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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.

Forget the “Fargo”-bred stereotypes of Midwesterners as molasses-tongued yokels. A surprising new report by Preply, an online language-tutoring company, reports that Minnesotans are actually the fastest-talkers in the nation — averaging 5.34 syllables per second. Other rapid-fire speakers are North Dakotans (fifth fastest with 5.29 syllables per second) and South Dakotans (eighth fastest at 5.27 syllables per second).
Tonya Olson sees boudoir photography as an expression of personal empowerment — a way in which people from all experiences, genders, sizes and stages of life celebrate their bodies and express their stories. This all-inclusive approach seems to work. Olson has built a thriving business, Beauty Marks Boudoir Photography, where she’s booking out appointments weeks in advance for sessions in her posh studio, incongruously located in a Moorhead industrial park.
Don't despair when eyeing the high prices for this year's Thanksgiving. Instead, look back at the sacrifices our grandmas and great-grandmas made while cooking this expensive meal during wartime and the Great Depression. Tomato aspic salad, anyone?
Downtown Fargo's Blarney Stone at the Hotel Donaldson was originally expected to open by Halloween. While the remodel has gone according to plan, owners say they're still waiting for kitchen equipment and chairs for the dining room.
Josh and Kristin Mohagen started a small craft chocolate business just nine years ago, but its chocolate is now being carried by national grocery chains and it has produced an award-winning golden chocolate which Josh calls "one of the best white chocolates in the world."
A coconut-white chocolate bundt cake from a California family bakery has gone viral in the last year -- mostly because people have heard Tom Cruise sends it as a gift to everyone on his Christmas list. Columnist Tammy Swift decided to make all the right moves and bake it. Here's how it turned out.
Dakota Business Lending has launched the Entrepreneur District, a shared work space meant to promote collaboration, on the second floor of their Fargo headquarters.
Also in this week's Business Buzz, Cass-Clay Creamery makes a large donation of shelf-stable milk to the Great Plains Food Pantry and dates are set for the Chamber's Holiday Business After Hours.
Despite social media, more adults report feeling lonelier than ever. Columnist Tammy Swift unpacks her own theories as to why friendship is so challenging as we grow older.
When Laurie Kent asked husband, Allen, to cut out a silhouette of North Dakota to create office decor for her new accounting job, the couple had no idea that this simple wall hanging would mushroom into Made with Love by Laurie, a full-time family business which now sells signs all over the country.