Biography

Berit Thorkelson - Photo by John Noltner * Please contact Berit if you require a résumé.


An abiding love of the written word, coupled with the tendency to fall head-over-heels into a  variety of topics, has shaped Berit Thorkelson's writing career into that of a dedicated, versatile generalist. Specialties sprout from her ever- evolving list of passions.

Berit started out with a shiny, new magazine journalism degree and a persistent case of wanderlust. The choice was obvious: She became a travel writer. Assignments took her snowmobiling across Europe's largest glacier, in Iceland, and visiting The World's Largest Cheeto, in Iowa — both of which she highly recommends. Berit joined the staff of Midwest Living as the magazine's travel writer for a few years, during which she developed a compulsion to purchase any handmade or home-cooked good found in the glass display case next to the cash register in a small town diner.

A running addict and a snoopy eater, Berit found health and fitness topics too tempting to ignore. After buying her first home (an adorable Craftsman Bungalow, thanks for asking), the food, entertaining and organization articles naturally followed. With her first child came her first article on parenting. Detecting a pattern?

Today, Berit writes for local and national magazines, newspapers and websites. Qualities honed during this lengthy editorial career now serve her many marketing clients well. Her work's graced the pages of Better Homes & Gardens, BettyCrocker.com, Glamour, Monocle, Frommer's Budget Travel, the Chicago Tribune, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, and plenty more similarly fabulous publications. Her blog, Love & Diapers, was created for and is featured on Parents.com. Berit also conceived and wrote TrustyPony, a travel goods weblog that drew attention from blogs and publications including The Economist’s Gulliver, National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel, Real Simple Travel, Budget Travel and more.

A Minnesotan through and through, Berit's been interviewed about The Spam Museum on NPR, starred in a Minnesota Tourism TV commercial cheering on the state's many fantabulous lake resorts, and is quoted in Wikipedia's entry on dessert bars, an area potluck staple. Early book projects reflected this homegrown love. First came the photo-laden, travel-inspiring tribute “Only in Minnesota,” which has held a special place on local bookstore shelves since it came out in 2003. She went on to contribute to “Iowa Curiosities,” a compendium of the very best roadside attractions in Minnesota's southerly neighbor, and to write “You Know You're In Minnesota When,” a funny and factual guide to the Gopher State. 

In the book she's currently writing, Berit retains her Midwestern sensibilities while turning her wit and hyper-analytical tendencies on a broader subject: parenthood's first year. She lives and writes in a renovated urban farmhouse in Saint Paul with her carpenter husband Clint, their little charmer, Roy, and a fuzz-faced mini parti schnoodle named Nico. They're all looking forward to the family's newest addition, a baby girl, due in January.

Photo by John Noltner

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