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Samantha Omdahl is a stay-at-home childcare provider with big dreams. With her passion, and her bow and arrow, she’s set to become the next big outdoor star.

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ALTRU’S FULL-CARE TEAM From the Director of Surgical Services to Brita the Therapy Dog, Altru’s full-care team of specialists and practitioners reveal how the health system is treating the region and remains set-up for future success.

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THE FAMILY TABLE After going all-in on restaurant life, Scott and Rachel Franz have learned how to adapt at Ely’s Ivy in a time of social distancing.

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THE COPILOT WAY OF DESIGN Mike Mulligan and Tony Taylor can use any tool. If the tool is broke, they’ll make a tool to fix it. Read about their unique concept and skill set for bringing client designs to life.

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Lifestyle Changes COVID-19. Starting this with any other term or topic would be unauthentic to the times, if not inap-

propriate. IWe all wish that wasn’t the case. The repercussions of the virus has changed things for the near-term, made all of us reevaluate or reassess our everyday routines and lifestyle choices. The stories in this issue reflect that reality. When we started working on the stories you see here, social distancing and #flattenthecurve ideals

were not a thing. Those terms are now part of our everyday lexicon. The content of this issue provides a look into the lives of people or places within our GRAND region in a way that you have come to expect and we cherish producing, all of it described with many terms: inspirational, insightful, entertaining and informative. Through that

last term—informative—we infused each story with COVID-19 related perspective. While we didn’t do a deep dive into the national response to the virus, the impacts of shelter-in-place periods or any of the like, we really

tried (how could we not) to include small snippets, thoughts, reactions or actions taken in response to the hidden enemy. This is a lifestyle magazine after all, and for now it is part of life. The Story Updates

Targeting Her Passion: Samantha Omdahl found, then committed to her passion—archery. With her new business, she’s becoming a recognized outdoorswoman. With virtual classes and instruction for her students and clients, she’s overcoming social distancing restraints.

Full-Care Team: Altru’s role in the community has never been more apparent or important. Hear from different members of the impressive suite of specialists and practioners about their commitment to the region.

The Family Table: Scott and Rachel Franz were approaching an important time of restaurant growth when social distancing shut down restaurants everywhere. They epitomize to all of us what it means to adapt

and overcome in these times. (Not only is Scott the head chef, he’s now the head food delivery driver).

Fit For The Job: Dustin and Molly McWilliams have an uncanny ability to make you want to work out. They are eyeing warmer weather so they can get open air workout programs going in a socially distanced way.

The CoPilot Way Of Design: Lovers of old tools, fearful of no material or custom project, the designers and craftsmen at CoPilot Designs added laser-cut ear protectors (for face masks) to their daily productions.

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As Dustin and Molly McWilliams walk through their massive workout space, they appear to be just like any young married couple with kids talking about the happenings of their day—and then they start doing walking handstands in unison. It has become an everyday movement for

each. Along with other movements like rope climbs or KIPs (a term for a pull-up technique used in CrossFit competitions) the McWilliams use the walking handstand as a training element in their CrossFit regimen at a gym and personal training facility they opened a year ago. In many ways, Dustin and Molly are also very normal. They have a mortgage, eat Doritos (maybe not as much as you or me), aren’t sure how to navigate the social distancing way of life as business owners and love spending as much time with their son and daughter as possible. In many other ways—as the images in this story of the couple working out together in an unusually quiet gym shows—they have gifts and skills for physical achievement and mental motivation that is rare with most. Dustin and Molly have tapped into something that helps them take on and overcome the mental and physical obstacles we all face as it relates to overall wellness. Thankfully for all of us, they’ve also learned that helping others achieve better wellness, do another rep or maybe a first one, or grind through those times when the body and mind urges us not to take on a challenge (Molly calls it “the suck”) is the true fire behind their dual passion and the ultimate soul of everything they do.

