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Spring is always my favorite time of year because it means winter is finally over. When April hits I can put away my winter coat, pull out my favorite rain boots, and maybe even go for a run outside. Last year that did not work out like I had hoped. I was not expecting to bring my April-born baby home from the hospital in a snowsuit! Some years it leaves me wondering how to make that smooth transition from winter to spring clothing while it is still cold. Here are a few tips to help you make the transition.

Adding lots of layers to your look seems like such an obvious answer for transitioning to spring, and yet it can be an easy one to forget. You cannot go wrong with adding a jean coat or a cardigan to make something warmer. Then in the afternoon as the weather warms up, you can take off layers. I love finding a jean jacket with a unique twist. One with leather sleeves can be worn through a lot of seasons and adds a little rocker chic to any look. I like to find one that is a little bit stiffer so that you can see the shirt underneath.

spring colors Even if you must go with something


heavier than you want, the clothes can at least be in the right color. Lavender is one of my favorite colors for this spring as well as pink/ red, rainbow stripes, and white. A cute sweater or sweatshirt in one of these colors is something you will be able to wear at the beginning and end of spring. Adding a bright animal print or some camo with a brighter color is a great way to transition those styles to spring.



Shoes for spring can be tricky, especially if it rains all of April. I really like shorter rain boots for that time. With three little girls they are always stepping on my feet so if it is muddy outside, I cannot be wearing any white or light-colored shoes. Once we get past the rainy season, I love getting neutrals into my footwear. Nude ballet flats and sandals are a great look. I am really loving sneakers of all kinds this spring, you cannot go wrong with the classic Converse or try for a sporty chic pair.


AA kimono is one of my favorite spring trends. They are perfect over a dress, especially if you have one that you are trying to add some spring vibes to. Kimonos are super cute with jeans for a more casual look. Pair them with your favorite skinny’s, a white or black tee, and some sneakers for a great way to change up a basic look. One of my favorite travel hacks is bring a kimono along because you can wear them as a swimsuit coverup, for a day time look, or to dinner with a cute dress.

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Asleson became frustrated with the lack of options and personal service offered to women like her, who wear sizes extra-large and up. There can be a level of shame attached to shopping in the “plus size” department and stores, and very few offer any personal service at all. The clothing options available are frequently not fashionable or unique, nor do they embrace a woman’s size. Instead, they attempt to hide it in oversized, frumpy looking clothing that leaves a woman looking shapeless and feeling dull. Enter Curvy Divas. The boutique is truly a personal shopping experience, with Asleson and her experienced staff eager to assist women in finding clothing that not only fits, but flatters and draws attention to their truly beautiful shape, with the proper fit and color. Asleson says,


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“We want our customers to love what they see when they look in the mirror. We want to see that huge, approving smile, the obvious confidence to shine through. We encourage color, stripes, patterns, leggings, stepping out of that comfortable box!” A woman’s foundational piece is her bra. Curvy Divas has earned a reputation for life-altering bra fittings, and people have come from as far away as New York to be fitted. Asleson has become known as the “fairy bra mother” and is very particular on any fit that is done by her or her staff.

A proper fitting bra can make a huge difference in a woman’s quality of life. If a bra is ill fitting, it can cause a woman an array of issues with back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as contribute to headaches. Nearly all women who walk in the door at Curvy Divas for the first time are in

an ill-fitting bra. The staff will encourage customers to seek a proper fitting bra, and they are ready to help. The ladies at Curvy Divas take careful measurements, then offer styles that will fit properly, and comfortably. The real test is when a woman gets dressed again, with a bra that fits them properly. As fashion consultant Sharon says, “I’ve had women cry tears of joy to see their shape completely changed by a proper fitting bra.” The big, comfy, fuchsia couch in the middle of the boutique has been the site of dozens of heart-to-heart conversations between Asleson, her staff and her customers over the past two years. They talk about loss of loved ones, illness, lack of self-confidence, how women tear themselves down, whatever comes to mind. Curvy Divas is a very nontraditional, comfortable environment and gives a whole new meaning to “retail therapy.”

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fter living in the polar vortex and experiencing the very harsh blizzards this winter, I am more than ready to enjoy spring. I know most likely you are too! Spring is a great time to freshen up not only our homes and wardrobe, but also our beauty routines. To make your warmer springtime even more productive and colorful, I am going to show you five ways to upgrade and clean up your beauty routine and make your getting-ready routine more effective.

1. Switch from cold weather to warm weather products Stow those products you have been using for the cold weather away and opt for lighter, water-based formulas. If you are worried that you are wasting your favorite winter skincare cream or oil, try using it at night on your hands or body when it will get absorbed well overnight and leave them softer.

2. Cleanup makeup tools Do you remember the last time you washed your makeup tools properly? By makeup tools I mean brushes, sponges, puffs, eyelash curlers, etc. Deep clean your makeup brushes and sponges with this following method: DZDZ Mix two parts of antibacterial dish soap to one part of extra-virgin olive oil.

Follow this method to wash the sponges and puffs too.

DZDZ Wet the brush in lukewarm water.

A dirty makeup tool harbors germs which can cause nasty infections like pink eye and staph. So it’s better to be safe than sorry. Don’t forget to wipe down your eye lash curler, sharpener, storage containers and makeup bag with a bit of rubbing alcohol.

DZDZ Use the mixture on the damp brush and massage the bristles with your fingers gently. Continue until the soapy residue is free of makeup, dirt and oil. DZDZ Rinse it under lukewarm water until no soap runs from the bristles.


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3. Toss out expired products We often forget to check the expiration date of skincare products. Out of date products can result in skin troubles and bad reactions. If a product is expired, no matter how costly it is, it should be tossed out. Most products will have a Period After Opening (POA) symbol on them. The POA identifies the useful lifetime of a cosmetic product after its package has been opened for the first time, provided by manufacturers and based on individual stability testing. Quick tip: Use a sharpie and mark your opening date on your container. In this way you will know when to discard the product.





4. Disinfect used products Your makeup products, i.e. palettes, lipsticks, liners, need to be sanitized too. Just take a spray bottle, fill it with rubbing alcohol, spritz it moderately on the powder/ palette directly and let it air-dry. For liquid products, you can’t actually sanitize the whole product but you can clean the cap and mouth area of the bottle by dipping a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and wiping the nozzle and cap.

5. Reevaluate your storage options and tidy up After discarding and cleaning, you need proper storage solutions for your products. You can get affordable containers and bags for this purpose. To make your beauty routine quicker, store the products by categories, usage and types. For example, I keep my most used products separated in a makeup bag. It contains a mascara, brow pencil, liner, concealer, powder foundation and a lip pencil. In this way even if I am late to get ready, I can take the bag with me and use it later.

So, now you see how easy these were! Use the spring-cleaning urge to get rid of the winter blues today and update your beauty routine. [ aw ]

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The living room is wide open and features a gas fireplace with a cultured stone surround and custom-built maple mantle with maple built-ins on both sides. Just imagine a lazy Sunday with coffee in hand, rain falling outside the large picture window and a soft fire glowing, creating the perfect quiet, peaceful day you crave. Walking upstairs, you can feel the soft carpet is a step above the usual construction grade found in new homes. The warm and comfortable carpet is carried throughout the upper-level to all four bedrooms for both warmth and sound insulation. "Our customers love the feel of the upgraded carpet,” says Kietzer. “The plush softness is a large draw to potential buyers walking through our show homes. It is one of the many features that can be chosen by the homeowner. When we start the build process, we go through each and every option for customization including flooring selections and color schemes."


