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are the voice of Area Woman Magazine. They bring to life the Fargo-Moorhead area and the incredible stories of the women we feature. These are the talented writers showcased in this issue, including some new faces we're excited to spotlight. Learn more about these and our other contributors at



Lindsay is the editor of the website Pink and Navy Stripes, a lifestyle and fashion blog. She loves to help others take the latest fashions trends and make them wearable. Lindsay and her husband have two little girls.



Rebecca is a speaker, Bible teacher, writer, blogger and stay-at-home mom to four wild kids in south Fargo and wife to her awesome husband Paul. As a speaker and Bible teacher, it is Rebecca’s joy to bring messages of hope, joy and freedom in Christ to groups of teens and adult women. As a blogger, Rebecca shares the real-life challenges of marriage and motherhood. Rebecca loves a hot cup of coffee, a cool morning run, and warm sunshine on her face. Learn more about Rebecca at

Alicia wrote our cover story, page 80 Alicia is the creator of, 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.


Wasifa is a dentistry graduate, full time blogger and makeup artist. She blogs and makes videos about beauty, makeup, fashion and lifestyle on her blog


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Siri co-hosts the Froggy Morning Splash on Today's Froggy 99.9! Outside of radio, her passion is heart healthy living. Find healthy recipes on her Instagram and Facebook page.



Mariah is the Owner of MPX Fitness, founder of the NOW Project (501C3), professional MMA fighter, Coordinator of Fitness at MSUM, motivational speaker, corporate wellness coach and single mother. Find her online at

Susan graduated from North Dakota State University with a major in English education and a minor in speech/communication. She is a former teacher who served on the Northern Cass School Board, the North Dakota State Board of Education, and the North Dakota State Board for Career and Technical Education. Susan and her husband, Bill, live on their farm near Hunter, North Dakota. They have one grown daughter, Emily.



Amanda Peterson is an award-winning writer who loves to tell people’s stories. In addition to authoring three children’s non-fiction books, her work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers. Amanda previously worked as a writer and online editor for Concordia College, as well as a reporter for a Minnesota daily newspaper. She lives in Moorhead with her husband, Jason, « ASHLEY SORNSIN and two children. Ashley is a local health, fitness and life coach with a passion for inspiring and motivating others to live their best life. She started her own business, BUFF Inc., teaches group fitness classes at the YMCA in Fargo, is a health and fitness writer, has appeared on local TV as a fitness expert, and share her life and expertise candidly on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To work with Sornsin for nutrition, fitness and life coaching, contact her at or



Livin’ the dream as mom of four and wife to a smarty pants teacher. She can’t live without selfdeprecating humor and coffee! Fortunately, her day job is her dream job on the radio. Big 98.7 9am-2pm weekdays.


Kristy grew up in Buhl, Minnesota and graduated from Moorhead State University. She spent 16 years in the banking industry. After moving to her husband Kevin’s family farm, she has had the privilege to be a stay-at-home mom, a title she is proud to wear. It has given her time to pursue a career in writing. With two sons, Nick and Tyler, the family keeps busy attending their activities. Their family spends time golfing, snow skiing and mowing a large yard!

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Fusion Boutique's Fashion Experts MARY GESSELE (left) and MICKIE NAKONECHNY (right).


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usion Boutique is a unique women’s store where fashion and lifestyle come together. It is located at 3202 13th Ave. S. in Fargo. That’s right, this beautiful specialty shop is located inside Scheels Home and Hardware. It is designed to fuse lifestyle and clothing for the discerning woman who doesn’t want to look like everyone else.

Scheels Home and Hardware moved from South University to its current location on 13th Avenue in 2006. The move involved an expanded selection of home décor and furniture and the addition of a women’s clothing boutique. “A year after we opened, we knew we needed a unique name to fit the boutique. Talking over dinner one night with Julie Alin, design consultant at Scheels Home and Hardware, the name Fusion was born,” says Mary Gessele, shop manager for clothing. The store includes women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. “We can dress you for a party, for work, for a night out, or for a Bison game,” says Mickie Nakonechny, shop manager for shoes and accessories.

we want women TO FEEL GOOD and LOOK GOOD in their clothes — MARY GESSELE


oth Gessele and Nakonechny are proud of Fusion Boutique’s vision and the loyal customers who have made it a success. They go to markets to find high quality, unique items. “We built our customer base on our honesty. We want women to feel good and look good in their clothes. We want them to find exactly what they are looking for and have a good experience,” says Gessele.

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Scheels has long been known for their experts. Scheels experts are dedicated to helping customers find the products they need to succeed. Here at Fusion Boutique, Gessele and Nakonechny are the fashion experts. They are very selective when it comes to the items they carry. Some current clothing brands are: Comfy, Nic & Zoe, Jag and Liverpool Jeans. They stock shoes that are good-looking, trendy and comfortable. Some current lines include: Rieker, Taos, Vionic and Fitflop. “After all,” says Nakonechny, “life is too long to wear bad shoes.” “And,” Gessele continues, “life is also too short to wear boring clothes.” Both Gessele and Nakonechny agree that fashion and accessories have become really personal. They try not to hone in on just one trend but, instead, find styles for all body types, all ages and all personalities. “We want more new customers to find us,” Gessele says. “We truly have something for everyone.” And, in the spirit of disclosure, this writer did find something. It was hard to leave the boutique without doing a little shopping.

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What do you think when you hear the words cinnamon, egg and coffee? I know you are thinking of breakfast but these also happen to be some of the best ingredients for skin and hair care. Which is why I am going to talk about six common ingredients from the kitchen which will do wonders for your beauty routine. And also, save you some bucks.

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If you love cinnamon buns, you are going to love this scrub recipe. Using cinnamon as a skin scrub can get rid of flaky skin, blackheads, whiteheads and acne.

Egg is not only an excellent source of protein, it can also be used in face and hair masks.

FACE SCRUB: 1 teaspoon oatmeal or flour ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder Warm water Mix the ingredients with warm water to form a thick paste. Apply this scrub gently with your fingertips in a circular motion, working from the center toward the outside of your face and neck. CAUTION: Cinnamon causes a tingling sensation when applied to the skin. So first time users should apply a small amount to get accustomed to the feeling. Avoid using near the eye area and on areas of active acne. The skin will look a little red after using this, but it will minimize after 10-15 minutes. If it’s still too red or pink, just splash cold water.

For skincare it can: DZDZ Tighten and shrink large pores DZDZ Reduce excessive oiliness DZDZ Fight off and prevent acne and acne scars FACE MASK: 2 egg whites 2 tablespoons plain yogurt Beat the egg whites and yogurt until well mixed. Apply to face. Wait 3-5 minutes. This easy mask will make your skin smooth and moisturized in no time.

On hair it will: DZDZ Bring shine to dull hair DZDZ Remove excess scalp oiliness HAIR MASK: 2 eggs 1 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons milk 2 drops lavender essential oil Mix all ingredients well. You can adjust the consistency and amount of this mask according to your hair length. Apply mask to dry hair and leave on for 30 minutes. Wash off with shampoo.

coffee Ah coffee. The magic elixir that helps us keep going in the morning. I have found it: DZDZ reduces acne outbreaks DZDZ brightens skin DZDZ reduces redness DZDZ exfoliates dead skin DZDZ moisturizes DZDZ minimizes pores DZDZ helps to reduce undereye circles

FACE MASK: Coffee powder Milk (you can substitute powdered milk mixed with honey or water) If your skin is very dry, you can add 1-2 drops of Olive Oil. Mix coffee powder and milk until it forms a thick paste. Smear the paste on your face and neck, leaving the eye and lip area bare. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Slowly massage the face with warm water to gently exfoliate. Wipe the mask off with a washcloth and then splash cold water on your face.

olive oil Olive oil is a great moisturizer for hair which can: DZDZ restore shine DZDZ combat dandruff DZDZ prevent dullness You can use olive oil on its own to massage into your scalp and hair or you can use this mask to get rid of dry, frizzy hair. HAIR MASK: 1 ripe banana ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon honey Peel and mash the banana in a bowl. Add olive oil and honey. Massage mixture throughout hair and scalp. Wrap with a shower cap or a plastic grocery bag. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

potato You may be thinking, “Really? Potato?” I also couldn’t believe it can actually do anything for skin before trying the mask. Potato can help in: DZDZ removal of dark circles DZDZ treatment of dark spots DZDZ treatment of mild sunburns

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FACE MASK: 1 potato 1 tablespoon lemon juice Blend potato into fine paste with the help of blender/food processor. Mix in lemon juice and apply paste to face. Rinse it off after 10-15 minutes. This mask works as a natural facial bleach and lightens dark areas of skin.

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FACE MASK: 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon of turmeric 1 teaspoon of milk or Greek yogurt Combine ingredients and apply to face. Keep this mask on for 10-15 minutes then wash off with warm water. CAUTION: When applied to the skin, turmeric can temporarily stain the skin or leave a yellow residue. This is normal. But if you are allergic, direct skin contact can cause irritation, redness and swelling. Test turmeric on your forearm, applying a dimesized amount and waiting 24 to 48 hours to see if you react before using on your face. Do not use turmeric on your skin if you are allergic to the spice in food.


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FARGO FASHION WEEK Show your Fargo style with this limited edition tee. Super soft stretch cotton V-neck tee with gold shimmering Fargo Fashion Week logo and "MODEL" on the back.


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FUSION BOUTIQUE Liverpool Jeans deliver quality and fit in a mix of options including skinny, bootcut and pull-on styles. Featuring 4-way stretch and a contoured waistband, they help lift and shape while staying comfortable all day. Find your perfect denim this fall at Fusion Boutique.

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FALL IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE TIMES of year to update my wardrobe. It probably started with all the excitement surrounding back-to-school shopping. Many retailers unveil their fall merchandise at the beginning of the season. Here are some of my favorite fall finds.

floral prints

Normally when you think of floral prints you think of them as being pieces you would add to your spring and summer wardrobes. This year, vintage flowers are taking over for fall. I love this black floral because it is a flattering shape and has adorable bell sleeves. Make sure to look for more muted colors that are not too summery.

