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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With vivid photographs, insightful poetry and nostalgic anecdotes, photographer David Paukert, of Michigan, N.D., has documented the past 20 years of the North Dakota prairie. The Grand Forks native collaborated with farmer and poet Terry Jacobson to publish a coffee table book titled "Visions of the Prairie: My North Dakota Journey." The book includes Paukert's landscape photographs taken throughout North Dakota over the past 20 years. In the images, Paukert said he tries to capture the vastness and beauty of the prairie, which is often overlooked. "I think, we as North Dakotans, sometime
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Auctions. Exhibitions. Art shows. Websites. Social media. The endless ways to market and sell one's artwork can be overwhelming, but North Dakota photographer David Paukert said there's a way to balance the art and the business. Paukert began taking photographs of North Dakota's landscape as a hobby more than 20 years ago. But that hobby quickly turned into a business.
One week, Steven Grant Douglas was performing "Avenue Q" at The Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks -- the next he was rehearsing on Broadway in New York City. Not too many people succeed so soon in life, but in his early 20s, this Stephen, Minn., native is living his dream, performing as Sam Wheat in the nationally touring production of "Ghost the Musical." "I am absolutely living my dream every day," Douglas said.
Four out of five stars. Looking for the next big thing in social networking? The free app Circle may be just that. The fairly new social media app connects its users with others in their area. With categories such as trending, local news, events, sports and nightlife, it appears that the app's focus is spreading community news. Whether it's an update on a local high school hockey game, an invite to an exhibit opening at the art gallery or news about the weather forecast, the app allows its users to share relevant information about their community.
Whether one's watching the ball drop in Times Square or counting down the seconds to 2014 with her closest friends in downtown Grand Forks, a New Year's Eve party is the perfect time to sparkle and shine. Among statement jewelry, embellished blazers and adorned handbags, there are plenty of options for New Year's Eve accessories.
As a salesperson at HerStyler kiosk in Columbia mall, Tiffany Kazir said she doesn't have to follow a strict dress code, but she always comes well-dressed and presentable. Her look usually includes dark jeans, a blouse and blazer, along with well-styled hair. Although she is studying architecture and interior design, she said she has always loved styling hair, whether it's for herself, a friend or a customer at HerStyler. For a Friday morning at work, Kazir wore a solid red top and black blazer paired with dark wash jeans and riding boots.
"Wait, we need a game plan," said Kirsten Fagerlund, of Crookston, as she held a song book and wooden snowman mask in one hand and a belt of sleigh bells in the other. She and four other women were about to walk into Titan Machinery in Crookston to present the gift of caroling to all the employees. They decided on "Deck the Halls" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," and proceeded to the front door. They waited for store manager Craig Morgan to finish a conference call before bursting into song.
Laughable lawn ornaments, holiday movie-themed novelties and a bottle of booze. It's all part of the Christmas Eve tradition for UND senior Katie Macey, of Eden Prairie, Minn., and her family. Every year she and her 15 aunts, uncles and cousins each bring one wrapped present to the family get-together on Christmas Eve. None of the presents have labels, nor do they have specific recipients.
For Ashok Bhatia, it doesn't matter where he spends Christmas. As an international graduate student at UND, he may be more than 8,000 miles from home, but he said it's all relatively the same. Still, there are a few notable cultural differences spending the holidays in the states rather than at his home in India. Although this is his first semester in the Master of Business Administration program, he has spent his past four Christmases in Grand Forks. "The first year was a bit difficult, of course," Bhatia said.
"He just showed up," Melissa Swenson said of Elfie, the little felt elf making its way through the hospital. "He came to us after Thanksgiving and made a mess in the toy cupboard, and the next thing you know he was dressed with the doctor set ready to go," she added. His name is Elfie, and his job is to watch over the children in the hospital. As the child life specialist at Altru Hospital, Swenson is trying to bring some holiday magic to the pediatric patients this season.