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Melissa Van Der Stad outside the Silver Lining Creamery in downtown Fargo.

Melissa Van Der Stad

Night reporter

I cover the politics beat – come see me at a local government meeting sometime. I'm also the night reporter on weeknights. 👻

Before joining the Forum team in 2022 I did some freelance writing. Post-college I worked first at a local nonprofit and then at an engineering firm. I graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2018 with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Hispanic Studies. I grew up in Park Rapids, MN, but spent my first decade on earth coast-hopping till my dad retired from the Coast Guard.

I currently live in Fargo. I'm passionate about community events, backpacking, gardening, and my cats. And local news, of course!

You can reach me via email at mvanderstad@forumcomm.com

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This cost-saving measure for newly constructed homes has passed with the City Council and Moorhead Area Public Schools, and is pending approval from Clay County.