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ALICIA UNDERLEE NELSON Alicia is the creator of prairiestylefile.com, a website that explores the arts, culture, shopping, events and fashion of Fargo-Moorhead and the upper Midwest. She frequently travels across the region in search of what's beautiful and what's next.

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ALEXIS SCOTT Alexis is a relationship builder by day and a freelance writer by night. As a multi-passionate woman, she won’t settle for a life that is anything less than busy and exciting. When she isn’t writing or focusing on her day-to-day career, she is skipping through life with her husband and four young boys.

MEGAN ELGIN Megan grew up on the family farm in small town North Dakota and graduated from MSUM. She loves all things creative including her job as the art director here at Area Woman Magazine. She is passionate about reading as many books as possible and loves discussing them with others. Megan lives in Horace with her husband and son.


JESSICA HOEPER Jessica is a mother of five kids and resides with her family on her husband’s family farm in central Minnesota. Hoeper grew up in the Fargo area before relocating to Minnesota. She is a licensed independent social worker with 15 years of human service experience, specializing in child welfare. Hoeper runs her own human service consulting and training company. And most recently Jessica added author to her tagline. She coauthored a book that became an international best seller on release date, the book is titled “Success Codes: Secrets to Success You Weren’t Taught in School.”

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CONNIE GJERMUNDSON DEB HARRIS • NATTIE JEAN DEB JENKINS • PAULA LARSEN PAT LENERTZ BAND DIANE MILLER • EMY MILLER SARAH MORRAU ROSIE SAUVAGEAU NESTINGEN STELLA PETERSON (2021 Award Winner) SILVER WINDS FLUTE QUARTET BAILEY ROTH • JESSE (VEEDER) SCOFIELD SEEMA TIAN (2021 Award Winner) NITA VELO

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The Emergency Food Pantry works to provide food to individuals and families in their greatest time of need. They will be celebrating their 50th year of operation in 2022, and they are reflecting on the donors and volunteers that have made this accomplishment possible. One particular anonymous donor has started donating to the pantry annually, and at various times throughout the year will contribute directly to clients receiving provisions from the Emergency Food Pantry.

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Richard Larson, a volunteer, has been helping the cause for over half of the Emergency Food Pantry’s service years. Currently, he volunteers twice a week helping with various responsibilities around the pantry. He has also previously served on the board as an investment advisor. Executive Director Stacie Loegering describes him as being instrumental with important decisions for the nonprofit.

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Jenkins is at a place in her life where she is ready to step away from the show. At the age of 70 and as a breast cancer survivor, she is grateful to be here. She would like time to go camping with her husband Mike, travel and spend time with her adult children and grandkids. Jenkins notes, “This event is a year-round, 24/7 job, and I was 100% willing to do what it took to make the show happen, and turn out well.” “I am ready now to start some new adventures because I don’t think I’m going to get any younger,” she says. Enormously grateful to the number of volunteers — including the board, core group members and countless others — Jenkins credits those behind the scenes as well as the community for the show’s longevity.

“We as a board meet monthly, year-round, to plan and sort out details, and we have such a great team of people working for the same vision,” she says. Jenkins adds, “We work hard at keeping the show relevant in people’s minds, for example by hosting house concerts throughout the year, along with interviews, articles and word of mouth.” Fulfilling the show’s mission brings Jenkins great joy. With a focus on mentoring and providing support to young women in the arts, the show has, to date, presented monetary awards to 127 female high school students, with amounts ranging from $250 to $1,000. There is also an endowment fund through the FM Area Foundation that awards scholarships for higher education.


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As a mentor and accomplished musician herself, Jenkins encourages artists to consider that they don’t have to complete with each other, that we are all unique, and bring our own unique perspective to our art, in whatever form that may be. This is beautifully stated throughout the theme song for the show, “One Spirit,” written by board and core member and singer/songwriter, Nita Velo. Each year Jenkins sings the same lines from the One Spirit Song, “We are many different parts, gifts abound with every heart, we are equal, we are strong, one body blessed by God.” For many people it is also the theme song, written by Velo, that captures the heart of the Celebration of Women. The song closes the show each year, performed by the same key singers and the performers from the show group and accompanied by talented percussionists. Velo explaines that the song is inspired by a bible verse in Corinthians that speaks of many different kinds of spiritual gifts, but all are from the same spirit. The song began with the opening line that came to her, “I have one hand.” Velo had recorded just that line and shared it with her friend. He laughed at her, and she told him, “That’s going to be a great song!”

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When it came time to record the song, Velo says Roger Gress came in to play percussion and it added a lot. His idea for a beat with a native American style of rhythm really made the song, she says. For Velo, the show is the only time her song “One Spirit” comes to life. She greatly admires Jenkins and her love of music and community: “To pour into this show and give back through those awards — she has influenced and inspired so many. When you think of the show, it’s Deb.” This year the show welcomes back the beloved Margie Bailey, former director of the Fargo Theatre, as co-emcee with Jenkins. Bailey says she’s loved the concept for this annual celebration since Jenkins first presented it to her in her office at the Fargo Theatre in the fall of 1997. Thrilled and honored to reprise her role as an emcee of the show, Bailey says in previous years

as emcee she was given the freedom to express her passion for the mission of the celebration. Bailey says she did this by “wearing zany costumes and singing songs from musicals with rewritten words that addressed my astonishment at current political and social agendas.” Appreciative of how the show has evolved over the years by retaining a core team of women with an increasing number of emerging talented performers, Bailey says, “Every year the evening leaves the audience with a sense of gratitude for the wealth of talented women in our community.” Honored by the community support of the show, Jenkins says, “The amount of people in this area who have wanted to support the show and its mission continues to amaze me.” Jenkins is especially proud that the Celebration of Women has stayed true to its mission:

“To recognize artistic passion in women and create opportunities for emerging and established artists by opening avenues for networking, mentoring, support and promotion of their individual talents.” For Jenkins, the performers, volunteers and award winners, it is the relationships and encouragement that have deeply impacted and continue to influence so many over the years. Although Jenkins is hanging up her hat with the show, she is open to the possibility and hope that another dreamer or visionary may pick up the baton and continue the Annual Celebration of Women and Their Music. “Twenty-five years is an amazing feat to have continued doing this wonderful nonprofit. I’ve beyond met the expectations that I have had for following my dream,” Jenkins says.

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Hi Jess, Thanks for wondering with us. I was talking with co-workers about self-care and we were talking about how we know what self-care is by dictionary definition, but none of us really know if we are doing it right. My wondering is, “What does self-care really look like and how do we know we are doing it or if we need it?” — Teresa

Dear Teresa,

Thank you for this question. It is a topic that I think about and talk with others about often. My wondering around self-care often starts with noticing the minus sign, why is self and care separated by a MINUS sign. Okay, I know it is a hyphen and not a minus sign, but I cannot help but see a minus sign and think about what visual power that may have. We know that hyphens are meant to join words that are not otherwise joined, but why is it that self and care and not already joined words? Healthcare, childcare, and, for goodness sakes, footcare, are all “care” words that are so commonly used together that they are now one word. So let’s be a bit rebellious and add a plus sign, self+care, until these two words are joined as one. Back to your question, “What does ‘self+care’ really look like and how do we know we are doing it or if we need it?” I am going to take these in parts. First: What does “self+care” really look like? This is where I think we get tripped up and compare our own needs with what helps others. I think the world tells us what “self+care” is supposed to look like, i.e., dream vacations, giant bubbles baths, yoga, spa days, kickboxing etc. All of these may be ways of caring for ourselves, but the secret to “self+care” is that this is care that only you can accurately assess and take care of.

