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Capturing The ART & CULTURE // Animal Spirit

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Sure, Mike Olson’s story is about ishing and outdoor television. It is also about inding a way to live your best life.

Animals—especially dogs—are truly Jessie Thorson’s best friends. The commercial artist is now recognized for her impressive painting portfolio of pets and animals.

48 ADDICTED TO THE RIDE Shining wheel spokes, custom leather seats and big-time horsepower are on display at Russ Shimek’s motorcycle heaven.


18 IT STARTED WITH THE BEANS Sandi Luck and her Bully Brew crew have built a growing coffee empire by focusing on what they do best.

30 FINER DETAILS Behind the scenes of Sky’s, the region’s leading ine-dining establishment.



60 SECURING PEACE OF MIND Learn how three Grand Forks security and camera providers are bringing cuttingedge tech to the region.



56 ADVANCED PROCEDURES AT HOME The North Dakota Surgery Center in Grand Forks has brought a national trend in healthcare to this small market. Thank the team of Grand Forks doctors for the unique new facility.




Meet Anne Zimmer and her style experts. They have insight on the hair and styling trends present in the region.



Is This A Dream? This year is going to be different, it’s going to be better, maybe even the best. If you are like the rest of us, you’ve thought those thoughts about 2019. The GRAND team is here to help make those thoughts become reality. Without knowing it at the time, we produced eight stories on eight vastly different topics (all within our core themes of home and design, shop and style, health and wellness, eat and drink, art and culture and the outdoors) for the irst issue of the year that inform on their respective topic, but also inspire about simply living life better. Woven through every story was a thread showing the ful illment we can get when we do what we need to do to live our respective dream. For Mike Olson, it meant scouring through hours of ishing footage and teaching himself to produce a quality television show in a hard-sided ish house parked in his yard. For Anne Zimmer, it meant trusting her abilities to bring out the best in people by opening and maintaining a hair and style salon. For Jessie Thorson, living her dream life meant quitting her job to paint dogs and cats. Seriously, she quit her job to paint animals. As you’ll read in each story, it’s not easy to let go of the security of today for the promise of a reality you believe might be possible in the future. But, as the stories also show, the results can be pretty amazing. If you’ve eaten the voodoo pasta on a quiet night from a booth in Sky’s, you know what amazing tastes and smells are.

Luke Geiver We feel like we are living the dream in our GRAND efforts.

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Taste testing ine dishes with a head chef, going behind the scenes of a irst-rate operation or meeting subject matter experts is always a great experience. This year, we’ll be doing more of that. Expect more issues and more content from our team in 2019. We think you’ll agree, it’s a dream scenario. 6

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Before he became famous on the outdoor television scene, Mike Olson spent many hours sitting in a hard-sided ish house parked in his yard editing ishing trip footage of himself and his friends.

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That was roughly ten years ago, when the Thompson, North Dakota-native wasn’t the host of a national ishing show or the successful professional angler that has competed (and nearly won) the Super Bowl of professional walleye ishing. Today, Olson has a video production company, a team of 15 that help him create some of the most unique and timely ishing excursions available (all caught on ilm of course) and the type of personal story that reminds all of us—from the master angler to those who’ve never baited a hook—that the thoughts and aspirations we have to live with joy and freedom and passion are all possible. Mike Olson did it, and he’s still doing it. A kid that grew up cat ishing on the Wild Rice River in a town in a Minnesota County that only has one dinky lake, is getting paid to go on adventurous ishing trips where the best footage they are after comes from the times he or his counterparts are laughing and smiling the most. It’s not easy, Olson would say, but it’s worth it because he is doing what we are all in search of in our own ways and means. Mike Olson is living his dream.

From Forums To Pro Footage In 2010, Olson had just caught his personal best walleye. After posting the photo on an internet ishing forum, he



was disappointed and frustrated. The reaction he had received on his big- ish picture was less than ideal. Some questioned its size or authenticity. Others scolded him for the handling of the ish. In general, the reaction was negative. “I went from an all-time high and they took me down. I wanted to change that,” he says. “I wanted to create an online community that embraces what someone considers to be their best catch. You catch a ish of a lifetime and you should get a pat on the back, not a slap in the face.” Shortly after that experience, Olson and his brother started Fish Addictions. In the early days, it was also a forum style site. Today, Fish Addictions is a high-end outdoor-themed show sponsored by the biggest names in ishing and the outdoors aired on the biggest and broadest networks available to us in the GRAND region and beyond. In the early days, Olson would organize and book all of their ishing trips to destinations spanning a wide swath on the map in Canada and the U.S. Olson, and whomever was with him at the time, would take turns ilming their excursions. No one had real experience running a camera or editing footage. “There was zero intent to be where we are at today, but we didn’t care, we loved doing it,” he says. Between Olson and a ishing partner, the pair igured out how to edit footage. They grinded to ind sponsors to support part of their addiction and now the team is in season four. To be successful in the ishing show scene, Olson and his team decided to do what very few—if any—outdoor

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To produce a show, Olson and his team plan to be onsite for a minimum of three days. Sometimes they capture their footage in five hours on the first day, and sometimes it takes every hour during five straight days. “We have a plan in place when we get there. Sometimes we go with guides we know. Other times we find our own bit. Those are the most rewarding shows.” Earlier this year, Olson and crew hit a hot bite on a Canadian lake. The bay they were fishing through early ice hadn’t been fished in years, he says.