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The Origins Of CrossFit SoulFire When Molly met Dustin, she was working on the operations, sales and administration side of a local 24/7 gym owned by her father. Dustin was a regular at that gym and a soon-to-be personal trainer. That was all ten years ago. Dustin was working out as much as he could, but his routine was stale and his interest in any of it was slim. Molly loved working for her father, but she also wanted to expand her reach and duties. After falling for each other, Molly and Dustin helped expand Molly’s father’s gym brand into other communities while they continued to increase the membership and support at their Grand Forks gym. According to Molly, although Dustin may be a reserved, quiet person to most, his demeanor and motivational acumen in the gym is something special. “People were paying individual rates and coming in seven at a time to work with him,” she says. Around that time, Dustin had his CrossFit epiphany. The two were at home sitting on a large sofa DUSTIN MCWILLIAMS sectional (you’ll recognize the sectional when you visit their current gym) when a CrossFit competition started playing on the TV. “I’ll always remember Dustin standing up and walking to the TV and asking with a strong tone, ‘What is this?’,” she says. According to Dustin, what he saw was a new, fresh and exciting approach to fitness. There is competition if you want there to be, there are new workouts every day and it promotes all participants to work towards becoming the fittest version of themselves in any regard. The fitness approach doesn’t focus on one thing—ever. CrossFit pushes people to be good at running, agility, strength, mobility, gymnastics and anything else you can think of that relates to wellness. When Dustin found CrossFit, he immediately started infusing the concepts into his workouts and those of his clients. CrossFit Soulfire, a huge workout facility designed in a new commercial condo space tucked away in the middle of Grand Forks, is the result of Dustin and Molly's beliefs in themselves, their business abilities and their commitment to the CrossFit way. When they asked their banker about the idea of opening the space, Molly recalls him looking at her as if she asked a dumb question. “Of course you’ll get the loan for this,” the banker said. Opening their own gym and drastically changing their lifestyle has had its challenges, they both agree, but it has provided them with an opportunity they couldn’t and didn’t fathom prior.

“If what you do in the gym isn’t enhancing what you do outside of the gym, you are going to the wrong gym.”

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“You need to have more than just equipment to drive people through the door,” Molly says of any gym. From the start of SoulFire, both knew that their operational dreams for their members and their personal bank accounts were linked to their ability to create a community. “If what you do in the gym isn’t enhancing what you do outside of the gym,” Dustin says, “you are going to the wrong gym.” In many ways, it is hard to even call SoulFire a gym. Molly and Dustin have created a place of their own there. People miss it when they aren’t there. Members hang out together on Friday’s after a grueling workout. During the COVID-19 situation, most members are still paying monthly fees even though the gym (as of March through April) has had to close due to social distancing. One side of the facility is set-up for regular, more traditional workouts and personal training sessions. On any given day or night, a 90-year old could be working out near a 19-year old. Every level of fitness is represented at SoulFire. People there fre-


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quently talk to each other during their workouts, everyone interacts. Kids are there interacting and staying busy while their parents do another set. Bowls of fresh fruit are always on the front counter. Photos of gym members in their various forms of glory are posted on some of the walls. There is music overhead, people smiling with gritted teeth, Molly or Dustin walking the floor coaching clients or just taking in the vibe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of it is about expanding what people think is possible,â&#x20AC;? Molly says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When that happens you see people blossom.â&#x20AC;? She believes a large part of that client blossoming process is related to her obsession with making the physical space of the gym, and its amenities, something special. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Someone told us to create something that we would want to be a part of. We like it when people walk in and feel like the place is theirs.â&#x20AC;? Dustin believes the space has unleashed his inner programmer. For CrossFit-inspired clients or others at the gym, GrandLifestyleMagazine.com

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the space and equipment there has allowed him to create exciting and results-oriented workout programs for every member. The space has also allowed the athletes there to come more frequently, he says, and those that do compete in regional CrossFit games are doing better than most athletes from other regional gyms. Both Dustin and Molly stress that they can help anyone at any fitness level. They work with young kids, hockey players and moms. “For the moms out there feeling like crap in their clothes, I’ve so been there,” Molly says. “But with us they can get a taste of what they are capable of doing and of who they are or can be with us.” In addition to the equipment, showers, and general coolness factor in the space, the McWilliams enjoy an office space that features furniture and amenities for their son, Jaxson and daughter, Mila. The kids spend a

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lot of time at the gym, according to Molly, and the ability to have them with her has been a major plus to SoulFire. Through events hosted at their gym, they can bring in attendance and participation revenue and help grow the greater CrossFit world. CrossFit is a pseudo-brand that allows and supports gyms like SoulFire to affiliate with the term. But make no mistake, Dustin and Holly aren’t franchise owners. Everything they are doing is on their own, with their own sweat, tears and blood. Although near-term plans (like hosting competitions) have been altered due to social distancing restrictions, Molly and Dustin are unsurprisingly upbeat and energetic about their future. They’ve worked hard to see their dual passion come to life on a floor of black workout mats in between walls that hang dry erase boards with the writing of a WOD (workout of the day). They’ve come to love and yearn for the next