Others can help support your “self+care,” but no one can do it for you or can tell you what will be best for you. Here is where knowing yourself, taking time to get to know your mind, body and spirit, is so important. If you do not know what lights up and lightens up your mind, body and spirit, then you will not know what is needed to care for self. I think when you know what lights you up and lightens you up, we can then merge into the next parts of your question, “How do we know we are doing it and if we need it?” When you find something that makes you feel light and peaceful, that is when you know you are “self+caring.” And then also when you notice you need lightening up from the heavy stuff of life, that is your mind, body and spirit alerting you to care for self. Oh Teresa, this topic is so important. I feel like I could write so much in response to this. But, for now, let’s end on agreeing to courageously get to know ourselves better: mind, body and spirit. Then take care of self when self needs care! And let’s add a plus sign to the word itself or simply connect the word: “self+care” or “selfcare!”

Jess

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Hi Jess, I often wonder how other women, as they are aging, impart their lives’ wisdom to the next generation?

Dear Joanie,

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Harvest the wisdom you wish to impart. Harvest in any way that best fits you, but harvest it nonetheless — through letter writing, book writing, note taking, picture capturing, verbal storytelling, recipe sharing, sewing and crafting! It is the awareness that you intend to share your wisdom that will activate the desire to find ways to impart this wisdom. These intentions can be infused into any way you feel called to harvest them. Story sharing is the most powerful tool we have as humans to impart our wisdom. A large part of history understanding is learned through storytelling. I think of the things I’ve learned about people I care about, and it is often through stories. My mom was just telling me a story about a student whose life she impacted in a very unassuming way that had great ripple effects. I learned the power of connection and relationship through this story. Or another example of storytelling that imparted wisdom to me, is when I got to hear my aunt tell her story of chemical dependency to sobriety at an open AA meeting. The wisdom of understanding how possible healing is has greatly influenced the work that I do. These stories, full of wisdom, would have passed me by had these two women not intentionally verbally shared their stories.


Wisdom can also be shared with the next generation through tradition sharing. Sharing traditions helps the next generation understand where traditions came from and why and how come these traditions are so meaningful to you or your family. Traditions show up in happy times, such as holidays, weddings, baby showers, etc.; and traditions show up in the harder times of life, such as disaster, death and hardship. But no matter the event, you have wisdom to share through traditions. Often when I drive by an assisted living facility or nursing home, I get very curious about all the lived experiences and wisdom that is inside! Culturally we do not have a very robust way of honoring the wisdom of life lived through years of being on this earthly journey. We could simply change that by intentionally spending time with wisdom sharing, as an overt piece of our conversations, with each other. Who doesn’t love to learn about someone’s journey and lessons learned from those experiences? No one is without pearls of wisdom! Also, check in with others, and ask how they are imparting their wisdom to the next generation. This may be a very beautiful space to share with others, both in learning their “hows” and joining in the collective effort of enhancing wisdom sharing. Thank you, Joanie, for stirring us all to wonder and consider how we are imparting our wisdom onto the next generations!

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rom diet to exercise, there are many ways we can support our hearts.

However, when it comes to catching problems early, there’s no better resource than heart and vascular screenings.

The difference, explained You may be asking yourself, “Aren’t heart and vascular screenings the same thing?” While they are similar, they’re also very different, says Alexa Reynolds, Sanford Health lead exercise physiologist at the Fargo Center for Screening. Reynolds says a heart screening looks at the risk for coronary heart disease.

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“We would be looking at their blood pressure. We run a cholesterol check, we check their height and weight, and do an EKG (electrocardiogram) of their heart to look at rate and rhythm,” she says. “Then, we use a tool called a Framingham score to assess their 10-year risk for developing heart disease. If our patients are found to be at a high risk, that means 6% or higher for the next 10 years, then the patient does a CT scan, which looks at the calcium build up.”


A vascular screening, Reynolds explains, is essentially an ultrasound of a patient’s arteries in their neck, abdominal aorta, and legs.

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Why they’re important Reynolds says they’re different screenings, but equally important. “Your risk of heart attack and stroke kind of go hand in hand. In some cases, if you have calcium buildup in the heart, you most likely have plaque somewhere else in your body as well,” Reynolds says. She says that as we grow older, calcium naturally builds in our arteries. This makes yearly screenings all the more important.

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What is a hot flash and what causes it? A hot flash (also called a hot flush) is a sudden, intense feeling of warmth in the face, neck and chest that is often accompanied with profuse sweating. The “flash” occurs when blood vessels near the surface of the skin widen, or dilate. (A hot flash that occurs during the night is called a night sweat.) While the exact causes are unknown, common triggers are menopause, hormone changes, embarrassment, spicy foods, alcohol, tight clothing, stress, heat and smoking. Hot flashes affect nearly 75% of perimenopausal women according to the North American Menopause Society. Hot flashes are an uninvited guest that often overstay their welcome. They first show up for most women in their forties, and drop in, off and on for an average of seven years. However, some women can have hot flashes for 11 years or longer.

Management/ Treatment Options Full prevention of hot flashes, unfortunately, isn’t likely possible, but there are a number of ways to lessen the frequency and intensity of hot flashes, such as: Learning which specific triggers may cause hot flashes for you and then trying to avoid those triggers Taking sips of ice water when you feel a hot flash coming Carrying a portable fan with you and keeping a fan on while you sleep Practicing meditation to reduce stress Exercising regularly Dressing in layers Wearing loose fitting clothing Quitting smoking Using certain prescription medications such as antidepressants, a specific anti-seizure medication, or a specific blood pressure medication may help Using hormone replacement therapy

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STEP 1:

Discuss hot flashes and night sweats with friends.

Just as every individual is unique, each individual's hot flash experience will be different. Some women will never experience a hot flash, or their hot flashes may be mild and tolerable. However, many others will experience a high frequency and high intensity of hot flashes for over a decade.

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Experimentation may be needed to find the most effective way to navigate this part of life since there is no one-size-fits all solution. Despite this, there are certainly effective ways to combat hot flashes. Talk with your primary care provider or reach out to healthcare professionals that specialize in helping this group of patients to learn more.

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P H OTO G R A P H Y : DAV I D A R N TS O N counseling students gather with ↑ MSUM practicum coordinator, Jessica Brown. From left to right: Amanda Bushaw, Kyle Sundberg, Jessica Brown, Julia Solem.

Rachel Meuchel, school counselor at Watford City High School, meets virtually with MSUM counseling student Julia Solem.

“We kept hearing there is a significant lack of mental health services, especially in rural areas,” Brown says. “This was a way to meet their needs and ours.”

Rachel Meuchel tried for years to coordinate additional mental health services for her students at Watford City (North Dakota) High School. Her biggest barriers were those faced by many rural school districts: easy access to providers and cost. This spring, students in the counseling master’s program at Minnesota State University Moorhead addressed those obstacles and offered free mental health services to students via secure virtual visits. More than 40 students at eight area schools received much-needed counseling services. “We are beyond grateful that MSUM offered this opportunity,” Meuchel says. “They solved one piece of our mental health puzzle for the year.”

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Students in the MSUM Master of Science program complete supervised practicums as part of their graduate program. Typically, students fill those hours by offering free services through the on-campus Community Outreach Center. Because of COVID-19, those in-person sessions weren’t an option this year, says Dr. Jessica Brown, assistant professor. She reached out to area K-12 schools to see if there was interest in counseling delivered via telehealth.

