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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We need to talk about Zach Miko. You might know him as the burly New Yorker who first drew attention in October as Target's first (and only) plus-size male model. You can still spot him on the retailer's website casually modeling hoodies, tees and jeans for Mossimo Supply Co.'s Big & Tall collection. He recently made headlines again when the IMG modeling agency announced that he would be the first model signed to its new "Brawn" division for plus-size men.
FARGO — I'll admit it: I like "kid food." Juice boxes, Goldfish Crackers, Kraft Mac & Cheese, hot dogs with ketchup ... I like it all. I've even been known to bring Lunchables to work for lunch, so I was excited to see Hillshire Snacking's Small Plates — basically "adult Lunchables" — in the deli meat section at Target. Like Lunchables, Small Plates are comprised of meat, cheese and crackers in similar packaging.
FARGO – In preparation for her seventh marathon this spring, Brooke Kupcho was shopping for a new pair of running shoes. When she told her students about the shoes, which cost over $100, they said, "You would spend that much money on shoes?"
FARGO — I wake up a lot during the night, and when I do, if I feel even the slightest hunger pang, I head to the kitchen for a snack. My self-control is much weaker when I'm half asleep.
FARGO — The stories of a boxer, a lifeguard and a housewife are coming to the Fargo Theatre. On Thursday, March 31, the Junior League of Fargo Moorhead, a nonprofit organization of female volunteers, will introduce these women and more on screen at its fourth annual Lunafest, a traveling film festival of short films by, for and about women. "It's really fun," says Junior League member Amanda Biles. "I think people don't really know what it's about, but once they attend, they love it and keep coming back."
FARGO – When Jodi Duncan joined the workforce, aggressive women were called the B-word. Now it's "mean girl," but she says that label is just as negative and damaging. Duncan, president of Flint Communications, addressed the topic of what it means to be a mean girl in her presentation "How to Embrace Being Dubbed a Mean Girl" for the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce's recent March Women Connect session at the Avalon Events Center.
Local tattoo artists Tanna Hill and Steph Marshall are opening a new tattoo shop downtown called The Bee's Nest Tattoo and Art Studio.
FARGO – Through trial and error (and with a little professional advice), Doug Berdie and his wife, Elaine Hauff, created a recipe for a "Damn Near Perfect" Sazerac, a classic New Orleans cocktail made with whiskey, bitters and simple syrup.
FARGO — Emily Brooks of Taea Made recalls an order she took for a group of bunco-playing friends. The Fargo-based crafter embroidered a quote onto a dish towel for each: "You will always be my friend 'cause you know too much." "I thought that was so cute," she says. "I love those special little sayings that bring a smile to people's faces or give them a giggle when they read them."
FARGO – Since switching from contacts to glasses a year ago, I’ve become more interested in collecting funky frames. I figure if I have to wear glasses full time, I might as well have fun with them!