Black floral top from Mainstream Boutique

Mixed print plaid shirt from Mainstream Boutique

Plaid shirts are a fall and winter staple year after year. This year, the plaid print is more of a ‘70s style pattern. I love this one that has mixed prints and is a high-low hem. Find something with a mustardy yellow that was so popular in the ‘70s. A plaid shirt is the perfect everyday top and looks great with vests later in the season. 20

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layered tops

I love layering, especially with tops. When you start layering, keep it basic. Just add a sweater to a top. Another way I love to layer is finding a longer cami and wearing something with a shorter hem on top of it. Adding layers can be a great way to take a look from day to night. Do not be afraid to mix colors while layering. I really like this top because it is one piece but already has a layered look.

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This style of skirt is perfect in many different fabrics. Designers are beginning to use velvet with their pleated skirts this fall, which is a fun, new change. You cannot go wrong with a chiffon-like fabric in this style either. It’s not just a look for dressing up; it’s a great opportunity to mix styles. Pair it with your favorite sneakers, t-shirt or bomber jacket.

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high waist jeans

A pair of high waist jeans is great thing to invest in for fall. With the weather starting to cool down, you will get a lot of use out of these in the coming months. Make sure to get a pair that fits well. Some jeans stretch out more than others so that will affect how you should get them to fit at first. Do not be afraid to get them tailored. You can get a lot of use out of a pair of jeans, so having one great-fitting pair is important.

perforated leather boots

These styles of boots are great because they transition well from summer to fall. Most perforated leather boots can be worn with skirts, capris and jeans --¬ making them a great closet staple. Grey and light brown are great colors to look for in this boot style. Make sure to check out Pink and Navy Stripes for some more ideas on how to style these and where to find them. [ aw ]

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nyone can build a house, but HERITAGE HOMES BUILDS A HOME.

It all started back in 1998. Heritage Homes began building dream homes with only three homes the first year. Now, 20 years later, they are exceeding well over 60 homes a year. “We hold ourselves to the highest standards in caring for our clients, team members and community. Our commitment to quality, value and integrity is the underlying foundation upon which we have built Heritage Homes," says Tyrone Leslie, owner of Heritage Homes.

Specializing in making the homebuilding journey the most enjoyable and stress-free experience, Heritage Homes reveals they build the most livable home for your money while working with their passionate, genuine and energetic team. Their “HomeCare” program takes you beyond closing day, and the premium materials their trusted trade partners use make them one of the area’s most well respected homebuilders.


Heritage Homes?

What makes them stand out from all other homebuilders in the FM area? To start with they are North Dakota’s only woman-centric homebuilder. What does this mean? The “Woman-Centric Matters” approach is derived from customer feedback as well as real-life experiences. This philosophy was developed by Design Basics, LLC out of Omaha, Nebraska, to enhance the livability in the home and have a new understanding and appreciation for women’s preferences in the home. Using this strategy, Heritage Homes designs a home that fits your needs concentrating on the four lenses which are a crucial part to designing a home that suits your lifestyle.

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Another feature and benefit to the woman-centric approach is every client takes the “Finally About Me” quiz to discover their personality type (found on There are four personalities: Margo, Elise, Claire and Maggie. Let’s start with MARGO. Margo loves to demonstrate her personality. She loves clean lines and is energized by her work. She wants what’s new, innovative and trending. Margo believes “my home is unique” and is confident in her choices. Next up is ELISE. Elise is traditional in every sense, she works for her family and wants function over form. She thinks about how her family fits in the home. She wants structure, storage and lots of organization. Elise believes “my home is my haven.” Moving onto CLAIRE. Claire is formal and status driven. She loves formal dining with sophistication and a polished look. She appreciates brand names and quality. Born detailed-oriented and unable to help it, Claire believes “my home makes a statement” and wants to “wow” her guests.

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Last, but not least we have MAGGIE. Maggie is casual, carefree, comfortable and the most environmentally “green” of the four. She wants simple and easy, so she can enjoy her time doing activities she loves. She has a free spirit and a creative mind. Maggie believes “my home is carefree” and wants everyone to have a good time. Research shows that women have the primary influence in the vast majority of new home decisions, which had been Design Basics’ primary focus since 2003. Since great communication is at the center of Heritage Homes’ customer journey, they know you can’t have a great home without having had a great homebuilding experience. This is why it is so important for them to take all measures necessary to stay ahead of the industry and ensure the homebuilding experience is easy and stress-free.

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Heritage Homes has a profound impact on the FM area. We choose to be different. We design homes around the family, looking at the four lenses using the woman-centric approach. It is who we are as a company, our team and our approach that really set us apart.” Tyrone Leslie

owner of heritage homes

Our new home specialists and project coordinator walk through every step of our design center with you. it is a great blend of education, display and a revolving door of innovation.”

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TRENDSETTER? When it comes to the latest trends, Heritage Homes is always ahead of the industry. The company is proud of being the FM area’s design leader, having introduced so many amenities, like family foyer entries from the garage complete with benches, lockers, and drop zones to de-clutter the kitchen. Pet centers, travel centers, and work-in (not walk-in) pantries have all received rave reviews. Many of these ideas are now industry standards when designing and building a new home. You will meet one of Heritage Homes’ new home specialists who take great pride in educating prospective home buyers, so you are empowered to make the best decisions. The drive and passion from the team to constantly move forward and improve the homebuilding experience is a true showcase of the teams’ talents and dedication. Their built-in design center is far more adaptable and user friendly than ever before. Right in their office you can touch, see and feel almost all your

home options giving clients a hands-on experience. The drive to keep ahead of the curve with innovative updates and constant need for improvement makes the design center a truly exciting experience. Customization is key and Heritage Homes has you covered. They can take any floor plan and customize it to a single family, two-story, rambler and now — the new multi-generational home. This is a new movement in the industry and Heritage Homes is finding there is a large demand for multi-gen homes (defined as two or more adult generations along with children present in the home). They are excited to explore this new territory and offer even more options and customization than ever before. There are so many different scenarios of why this floor plan is important. It’s not just aging parents moving in with their adult children.

Sometimes, it’s the adult children moving back in with their parents, such as after graduation from college or perhaps a marriage that didn’t work out. It can be a widowed sibling moving in, or maybe there’s a need to accommodate a live-in caretaker. And, there are friends who want to purchase a home together rather than settling for apartments or an independent living community. Though the recipient of the “Best Home Builder in the Red River Valley” award for six consecutive years (2011-2016), owner Tyrone Leslie is not content with simply resting on Heritage Homes’ past successes. A record 60.6 million Americans live in multi-generational households, according to an August 2016 Pew Research Center report. Heritage Homes is adding multi-gen floor plans to their collection. “We are excited and proud to announce this new endeavor,” says Leslie.


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ne such home was recently completed in Barnesville, Minnesota. Heritage Homes had already contracted with a family to build Heritage’s Georgetown plan, a two-story design with all four bedrooms upstairs, when a loss in the family meant the need for a first-floor in-law suite. Lead designer Eric Smith modified the Georgetown to meet the new needs of these customers, tucking a nice bedroom and full bath behind the third stall garage and rearranging the family foyer area.

“We loved working with Heritage Homes," say Joshua and Leah Wirth, the homeowners of the Barnesville multi-gen home. “They definitely made sure we were getting what we needed and we always felt heard. We especially liked how they were able to add a mother-in-law suite into our plans to accommodate our living situation.”

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Everyone loves a referral, and 98.3 percent of Heritage Homes’ customers would recommend them to their family and friends. Everyone knows you are more likely to purchase something after hearing rave reviews and researching the company, which is why Heritage Homes is so focused on the customer experience. They make it easy with having an affiliate sister company right under the same roof. The real estate company, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier Properties has 85 real estate agents and is growing, ensuring a seamless process to sell an existing home so homeowners can truly focus on building their dream home.

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EXPLORING the vegetarian lifestyle, PRACTICALLY

o on, you can admit it. You have always been intrigued by the idea. Had an unexplained, innate curiosity. But, you have never believed it to be a feasible lifestyle. Going Veggie ... as the hip kids call it. Better known to the rest of us as: becoming a vegetarian. As I have grown to explore and learn more about the lifestyle, I find the views on it fall on a spectrum. From complete aversion to a “lettuce leaf lifestyle,” to interest in exactly what a Veggie eats, to wanting to explore the world yourself and even try a few recipes. But, always, the same thought pops up: "Not eating meat at all?" Or worse yet: “Never eating meat again?” Immediately, the notion is dropped and we order a salad with chicken breast because, at least we’re going halfway. I’ll be the first to tell you, this all or nothing attitude is exactly what is wrong with our views on health. If I don’t stick to my diet perfectly, forget it. If I screw up even once, it’s over. That’s not how I approach my vegetarian lifestyle. I don’t swear to myself, “no meat ever again.” In fact, I don’t even say, “meat is not an option.” I take it choice by choice, meal by meal. And you know what I find? I always end up wanting the veggie option. What I wish more people knew, is that meat every once in a while is not a sin barring you from exploring a vegetarian lifestyle. My motto is, if most of the time you are eating a plant-based diet, you are doing your body a whole lot more good than not trying at all. So you want to try a veggie lifestyle? Or, at the very least, begin incorporating more plant-based, yet protein packed dishes into your diet? Here are my top four recipes to VEG OUT this summer!


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THE NUTTY BIRD SOUR SALAD Serves 4 This delightful little salad is tangy and satisfying. The chickpeas and cashews provide protein, while the avocado and olive oil dressing give you those healthy fats, promoting good cholesterol. 1 can chickpeas, drained ½ can corn, drained 1 avocado, chopped ½ cup cashews ⅓ – ½ cup Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, minus dressing. Add dressing, salt and pepper to taste.


Serves 4

A twist on the classic tuna fish sandwich, this sandwich is packed with plant-based protein and fiber. Plus, with iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc and vitamin K — your body will be given the nutrients it craves as well. 1 can chickpeas, drained ¼ medium red onion, chopped ¼ cup roasted pepitas ½ cup mayonnaise

2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon honey ¾ teaspoon dried dill weed

In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, mustard, honey and dill weed. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mash drained chickpeas in a medium bowl until course. Do not over mash, it is OK to leave some pieces whole. Stir in chopped red onion and pepitas, then fold in mayo mixture. Serve on whole wheat bread with sliced avocado, tomato, and/or lettuce.

