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 — 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.”
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.
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.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—Summer is in full swing, and that means beverages will be flowing. Whether the weather brings you to the lake or the backyard, there is a drink for every occasion. To some, the warm weather signals beer season. Others may like to live their lives a little harder—complete with those red plastic cups and a slice of lime, lemon, orange or whatever citrus their heart desires.
MOORHEAD — Watermelon juice drips down sticky fingers and parents wrangle their children out of the streets as shower mists of mosquito spray coat every inch of exposed skin. Blankets are spread out as dusk begins to creep over the fields, streets and lakes. Pop. Boom. Crackle, crackle. Whisssstle. Hisssss. The pinnacle moment of the holiday celebration is almost here. Nothing screams summer like the sights and sounds of our nation's birthday celebration on Wednesday, July 4.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — It's a popular time of year for kids to be home alone, but how long can Minnesota children be unattended? The state's laws largely leave it up to parents to decide, though there are some guidelines that can help. Parental concerns about safety might trump the desire of kids and teens to stay home by themselves. But with the costs of child care skyrocketing, allowing Jimmy or Jenny to be alone can sometimes make the most economical sense.
FARGO — For thousands of years, people have collected things — baseball cards, watches, stamps, coins and pretty much anything one can imagine. But what happens when a hobby becomes an addiction, one that has the potential to threaten your life? This hobby is so unique that group members in the lifestyle even have their own name: "sneakerhead."