Matthew Von Pinnon
Von Pinnon is editor of The Forum.
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It's October, and change is in the air. Changes are also coming to The Forum, starting with today's paper. Perhaps most noticeable is a daily section called SheSays, a local large-size magazine built daily for women by women. We've assembled an all-star cast of staff writers and area contributors to create an informative and entertaining look at the issues and subjects most important to today's woman, whether that involves her workplace, her home, or her relationships. This will not be a "women's section" of old, and it will not be "soft" news.
You're looking at him: the last person on Earth to not have a tattoo. I used to think I might just be in rare company, that there must be a few people without ink, as they say. Nope. I recently became convinced I was the last one. I was at a water park in Aberdeen, S.D., when it hit me. Everyone there had a tattoo: moms, dads, teens, grandmas, grandpas, toddlers and even a few infants. They must be doing that now, right after cutting the umbilical cord. Doctor: "Congratulations, Mom! It's a girl." Mom: "A girl? Oh, honey, we have our little girl." Dad: "Little Madeline.
Meet the six new members of The Forum's Readers Board. They join six returning members whose terms expire in December. Members stay on for a year, but terms are staggered by a half-year. The paper's community sounding board chooses its own successors. We want to thank the members whose terms expired in June: Brenda Hagel, Andy Kalbus, Michelle Malott, David Nerud, Benjamin Sung and Paul Tefft. New members include: Melissa Vosen Callens, 29, of Fargo is a teacher and academic adviser at North Dakota State University.
You don't have to be an ink-in-the-veins newspaper journalist to be enthralled by the scandalous saga surrounding London tabloid News of the World, parent company News Corp., and giant media mogul Rupert Murdoch. In fact, if Murdoch hadn't recently shut down England's most popular Sunday newspaper in hopes that doing so might save his vast empire, it would be selling more copies than ever these days. After all, Britons love a good scandal.
Every year at The Forum, we welcome several paid summer interns. While the interns always learn a lot during their stay, and do exactly the same kind of work that our professionals do, we benefit from them as well. Today's youth, and what they're interested in, helps us see fresh perspectives.
Growing up a block from Moorhead State's Alex Nemzek Field, I've always loved Independence Day. Every year at dusk on the Fourth of July, thousands of people descend on my old stomping grounds for the annual fireworks display. I try to make it there each year, and, when I do, I park in my dad's driveway. While most of the people who arrive there that night come for the big fireworks, I come for other reasons, many of which bring me back to fond childhood memories of growing up in south-central Moorhead. The best part of the city's annual Independence Day celebration is in its chaos. Parki
If you are one of the relatively few people who listen to KFGO's "News and Views" with Joel Heitkamp these days, you might not have heard that North Dakota's fourth-largest city is enduring a flood of historic proportions. Instead, Heitkamp has spent considerable air time the past 10 days trying to get listeners fired up about what he thinks is a much bigger story for the people of our area to know: The wife of Forum Communications Co.
Last Wednesday and Thursday, while floodwaters caused problems along the Missouri and Souris rivers in North Dakota, a first-of-its-kind gathering of public agency officials and volunteers met in Fargo to determine how to better protect people and property from routine flooding in the Red River Valley and Devils Lake region. Called the Integrated Warning Team Workshop, its mission was to examine how flood information put out by these various agencies is actually used by the public and to try to form a team that can speak with a unified voice to better help the public understand the issues tha
Mother's Day will always mean something more for me. Last year, after spending the entire day with her children, grandchildren and husband, my mom had an unexpected heart attack and died. She was 70. I got the call from Dad late that night. I could hear the uncertainty in his voice. An ambulance had taken her to the hospital. I came quickly, but not quickly enough to say goodbye.
Every time it seems this saga over UND's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo might conclude, another twist in the script keeps us turning the page - or shutting the book in disgust. Both sides are firmly dug in. That was made clear this past week when the NCAA said it was not budging on the nickname issue even though North Dakota has written retention of the name and logo into state law. But there is a solution that doesn't get talked about much - a decision bound to leave both the NCAA and North Dakota feeling unfulfilled yet dignified. The best compromises do that. It's so simple.