Lessons From THE Fishing Tourney

On a lake that is considered in his top two favorite lakes, Olson competed in the PWT championship and took fourth place. The tournament included the best of the best in the fishing world. If the fishing industry has a Jonathan Toews or Sidney Crosby, they were there fishing next to Olson. During the tourney, Olson learned that the best have to be willing to think differently and put all of their energy into what they believe. “These guys will fish outside the box. They will run longer or harder to get on a good bite,” he says. “In some cases, there were teams spending only two-and-a-half hours fishing out of an eighthour day because they were running to the furthest reaches of the lake where they thought the big fish were,” he says, “that takes guts.”


OUTDOORS // television teams choose to do: produce, edit and air footage three weeks after its captured. Most television shows on hunting or ishing show footage that is a year old, but not Olson. “The turnaround time is intense,” he says, “but having current video that our viewers can apply in the same year as the show is a pretty cool aspect. It is also very stressful.” After producing the show without expectations, Eskimo—the famous ishing and outdoor brand that makes ish houses, ice augers and a plethora of other gear—approached Olson and pushed him to up his production value. Now he has a full production team, videographer and editor. The team travels all over the Midwest to capture footage. “We have a long list of places we go,” he says, “and if we haven’t been there, we’ll get there soon.”

Life As A Famous Face The face recognition is hard to get used to, Olson says. Gone are the days of walking a ishing expo as a spectator. Now, Olson is the main draw. “Having that recognition is foreign to me. I’ll never get used to that.” Olson is married with kids and dogs and a mortgage, but because his wife has been supportive of his dream quest, he says it has all been possible (he couldn’t stress enough how important his wife has been to his success). He is gone 150-plus days a year ishing for footage or tournament winnings. In addition to hosting and producing his show, he also competes on the Professional Walleye Tour, the top circuit for walleye isherman. Despite the success he has had in ishing, Olson still holds another job as well. In the summers, he operates a landscaping company that he and his brother started to—no surprise—give them time to ish and hunt in the winter. At his current pace and rise in the industry, he will most likely start ilming and ishing full-time.


Learn From Fishing Even If You Don’t Fish

To place well in fishing tournaments at lakes he’s never fished or isn’t familiar with, Olson goes back to basics. “You have to be able to learn from the guy that has never fished before or the guy that fishes for a profession,” he says. Sometimes locals help him understand the natural patterns on the lake, regardless of where a good bite is happening. Other times, he watches amatuers in his boat to learn a new jigging cadence that they are using to land fish. No matter where he goes, it is always the same approach. “You can learn from anybody. Keep an open mind and you are going to learn way more than you ever thought you could.”

The Key To Living Your Dream Of anyone that could give us sage advice about living our best life, Olson is quali ied, even if he is too humble and nice to reveal why he’s been so successful. But, Olson does recognize and have thoughts on his story and what it would take others to take a similar path. “I’m living out a childhood dream and that is pretty cool that I get to say that,” he says. “It’s never going to be easy to live the dream though.” Olson believes in goal setting to start. You have to know it won’t happen overnight, he insists, but it all starts with a big goal. From there, set smaller, more attainable goals. “Little milestones go a long way in helping you stay on course.” With his show, he tries to look at what is already being done and to do it better or differently. His team relishes the opportunity to be creative and execute on ideas—even if they don’t always work. “Don’t let the things that don’t work get you down. Don’t let failure discourage you,” he says. The kid from Ada, Minnesota, that is now the face of a major outdoor series on Fox Sports North and brand ambassador for Eskimo his words do hold some weight when you think about it. Think about all of the footage that doesn’t get used on his shows, he reminds us. Some might consider that a failure of production. Others would say it was all just part of the process. Either way, Olson has displayed that in ishing or any other element of life, committing with passion to an act without worry of what happens after is the key to emulating Mike Olson, who on a blustery winter day on the ice in some off-the-map lake bay with snow pelting him in the face, his ishing lines freezing over and a frozeup camera can still say with a smile, he is living his dream. G







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Just as some people have a home away from home, coffeehouses have become the of ice away from the of ice, the study spot away from school and a place for meetings away from the conference room. After nearly 14 years in the coffee business, Sandi Luck—the founder and owner of four Bully Brew Coffee Houses in Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Fargo—knows the trends and the territory. Her slogan is a cheery, “Stay caffeinated!” Her establishments cater to the coffeehouse crowd of work-from-anywhere types to college students seeking a friendly, relaxed atmosphere in which to study, brainstorm and socialize. At Bully Brew, they can enjoy sandwiches, soups and baked goods while staying caffeinated. “Something very common with millennials and young professionals is that a lot of them are saying, ‘I want good coffee; I know the difference,’” Luck notes. To satisfy them, Bully Brew receives several 150-pound bags of green coffee beans each week from an importer in Minneapolis. The beans come from Costa Rica, Columbia, Ethiopia, Kenya and other countries.

