Home of Economy-Herald pie tournament's Rose Fuchs: 'I've always enjoyed baking'

Fuchs is sponsored by the Lighting Gallery, of Grand Forks.

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Rose Fuchs, of Grand Forks, is among the contestants in the Home of Economy-Grand Forks Herald Pie Bake-off, set to begin Aug. 22, 2022.
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GRAND FORKS – Rose Fuchs grew up on a farm in an era when self-sufficiency was not just common across the rural landscape, but a point of family pride.


“Nothing was bought back then,” said Fuchs, who was raised in rural Nebraska but has lived in Grand Forks for 56 years. “Everything was homemade. We had large gardens and really didn’t buy things, except for maybe flour or sugar. We had our own cows, gathered our own eggs. We were pretty much self-sufficient.”

Like so many children of that era, she also played a role in helping around the farm. These days, she figures that’s where she grew to appreciate the art of cooking and baking.

“My mother made homemade bread every single morning,” she said. “I took a liking to baking – always enjoyed baking.”

Fuchs is among the bakers chosen for the Greater Grand Forks Pie Bake-off, sponsored by Home of Economy and the Grand Forks Herald. The 16-person tournament begins Aug. 22, with the champion set to win the choice of either a $1,400 pie safe from Home of Economy or a $500 gift card from Home of Economy. Also, the winner will receive $500 from the Herald, in the name of the winner's business sponsor.


Fuchs is sponsored by the Lighting Gallery, of Grand Forks.

She was active in 4-H – a program that encourages positive youth development through hands-on, often rural-focused activities – and entered various baking contests, such as county fairs.

“I would always hope to get a purple ribbon,” she said. “I still enjoy going to (fairs).”

Interestingly, when Fuchs was called by the Grand Forks Herald to discuss entering the Home of Economy/Grand Forks Herald Greater Grand Forks Pie Bake-off, she was in the midst of baking homemade chocolate chip cookies. She predicted that her attention that day soon would be diverted to making a pie crust for what she figured would be a lemon pie. She prefers to make everything from scratch.

“I like to experiment with different crusts,” she said. “I think the challenge is that there are so many recipes out there. Some use oil, some use shortening, butter or lard. I like to try different versions, but it’s all homemade.”

And sometimes with a twist.

“Most of the time with cream pies, a lot of people put whipped cream on them,” she said. “But I like to do a meringue.”

Korrie Wenzel has been publisher of the Grand Forks Herald and Prairie Business Magazine since 2014.

He is a member of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp. board of directors and, in the past, has served on boards for Junior Achievement, the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation, United Way, Empire Arts Center, Cornerstones Career Learning Center and Crimestoppers.

As publisher, Wenzel oversees news, advertising and business operations at the Herald, as well as the newspaper's opinion content.

Wenzel can be reached at 701-780-1103, or via Twitter via @korriewenzel.
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