PEANUT BUTTER DREAM PIE Serves 1 All the pie filling, without that “crusty” regret. You’ll find it with this delightful little dessert-like concoction. And with a combo of Greek yogurt and peanut butter — you know this one will meet your protein goals for the win. ⅔ cup plain Greek yogurt 1 ½ tablespoons peanut butter, creamy 2–3 packets Stevia sweetener, to taste Stir all ingredients in a bowl and serve with fat free whipped topping. Sliced bananas may be added for a twist.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL BOWL Serves 2–4 Maybe not the sexiest description, but true to it’s name, the garbage disposal bowl is tossing everything in one bowl, minus the kitchen sink. It will also be the simplest and cheapest recipe you’ll make all week. Protein, fiber and healthy carbs are all stored in one of these bowls. 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 can corn, drained 1 medium tomato, chopped 2 cups brown rice, cooked Avocado ranch ⅓ cup roasted pepitas Heat black beans and corn in the microwave or on the stove. Prepare rice according to the directions on the box. In a large bowl, layer brown rice, black beans, corn, tomatoes, and sprinkle with pepitas. Serve with dressing to taste. [ aw ]

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o you find yourself surfing the web on a daily basis for the next miracle weight loss remedy? If so, you are amongst the millions of consumers looking for instant results with little effort. The truth be told, you didn’t gain weight overnight, so don’t expect to lose it overnight.

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Below I have provided a sample menu and the reasoning “why” it is important to be cautious of where you are receiving your information. The health and wellness industry changes like your underwear on a daily basis; which means what you read yesterday, is like heating up last week’s leftovers that need to be thrown in the trash. So let’s keep it simple and manageable moving forward. Keeping in mind, you will have to work for your results, and yes I sensed your eye roll when you read the word “work.” There are a plethora of infomercials, social media posts, and products online that make my head spin, so I can only assume that your head is spinning as well. Newsfeeds and posts of success stories are very uplifting and motivational, however following what one individual did to reach their goal does not guarantee that it is safe, let alone the right approach or method for you. Avoid jumping on someone else’s weight loss wagon, and find your way through educational tools that have been proven safe and provide a lifelong solution for your overall health and well-being. A quick fix can lead to a quick fall and an overall increase in weight in the end.


1. Eat every three hours (breakfast, a.m. snack,

lunch, p.m. snack and dinner)

2. Eat a protein-fat-carbohydrate for every meal/snack (the trifecta combination) Eating every three hours and balancing a protein, fat and carbohydrate for every meal/snack will help stabilize your blood sugar, which in turn will increase your energy, productivity and allow you to burn fat at a faster rate throughout your blood stream. When your blood sugar drops low, your body will begin utilizing your muscle and body’s water supply as a form of energy and weight loss, which will result in a slower metabolism (muscle increases your BMR/metabolism and is needed to increase your caloric output at rest). 36

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Usually at this point, your body is tired, lethargic and you feel hangry (hungry/angry); causing your decision-making on nutrition to be well, not so hot. Plan ahead and prevent the hangry mentality from taking place. The key moving forward is to plan ahead and consume as many natural foods as possible. Supplementation has its place. However, supplements should be utilized as a gap filler where you are unable to consume natural produce. Eating in threes will keep you in “the zone” and turn your body into a fat burning and highly functioning machine. Listed below is a sample menu of eating in threes protein-fat-carbohydrate. So remember PFC, not KFC.

EXAMPLE DAILY MENU: Breakfast Eggs or egg whites with vegetables and avocado * Egg white – protein Yolk or avocado – fat Vegetables – carbohydrate AM Snack Chobani greek yogurt and unsalted almonds * Yogurt – protein Almonds – fat Fruit in the yogurt – carbohydrate Lunch Grilled chicken salad * Grilled chicken – protein Dressing or oil – fat Vegetables – carbohydrate PM Snack Almond butter covered blueberries with hemp seed * Hemp seed – protein Almond butter – fat Blueberries – carbohydrate Dinner Salmon and steamed broccoli * Salmon – fat and protein (fat dense fish) Broccoli – carbohydrate NOTE: The sample menu above does not include the appropriate portion sizes. Yes, it is possible to have too much of a good thing, so portion your meals according to the guidelines provided in the image to the right (unless you are on special restrictions from your physician).


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Ashley's FIT KITCHEN RECIPES C HIC K P E AS : 1 CAN, 4 WAYS Follow Ashley on INSTAGRAM/TWITTER: @ashleysornsin FACEBOOK: ashleysornsinhealthfitnessscoach

As we come to the end of summer and fall begins, our schedules fill up with additional activities, leaving little time for us to spend in the kitchen. Whether you have kids who will soon be in full back to school mode or your work and social schedules become increasingly full, I think we can all agree getting back into the swing of our “normal” schedules can feel like a busy and stressful time of year. Having little time to spend in the kitchen doesn’t mean your nutrition should be compromised. I’m giving you four healthy and easy recipes to help you make the most of your time in the kitchen, while keeping your nutritional goals in mind. One can of chickpeas is the main ingredient in all four of my FIT kitchen recipes. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are one of the most popular legumes around the world and for good reason. They are extremely versatile, as you will see in these recipes, and have amazing health benefits. I’ve been focusing on plant based nutrition this year, so these legumes are a go-to source of protein for me. In addition to being packed with protein, they have a ton of fiber that helps to reduce cravings by keeping you full, and are bursting with nutrients, minerals and antioxidants. Chickpeas are a superfood that your body will love. I’m giving you four new and delicious ways to use chickpeas from breakfast, lunch and dinner to a convenient and portable snack and even a delicious and guilt-free dessert. Having a can of chickpeas will soon be a staple item in your cupboards and a go-to item for any meal that the whole family will enjoy. 38

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SCRAMBLED chickpeas serves 2

Scrambled chickpeas are a great substitute for scrambled eggs. This recipe is healthy, satisfying, and one of my favorite breakfasts. A nutritionally sound recipe full of protein and fiber, this is sure to be the perfect start to your day! 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (drained, liquid reserved) 1 ¼ teaspoons turmeric 1 ¼ teaspoons cumin ¼ teaspoon ginger ¼ teaspoon black pepper ¼ teaspoon sea salt 3 tablespoons liquid from chickpeas reserved 4 tablespoons hummus 4 cups spinach, steam Add chickpeas in bowl. Mix spices and three tablespoons liquid reserved from chickpeas and pour over chickpeas. Mash half of chickpeas with fork. Heat pan to medium, add chickpeas, add hummus and stir, cook for 3 min. Serve with steamed spinach.



BUFFALO chickpea SALAD serves 2

If you love buffalo chicken, this plant-based version is sure to win you over. Besides the health benefits of plant-based nutrition, it takes little time to prepare, saving you time and allowing you to have a healthy lunch ready in no time! CHICKPEAS: 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (rinsed and drained) 4 tablespoons buffalo sauce ¼ teaspoon garlic powder DRESSING: ¼ cup hummus 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon water

SALAD: 1 head romaine, chopped ¼ cup cherry tomatoes, halved ¼ cup red onion, chopped ½ avocado, sliced 1 small whole grain pita, cut into wedges Make dressing and set aside. Add chickpeas to pan over medium heat, add buffalo sauce and garlic powder, mash a few chickpeas and saute for three minutes. Prepare salads, add half of chickpea mixture to each salad and drizzle with dressing. Serve with pita wedges.


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I have a feeling you’re going to love these stuffed sweet potatoes as much as me, finding yourself making them weekly this fall. The flavors in this recipe are savory and sweet, while being extremely satisfying and incredibly healthy. 4 medium sweet potatoes 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (rinsed and drained) ½ tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil ½ teaspoon cumin ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon smoked paprika ¼ teaspoon sea salt FILLING: SAUCE: 1 cup cherry tomatoes, ¼ cup hummus chopped 1 tablespoon ½ red onion, chopped lemon juice 1 cup cucumber, ¾ teaspoon dill chopped 1 ½ tablespoon ½ cup parsley, chopped garlic, minced Line a pan with foil and set oven to 400 degrees. Cut sweet potatoes in half and place cut side down. Prepare chickpeas with oil and seasonings and place on same baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Prepare sauce and filling. Once cooked, flip sweet potatoes over, slightly mash and top each potato half with chickpeas, filling and drizzle with sauce. Each serving is two halves.


HEALTHY EDIBLE cookie dough Chickpeas are hidden in this cookie dough as a healthy dessert or snack. It’s a nutritionally sound and guilt-free dessert, being an excellent source of protein and fiber. Finally some healthy edible cookie dough you can feel good about eating! Healthy Edible Cookie Dough 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed ½ cup peanut butter (or almond butter) 2 tablespoon agave syrup (or honey) 2 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup mini chocolate chips Combine all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in food processor and blend until smooth consistency. Chill in fridge, stir in chocolate chips and eat! Keep chilled in fridge; it tastes better cold! [ aw ]



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arah Moline says Jen Janke has become part of her family because she helped create it.

“There is a unique relationship between a woman and midwife,” says Sarah, who lives in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. “I have a special place for Jen in my heart. She’s experienced what no one else has – my child coming into the world. There’s an intimacy you experience with a midwife.”

Sarah and her husband, Steve, have four children: Stella, 7; Jude, 5; Aksel, 3; and Liv, who was born last December. Janke, a certified nurse midwife at Essentia Health - Fargo, has cared for Sarah during all four pregnancies and delivered her two oldest children.

Sarah says Janke has become part of her family because she understands how important it is to involve the whole family in a pregnancy and birth. Janke makes sure Steve feels part of the pregnancy and a partner in the birth. The midwife also involves their children when they come along for an appointment. “Jen puts the ultrasound on my tummy and lets the kids find the baby’s heartbeat,” Sarah says. “One of Steve’s roles at the birth is to announce if the baby is a boy or a girl.”

Sarah started seeing Janke in 2005 on the recommendation of her own mother, Liz Strom. Mother and daughter scheduled their well-woman visits with the nurse practitioner who was working at a clinic in Alexandria. “I immediately fell in love with Jen,” Sarah recalls. “She saw me as a person and wanted to get to know me. She answered my medical questions but she also asked about my life. It was not just a doctor/patient relationship. It was a personal relationship.” By the time Sarah and Steve decided to start their family, Janke had completed her training as a certified nurse midwife. They never considered seeing anyone but Janke.