The Canine Connection Luck’s two English bulldogs—Elvis and Izzy—are not only the company’s namesakes, but also symbolize her vision for Bully Brew. “My thought is that bulldogs are warm, welcoming, kind of silly and just cozy and comfortable,” she



explains. “And that’s how I want the coffee houses to be. I want this to be a welcoming environment where people can walk in and be comfortable and cozy. It feels like a family—like you’re sitting on your couch.” A longtime University of North Dakota employee who’s currently a marketing instructor at the school, Luck was a coffee lover well before she got into the coffee business. Factoring into Bully Brew’s family atmosphere is Luck’s penchant for recognizing and recruiting talent from the students she taught at UND and from other colleges in the area. “Whether they’re baristas who have been here for many years or they’re just here during their school years, they become part of the family, and we do family things all the time,” she says. Luck became a fan of the coffee once served at the green and white Mountain Mudd kiosks scattered around Grand Forks parking lots. One day in 2005 when Luck pulled in for her morning coffee, she noticed a for sale sign on the kiosk. When she expressed concern about her favorite source of coffee disappearing, the barista suggested that Luck buy the four kiosks—and she did. 20 GRAND LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE // ISSUE 1 2019

The venture lasted more than two years before Luck decided to liquidate. About a year later, she was approached by the Valley Eldercare Center in Grand Forks about opening a coffee bar colocated with the facility’s deli. Hesitant at irst, Luck realized that she missed the coffee business. Thus, in 2010, Bully Brew came into existence at Valley Eldercare, a location still in operation and managed by McKenzie Gier. Luck became friends with Sarah Sand, owner of the Coffee Co. at 2100 South Columbia Road, who roasted beans for Bully Brew. Luck bought Coffee Co.’s former Columbia Mall location and later purchased Coffee Co. and its roasting operation in the strip mall on South Columbia Road. “Everybody loved Coffee Co. because it’s actually the oldest coffeehouse in the state of North Dakota,” Luck says. “It’s the very irst one ever. It’s so nostalgic. You think about how many students have been through there. They studied in these booths while inishing their Ph.D.’s and master’s degrees. We wanted to keep this location as something very special to a lot of people when they come back to Grand Forks.”

Bully Brew On The Grow Although the mall location lasted just a few years, Luck was presented with new opportunities to grow. She bought a coffeehouse in Fargo and opened it as a Bully Brew—today managed by Kassie Senstrom. Next was the purchase of the Dunn Bros. coffeehouse at 4571 South Washington Street, now a Bully Brew managed by Becca Nelson. That was followed by the purchase of the Coffee Corner in East Grand Forks at 321 Demers Avenue East.

This Bully Brew location is managed by Jordyn Weber. And there’s a Bully Brew kiosk in the Alerus Center run by Courtney Walters. Owning the Bully Brew Coffee Co. roastery location—managed by Kendra Rhonemus—has created wholesale businessto-business opportunities for Luck to roast coffee beans and sell them to other establishments in the area. “My goal is 10 stores and a roastery,” she relates. “I love the sales aspect of the roastery— working with other coffeehouses and small businesses that need coffee.” With 40 total employees, Luck continues to recruit and add members to Bully Brew’s team that include Kelly Winters, general manager of all stores; Rihanna Davidson, marketing and sales director; Jessica Stroh, of ice manager; and Hannah Tinkler, Bully Brew baker. “I think what’s cool about our story is that it’s a bunch of young women—young, strong leaders—who have worked hard together and connected as a team,” Luck says. “I see this group of young ladies who feel empowered to continue to grow. They encourage me every day and I learn from them all the time.” Staying ahead of the coffee curve is a never-ending challenge. “I take our leadership team to a coffee conference every year,” Luck explains. “We’ve gone to New York and Chicago. Last summer it was Denver. We work with other roasters to see if there’s anything we can do differently to make our coffee better.” Even when Luck is on vacation, she’s trying the coffee at coffeehouses around the country. In Washington, D.C., she happened upon a coffee she enjoyed so much that she tracked down the roaster to ind out where the beans came from. Now Bully Brew’s menu features the light roast coffee made with beans imported from Papua New Guinea. “The fun part is that we can create new things and see the development of two beans from two different countries or two different regions put together and have this incredible taste,” Luck says.

Keeping up with new technological and marketing developments is also part of the coffee business. This ranges from using the web and social media to promote the Bully Brew band to adding a machine that produces individual K-cups made in small batches from freshly roasted beans for Keurig-style coffee brewers. This past summer, a new computerized roaster was installed at the Coffee Co. location. Luck touts Bully Brew’s cold brew made from steeping beans for a day in ive-gallon batches. Usually served over ice, she says cold brew gives a smooth taste that’s not bitter or acidic. “We experimented for a long time to ind the perfect formula, the right bean and how long to steep it.” Another recent product addition came from a collaboration with Half Brothers Brewing Co. in downtown Grand Forks, which now offers Bully Brew Coffee Brown Ale.

