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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GRAND FORKS — When University of North Dakota student Kelsey Askegaard doesn’t want to go out with her friends, she gives them a false excuse. Jenni Miska exaggerates her stories to emphasize a point. And Halae Anderson deceives her friends to prevent them from taking advantage of her belongings. With little white lies, stretching the truth has become a part of these students’ daily lives.
GRAND FORKS — A photograph from the North Dakota Museum of Art’s “Songs for Spirit Lake” exhibition recently received a World Press Photo award, gaining worldwide recognition. Photographer Rena Effendi, one of six artists commissioned for the exhibition, captured the photograph of 10-year-old Dasan Cavanaugh at the Spirit Lake Reservation in April 2013.
GRAND FORKS — Whether it’s the location, number or type, piercings are becoming more intense with the years. It’s evolved from simple ear piercings to nose and navel piercings, to various facial piercings. In general, piercings are becoming more socially acceptable as well, said Samuel Cory, head artist and shop manager of Daktyl Tattoo Gallery in Grand Forks. “The old rebellion is the new conformity,” added Roy Ramirez, tattoo artist and piercer at Darkside Tattoo.
GRAND FORKS — English may be the dominant language spoken throughout the United States, but that doesn’t mean we all speak the same dialect. Each region of the country has many words and phrases of its own. For example, Joan Hall, editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English, said every region of the United States has a different name for the strip of grass between the street and the sidewalk.
GRAND FORKS — From our favorite foods to most popular sports, to the clothes we wear and the vehicles we drive, there are things in every aspect of our lives that people associate with the Upper Midwestern region. Hotdish, Norwegian dishes Doug Munski, a geography professor at the University of North Dakota, said, “One of the things that gives distinctiveness to a cultural landscape is the food choices and food ways. “In geography, we have studies of food ways, and you can regionalize the United States according to cuisine very readily,” he said.
With vivid photographs, insightful poetry and nostalgic anecdotes, photographer David Paukert, of Michigan, N.D., has documented the past 20 years of the North Dakota prairie. The Grand Forks native collaborated with farmer and poet Terry Jacobson to publish a coffee table book titled “Visions of the Prairie: My North Dakota Journey.” The book includes Paukert’s landscape photographs taken throughout North Dakota over the past 20 years. In the images, Paukert said he tries to capture the vastness and beauty of the prairie, which is often overlooked. “I think, we as North Dakotans, sometimes