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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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.
WEST FARGO — Standing at the kitchen island in Heidi and Chad Fritz's West Fargo home, Elizabeth and Gavin Waletich take their daughter out of her carseat after a two-hour road trip from their home in Britton, S.D. "I can't believe two weeks have already gone by," Elizabeth says to Heidi. The couples fawn over the infant, born Aug. 3, who is fussing from hunger. Speaking as if they have known each other forever, they exchange pleasantries and make their way to the couch, making sure they each get a turn to snuggle the baby as they go.
FARGO — For Ethan and Breezee Hennings, opening a cidery in North Dakota was something they had hoped to do since moving back to the area in 2011. Their dream became a reality with the December 2017 opening of Wild Terra, 6 12th St. N. — making the Hennings' business the second cidery in North Dakota. Cottonwood Cider House opened near Ayr, N.D., in August 2017.
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.
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."