Federal data shows that one in every four or five youth meet criteria for a mental disorder. Anxiety and depression are the most common disorders. Brown says the MSUM graduate students also met with students dealing with issues such as abuse in the home, suicide ideation, self-harm and grief. While schools may have a counselor or social worker on staff, these positions have numerous responsibilities ranging from testing and offering career advisement to teaching social skills in the classroom or to small groups. Meuchel says there isn’t time to offer regular, weekly mental health counseling to individual students. There are private therapists available in Watford City, but some families don’t have insurance that covers mental health services; others are unable to transport their students. In some cases, families would have to drive an hour to an hour-anda-half to access affordable care.


So Meuchel was thrilled when MSUM graduate students offered to work with students while they were in the school building. “A lot of our students just need someone to talk to about things,” she says. Julia Solem, Fargo, was one of the MSUM counseling students who worked with Watford City students. “It was meaningful to work with a population that wouldn’t otherwise have had this service,” she says. “It feels good to make a difference where you can.”

The support I’ve received from faculty is amazing. The flexibility they offer and their willingness to help has attributed to my success.

Amanda Bushaw, another MSUM student, counseled students at Nay Ah Shing Schools, which serve the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in central Minnesota. She was excited to apply theory and see clients one-on-one. Counseling students virtually was challenging at first, but she quickly adapted.

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“It was such an amazing experience,” she says. “When you go into counseling, you do it with the intent of helping anyone you can. It was incredible to be there for students.” Giving students access to counseling in school was valuable, says Marge Weber, the school social worker at Nay Ah Shing. She provided students with a private space and a computer. “It gave them independence and control over their wellbeing,” she says. “Our kids were proud to have had the opportunity to talk with someone. I get giddy when I think about it.” Brianna Kirchner is a licensed school counselor at Warren-Alvarado-Oslo Elementary in northern Minnesota. During the past year, she has seen more students with anxiety and a need to process changes that came with the pandemic. “It’s been a stressful year,” she says. “It’s nobody’s fault, but our mental health needs have skyrocketed.” Kyle Sundberg, an MSUM graduate student in the counseling program, met with three students at Kirchner’s school weekly. He researched activities they could do together online and brainstormed ways to keep the young students engaged virtually. “I think telehealth will become more and more popular,” he says. “It’s a positive for the profession because you can reach a more diverse population. It was a great experience for all of us.” [ aw ]

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ased on everything Ryder Thompson encountered — and survived — prior to turning 1, his first birthday, on Dec. 9, 2021, was more than a celebration. It was a day of reflection and gratitude. “It was a whirlwind of emotions,” says Stephanie Thompson, Ryder’s mother. “It was such an exciting milestone because 12 months ago we had no idea where we’d be at this point. We’re just so excited to see him growing and doing things that we weren’t totally sure he’d be able to do. He’s such a little blessing.” It was in October 2020, during a routine pregnancy check-up, that Stephanie’s care team at Essentia Health noticed what initially appeared to be an irregular heartbeat. Additional testing revealed a rare condition known as tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). A combination of four separate heart defects, TOF negatively impacts blood flow through the heart and can reduce the amount

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of oxygen that is delivered to the rest of the body. There are numerous potential complications, some of them life-threatening. Stephanie and her family, including husband Ryan, were shocked. As her due date neared, Stephanie and Ryan weighed their options. They wanted to deliver at Essentia Health rather than Children’s Minnesota in Minneapolis “because we had our care team there.” That included pediatric cardiologist Kristina Rauser-Foltz, MD, as well as pediatricians, obstetrician-gynecologists and midwives. The challenges did not end when Ryder was born. Conversely, they intensified. Ryder would need open-heart surgery at 6 months. Until then, the Thompsons were encouraged to help Ryder avoid periods of prolonged crying, which could have resulted in a “blue spell.” That compounded the nerve-racking uncertainty of Ryder’s congenital heart condition. “He trained us,” Stephanie says. “If he squeaked, we’d come running.”

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A day after turning 6 months old, Ryder had open-heart surgery at Children’s to repair the four defects of TOF. That procedure could have been delayed because Ryder contracted COVID-19 at 3 months. Lingering symptoms would have pushed back his surgery, but he received the green light. Things went well, and while Ryder likely will need additional surgeries down the road, recovery is on track.


Thanks no doubt in part to watching his older brother, 3-year-old Oliver, Ryder was walking at 11 months. “He’s a peanut,” mom says, but a healthy and happy one. The expectation is for Ryder to be able to do almost all the things little boys like to do. He should be able to play sports, though Stephanie says maybe not at an Olympic level. “I’m not too concerned with him being an Olympian,” she jokes. More concerning to Stephanie, at least during a recent conversation shortly after his first birthday, was watching Ryder playfully throw himself off the couch. He learned that from Oliver, too, mom jokes. She’s thankful for the care and dogged attention to detail of Dr. Rauser-Foltz, who has been there for the Thompsons every step of the way. Stephanie says she never felt like “just another number.” Instead, Rauser-Foltz would reach out to her proactively, before and after Ryder was born. She told Stephanie “never be afraid to call.” The two regularly exchanged messages through MyChart. At one point, Rauser-Foltz noticed that Stephanie had brought Ryder in to the Essentia Health-South University Clinic for walk-in care because he wasn’t feeling well. Rauser-Foltz called Stephanie before she was off the campus, just to check in. “[Rauser-Foltz] really walked us through that whole process, and it was so comforting to me, knowing that she was there,” Stephanie says. “She was constantly consulting with her peers and letting us know that ‘It’s not just me making these decisions — it’s a team of experts working on your son’s case.’ That transparency was really cool. I was extremely happy and comfortable to be at Essentia.” Rauser-Foltz is thrilled with Ryder’s progress. “As a physician at Essentia, it’s a privilege to care for children with congenital heart disease, such as Ryder,” she says. “As a mother myself, I, too, can understand and empathize deeply with the worry and concern of parents like Stephanie and Ryan, who are going through these turbulent experiences. I am grateful for the relationships that I build with families like the Thompsons, and strive to provide the best care for each child that steps into my office. “It has been rewarding to watch Ryder respond so well to surgery, and I look forward to continuing to see him grow and develop in the years to come.” [ aw ]

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The adventure began almost a year before the project kicked off, with many conversations on what our clients’ hopes were for the home they fell in love with. The home was made for entertaining, but the kitchen was closed off, and was not conducive to the way their active family used the space. The dream was to open a wall that was shared with a small cozy sitting room that was underutilized, and create a eat-up peninsula. The Kitchen Refresh team focuses on trying to salvage as many cabinets as possible when working through layout changes. By moving all the cabinetry surrounding the fridge and shifting it to the former breakfast nook of the kitchen, not only was storage maintained, but it limited the number of new cabinets needed for the space. Waste not, want not. Most of the new cabinets came in the creation of the new eat-up peninsula.

Smart solutions were utilized when planning for this active family regarding the peninsula layout. A double roll-out trash and recycling unit was housed on the far end, with hidden roll outs on the opposite side for easy access of meal prep related items. The center of the new peninsula was designed to house a microwave for easy reheating and to limit overall visual exposure. The Kitchen Refresh team worked with the client to select new quartz countertops; coordinated flooring selection, installation, layout changes and textural elements; all while having an absolute blast working with the client to meet their goals.