Essentia Health Certified Nurse Midwife JEN JANKE (far right) has cared for SARAH MOLINE (center) as she and her husband, Steve (left), created their family. Their children are (from left) Jude, 5; Stella, 7; Askel, 3; and Liv, who was born last December.

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Janke asked what kind of birth experience Sarah wanted. “She realizes that it’s my experience,” Sarah says. “It’s not just a delivery for Jen, it’s that baby and that special delivery. She wants you to have a safe experience and what’s best for you and the baby. She really takes what you say, and she respects and values that.”

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Sarah had the most thought-out birth plan for her first child, Stella. She says Janke did her best to accommodate her wishes during labor, offering encouragement and alternatives when something didn’t work. “Jen was my rock,” Sarah recalls. “She was steady and calm, encouraging. I counted on her.”

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“Jen’s love and passion for her job radiates out of her,” Sarah says. “I get to experience that not only during my appointments, but during the birth of our children.”


arah says friends and family who have chosen a midwife share her own passion for the practice. “There’s something special about a midwife and their heart for a woman and a baby,” she says.

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i don’t know about you,

but I’m always desperate to hang on to summer. Question: What appeals to all ages for late summer fun? Answer: Roasting mallows by the fire. The caveman knew that fire was life. Can you imagine if they would have had marshmallows? Talk about snack goals. My tribe has been rockin’ the S’mores since we purchased a fire pit in May. We wanted to build a permanent pit, but like the American way we also wanted something mobile so that we could make our minds up later where to put the something permanent. God bless America.

On behalf of my family of six, my husband and I picked two big summer projects to tackle once school got out. 1) Plant a garden and 2) create an outdoor space to entertain. Well folks, you are reading about the fire pit area so let that be an indication of how well our vegetable garden is doing. Insert sad trombone. While the garden isn’t a shining spot of the back yard (There is always next year!) the completion of our fire pit area is a win for us. When it came to the exterior living space we applied a K.I.S.S. guideline: Keep It Simple Silly. We wanted something affordable and simple to make, and because I can wield a computer mouse as well as my ancestors tossed around a field plow, I was able to find a “how to” for a cinder block bench that I liked for our exterior seating needs. Kudos to the DIY bloggers out there who have broken down tutorials on this easy outdoor seating. Go ahead, search. You will find something that suits you. In short, I’m going to give you the basic girl’s guide to concrete/timber benches. And this my friends, is a Pinterest win. PER BENCH: 14 concrete cinder blocks, six 4×4 wood posts, concrete adhesive (applied with a caulking gun), one gallon of exterior paint, wood stain and 100 grit sandpaper. My husband Jeremy muscled these benches out. Not because only he can do the “man work,” but because we work well together as a partnership and he really loves to do this stuff. Side note: Christmas 2014 my parents gave him a bread machine and me an orbital hand sander.

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large number of small businesses in our area are family owned and operated, or started by a group of friends. This often leads to the formation of a what is referred to under the law as a “closely held corporation,” or a “close corporation.” By law a close corporation has no more than 35 shareholders. The typical characteristics include: having a few shareholders, often only two or three; the shareholders usually live in the same geographical area, know each other, and are familiar with each other’s business skills; nearly all of the shareholders are involved in the day-to-day business; there is no established market for selling corporate stock; and all or most of the shareholders serve as directors, officers or have some key managerial role in the business. 46

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The Business Corporation Act, which is adopted in North Dakota and Minnesota, provides that shareholders in a close corporation owe one another legal duties to act in an honest, fair and reasonable manner in the operation of the corporation. The law also requires shareholders to treat each other with “utmost loyalty” and “good faith.” “Good faith” is defined as being honest in conducting any act or transaction. These legal duties exist to protect each shareholder’s investment and expectations in being part of a corporation with so few shareholders. For those shareholders that also act as directors or officers, it is important to know there are additional duties to act in good faith, in a manner the person reasonably believes to be in the best interests of the corporation and with ordinary care. Directors or those in control of a close corporation also cannot act fraudulently, illegally or in a manner considered “unfairly prejudicial” toward one or more shareholders.

It is not always easy to know what actions could constitute a breach of duty, especially because the act does not specify what actions are unlawful. Instead, the act broadly states the duties owed by directors, officers and shareholders. A few actions which could be considered a breach include failing to make appropriate financial distributions, freezing shareholders out of corporate affairs, or altering a shareholder’s ownership interests.



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KASEY McNARY is a shareholder in the Serkland Law Firm and has been with Serkland Law Firm since 2010. Prior to joining Serkland, he served as a judicial law clerk for the East Central Judicial District in Fargo. Kasey graduated with distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law. His practice focuses on commercial and business litigation, general civil litigation, collection cases and real estate matters, including foreclosure. He is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in North Dakota and Minnesota. This article was written and prepared by Kasey D. McNary, an attorney with the Serkland Law Firm in Fargo, North Dakota. For more information, call 701-232-8957, email or visit a r e a wom a n





back to school SHOPPING on a Budget


might sometimes find yourself thinking that maybe, just maybe, next month will have fewer expenses…but then, alas, as you turn the page on the calendar, you become aware of this and that and that other thing. Sometimes it can get overwhelming; certainly this season, as we prepare for another school year, is no exception. Back-toschool shopping is expensive, no doubt; yet here are five ideas that may help you stick to a more reasonable budget this month.

first, stick to the lists. The school supply lists are made by the teachers themselves and include everything they want our children to have at school. While it’s fun to buy extra shiny binders and glitter pens, those extras often get sent back home. Also, as many classrooms switch to flexible seating rather than traditional desks, our kids simply don’t have as much space to store all that extra stuff we think looks so great in the store. Make an agreement with your child before you go that if it’s not on the list, it’s not going in the cart. If your child “just has to have” a certain item that isn’t on the list (gel pens, anyone?), perhaps let them use their allowance money.

second, stock up on the things that are actu-

ally at their lowest price, and wait to buy things that aren’t immediate needs, like cold-weather clothes. It’s so tempting to stock up on jeans and cozy fleece during all the back-to-school sales, but let’s face it: most clothing stores seem to offer their “lowest price of the year” many times throughout the year. Just around the corner we’ll have Labor Day, Columbus Day, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas sales, and many in-between sales. Since our kids will likely (hopefully) be wearing shorts and tees until October, there’s no reason to drop cash on long pants until later in the fall. However, school supplies actually are at their lowest price in August. Your child will need new crayons, markers, glue and notebooks at some point during the year, so it saves money in the long run to stock up on those things now.

third, use birthdays as opportunities for bigger

ticket items like backpacks, scientific calculators, thermoses, shoes, etc. This works particularly well if you have summertime or early fall birthdays in your family. A high quality backpack with adjustable straps makes a great gift, and will likely last for at least a few school years. For items that can be used multiple years, avoid purchasing ones with characters; your child will tire of the character long before the item fails.


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fourth, save reusable items. Sure, one bind-

er or folder may not cost much, but when you’re shopping for multiple children and purchasing seven 2-inch, six 1.5-inch and eight 1-inch binders, plus approximately 37 colored folders, the cost adds up! When I go through backpacks on the last day of school, I put all the reusable items — folders, binders, markers, colored pencils, pencils, rulers, unused glue sticks, etc. — in a bin and tuck it away until fall. Then, before beginning back-toschool shopping, we go through the entire supply list with our collection of last school year’s reusable items and cross off the things we already have. As much as kids want to have all their very own stuff brand new each year, they’ll get over it quickly. Saving a dollar here and there adds up to lots of dollars saved.


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and fifth, give. Giving may seem contrary

to saving, but since we are designed to give, it shapes our hearts and gives us perspective that we need. Every fall there are ample opportunities to donate school supplies to children who can’t afford them. Since school supplies are now at their lowest price, it’s so simple yet gratifying to buy a few extra backpacks or boxes of crayons and markers and donate them to children who will treasure them. Additionally, when we teach our kids that we are reusing last year’s binders so that we can spend a few extra bucks on other child, it helps to shape our children’s hearts to give and makes them more thankful for their own new box of crayons … or gel pens.

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EDUCATION in North Dakota

Sassi observes Kutz-Samek teach a lesson. Kelly Sassi and Kerstyn Kutz-Samek discuss the lesson.

Soon the bell rings and the students shuffle off to their next classes. Kutz-Samek exhales and flaps her arms. “I think I need more deodorant,” she says. It’s been a strenuous 50 minutes.




t’s after lunch at Cheney Middle School in West Fargo. A mob of kids flows through the hallways and upstairs like a river. Kerstyn Kutz-Samek and Camille Forlano prepare for class in a seventh grade classroom. They are English education students at North Dakota State University, and they are teaching a lesson called “Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod” as a field experience for their Methods of Teaching Literature class. Kutz-Samek is nervous. It’s her turn to lead a room full of expectant seventh graders through the lesson, just as she will for student teaching and later in her own classroom. And there’s added pressure of visitors in the room — a photographer and reporter — but most importantly instructor Kelly Sassi, who will evaluate her performance. Forlano, her “fire-up buddy,” is there to support her. Beginning teachers need practice to become high-performing teachers. This is a challenging field and Sassi gets them in front of students early and often, and she joins them in the classroom, modeling effective techniques, giving cues and


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Ah, yes, the students’ body language says. They live in the Red River Valley; they know wind—the blow-you-over kind when you’re out in the open and the swirling gusts in sheltered areas.

providing immediate feedback. “They later say this is one of the most useful experiences on their journey of becoming a teacher,” she says. Kutz-Samek launches into the lesson with energy, keeping things moving. She clearly spent a great deal of time preparing. She shows a video that will help students make predictions about what they read. She fires off one question after another. She reads and asks students to read selected passages out loud. The students sit up straight. Some participate more actively than others, but everyone is paying attention. Sassi stands to the side, following along and jumping in from time to time. “Any canoeists in here?” she asks. “What does eddying mean?” Kutz-Samek pulls up a screen to reveal the vocabulary word and its definition on a whiteboard: to move in a circular motion. “Like the wind in front of your school,” Sassi says.

