase other Midwestern writers and photographers on Prairie Style File, so I immediately asked if she wanted to write a guest post.

She said sure and it was only then that I thought to …

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Art Matters

“What an artist is trying to do for people is bring them closer to something, because of course art is about sharing. You wouldn’t be an artist unless you wanted to share an experience, a thought.”
– David Hockney

The passing of Prince, Minnesota’s truest, wildest original, earlier this week reminded me of the incredible power that art (and artists) have. Art connects us, it inspires us and it challenges us. Art makes us curious, it draws us in, it keeps us hungry.

Art matters.

Piano by Susanne Williams for the The FM Piano Project

We live in a world …

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