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Family Table Scott and Rachel Franz are all in at Elyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ivy: their chef-inspired, farm-to-table, beautifully reimagined restaurant

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For Rachel and Scott Franz, choosing a favorite spot in their restaurant can be difficult. The easy choice is always the front corner booth. Lined by a massive window, the booth is a natural anchor spot of the entire facility, allowing patrons to see and experience the atmosphere of the restaurant while watching the flow of downtown Grand Forks outside. Rachel also has a soft spot for a round table tucked away near the center of the eatery. The round table is popular for families. A multi-paned window sheds light into the space as if the spot was designed for a magazine shoot featuring multiple generations. Scott is proud of the long, custom cement chef table they had built after first purchasing the historic and revered downtown eatery once synonymous with fine-dining. From the table you can hear and see the commotion of the kitchen while dining with several friends or family members. Although the golden bar rail, complete with elephant head supports, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an actual spot, both note how much they enjoy the feature of the place they renamed Elyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ivy after acquiring the eatery nearly three years ago.

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Much has changed for Rachel and Scott in that time, from their daily lives to Ely’s. They are all in at Ely’s now in a way they have never been before with any of their previous stops, jobs or roles at other dining establishments. On a quiet weekday, post essential business declarations and social distancing orders, the whole Franz family is there. Rachel takes online orders, hangs new wall art and shuffles iPad videos for her kids sitting in that front booth. After delivering a food order in his car, Scott returns to manning the kitchen, then the bar, then the iPads at the booth. Despite the elegant ambiance and cool factor that remains from previous generations, Ely’s has changed. It is not Sander’s redone, Rachel says. Their version of the restaurant is a combination of family, friends, neighborhoods, farm-to-table ideals, local ingredients and Scott’s renowned and proven abilities as a celebrated head chef mixed with Rachel’s ability to create mini-gatherings and unique events that keep people coming in the doors. The weathered-yet-still impressive striped wood floor boards are there, along with the booths, the elephant head bar rail, the subway tiled chef wall in the back, the windows near the mini-park side of the building and the longstanding vines on the outside of the building. It’s like the Franz’s took an all-world restaurant facility and made it distinctly their own while maintaining many of the best features from before. 26 GRAND LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE // ISSUE 2 2020


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To Future Restaurateurs Have a good plan and think things through before you start. You have to have a ton of passion for the industry, and if you open a joint yourself, you have to work there. “The margins are so small. You don’t get into business to get rich,” he says.

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“We have always romanticized the place,” Rachel says. “We always had warm feelings for this place. We got engaged here.” Although there was a sense of pressure and expectation to maintain the quality of the previous restaurant, Rachel says those days are over and the current strategy of operation is thriving. “We have strived to be a neighborhood restaurant, yet sort of a destination spot as well. We make everything from scratch. There is a lot of love that goes into everything,” Scott says.

Planning The Perfect Table

Prior to opening Ely’s with his business partner and wife Rachel, Scott spent much of his adult working life in a commercial kitchen setting. In Grand Forks, he developed his skills at the River Bend Supper Club, Eagle’s Crest Grill and as a the head che,f and one-time partner at The Toasted Frog. During stints in Denver, Scott worked at high-end dining places and as a butcher at a butcher shop. Ely’s has allowed him to unleash what he learned along the way, including his ability to plan. Much of Ely’s menu is constantly revolving and changing, based on the availability of regionally sourced ingredients. Vegetables used at the restaurant like tomatoes come from the Park River, North Dakota, area. Certain meat cuts come from a rancher out West. A Fargo-