Sassi is preparing her students to be what she calls teacher-leaders — professionals who advocate for their students, who study and share effective practices with their colleagues and who work to bring positive change when it is needed. Her work extends beyond current college students. The teacher-leader philosophy is at the heart of the prestigious National Writing Project, which has a site at NDSU that serves eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Called the Red River Valley Writing Project, it started at the University of North Dakota in 1999. The site moved to Fargo three years ago when Sassi became director. Through the local site, practicing K–college level teachers have access to cutting-edge professional development, such as the summer institute that brings teachers to campus for three weeks of intensive training, and the College, Career, and Community Writers Program designed to improve source-based argument writing for students in grades 7–12.

Being part of the national network also gives North Dakota teachers an opportunity to share their expertise with a national audience. Teachers from other parts of the country benefit from North Dakota teachers’ insights on working with American Indian students and veterans. NDSU graduate student Tony Albright, a veteran himself, presented on leading a writing workshop for veterans called “Warrior Words.”

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giving North Dakota STUDENTS ACCESS to NATIONAL AWARDS Another site project was establishing a North Dakota chapter for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards to give the state’s students in grades 7–12 access to recognition and scholarships. Recipients of these awards often become leaders in their fields — think Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Zac Posen and Lena Dunham. For the 2016–2017 academic year, North Dakota students submitted 400 works — double from the previous year — and 83 received regional awards. Four students won awards at the national level. Sassi has encouraged North Dakota’s American Indian students to participate in the scholastic competition by holding workshops in their communities where they work with Native writers and artists. The last two summers, for example, she organized weeklong workshops in Belcourt, North Dakota, for students who attend Turtle Mountain Community Schools. The students tried a variety of genres — poetry, fiction, memoir, oral narratives, printmaking, photography, slam poetry and birchbark scroll writing.

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“I think that is one of the best things I’ve done,” she says. “The students excelled.”

A CALLING Sassi has been an educator for a long time, first as a high school teacher in Alaska where she grew up and then as a college professor at NDSU. She is also a researcher and writer, who has published three books on education and numerous research articles in peer-reviewed journals. To date, she has brought in more than $200,000 in grants to support regional teachers and North Dakota students. She puts her heart and soul into preparing young teachers and supporting teachers who are already in the field. She is committed to ensuring North Dakota students now and in the future have access to an outstanding education. This is her calling. [ aw ] a r e a wom a n







national Christian speaker KELLY MINTER coming to Fargo KELLY MINTER, Christian Speaker, songwriter and author, is coming to Fargo. Photo provided by Kelly Minter


hen Judy Siegle of Fargo first heard Kelly Minter speak at a Christian conference four years ago, she says she was “blown away.” The singer, songwriter and Bible study author captivated Siegle in a powerful way. “She is authentic,” says Siegle, women’s ministry director at Hope Lutheran Church, Fargo. “She shares insights from God’s word that are relevant to women’s hearts and lives.” Those are just the reasons several Fargo women’s ministry leaders worked together to bring Minter to Fargo this fall. “Cultivate: A Women’s Gathering Around the World” will be held 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 and 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Hope Lutheran Church’s south campus. The event includes Bible study sessions led by Minter, worship featuring the music of the Cultivate Worship Band and Nashville musician Haley Fry, and time for prayer.

BELOW: The women of the FARGO WOMEN'S MINISTRY NETWORK — Back row from left to right: Jenine Anderson, Idette Graham, Michelle Albrecht, Lisa Hanson, Kathy Spriggs Front row from left to right: Kathy Mitchell, Judy Siegle, Karen Moore

Siegle and the other ministry leaders hope women of all ages will gather for the event – grandmothers, mothers, daughters, cousins, friends. Free childcare is available (registration required) and a block of hotel rooms is saved at a discounted rate. “Minter appeals to women of all ages and she has such a mission heart,” says Kathy Spriggs, women’s ministry co-leader at Calvary United Methodist Church, Fargo. “She really teaches from the Bible and will pull out things from a verse that you didn’t see before.” Minter, who takes her Cultivate event around the country each year, says her focus is encouraging women through God’s word, all in a relaxed, warm and inviting atmosphere. “My nature is pretty down-to-earth, so I wanted an event that reflected that – a place where women could dig deep into the Bible and have community with one another, all the while being comfortable coming just as they are,” says Minter. “We’ve had women in their 80s, young girls in their late teens and everyone in between walk away having had a meaningful experience where they felt welcomed and loved.”


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My nature is pretty down-to-earth, so I wanted an event that reflected that — a place where women could dig deep into the Bible and have community with one another, all the while being comfortable coming just as they are.” — Kelly Minter, christian speaker,

songwriter and author

Through the Cultivate event, Minter hopes to share her heart for God’s word. “My hope and prayer will always be for women to be encouraged, challenged and to learn more about God’s word and how that specifically impacts every single part of their lives,” she says. “I want women to know the love of Christ for them personally, as well as the healing, guidance and hope he desires to bring about in each of their lives.”


he event will also include an opportunity for women to partner with a local mission and hear about Minter’s experiences with Justice & Mercy International. “I travel to both the Amazon jungle in Brazil, as well as Moldova in Eastern Europe, and love sharing about what God is doing there,” Minter says. Cultivate is being hosted by the Fargo Women’s Ministry Network, a group of 31 women leaders, including Siegle and Spriggs. The women represent 20 faith communities and meet monthly to share ideas, support one another and collaborate on events, such as Cultivate. They all look forward to sharing Minter’s message with women across the region.

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“Obedience to Christ is worth everything,” Minter says. “There’s nothing you’re holding onto that’s so dear that can even compare to the life and blessing of wholeheartedly following Jesus.”

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o you take your home for granted? If a financial crisis or an abusive situation took it away, where would you turn? How can life get back on track?

In 2016 an average stay at the YWCA Cass Clay Emergency Shelter lasted 42 days, costing $44 per person, per night. In many cases, that isn’t enough time to piece together a shattered life. The YWCA’s website explains it well. “Finding a home after devastating poverty or abuse is like finding a needle in a haystack. Then climbing through the needle’s eye to pass the scrutiny of landlords able to pick and choose their tenants. It’s nearly impossible.” The key word here is “nearly.” It offers hope. And the YWCA’s supportive housing program offers help in threading hope back into lives. YWCA CEO Erin Prochnow says, “In 1990, we launched the Supportive Housing program, which served four families. Now 75 women and children live in 32 YWCA units around the community. Our advocates assist women in learning basic life skills like applying for jobs, managing budgets, finding transportation and selecting childcare.”


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Through this process women are healthier, earn more money and eventually are able to live independently. And these services cost less at $23 per person, per night. Yet, supportive housing is in dire shortage. Last year they were only able to accept 22 of the 153 women applying for the program. In February 2016 Lutheran Church of the Cross (LCC) pastor Joel Baranko contacted Prochnow about whether land owned by the West Fargo church might be used in helping women and children remake their lives. Prochnow says, “We had just completed a strategic planning process identifying the goal to double our housing program. The timing of this call was miraculous.” According to church member Jessi Zenker, “The congregation wanted to do something purposeful with the land and get involved by building a long-term partnership.” The property is adjacent to the church. Wanting to be a good neighbor, the church quickly reached out to the residential neighborhood. Concerns that it was a shelter were addressed explaining it will be a housing project and complies with city zoning regulations. Prochnow also needed a bank sponsor for an application to the Federal Home Loan Bank. She reached out to Gate City Bank, as their philanthropic footprint with the YWCA has been profound.


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Gate City Bank marketing manager Amy Durbin says, “We are delighted to participate in this unique partnership and are proud to help provide safety and security to families in our community. We believe it is our responsibility to make a difference by investing in our customers, employees and communities for a better way of life.”


ver the next 12 years, Gate City Bank has pledged $1.5 million, which is the largest single gift received over the YWCA’s 111 years. This gift puts the project on sure footing and guarantees support services. The YWCA hopes to hear good news on the building funds applications by year-end so they can break ground in May 2018 and open May 2019. Prochnow is appreciative. “We have an immense amount of gratitude for the LCC congregation and Gate City Bank. Women and children will know that hope is more than a thought, but an action and their lives will be changed for the better.” [ aw ]

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roducer, director and production manager Barbara Gravel has

worked in television her entire career. She’s watched the medium evolve over three decades and adjusted her role in the business as her life changed, moving from visual storytelling to teaching and back again. Her work behind the camera for Prairie Public Broadcasting has taken her around the world, from Argentina, Hawaii and Scotland to the UK and India, as part of a team creating original documentaries. But the stories and projects that are closest to her heart have taken root on the prairies of North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, cultivated by Gravel herself in Prairie Public’s downtown Fargo studios. Gravel is most often recognized as the host of, “Prairie Mosaic,” which airs on Monday nights on Prairie Public. “It features the people, the culture and the history of our region and it’s basically a compilation of stories that we gather and harvest from North Dakota and Minnesota,” explains Gravel. “The word ‘prairie’ as a theme comes up in our productions a lot, because that’s the people that we hope to serve with our stories. We like to tell the story of the people of the prairie to the people of the prairie.” The station that carries these prairie stories serves both North Dakota and parts of northwestern Minnesota, from Fergus Falls to Thief River Falls. This region is fertile ground for storytellers like Gravel and her colleagues, both because of its complex past and its dynamic present. “This is just a mecca for people, be it new Americans or people moving in because of the industries,” says Gravel. “They may not know a lot about the landscape or the history or the homesteading aspect of the region, so a lot of our documentaries focus on that.” The hosting gig might put her in the public eye, but Gravel’s fingerprints are visible all over Prairie Public programming. Her production manager title and the intimate, collaborative spirit at Prairie Public mean that Gravel juggles multiple tasks, which she ticks off in her efficient style. “I have produced shows, I have directed many of the live shows, I have been a videographer on many of the documentaries,” she says. “I do a bit of editing, but not as much as I’d like to, because the production manager desk job gets in the way. We all share a lot of responsibility.” She also works on the pledge drives that, along with grants and public funding, support Prairie Public’s work. You can even hear her on Prairie Public Radio’s station voiceovers. Gravel’s consummate multitasking — and her love for public broadcasting

