Meredith Holt is a features/business reporter for The Forum who covers topics in health, mental health, social issues, women's issues, arts and entertainment, food and more. She also writes a column on health and wellness, body image and media representation. She was a copy editor/page designer for six years prior to joining the features team in March 2012.
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FARGO -- When she's shopping for period-relief products, Alicia Kellebrew buys generic-brand Excedrin Migraine instead of Midol. "It's almost the same stuff, and it's cheaper," the financial counselor says. She also notices a gender difference when she's working with clients on their budgets at The Village Family Service Center in Fargo. She says most female clients spend more on toiletries, cosmetics and personal-care services than their male counterparts.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Two people with Red River Valley ties, one a photographer who's about to become a grandfather and one a University of Mary student studying abroad, were among the millions of Parisians stunned by Friday night's wave of deadly attacks across France's capital city.
FARGO — Olivia Berglund has been performing since she was a child, first in church productions, then through Fargo South High School, Davies High School and Trollwood Performing Arts School, including four mainstage musicals. After years of acting, singing and dancing, she decided to take a year off while making the transition to college life at Moorhead’s Concordia College, where she’s studying communication and music. "I thought that would be a good test to see if I really love it," she says.
FARGO — Spaghetti night’s a little different for followers of the paleo diet. While Jessica Grondahl’s 4-year-old son gets to choose between spaghetti noodles and spaghetti squash, it’s always the squash for mom. The 27-year-old Fargo woman has been eating “paleo” for almost three years. The paleo diet, Google’s most-searched diet of 2013, is modeled after what our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors ate, with the idea that our bodies haven’t evolved to properly digest and use the foods we’ve created. “Our science and industrialization has outpaced our bodies’ ability to adapt,” Gr
FARGO — Though her transition from prison hasn’t been easy, Kelly Tigerstrom considers herself “one of the lucky ones.” Despite her criminal background, the 41-year-old Fargo woman was able to get a job and an apartment, after many attempts and a best friend who was willing to co-sign. “That was the only way I was able to get it,” she said. She’s working on regaining custody of her 7-year-old twin sons, who’ve been in foster care since February 2014. Tigerstrom said she wouldn’t be where she is without the support of her friend, her mother, the jail chaplains, her church family and her emp
FARGO — With a little prompting from her granddaughter, Susan Helgeland got her first tattoo at age 69. She chose a turtle. When she showed it to Mandan tribal member Cory Spotted Bear while she was in Twin Buttes for a “bridging cultures” session, he told her, “That’s the Mandan symbol for Mother Earth.” Fitting, considering Helgeland’s husband, John, says his wife acts as a mother figure to many people. “It’s just amazing to see her do her thing,” he said.
#biggestloser #tookittoofar #skeletal #anorexic. Holding my iPhone close to my face in bed Tuesday night, I watched as the shocked, frightened and concerned hashtags, tweets and posts started filling up my feeds. On Wednesday morning, I picked up my phone again and clicked on a few links to see for myself what everyone’s talking about. I, too, was shocked, frightened and concerned by “Biggest Loser” winner Rachel Frederickson’s appearance and final weigh-in. My (and other critics’) concerns about the show are nothing new.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Margot Brenna had hiccups her sophomore year of high school. The whole year. The 25-year-old Moorhead woman thought she was setting a record. Even her doctor thought she had chronic hiccups. But, “I knew it wasn’t hiccups; it didn’t feel like a hiccup to me. It just sounded like one,” she said. Turns out, Brenna’s “hiccupping” was a vocal tic, a symptom of Tourette syndrome. Part neurological and part psychological, in its most severe form, Tourette’s affects an estimated 200,000 Americans.
FARGO — Astronaut Karen Nyberg changed a tire for the first time in college. She was intimidated by it at first but gave it a try and found it was easier than she thought. Now a NASA flight engineer, the Minnesota native gained fame for her time on the International Space Station.
FARGO — Sometimes word of mouth has the power to save lives. During dinner Friday night at Santa Lucia, a group of volunteers encouraged their waiter to participate in Saturday’s “Give to Live” challenge. “He said he would come, and he did,” said Kirsten Jensen, director of digital marketing for Onsharp, which handled the social media for the event.