Emma Vatnsdal is a Features writer, focused on telling stories about people, places and all the interesting things that come along with it. She earned her degree in multimedia journalism from Minnesota State University Moorhead and joined the Forum Communications team in 2018. She grew up in the far north town of Roseau, Minn. and has a thick Minnesotan-Canadian accent. Follow her on Twitter @emmajeaniewenie.
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FARGO — Lately I have been getting a bit of flack from friends about my, well, let's call it peculiar phraseology and accent. I don't hear it often — it's the way I speak, why would I notice it? — but every now and then it sneaks its way into my ears and I have a bit of a cringey moment. But I can't help it.
Wintry weather and snow has given way to warm(er) days and sunshine. While this may sound amazing to the folks who have been stuck indoors under blankets and layers of clothing for the past six months, there's an unlucky group of people who dread this time of year: spring allergy sufferers.
FARGO — With a growing interest in family heritage around the world, returning to traditions for the holidays can help people learn their place in history. For much of the Midwest — especially in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin — Scandinavian culture is ingrained with many of the residents. But what traditions from the "old country" have persisted through the generations?
FARGO — It happens every year: The warm days of summer and fall end and a crispness makes its way into the air. Winter is here. At the local grocery store, you might spot a familiar yellow book with big red letters, "Winter weather forecast," sparking your curiosity. Legend has it in 1815, The Old Farmer’s Almanac's founding editor, Robert B. Thomas, was interrupted by a boy wondering what to include for the weather forecast for July 1816. A distracted Thomas answered, and the entry for July 1816 was supposedly “rain, sleet and snow.”
NEW YORK CITY — Jazz, pop, reggae, classical, rock. Music is everywhere: on the radio, on your phone — even in the headphones of a co-worker who, judging by the volume they set their jams on, you’d think must be hard of hearing by now. Music brings inspiration to people of every walk of life. But what about when music becomes a passion, and turns into a way of life?
FARGO — For many adolescents, growing older can bring a lot of changes. Some may become boy crazy or interested in girls as young as 8 or 9, while others don't hit that stage until their preteen or teenage years. But sometimes, people never feel that way. Research by Brock University psychology professor Anthony Bogaert in Ontario, Canada, suggested that roughly 1 percent of the population identifies as asexual, yet it remains relatively misunderstood and is sometimes referred to as the "invisible orientation."
PORTLAND, Ore. — Enjoying a sunny 48-degree morning in The Dalles, Oregon, Dave Currier and his entourage were getting ready late last week to point themselves east and head back home to Fargo. While many go west to escape the cold of winter or spend time with family and friends, Currier had a different motivation — and to end up in Portland, he had to start in Portland, Maine.
WEST FARGO — In a beautiful townhome in West Fargo, the smell of freshly baked peanut butter cookies tickles the nose and warmth radiates through the September evening chill. After the typical Midwestern niceties in the foyer, Tammy Swift leads the way up the stairs into a brightly lit kitchen and living area. Art pieces adorn the walls, looking as if they came straight out of a magazine.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Hopping on a plane and jetting off to the far corners of the country, Laura Wiedmann is taking America by storm — one room at a time. Bringing an easy experience and fresh approach to the design process for her clients through Laura Wiedmann Interior Design, she's created custom spaces unique to her clients' homes for just shy of a decade. She recently got national attention for her work for singer Jordin Sparks. But why is she being written about in the local newspaper? Well, Wiedmann herself is a local.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — I love wine. And by wine, I mean a certain uber-sweet, flavored apple drink produced in California that many will remember as their first sip of alcohol. It's cheap — like under $4 per bottle at the local liquor store. Because of its sweet, almost pop-like flavor, a bottle can be swilled down in minutes, making it a tempting choice for a broke recent college graduate like myself.