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Tammy Swift

Tammy has been a storyteller most of her life. Before she learned the alphabet, she told stories by drawing pictures and then dictated the narrative to her ever-patient mother. A graduate of North Dakota State University, she has worked as a Dickinson, N.D., bureau reporter, a Bismarck Tribune feature writer/columnist, a Forum feature reporter, columnist and editor, a writer in NDSU's Publications Services, a marketing/social media specialist, an education associate in public broadcasting and a communications specialist at a nonprofit.
She has returned to The Forum exactly four times throughout her (mumble, mumble)-year career. This time around, she is a business writer. She also continues the award-winning column first introduced to Red River Valley readers when she was a Forum intern in 1986.

She is especially interested in stories of people who rise up after overcoming adversity, anything that is weird or unusual, small businesses in rural areas and cottage industry. She loves reading, dogs, watching movies, board games, drawing, coffee and searching for the world's best chocolate chip cookie (not necessarily in that order).

She can be reached at tswift@forumcomm.com.

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