— started with her very first job in television as an undergraduate at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Gravel worked at the college television station during her four years on campus, directing basketball games, musical performances and other live events, work that she says gave her the kind of intense, practical, hands-on experience that prepared her for her current position at Prairie Public. “I was very attuned to that kind of fly-by the seat of your pants directing — multi-camera shoots, making quick decisions, working with a team, delegating jobs and responsibilities,” she says. “That was always my training and my strength. So that certainly prepared me to do something like this.” That station was a college-licensed Public Broadcasting Station, which gave her four years of experience working within a system — and a storytelling philosophy — she would grow to love. When she graduated in 1990, she was hungry for more experience and applied for jobs in television all over the United States — “from Louisiana to New York City to Fargo,” she says with a laugh. One of those jobs was with Prairie Public Broadcasting in Fargo. Gravel flew out to interview over Father’s Day weekend, just a few weeks after graduation. She liked the station’s philosophy and felt welcome immediately. So when the job offer came, Gravel was confident — even though it meant a leap into the unknown, both professionally and personally. “I have to say that when I packed up my Camaro in 1990 to drive from Bowling Green, Ohio to Fargo, I had never been west of Toldeo, Ohio,” she says. Born the first of six kids in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and raised there and in the small town of Poland, a suburb of Youngstown, Ohio, Gravel had traveled with her family. But those family trips took them east and south — never west. But Gravel didn’t let that slow her down. She had barely unpacked before leaping into action. Her first big assignment was directing an agriculture program that coordinated town hall meetings, a studio audience and satellite trucks at three North Dakota locations. She quickly took on more responsibilities. “I started out directing at the satellite locations from a remote truck and by the end of the series I was directing here in the main site in Fargo, so that was an amazing opportunity,” she says. She met and married her husband, Fargo native Dr. Tom Gravel, then a teacher and football coach in Wahpeton, now principal of West Fargo Community High School and West Fargo’s Welcome Center for English Language Learners, as well as the director for adult education for West Fargo Public Schools. The couple welcomed their first child, Olivia, in 1997 and a son, Jackson, in 1999.

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Gravel was still committed to the ideals of public television. In fact, this Pittsburgh native’s thesis was titled “Gender Roles and Relationships in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe” and detailed the roles of women on a famous public television show filmed in Pittsburgh — “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” And it turned out that public television wasn’t done with her yet, either. When NDSU needed an instructor to teach TV production and broadcast writing, Gravel stepped in. She taught one or two classes a semester until the university decided to repurpose Ceres Hall, the home of the mass communication department’s aging television studio. The TV production students needed a studio and Gravel immediately thought of her previous employer. She connected her current employer with her previous employer and soon NDSU students were learning in Prairie Public’s downtown Fargo studio. Gravel was teaching the next generation of broadcast journalists in a busy public television station, just as she herself had been taught. In 2006, Gravel’s career would come full circle when Prairie Public asked her to come back as a full-time production manager. She and her husband had welcomed their third child, Caroline, in 2004. With her family settled, Gravel was ready for a new challenge. This new position and her accumulated experience gave her the ability to create unique, locally produced shows to complement the station’s national programming.

tarting a family took Gravel’s career in a new direction. She stepped away from telling stories at Prairie Public and starting telling bedtime stories as a stay-at-home mom in 1998. “We just decided with two young kids two years apart that it would be advantageous to be able to spend time with them at home in a nurturing environment,” she says. “And I’m so glad I did. My daughter is 20 and she still remembers how every Wednesday we went to story time at Barnes and Noble or how we went to more swim lessons at Concordia and the Y than you could shake a stick at. It was a really, really special time.” The kids kept Gravel busy during the day, but she still found time to take classes at North Dakota State University at night. It took seven years of hard work to complete the coursework she’d started while still at Prairie Public, but Gravel obtained her masters degree in public relations.


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One of Gravel’s favorite shows to grow out of this period of creation is “Prairie Musicians” which launched its ninth season this July, thanks to funding from the North Dakota Council on the Arts and the Minnesota Legacy Grant. She directs and produces the program, which airs on Friday nights. It’s a deeply personal project that layers Gravel’s love of storytelling, public television and creative collaboration with another consistent source of inspiration — music. “It has been the most rewarding project I have worked on,” she says, as she explains the importance of “Prairie Musicians” in her personal and professional life. “We are able to represent the talent, the diversity of the music of this prairie region. We have featured musicians from gypsy jazz to polka to country of course, to hip-hop to reggae.” The show showcases coffee shop and bar crowd favorites to performers less accessible to audiences outside of college towns and major population centers, such as symphonic string quartets and brass quintets. The 2017 season even featured the Concordia College Marimba Choir, which filled the entire building with its sonorous sounds and packed the studio with instruments so large, it took two musicians to play each of them. Filming that episode brought lots of surprises and last minute adjustments. But that’s nothing new for a woman that got her start filming live events and adjusting on the fly. Gravel runs a tight ship and a professional crew, but working with musicians requires flexibility. “I’m never really sure of the playlist,” she says. “I really don’t hear the music … before we record it,” she says with a grin. Instead, she trusts her instincts and her research.

nd that research is extensive. She pours over the artists’ CDs, lyrics and the wave files they send, sees them live whenever possible, watches video footage when she can’t, and discusses their styles, influences and what they’ll add to the “Prairie Musicians” line-up with the precision and passion of a music critic. “I’ve always loved music,” says Gravel. “I come from a musical family. I have a bit of a musical background, being a percussionist in high school, which I think really helps me direct the show. One reason I went into television out of high school and wanted to pursue a mass communications degree is because I was a child of the 80s and grew up with MTV and I watched MTV and said, ‘I want to do that!’ ‘How do I do that?’” She grew up seeing the artists and bands she saw on MTV — Pat Benatar, U2, Hall & Oates, INXS, The Police and Def Leppard stand out in her memory — live on stage in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Columbus. She still sees lots of live music, both in traditional performance venues and in the studio, when she and her crew get their own private concerts as they film North Dakota and Minnesota musicians for thirty minute “Prairie Musicians” episodes over the course of about a month. The episodes don’t air live, but combine the energy of a live performance with Gravel’s expert directorial eye. The bands arrive for a four to five hour recording session with Gravel’s crew of five camera operators and two audio technicians. Some bands nail it on the first take and others experiment before they settle on the result they want. Coordinating five cameras is a lot of work, but the results give Gravel lots of options. The end result is that each episode captures the unique personalities of the performers, giving each season a unique vibe.

Gravel raves about this show and her work at Prairie Public in general. “We do a lot of amazing projects and it’s just different every day and it’s fun and it’s a challenge,” she says. She knows she is exactly where she’s meant to be, creating and working in an environment that’s perfectly suited to her interests and talents. “For me, it was just so easy. Ever since high school I was just so enamored and in love with creating TV shows. This is my little 2017 version of MTV. The good MTV!” she adds with a laugh and a broad grin. It’s been a wild ride since that first trip west in her Camaro. But Gravel likes the final destination. And she has some simple advice for those who want to blaze their own trail in television and develop their voice in other storytelling forms as well. “Any experience you can get helps,” she says. “It all builds toward your overall knowledge and expertise and experience. Working with people, you learn something different from everyone. And then you build your own personality and your own style, which is really important.” This combination of self-awareness, willingness to collaborate and learn, and to jump in with both feet and see what happens have made Gravel who she is and taken her career to the next level. But she says honoring her passions and incorporating them into her work is what has made her career in public broadcasting — and her life — truly rewarding.

“I think things work out when you’re really true to yourself and you’re doing things that you like and you’re proud of,” she says. “That’s what I try to teach my kids; you’ve got to be happy in what you’re doing. Just enjoy it. Life is too short. I think it really does all work out in the end. It did for me, that’s for sure.” [ aw ]

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featuring bible teacher

Kelly Minter Friday, October 6 7:00 — 9:00pm

Saturday, October 7 8:30am — 12:30pm

Hope Lutheran Church SOUTH CAMPUS 3636 25th St S | Fargo 701-235-6629

Tickets available at: | Hope Lutheran Church Office Melberg Christian Book and Gift | Hurley’s Religious Goods


Childcare available if reserved with registration by September 22

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Love. Hope. Family.

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DAYNA DEL VAL, president and CEO of The Arts Partnership

connecting businesses, artists and nonprofit organizations fargo-moorhead

is a creative hub,

a mecca for industry and home to a plethora of nonprofit organizations. But the worlds of art, business and advocacy don’t always interact. A fundraiser sponsored and hosted by The Arts Partnership (APT) hopes to change that.


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The event is called “Creating Good” and it offers a twist on the traditional art auction that community members often see at fundraisers for nonprofit organizations. Guests at the APT Creative Incubator at 225 4th Avenue North in Fargo on September 28 will enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and the opportunity to bid on art from ten up-and-coming artists. But exactly how they bid is the twist. Instead of asking the artists to donate their work to raise money for a nonprofit, area businesses will contribute funds to purchase the art. The guests eager to win artwork at the auction will be bidding not with money, but with their time and talents. Instead of cash, bidders will offer volunteer hours to various non-profit organizations, including The Arts Partnership, Cultural Diversity Resource, River Keepers, FM Opera, Immigrant Development Center, CHARISM, Great Plains

Food Bank, Unseen Ministries, American Red Cross and more. Tickets are $25 and will be for sale on until September 27. “This event focuses on filling skills-based needs in nonprofit organizations in areas they don't have capacity. Some need web design and marketing help, while others need help researching best practice ideas, preparing for an audit, and organizing an event,” explains Jennifer Schillinger, who is the creator of this event and the founder and CEO of Strengths Advantage, a West Fargo-based company that offers development training to individuals, managers and teams. “There are so many talented professionals in our community with a lot to offer nonprofits. This is an opportunity for them to connect what they do best, to help fill the gaps in these organizations and help make a real impact in our community.”