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xplore the exquisite design and commitment to detail in the popular "Sarah” home model from Dabbert Custom Homes. Boasting over 2,500 square feet of living space and an oversized three-stall garage, the Sarah provides the space for families, friends and entertainment while keeping home maintenance low and efficient. With the first few looks on the outside of this model, it’s apparent Dabbert commits to craftsmanship and details. The exterior of this home is charming and timeless. The stained corbels and neutral brick along with a gel-stained front door bring out the beauty of wood grain for outstanding curb appeal. The oversized three-stall garage is 26 feet in depth, complete with a floor drain. The garage is insulated and sheet rocked with a seven and a half foot steel, insulated garage door, all standard. Keeping cars and toys cozy in the winter.

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Step into the open entryway and be met with nine foot ceilings and an oversized hallway. Plenty of space to greet guests and a natural “drop-zone” for those on the go. Up the stairs to the main floor, the space is grand, open and bright. A client favorite, the 12 foot ceilings and great natural light in the combined kitchen, dining and living room offer endless potential for personalization and design. All Dabbert homes come with luxury vinyl plank flooring for durability and quality with plenty of color schemes for personalization.

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he top floor is reserved for privacy and comfort. The primary suite features an oversized walk-in closet and bath. The large window overlooking the front of the house with two smaller windows allows natural light year-round. The bath boasts a six foot long vanity made of the same rich hickory cabinets and bold black hardware to continue the craftsman design. The flooring is vinyl tiles in a neutral beige. The model shows a large walk-in shower, while customizable specifics are available. The top floor also features a second bedroom with a dedicated, private bathroom. This bedroom is flexible for a children's room, a craft space, or visiting guests. The laundry room, another client favorite, provides a dedicated space for household chores, an easy distance from the bedrooms just a hallway away.


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Heading downstairs, the living space brings in great natural light along with two bedrooms and a bathroom. The under-stair storage can also be personalized into a fourth level flex space. Many clients have indulged in this Dabbert custom feature that measures 9-by-22 feet and is finished with trim and carpet. Some Dabbert clients have turned this unique space into a hidden play area (cue no stepping on Lego pieces!), a man cave, or even a hidden storage space. Dabbert has an array of floor plans and designs to view in premiere locations throughout the FM and Horace area.

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Building a home can feel unfamiliar. Dabbert takes the confusion and chaos out of the building process right from the start. According to Megan Grote, client services with Dabbert, “Communication is key. We take the time at the front end to really listen to their wants and needs and help them fit that into their desired price point. We have personalized each of our floorplans in many different ways for clients. This has been beneficial because we can show new clients the possibilities. Our builder is a true visionary and has the ability to draw an idea based on a client’s questions and dreams. Witnessing this happen on paper with the client and builder is a true difference we can deliver.”

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The ability to cater to the unique journeys of all their clients has become a science and craft to Dappert. Not one Dabbert home is the same as another, but the Dabbert team can execute because of their precision of building. Grote states, “Our team takes We specialize in designing and building homes tailored to suit your needs as well as providing move in ready homes. a lot of pride in the science behind building. Our WE SPECIALIZE IN DESIGNING AND BUILDING HOMES TAILORED TO entire project management team has eyes on the SUIT YOUR NEEDS AS We WELL ASaPROVIDING MOVE IN READY HOMES. have variety of lots in premier locations throughout plans prior to building. We can ensure that nothing Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead and Horace areas. WE HAVE A VARIETY OF LOTS IN PERMIER LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT is missed prior to and during the build. We facilitate dabberthomes.com // 701-205-4979 // info@dabberthomes.com FARGO, WEST FARGO, MOORHEAD & HORACE AREAS many quality control walkthroughs throughout the process as well. We have amazing partners in DABBERTHOMES.COM trades who understand our building expectations.” 701.205.4979 | info@dabberthomes.com

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Celebrations bring people you love together to share in memorable events and share good food and drink! And while we all love the celebrating part, the planning part might pose a little more daunting task for some. Never fear! I am my mother’s daughter, which means planning and preparing food for large gatherings is in my blood. Here are some services offered at Stone Town Grill that could help in making your upcoming celebration unique and low stress.

C AT E R I N G When dining at Stone Town Grill, you get to build your own bowl from our large fresh food bar and flavor your meal with sauces from cuisines all over the world. Whether you are in the mood for a burrito bowl, Mediterranean pasta, or stir fry, the combinations are endless. For catering events served buffet style, we can create a wide variety of grain, pasta or salad platters to serve your guests. We offer some signature platter options (such as Thai peanut with chicken, rice noodles and veggies) or you can create your own unique platter combinations to suit your taste. We love helping guests pick out delicious food combinations and pair sauces with their meals. So whether you know exactly what you want or just have a general idea, we can definitely help you plan your food offerings. Beyond that, we also take special care in accommodating any food allergies or special dietary needs, so all your guests can enjoy a great meal.

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If your gathering is smaller, we also offer individual bowl options, which allows for each person to have their own custom-made meal. This option works great for business or professional meetings as well as athletic teams for pre- or post-game meals. One fun experience from last year was getting the opportunity to cater a wedding rehearsal dinner for 100 people. The groom’s family wanted to create a build-your-own-bowl spread for their dinner, so we worked with them to help pick out which items they wanted to offer, what they wanted served hot or cold, calculated quantities, and helped them plan their layout and setup. They were wonderful to work with and the dinner was a hit.

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ver my career as a counselor, I have met with numerous individuals who live in incredibly difficult marriages and relationships. On the surface, there are many reasons for those complicated relationships: differences in upbringing, cultural differences, mental and physical health issues, spiritual issues, anger, grief, abuse, and trauma, are examples. And these are all real challenges. And they need to be addressed. But, believe it or not, how we approach and respond to those issues has a much greater impact on the quality of the relationship than the issues themselves.

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The root problem of a stunning number of marital difficulties is, in its simplest form, selfishness. I know that sounds harsh but, truth be told, we all want what we want and sometimes to the detriment of others. By nature, we are all self-centered. But when we receive Jesus’ love, the Holy Spirit brings the love of God into our hearts, as Romans 5:5 indicates (“We know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”). And the root cure for self-centeredness is love. Love and selfishness are opposites. Galatians 5 lists the character qualities the Holy Spirit will produce in our lives if we allow him, and these include love. When we experience God’s love in that way, we also develop the capacity and desire to genuinely express love in an others-focused way. Expressing love is the most powerful thing we can do for our spouse. There are many ways to do this: by being generous with our time,

serving our spouse in ways that acknowledge their needs and values even when they don’t resonate perfectly with our own or we don’t believe they deserve them, choosing grace, humility, patience and forgiveness. Are you feeling convicted as you read this? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! And there’s no shame in it. Remember, we are all self-centered by nature. Over the years I have challenged many clients to try this “unconditional love” experiment with your partner. How does it work? Discover your spouse’s primary love language (Acts of Service, Quality Time, Gifts, Physical Touch, or Words of Affirmation) and give it at least once a week for six months, no matter how you are treated in return. I have seen hard, harsh, cruel people soften long before the six months are over. When you love intentionally and unconditionally instead of loving when you feel like it and only to the level you perceive the other person “deserves” to be loved, you can become the agent of


healing for your spouse and your marriage. And you also have a much greater chance of being loved in those same ways, even on the days when you are the unlovely one.

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Congratulations!

You’re getting married to the love of your life. You get

to have the special day you’ve been dreaming of forever — a day to celebrate your love with family and friends. But with all that celebration comes a plethora of planning. For most people, their wedding day is the largest event they ever plan. There are so many decisions to make and so many factors to consider, all while staying within a budget. Of course, planning a wedding is undeniably exciting, but it can also put you under a hefty amount of stress. Don’t worry, though, because we’ve got some tips to help manage that stress and keep it from interfering with the most magical day of your life.

