Meredith Holt is a features/business reporter for The Forum who covers topics in health, mental health, social issues, women's issues, arts and entertainment, food and more. She also writes a column on health and wellness, body image and media representation. She was a copy editor/page designer for six years prior to joining the features team in March 2012.
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MOORHEAD — Six candidates for three Minnesota House and Senate seats shared their views on long-term flood protection, the state Legislature's role in economic development in the area, their willingness to work across party lines and more at a candidate forum Thursday, Oct. 25, hosted by the Moorhead Business Association. House District 4A incumbent Ben Lien, DFL-Moorhead, and his challenger, Jordan Idso, R-Moorhead, both support the Fargo-Moorhead diversion project.
WEST FARGO — This weekend, 78 lucky people will see another side of Bonanzaville — a darker side. On Friday and Saturday nights, the Cass County Historical Society is hosting its first round of ghost tours at the historic site. The first night filled up shortly after the Facebook event went up, and there was so much interest, organizers added a second night, which was immediately filled from a waiting list.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — On a balmy night this summer, Corbin Kruckeberg found himself lying in a thistle field here, broken and bruised, in pain he later described as a "20" on a scale from 1 to 10. He could hear his friend and his friend's mom calling for him, but he couldn't answer or move.
FARGO — I love Halloween, but I don't do scary. Well, I like psychological thrillers, classic horror and monster movies if I'm into the story enough to counteract the fear factor. I can handle violence, but not gratuitous or gross-out violence. I've never seen any of the "Halloween" or "Friday the 13th" movies, and I don't plan to. You couldn't pay me to sit through a single "Saw" movie. At least not with my eyes open. But that doesn't mean I can't get in on the fun.
MOORHEAD — Six of the 10 candidates for city council gathered at the library here on Thursday night, Oct. 13, to share their goals for the city and their views on flood protection, the impact of construction on business, the importance of the arts and more. Most of the candidates support the Fargo-Moorhead diversion project. Jim Steen, one of the five people running for the 1st Ward seat being vacated by Nancy Otto, said permanent flood protection is a need, not a want.
WEST FARGO — When Tom McDougall walked into the room to offer Adam Martin a sales job at High Point Networks here, he was carrying two folders — one thick, one thin. He said to Martin, "I'll let you guess which one's your background check." Along with his team, McDougall, president and CEO of the tech solutions company, made the life-changing decision to look past Martin's felony record, get to know him for who he is now and give him a chance at a better future.
FARGO — When you walk into the Natural Pet Center off of 13th Avenue South here, the changes that have been made are immediately apparent. The pet food and supplies store almost doubled in size when it acquired the Promenade Mall space formerly occupied by Satellite Solutions, which moved to South University Drive.
Jennifer Baumgardner's return to her hometown couldn't be timelier. The Fargo native, an author, speaker and the publisher of The Feminist Press, plans to present her 2013 documentary, "It Was Rape," with a talkback on Thursday, Oct. 6, at Concordia College in Moorhead. Her visit comes just a week after former concert promoter Chris Hennen pleaded guilty to charges of sexual assault and disorderly conduct in connection with two separate incidents in which women said they awoke to him touching them.
FARGO — There doesn't seem to be much middle ground with the pumpkin spice latte. But, love it or hate it, it's here for the season. Much to the chagrin of its haters, it started popping up on coffee shop menus nearly a month before the official first day of fall.
FARGO — After a wedding, most of the bouquets and floral arrangements are tossed in the trash. But Kelly Krenzel has found a way to extend their life so they give more people joy. This summer, the 34-year-old Fargo woman started a volunteer project called Hope Blooms, which repurposes donated event flowers into individual bouquets to be given to people to help brighten their days.