A Fresh Roast Difference Bully Brew also constantly works to educate the public on the difference between its coffee and store-bought coffee. “It’s extremely noticeable when you make the comparison,” Luck



says. “The fresh roast is so easy to distinguish with a good cup of coffee. Our espresso blend is so wonderful. That’s what we put into all the luffy drinks. If you get a caramel macchiato or a latte, we make those drinks with our espresso blend. The fresh bean makes the drink even better.” Luck credits Starbucks with creating America’s coffee craze and turning its business into a global empire. “I think we can all learn from companies that have created something and are able to develop a taste by pushing their brand,” she says. “After Starbucks started, other people began saying, ‘I think I can do better.’” It’s what continues to motivate Luck to make Bully Brew even better. Every now and then, she experiences a reminder of why she got into the coffee business. “My favorite thing is to see two people come in for our coffee with no computers or anything in front of them; they’re just talking,” Luck relates. “It makes me think, ‘Oh my gosh! That’s why I did this!’ It’s that vision of two people actually connecting over a wonderful taste and enjoying friendship while they’re having a great conversation.” G 22 GRAND LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE // ISSUE 1 2019


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Of all the titles Anne Zimmer holds, she prefers daymaker. For nearly two decades, Zimmer has been leading a talented and well-educated group of hair stylists and make-up artists that also consider themselves to be daymakers. As Zimmer and her team explain, they are in the business of making their client’s day. They do it by creating a beautiful and positively strong image that can be felt for the rest of their day (and usually much longer) post salon visit. The idea behind the title may come off as simple or unauthentic, but consider the demand for an Avant style session (most require scheduling a month-out to get in for the full cut and color treatment) or listen to the endless array of stories by Anne or her team about the times they’ve changed the direction of a client’s life by doing their magic with a set of shears or product during a sit-down styling session. Think about it, isn’t the best part about a great cut not just how you look afterwards, but also how you feel? When Zimmer started Avant, she had both the client and the stylist in mind. A successful business operations manager that still manages a dentist of ice in town, Zimmer has always been a team-building and business prodigy that understands how to bring out the best in people and a situation for the betterment of all involved.


EDUCATION EFFECTS Zimmer’s passion for growing strong, technically savvy and confident individuals is rooted in her commitment to education. All new stylists that come to Avant train for 3-6 months with an Avant Academy Educator before they are ready to work on the floor with guests. Continuing education keeps the newest and the seasoned providers growing and providing the best the industry is offering. Alyssa Bleninger, director of education, runs the salon’s education program and is a color expert. The best part about the education focus is that Avant stylists can pull-off any look a client wants over time. Any Hollywood look or Instagram image can be done by Bleninger or her team, she says. “We are constantly looking at videos and posts to see what is trending,” she says. “People expect that we can do everything now. There are no more barriers with hair and style.” 26 GRAND LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE // ISSUE 1 2019

TO BE A GOOD STYLIST Work hard at educating yourself with new techniques and styles Be an amazing listener Learn how to suggest new looks and to pull-off new looks

SHOP & STYLE // “I love building teams and helping them see what is possible,” she says. “I started Avant with that in mind. I knew everyone on our team could achieve more.” Zimmer now owns two Grand Forks locations including the downtown picturesque facility. She also operates an award-winning salon and spa on Gateway Drive that recently expanded to include more spa offerings. Avant has salon coordinators, stylists, specialists, lead educators and more in its list of job titles. To create a high-end salon and skin care offering, Zimmer wanted consistent results from a set of products she could trust. Aveda was, and still is, the answer for Zimmer and her team. The Minneapolis-based brand of hair and skin care products is 97 percent natural and offers the type of quality that has put it into the national discussion for hair and make-up. Aveda also provides Zimmer with an element of business she values: education. “The education piece is huge to me,” she says. “It keeps us on the leading edge of the products and services we provide. When we combine the education piece with our take on customer service, we feel con ident we can do a great job.” Aveda provides education seminars in Minneapolis and sends stylists and experts to Grand Forks to explain new trends and techniques. The brand also provides its stylists with a unique website offering tutorials, forums and other assets to help them stay informed on their industry. Zimmer’s focus is also on creating a team and family atmosphere at Avant. Her daughter and son-in-law each work at Avant. A well-bonded team creates a better outcome for everyone that walks through a busi-



ness’s door, she says. From lexible schedules when kids are sick to team bonding trips (they did an escape room in Fargo once) or even personality tests to help everyone understand everyone else better, Zimmer is always working to produce a positive work atmosphere. At certain times, the job of owning and maintaining a high-end salon has been tough, she admits. Zimmer is proud of her perseverance through the norms of business ownership linked to employees leaving, overhead costs unexpectedly changing or the rising price of education for her stylists—something she has never skimped on. The business of hair and make-up has been rewarding, she says thinking back, even if she has the same issue at Avant now that some of her clients still face. “I don’t get in on the schedule when I want as easy as people think!” G

TRENDS, AS TOLD BY THE AVANT TEAM Going into 2019 we are going to see a softer side of hair. Anyone who has a hard time achieving and maintaining that beautiful icy blonde that was all the rage of 2018, rejoice! Things are starting to warm up. The blondes are going to be softer and warmer! Dark blonde is also a color that is going to be trending on both naturally lighter and darker heads. Browns are going to be seeing the best of both worlds, a lot of chestnut color and ashy brown. As far as cuts, we will also be seeing a softer side. Longer hair will have a softer look with a lot of interior movement. The bob will always be timeless and trend every season of every year. This year the bob will be both blunt and rounded. Even subtle little changes will freshen your look for 2019. Ladies bangs are back! Both blunt, baby, and curtain bangs. So if you aren’t ready for a major change just yet, come see us to just give you a little tweak to start your new year off!