Ask for help

No matter how big or small your wedding will be, you need help! You can hire help in the form of a wedding planner, or you can ask friends and family to contribute where they’d be most helpful. For example, I had my mother-in-law make all the table arrangements for our reception because she has incredible crafting skills. I still use those arrangements in my home today. Most people in our lives are more than happy to help but are just waiting to be asked because they don’t want to “step on anyone’s toes.” So, don’t be too afraid or too proud to ask for help.

Deep breathing

It takes the body about three minutes of deep breathing to get its stress response levels to decrease. Practicing three minutes of deep breathing each day can help teach your body to automatically use slower breathing techniques in response to stress. You can do this on your own — just inhale deeply for four seconds, hold that breath for two seconds, and slowly exhale for six seconds. You can also find a variety of relaxation apps to guide you through breathing exercises. Deep breathing is a great skill you can use anytime and anywhere, even when that one annoying cousin is trying to steal the spotlight.

Don’t sweat the details

No one, literally no one, will remember if a table decoration is missing a flower or if there aren’t an equal number of cupcakes. This day is about celebrating you, your partner, and the love you have for one another, so don’t fixate on trying to put on an event that rivals the Kardashians. A simple but effective question I have every bride (and her mother) ask themselves is, “In five years from now, will I even remember (insert minor issue here)?” If the answer is no — and I promise, most of the time it is — then don’t sweat it. Move on to the next thing.

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Focus on the moment Weddings can take months (sometimes years) to plan. One moment, it seems like the big day is forever away. Then suddenly, it’s over in the blink of an eye. Remind yourself to appreciate every moment. Soak everything in and be mindful of where your mind wanders; it’s easy to focus on your to-do list or get stuck looking forward to what’s coming next, but when we do that, we miss the magic of the moment we’re in right now. And if you think about it, the only moment we’re ever in is right now, so don’t let it pass you by. Whether it’s an app, a book, an exercise, anything — there are so many ways to practice mindfulness.

Listen to your gut This day is not your mother’s, not your motherin-law’s, not your maid of honor’s … it’s yours and your partner’s. Try to remain focused on doing what the two of you want to do, not what everyone else thinks you should do. If there’s someone you don’t want to invite, don’t invite them! If you really don’t want to serve a particular food, don’t! Make the most of your time by staying true to what the both of you want on your day. You won’t regret it.

It’s no secret that planning a wedding is a major life stressor. If you implement these tips and find you are still struggling with the stress of it all, please reach out to a mental health professional for help.

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Morgan + Nick J U LY 23, 202 1 “Wherever you go, I want to go too. I love our adventures. I love when we’re wild. And together we’re unstoppable.” Straight from her wedding vows to Nick, Morgan’s words capture her bright spirit and the tropical bohemian theme of their wedding day. This active duo each come from North Dakota farming families. While their parents knew each other through the farming community, Morgan and Nick didn’t connect more closely until a chance meeting at a golf event a few years ago. Their common interests led to a deeper attraction and they’ve been together ever since. After weathering several ups and downs, including losing their two dogs and all of their belongings in a house fire, the couple knew they were stronger together. Nick proposed on a mountaintop in Arizona with their best friends cheering them on. As a couple who loves to travel, Morgan and Nick knew that a destination wedding wasn’t in the cards this year. So they brought the tropical destination of their dreams to The Pines. Vibrant colors and lush


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tropical florals complemented the rustic beauty of the venue. Wedding coordinator Amy Lee of Breathe and Relax Events helped pull together the theme during the planning stage and kept the wedding day on track. “Amy was the glue that pulled everything together. Anything I asked, she took care of it right away. She treated it like it was her wedding day and not very many people will go above and beyond to make someone else’s day so special,” says Morgan. “I can’t express how special she is to me and how highly I think of her. Every bride needs someone as compassionate and organized as Amy at their wedding.” All eleven bridesmaids, dressed in vibrant colors from emerald to golden yellow to mauve, spent the morning getting ready with Morgan. “I chose all the bridesmaid dresses online. It was a little scary not being able to see them in person first, but it was worth it,” she says. The kaleidoscope of colors was highlighted in stunning bouquets by Love Always Floral that made a statement next to the sand-colored suits with soft floral bowties worn by the groomsmen. Once dressed in her tulle gown with lace overlay, Morgan had a special moment with her dad for a private first look. “You don’t get many calm moments throughout the day, so it was really nice to have that time alone with my dad,” says Morgan. The couple also kept their first look private to make it as intimate as possible. She continues, “Your reaction can be a little skewed and distracted with other people watching. I highly recommend planning a private moment into your wedding day schedule. It really does create a quiet moment to be in tune with how you are feeling. You need that time for clarity and calmness.”

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The weather also took note of the theme and contributed to the tropical feel as they were married on the hottest day of the summer. The ceremony took place outside in front of green trees and a circle arch with more tropical florals. A basket of white parasols next to the programs provided waiting guests with the option for a bit of shade. Following the heartfelt ceremony where they exchanged their personally written vows, the couple was led down the aisle by their dog, Rico. As guests stepped into the barn for the reception, they were greeted by more colorful florals gracing the tables and creating a focal point above the head table. A boxwood backdrop featuring a floral swag framing the words “better together” in bright neon provided the perfect photo opportunity for guests. The dessert table displayed large monstera leaves holding plates of small individual cakes or “bundtinis” by Nothing Bundt Cakes. Morgan had first come across Nothing Bundt Cakes at a friend’s wedding. “They were so good, I took extras up to my room afterwards for later. I had to have them at our wedding,” she says. Giant letters proclaiming the couple’s new last name lit up the dance floor as Morgan and Nick shared their first dance. The couple made a point to stick together during the evening. Morgan also recommends this for couples planning their own wedding, “Don’t leave each other’s side throughout the night. It’s so easy to get pulled away to talk to this person or that person. When you stick together, at least you’re having that same conversation together. After all, that’s what really matters.” Morgan and Nick spent their honeymoon at Glacier National Park in Montana. In Morgan’s vows, she mentioned the hope to add more animals to their family. On the drive home, her request came true when a stray dog ran out in front of their car. After seeing how thin and dirty he was, the couple brought him home with them to Jamestown where he now lives happily with them and Rico. [ aw ]

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Hanna + Hunter AUGU ST 28 , 202 1 Downtown Fargo holds a lot of special memories for Hanna and Hunter, including the day they first met at Rosey’s Bistro a few years ago. Their timeless chic wedding day perfectly captured their love for the area, and for each other. Hunter planned a surprise proposal during a trip to Seattle to visit friends. With the help of those friends, they found a beautiful spot overlooking a lake nestled in between the mountains. Hunter took the opportunity to tell Hanna “how grateful he was to be there with her and that they should take in all of the beauty surrounding them.” He then pulled out a small white box with the engagement ring and asked Hanna to marry him. Later that evening they celebrated at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Seattle skyline. From Seattle back to Fargo, Hanna and Hunter began planning their wedding day. A big inspiration for Hanna was Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding in the “Sex and the City” movie. “Everything was so chic and timeless,” she says. The day started out at The Bunker, an underground speakeasy in the heart of downtown. After an emotional first look, the couple spent some quiet time together taking photos. Hanna says “The Bunker had the coolest environment and added to our timeless theme. We spent some time together to soak it all in, which was one of the most special times of the day.”