The master suite is the true winner of the home. With a tray ceiling and large windows, the room feels comfortable and large. Walking into the master bath, you can see the detail that went into creating a spa-like space for the future owners. "From the double vanity and cosmetic counter to the tiled shower and large walk-in closet, we wanted to make the master suite a retreat,” says Matt Orner. “Whether you have children or are a married couple just starting out, your bedroom tends to become your safe haven. It is the place you go when you want to leave behind the day's stresses. When we came up with the concept for this floor plan, I thought to myself, ‘What would I want at the end of the day?’ Those details, like the added space for the walk-in closet, the extra vanity area, and the tiled shower are there to create a comfortable space." Leaving the basement unfinished is another way Matt and Ben Orner make sure their clients can make the house their own. With the space to create pretty much any type of living space, new homeowners enjoy the ability to be completely creative with the basement and have the option to finish it on their own time. From man caves with a bar to a play area for the kids or a meditation room for the woman of the house, the options are virtually endless with an unfinished basement. Although they have seen a rise in customers wanting the basement finished prior to moving in, Orner explains that this option is always up to the client and in no way do they want to have the homeowners feel rushed into finishing such a large space right away. This level of customer service and communication is what truly sets Platinum apart from other builders in the Fargo-Moorhead area. From the first meeting to move-in day, you feel as if you are their only customer and your opinion truly matters. Not only is their attention to detail present in their builds, but their attention regarding their clients is also evident in everything they do. Each house they complete is made with love and feels like a genuinely comfortable home. [ aw ]

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regenerative medicine of fe rs h o p e a n d h e a l i ng to p e o p l e i n pai n FRAN MAYER knows what it’s like to deal with pain.

Mayer is one of the 31 million Americans with osteoarthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, osteoarthritis is the leading cause of disability among adults in the United States.

Osteoarthritis in her hip and knee made it difficult to do what life demanded. Mayer has battled knee pain for the past 10 years, undergoing cortisone injections, followed by knee arthroscopy, followed by more cortisone injections, without finding permanent relief. Last year, the pain in her hip reached the point where she sought cortisone injections. “Experiencing chronic pain became a constant battle to fight the physical discomfort as well as the emotional side effects,” says Mayer, who works as a paraprofessional at Central Cass Elementary School in Casselton where she and her husband, Kevin, are empty nesters. “Pain affected my mood, sleep and my relationships,” she adds. The cortisone injection treatments were becoming increasingly less effective, yet the 50-something Mayer was too young for knee replacement surgery. When Mayer saw a television commercial featuring the Center for Pain Medicine in Fargo,

she made an appointment to see Dr. Majid Ghazi, a board-certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain physician. And for the first time in several years, Mayer found hope. She learned of a new treatment option: regenerative medicine. “Regenerative Medicine is a new area in medicine which utilizes the body’s own biologic,” Ghazi says. “The therapy is intended to assist and to potentially replace or restore damaged tissue. The field of regenerative medicine is expanding rapidly, creating new options for the treatment of musculoskeletal and spinal pain.” Many professional athletes, including Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning and Kobe Bryant, have looked to regenerative medicine to overcome injury. Mayer opted for stem cell therapy, a treatment in which adult stem cells are extracted from pelvic bone marrow, processed in a centrifuge, and then re-injected into the damaged joint under X-ray or ultrasound. Patients are under intravenous sedation, known as conscious sedation, during the out-patient procedure, which is performed in the center’s in-house operating room in a sterile environment. “Overall, the bone marrow harvesting is not painful, and most patients have tolerated it well and return to work the next day,” says Joan Quam, a registered nurse at the center.

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Unlike cortisone injections or surgery, stem cell therapy immediately stimulates the new growth of cartilage, tendons, ligaments, bone and

fibrous connective tissues. And patients experience a reduction in pain in four to six weeks. Ghazi administered the stem cell therapy injections to her knee and hip in the same day, and Mayer required no downtime for recovery. Next, she worked with a physical therapist from PT/OT Partners, which is housed in same building, to strengthen the muscles surrounding her joints to better protect the joints. Within two months, she was able to perform her physical therapy regimen as well as to ride bike and garden with considerably less pain. She also regained the ability to sleep better. And most importantly, Mayer could play with her 3-year-old grandson — and fully enjoy it. Mayer continues to gain improvements in her knee and hip since her June 2018 stem cell therapy injections. “No medical procedure is guaranteed; but of all the procedures we do here, stem cell therapy has been the most effective,” Ghazi adds. Recently, she opted for a platelet rich plasma injection in her right foot to treat plantar fasciitis, and she’s seeing incremental improvements. In this treatment, Mayer’s blood was drawn and spun in a centrifuge, and then re-injected into her foot. “Plantar fasciitis is a common problem, but unfortunately, there are not a lot of options if physical therapy is not effective,” Ghazi says. “Multiple cortisone injections can be damaging to soft tissue and surgery is not always effective.”

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Regenerative medicine provides hope to people who have tried anti-inflammatory medication, steroids or injections, and surgery without success. “Surgical interventions are highly invasive requiring surgical resection of all or parts of the joint and insertion of a prosthesis,” Ghazi says. “Complications can be significant, and some patients develop chronic pain.” “With the support of my husband, stem cell therapy and physical therapy, I have experienced lasting relief in my knee and hip,” Mayer says. “Before my heart was in it, but now I am fully able to exercise, bike and garden. The stem cell therapy has been a good investment in my health and my future.” “Dr. Ghazi and the entire staff are very kind and caring,” Mayer adds. “They treat you like an individual. Dr. Ghazi understood the pain I was experiencing because he’s treated so many others.”

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It’s beginning to look a lot like spring, which means summer isn’t far away. This time of year is also referred to as “crunch time,” when we are surrounded by an assortment of detox programs. These seemingly quick fixes and fad diets that over-promise and under-deliver, claim to get us into the dress and bikini of our dreams, overnight. After the detox, you go back to reality of living life without the restrictions of such fad diets and what happens? The weight comes back and sometimes more than before. I want to give you a new approach to this crunch time and instead focus on being your best each day. Something that you can work towards and maintain. I’ll be giving you a fitness plan that you can take to the gym, or do from home. Each issue you can find a new workout. Changing up your fitness plan is important to keep your body from hitting a plateau as well as keeping you interested. The better news is you’ll be surrounded by a social media community of women (just like you) that will be alongside you, doing the same workout, supporting and encouraging one another. You’ll be taking one day at a time, and focusing on smaller steps — this is what will provide lasting change. Are you ready to get started? Join me on Facebook (Ashley Sornsin – ‘The FIT Life’ Coach) where I’ll be delivering tips, recipes and information to encourage you as you make a lifestyle change. Use the hashtag #awfitlifetribe to connect with others!

This workout is all about the building blocks to a strong foundation. The moves outlined in my plan focus on strength-training moves targeting the large muscle groups. You'll be working your upper body and lower body, as well as doing cardiovascular exercises. These next two months, all you need are a couple sets of dumbbells and a bench, so you can even do these workouts from the comfort of your home. This plan is for all levels — beginner, intermediate, and advanced — but please check with your doctor before beginning any fitness plan.

month one

STRE NGTH The focus is to build strength, and, if you're new or starting back at fitness, engaging and reintroducing your muscles to lifting. Perform each exercise with a weight that's challenging, but not so heavy that it compromises your form. Complete three sets of 15 reps.