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Details Behind the scenes of Sky’s, the region’s leading fine-dining establishment

We are seated in circle back lounge chairs next to the massive wine storage library, waiting for the head chef to join us.

It is a Friday afternoon, about four hours before Sky’s opens for the night. The bank of windows that lines the Demers Avenue side of the ine dining restaurant and lounge is at our backs, shining the type, and volume, of soft light into the place that any interior photographer would dream of. Richie West, the award-winning drink mixologist and lounge manager that started washing dishes at Sky’s when it was at a different location and known as Sanders 1907, is there. Pat Madigan, the general manager that returned to the city after stints in major ine-dining establishments in Washington D.C., (and also an employee of the Sanders’ days), is there. Eventually, Joe Hanson, the head chef that trained under Kim Holmes, the founder and head chef in the Sander’s years, exits his kitchen and daily routine to join us. Hanson is happy to sit with us, but it’s clear from his continual glances back towards the kitchen, part of his attention is still simmering elsewhere.





Sky’s is fine dining with a casual atmosphere. You don’t have to dress up, but you can if it feels right. I’ve seen patrons in tuxedos and overalls on the same night."

When we start talking about food, and table design and kitchen layout and the many reasons why Sky’s has become the premier place for ine dining in the region, however, his internal draw back to his kitchen wanes. Soon, Hanson and West and Madigan are all smiling and laughing and expounding on their run at Sanders and their current chapter as the daily leaders of Sky’s. West and Madigan each make comments about Sky’s that help pinpoint why the restaurant works in this city “Sky’s is ine dining with a casual atmosphere,” West says. “You don’t have to dress up but you can if it feels right. I’ve seen patrons in tuxedos and overalls on the same night.” Despite the fact that Sky’s serves the type of food and offers the type of setting that would excel on any major market ine dining circuit, Madigan explains that the Grand Forks eatery should be thought of as a neighborhood place with high-end food. “You get that full level of service and attention to detail here (that other ine dining establishments offer), but you don’t feel intimidated,” Madigan says.

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Award-winning Mixology As the Lounge Manager for Cloud9 Lounge, West has amassed an impressive list of spirits. Throughout the region, he has competed in spirit-making competitions. His ability to combine locally-distilled spirts with unique avors found in non-traditional spirit ingredients helped him win a competition in Grand Forks with the Dino Gin Fizz.


Understand The Ambience Sky’s can host nearly 120 people in its main dining room. Cloud9 Lounge can seat another 40 to 50 people and the private dining rooms spread across two separate rooms can host another 50 people. Because of the shape and distance of the dining areas from the kitchen, Madigan and Hanson have created a system of serving stations that allow them to ensure food is brought (and stays) hot to the tables. The placement of every table leg, napkin, light fixture or art piece has been strategic. Designed by a team of interior designers situated on the floor above the restaurant, the setting appears like a flawless setting for a magazine shoot, or as Madigan says, an escape from the norm of the city. Every sight angle has an intended, cared for and impressive look. The lounge features grain-exposed tables with pipe-style legs. The curved, poured concrete bar is smooth while still emphasizing the strong longevity of the place. Wide plank flooring was installed in a herringbone pattern. Black subway tiles line the sight wall of the kitchen. There is a ceiling height wine library that is backlit and beautiful even if you’ve never had a glass of wine. The circle back chairs, leather patterns and amber lightbulbs are all a part of the overall ambience.



Spend Your Day Like A Head Chef “Cooking at Sky’s is a labor or love,” Hanson says, “and a lot of labor.” To produce the type of American cuisine that is mixed with European influences, Hanson stays busy from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (or usually later). Hanson and his team of eight chefs produce up to three specials every week, in addition to their mainstay menu that is constantly changing. “The hardest part is keeping continuity in our dishes,” Hanson says, “it takes time.” Although Sky’s attracts top chefs from the region, it is difficult to maintain them for more than two years. Sky’s is a Chef’s dream, Hanson says, but there are always bigger cities and markets. The best shifts for the chefs start with stress early and end with satisfaction late. By 11 am every day, Hanson and his team have already started several dishes like prime rib or their in-house soups. During the middle of the mid-morning prep time, groceries are delievered and they always need to be taken care of immediately, he says. “There is just always a sense of urgency in our day,” he says. At 3 pm the night shift comes in and the team goes over specials or talks about how they will handle big parties. A strict follower of deadlines and plans, Hanson admits the kitchen can be crazy at times, but the people and creativity on constant display have kept him from leaving. “It’s been a fun and exciting way of life and I can honestly say I don’t ever want to leave,” he says. “I’m too busy to leave.” 36 GRAND LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE // ISSUE 1 2019

