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Bev Peters

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Bev Peters

Bev Peters is the most caring person I know. She puts everyone else before herself. She has done foster care for almost 10 years and has been a daycare provider for over 30 years! Bev has the biggest heart ever, she takes in children that are in need and treats them as if they were her own. I love how Bev can make a child feel like they are loved and needed! I was put into foster care nearly 10 years ago and I ended up in the Peters’ household. i would not have wanted it any differently. Bev has taught me that you can do anything you set your mind to. i have learned to be a better person and think more about people’s feeling from seeing what Bev does. She battled breast cancer within the last few years and she continued to do what she does best, love children. She found the time to battle the cancer while still helping foster children by providing a loving home for them.

Laura McShane

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Laura McShane

Laura has been an inspiration to many people that she knows or anyone that has heard her story. She is a 33 year old mother of 5 year old twins, she was diagnosed with inner ocular melanoma in February 2008, she is still fighting the disease as it has spread to her liver in 2010. We now travel to Philadelphia every 4 weeks for another type of treatment that targets the tumors on her liver. The recoveries are very hard on her and she needs at least two weeks before she can get back to work. During all of this and trying multiple treatments, she continues to work, be a full time mother, and a fantastic wife. She has never uttered the words give up or even thought about it, she has been knocked down more than any young woman should, but she keeps getting back up. She is a fighter and an influence to anyone that maybe fighting health problems, she is my best friend, and wife, and the world is a better place with her in it. Ross McShane

Beautiful Woman for May – Earlier than Normal

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Just a quick note to remind you that we’ll be announcing the May Beautiful Woman a little earlier than normal this month.

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ll be announcing the honoree in Sunday’s edition of The Forum instead of Monday’s paper.

You can still watch her story at the normal time on WDAY-TV news Sunday night at 10 with Kerstin Kealy.

She’ll also be a guest on The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Stay tuned and get ready to be inspired by this amazing woman (and mom!)

Get those votes in!

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s your last chance to vote for May’s finalists for Beautiful Women!

All three of these women have stories worth sharing, but your votes will decide who will be featured in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and on WDAY-TV and WDAY-AM on Mother’s Day and the following day.

Voting is easy to do.

Just click on the tab on the blog page and stay tuned as we tell another inspirational story of a beautiful woman in our community.

Congratulations to our May finalists!

Posted by on Apr 23, 2012 in Blog, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

A big CONGRATULATIONS to our 3 finalists for May! They are: Vicki Berg, Irma Ciber, and Nichole Peschong. Read their stories and decide who you’d like to see featured in The Forum, on WDAY-TV and WDAY-AM on May 13th and 14th. Voting starts now! You can vote as many times as you’d like.

Vicki Berg (far left)
She is a person who can touch any person she meets (including strangers) within 5 minutes! She works in the West Acres Mall and everyone I meet who knows her always tells me what a friendly, caring person she is! Right now she is going throw her mother dying of cancer – with probably only a day or a few more – and yet she STILL keeps a great attitude and stays strong for her family. I think one of the most special things about her is that all her life she has been kind to and helped the downtrodden, the people considered “outcasts”, and people with mental illnesses.

She goes through the constant pain of fibromyalgia yet she keeps such a positive outlook and very rarely complains. Like I mentioned earlier her mother (also a beautiful woman) has cancer throughout her body and it’s very, very hard on Vicki yet she continues to worry about other people’s comfort and emotions. Her birthday is coming up in a few days and she may have to deal with the death of her mother on or near that day yet she would never let you see the stress she feels from that!

She would give her last dollar to anyone she felt needed it more than she did! When we have been out in public many times the group we are with will look around to see where she went and here she’s talking to total strangers like they were long lost friend! She practically knows their whole life story after about 15 minutes of talking to them. If you ask people around the West Acres Mall who are regular customers or workers (and some people who just go there once in awhile) about her I’m positive they will know her and tell you how kind, gentle, and compassionate she is. I have seen her cry just by hearing a sad story on TV or a movie or just one by a stranger’s sad story as if she knew them personally.

Unlike most of us who only use the time that someone else is talking to think of what we are going to say next, she truly listens intently and could probably quote every thing the other person said word for word. And truly care about their troubles in life!!!

The reason I know all this is because I’m her son.

