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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.

The Swift family thought they'd found the perfect solution to their annual gift-exchange with their new, high-tech "Secret Santa" app, until something went awry. Would Horatio wind up receiving Karen’s set of buttery-soft brunch scrunchies and “Cat Mom” T-shirt? Would Karen enjoy her extra-large Rush T-shirt and toilet nightlight?
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).
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?
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.
As is often the case when presented with metaphysical practices, Columnist Tammy Swift found her naturally gullible nature clashing with her reporter’s skeptic as Psychic Cindy John examined the lines and hatch marks on her palms, laid out tarot cards in a complex pattern and spoke of energy and auras.
When all-around achiever Max Schmidt-Olson isn't playing sports, singing in honor choir, helping out at home or going to school, he grows and sells pumpkins, ranging from tangerine-sized decorative squash to a whopper that’s almost as big as Max is — a 100-pound Big Moon-variety squash.
Columnist Tammy Swift offers to aid the new 73-year-old king by offering "first day of work" advice, such as suggestions to institute casual Friday at Buckingham Palace.
How would I cope without sugar, my constant companion when feeling sad, mad, tired or lonely? When life was too much, what would I do without Betty Crocker, my good friends at the Reese’s factory and Ben and Jerry? Was I supposed to just sit there, gnaw through celery sticks and FEEL things?
With the nuptials of North Dakota's most popular couple, Josh Duhamel and Audra Mari, in sight, we think they deserve a mashup name in the spirit of Hollywood couples like Bennifer and Jayoncé. Duhamari, anyone?
What if every kitchen in America could have an elderly grandmother — a woman who could tell if pie crust was homemade at 75 paces — who popped up virtually in their kitchen to offer sage kitchen wisdom? Now, thanks to this genius idea, they can.