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 — Bill and Emily Brooks can point to an item of significance in every room of their home, including the laundry room and garage. Over the years, the couple has filled their two-story in the north section of Fargo's Rose Creek neighborhood with personal touches. During a recent walk-through, they shared the stories behind their furniture, artwork and decor.
FARGO — Michelle Killoran, CFO of Scheels, says the No. 1 self-imposed barrier for women is confidence. "So many women struggle with that," she told the audience gathered at the Avalon Events Center on Tuesday, April 26, for the latest Women Connect event, hosted by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce. Killoran joined three other women, ranging in age from 13 to 70, for a panel discussion about gender barriers moderated by Tamara Anderson of Dale Carnegie.
FARGO — My husband is notoriously forgetful. To remind him to take his lunch to work, I'll stick a Post-It on our apartment door, where I know he'll see it. But I need reminders, too. There are a few Post-Its around my desk reminding me to do this or that. Problem is, they don't stick very well and often fall down. Recently I learned of a solution. Instead of peeling a Post-It off a stack from bottom to top, peel it off from left to right. That prevents the paper from curling. A flatter Post-It sticks better, and stays long enough to serve its purpose!
FARGO — Jennifer Baumgardner says she's been a feminist "since birth." She grew up in a household where Ms. magazine was on the coffee table and words and phrases like "sexism" and "abortion rights" were spoken freely. "My parents, who had three daughters, were concerned that we have the same opportunities that sons would have. Now that seems kind of quaint, but it was a new idea at the time," the 45-year-old New Yorker says.
FARGO — When she's shopping for period-relief products, Alicia Kellebrew buys generic-brand Excedrin Migraine instead of Midol. "It's almost the same stuff, and it's cheaper," the financial counselor says.
Everyone loves the orange box. You know the one. The bright orange Sandy's Donuts box with a happy caveman on the front. ("Making people happy one donut at a time!") But it's what's inside that counts, right? Each box contains an assortment of glazed, frosted and sprinkled puffs of perfection — or dessert downfall, depending on how you look at it. See, the doughnut and I have a love-hate relationship. First, let's talk dough-love: Doughnuts are right up there with coffee and pizza on the #StuffJournalistsLike list, this journalist included.
FARGO — Kirsten Jensen, digital marketing director for Fargo-based firm Onsharp, says employees can provide better "proof" of a company's values than its leaders can. During her "Power of Being a Social Employee" presentation Tuesday, April 12, at the Fargo Holiday Inn, she shared with the audience of about 150 a tweet from her colleague Samantha Nies: "Thankful, once again, for the flexibility from #TeamOnsharp! Working from home with a sick toddler sleeping next to me. Grateful. #ONmoments."
FARGO — Kristin Miller shares "little slices" of her life on Instagram, where she uses the handle @kristinl_miller. For the 23-year-old Moorhead woman, that includes "photos with friends and family, a fun new restaurant I tried downtown, a beautiful moment captured on a hike or an occasional selfie." When she's not working as the marketing coordinator for the local YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties, she's exploring downtown Fargo's options for dining, shopping and going out on the weekends.
FARGO – If you watch WDAY TV News on the weekends, you'll recognize Amy Unrau. She's the petite blonde who anchors the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts on Saturdays and the 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts on Sundays.
MOORHEAD — Philip Lemaster's lecture on the roles of gender and age in financial decision-making was so well-attended, he had to add extra seats. It also helped grow his research...