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Yes, Sir! Paul McCartney to make tour stop at Fargodome

FARGO - After three close calls in the past few years, the Fargodome made it official Monday: Former Beatle and rock legend Sir Paul McCartney will perform here for the first time this summer.


Fargo company to keep historic Bison Sports Arena bleacher lumber local

FARGO – Old bleachers from the Bison Sports Arena will get a new life, and could soon be available for North Dakota State University fans to purchase as benches, coffee tables or custom-designed products.


Fargodome to hold press conference Monday to make announcement; says it's not McCartney concert

FARGO – The Fargodome will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Monday to make an announcement, though it remains to be seen what will be announced. When contacted Friday for more details, General Manager Rob Sobolik said he couldn’t discuss it until Monday.

E-cigarette etiquette: While regulations remain in flux, users recommend being mindful

FARGO – When Kelsey Eaton tries to explain electronic cigarettes to new customers at Infinite Vapor, she first has to give a lesson in lingo. “Vaping” is now a verb, referring to the act of inhaling from the battery-powered devices available in all shapes, styles and price ranges; “atomizers” heat the concentrated liquid, available in several flavors and with or without nicotine.


Hundreds gather at Fargo Theatre to celebrate premiere of FX's 'Fargo'

FARGO – A vast throng clad in bomber hats and flannel shirts descended on the Fargo Theatre on Tuesday night, as hundreds of locals gathered to celebrate the premiere of FX network’s “Fargo” in true Fargo style – complete with bars.


Ben and Jim rejoin forces for new radio morning show

CASSELTON, N.D. – After five years apart, a local radio duo is back together. “The Ben and Jim Show” premiered April 3 on 103.9 FM The Truck, and will broadcast from 6 to 9 a.m. each weekday morning.


Motorcyclist injured when car runs red light in Fargo

FARGO – A motorcyclist was injured Saturday afternoon when a car ran a red light, forcing him to lay down his bike to prevent a worse crash, according to the Fargo Police Department.

VIDEO: Take a seat! Fargo company works to give Bison Sports Arena bleachers second life as flooring, memorabilia

FARGO - Seth Carlson spent plenty of time on the bleachers at the Bison Sports Arena during his high school wrestling matches and his brother’s two North Dakota State University commencement ceremonies.


Moorhead police investigating heavy damage to vehicles after reports of shooting

MOORHEAD – Police here responded to a reported shooting late Saturday, but officers instead are now investigating vehicle damage that apparently wasn’t caused by a gun.

From Moorhead to ‘Chicago PD’

Moorhead native makes a prime-time splash with one-time role on TV series CHICAGO – Before Ally Carey landed a one-time role on a popular TV drama, the show’s producers had one request – she should be “sexier.” “When I said to my agent, ‘What do you mean sexier? Like more makeup or a low-cut top?’ and he said, ‘You know, whatever makes you feel sexy,’ and I was like, ‘Well, none of those things make me feel sexy, but if I did what makes me feel sexy, that would not be right for TV,’ ” she said.


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Johnson: I’m over journalism’s latest Associated Press Style scandal

Heads literally rolled in the journalism community with last week’s announcement of a controversial writing style change. Language is constantly evolving, with words coming and going to reflect the modern-day usage and way we speak. Hence our relatively new ability to use the word “literally” to say something that isn’t actually true, such as “my brain literally exploded thinking about the insanity of using saying this clearly defined word to mean figuratively.”


Johnson: We need original movies, not more remakes and sequels

In its own weird way, the plot of 1987 film "RoboCop" has become the perfect analogy for the sorry state of the movie industry in 2014 – an industry that’s more than willing to suck the humanity and meaning out of the original ideas and characters that we used to see at the theater, increasingly replacing them with remakes, reboots and sequels that often are a mere shell of the original concept.


Johnson: Let’s start 2014 by getting rid of hashtags, MTV VMAs

Like it or not, we’ll all say goodbye to an illuminating object in 2014. Starting Jan. 1, the 40- and 60-watt versions of incandescent light bulbs – the most popular bulbs in America – will no longer be made, the result of energy efficiency changes by the government.


Making a scene: Moorhead teen heads to film school in Los Angeles

FARGO – Devon Manney thought he knew in grade school what he wanted to be when he grew up – a professional baseball player.


Johnson: Kayaking brings new appreciation for Red River (video)

Moorhead - ‘Don’t fall in.” That’s all I could think as I slowly climbed into a little blue kayak on the Red River last week, an afternoon adventure I agreed to try all for the sake of a column.


Ryan Johnson: Pride weekend still important in 2013

I attended my first Pride celebration in 2011, when my new boyfriend and I drove down to Minneapolis for a fun weekend.

Johnson: ND’s legal protections have a gap

I could be fired for writing this column. I could find myself evicted and homeless without warning. Worst of all, I’d have no way of doing anything about it.