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Photographer Abby Anderson adds, “This wedding was bold, chic and fabulous! I love seeing how Hunter and Hanna’s relationship is one of mutual trust and admiration.” They were joined by their wedding party for group photos, pizza and a round of pool. More photos around downtown showcased the couple’s city aesthetic. Hanna loves to style things and be creative, so having photos that reflected their wedding style meant a lot. She adds, “I told Abby my inspiration and she ran with it!” Heading to the wedding venue, the family-oriented couple took some private time with their families before the ceremony. Hanna mentions, “Our ceremony was officiated by one of our closest friends. She is such a comforting and happy presence in our lives, which made this time cherished that much more beautiful.” Hunter’s thoughtful nature led to what Hanna says was her favorite part of the day, “hearing the vows that he wrote to me. It was such a special moment to hear him reflect on, and appreciate, all of the details that ultimately make us the couple that we are.” The night continued with a cocktail hour followed by dinner, speeches, cake and dancing. One thing the couple decided to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic was eliminating the dessert table. They instead provided individual bundt cakes or “bundtinis” from Nothing Bundt Cakes at each guest’s place setting. Hanna says, “They were a huge hit.” A honeymoon on the beach in Cancun, Mexico, gave the newlyweds a chance to relax and recharge. Hanna offers up her words of wisdom for other couples, “My piece of advice for anybody planning a wedding right now would be to stick to what is most important to you and your fiancé. I would also advise anybody planning a wedding to limit the number of things you offer to do yourselves; they add up quickly!” Most importantly, she adds, “Do your best to be present and focus on your love for your spouse throughout the entire day.” [ aw ]

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Kelly + Devin JANUA RY 9 , 202 1 A winter wedding in Minnesota might not be every couple’s first choice, but it’s always been Kelly’s dream. She grew up attending Mass on Christmas Eve at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. For her, the church elaborately decorated with beautiful poinsettias seemed the perfect setting for a romantic wedding ceremony. “Ever since I can remember, I said I would get married in that church during the Christmas season,” she says. These high school sweethearts stayed together through two years of long-distance dating before they both ended up in Moorhead for college. Kelly studied nutrition and dietetics while playing softball at Concordia College and Devin studied exercise science and played football at MSUM. In January of 2019, the couple celebrated the holidays in California with Devin’s family and took a day trip to Disneyland. Sleeping Beauty’s castle decorated in red and gold Christmas decorations made for the perfect photo backdrop, and surprise proposal spot. Devin dropped to one knee and Kelly happily said “yes!”

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A Disneyland proposal and Kelly’s dream of a church dressed in red poinsettias gave them the perfect theme — classic Christmas meets Beauty and the Beast. They started planning an early January wedding with a red and gold color scheme featuring their favorite colors. Of course, changing rules due to COVID-19 meant the couple had to continually adapt their plans right up until the wedding day. “With the help and creativity of family and friends, we tried to find ways to incorporate what we felt were the most important aspects of the wedding into our day,” Kelly says.


The church was decorated just as beautifully as Kelly dreamed and every tree outside was frosted in white as Devin and Kelly’s wedding day arrived. Moderate winter temperatures with little wind made for a magical January day. The couple was able to have all of their invited guests at the ceremony. Because of reception restrictions, they decided to share their first dance and cake cutting with all the guests by doing them immediately following the ceremony at the back of the church while guests remained seated in their pews. They also celebrated the mother-son dance and fatherdaughter dance in the same way. The newlywed couple donned masks to great guests one by one as they got ready to leave the church. Devin says this was his favorite part of the wedding. “The ability to still have such an intimate wedding with all of our guests during this pandemic, and being able to still have everyone present for the ceremony, dances and cake, was so special.” Those closest to the couple bundled up in warm winter gear and headed to the nearby Spitfire restaurant for an outdoor reception on the patio. “We knew that outdoor dining was still allowed, so as hardy Minnesotans we decided to have an outdoor wedding reception for our close family and friends,” the couple says. Warm fires and chicken wild rice soup kept everyone toasty. The intimate dinner with a small group meant the reception was stress free for the couple and they could enjoy that time with their closest family and friends. “It was amazing to have such a memorable dinner with everyone bundled up near the fireplaces on the patio,” says Kelly when asked about her favorite part. “It definitely was never in my wedding day vision, but I could not have asked for anything better!” The next day, Devin and Kelly left for a weeklong honeymoon in Duluth where they stayed on the shoreline of Lake Superior, went hiking, and explored the area. In the past year, the couple has moved back to their hometown of Windom, Minnesota, bought their first home, and are now expecting a baby girl in late February. Looking back, they advise couples planning their own weddings to try not to stress so much during the planning process. “It rarely will turn out exactly how you picture it in your mind, but it will turn out how it’s supposed to. At the end of the day, it is about you two and the new road ahead of you.” And they graciously offer their sincere thanks to everyone involved in making their wedding day so special. “Our day would not have turned out as magical as it did if not for our amazing support system, and we are super grateful for them.” [ aw ]

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“It’s kind of a combination of a few different things that brought me to where I am today,” Lee explains, a mixture of effervescence and efficiency coloring her words. “My dad owned a movie theater and I’ve always been a romantic movie, happy ending kind of person. I love ‘love stories’ in general.” A childhood fueled by family (and more than a few films at her father’s Park River, North Dakota, movie theater) left Lee with many happy memories. She earned a degree in sales, marketing and management from Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks and spent over decade working in creative and wedding-adjacent fields. Lee styled brides’ and promgoers’ hair for more than 15 years, enjoyed a long career as a DJ, perfected her photography skills and also worked as a commercial and residential interior designer. Lee flitted between these creative fields with verve and curiosity, gathering experience and gaining expertise. She worked with a variety of people and worked tirelessly to help her clients discover and elevate their own style. Don’t let her winding career path (or her fondness for blush pink, happy endings and anything with sparkles) fool you — Lee is fiercely driven, impeccably organized and laser focused. Just like in the romantic movies Lee loves, a suitor soon arrived on the scene. She fell in love with her now-husband Matt and the couple was delighted to learn they’d soon be welcoming a baby. But dark days were coming for our leading lady. In 2014, Lee lost her mom to cancer. Just six months later, she and Matt welcomed a daughter, Juliette. Lee found herself navigating the ups and downs of new motherhood while grieving the loss of her mom. As the couple planned their wedding, tragedy struck again; Lee’s dad passed away seven months before the ceremony. Wedding planning can be stressful, time consuming and difficult under the best of circumstances. But when the mother of the bride has been taken too soon, that all-important role stands empty. That can make even simple details like event set-up an emotional minefield for her daughter — and for the entire family.


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“You know it’s going to be an emotional day not having your mom there,” Lee says quietly. “I wanted to be enjoying the morning and relaxing in the bridal suite. I just needed somebody to come and set everything up and take it down so I can enjoy the day.” Finding that person proved to be a challenge. Even during this period of mourning, Lee had done all the work in advance, like so many brides do. She asked her mother-in-law to step in on the day of the ceremony to handle the tablecloths, napkins and a few other setup details at The Vintage Garden, the charming Barnesville venue where she and Matt married. She got a response many brides and grooms will recognize. “She looked at me like a deer in headlights,” Lee says with a silvery little laugh. “And I knew what I was asking was a little too much.” Lee realized that if she needed this service, then other brides certainly did too. And it sparked a memory of a class project back in college. A professor told her to look through Google and see which professions were missing in North Dakota. This quick search revealed that there

wasn’t a single wedding planner in the state. Lee and a classmate submitted a mock business plan, complete with a budget and everything they’d need to present to a bank if they ever wanted to make their class project into a viable business.

once asked her mother-in-law to step in for her, setting up décor and making sure the day runs smoothly. But more often, she works with couples 8–10 months in advance. Couples can customize a plan that works for them.