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Rachel's Message

To Future Restaurateurs farm is a great source of grains. “We work on availabilities at a hyper local level. We can use something for a little while and when it is gone, it is gone until it comes back,” he says. “My rancher that supplies us with ground beef is a good example. If he sold us all the tender loins that he produces in a year, we could sell that in a weekend.” Scott and Rachel embrace the challenge of sourcing local to keep their menu locally inspired. “I think it is really fun to do the planning,” he says. “People have lost a lot of the connection with what they eat. We have a strong connection with the people that supply us. Now, we are trying to make that connection to the people too.” Rachel hangs art from regional artists on the walls and has also started including photographs of the farms and fields where some of Ely’s ingredients come from. A large canvas print of a picturesque summer field near Park River (home of their tomatoes) now hangs near the front entrance. Although the menu is always being updated, both Scott and Rachel understand the power of the staple. At Ely’s the honey crusted walleye with honeyJon crusted is a favorite. “We’ve While and almonds Cindy aren’t planning to tried to replace it before,” Scott says, “but people always leave anytime soon (Jon says he ownsjust mulask for it.” tiple aprons), there could be some tweaks “You have to play to what your audience is,” Ratochel thesays. place with Matt Melissa becom“Finding and and accepting your niche is im-

Will Old School Go New School?

ing more active. The family team is considering an exploration of its foot-print, there

are always walls to be updated, décor to be added and more apparel to be ordered just to meet current demand. However, as Matt says, the core of it all will and should never change.

Become diverse. You have to be able to work any position. “Even though I run the front of the house, I have to work the dish pit or on the line with the chefs. You have to be able to do any job you ask an employee to do.”

portant.” Rachel helped manage and launch several restaurants and believes her previous experience has helped her understand what success requires at Ely’s. She has created a unique tasting menu event that has been repeated several times and is typically sold-out shortly after people find out about it. In a former pool table room, along with other larger spaces that can accommodate up to 25 people, Rachel has positioned Ely’s as a great spot for business meetings, family gatherings and other multiple-person eating events.

The Elephant In Our Future

At the time of this story, the social distancing efforts asking all restaurants and businesses to close their doors to in-person traffic had just started. At that time, the Franz’s were upbeat, if not a bit cloudy

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The Adaptive Life Like most restaurants facing social distancing requirements,

the Ely’s Ivy team has epitomized the idea of adapting. Shortly after the requirements meant closing their doors to regular

hours, Scott and the crew began delivering food door-to-door. On the menu, the team quickly devised a full plan to provide

family-style meals that could be reheated again and again. The menu thus far has centered around smoked meats and dishes that remind you of family: garlic mashed potatoes, green

beans, cornbread and other homestyle delights. Cocktails and beer in growlers are also something the team has delivered.

“Changing what we are doing with our business right now has actually brought a lot of inspiration. We feel like we have no

limits,” Scott says. The staff has helped craft the new menu,

pitched in to perform new duties and worked where ever they can, Rachel says. Scott is proud of his staff, now and previ-

on the future. They smiled as they talked about the features of their place. Their children giggled and played in the background. Regardless of the situation outside their doors, it was easy to see that inside Ely’s they were at their home away from home—the type of place you put all your stakes, dreams and aspiriations into with the thought of forever. Entrepreneurs at heart, it is feasible if not probable they will open another venue or service—food related or not—in the future. For now, they work everyday to bring top chef food to the table with ingredients from the region. They want to see you there, your family and your friends. They want to know your first name, last name and what you’ve been up to. They want to talk about where the grass-fed beef in your burger came from and when a local hydroponics farmer will be supplying them with product. “It is important for me to convey that this place is about people. We are real people working here, owning it, running it,” Rachel says of the future. “We really value all of those relationships. The customer to us is more than just a ticket.” G

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Dr. Jonathan Haug Director of Surgical Services

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Full-Care Team Altru is:

community centric, talent-rich, adaptive to the moment— and—valuable in more ways than you know

Mark Ellingson Chaplain Manager

As an independent, locally-owned hospital not part of a national conglomerate with a national office situated in a major metro, Altru Health Systems is a true pillar of the GRAND region. The health provider is for the community, by the

community and in many cases, of the community. When Altru’s Director of Surgical Services, Jonathan Haug, a Grafton, North Dakota-native and graduate of the University of North Dakota’s med school, participates in a national convention to further his knowledge of hospital procedural strategies or anesthesia application, he’s doing so for his community and his employer—which as Haug and many of his colleagues explain—are one and the same. As Haug and his collegaues also reveal, the Altru community is infused with a unique and talented assemblage of leaders, medical experts, practitioners, professionals and service dogs (yes, even service dogs) that are beyond skilled and more than capable of supplying nearly any type of care needed in this region. Altru is not a special hospital, it is a community of specialists that could have gone anywhere but chose here. The result is a health system that we are all a part of, that we can all believe in and follow with the type of confidence you get knowing GrandLifestyleMagazine.com

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Getting Through Tough Times

Ellingson says to get through difficult times, we can’t keep our thoughts inside. Here are some keys: - First, don’t be surprised when difficult times arise. - Second, maintain connections that have been supportive of you. “It is amazing how often people are feeling grief and they just don’t turn to the people they always turn to. Keep those connections there,” he says. - Third, human beings aren’t meant to be alone. While there are times for that, it is better to be connected.