Managing the High Standards Sky’s could compete with fine dining establishments in any major market. Madigan knows, he’s worked at high-end restaurants in major markets. The key to success with any fine-dining spot is to plan ahead and prepare for the night’s situation. Madigan wakes up thinking of table arrangements and leaves each night moving items around in preparation for the next day. His wine list is numbered at 1,800 different types because in part, he says, he wants to have everyone’s favorite bottle. The best days at Sky’s for Madigan feature big parties or wedding groups. The greatest and most rewarding comments are those related to the smallest details—the amount of light being put out from the hanging bulbs, the placement of a painting, the folds of a napkin—because everything a patron sees, touches, smells, or experiences during their stay is something Madigan has stressed over. For West, the success of Sky’s relates to the constant buy-in he and Madigan try to instill into the entire staff. “We want the service and hospitality to be as high-end and memorable as this place looks,” West says. The job can be hard, they both admit. The nights are long and sometimes the mornings come too early. The constant stress of managing the smallest details is a requirement, not a choice. But, providing an escape or a wow factor or a best-of-the-best style of service makes managing Sky’s and Cloud9 lounge worth it for Hanson, West and Madigan. They all said that in some way on that Friday afternoon, an hour after we had started talking at our circle back chairs next to the wine library. The hustle and calamity that naturally happens every day at a restaurant was just starting. By the end of our talk, they were all looking over their shoulders to their respective areas and duties. They enjoyed talking but they wanted to get back to work. As we were finishing up, I asked them where they would go and eat on their days off. West let out a quick laugh and answered before Hanson and Madigan with a confidence that indicated his answer would suffice for all of them. “We always come here on our days off.”



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It is hard to argue with Madigan’s assessment. Sitting with them on that Friday afternoon before the evening rush started, I felt like I’d known each of them for a long time, like they were my neighbors or friends. The longer we sat there and the more we talked, the easier it was to understand what West, Madigan, Hanson and Sky’s is all about. The people there—West, Madigan, other staff, or Hanson if you are lucky enough to catch him outside of the kitchen—are great to be around. They can talk with a ine wine lingo, describe a unique dish only a head chef of Hanson’s caliber could make, or, the state of UND hockey and the Minnesota Vikings. It is easy and relaxing to be at Sky’s. It is also a special place, offering an elegant setting where every detail is accounted for and everything you see—from the table legs to the hanging lights—is distinctly exquisite, or as West and Madigan would say in their refreshing and inviting non-pretentious way: it all just has a wow factor. G


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SPIRIT Jessie Thorson has tapped into her animal spirit with the help of a paint brush. The Grand Forks artist has built a regional following painting dogs, cats, bears and birds. She’s painted pigs and ish and moose, too. If you are a pet lover, or an art lover, with a sense of humor and appreciate any combination of mesmerizing brush strokes, bold and unique color patterns or the type of art that makes you smile in the moment while you remember the past, you’ve most likely already seen or own a Thorson piece. If you are new to Thorson’s work, you can ind it in several places throughout the region. Her work is displayed at ine-dining restaurants, major institutions, and the homes of art lovers with budgets that range from little to a lot. In 2018, she was a featured artist picked by the city to display a collection she called “Ode to Grand Forks.” She creates the type of work you want to gift to a friend or family member, but once you’ve given the gift away, you regret that you didn’t keep it for yourself.





Her paintings are named to re lect the mood and tone of the images she creates which typically include some kind of animal. Her titles infuse a bit of literalness with a lot of playfulness. The style she’s developed seems to match perfectly with her approach to painting, or life, two subjects she shares the same motto with. “I trust my gut,” she says of her painting style and life motto. You can see it in her brush strokes and compositions. There is a comforting con idence in her work that shows up through the thickness and amount of paint that is left to dry as part of the inal image. Her paintings aren’t meant to be 100 percent accurate or dance anywhere near photorealism. Yet, they most clearly re lect the best qualities and attributes of the original image in a way that will always make the onlooker smile and quickly laugh before offering a verbal, “that’s cool,” response to an unforgettable image. (How does anyone forget a painting Thorson has done showing a moose and a bear riding a bicycle together?) Her painting titled, “Rocky Bearboa,” shows a brown bear wearing boxing gloves. In her piece, “Going Stag,” she shows a massive brown stag dressed to the nines in a fancy bow-tie and sport coat. On a large 72-inch tall door, she painted a huge walleye and titled the piece, “A Tall Tale.” “I try to add humor to my art. If people are laughing at my art or looking with a smile I feel like I’ve done my job,” she says. A graphic designer and director of marketing when she isn’t painting, Thorson painted her irst public display piece for former employer, Suite 49, a restaurant once operating near the Ralph Engelstad Arena. The walls needed art, she says, so she created a painting of a dog with sunglasses and a different painting of a dog as a hockey goalie. “I just did what I thought would it the space and this place.” Those early paintings caught the eye of several from the community, and eventually, another boss, Sally Opp of Opp Construction, convinced her that painting was her path. Leaving a steady-paying job to become a full-time artist was scary, she says, but she had her life motto to trust. Today, she has sold more than 100 paintings and sees no end to her opportunity.

Living With Paint Her life as a painter has partially taken over her living space as well. The walls of her home feature some of her favorite originals and several pieces from other local artists. Her painting station of choice is situated in view of her TV, in a quaint space of




her kitchen. (When we were there a Hallmark movie was playing). All three of her dogs are used to lounging at, or near her feet as she works. As an acrylic lover, her paint pallet can be left out alongside the pile of brushes she’s accumulated and set on her supply table next to her easel. If a painting is too big for one easel, she adds a second to support her canvas. If that isn’t big enough, she paints out of her garage. At one time, she stretched her own canvas, but those days are gone.