That project was never intended to become a business. But Lee found herself drawn to the idea. In 2017, Breathe and Relax Events was born in Fargo. Lee and her husband welcomed two more babies, Madelynn and little Garrett. Now Lee soaks up every moment with her kids, shuttling them to dance classes and swimming lessons and teaches brides and grooms how to use their time and resources wisely so they can maximize every moment with their own families.

“You pay for as much time as you get with me,” Lee explains. “There’s a full wedding package and there’s a micro-package, where you get a couple meetings with me, but you’re making the decisions. And then there’s the ‘day of’ package, where I don’t get involved until 30 days out. The bride’s done all of the work and I’m just making sure that the timelines work out realistically. If there’s an issue, I am the problem solver.”

“I opened up this company on the concept that life is short,” Lee says. “I need to be the support for the bride and groom so they can be with their parents and their wedding party and just breathe and relax on their wedding day.” Breathe and Relax Events offers a variety of wedding planning options. Lee can step in on the day of the wedding, in the same way she

Planning a wedding requires thousands of tiny, specific choices. Lee guides couples through the planning process, introduces them to reputable, approved vendors and helps take the friction out of the wedding day itself. Breathe and Relax Events works quietly in the background, keeping the focus right where it belongs — on the couple and their family. The peace of mind is priceless.


“Every bride should l have a coordinator as an insurance policy to make sure everything is going well behind the scenes,” Lee says. “Not only does it save you stress, it saves you time picking your vendors, and it can save you money. Wedding planning is nothing but rationalizing where the money should go and figuring out priorities.” Having an expert involved in the planning process can help brides and grooms determine their top priorities. And having a neutral party on hand can help take some of the emotion out of the discussion, especially when their parents have different priorities. When brides and grooms are honest about what they want, their wedding becomes a celebration of their unique love story. Some couples budget for a multi-course meal and an open bar, while others skip dinner and the wedding cake and opt for appetizers or food trucks. One bride dreams of flowers draped over every surface. Another wants an allnight dance party with her favorite DJ. Couples are realizing that they can skip the cookie cutter weddings, break the rules and create a celebration that truly reflects who they are. This kind of joyful customization is a wedding trend Lee hopes is here to stay. “Thanks to Covid, guests have been reassured it’s okay to invite a smaller circle of friends instead of everyone they know to the wedding,” Lee says. “It’s more about celebrating their day and spoiling those who will be there to support the marriage and not just the party of a wedding. With a smaller guest count, budgets are allowing us planners the option to bring in 12 person bands, food and dessert trucks, lavish decor and florals or even a storybook ending of a horse and carriage ride.”

d e g a g n e e r ’ You ... now what?

Amy Lee shares her top tips for brides-to-be.

Book a Wedding Planner

“Always book a wedding planner. It’s saving you time, stress and money. I’m going to have that book of knowledge for you and save you the time of selecting which vendors you should look at. And a lot of the vendors will offer my clients special discounts or add-ons for no change, so I’m actually saving them money as well.”

Be Honest with Your Wedding Party

“Be up front with the costs and what you’re expecting them to invest in. There are costs you don’t want to surprise your wedding party with, especially for those brides you who are like, ‘I want to go to Vegas for my bachelorette party or go to Arizona and drive through the dessert with my wedding party.’ Tell them what to plan for. Then your wedding party will still be your friends at the end of it.”

Pin Down Your Style

“I always tell brides that once you’re engaged and trying to figure out your style, sit down with your favorite beverage and look at Pinterest. I give them key words like ‘modern wedding,’ ‘whimsical wedding,’ and ‘classic wedding.’ Once they start pinning, the algorithm will start pulling similar flowers, cakes, decorations and dresses. Then I go on in and look at their boards. It will visually help, not just with me, but with the florist and decorations.”

Make a Budget

“Create the budget with your wedding planner. If your parents are helping pay, have the meeting with both your parents and the wedding planner, because your parents are just as clueless as you are about how much things cost. If you’re a newly engaged couple and you call around and tell your parents it’s going to be $7,000 for the venue and they got married at city hall for 100 bucks, they’re not going to understand that that’s the norm.”

Plan Ahead Each bride’s storybook ending is as unique as she is. Amy Lee and Breathe and Relax Events will help her find it.

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“Create your timeline when you are at least eight months out. If you want to get ahead of the game, you make it right away. See what time your hair and make-up is going to actually start. Do you have enough time with your photographer to accommodate what you want? Remember, it’s hard to do getting ready and sunset photos for a wedding in June, since it gets dark so late. So think about these types of timeline situations well in advance.” [ aw ]


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Sometimes angels choose fur instead of wings. These are just a few of our furry angels awaiting their forever homes.

RUE KAPPI

GORDY

FRAPPUCCINO ECHO

BUBBLES

ASH

MARSHALL

GEORGE

KYLIE

AIRPLANE

JOKER

HOMER

SISSY NEWTON

WYLIE

DEMI

BAKER

ROXY

RUCKUS

LANCE

YOLANDA INKSY


NAPOLEAN

ZADIE RIPLEY

APRIL 12 – MAY 17

6:00 – 7:15 PM each Tuesday "When Mourning Dawns" is our six-week series that looks at the seasons of the year to guide our conversations about the seasons of your grief. Preregistration is required and space is limited. Please call or email us if you have questions or interest in this series. for more info: boulgerfuneralhome.com

SHAMMY THIRTEEN

These meetings are led by our Grief Support Coordinators Sonja Kjar and Ann Jacobson.

701-237-6441 griefsupport@boulgerfuneralhome.com

TAVER SUNDANCE

NINJA homewardonline.org facebook.com/HomewardAnimalShelter/ 1201 28th Ave N, Fargo | 701-239-0077 Homeward Animal Shelter is a local and communityfunded, nonprofit animal shelter. Its mission is: “Rescue. Shelter. Protect. Rehome.” It provides a second chance at happiness to lost, abandoned and ownersurrendered animals and educates the community in the proper, loving and kind treatment of animals.


February • MARCH note :

All events are subject to change. Confirm dates and times before attending.

February 10

GIVING HEARTS DAY givingheartsday.org

February 12

SWEETHEART BALL

Don’t miss the 33rd Annual Sweetheart Ball! Join us for a fabulous dinner, live and silent auction and entertainment from The Deadbeats. Enjoy a lovely evening and help sick kids and their families enjoy the comforts of home while their kids receive medical care in Fargo. 5:30 PM Delta by Marriott 1625 42nd St SW, Fargo rmhcfargo.org

February 18 — March 6 Theatre B Presents THE HOW AND THE WHY by Sarah Treem

"I understand how I happened, I just don't understand why." Zelda and Rachel — each a brilliant scientist — challenge one another’s ideas about sex and gender, power and age, nature and nurture, loss and love. Their competing theories inspire an electrifying line of inquiry that goes to the heart of what it is to be human. Directed by Mik Reid, starring Carrie Wintersteen and Clare Lynch. ASL Saturday, February 26; Audio Description Sunday, February 27. Contact 701-729-8880 or theatreb.org for tickets. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM Sunday Matinees February 17 & March 6 at 2:00 PM Theatre B 215 10th St N, Moorhead