Irma Ciber
Irma Ciber is not only my sister, nor a strong and ambitious person, but she is my mother figure. Growing up, coming from a war torn country, losing our mother to kidney failure from third degree burns at the age of 9 and 3, and being shifted from one country (Bosnia) to another (Italy) by ourselves, she was always my rock. From being placed in a hospital due to 3rd degree burns, with no family members around nor the ability to speak Italian, to being adopted by total strangers, never did I have to worry if we were going to be okay because I knew my sister would find a way.

Two and half years later, we found ourselves as refugees in Fargo, North Dakota, to be closer to our maternal family and to be reunited with our father, who had been a soldier through the Civil War in Bosnia.

My sister was the only one I could rely on, being 6 years younger than her, she was my idol and that mother figure that I needed. You may wonder how she managed to do it all being young herself? Well, my sister is that golden character. It’s because of her can-do attitude that she managed to pull through while making sure that I was taken care of.

Irma has gone through a lot of burdens in her life and yet without much guidance, she ended up graduating with Bachelors in Business Administration from North Dakota State University. She is looking to further her degree and go back to attain her Masters in Hospital Management.

She currently works for a non-profit organization, Family HealthCare Center, a community health center that serves those who are uninsured, underinsured, homeless, or those that are in need of a medical home. She is an amazing mother to her two year old daughter, Lamya, and I know that once Lamya grows up into a young lady, my sister will be her idol as well.

She had managed to move mountains her whole life and those were just a few examples. She has witnessed a lot and nothing stopped her or is stopping her from succeeding and bettering herself and her family. She is a beautiful person inside and out! Did I forget to mention that she always has a smile on her face? Dijana.

Nichole Peschong
Nichole has a unique life. Married to a North Dakota State Trooper and residing in a small town she faces many challenges most women, wives, and moms don’t. Nichole has to be constantly on. She does not have time to rest. Working 45 miles away from home and commuting every day leaves little time in her day for the extras most women enjoy. Keeping this work schedule in mind, she also takes care of two very energetic boys ages 6 and 4 and we are expecting a little girl in July. Nichole’s most unique challenge is the life of a wife who is married to a cop. From crazy schedules, missed dates, eating dinner alone with the kids, and the stress that unfortunately follows me home, she keeps a positive attitude and smile on her face. The wife of a cop often times deals with more stress then the cop. Having to live in a small community where everyone knows everybody can raise challenges. Nichole has dealt with angry violators who verbally release their frustrations on her, has lost friends, and had people not talk to her simply for what I do for a job. Nichole does not miss a beat. She continues to build strong community relationships with neighbors and other community members. I believe the most beautiful woman is not only a woman who has beauty on the outside, but also the inside. Such things as integrity, the caring for people, love for family, and love for your neighbor places Nichole as a perfect candidate for this. The wife of a cop truly is overlooked, for the wife of a cop is just as much as a community servant, as the cop itself. Matt.

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Terry Renecker

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Terry Renecker

I have to tell you about my friend Terry, breast cancer survivor, and one of the most giving, amazing women of our community. She works at the Mert-Armstrong Center in the downtown area, helping members of the Mental Health Association and countless homeless people. She feeds them every day, cooking giant meals for so many people. She also takes them on outings all over the community – they do everything from attend the Redhawks, to volunteering their time for other needy people at the food shelters.

Today, I learned she is hosting a steak dinner. This is what she commented on her status, and it about brought me to tears because it is so AMAZING:
“Terry Braaten-Renecker
I am hosting a Las Vegas style Dinner & Show for our members. It includes a steak and shrimp scampi dinner with all the fixins and an Elvis Tribute Artist (impersonator) will come preform a 2 1/2 hour Show for us. Then l’ilolejr karoke will close the night out with singing and dancing. The entire night of entertainment is donated to us and will be serviced by volunteers! I couldn’t do this without the wonderful support and generosity from our community.”

Terry is the most giving person I know – she would give you the shirt off her back. She has the biggest heart I’ve ever seen in any one person besides God. She is so capable and helpful and HUMBLE! Terry, while she was going through treatments for her breast cancer, was STILL HELPING OTHERS (one of the news outlets did a story on her back then).

I wish I could afford to do something really special for Terry – like a spa day and shopping. She so deserves it, but knowing her, she would refuse it. I just wish – because this woman is soooo special to our community and she should be shown by something great, so I hope that you will consider having her as a guest on your program, to tell her story. Terry is captivating.