CARDIO The focus is to burn calories and get your metabolism into fat burning mode. This is just month one, so we aren't going to start too intense. I want you to stick with this all month and also commit to the next two months of my three-month program. Choose a form of cardio/ aerobic exercise and complete 30 minutes — walk, jog, run, cycle, stair-climb or elliptical.

month two

STRE NGTH The focus is to continue building strength and now that you're used to the movements, it's time to increase the weight of each exercise. I'm also adding in an additional day of lifting both upper and lower body this month. You're already beginning to shape those muscles. This time, with the heavier weight, you'll complete three sets of 12–15 reps.

fitness schedule

month one MON : Upper Body T U E S: Cardio WE D : Rest T HU R S : Lower Body FR I : Cardio SAT: Rest S U N : Cardio

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ALL E X ER C IS ES : 3 sets of 15 reps Warm-up using cardio exercises for 5-10 minutes before lifting. Remember to check with your doctor before starting any new workout.

upper body

lower body

1. Dumbbell Bench Press: Lie on a bench with feet flat on the floor. Hold a weight in each hand and position arms out with elbow at a 90-degree angle, not below bench. Push weights upward until fully extended above chest.

1. Dumbbell Squats: Stand with legs shoulder-width apart, dumbbell in each hand at sides. Squat down until thighs are parallel to the floor, keeping chest up and knees behind toes.

2. Alternating Dumbbell Single Arm Rows: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and a dumbbell in each hand. Bend at waist so torso is parallel to the floor, arms hanging down. Pull one weight up until it reaches side of your chest, then lower, and alternate, lifting the other side. 3. Standing Shoulder Press: Stand with a dumbbell in each hand, bring the weights up to shoulder height with elbows at a 90-degree angle. Press the weights up over your head toward each other, then lower the weights down to starting position. 4. Dumbbell Triceps Extension: Grab one dumbbell with both hands, position the weight behind and up, over head. Keeping your elbows close to your head and without moving your upper arms, bend elbows and lower weight behind head. Repeat and raise the weight by straightening your lower arms. 5. Alternating Dumbbell Curl: Hold a dumbbell in each hand, arms at sides and palms facing in. Alternate working arms, curl weight up rotating your wrist to face you, elbows stay close to sides. 6. Out and Up Crunches: Lie on floor, legs stretched out horizontal, bring knees in, lift legs up and push bottom of feet up and towards ceiling. Then lower legs, again bending knees and stretching legs out horizontal until heels almost tap the ground.

2. Single Leg Dead Lift: Balancing on right foot, with dumbbell in right hand, left leg comes back and up as far as you can, allowing right arm with weight to lower to floor. Return to start and repeat on other side.

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3. Dumbbell Side Lunge: Stand with dumbbells in each hand at sides. With right foot, take a wide step out to side, bending right knee until thigh is parallel to the floor, left leg will remain straight and foot flat on the floor. Step back into starting position, then repeat on left side. 4. Dumbbell Reverse Lunge: Stand with dumbbells in each hand, hanging at sides. Step backward with right foot, bending both knees to lower body toward floor and both knees in a 90-degree bend. Once left thigh is parallel to the floor, push back up into starting position and alternate to other side. 5. Dumbbell Calf Raises: Hold one dumbbell in right your hand and step onto a raised surface (platform or step) with your right foot. Hook your left foot behind your right ankle, lowering your heel down below the platform and then pressing into the ball of your foot to rise up, above the platform. 6. Alternating Bicycle Crunches: Lie on floor with knees bent 90-degrees. With your arms behind your head, kick right foot out, pointing toes, and simultaneously bring right elbow to left knee. Alternate to other side, left elbow to right knee.

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DR. KATE KESSLER and her son, JACK, prepare colorful fruits and vegetables for snacks. The Essentia Health physician sees good nutrition as the foundation of good health.


Kate Kessler has a passion for helping people achieve optimal wellness. That’s why she’s begun an integrative medicine practice at the Essentia Health– Osgood Clinic in Fargo. Integrative medicine, Kessler explains, is an approach that embraces the whole person — body, mind and spirit. Based in science, it uses conventional medicine and other healing therapies to reach the goal of optimal health and wellness.

Kessler works with each patient to create a customized plan. Many options are available, such as diet modification, exercise, nutritional supplements, acupuncture, aromatherapy, biofeedback, yoga and meditation. The plan can draw on the expertise of other practitioners, such as acupuncturists, massage therapists, mental health therapists and chiropractic physicians. “My role is to be your partner in health and guide you to a choice,” Kessler explains. “The patient’s role is to be accountable and dedicated to making lifestyle and behavior changes. If you’re looking for a quick fix, this isn’t it. I like to dive in and spend time to help you change unhealthy behaviors one by one.” The foundation of Kessler’s care is diet and nutrition. “With proper nutrition, we can prevent up to 80 percent of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and high blood pres-


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sure,” she says. “You cannot out-train a bad diet, or just take a pill. Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it.” At a patient’s first appointment, Kessler asks questions about diet, exercise, stress, sleep, mental health, support networks and the environment in which a patient lives and works. “I spend the time to get to know patients better and tease out what I can do to help them,” she says. “I use motivational interviewing to meet patients where they are at and help them come to their own conclusions about things like diet, lifestyle, sleep and stresses. I want my patients to know that they have the ability to help and heal themselves.” Kessler says she came to integrative health after training as both an internal medicine and pediatric physician. “I was always interested in natural health and our bodies’ own healing properties,” she says. “I want to get to the root

cause of patients’ illness and prevent and treat chronic diseases. Integrative medicine was the kind of physician I aspired to be.” After earning a medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kessler completed a residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Ohio. The next step was a two-year fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine in Tucson, Arizona, where Dr. Andrew Weil serves as director. Weil is one of the founders of the integrative health movement and also founded her fellowship.

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Kessler has been offering integrative medicine appointments at the Essentia Health–Osgood Clinic for a little over a year. She also sees adults and children in the Family Medicine Department at the Essentia Health–West Fargo Clinic. “It’s rewarding for me when I invest in patients who are making a change and then see the big difference that the change makes in their lives,” Kessler says. “It’s about how we can change behavior to help a person feel better.” Kessler says one patient who came to her with a new diagnosis of diabetes has lost 50 pounds and no longer has to take diabetes medication. Another patient with a history of anxiety and depression struggled with traditional medications. She’s now able to better cope without medication, thanks to work with a therapist, better nutrition, more exercise and better stress management techniques. “Integrative medicine is for anyone who wants to commit to a whole-person approach to health and wellness,” Kessler says. “You need to be willing to embrace change, even if you’re feeling apprehensive about big change. Just be willing to start.”

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ave you ever wondered why some individuals always come out ahead, while others struggle to make it? The key variable, in most cases, is their mindset! As young children, we begin to make observations leading to the development of our behavioral patterns, perspectives and self-esteem. Parents, friends and additional influences are essential in the early phases of creating a warrior versus a victim mindset. Individuals can have a warrior mindset in certain areas of their life; however, they may play victim in other areas where they have chosen to deflect instead of reflect, pertaining to unresolved emotions or situations. So how do you know if you have a warrior versus a victim mindset? The WARRIOR mindset takes unforeseen challenges and turns them into a growth opportunity, whereas a victim will only see the negative components, dueling on the “Why me?� perspective. Warriors train every element of their being to become their best self. A victim tends to blame other people, time and other elements when they fail to attain their goals.


Being a WARRIOR is an endless challenge, where challenges are simply challenges. A victim takes everything as a blessing or a curse. A warrior also has a winning mindset and understands the importance of training their brain to see the potential in every obstacle or challenge. A warrior has one mindset. That mindset is to be success-

ful, no matter how challenging of the lesson they face. There is no such thing as losing for the warrior; there is only learning. A victim is pessimistic, requires a scapegoat and will never take responsibility for their actions. They are a passive onlooker, while warriors are driven doers. Victims will pass the buck and have a tunnel vision, believing their way is the only way. The victim creates their own

limits and prevents themselves from reaching their full potential. Each of us can transform our way of thinking; however, it requires actively pursuing the skills and time necessary to obtain the warrior mindset. Listed below are tools to help guide you in achieving a warrior mindset moving forward.