Flexible Style Most of her work starts with an idea or photo of a pet from a client. Some ask for a simple recreation in Thorson’s style. Some request a bit of adaptation. “I’ve painted dogs driving a Corvette before because the client liked Corvettes,” she says. She still gets nervous when her clients receive their paintings, and, she still loves it when she receives an update via email or text or sees a post on social media showing where one of her paintings has been displayed. The subjects in her paintings have transformed over time. Dogs and cats and the simple joy they exude still represent her preferred subject matter. Her style does drift from painting to painting, she admits, but she always takes the same approach to every painting. Although she says she mostly wings it with each work, her follow-the-gut mantra has allowed her to live (like her father) as an artist and a creative. G




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Inside The Shop Throttle Addiction includes a first floor space of 3,000 square feet for bike lifts, a new dyno testing room and a whole lot of cool. Shimek recently acquired a classic Chevy that has been lowered and it looks worthy of a car show. The truck is a big display piece inside

Russ Shimek is an expert in wind therapy. He believes in it. He’s built his business and family life around it, leaving other jobs and secure paychecks because of it. According to Shimek, it is the best cure for a stressful day. At times with wind therapy, as he calls it, a person can truly experience the sights and sounds and smells of the world unhinged from the barriers most of us are used to, the hurdles that somehow have ways of holding us back from what we truly care about. When used right, the open air of a motorcycle ride can refresh the skin and the mind at the same time. The feeling, he says, can be addictive. That’s why Shimek started his own shop and now pays the bills in part by storing other people’s motorcycle addictions. We toured his shop, Throttle Addiction, to talk bikes and bike culture in the GRAND region with Shimek. 50 GRAND LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE // ISSUE 1 2019

the shop floor. On the second floor, Shimek has turned 5,000 square feet into bike storage. A freight elevator allows him to store bikes in a climate controlled and secured setting. Cold weather is hardest on bike wiring, he says. The type, style and age of bikes lined up in the storage unit is Sturgis-esque. Squint your eyes just right and pretend you are walking down the street during the bike rally and it feels like you are there (minus the shenanigans that come with Sturgis).

Bike Culture Riders on the Northern Plains are obviously limited to certain months of rideable conditions. However, there are several charity rides, clubs and rallies across the region that Shimek says are growing. Getting the younger generation involved in the trade or joys of riding can be difficult, but when the younger generation (like the older generation) understand how much customization can go into a bike, they get excited, he says. Customization, the crux of Throttle Addiction’s early business model, depends on the rider. Longdistance riders that tackle rally’s in the hundreds of miles typically opt for custom seats, suspensions or bags. Nearly every bike has a shield to deflect air and bugs. Local riders go for cosmetic changes over comfort. Most changes can be seen in the exhaust system. Cam shafts are also a common change. “People with bikes also want to have a connection with the person working on their bike,” Shimek says. That is where Throttle Addiction comes in. Since opening, Shimek and his other bike mechanic have amassed six bike lifts and filled their schedule with riders that want to be ready for Spring. The business of bikes was always one Shimek has been around. His father worked on bikes, and before he started his own venture, he worked at other similar outfits. His wife was the one that pushed him to start the business and today he’s surrounded by bikes.



Riding Benefits To Non-Riders Shimek laughs when he hears people haven’t ridden before, mainly out of disbelief. He is certainly not pushy on the subject, but he is politely positive and passionate about bikes. “Bikes are a hobby that come with a little bit of investment. When you are done with the bike, you can sell it. You just get a whole different sense of where we live on a bike,” he says. “You learn the smells and sounds and its completely different from anything else in a good way.”

Full Throttle Business Since Shimek first opened his shop in 2017, he’s experienced steady growth. Early on, he knew how hard it is for small shops to acquire inventory and parts. Large part providers don’t typically ship out the small orders many small shops hope for. Shimek went all in from the beginning. “I knew it was a risk to build up inventory,” he says. An established list of clients that already used him to work on their bikes with an understanding of the broader bike culture in the region helped him justify the inventory buy. This winter he added a flush mount dyno system to diagnose horsepower and bike systems in real-driving scenarios. “We already have a waiting list of people that want to fire it up,” he says. He is currently storing a bike from 1982, his birth year. Spend any time around bike enthusiasts around town and you’ll see his company logo on a shirt or hat. He’s trying to talk his brother into joining his crew, and, anytime someone wants to talk wind therapy, Shimek says he’s ready. That’s the business he’s in and the healthy addiction he can’t ignore. G 52 GRAND LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE // ISSUE 1 2019

