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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Tacky ties, barbeque sets and beer might come to mind when you think of Father's Day, but that doesn't mean you should buy any of those items. It can be difficult to figure out what to get Dad each year, but don't settle on a stereotypical gift.
When customers walk into Happy Harry's Bottle Shop, they are welcomed by more than 100 varieties of wine. For a wine connoisseur, it may be paradise, but for those who don't know the difference between Chardonnay and Cabernet, choosing the right wine for an evening get-together can be daunting. "I assure you we can find at least half a dozen wines you'll like," said Greg Rixen, general manager of Happy Harry's in Grand Forks.
Shopkick, your new shopping sidekick (4/5 STARS) If you see me wandering the baby aisles at Target, don't jump to conclusions. I'm not scanning products for a baby registry; I'm scanning for kicks. Yes, kicks -- it's all a part of my latest app obsession: Shopkick. The free app available for Android and iPhone is the perfect shopping sidekick with its own reward program.
Wandering scrap yards, Dave Sonnek searches for springs, tractor seats and metal scraps . At home, he transforms these discarded objects into metal sculptures of cats, pigs and chickens. These works earned Sonnek Best of Show recognition last year at the Grand Cities Art Fest. This year, Sonnek returns as the featured artist of this year's festival. The 11th annual Grand Cities Art Fest will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. "Hopefully, it's a good show and people come out," Sonnek said.
Fresh out of college, I'm full of ideas, passion and energy. I'm a small town girl -- from Becker, Minn. -- with big city dreams. I recently received my bachelor's degree in mass communications with an emphasis in multimedia journalism from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. During my time at MSUM, I was the president of MSUM's chapter of Society of Professional Journalists and the editor of The Advocate, the student newspaper. Along with getting involved in student organizations, I interned at West Central Tribune and wrote freelance for The Forum, Live It!
While many small business owners focus on a niche audience, Allie Comstock, 25 of Grand Forks, has a different business plan. With a degree in interior design, a love for fashion and a knack for floral design, Comstock created a business that suits all of her interests.
NOTE: Party on the Plaza has been moved indoors to the Olympic Arena, on the west side of the Ralph Engelstad, due to weather conditions. The doors will open at the scheduled time of 6 p.m., with the music starting at 7 p.m. Attendees are asked to park on the north side and use the Olympic Entrance.