Warriors are not born and they are not made. Warriors create themselves through trial and error, pain and suffering and their ability to conquer their own faults. WA R R I OR i nt o ACTI ON Becoming a WARRIOR is a choice and requires dedication, awareness of your thoughts, and a daily commitment to initiate a different response or reaction to challenges. When facing an unexpected turn of events, allow yourself the time needed to absorb the elements in front of you. Start by asking yourself these basic questions to better assess and reach an optimal outcome.

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1. What is the current situation? 2. What are your immediate feelings facing the situation?

3. What are the potential outcomes

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of the situation? Slowing down your reaction and assessing is a difficult process when you’re accustomed to reacting based on emotions. Victims are driven by emotions (typically stemming from fear), whereas warriors are motivated and act upon facts. The key is to assess the situation, not react to it. Warriors have learned how to retrain their thought process, allowing them the ability to adjust or respond in a manner where the obstacle becomes a win-win.

“You have the power to be ruled by your fears, or to conquer the world with your strengths. Results versus reactions, warrior versus victim. It’s WARRIOR time!” — MARIAH PRUSSIA

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When you are deciding whether to have a baby, there are so many things to think about. Names, nursery colors and crib choices are all running through your mind. But while you are planning, don’t forget about one of the most important decisions you can make before your baby arrives. Who do you want caring for you and your baby before and during delivery?

reproductive medicine If you are struggling to conceive, there are reproductive medicine specialists at your disposal to help you on your path to parenthood. Sanford Health provides a full spectrum of advanced reproductive endocrinology care. This includes in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, assisted hatching, intrauterine insemination, ovulation induction and more. While the world of reproductive health can be confusing, the infertility experts at Sanford Health are dedicated to helping you understand the process from testing to treatment. This approach helps you improve your chances of success. The reproductive team at Sanford Health is proud to have success rates 10 percent higher than the national average.


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certified nurse midwife Known for longer appointment times, a certified nurse midwife can be a great fit for a new mom. During one-on-one sessions, you and your certified nurse midwife will have a chance to discuss any concerns and issues you have while planning for the birth experience you want. And while certified nurse midwives are advocates of low-intervention births, you will still have access to all birthing options while in their care, including epidurals. Your relationship with your certified nurse midwife doesn’t have to end after labor. Sanford Health’s four certified nurse midwives are available to care for all your women’s health needs including annual appointments, midlife care and more.

doula A doula is a labor coach, there to provide emotional support and encouragement throughout the delivery. She can talk through all your birthing options for pain relief or distraction and coach you on breathing and more. Doulas work alongside your nurses, advanced practice providers and doctors to provide a reassuring presence and help you navigate the birth process. Sanford Health doulas are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can choose to sign up for a doula prior to going into labor or you can simply request one when you arrive at the hospital.

maternal fetal medicine If your pregnancy comes with complications, maternal fetal medicine experts are there for additional support. Through a variety of services, high-risk pregnancies are monitored by experts to protect the health of mother and child before, during and after labor. Advanced care from the maternal fetal medicine team at Sanford Health includes genetic counseling, 3D ultrasound, diagnostic testing and more.

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Your nurse navigator will guide you through scheduling your appointments, seeing the right specialists and helping you understand costs. In addition to seeing our team, you can continue prenatal care with your own obstetrician close to home.

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Once a little one has arrived, some women experience pelvic floor and bladder health issues later on in life. Women with urinary incontinence now have an option for complete care from a variety of experts, all in one visit. At the Sanford Health Pelvic Floor Clinic, you can expect a half-day interdisciplinary appointment that will include an examination, education and physical therapy. These appointments give you the resources to better understand normal bladder function, causes of common issues and what treatments are available (without surgery), oftentimes positively impacting your quality of life.

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“ Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — NELS O N MA NDELA


imee Zachrison has spent the last 25 years of her life focusing on her passion for educating young minds. As the academic dean and middle school principal of Oak Grove Lutheran School, Zachrison brings with her a diverse background of teaching experience including her work with alternative schools throughout South Dakota. "I began my teaching career in Lincoln, Nebraska. After teaching for several years at a Catholic school, I relocated with my husband to South Dakota where I fell in love with the struggles and triumphs of alternative education," explains Zachrison. Alternative education is commonly used to support teenagers and young adults who face challenges in life, often leaving them behind in their education. These difficult situations can range from dropping out and returning, to transitioning from prison back to society. Unfortunately, in 2008, the state of South Dakota made the decision to close their Department of Labor alternative schools. At the time, Zachrison and her family were living in Watertown, South Dakota, where she was teaching in the public school system. Learning of the closures happening across the state, she knew something needed to be done. Through dedication and perseverance, Zachrison worked closely with the staff at Watertown High School to create an alternative school which continues to run to this day. After moving back to North Dakota in 2014, Zachrison learned of an open middle school principal position at Oak Grove Lutheran School. She was drawn to Oak Grove because of their community culture and intentional middle school structure.



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"Academics, faith, and service. These are the values of Oak Grove Lutheran School. Values that I believe in and work for every day. You can see these values hard at work in our students in the way they build relationships and work hard

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for others and for themselves. Even more, our extraordinary team of teachers models these values for our students each and every day.� Oak Grove offers education from preschool to 12th grade and is currently ranked as the number one private school in North Dakota. But Oak Grove is more than a prestigious ranking. It's a community where relationships are built and fostered. With an equal focus on education, faith, and service, as well as a variety of extra curricular activities, the staff at Oak Grove come together to help shape the students into the individuals they want to be. "It's very common to see our teachers, coaches and directors working together with students to accommodate their extracurricular activities. We want our kids to have the opportunity to pursue everything they are passionate about," adds Zachrison. For many Oak Grove students, this means participation in both athletics and the arts. Maintaining a passion for seeing children thrive, Zachrison strives to look at the bigger picture of education for Oak Grove students. "To me, the educational experience begins from the preschool level and continues until each one of our students graduates. Through our focus on academics, faith, and service, we encourage and build up each student for a successful life." With just over 700 students from across Fargo/ Moorhead and the surrounding area, Oak Grove Lutheran School is a stronger school with Aimee Zachrison leading the way. Her drive, tenacity, and passion for improvement are just a few of the ways Zachrison has become an asset to the Oak Grove team. [ aw ]

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a FARM WOMAN defined Picture this. The year is 1865.

The location is a small farm in southern Norway. Anne and her husband report their assets for the census: One and a half bushels of potatoes, a quarter bushel of oats, an eighth bushel of barley, two head of cattle, and three sheep. Two years later the couple leaves their little farm, their families, and the grave of a baby girl to sail on a ship to America with their 10-yearold daughter, my great-great-grandmother. After arriving they travel to central Minnesota where they break ground and create a farm out of prairie. Nine years later, one year after their daughter marries, Anne passes away at the age of 52. That may be all we know of Anne’s story, however it isn’t difficult to fill in the details with hours of back breaking work, crop and livestock loss, celebrating small victories, battling feelings of fear, despair and loneliness, overcoming illness, and always feeling hope for the next season.


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Our farm families are in the midst of difficult times. USA Today noted, “Nationwide, net farm income has fallen by more than half since 2013, and it’s expected to drop another 6.7 percent this year — to the lowest level since 2006, according to the Department of Agriculture.” Many are wondering if they will be able to hang on for another year to the life and land that generations before them worked to establish. At the very heart of these farm and ranching families are the women. Women who have all too often been relegated to checked boxes of homemaker, housekeeper, Mrs. (insert husband’s name), general farm laborer, or most unthinkable – unemployed. These are women with knowledge and skills in the areas of business, accounting, veterinary science, agronomy, construction, human resources, nutrition, child development and so much more, although they often consider themselves unqualified for employment off the farm.

