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Enigma: Truth and Perspective at the Northwest Art Center

“Enigma: Truth and Perspective,” a senior art exhibition showcasing the work of Minot State University student Cassandra Stauffer, will be on display at the Northwest Art Center’s Hartnett Hall Gallery December 5-29, 2017, with an opening reception with the artist Thursday, Dec. 7, from ...

This photo scanned by and provided by Heather R. Parker, Ph.D., shows one of her historical family photos. According to Parker, this is an example of looking at the indoor background of a place of business to get context clues about what her grandfather did for a living. They are in his barber shop. Pictured are Parker's grandfather John Pitts, grandmother Isabelle Pitts and her mother Sharon Pitts. This photo was taken in the early 1950s. (Heather R. Parker via AP)

This year, pass the turkey AND the family photos

When extended families lived closer together, it was easy to pass on family stories and anecdotes, maybe while cooking dinner or putting children to bed. "Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we go" was essentially how people lived, says John Baick, a history professor ...

Old friends and Cheap Trick make beautiful music together

Few things transport us back in time like music. A few bars of Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out,” and I’m 16 years old, cruising around my hometown with the windows rolled down on “Ruth,” my 1965 Ford. A couple of beats of “The Heart of Rock and Roll,” and I become a vision of ...

EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Ask me anything

Dear Mary: We are remodeling our kitchen, which means all new appliances. Do you have a suggestion for the brand we should consider? And should we get matching appliances or do more of a mix-and-match to get the best prices available? Also, which type of countertop do you feel is better? We ...

ASK A DESIGNER: Rethinking the holiday dining room

By MELISSA RAYWORTH Associated Press There's a lot of home decorating advice out there on how to create the perfect kitchen. But what goes into designing a truly great dining room? As the holiday entertaining season approaches, it's worth re-examining the dining area. In homes that have ...

Keep kids busy at Thanksgiving gatherings with a craft table

In many homes, the Thanksgiving gathering stretches for hours. It's not an eat-and-run kind of day — you're all in it for the long haul. And while adults have an acquired ability to make their own entertainment (catching up with Uncle Ivan, tossing around a football, helping in the ...

Ditch toxic people and find those who fuel your best self

Toxic people come in many forms: our crotchety co-worker, corrosive cousin or constantly-complaining acquaintance. Sometimes they lurk in the shadows just waiting to appear when we least expect it: at a coffee shop, the post office or even in the grocery store. These people are often a ...

The dark side and a sequel to a classic

With summer a memory and the routine of autumn in place, it’s time to relax and read a good book. Here are a couple that might not appeal to everyone, but are worth a look. “The Alienist” by Caleb Carr (Bantam Books 1998) has been made into a television series, but if the program is ...

Personalized maps offer the gift of place

If you've got avid travelers on your gift list this year, or just armchair ones, consider getting them a custom map. Maps of favorite places might commemorate special trips or experiences, and can appeal to any age or gender. Map Your Travels, in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, has some options. ...

Gratitude and hammocks: Oprah’s out with her favorite things

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey's back with her longest holiday gift list ever at 102 of her favorite things. Ranging in price from free (downloads of her Super Soul Conversations podcast) to $2,000 (for a 55-inch TV that morphs into a painting), Winfrey's annual list will be featured in the ...

This combination photo shows, top row from left, comedian Samantha Bee, Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri, model Gigi Hadid, director Patty Jenkins, and bottom row from left, actress Nicole Kidman, singer Solange Knowles, Rep. Maxine Waters and astronaut Peggy Whitson, who are among Glamour’s Women of the Year Honorees. They will be featured in a December spread and honored November 13th at a gala in New York. (AP Photo/File)

Revolutionaries to supernovas: Glamour names women of 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — It's been one epic year for women, a notion definitely not lost on Glamour magazine as it named U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, 27 key facilitators of the Women's March on Washington and astronaut Peggy Whitson among its women of the year from the worlds of politics, entertainment, ...

KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS: A free lunch fills a belly and a soul

When we talk about feeding the hungry, we usually talk about feeding people who literally don’t have enough to eat. There are kids in my area who grab a bag of chips from the convenience store because it’s cheaper than buying a sandwich and an apple. It’s also cheaper than paying for the ...

EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Please don’t touch the retirement accounts

I know it’s hard. I know you’re desperate. You’re stressed and losing sleep. Things are tough. You have to do something, and soon. But whatever you do, don’t touch your retirement account. Don’t borrow against it. Don’t withdraw from it. Leave it alone. What’s so bad about ...

Cargo containers gain steam as building blocks of new homes

Cargo containers, long a staple of international trade, are designed to be affordable, sturdy and water-tight. So it's no surprise that for decades they've been used by the military, the needy — or just the hip — for other uses, including dwellings. What's new is that the enormous Corten ...

How do airlines decide who gets their seat upgraded?

NEW YORK (AP) — Ever wonder how airlines decide who gets a seat upgrade on flights? Airlines say it's strictly by the book: Loyal customers are rewarded based on their status in frequent flyer programs. But some flyers insist that once in a while, they get upgraded even when they've bought ...

Q&A on proposed ban on laptops in luggage

WASHINGTON (AP) — First the U.S. government temporarily banned laptops in the cabins of some airplanes. Now it is looking to ban them from checked luggage on international flights, citing the risk of potentially catastrophic fires. The Federal Aviation Administration recently recommended ...

Google’s Pixel 2: A phone built for artificial intelligence

NEW YORK (AP) — What's most fascinating about Google's new Pixel 2 phone is what's to come. The phone sets itself apart with promises to bake in Google's powerful artificial-intelligence technology for quick and easy access to useful, even essential information. But much of the neat stuff ...

You can stymie the iPhone X Face ID – but it takes some work

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is offering a nifty way to unlock its new iPhone X — just stare at it. Face ID, Apple's name for its facial-recognition technology, replaces the fingerprint sensor found on other models. How well does it work — not just technically, but in everyday use? After ...

This Sept. 6, 2017 photo shows Associated Press Travel Editor Beth Harpaz standing beneath a "Welcome to Idaho" sign near Gibbonsville, Idaho, and the Montana border. Idaho was Harpaz's final destination on a quest to visit all 50 states. (Elon Harpaz via AP)

The quest to visit all 50 states: How many have you seen?

NEW YORK (AP) — I recently reached a goal that I've been working on for most of my life: I visited all 50 states. And I've been surprised by how many others I know who have been on the very same quest. "We're seeing more and more people with this goal," said Alicia Rovey, founder of the All ...

Tips for air travel: How to find deals and when to book

NEW YORK (AP) — Booking air travel is stressful. How far in advance should you book? Did you get the best fare? That anxiety is magnified this time of year as travelers finalize holiday plans and look ahead to winter getaways and spring break. In an interview with AP Travel's "Get Outta ...