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At Home The North Dakota Surgery Center has infused a hometown feel into a national healthcare trend. A group of Grand Forks doctors that all grew up here and still call the GRAND region home, have partnered with a Nashville-based healthcare entity to offer a unique surgery center that follows the same-day surgery trend taking place in major metro areas across the country. David Schall, orthopedic surgeon and University of North Dakota graduate, says the NDSC that was completed earlier this year and of icially opened in October, is a “blow your mind,” type of facility that he and the other doctors are energized and impressed by every day they work there. The idea behind the center, and others like it, is to provide a more ef icient, lexible and controlled setting for doctors and patients. All procedures are same-day. From knee replacements to eye work to spines, every surgery performed at the center is designed to send the patient home in 23 hours or less after completion. Robert Clayburgh, long-time Grand Forks surgeon and current medical director of the NDSC, says the strategy is great for both patients and doctors. “Our facility sees extremely high patient satisfaction and much lower infection rates,” Clayburgh says. A same-day surgery approach decreases the amount of infection exposure a patient deals with in comparison to other facilities. Larger 56 GRAND LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE // ISSUE 1 2019

procedures, however, must be done at hospitaltype locations. Doctors af iliated with the center are allowed greater freedom to implement cutting edge technology, material and procedures quickly, according to Schall, and the lexibility and control allows for the best options with treatment and helping expedite the recovery process. There is no long waiting period or committee review process required to add a new piece of technology into a surgery, Schall says. For a group of doctors that spends a great deal of time reading or learning about the latest in techniques, Schall says it is a great advantage to patients at the NDSC. The facility offers state-of-the-art operating rooms, modern aesthetics worthy of an interior designer and the type of setting that Schall says both



doctors and patients would copy if they had a choice for creating the best possible surgery center. Schall, like the other doctors, also performs operations at several other locations. The NDSC, however, gives him the most joy. Even after an 11hour day in the operating room, he was energized and excited to talk with us about the uniqueness of the center and why every day there doesn’t feel like work. The Nashville group handles the administration and operations side of the center, and the doctors decide what they need, from staff to technology. Both Schall and Clayburgh were happy to have the control. The center’s staff was handpicked by the doctors. Procedure costs are always on-par with, or lower, than more traditional surgical centers. When the group of Grand Forks doctors and the Nashville team irst started talking about the region, Clayburgh says the Nashville team quickly saw the need and opportunity for a facility. Schall’s work with knee replacements helps to illuminate why same-day surgery centers are on the rise. More than 1.2 million knee replacements are performed in the U.S. each year and by 2026 the vast majority of all the procedures will be done at center’s like the NDSC. (The day we visited to capture photos of Schall, he had already performed three knee surgeries by noon). “We all want to be known for providing the best quality care possible to our patients,” Schall says, “and with this new facility, we can move towards that goal.” G


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Securing Peace OF MIND

Chris Walsh, security manager for Stone’s Security Systems, understands what it’s like to be the victim of a burglary. He recalls his father—a big, burly Vietnam veteran—telling him about the time his home was broken into. “He said it was the most helpless feeling that he’d ever had,” Walsh says. “It certainly attacks that peace of mind you thought you had.” As part of his job selling home security systems, Walsh tracks theft reports using public data from the Grand Forks Police Department. He holds up a Google map of the city showing the location of thefts over a two-week period in the fall. It looks like the city has chicken pox. “It’s quite a bit more than people think,” he notes. Although Grand Forks enjoys a low crime rate, there are a number of businesses in town that specialize in providing home security systems that not only protect property from thefts, break-ins and burglaries, but also detect and warn of ire, smoke, water and carbon monoxide.

the homeowner desires, according to Nick Bennewitz, design and install engineer. “The new hot thing is the doorbell cameras so you can see who’s ringing your doorbell and protect from package theft,” he says. “It sets off your motion sensor and you’ll get a noti ication.” HB will work with homeowners to customize a security system that its their needs and budget. “We really focus on quality, too, such as the quality of the cameras and the equipment,” Bennewitz says. “We don’t take a lot of shortcuts when it comes to that.” The company has a 24/7 emergency number and offer a $20 a month monitoring fee and a $10 a month fee for access to its security app. “A lot of people get a security system as a reactive thing instead of as a proactive deterrent,” Bennewitz notes.

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HB Sound & Light, 101 North 8th Street, has installed home security systems ranging in price $1,500 to $50,000. The cost depends on the size of the home and the type of security and protection

Midco at 5030 Gateway Drive has long been known for its cable TV and internet services. About four years ago the company began offering its SmartHOME security systems to Grand Forks residents. Midco




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considers itself a wise choice for budget-conscious homeowners, providing bundled services and a $39.95 per month basic starter security system with no long-term contracts. It also offers inancing options. “A lot of people think a security system is really complicated,” says Matt Thompson, ield technician. “Midco’s done a really good job of simplifying it. We assess the house and give our opinion of where cameras should be placed. We can do a good job of being discrete with lines on the exterior. If they want to put a sensor in a room and I don’t think it’s the best spot for it, I’ll suggest what they can do instead. We’re not there to sell them something they don’t need; I’m there to sell them what I’d want in my own house.”

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Make The Best For Your Situation Stone’s Security Systems, 1550 47th Avenue South is the security branch of Stone’s Communication, Security & Fleet Management Systems, which began as Stone’s Mobile Radio in 1954. Chris Walsh says Stone’s supplies high-quality Honeywell home security sensors and systems. He makes certain that customers get the right surveillance camera for its intended purpose. “Someone who buys eight cameras of the same type might feel better that they have cameras, but the second they have to go back and look at the video, odds are they’re going to be pretty disappointed,” he says. Stone’s works with a Minnesota-based company that charges $28 a month for its 24/7 monitoring services. The company prides itself on tracking the health of its systems and notifying customers of problems. “I get noti ication of any kind of communication issue someone might be having, such as somebody’s internet going out. It’s nice to be able to call the customer and alert them of the issue,” Walsh says. G


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