These are women who wake up every morning with tasks already laid out before them knowing that much of their success and accomplishment lies wholly in the hands of factors outside of their control: weather, commodity prices, world markets, interest rates. It is that reality that drives them to faith in a higher power with unceasing requests to protect and provide knowing that it lies in His hands. These are women who go from barn and pasture to professional office, from tractor to church, from garden to girls spa day, from nursing a dying calf to volunteering at the school parents’ night. They are lions and lambs. Anchors and sails. Grounded and free and full of emotion with the fortitude of past generations to carry them forward.

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Monica Kramer McConkey has 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field as a child and adolescent counselor, program supervisor and administrator. Monica grew up on a farm in Northwest Minnesota and has intimate understanding of the dynamics that contribute to farm stress and its impact on farm families. She currently works as the director of business development at Prairie St. John’s in Fargo and owns Eyes on the Horizon Consulting, speaking and training throughout the United States on the topic of farm stress.



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irstLink has been around for almost 50 years and continues to provide assistance to people who need help finding and identifying access to community resources in their area. They answer the 2-1-1 helpline for all of North Dakota and Clay County as well as the national suicide prevention hotline in all of North Dakota and some of Minnesota. FirstLink also assists the community with crisis work, volunteer disaster coordination and mental health awareness training. Yet all of this would not be possible without the new community navigator, Jennifer Holtz.


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↗ JENNIFER HOLTZ Holtz began her journey at FirstLink in August, but before that worked in behavioral health with children and adolescents for almost 20 years. She worked at Southeast Human Service Center with intensive case management for adults with serious mental illness, and before that she worked at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch as the residential treatment supervisor. The role as community navigator at FirstLink consists of working with individuals, families or other concerned people to provide information and referral and help coordinate care for people. “I work really close with providers. We have a memorandum of understanding with 14 providers who give me regular updates on their occupancy for beds, availability for programs and evaluations,� says Holtz. Individuals are put into a data base where they are able to help identify the appropriate resource for somebody based on their needs. FirstLink will be there to help with the barriers that some may face when trying to receive the help and care that they need.

That leads to an effect on the community that is everlasting. “The most immediate value is that it helps people with substance use disorders feel connected and less alone. I make it a priority to answer every call from a place of listening and understanding,” says Holtz. Everyone has a unique story and deserves to be heard; FirstLink gives the community just that with their dedicated staff. There are many ways that the community can get involved with FirstLink. “We would love to see every member of the community and every agency know about FirstLink and spread the word about us and our programs,” says Holtz. If you have a success story where you called FirstLink and had gotten support, FirstLink would love to hear it. Other success stories can be found online at FirstLink also provides education and training. They educated over 6,000 people in 2018. Some of the trainings include mental health first aid for both youth and adults, and Safetalk, which is aimed at learning to recognize the warning signs of somebody who is at risk for suicide. FirstLink is open for calls 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 to get connected for support. Also, if you feel inclined to donate financially and support FirstLink, it helps to insure the call specialists are well trained. They go through an extensive training process to make sure that they are well versed in the data base and, even more importantly, how to intervene when somebody is suicidal as well as being an understanding ear to listen. Visit to find out how to get involved with this incredible organization.


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have been underrepresented in computer science for decades. Professors Simone Ludwig and Jen Li are part of a strong group of women leaders at North Dakota State University working to grow interest for girls in the discipline through their groundbreaking research and community outreach.

“I have been doing outreach over the past eight years and trying to be a role model for as many women and girls as I can,” Ludwig says. “I hope to get more middle school or high school students interested in computer science in general, but I’m hoping girls will be encouraged to do as I have done because they can see they can have success.”

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Ludwig and Li came to computer science in different ways. Ludwig fell into the discipline when a career in communications engineering was slow to start after earning her undergraduate degree in Germany. A former professor recommended she try software engineering, and her new career path was launched. Li was always good at math and physics, which are great traits for a computer scientist. And when she was in high school in China in the 1990s, computer science was a challenging and exciting career path. Advances in computer technology were happening quickly and Li knew early on she wanted to be part of working in the discipline. Both Ludwig and Li have enjoyed success at NDSU in the classroom and in the lab. They’ve become well-respected teachers who give students real-world, hands-on experiences to prepare them for success. And they’ve each become leaders at NDSU in the field of artificial intelligence. Ludwig’s research focus is computational intelligence, data analysis and creating computer algorithms to solve real-world problems.

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Li, associate professor of computer science, has been working on a project that uses different technologies to create targeted, personalized medical care to diabetic American Indian patients in North Dakota. The study,


is a great career choice. NDSU graduates in this field have nearly a 100 percent job placement rate and start with an average salary of $66,000.

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co-authored by Jun Kong, Siobhan Wescott and Donald Warne, received a $990,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. It’s one of the largest grants in the department’s history. “I love that computer science is an applied science,” says Li, who has been at NDSU for 10 years. “It’s not very abstract. You immediately see the results of what you are doing and you can quickly apply it to the real world.” Ludwig and Li say they’ve seen an increase in the number of girls pursuing computer science degrees at NDSU. And the university is proactively recruiting middle school and high school girls into computer science with several outreach events on campus. The key, Ludwig says, is to show that there are a wide range of career choices in computer science that are challenging and rewarding and there is a place in the discipline for everyone. It’s important to expand the discipline’s diversity as much as possible to bring in new ideas and ways to attack problems that will help create innovation, she says. And because computer science graduates are in great demand, there is nearly a 100 percent job placement rate in the department at NDSU. Computer science graduates start out with an average salary of $66,000.

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The NDSU computer science department offers doctoral degrees in computer science and software engineering, three master’s degrees and two bachelor’s degree programs. The department has about 600 graduate and undergraduate students. “I take great pride in things we have been able to do in computer science at NDSU to help advance the careers of our women faculty members,” says Kendall Nygard, professor and chair of computer science. “These professors are shining stars in the classroom. They produce outstanding research that is recognized and funded at the national level and step up in service to carry out many kinds of special activities to advance computing education in the state.” LEARN M O RE AT n d s u . e d u .

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local photography business celebrates 100 years You wouldn't guess by walking into their studio for the first time, but Scherling Photography is in their 100th year of business. A feat that very few family businesses accomplish. Patrick and Larry Scherling laugh about it as if it's just another year for them, but we know the significance behind this accomplishment. Sitting down with Patrick and Larry, it is easy to see they are proud to be part of such a long-standing business in the Fargo area. Happy to share their story, we dive right into the start of Scherling Photography.

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Grandfather A.R. Scherling was a small-town Minnesota farm boy with a strong faith-based upbringing. His passion for photography started in Pillager, Minnesota. He then relocated to Fargo to do an internship with Dewey Studios. After learning about the trade, A.R. set out to build a business of his own. In 1919, A.R. started Scherling Photography at 113 1/2 Broadway in Fargo. He offered coupons for 25 cent roll processing in addition to photography services. In 1948, his son Orlando Scherling took over the business and eventually relocated to 313 Broadway. Orlando founded a company called Scherling Photo Products. Customers could send in film, receive their prints, and get a free roll of film. The business was so successful, both Patrick and Larry remember when they were processing up to 40,000 rolls per month. Their first studio in Downtown Fargo was where the processing magic happened and holds some special memories for the Scherling Brothers.

