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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

One of the challenges of hailing from a family of four girls is the competitiveness. For instance, one of our great fears is being "the fat one" at family reunions. Is this barbaric, superficial, and destructive? Yes, yes and yes. But keep in mind you are talking to women who grew up in an era where beauty trumped comfort or safety.
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When Teresa Gulleson and Melissa Oberlander were looking for a rural Cass County property to run into a wedding venue, Oberlander's dad kept asking them why they didn't simply use her grandparents' farm. After the friends and aspiring business partners finally relented and toured the family farm, they realized the perfect spot had been right in front of them all along.
When a visitor dropped by the new West Fargo store, recently, that world had really gone to the dogs. A tiny Yorkie in a sweater sniffed every treat at ankle level. A Shih Tzu named Oliver eagerly stood on his back legs to beg for a yummy-smelling biscuit. "Dogs are always welcome," says co-owner Megan Pechin Bergseth. "That's why we have treats in our pockets."
Nichole Jackson-Lind’s refrigerated, oven- or microwave-ready foods range from a bacon-cheeseburger tater-tot hotdish to a cream-cheese laced chicken marinara. And while these dishes offer plenty of protein and gooey cheese, none contain more than 20 grams of carbohydrates.
Homeward Animal Shelter is so full that offices and unused hallways have been converted into temporary kennel space for dogs and cats.
For years, columnist Tammy Swift had viewed herself as the innocent and golden-haired mascot of the Family Swift. That is, until she discovered an old letter that suggested otherwise ...
What do you do when your daughter outgrows her dance-recital outfit or your living room drapes no longer match your new color scheme? Enter Elendu Textiles, LLC, which specializes in buying old, unwanted or overstocked textiles and giving them a second life.
When trying to order eyeglasses online, Forum columnist Tammy Swift found she had no idea what technical terms like "prism," or "axis" meant. Weren't they Canadian rock bands from the early '80s?
The reasons prompting US workers to quit range from the practical -- a need for a flexible schedule and a livable wage -- to more intangible needs, such as the desire to feel valued.
“Help wanted” signs are everywhere. Job specialists say people won’t take a job unless it pays at least $15 an hour. Since April, workers have been voluntarily leaving their jobs at a rate of 4 million people — that’s more people than the populations of the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metro area — per month. What's behind this Great Resignation, and can this workforce be saved?