Meredith Holt is a features/business reporter for The Forum who covers topics in health, mental health, social issues, women's issues, arts and entertainment, food and more. She also writes a column on health and wellness, body image and media representation. She was a copy editor/page designer for six years prior to joining the features team in March 2012.
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This weekend, 78 lucky people will see another side of Bonanzaville — a darker side. On Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday night, the Cass County Historical Society is hosting its first round of ghost tours at the historic site. The first night filled up shortly after the Facebook event went up, and there was so much interest, organizers added a second night, which was immediately filled from a waiting list.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — On a balmy night this summer, Corbin Kruckeberg found himself lying in a thistle field here, broken and bruised, in pain he later described as a "20" on a scale from 1 to 10. He could hear his friend and his friend's mom calling for him, but he couldn't answer or move.
FARGO — After a wedding, most of the bouquets and floral arrangements are tossed in the trash. But Kelly Krenzel has found a way to extend their life so they give more people joy. This summer, the 34-year-old Fargo woman started a volunteer project called Hope Blooms, which repurposes donated event flowers into individual bouquets to be given to people to help brighten their days.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Grady Carlson was among the lucky few to get a sneak peek at the Vikings' new stadium, which hosts its first preseason NFL home game this weekend. "It's awe-inspiring," he said of the $1 billion facility. "It's way beyond my comprehension how to even begin building something like that. They left nothing out."
FARGO — When new customers see the signage for Bully Brew Coffee, owner Sandi Luck says they often wonder aloud, "Are those real dogs?" Yep, they're real. The bulldogs pictured on Bully Brew's marketing material, decor and menus are Elvis and Izzie, who belong to Luck and her husband, Shane, of Grand Forks. "They're, ultimately, the mascots," Luck says.
FARGO — After raising more than $1 million over the past 11 years, local fundraisers Bras on Broadway and its companion Bros on Broadway are coming to an end, Hotel Donaldson owner Karen Stoker and her team announced in an email sent to supporters on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 4.
FARGO — Ziva is ready to work. She eagerly lifts her front right paw to allow her handler, Nate Dutt, to slip on her harness. Once she receives her orders, she's off, her attached bell ringing wildly. The little Belgian Malinois zigzags through a designated area of Island Park downtown, lying down next to each item she finds, proudly awaiting her reward.
Partway through his cooking career, Native American chef Sean Sherman realized that besides powwows and frybread, Native American cooking wasn’t well represented in the culinary world. “I could see there was so much more to it, especially knowing the landscapes and the plants,” the 42-year-old Minneapolis man says. “It really set me off on a journey to learn as much about it as I could.”
FARGO — Jennifer Baumgardner says she's been a feminist "since birth." She grew up in a household where Ms. magazine was on the coffee table and words and phrases like "sexism" and "abortion rights" were spoken freely. "My parents, who had three daughters, were concerned that we have the same opportunities that sons would have. Now that seems kind of quaint, but it was a new idea at the time," the 45-year-old New Yorker says.
FARGO — When she's shopping for period-relief products, Alicia Kellebrew buys generic-brand Excedrin Migraine instead of Midol. "It's almost the same stuff, and it's cheaper," the financial counselor says. She also notices a gender difference when she's working with clients on their budgets at The Village Family Service Center in Fargo. She says most female clients spend more on toiletries, cosmetics and personal-care services than their male counterparts.