inning bidders will complete the volunteer hours within six months of the event. The artwork will be displayed either in the business that contributed the funds to purchase it or at the nonprofit organization that will benefit from the volunteer hours until the project is complete. It’s a win for everyone, says Schillinger. The businesses can display interesting, original art and support the artists that created it, non-profit organizations receive valuable assistance from professionals and form important contacts with the business community and skilled workers are able to contribute to a good cause and expand their art collections without opening their wallets. On top of that, artists still get paid a fair market value for their work. That’s important too, says Dayna Del Val, president and CEO of The Arts Partnership. “I think that the arts take a disproportional hit when being asked to donate for fundraisers for other organizations,” she says. “I really like that this is acknowledging that art happens to be artists’ work and they need to be paid for it.” “I think this event just makes sense,” agrees Schillinger. “It recognizes and elevates the wonderful creativity and work of local artists, it showcases nonprofit organizations doing great work, and it gives people an opportunity to do what they do best and make the community better.” Fostering connections between different sectors of the community in order to promote art and culture in the Fargo-Moorhead metro is what the “Creating Good” event is all about. Schillinger and Del Val hope that this event introduces a new generation of residents to the vibrant art scene that makes these communities unique. “It’s shocking how fabulous the arts are in this community,” says Del Val. “We have way more art and culture than we should reasonably expect where we live. I think that truly, this is a community where, from birth to death, cradle to grave, you can really be involved in the arts. That’s an astonishing privilege for a community of this size.” [ aw ]

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Riverview’s 30th Annual

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Sunday, October 8 12:30 - 3:30pm Special activities include: Silent Auction, Bake Sale, Raffle, Gift Shop, Tours and Musical Entertainment FM Jazz Orchestra

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honoring the

BEAUTY of ART – in all its forms 20 YE AR S a n d G O I N G STR O N G

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perfect weather for the 20th annual Celebration of Women and Their Music. With a balmy 50 degrees in February, people were able to enjoy walking around downtown Fargo to take in some great live music. 70

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The main event was Saturday February 18, 2017 at the Fargo Theatre, in downtown Fargo and featured regional musicians plus awards presented to female high school seniors in the arts. For founder Deb Jenkins, the show is about connection. She compared it to a spider web, “Where you try to pull in as many people as you can, to see the beauty of art in its different forms, whether it’s music, dance or visual arts.”

Congratulations to the 2017 CELEBRATION of WOMEN AWARD WINNERS:



Cassandra Bergh — Flute Central Cass High School Strong Girl Award Emma Hochhalter — Photography Hawley Linda Hamann/RRCounseling Award Jennifer Kaminski-Horak — Saxophone/voice Fergus Falls Chase Your Dreams Beth Kensok — Saxophone Central Cass High School The Show award JaeLyn Lardy — Flute West Fargo Sheyenne High Soul Sistah Award Mikalya Sailer — Visual Art Moorhead High School Charlotte Stoker Award Sarah Schultz — Musical Theatre Moorhead High School Mary Ellen Thompson Award Video Arts Award Cameron Solberg — Oboe Fargo North Dancing Queen Award and The Susie Ekberg-Risher Goddess Award

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Read on as we give your usual night out an area twist showcasing Fargo-Moorhead’s finest restaurants and the movies we are dying to see this season.




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Head downtown while the weather still permits a leisurely stroll along Broadway and check movie times at the Fargo Theatre. Their classic film series offers a chance to see old favorites on the big screen.


August 10 at 7:30 pm

Guys and Dolls

September 14 at 7:30 pm


ni gh t out Grazies Italian Restaurant is back under new

ownership and better than before with homemade food made fresh everyday. Including their own bread recipe, sauces and desserts all made from scratch, fresh and tasty salads, and a menu featuring pizza, Italian, steak and seafood, this is perfect place for a night out with the family.

Inside the Multiband Tower 2000 44th Street S, Fargo 701-492-5151

Leap! | August 30 Félicie (Elle Fanning) is a penniless orphan with one big, passionate dream: to become a dancer. With nothing left to lose, Félicie ‘borrows’ a spoiled brat's identity and enters the Opera Ballet School. But how long can she be someone else? Mentored by the tough and mysterious cleaner, Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen), Félicie learns that talent is not enough — it takes hard work to be better than her ruthless, conniving fellow students. That and friendship. Felicie's inventive, exhausting and charismatic best friend Victor (Nat Wolff) also has a dream: becoming a famous inventor. Together, they both encourage each other to reach for the stars.

Try something new at Wurst Bier Hall, a contemporary industrial European-style beer hall, which features gourmet sausages and other classic European favorites like this breaded Jager Schnitzel topped with homemade mushroom gravy and served with spaetzle dumplings and braised red cabbage. 630 1st Ave N, Fargo 701-478-2437 |

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305 Broadway N, Fargo 701-478-7888 |

sweet cravings Satisfy your sweet tooth with some of the best baked goods in the area at Nichole's Fine Pastry. Since 2003, Nichole's has been baking classic European and American desserts and cakes, brewing espresso and loose leaf tea, making breakfast and lunch items, and serving customers in its cozy shop. 13 S 8th Street, Fargo 701-232-6430


Across the street from the Fargo Theatre in the heart of downtown is The Toasted Frog. This eclectic restaurant features wood fired pizza, hand cut steaks and fresh seafood in addition to their extensive selection of wine, beer and cocktails. Seeing an early movie? The Toasted Frog offers a new family friendly lunch program exclusive to the Fargo location.

Tulip Fever August 25

Sophia, an orphaned girl (Alicia Vikander) in 17th Century Amsterdam, is forced into an unhappy marriage to a rich and powerful merchant (Christoph Waltz). When her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with a struggling artist. The lovers risk everything on the booming tulip bulb market in the hopes that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom.

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There are other worlds than these. The ambitious and expansive story from Stephen King's seven book series makes its long anticipated launch to the big screen. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle. After the movie ends, keep the adventure going at

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casual American restaurant with on-site brewery. Featuring chef-crafted, made-from-scratch cuisine including innovative signature entrées, flatbreads and more, Granite City is passionate about creating fresh menu items and craft brews.

CONNECT WITH US IN FARGOMOORHEAD. AARP is making it easy to connect with others and create a lasting impact on our community. From fun, free events like Movies for Grownups to educational lunches and volunteer opportunities, we’re bringing out the best of FargoMoorhead-West Fargo. Help us make our area an even better place to live, work and play for people of all ages. Get to know us at

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Home Again | September 8

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Noon—5pm. Free for everyone.

AUGUST 15 6:00 – 9:00 pm


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There will be appetizers and a cash bar. Come enjoy music and fun while helping put the sparkle in someone’s life. glitter beard contest

free admission for those with glitter beards

Our community’s downtown openstreet event: city streets are closed to motor vehicles and open to walking, biking, skateboarding all forms of human-powered movement!


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September 28, 2017 5:00 - 8:00

APT Incubator: 225 4th Ave. N, Fargo, ND Hors d’oeuvre, Music, Cocktails Connect Your Skills with Nonprofit Project Needs By Bidding on Local Art with Volunteer Hours Create Good in the Community Tickets on Sale through Eventbrite

Shop in the shade at the 160 juried fine arts & original crafts booths for a special gift or chic art piece that you can’t find anywhere else! Handmade Jewelry • Handcrafted Arts & Crafts • Fine Woodworking • Stage Entertainment

AUGUST 26-27 10am-5pm

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area events

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


september EVERY SATURDAY from July 8 — October


Visit Fargo-Moorhead’s largest farmers’ market for locally made produce, breakfast, lunch, coffee, baked goods, pantry items, and more. Spend your Saturday in downtown Fargo at Red River Market with live musical performances and activities for the kids. 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Broadway and 4th Ave N | Downtown Fargo | 701-570-4447 |




BRUNO MARS — 24k Magic World Tour

Hosted by Face It TOGETHER Fargo-Moorhead Solving Addiction on the Green serves to educate the community on addiction, recovery and the stigma and shame often associated with the disease. Cost is $100 Two tee times: 8:00 AM or 11:00 AM. All entry fees include a meal and cart rental. 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Osgood Golf Course 701-361-6951 |

Grammy award winner and multi-platinum selling superstar Bruno Mars to bring the 24K Magic World tour to Fargo, ND with special guest Camila Cabello. 8:00 PM FARGODOME |

AUGUST 10 8th Annual JOES FOR GI’S

QUOTABLE "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


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U.S. Bank will be hosting the 8th Annual Joes for GI’s charity event Thursday, August 10 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Joes for GI’s is the signature event for Operation Salute Our Service Members. It consists of a lunch including a Sloppy Joe, chips, cookie and water for a $5 donation. This year for the first time, the event will be held at the Fargo Air Museum. All proceeds to benefit local military support groups. 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Fargo Air Museum 1609 19th Ave N | Fargo


AUGUST 10 TAP CHALKFEST The Arts Partnership (TAP) invites you, your family and friends to ChalkFest 2017 at the Red River Zoo – sponsored by Gate City Bank. Last year over 5,500 people participated, and we’re expecting even more this year. Attendees will get to draw with free chalk, get free admission into the Red River Zoo (including animal talks), eat delicious food, meet local artists and arts organizations and more. ChalkFest is free and open to all ages and abilities. We’re excited to see your fun chalk creations! 12:00 — 7:00 PM Red River Zoo 4255 23rd Ave S | Fargo


With special guests Sonar and Jamison Strain. All ages. Tickets available exclusively through or at the Scheels Arena box office. Sponsored by the Diocese of Fargo. 7:00 PM Scheels Arena 5225 31st Ave S | Fargo

AUGUST 15 FIRSTLINK SILENT AUCTION The theme for FirstLink’s silent actual this year is Glitter Gala. We hope you will join us for a sparkling evening of entertainment. Tickets for the event are $25 and we will have more information on our website as we get closer to the date. Invite your friends and family! 6:00 – 9:00 PM Delta Hotel 1635 42nd St S | Fargo

AUGUST 19 PROJECT FARGO FASHION WEEK Local designers will submit looks to be judged on execution, style and fit. Top four contestants will be named during this event and will walk the runway at Fargo Fashion Week in September. Grand Prize $500. 7:00 – 9:00 PM The Gallery Event Center 74 N Broadway Dr | Fargo

AUGUST 24 TIM MCGRAW + FAITH HILL SOUL2SOUL The World Tour Grammy award-winning superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill bring “Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017” to Fargo. Featuring Natalie Hemby. 7:30 PM FARGODOME |

AUGUST 19-20 PIONEER DAYS Watch history come alive with live historic demonstrations, live entertainment, historic games, a parade, numerous contests and more. Experience family fun for all ages. Seniors (55+), Military, and College Students $10; Adults $12; Children (6-16) $6; Children 5 and under FREE. SATURDAY 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM SUNDAY 12:00 – 5:00 PM Bonanzaville 1351 W Main Ave | West Fargo or 701-282-2822