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As kids, Larry and Patrick were an intricate part of the developing process. Each brother had a different job to do. They easily discuss their roles as if it was yesterday. "My first job was to take the photos and run them through the dryer after they'd been in the developer tanks and the stabilizer,” says Larry. “From the dryer, I would take the prints and lay them on a mat board, covering them and pressing the pictures flat so they would completely dry without any curl. From there, we would have to manually sort through the photos to try to find all the matches and prints for each job." Up until the 1970s, being a photographer was more than just capturing images. It meant 12–15 hour days. Half the day was spent photographing and the other half was spent processing photos. This process is one that both Patrick and Larry remember fondly, but don't necessarily miss now that there is the convenience of digital printing. "Before digital, photography was completely different,” says Patrick. “It was more technical. You had to know what the lighting would do to the photos. There was no second chance to take a photo, to find that perfect shot. You didn't see the eyes closed or the frowns in a group photo until you developed the photos hours later. This long and arduous process is what kept the freelance

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photography industry small. In fact, in the Fargo-Moorhead area, there were only five or six main studios with photographers. Today, with digital, you see freelance photographers everywhere — some choosing to focus on just one particular niche like family portraits or weddings." In 1980, when Larry and Patrick took over the business, they started scouting for new locations which led to their current location. Choosing the building wisely, they decided to follow the natural growth of the city as West Acres moved into the west side of Fargo. When they made the move from Downtown to 13th Avenue, Patrick and Larry decided to bring a piece of nostalgia with them. "The counter you see when you come into our studio,” says Larry, “it's the same counter that was used at both Broadway locations. Sure,

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it's been modified and changed to look more modern, but the counter is the same. It's our little piece of history and a reminder of how far we've come." In 2000, photography business for the Scherlings started to shift as digital became the mainstream. Keeping up with the trends, the Scherlings purchased their first digital printer in 2001. They then became one of the first companies in Fargo to print school photos in-house, something they continue to do today. The ability to adapt and remain diversified, as well as their tight-knit faith-based family, is what’s kept the Scherlings successfully running and operating a 100-year-old business. Although their business started with general photography, the ability and knowledge to take school and senior photos are what helped Scherling expand. With offices in Minneapolis, Bismarck, Sioux Falls and Virginia, Scherling Photography continues to focus on what they love most, working with students. Apart from their love of photography, it is clear both Patrick and Larry share a passion for taking photos of children for various schools within the area. Patrick focuses more on school photos while Larry has a knack for senior photos. "I have a lot of fun with senior photos,” says Larry. “The props, the backgrounds and the personalities, it's always different depending on the senior I am

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working with. There's always a story there. A story that I try to show through my photos." Another aspect of the business they take pride in is training new photographers. Patrick explained that their photographers are trained for a year at a minimum before they are sent to work on their own. "We want our photographers to understand the technical aspect of photography, sure, but what we work on the most is the ability to successfully take school and senior photos. It's more than just props and a camera. It's about knowing how to interact with different personalities and how to evoke happiness in each child to get that perfect picture," says Patrick. Rich with history and sharing a bond to do right by others, Patrick and Larry have no plans to retire. When asked about the future, both Patrick and Larry were quick to state that they would like to keep Scherling Photography in the family. Family, hard work, faith and great employees, after all, is what led to their success as a third-generation business in an ever-changing industry. [ aw ]



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When I grow up I’m going to be a ballerina!” Such a pure and naive declaration bursting out of a twirling, pig-tailed little girl dressed in pink sequins, tulle and tights brings joy to all of us. We grin and chuckle, our hearts melt a little bit, and something aches as we realize the desire for greatness still lingers deep within us; but do we really believe her? Joni Jackson sure does. “If that little girl says she’s going to be a ballerina when she grows up, believe her! If you nurture that dream, she just might!” Years ago, Jackson herself was that little girl making that big declaration, and today she is in fact a ballerina who is making not only her own dreams come true, but the dreams of hundreds of children also. In the 20 years since she began Messiah Dance Theatre, a couple thousand children have jetéd through her doors, full of hope, excitement and the sure confidence of knowing that there is indeed a time to dance.

Being one of five children in a family working hard to make ends meet, Jackson recalls asking for years to be able to take ballet classes. When her tenth birthday came around, it was her only wish: “No presents — just ballet lessons please!” Her wish was granted, and that dream, which began in her heart when she was a little girl prancing around the kitchen, has shaped her life ever since. “God put this desire in my heart and I just knew I was meant to dance.” Dancing quickly became Jackson’s love and obsession. Jackson danced all the time and everywhere, bribing her younger brother to be her partner so she could practice routines at home. By the time she was 14, she was accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet summer training program. Desiring to devote more time to training, Jackson chose to homeschool for middle and high school. Jackson spent three summers during her high school years training at Ballet Magnificat in Jackson, Mississippi, which is a world-acclaimed Christian dance academy.

Upon the completion of high school, Jackson pirouetted off to Mendocino County, California, to study and teach dance at Mendocino Ballet. After a year out West, Jackson missed home and knew that God was prompting her to teach dance back in Fargo. Additionally, she knew that she was being called to create a new dance studio in which she could teach dance as a form of worship, incorporating Christian music and pointing students to Jesus and His love for them. “To me, the highest form of art is worship, and I wanted a place where I could teach dance like that,” says Jackson. “Also, at that time, the dance world was kind of harsh on kids. Kids were getting torn down and being pressured in ways that too often led to eating disorders. I wanted to build an uplifting and positive dance studio where everyone — every body type, every ability — could come to learn that they are beautiful and created by God.” Jackson dances with her brother, Jon. Christmas 1999

Jackson teaching her class of advanced ballet students

We just want to build up students and give them a place where they can shine and share their heart. Sometimes when a student comes to class, sharing what’s on her heart is more important than dancing that day, and we want to be there for her.” — JONI JACKSON

Thus began Messiah Dance Theatre. As she shared her excitement about opening a Christian dance studio, 20-year old Jackson was met with disbelief and hesitancies from nearly everyone. “But I was young and just crazy enough to think it might work,” she laughs. With a dream in her heart and boldness in her step, Jackson approached a nearby church to ask if she could utilize a room in the evenings for dance classes. To her own surprise, she received a ready and warm welcome from the church. She leaped into action, began advertising, and opened the doors of Messiah Dance. Starting with 50 students and teaching all classes herself, Jackson was thrilled to offer a place to which children were so thrilled to come. “When I started ballet as a 10-year-old girl, it was the highlight of my week. Every week I looked forward to the day I got to go to dance. And now, it’s the highlight of their week. I get to see them all excited to dress up like a princess and dance around.” As a young woman doing a brand new thing, Jackson quickly learned that she couldn’t do this all by herself; she needed a support team. Surrounding herself with fellow small business owners, including her sister and her husband, became critical as they learned from one another and networked together. Her dear friend and dance partner Diane Pfeffer was with her in the very beginning and has been with her ever since, through all the twists, lifts and turns of running a dance company. Five different buildings in Fargo-Moorhead have been home to the studio at various times, and her team of teachers has grown to six, most of whom grew up dancing at her studio. “My team is my right and left arm. Our team allows us to provide quality service to our families — to know all their names and what’s going on in their lives. Each of my teachers has the heart to connect with kids. We just want to build up students and give them a place where they can shine and share their heart. Sometimes when a student comes to class, sharing what’s on her heart is more important than dancing that day; we want to be there for her.” Growing accustomed to having dance instructors pray for them, whether it’s regarding a big test, an upcoming game or a personal struggle, students know that Messiah is a safe place where they can talk about anything and find love and support.

