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FARGO — Heyyyy folks! After a week hiatus, I am back. Why the hiatus? Well, baby brother Goose played golf at the Minnesota state tournament and family is more important to me than work sometimes — sorry, everyone! The news train waits for nobody. Not even the second runner-up for new journalist of the year in the Minnesota Newspaper Association contest.
FARGO — Hello everyone! Today's Friday 5 is brought to you by the giant "I told you so" that I have been hearing over and over in my head since early Monday morning. (It has taken the tone of my Nana Peggy's voice, which concerns me a little, but that's a topic for another day.) With beautiful weather comes long days spent on the lake with nothing but a swimsuit to guard your pasty, white, winter skin against the harmful rays of the increasingly strong sun Whoa. That sounds oddly specific. Wanna know why?
This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of my disastrous high school graduation party. Thinking back now, that one night really set the tone for my life after high school. (Which is sad, because straight-line winds caused my basement to flood and things kind of went to heck the whole night.) Things going to heck over the course of the past four years just means I have learned a thing or two.
HEY there! Welcome back! But don't get too comfortable, because we won't be here long — if the past five years have taught me anything, moving is inevitable. Yes, I have a difficult time staying in one place for too long. I'm the crazy one who has moved five times since I graduated high school. That means I have held five addresses since August 2014. Five moves, five years. Holy snot. BUT NOT FOR LONG, ladies and gents!
MOORHEAD — Do you have an accent? No? Well, actually, yes you do. And guess what — apparently it's not as sexy as you think. In a Big 7 Travel report released this week, our precious Minnesotan accent was ranked 48th out of 50 for sexiest accent in America. Ope. Big 7 Travel says in their report that more than 1 million people helped determine their rankings, making it even more crushing that we were ranked so low.
FARGO — Many birth mothers struggle with the idea of allowing other families to care for and raise their children. Making the choice can be emotionally stressful as a mother deals with sorrow, pain, regret, guilt and any other feelings that come with giving a piece of herself away.
MOORHEAD — Bringing a new life into the world is as terrifying as it is exciting.
FARGO — Growing up in an extremely Lutheran household, there are two events that gather everyone together: Christmas and Easter. While it may not seem like it given the recent weather, Christmas is long over. Easter is here, and so is spring. Not only is Easter reserved for all of the church activities (Jesus rising from the dead and all that good stuff), it's also a time where my family gathers and spends the afternoon laughing, talking and enjoying each other's company. It's also about food. And if you take a look at me, one thing is for certain: I. LOVE. FOOD.
What's that I hear? The sounds of birds chirping and squirrels playing in the trees? The squelchy crunch of melting pebbles of semi-frozen snowy ice beneath sparkling new puddle boots means warmer weather is well on its way. Because we have been stuck in perpetual cold and darkness for what feels like the past three lifetimes (OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration — it's really only been two lifetimes), the melting and dripping of springtime is more than welcomed in the tundra we live in.
HIBBING, Minn. — Throughout middle school and high school, and even into college, English and creative writing teachers often two rules: KISS ("Keep It Simple, Stupid") and write what you know. When it comes to writing a book, script, poem or play, writing what you know can mean the difference between a flop and a huge success. When authors write their feelings and emotions get captured within the words and pages as the story unfolds and the characters are revealed.