Lorie Skarpness is responsible for the Saturday Life page, including the "Northwoods Cooks" recipe column. She especially enjoys writing for the "Northland Outdoors" section and writing in-depth feature stories.
She also covers Nevis School Board and Akeley city council meetings.
Lorie earned her degree in writing from Concordia College, Moorhead. She has worked as a newspaper reporter for 16 years. Her stories have also published in several magazines, including "Lake Country Journal", "Good Old Days" and "Northwoods Woman."
Lorie also has a degree in child development and family studies from North Dakota State University. She has served as a child care center director and Head Start teacher in that field and written research articles for professional journals.