As the years raced by with both husband and wife building their businesses, the question about whether or not they would have children always landed on, “Oh, maybe someday.” Maybe after getting established; maybe after growing our businesses; maybe next year. To their surprise, that someday came with the news of pregnancy at age 39. Sweet little baby boy Reggie has changed life more than Jackson ever thought possible. “I never understood what my girlfriends meant about the sleep deprivation, but whoa! It’s real!” But being his mama is the greatest joy she has ever known. In the year and a half since Reggie entered center stage, Jackson has reduced to teaching one to three evenings per week, relying more heavily on her excellent team of teachers. She does her business management from home and no longer dances the lead in every recital. Little Reggie, or “Bubba,” as they call him, is now her primary dance partner as they waltz around the house together. In true form, he began doing chaîné-turns all over the house practically before he started walking, and he’ll be in ballet classes as soon as he turns three.

I wanted to build an uplifting and positive dance studio where everyone – every body type, every ability – could come to learn that they are beautiful and created by God.” Intermingling well-loved, classic ballets with modern hiphop and jazz, Jackson creates all her own choreography and curriculum to stay fresh, relevant and exciting for both the dancers and the audiences. Jackson models her own love of dance by often dancing the lead role in their annual Christmas and spring recitals, and many times convincing her husband Reggie, owner of Jackson Recognition, to be her dance partner. Although he’s always been an athlete and travels as both a minor league baseball umpire and a college basketball referee, adding ballet to his athletic repertoire wasn’t a spin Reggie was expecting. Yet he’s taken to it like a prince.

As she looks to their 20th Spring Recital, which will be Swan Lake (her personal favorite), Jackson attributes every move and transition over the years to the Lord’s faithfulness. “This has always been the Lord’s thing. The fact that I could accomplish anything was a miracle in itself. It was in His heart before He ever put it in my heart, and His hand has been all over it, from every building to every teacher to every student.” She looks forward to the endless possibilities ahead, excited to see more and more dreams unfold. So the next time a sweet little girl in pigtails and pink tulle tells you that she’s going to be a ballerina when she grows up, you’d best believe her. Because there’s always a time to dance. [ aw ]


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It will be a wild ride. I think people will be touched and horrified, and have a large emotional journey.” — JAM ES SEWELL

Forty-odd years ago, filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s unsparing documentary about a Massachusetts prison for the criminally insane shook the community’s healthcare, political and justice systems. Wiseman had obtained permission from the institution and the inmate’s family members to document activities in the prison, but the film, titled “Titicut Follies,” was nonetheless banned before its premiere at the 1967 New York Film Festival. Wiseman is reluctant to take credit for changes in the treatment of psychotic inmates at the institution. But some psychologists regard the film as instrumental in leading to improvements in the treatment of the criminally insane. Wiseman, now 88, has made one film almost every year since 1967. Each film deals with an aspect of contemporary life as it is reflected in our cultural, social and governmental institutions. Four of his films are about dance, which he loves. During his time as a resident artist at New York University’s Center for Ballet and the Arts, Wiseman contacted Minneapolis-based choreographer James Sewell and asked him to create a ballet based on “Titicut Follies.”


“I had seen many contemporary ballets where the subject was relationships, but few ballets that were concerned with the many other aspects of life that I have observed in making documentary films,” says Wiseman. “Since ballet is about movement, I thought that perhaps the tics, obsessive, repetitive and compulsive behavior of people categorized as criminally insane might make an interesting subject for a ballet.” Sewell was fascinated by the request but had trouble imagining how to go about creating a ballet from a documentary. Still, he said “yes.” As with the film, the ballet is organized around an inmate and staff variety show. James Sewell Ballet premiered the work to rave reviews at NYU’s Center for Ballet and the Arts in 2017, the same year Wiseman won an honorary Oscar for his achievements in documentary filmmaking. This spring, the two visionary men and the entire dance company come to MSUM for four days of activities that culminate in a performance of “Titicut Follies: The Ballet” on April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Theatre. Planned activities include a free screening of the documentary film at The Fargo Theatre on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer session with Wiseman. MSUM film students will also meet Wiseman at a filmmaking masterclass. “Titicut Follies: The Ballet” is a powerful, fascinating work that is not suitable for young children. The ballet interprets Wiseman’s candid look at the lives of psychotic people and the often cruel treatment they received in prison. But though the subject matter is challenging, it is not grim. “‘Titicut Follies’ spans such a huge breadth of humanity, from things that are tragic and horrifying to things that are humorous and tender,” says Sewell. “One of the great challenges with ‘Titicut’ was how to find beauty within such great ugliness within our society. It will be a wild ride. I think people will be touched and horrified, and have a large emotional journey.”

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Almost all of us will have the unfortunate experience of being a participant in a car accident in our lifetimes. Whether we are at fault or not, it is important to know what to do if you find yourself in a car accident. Here is a six-step guide suggesting what to do if you find yourself in such a situation.


If possible, try to move your vehicle to a safe location. Check on the safety of your passengers and the other persons involved in the car accident.

Call the police

Whether it is a small fender-bender or a major accident, it is important to have the police come to the accident scene so they can document the scene as a neutral party. The officers will likely speak to each of the drivers/passengers and other witnesses and will help document the scene.



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Exchange information Get the name, address and insurance information (insurance company and policy numbers) of the other driver(s). You should also get contact information for the other driver(s), passengers, eye-witnesses, first responders and anyone else assisting with the scene.

Do not rely on the police officers to document the scene on your behalf. If you have a cell phone, take pictures of all the vehicles involved that show the damage to the vehicle as well as pictures of the scene from various angles. You also want to take pictures of any injuries you or your passengers may have suffered in the accident.



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Contact your insurance agent Regardless of fault for the accident, you should give immediate notice of the accident to your insurance agent to make sure the claim is reported. North Dakota is a “no-fault” car insurance state, which means your own car insurance policy will likely pay for your medical expenses and lost wages up to a combined total $30,000, regardless of whether you were at fault for the accident. Minnesota is also a “no-fault” state, which provides up to $20,000 for medical expenses and $20,000 for lost wages. “No-fault” does not pay for property damage such as damage to your vehicle.

ST E P Request a copy of the police report If a police officer (or other law enforcement officer) came to the scene, it is likely the officer prepared a report, which will contain contact information for parties/witnesses and will also provide information on the scene/accident. You should reach out to the law enforcement department and request a copy of the police report as your insurance company and/or attorney will likely want a copy.

Doing these six steps will help you protect your rights in case you need to make a claim to your insurer or in the court of law.

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TITICUT FOLLIES Titicut Follies – the Ballet, is the stunning product of a partnership between choreographer James Sewell and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. Extra event: See the documentary film that inspired the ballet and meet Frederick Wiseman! The film will be shown at the Fargo Theatre in downtown Fargo on Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public – no ticket needed. A Q & A with Mr. Wiseman will follow.

IAN R. MCLEAN This article was prepared by Ian McLean, an attorney with the Serkland Law Firm in Fargo, North Dakota. McLean practices in the areas of general commercial litigation, insurance defense litigation, estate litigation, legal malpractice and education law. For more information, call 701-232-8957, email at or visit This article should not be considered legal advice and should not be relied upon by any person with respect to his/her specific situation. [ aw ]

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"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Then you will seek me and find me: when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, declares the Lord."

