April Knutson is lifestyle-focused journalist producing stories for the Forum News Service about people, health, community issues, and services. She earned her degree in both English Literature and Mass Communications. After working as a digital marketing specialist and web design consultant for a few years, she joined Forum Communications in 2015. She grew up on a farm near Volga, S.D. Follow her on Twitter @april_knutson.
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FARGO — For new moms, public spaces don't always provide safe and secure breastfeeding or pumping areas. Most learn to improvise with visits to family restrooms or their car so they can privately care for their babies. This fall, the North Dakota Breastfeeding Coalition (NDBC) partnered with businesses to install private lactation suites to support moms in their breastfeeding goals.
FARGO — While some may be looking for an identity to steal, according to area fraud officers, other holiday shoppers are looking for the best deal. Before the holidays hit — and you start zipping around town or surfing the internet — you might want to evaluate if your personal information is at risk and decide how to protect yourself.
"Me too." But men too, us too, you too — not to be confused with Bono's U2, but also including them too. All of us have experienced a hollow but thick fog of disillusionment, similar to the fall chill in any northern climate. Regrettably, this fog of collective discontent stems from both jarring revelations about sexual abuse or indecipherable, destructive events. Atrocities come in many different forms.
FARGO — Fear not, Chip and Joanna Gaines fans. Even though the fifth season of "Fixer Upper" will be the last, locals can still find their repurposed farmhouse chic fix through local couple Audra and Matthew Mehl. Like other fixer-upper couples in the region, Audra and Matthew Mehl discovered their shared love of repurposing through happenstance when they had to renovate a house Matthew had formerly used as a rental property from 2012 to 2016. "We decided to stage and sell this house, and we wanted to make as much money as possible," Audra says.
During my 31-day No Drive Challenge, I discovered distance is both a relative and concrete term we use to create our cities and daily schedules. To discover how to live car-less, I researched alternative routes of transportation through public transit, area bike paths, ride shares and walkable routes. (Read the steps I took to live car-less at aprilknutson.areavoices.com.) Living car-less is not carefree. It does, however, add unexpected contributions and challenges to a daily schedule.
FARGO — Eating organic, vegan or gluten-free can help people become healthier, but their waistline may not be the only thing that's shrinking. According to a 2015 Consumer Report, organic food was 47 percent more expensive than food by conventional means, on average. The accessibility of these dietary options are increasing in the Fargo-Moorhead area, but the affordability can still be an issue.
Thanks Mom and Dad. Recent genetic studies suggest the early-riser or "don't talk to me before noon" mentality is heredity, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information and U.S. National Library of Medicine. Brain-specific markers called "human clock genes" affect when a person is awake and asleep through intricate, well-timed body functions that signal time for rest or work.
Saturdays in July are sacred rituals when you live in the Midwest. We pack our bags with snacks, low-calorie drinks, towels, SPF, various forms of yard games and travel to our favorite lakes and rivers. Then we painstakingly search for the perfect water sport. "Pretty much the month of July is our most steady month for water sports," says Luke Torgerson, assistant store leader at Scheels. "I think you see a lot of people going on vacation or spending time at their cabin. July is the warmest month so everyone wants to get to the water."
Auctions, estate, garage, rummage or yard sales — whatever the nomenclature — during the summer months many choose to unload excess items through these types of transactions. In the U.S. as many as 165,000 garage sales occur per week, according to statisticbrain.com. Although some see the variety of items at various sales as overwhelming, others relish the opportunity to find these one-of-kind items from yesteryear.
During the Fourth of July holiday, 42 million people back out of their driveways and begin their family road trip, according to AAA. Before turning onto the interstate, evaluate if the trusted family vehicle will be able to make it this year's remote campsite. "When you're traveling long distances you have to make sure your vehicle's tires are looking good,"says Cassie Schmidt office manager at Dakota Tire, Brakes and More. "No one wants to end up by the side of the road."