Jasmine Maki is a features reporter for Accent. Her main beats are arts and entertainment and life and style. She also occasionally covers health, family and TV.
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If you’re sick of complicated weather apps, Solar might be for you. Solar’s design is minimal, but all the necessary information is there with simple interactive elements.
“You’re not my mother” and “You’re not my father” were phrases heard often from the kids in the Aanenson family household years ago. “We’d agree with them,” said mother Lisa Aanenson, of Gary, Minn. “Then, we’d say ‘But I’m the boss of you.’”
Three out of five. Don’t Tap the White Tile is a free game for iOS that tests one’s speed and accuracy. The rules are simple: Tap the lowest black tile and avoid all white tiles.
Three out of five stars. Spitfire Athlete is a new kind of training app. Users start by picking a goal: build strength or build physique. Next, they choose whether they’d like a plan designed for the gym using weights and gym equipment or a plan for people on-the-go, which uses bodyweight exercises.
Whether it’s due to snow, flooding or construction, there’s bound to be a road or two closed in North Dakota, despite the season. And, the free app ND Roads will let you know just what they are are and how long they’ll be closed.
On a Friday, Kathy and Leon Osborne head to the basement of their Grand Forks home for date night. They grab a large bucket and fill it with buttery popcorn from the large popper on the counter. Kathy sneaks a box of Mike and Ikes, her favorite movie-time treat, and they head into the room with the metal Cinema sign hanging next to it. They’ve titled the room Starlight Cinema; it’s their home theater equipped with a large projector, three rows of seating and more than 700 pounds of speakers, which helps to give the room its impeccable audio.
Tucked away in the farthest corner of the Hughes Fine Arts Center at UND, Shawn O’Connor sat at the smaller of two pottery wheels in his spacious studio. Working to mold the wet clay, O’Connor threw one of six plates for a commissioned dinner set as the wheel spun quickly in front of him. The other plates, along with six small cups, lay drying on the counter next to him. At the same time in another room, some of his artwork was on the next step of the process in the electric kiln.
Five out of five stars The free app Wish is a new way to shop. Instead of browsing favorite brands, stores or specific items, the app gives users a selection of clothing and accessories they won’t find elsewhere. It’s like a small boutique experience in an app.
They might be business majors at UND, but Meghan Fitzgerald, of Sabin, Minn., and Cora Pokorny, of Plymouth, Minn., prefer athletic wear to business wear. For a Friday trip to the mall, the ladies sported workout capris and athletic zip-up jackets.
Hey Ocean, a west coast inspired clothing and lifestyle store, opened in downtown Grand Forks on Valentine’s Day. At first, customers were confused at the idea of a coastal-themed store in the Midwest, but manager Kelly Berntsen said she has learned how to better sell her products.