February 19

CELEBRATION OF WOMEN AND THEIR MUSIC

Celebrating 25 years of talent, music, art and women! Please join us for our 25th Celebration of Women and Their Music event which brings newcomers to the stage as well as returning favorites from previous years. This year the event will be both in person and live-streamed from TAK Music Venue. Our mission is to recognize artistic passion in women and create opportunities for emerging and established artists by opening avenues for networking, mentoring, support and promotion of their individual talents. The money raised at this event goes towards continuing this event and to an endowment fund established with the FM Area Foundation. General Tickets are $25, VIP tickets are $50. Available at eventbrite.com. 6:00 PM - Doors; 6:30 PM - Showtime TAK Music Venue 1710 Center Ave, Dilworth facebook.com/celebrationofwomenandtheirmusic/ or debjenkins.com

February 19 & March 19

FARGO MASONIC VENDOR & CRAFT SHOW Come see our local vendors and crafters and shop their booths at the Fargo Masonic Building. Lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Fargo Masonic Center 1405 3rd St N, Fargo 701-235-7875

February 20

SWEETHEART OF A BOOK SALE A local book drive to support the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation. Browse a large number of books for sale, both hard and soft cover. 1:00 – 3:00 PM Moorhead Masonic Center 1815 11th St N, Moorhead 701-238-3173

February 26

A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS with the FM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Join the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra for a night of Oscar-winning soundtracks and movie clips. The concert will feature music from Lord of the Rings, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Forrest Gump, and more! Featuring our host Jordan Schroeer of Valley News Live, and vocalist mezzo- soprano Holly Janz. Purchase a VIP ticket to stay for the after-party and enjoy live music, free refreshments, prizes and photos on the red carpet. 7:30 PM Fargo Theatre 314 Broadway N, Fargo 701-478-3676 fmsymphony.org/family-pops-series

March 3

LOSS OF A CHILD: Honoring a Parent’s Grief This class will help grieving parents identify and learn how to manage the mixed and painful emotions that accompany the loss of a child of any age. Participants will develop an understanding of the grief process while exploring methods of self-care. This virtual class is free and open to the public. Register for classes online at bit.ly/hrrvgriefclasses or call 800- 237-4629 and ask for the grief support department. 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Online

Q U OTA BL E : "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."

— JEREMIAH 29: 11-14


Fargo Public Library Events Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. A complete schedule of upcoming library events is available at all Fargo Public Library locations and at fargolibrary.org.

March 11-12

THE 12TH ANNUAL UNGLUED: CRAFT FEST Join us for our 12th annual Unglued: Craft Fest at West Acres Mall bursting at the seams with creativity and modern handmade makers! 60 local and regional makers will be showcasing their work Friday night and Saturday with free admission both days. Friday night you'll find an optional ticketed crafty lounge with cocktail and crafts included and Saturday you'll find free workshops and make and takes throughout the day to enjoy. Find the full schedule on the website as the event gets closer. Friday, March 11 4:00 – 8:00 PM Saturday, March 12 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM West Acres Mall 3902 13th Ave S, Fargo ungluedmarket.com/the-annual-craft-fest

March 13

SOUP FEED

Come enjoy a warm meal. Choose from chili, chicken noodle soup, bean with ham and creamy potato soup, served with bread and dessert. $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-10. 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM Moorhead Masonic Center 1815 11th St N, Moorhead 701-238-3173

Nominations close February 21, Event on April 25 YWCA WOMEN OF THE YEAR

Since 1973, we have been shining a spotlight on exceptional women. They are leaders, mentors, visionaries, angels and heroes. Help us highlight women who shape the Fargo-Moorhead community through their passion, service and significant achievements at this widely-celebrated event attended by 700+ people. We’re excited to announce that we plan to be back in person for this year’s event on April 25 at the Delta by Marriott in Fargo. * Event delivery and safety protocols are subject to change based on CDC and local health guidelines regarding the COVID pandemic. YWCA Cass Clay is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We strive to break the cycles of poverty and violence for women and their families. A portion of each ticket is tax-deductible with proceeds from this event supporting the mission and programs of YWCA Cass Clay. Tickets will go on sale after nominations close in late February. For questions regarding Women of the Year tickets or sponsorship opportunities please contact Erin Hagen at woty@ywcacassclay.org or 701-232-2250. Tickets are $80. 5:30 – 9:00 PM Delta Hotels by Marriott 1635 42nd St S, Fargo ywcacassclay.org

Fargo Public Library 102 North 3rd St, Fargo | 701-241-1472 Northport Branch 2714 Broadway, Fargo | 701-476-4026 Dr. James Carlson Library 2801 32nd Ave S, Fargo | 701-476-4040 Main Library Circulation Desk 701-241-1472 Children’s Services 701-241-1495

Now until March 6

GET SMITTEN WITH READING! This winter the library invites residents of all ages to get smitten with reading! The Fargo Public Library’s Winter Reading Program promises a variety of activities and events centered on engaging stories, creative activities, and events for readers of all ages. The program continues through Sunday, March 6. In-library activities and online events and challenges are planned throughout the winter. All ages are invited to complete challenges, read every day, earn prizes and participate all winter long! Adults, teens and children can register and get started at fargolibrary.beanstack.org/reader365 or pick up a printed reading log any library location to participate.

Thursdays in February and March BEGINNER YOGA FOR ADULTS

This is a class for those who haven’t tried yoga before or who want a refresher. Along with gentle stretching, this class will teach breathing exercises to provide calmness. The class meets most Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library. Bring a yoga mat if you have one, or a large towel, and wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. This program is recommended for adults. For details, email Lori at lwest@fargolibrary.org. No registration is required. 6:00 PM Dr. James Carlson Library

February 12 & March 12

PAWS FOR READING Emerging readers can sign up to read to a therapy pet (dog or cat) at the Main Library on the 2nd Saturday of each month through April. The sessions are 15 minutes each. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. 10:00 AM Main Library

February 6, 13, 20, 27 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM SERIES

A series of four films will be shown on Sunday afternoons at the downtown Main Library. Free popcorn is served. Contact Lori W. at 701-476-5977. 2:00 PM Main Library

February 17 & March 17

ONLINE BOOK PARTY It’s like a book club, but you can read whatever you want! Stop by the library’s Facebook page to chat about the books you've been reading recently. Or check out what our librarians bring to recommend. No registration is required. Contact Megan R. at 701-241-1492. 7:00 PM Online on the Library’s Facebook page

February 23

RETRO TV TRIVIA for Adults and Teens Have you been busy binge-watching Friends or Seinfeld? ’90s TV shows are back in a big way. Join us for a night of “retro” TV trivia covering all the biggest and most popular shows from the 1990s! For more information, contact Megan at 701-241-1492. 7:00 PM Main Library

February 26

WRITING WORKSHOP with Larry Woiwode Award-winning author Larry Woiwode will lead a writing workshop for all genres. Please bring one copy of a final draft to the workshop. Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Register online or contact Andy at agustafson@fargolibrary.org or call 701-476-4040. 2:00 PM Dr. James Carlson Library


adieu

farewell

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F RO M T H E C R E ATO R S O F RO S E C R E E K and M A RT E N ’ S WAY D E V E LO P M E N T S :

Fargo’s newest and most beautiful addition The first phase of Selkirk Place includes 44 residential lots and two large ponds. Spend quality time outside by walking to our 8-acre Park or take your bicycle for a ride on our newly developed bike paths!

YOUR HIDDEN OASIS

25 th St.

Easily accessible from 25th St., 64th Ave. S and I-29 Walking distance to Davies High School

First Addition Future Addition

Price includes internal utilities

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LIVE A HEART HEALTHY LIFE How healthy is your heart?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. Knowing your personal and family heart history can help you get ahead of heart disease and stroke. Learn more at sanfordhealth.org.

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