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.
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.
FARGO — In an outdoor-driven community like Fargo, residents don't hesitate to lace up their sneakers, leash their dogs and get moving. But just like their affinity for moving and grooving outdoors, Fargoans also don't hesitate to fight for a cause. September marks the beginning of the change in season for the area. School is back in session, and life returns to a semi-normal state for families. Before it gets too cold to move, several area organizations and nonprofits are making one last push for fundraising or awareness-raising events.
FARGO — Some big changes are coming to the Boy Scouts of America in the next six months, and they're starting this fall, most notably the ability for girls to join the Cub Scout program. After an Oct. 11, 2017, announcement by the Boy Scouts of America that the organization would allow girls to officially join the ranks, Fargo-Moorhead troops as well as the rest of the country will officially be welcoming girls into their packs.
MOORHEAD — With summer winding down and classes beginning, school spirit in the Fargo-Moorhead community is alive and well. With Concordia College and North Dakota State University classes starting last week, and Minnesota State University Moorhead today, local college bars are gearing up to feed thousands of hungry students. Here are three burgers that pay homage to the local universities, and no college ID is required. The Red Dragon
FARGO — "Love's not a candle; it's the freakin' sun." For author and Concordia theology professor, Jacqueline Bussie, learning to love as God does, without limits or exceptions is the key to overthrowing hate and heal hurt in today's divided world. Written during the time of the 2016 election, "Love Without Limits" is part memoir, part how-to guide on how to love others, even when it may not be the easiest.
FARGO — In an unassuming strip mall-like building at 2402 Seventh Ave. N., the River of Life Church is preparing to officially open its doors to the public on Sept. 1 — setting up in a new location for the fourth time in just two years.
MOORHEAD — The Moorhead High School graduating class of 1948 will celebrate its 70th class reunion Wednesday, Aug. 29, by gathering 9 a.m. to noon at the Moorhead Fryn' Pan restaurant, 2920 U.S. Highway 10. The class of '48 has enjoyed many reunions in Moorhead and other locations in the 70 years since graduation, including breakfasts every fifth Wednesday for over 15 years.
MOORHEAD — Standing on the grounds of Mill Ridge Farm in Lexington, Ky., Annise Montplaisir is preparing for her final few days as an intern.
MOORHEAD — After a difficult road to publication, the latest book from theologian Jacqueline Bussie will hit the shelves Monday, Aug. 20.