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Melinda Brainard staff-writer for Cavalier Country Republican @MindyJPeltier

My First Column Wasn’t My Greatest Work of Art

I wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper as a teenager. While my classmates waited tables and bagged groceries, I revealed personal details about my life, like my crush on a wrestler, to the Cavalier County Republican subscribers. I was a trend-setting teen, because this was years before social media sites gave other teens the opportunity to publicize their lives.   My job as a reporter […]

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I Revealed the Name of a High School Crush on a Meatloaf

Today people tattoo the name of their first crush on their bodies. When I was in high school, I embellished the name of my crush on a meatloaf. Romantic, right? I always thought it was a blessing I grew up in The Olden Days when my stupidest moments in  high school weren’t broadcast through social media. The grapevine probably […]

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Disappointments Led Me in “Write” Direction

  It was a crushing high school disappointment. My goal was to be the  president of the Future Farmers of America my senior year.  I planned to run for state office the following spring, then maybe national office. They were ambitious, teenage plans. I’d gone to regionals in extemporaneous public speaking, won awards in livestock judging, won […]

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True Confessions of a Novelist Wannabe

Since I was in braces I’ve wanted to publish a novel. This is the heading used when I was a teenage columnist for the local newspaper, the Cavalier County Republican in Langdon, ND.   In my  first column I publically admitted I wanted to be a novelist. After college I married Scott and we began a family. During those […]

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