April Knutson is lifestyle-focused journalist producing stories for the Forum News Service about people, health, community issues, and services. She earned her degree in both English Literature and Mass Communications. After working as a digital marketing specialist and web design consultant for a few years, she joined Forum Communications in 2015. She grew up on a farm near Volga, S.D. Follow her on Twitter @april_knutson.
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In 2018, farmers markets in the Red River Valley have grown to include more locations, entertainment and produce. Consider visiting one of the six area markets this summer.
FARGO — Once a person reaches a certain age, homemade macaroni Mother's Day cards fade and traditions of sharing quality time take shape. We start to siphon what wisdom we should have followed in youth to forge new traditions of family meals or springtime activities like gardening or landscaping. Locals highlight some of these traditions and share how they will be celebrating their mom before creating their own motherhood experiences. Megan Hineman, a 29-year-old due to have a baby girl this month, says the day holds a special significance.
FARGO — When you were a kid, all it took was begging your mom for permission to jump on your bike to claim the open road forever with your friends ... at least until dinner. But as you age, your biking expertise becomes riddled with potholes. What do you wear? Where should you ride? What do you need to know to be safe? Fear not — avid cyclists offer their tested tips and techniques to fill any information gaps.
MOORHEAD — In the Midwest, our lives can often revolve around the growing season, even within the city's limits. Urban dwellers watch for grocery store sales, roadside corn stands and double-check their sprinkler system for the greener grass to come. But this summer, area organizations and businesses are inviting locals to develop a deeper connection with food through community gardening projects and events.
FARGO — Despite spring's late arrival, many have taken the 30 Days of the Biking (30DOB) pledge, a challenge to discover the joy of commuting by bike to any destination, during any kind of weather. Markus Cramton, a 35-year-old cyclist in Fargo, has been participating in 30DOB for more than five years after learning about it from his brother in Ramsey, Minn.
FARGO — I always thought I understood how to conserve resources, being mindful of how much my daily existence weighed on Mother Earth. What I learned while tracking my garbage output is that I have so much to still learn about sustainable living — and that we all throw out much more than we think. Inspired by zero-waste activist Lauren Singer, a New York-based blogger, I set a goal to track the amount of garbage I threw away during the month of April. What followed was a lesson on how easy it is to place living a sustainable life at the bottom of the priority list.
"No." Full stop. (My first draft of this column included "I'm sorry but no..." A couple of fingernails became shorter and sharper before my ring finger found the delete key.) "No" needs no explanation. But we all struggle with it. "No" is gender blind, and yet the anxiety it generates is gender fluid. As highly social creatures, our subconscious betrays us, constantly looking for verbal and nonverbal clues of acceptance.
FARGO — While Easter or Spring Break may be a signal for many that it's time for renewal, area pagans and Wiccans recognize spring through ancient festivals during the spring equinox, sometimes called Ostara, and Beltane, the first day of May.
FARGO — This year's Spring Parade of Homes focuses on the homebuyers' stage of life — and how it affects their home's size and design. The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead's Spring Parade of Homes features 93 newly constructed homes by 50 local builders, including options for those age 55 and older, first-time buyers, families looking to expand and those wanting to downsize.
FARGO — "You throw like a girl." "You sound like a man." "You're the man." "You go, girl!" Gendered phrases like these are traded regularly, but the hidden judgements about them often go unnoticed or unexamined. "I think the anxiety of ourselves being judged by our gender never goes away," says 31-year-old transgender woman Rebel Marie, describing the high levels of anxiety she felt during the early years of her transition. "But I never could hide. I tried so hard to bury this."