Thanks for your time,
Jen Hoy

Shelley Schmidt

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Shelley Schmidt

I am nominating my mother Shelley. I am her daughter Cassidy. Our mom is a single mom and had to go on disability due to an auto accident. She has been in two very abusive relationships and watching her mom die of cancer the last seven years. My mom sells Mary Kay on the side to try to bring in some additional income. I also have an older brother named Cody who is 17. My mom is 41 and does not look like it as she is a beautiful mom and I am so proud how she provides and gives up for herself for her kids if they need something. My mom is a women of pride, respect, dignity and her looks are what gets her through the day she always makes sure she looks good and uses for Mary Kay and if her pain level is high which is almost daily she makes an effort to try to keep up her looks as just this little bit in her life makes her feel better about herself as she can look good outside because inside she is in very bad pain. I love my mom she is the best mom in the world.

Joy Reski

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Joy Reski

Everyone invites & awaits Joy’s contagious warm & friendly smile whenever we walk into a gathering of people, whether they have known her or not.
I am a grinning bystander as I hear her past students stop to talk to her about what they have done with the languages she has taught & shared with them in her 30 years of teaching in the Fargo area.
Besides, she brings endless Joy to my life also.
Husband

Irma Ciber

Posted by on Apr 11, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Irma Ciber

Irma Ciber is not only my sister, nor a strong and ambitious person, but she is my mother figure. Growing up, coming from a war torn country, losing our mother to kidney failure from third degree burns at the age of 9 and 3, and being shifted from one country (Bosnia) to another (Italy) by ourselves, she was always my rock. From being placed in a hospital due to 3rd degree burns, with no family members around nor the ability to speak Italian, to being adopted by total strangers, never did I have to worry if we were going to be okay because I knew my sister would find a way.

Two and half years later, we found ourselves as refugees in Fargo, North Dakota, to be closer to our maternal family and to be reunited with our father, who had been a soldier through the Civil War in Bosnia.

My sister was the only one I could rely on, being 6 years younger than her, she was my idol and that mother figure that I needed. You may wonder how she managed to do it all being young herself? Well, my sister is that golden character. It’s because of her can-do attitude that she managed to pull through while making sure that I was taken care of.

Irma has gone through a lot of burdens in her life and yet without much guidance, she ended up graduating with Bachelors in Business Administration from North Dakota State University. She is looking to further her degree and go back to attain her Masters in Hospital Management.

She currently works for a non-profit organization, Family HealthCare Center, a community health center that serves those who are uninsured, underinsured, homeless, or those that are in need of a medical home. She is an amazing mother to her two year old daughter, Lamya, and I know that once Lamya grows up into a young lady, my sister will be her idol as well.

She had managed to move mountains her whole life and those were just a few examples. She has witnessed a lot and nothing stopped her or is stopping her from succeeding and bettering herself and her family. She is a beautiful person inside and out! Did I forget to mention that she always has a smile on her face? Dijana.

Nichole Peschong

Posted by on Apr 11, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Nichole Peschong

Nichole has a unique life. Married to a North Dakota State Trooper and residing in a small town she faces many challenges most women, wives, and moms don’t. Nichole has to be constantly on. She does not have time to rest. Working 45 miles away from home and commuting every day leaves little time in her day for the extras most women enjoy. Keeping this work schedule in mind, she also takes care of two very energetic boys ages 6 and 4 and we are expecting a little girl in July. Nichole’s most unique challenge is the life of a wife who is married to a cop. From crazy schedules, missed dates, eating dinner alone with the kids, and the stress that unfortunately follows me home, she keeps a positive attitude and smile on her face. The wife of a cop often times deals with more stress then the cop. Having to live in a small community where everyone knows everybody can raise challenges. Nichole has dealt with angry violators who verbally release their frustrations on her, has lost friends, and had people not talk to her simply for what I do for a job. Nichole does not miss a beat. She continues to build strong community relationships with neighbors and other community members. I believe the most beautiful woman is not only a woman who has beauty on the outside, but also the inside. Such things as integrity, the caring for people, love for family, and love for your neighbor places Nichole as a perfect candidate for this. The wife of a cop truly is overlooked, for the wife of a cop is just as much as a community servant, as the cop itself. Matt.