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 — Building a family can be done in many ways. Friends can become family through shared time, babies can be born into families through traditional and nontraditional ways and some can be chosen through adoption and fostering. Expanding a family is not always an easy thing to do, and w hile it's certainly the most common, traditional pregnancy is not always an option. For same-sex couples, adoption, surrogacy and in vitro fertilization (IVF) are the way to go.
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.”
FARGO — The results were positive on the initiative to thank and recognize volunteer first responders in North Dakota. As of 11:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, with 378 of 424 precincts reporting, North Dakota ballot Measure 4 was passing with 64 percent of voters voting yes and 36 percent voting no.
FARGO — An initiative to thank and recognize volunteer first responders has found itself on the ballot for the fast-approaching November election.
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."
FARGO — It seems Fargo is already working toward what the people want, at least when it comes to tourism — but the industry could be bolstered if the community got a convention center, a long-discussed idea that hasn't come to fruition yet in Fargo-Moorhead.
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.
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.