It all got started with some fourth-generation North Dakota ranchers wanting to sell cattle. One of them was Dan Price, a 6-foot-3 cowboy who never seems to take off his hat, and who can make roping a calf at 15 paces, even after a few drinks, look easier than drawing a breath.
If you've ever seen a brown haze of pollution hanging over your city, most likely your response was, "Ugh. How can I avoid breathing that stuff?" But let's face it, even if you know it's a bad air day, you probably need to grab some sunshine, get in an outdoor run, or get to work.
The number of U.S. metropolitan areas with jobless rates above 15% increased in November, according to government figures released Tuesday, despite the biggest one-month drop in the national rate in more than three years.
Fifteen helicopters from the U.S. Northern Command along with active-duty military personnel are being sent to Fargo, North Dakota, to assist the state as it prepares for record flooding, a U.S. military official told CNN.
The facts are these: Just after 1 a.m. February 3, 1959, a three-passenger Beechcraft Bonanza went down about five miles northwest of Mason City Municipal Airport, near Clear Lake, Iowa. The plane crash took the lives of the pilot, Roger Peterson, and three musicians: Charles Hardin Holley, better known as Buddy Holly, 22; Ritchie Valens (originally Valenzuela), 17; and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, 28.
To most of America, Fargo is known for three things: its namesake 1996 Academy Award-winning film, brutal winter weather (Tuesday's high: 5 degrees) and college basketball. Actually, the third item may not be true yet, but a remarkable story is being played out that will have its final act in March.
In "No Country for Old Men," the Coen brothers' masterly film of Cormac McCarthy's 2005 novel, a professional killer lugs around an ungainly contraption, a pressurized air canister with a strap, a hose and (at the end of it) a metal prod. It's the kind of stun gun they might use in a slaughterhouse.
As an online marketing entrepreneur, I'm always looking for cheaper and better communications. Skype's Internet telephony service is one of the hottest things on the Web today, slashing phone bills for more than 75 million users worldwide.
GROWING SALES AT Sundog, my North Dakota marketing business, means logging long hours on the road in search of clients. A good GPS unit can help, so I eagerly tested four new pocket-sized devices in Fargo and its hinterland.
Talk about feast or famine! After a summer of high-tech amusement park rides, for a film fan it can feel like it's been months since there was anything worth seeing at the movies -- which makes arriving at the Toronto International Film Festival all the more disorientating.
Clutter -- or its eradication -- is a national obsession. With more stuff than ever and less time to deal with it, we want better ways to organize. Nowhere is this more applicable than in the kitchen, the highest-traffic room in most homes.
For a festival celebrating its 60th year, the Cannes Film Festival proved mighty frisky. Sure, a handful of the 21 international titles in competition were dolorous arthouse tush-testers - but enough films pleased, entertained and touched a viewer that Cannes 2007 turned out to be memorable.
Sykeston is a small town fastened to a wheat field in North Dakota. It's about 14 miles west of Carrington, which is nine miles west of Melville, which is 34 miles west of Jamestown, which is 98 miles west of Fargo. Most of the businesses along Main Avenue have long been shuttered -- the Wagner Meat Shop, Kurus Barbershop, Old Doc Eummer's dentist office. The only one that's still thriving is the Wild Mustang saloon, home to the biggest Travis Hafner fan club west of the Mississippi.
Despite the manipulative and trite mechanisms that detract from "Elizabethtown" -- the pop-addled soundtrack, the two-hour-plus run time -- the film is at least thematically consistent with director Cameron Crowe's more rewarding works.
A student authorities say killed seven people at his Minnesota high school first shot his grandfather and the man's girlfriend before taking his police-issued weapon, bulletproof vest and squad car to Red Lake Senior High School.