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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FARGO — Apparently, Scott Stratten can sell anything. As a national sales training manager, he trained people to sell bubble wrap. "I sold AIR to people," he said Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the third annual FargoConnect, a daylong marketing and technology communications conference hosted by Flint Group. Stratten, president of UnMarketing, entertained the full house of 500 with humor, stories and business advice gleaned from his many years of experience.
MOORHEAD — Grady Carlson was among the lucky few to get a sneak peek at the Vikings' new stadium, which hosts its first preseason NFL home game this weekend. "It's awe-inspiring," he said of the $1 billion facility. "It's way beyond my comprehension how to even begin building something like that. They left nothing out." The Moorhead artist's ticket in? Three original paintings.
FARGO — I love ice cream. Love love love. Who doesn't? Seriously, though. Some of my fondest memories involve ice cream. As kids visiting our grandparents in Cape Cod, Mass., my sister and I would whine and beg to go to The Ice Cream Smuggler (then called just Smuggler's). It's even been featured on the Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." My dad's also been making homemade ice cream for decades (coffee and raspberry are his specialties). The sound of the machine churning on my parents' deck makes my mouth water. Sadly, I know that not everyone can partake.
MOORHEAD — Before entering her junior year at Moorhead High School, Bridget McManamon was given a unique opportunity. The 16-year-old was one of 50 young women from the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada selected to attend this summer's ANNpower Vital Voices Leadership Forum — four days of leadership training and mentorship from top women leaders to help them develop projects that address challenging societal issues.
FARGO — When new customers see the signage for Bully Brew Coffee, owner Sandi Luck says they often wonder aloud, "Are those real dogs?" Yep, they're real. The bulldogs pictured on Bully Brew's marketing material, decor and menus are Elvis and Izzie, who belong to Luck and her husband, Shane, of Grand Forks. "They're, ultimately, the mascots," Luck says.
FARGO — Barb Grovum has lived in north Fargo her whole life — in the same house, even. So when she had the opportunity to open a clothing business in her part of town, she went for it. Grovum, whose background is in retail and customer service, had always wanted to own her own business. She sells Avon, Fuller Brush and Pink Zebra products, and she sold clothing at Moorhead Center Mall's monthly vendor shows, but she wanted her own space. The space she bought, at 1133 19th Ave. N., which previously housed the Democratic Party, is just two minutes from her home.
Growing up, makeup was not a big deal. My mom's been wearing the same coral shade of Revlon lipstick for decades, and my sister's idea of "makeup" is Chapstick. It wasn't until my girlfriends started wearing makeup and I started reading YM and Seventeen that I became interested in it. Then obsessed. During my teens and 20s, I wore makeup almost every day. When I occasionally skipped it, I got comments from well-meaning co-workers like, "Hey, you like tired. Are you OK?" Without my signature smoky eye, I looked like a hamster that'd just emerged from its fluffy bedding. "Yeah, I'm fine, that's just my face."
FARGO — After raising more than $1 million over the past 11 years, local fundraisers Bras on Broadway and its companion Bros on Broadway are coming to an end, Hotel Donaldson owner Karen Stoker and her team announced in an email sent to supporters on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 4.
FARGO — Chelsea Kerbaugh, a teacher who grew up in a tiny North Dakota town with a population of 20, is moving to a city with a population of 8 million. She couldn't be happier. Just two months after returning from Vietnam, where she taught English at Le Hong Phong Gìfted High School in Nam Dinh City on a Fulbright scholarship, the 24-year-old woman from Prosper, N.D., will start a job teaching music at the Singapore International School in Hanoi.
FARGO — Jessica Thomasson is all too familiar with the concept of "courage under fire," which she spoke about at the Tuesday, July 26, Women Connect event at the Avalon Events Center here. As head of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, she's faced criticism from community members of her organization's involvement in immigration and refugee resettlement in the Fargo-Moorhead area.