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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If you're like me then you didn't have the "sex talk" with your parents. There was little time for that conversation. Four children within 5 years of age meant we were all going through the "You just don't understand me" phase consecutively. (Sorry, Mom.)
FARGO — Flowers, jewelry or chocolates may have been expected in the past, but this Valentine's Day more and more couples are opting for an experience together rather than purchasing traditional tokens of love. "There's a depth to non-material gifts. It's more thoughtful, it's more intentional and it's not something you can discard," says Randi Kay Olsen Heinold, a bodyworker, registered yoga teacher and self-care mentor. "It's a memory that can stay with you forever." Heinold says technology creates ongoing distractions in our modern world.
FARGO — When 35-year-old curler Amelia Young from Fargo traveled to Omaha, Nebraska, to help record stats during the 2017 Olympic curling trials last November, she didn't think it would result in a trip to Pyeongchang, South Korea. But the vibrant, regional curling community wouldn't leave any stone unturned so three curlers from the Fargo area could join them at the frozen festivities more than 5,000 miles away.
FARGO — Ask most people when camping season is, and they'll probably tell you May through early October. But to a growing community, these people are missing out on a significant, magical and character-building season to camp. "Every time I go camping during the winter I learn so much, improve skills and develop friendships," says Jon Walters, the 29-year-old founder of Nature of the North, a community organization dedicated to promoting outdoor adventures, interpersonal connection and character-building experiences.
FARGO — If you've driven down Main Avenue in Fargo during the last month, you may have seen a lone man with an American flag bandana leaning over a 3-by-3 foot block of ice. If the light happened to be red, then you may have observed the mysterious bandana-wearing man expertly shearing off chunks of ice, creating an intricate sculpture. "There's something romantic about creating this beautiful piece in ice because nothing lasts forever," says 33-year-old artist Dave Belling.
On the eve of the anniversary of the historic Women's March that spread from Washington, D.C., one can't help but assess the health of intersectional feminism. Unlike history books, when you're living in the midst of a new movement, the ugly hardships and complicated reality of the world prick holes in the once almost-righteous belief that this form of justice is inevitable.
FARGO — Technology captures, records and now changes our reality through mobile applications and devices, and in 2018, filtering, enhancing or escaping the concrete world is more and more accessible through emerging augmented, mixed and virtual reality technologies.
FARGO — Last year many pop culture stars, including Last Week's Tonight's John Oliver, used a slang term that first emerged on the internet to describe 2016: dumpster fire. Words and phrases like this are constantly being created through culture icons, fiery tweet storms and shareable social videos. In 2017, there is no shortage of new English words emerging from television, movies and our dynamic digital world. (In February alone the Merriam-Webster dictionary added more than 1,000 new words.)
FARGO – During the holidays many of us celebrate by layering our plates with savory dishes like mashed potatoes, stuffing and the ever-present dinner roll."
FARGO – Brunch – once an indulgence for Catholics after completing fasting before Sunday mass – has now morphed into a ritual, practiced religiously by both millenials and young families.