Emma Vatnsdal is a Features writer, focused on telling stories about people, places and all the interesting things that come along with it. She earned her degree in multimedia journalism from Minnesota State University Moorhead and joined the Forum Communications team in 2018. She grew up in the far north town of Roseau, Minn. and has a thick Minnesotan-Canadian accent. Follow her on Twitter @emmajeaniewenie.
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Wintry weather and snow has given way to warm(er) days and sunshine. While this may sound amazing to the folks who have been stuck indoors under blankets and layers of clothing for the past six months, there's an unlucky group of people who dread this time of year: spring allergy sufferers.
FARGO — It happens every year: The warm days of summer and fall end and a crispness makes its way into the air. Winter is here. At the local grocery store, you might spot a familiar yellow book with big red letters, "Winter weather forecast," sparking your curiosity. Legend has it in 1815, The Old Farmer’s Almanac's founding editor, Robert B. Thomas, was interrupted by a boy wondering what to include for the weather forecast for July 1816. A distracted Thomas answered, and the entry for July 1816 was supposedly “rain, sleet and snow.”
NEW YORK CITY — Jazz, pop, reggae, classical, rock. Music is everywhere: on the radio, on your phone — even in the headphones of a co-worker who, judging by the volume they set their jams on, you’d think must be hard of hearing by now. Music brings inspiration to people of every walk of life. But what about when music becomes a passion, and turns into a way of life?
MOORHEAD — Watermelon juice drips down sticky fingers and parents wrangle their children out of the streets as shower mists of mosquito spray coat every inch of exposed skin. Blankets are spread out as dusk begins to creep over the fields, streets and lakes. Pop. Boom. Crackle, crackle. Whisssstle. Hisssss. The pinnacle moment of the holiday celebration is almost here. Nothing screams summer like the sights and sounds of our nation's birthday celebration on Wednesday, July 4.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — It's a popular time of year for kids to be home alone, but how long can Minnesota children be unattended? The state's laws largely leave it up to parents to decide, though there are some guidelines that can help. Parental concerns about safety might trump the desire of kids and teens to stay home by themselves. But with the costs of child care skyrocketing, allowing Jimmy or Jenny to be alone can sometimes make the most economical sense.