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Feel the inspirational connection to the MakeA-Wish North Dakota mission with highlights of the lasting impact of wishes. Experience the power of a wish-come-true as a panel of wish kids share their wishes and the impact it had on them and their families. Enjoy wine pairings with hearty hors-d’oeuvres, silent auction with electronic bidding, and live auction. 6:00 – 9:30 PM Hilton Garden Inn 4351 17th Ave S, Fargo

Experience a mixed repertoire production celebrating 40 years of the Gasper Family creating and teaching dance in the FM Area. With something for everyone, featuring jazz and tap pieces, contemporary ballet and classic ballet. Tickets $8–$30. APRIL 6 AT 7:00 PM APRIL 7 AT 2:00 PM Fargo Theatre 314 Broadway N, Fargo



GOING BEYOND A simulcast with Bible teacher and best-selling author, Priscilla Shirer. Find spiritual refreshment alongside thousands of women from all walks of life. Gain the direction you need to step into God’s plan for your life. Includes lunch and snacks. Register at or 701-235-6629. Tickets $30 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Hope Lutheran Church 3636 25th St S, Fargo

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APRIL 8 One night only of hot buys, Pride of Dakota sampling, door prizes and grilling demonstrations. 4:00 – 8:00 PM SCHEELS Home & Hardware 3202 13th Ave S, Fargo 701-232-8903

APRIL 11 PASSPORT TO HEALTHY LIVING KICKOFF Join AARP for this kick-off event and learn about a number of different indoor and outdoor healthy living events planned throughout the year in Fargo-Moorhead. 5:30 – 7:00 PM West Fargo Veterans Memorial Arena 1201 7th Ave E, West Fargo

APRIL 11 SPAY-GHETTI & NO BALLS LUNCH A spaghetti lunch and raffle to spread the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. All proceeds from this event benefit the Spay/ Neuter Fund of Homeward Animal Shelter. $10 suggested donation. 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Holiday Inn Fargo 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo

APRIL 11 & 12 TALULA GRAND OPENING Talula is holding a two-day grand opening celebration. FMWF Chamber ribbon-cutting at 11:30AM on Thursday, April 11. Door prizes, food, beverages and more on both days. APRIL 11, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM APRIL 12, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM 835 23rd Ave E #204, West Fargo (South of Costco) | 701-532-1134

APRIL 13 FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING Take this simple step to help protect yourself from identity theft by having sensitive personal documents shredded for free. Sponsored by AARP North Dakota. 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM West Acres Shopping Center northwest parking lot 3902 13th Ave S, Fargo

APRIL 12 & 13 Trollwood Children’s Theatre Presents “ANNIE KIDS” Trollwood Children’s Theatre is an after-school theater program that involves students ages 9-11 from area schools who will be the cast and crew in the creation and public presentation of “Annie KIDS.” APRIL 12 AT 7:00 PM APRIL 13 AT 2:00 PM Ben Franklin Middle School 1420 8th St N, Fargo

APRIL 13 BEAUTIFUL WHOLENESS Immerse yourself in a personal and professional development day with real-world, easy-to-apply tools that powerfully transform relationships, careers and lives. Facilitated by Mandy B. Anderson and Raychel Perman of Big Blue Couch Coaching — certified life coaches, business owners, authors and best friends. 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM Holiday Inn Fargo 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo

APRIL 21 EASTER BRUNCH at The Sanctuary 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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APRIL 25 GENERATION BUILDERS 2X2 FUNDRAISING LUNCHEON Join us for a delicious lunch, keynote remarks from a participant mother, and highlights regarding our families and children. $60 per ticket or $500 per table. 11:30 AM DOORS, NOON TO 1:00 PM PROGRAM Holiday Inn 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo or 701-793-5616 a r e a wom a n



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“Forging into the Future” Fashion Show A high-energy fashion show working to bring awareness of community initiatives and organizations by combining innovative design with the thriving momentum of our city's growth and advancement. The event will benefit Pink It Forward — a local nonprofit that provides free care packages for individuals battling breast cancer. 7:00 PM The Pines Venue 4487 165th Ave SE, Davenport, ND 701-367-4466

Inviting you to celebrate adoption stories and enjoy dessert with the Christian Adoption Services family of staff and clients with a fundraiser supporting this local charity that has served the community for 33 years. Free event for attendees to hear about infant adoption in our community — reserve your seats at or by calling 701-237-4473. 6:30 DOORS, 7:00 EVENT Holiday Inn 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo


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Ending multiple sclerosis for good will take all of us. Walk MS helps us team up with friends, loved ones and co-workers to change the world for everyone affected by MS. And with every step we take, every mile we walk, every dollar we raise, we’re that much closer. 8:30 AM REGISTRATION WALK BEGINS AT 10:00 AM Courts Plus Community Fitness Center 3491 S University Dr, Fargo Register at

APRIL 29 10th Anniversary Celebration of THE MAIN LIBRARY BUILDING A reception, open house and short presentation to celebrate and mark the first 10 years of the Main Library building. Light refreshments and live music are part of the festivities. 4:00 – 7:00 PM Main Library 102 3rd St N, Fargo 701-241-1495

MAY 3 & 4 LORD TEACH US TO PRAY: Sitting at the Feet of Jesus Silent spiritual retreat with spiritual director, Nancy Blanski. Nancy is the director of Venite Ministries: a ministry of spiritual formation. Teaching and practice with different prayer forms and time for personal reflection. Tickets $35; then $45 (after April 14). $50 at the door. Register at Lunch and snacks provided on Saturday. MAY 3, 7:00 – 9:00 PM MAY 4, 9:00 – 3:00 PM Hope Lutheran Church 3636 25th St S, Fargo 701-235-6629

MAY 10 HERO’S ANNUAL BASH HERO, Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization, invites you to celebrate with us at our annual event. This evening will feature delicious appetizers and desserts, live and silent auctions, door prizes and guest speakers. Tickets $35 in advance, $40 at the door. 6:00 – 9:00 PM Delta Hotels by Marriott – Crystal Ballroom 1635 42nd St S, Fargo, 701-212-1921

MAY 11 2nd Annual TEE IT UP FOR SPENCER GOLF TOURNAMENT Healthy by all appearances, John ‘Spencer’ Reimer II was born on February 28, 2015 and then passed away in his sleep three days later, most likely from complications of medium-chain acyl-coenzyme A dehydrogenase deficiency (MCADD), an inherited metabolic disorder that prevents the body from converting certain fats to energy. Spencer’s life was far too short, but his mother’s new purpose in life, “Is to honor him by helping other families who have to face the tragedy of losing a child.” All proceeds benefit Faith’s Lodge as well as FOD (Fatty Oxidation Disorders) Family Support Group, and Hopeful Heart Project. Registration deadline: April 26. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 10:00 AM – Golf registration, driving range opens, and lunch 11:00 AM – Golfers tee off (tee times assigned) 5:00 PM – Cocktail hour 6:00 PM – Dinner, program and awards 7:00 PM – Memorial lanterns send off Rose Creek Golf Course 1500 East Rose Creek Pkwy S, Fargo

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MAY 22 FRAUD AND SCAMS LUNCH AND LEARN If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Attend this fraud-watch lunch and learn to hear about the latest scams and what to watch out for so you don’t become a victim. Free, but preregistration is required. Sponsored by AARP North Dakota. 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM FargoDome 1800 North University Dr, Fargo

JUNE 6 REDEFINING MEMORY LOSS: “Living Well Throughout This Journey” Memory Café of the Red River Valley’s First Annual Caregiver Conference with Jayne Clairmont, a nationally recognized leader and consultant in providing care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Clairmont will share her expertise and real-life experience, helping individuals and families find dignity and comfort on the next leg of their journey together. She’ll provide an educated view of what is happening in their loved one’s aging mind, helping caregivers to engage from a more compassionate and enlightened footing, enabling families and their elders to truly enjoy “being in the moment” together. Open to anyone caring for individuals living with dementia including friends, family, clergy and health care professionals. ND LSW CEUs (2.7 hours) pending. To register call 701-404-6712 or email Registration also available at “Redefining Memory Loss” on Tickets: $10 community members, $25 professionals. 12:30 – 4:00 PM Hilton Garden Inn 4351 17th Ave S, Fargo

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Pr ais e b e to th e G o d a n d F a th e r of ou r Lord Jesu s Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. — 1 PE T E R 1 : 3 -5

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