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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).

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"Think of us as your general contractor to your next step," say Therese Johnson and Erin Soderstrom, Fargo Realtors and co-owners of AbiRiver Consulting. They don't just sell your home, but will take care of all the packing, organizing and moving steps in between.
After Robert Otterson read a national article on the death of the summer job several years ago, he knew one thing. He was going to raise sons who knew how to work. So it made sense for Ottersons' two sons, Chase and Dillon, to join forces with his friend Dustin Roberge's same-age sons, Taylor and Chase, when the older boys got to middle school. Since then, their 4Bs Lawn Service has become a growing mowing business.
Check out what caught the attention of the business team this week.
Gretchen McNeal's cat-fancying started early. As soon as she could hold a pencil, she started to draw scribbles — which soon morphed into the whiskers, ears and faces of felines. So when her parents, Christina and Scott, decided to launch an ice cream-truck business this year, they looked no further than their own resident artist for a logo designer.
A weather phenomenon known as a derecho unleashed damaging wind storms across the region last week. Not only is this massive wind storm relatively rare, but it is unusual for it to form so early in the season.
Saturday's rally outside Fargo City Hall was part of both state and national 'Bans Off Our Bodies' demonstrations.
Growing up, the household of Tammy Swift's bestie seemed like nirvana. It was a spotless rambler — the height of 1970s’ cool, in her book — with a mom who dressed fashionably and kept their freezer stocked at all times with at least five different homemade cookies. But as time passed, she learned all moms contribute in their own way.
Meow-coccino, anyone? How about a cat-puccino? Expect the cat puns to flow like coffee at a proposed new Fargo business, which would provide a place where cat fanciers can enjoy a good cup of java while watching kitties nap and romp in an adjoining cat lounge, or can even enter the cat lounge themselves to meet and play with adoptable cats.
Columnist Tammy Swift isn't too proud to admit that when she makes a cake for Mother’s Day, it will be lovingly baked with the Pillsbury Doughboy nodding approvingly over her shoulder. She knows her mom, who always appreciates cooking hacks, will approve of this "shortcut" Tres Leches Cake, an ultra-moist, not-too-sweet cake soaked in three types of milk.
Check out what the business team is following this week