Our community’s urban open-street event: downtown is closed to motor vehicles and open to walking, biking, wheeling, skateboarding — all forms of human transportation. There are many opportunities for you and/or your organization to get involved and help us bring the streets to life. FREE NOON TO 5:00 PM Downtown Fargo: Headquarters located at 425 Broadway N | Fargo


Enjoy a day of golfing and raise money for a worthy cause – 100% of all funds raised stay right here in our community. The Sunshine Kids Foundation is a non-profit organization whose ultimate goal is to add quality of life to children with cancer by providing them with exciting, positive group activities so that they may once again do what kids are supposed to do … have fun and celebrate life. Teams can golf all day or get back to work for the afternoon, then round off the evening with a social and dinner. Hosted by Heritage Homes and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier Properties. 7:00 AM Sunrise breakfast and morning registration; 8:00 AM Dueling 9’s morning 9-hole tournament; 11:00 AM Lunch and afternoon registration 12:30 PM Classic afternoon 18-hole tournament; 5:30 PM Social and sunset hors d’oeuvres 6:30 PM Premier dinner and Sunshine Kids presentation Moorhead Country Club | a r e a wom a n







Experience the hottest fashion show ever to be had in Fargo. Enjoy free appetizers, a free exclusive Jani Anni Jewelry Cosmopolitan, numerous live performances, swag bags, exclusive T-shirts, prizes, cash bar and more. Skala Diane's Woman of the Year for 2017 will be crowned the last day of the show. For questions please contact us at EARLY BIRD SPECIALS (per night) General admission, $10; VIP admission, $30 (includes swag bag and seating by runway, entrance into VIP Lounge) ULTIMATE VIP, $70 (sanctioned off reserved seating directly above runway, by appetizer buffet, includes entrance into VIP Lounge, Ultimate Swag Bag). Must contact to order. 3% of all profits made are donated to help local veterans. SEPTEMBER 5-7, 6:00 – 9:00 PM FRIDAY FINALE, SEPTEMBER 8, 6:00 – 10:00 PM VIP DOORS OPEN AT 5:00 PM EACH DAY Avalon Events Center 2525 9th Ave S | Fargo


Join us for the Fargo/Moorhead Out of the Darkness Community Walk. Proceeds benefit local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Learn more at, call or email Samantha Bruers at 701-371-1194 or 1:00 PM Sanford Health Athletic Complex (The SHAC at NDSU) 1600 University Drive N | Fargo

SEPTEMBER 11 WOMEN’S HEALTH CONFERENCE Experience a full day devoted to healthy living: mind, body and spirit. Keynote speakers include Glennon Doyle and Angela Gaffney. Tickets are $70. Bismarck Event Center




It’s both sweet and spicy, and helps a cause that really matters in our community. Chocolate Fantasy and Chili, too! is a unique, important way you can show your support for the YWCA emergency shelter, which helps over 1,400 women and children rebuild their lives each year. Tickets are $15. 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM Delta by Marriott (formerly Ramanda Plaza Suites) 1635 42nd St S | Fargo

Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, get a free nerd swag bag, tour the studio, and raise money to support public broadcasting. 10:00 AM REGISTRATION; 10:30 AM WALK Prairie Public’s Downtown Fargo Studio


— 2017 SPECIAL EVENTS — Pioneer Days · August 19 & 20 Ghost Tours · October weekends Christmas on the Prairie · December 2 Christmas Dinner & Concert · December 3

Fun for the Whole Family! $10 GEN | $30 VIP | $70 ULTIMATE VIP

3% of all profits made donated to American Heroes Outdoors

1351 West Main Avenue, West Fargo, ND 701-282-2822

Great Northern Bicycle Co. FREE BIKING EVENTS 425 Broadway N | Fargo | | 701-280-1202 MONDAYS 6:00 PM



WOW (Women on Wheels) OFF-ROAD RIDES


WOW (Women on Wheels) ROAD RIDES

Great Rides’ women-only off-road rides showcase some of the recently developed trail parks. Women of all skill levels are encouraged to join. Each ride will start and end with an easy ride to the trail areas. Mountain bike and helmet required.

Relaxed pace, 8 to 12 MPH, includes a pit stop to play and stretch. Total ride averages 6 to 8 miles. This ride is for families who want to get out and pedal together. Kids in carts, kids spinning their own little wheels, kids who can really roll; they’re all welcome on our Family Ride. Grab the whole family and join the fun.

AUGUST 31 TAKE A KID MOUNTAIN BIKING Great Rides will provide bikes and helmets, you provide the mentorship to inspire the next generation of riders. Ride check-in begins at 6:15pm at Gooseberry park. FREE 6:30 PM Gooseberry Park 100 22nd Ave S | Moorhead 701-280-1202

WOW is a womenonly road ride with an emphasis on spinning and socializing. The 20-25 mile ride is moderately paced and designed so that the whole group can ride together. WOW will elevate your heart rate and warm your soul.

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AUGUST 12 FIBER ARTS FESTIVAL Celebrate all things fiber, yarn and fabric. A lovely day full of demonstrations, vendors and hands-on activities. Concessions will be onsite to purchase tasty treats. Shop for yarn, spinning wheels, needle tools, looms and more throughout the weekend. Demonstrations will include a variety of activities such as hand hooked wool rugs, tassel making, embroidery, weaving, 3D printing and so much more. FREE. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Rheault Farm

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SEPTEMBER 16-17 & 23-24



Courts Plus Community Fitness is designated as headquarters These games are a part of the National Senior Games Association and exist to help promote healthy lifestyles for adults through education, fitness and sport. This multi-day multi-sport event is devoted to individuals ages 50+ and gives them an opportunity to compete with others in their age group. ALL DAY

Fun fall activities including: pumpkin patch , arts and crafts, face painting, Clay County 4-H animals, balloon animals, carnival games, straw bale maze, barrel train rides, pony rides, concessions and more. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Rheault Farm

AUGUST 26 – 27 ISLAND PARK SHOW There will be barrel train rides, horse drawn carriage rides and live entertainment throughout the day. Between all the shopping and entertainment be sure to grab yourself a tasty treat. The entertainment stage is close to the concession stands and will feature lots of picnic tables and shade. FREE. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Island Park


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FM Ballet is holding open company auditions for dancers age 12 – adult who dance at an advanced to professional level. Come ready to dance. 7:30 PM Gasper’s School of Dance 524 7th Street N | Fargo

SEPTEMBER 10 FM BALLET JUNIOR COMPANY AUDITIONS New to the FM Ballet’s 2017-2018 season, a Junior Company. Auditions are open to intermediate – advance level dancers ages 10–19. 12:00 PM Gasper’s School of Dance 524 7th Street N | Fargo

SEPTEMBER 10 FM BALLET THE CLASSIC NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS Auditions for our season’s production of the Classic Nutcracker will take place Sunday, September 10. Age 6 – adult welcome to audition. All dance levels and movers welcome. 2:00 PM Gasper’s School of Dance 524 7th Street N | Fargo

fargo public library events Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. A complete schedule of library events is available at all Fargo Public Library locations and on the library’s website at


Get some back-to-school supplies at this event. No registration is required; snacks will be served. For kids in grades 1 through 6. Call 241-1495 for details.

AUGUST 15 11:00 AM – Main Library 2:00 PM – Northport Library

AUGUST 16 11:00 AM – Carlson Library

AUGUST 14 THE GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE Get ready for the solar eclipse when Dr. Juan Cabenela, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at MSUM visits the Main Library to help us prepare for this awesome event. He’ll explain the causes of solar eclipses, but even more importantly, he’ll tell us how we can safely view this stunning event. All ages invited. No registration required. 2:00 PM – Main Library

AUGUST 21 SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING PARTY Kids of all ages are invited to join us to celebrate the 2017 Solar Eclipse with snacks, crafts, and other activities as we await the moment of the eclipse. Safe viewing glasses will be available while supplies last. No pre-registration is required. Party will be held rain or (partial) sunshine. 10:00 AM – Carlson Library


Special storytime and activity series with sessions focused on preparing your child for Kindergarten success. Library staff will share tips for easy strategies you can use to instill a love of reading in your child and help get them ready to learn – all while having super storytime fun. These are parent/child storytimes geared for your child’s success; therefore we ask one adult per child to keep the learning to the max. Most appropriate for children ages 3 to 5. No registration required.

AUGUST 19 10:00 AM – Let’s Love Books!

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susan borsen OCCUPATION: Math professor at NDSCS MODERN PIONEERING

“I finished my undergraduate degree in my 40s and started a new career. When I took upper level math classes in college I was often the only woman in the class. In the late ‘90s there were still urinals in the women’s bathroom in the engineering buildings. We owe gratitude to the women who went before us and cleared the way for girls to go into any field they choose.”


“Although there are a small percentage of women who are engineers, they expressed real job satisfaction and pride in their work. The women engineers I interviewed in my research were attracted to engineering because of their intentions to make a difference in the world. The more support they had (mentoring, coping strategies, motivation, positive peer environment, etc.) the more likely they would become successful in the field.”


“Being a college professor has given me confidence to believe in myself. I have learned to be assertive without being overbearing, and realize the necessity to advocate for myself. Communication is such an important part of any career and understanding the art of argument is critical to any relationship, whether professional or personal.”


“I have a 1983 BMW motorcycle and have ridden over 50,000 miles on it. My husband and I have traveled in many states and enjoy getting away. In the past few years I haven’t ridden as many miles, but it is fun to visit with people I have met through the miles.”


“I try to be deliberate about addressing all dimensions of wellness. When I feel stresses I put thought in areas of my life that might need attention and address them through prayer, yoga, exercise, music, art, reading or trying something new. I enjoy time with my husband, family and friends. I enjoy watching my grandchildren grow. I love sitting on my patio, with flowers around me, and listening to the quiet.” [ aw ]

Back-to-School Stress Is Your Child Suffering? Now they don’t have to. We are here to support you and your family as your child takes on stress and adjustment issues heading back into the school season. Child and adolescent services • Depression, anxiety, trauma, life adjustment, stress, relationship issues and more • First episode psychosis • Medication management Immediate openings for therapy. Don’t wait another day. Call us at 701.476.7800 to learn more. Confidential assessments are available 24/7.


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