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that the same talent treating you could be treating their friends and family during their next visit.

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Caring For COVID

When we first started talking for this story, COVID19was just starting to inject itself into the national and regional dialogue. As you read this, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already seen a major response by Altru to stand-up a COVID-19 hotline, testing protocol (revived as time passed), policy for visitors, daily and weekly press briefings (led by Josh Deere, another doctor with roots from the region), and several other response actions. In a sign of its true commitment to keeping the region safe and sound, Altru even paused the construction and work of its new, state-of-the-art hospital to keep its focus on ensuring its COVID-19 dealings went on uncompromised. Hopefully, as you read this, the situation here stayed as it was then, that Grand Forks and the surrounding region remained like Grand Forks and the surrounding region and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mimic a place like New York City. From the nurses, to the doctors, to the therapy specialists, the answer to several COVID-19-related questions was the same. In a nutshell, they all went like this. Is the situation impacting your daily routine and job? Yes. Does the situation scare you or cause stress? How could it not. Have you ever thought about taking a break from your duties because of COVID-19? Never.

Always Answering Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t misinterpret local for lacking. According to Haug and Annie Bonzer, manager of marketing and communications, although the level of talent and full-circle care options at the hospital may somehow fly under the radar, the services are world-class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really are keeping up with the cutting-edge progression of patient care, in

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Laurel

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the clinics with virtual visits, in the inpatient setting and in procedural or surgical areas,” Haug says. The hospital has already become part of the Mayo Clinic’s care team, meaning that if Haug or others can’t find an answer to a patient issue, they can strategize and speak with other doctors from one of the nation’s leading health care organizations. The hospital has robots and now deploys a position known as a “hospitalist”, a doctor who’s only function is to care for patients in the inpatient setting. Altru’s joint replacement surgeries are near the top in the nation. In the cardiology department, the team now includes an electrophysiologist, a position Haug thought a hospital of Altru’s size would never have. At every level it seems as if every Altru team member is committed to answers. “Sometimes if we can’t provide the care, then we can help find other answers,” says Laura Lukkason, a registered nurse that works on the general surgical floor. Brittany Johnson, a physical therapist, says her team is constantly communicating. “It is not just one occupation that is running the show or making the calls on patients,” she says. “We do entire staffing meetings on the patients to ensure we have the answers we need.”

Recruiting For The Future

Haug has led several efforts in recruiting new surgeons and forming a team that can thrive. A furniture builder and cross-country skier in his off days, Haug says the community aspect of Altru has helped him and others find a great work-life balance that makes wearing the Altru badge more than worth it. The community nature of Altru also helps bring in talent. In Grand Forks, it is easy to have a voice and make a difference, Haug says. “I just think that being a part of a community this size and being a part of a team is a lot more satisfying than being a part of a hospital much larger with red tape,” he says. “That is a selling point.

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Brita

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We are locally owned and run, and we all can have a voice.” Lukkason knows exactly what Haug means. A native of the area and graduate of Northland Technical Community College, she returned to Altru after a nursing stint in Mitchell, South Dakota. Since her return, she was part of a committee that decided what the floors and layout of the new hospital would look like.

Everything For The Patient

After procedures, Altru has an impressive team of specialists to provide unique and crucial care options. Laurel and Brita are a pet therapy team that provide joy and comfort to a wide range of Altru guests from patients to those in waiting rooms. Brita is a giant schnauzer born in 2011. She provides positive interactions that help improve emotional, mental and social responses. She loves attention and will induce a positive emotional response whether you want to let it happen or not. Mark Ellingson, manager of pastoral care, helps with the emotional health of Altru’s patients and employees. “We don’t have an agenda, we just work with people,” he says. “We try to create a connection.” Ellingson’s day could take him all over the hospital, but no matter where he goes or to whom he talks with he says it usually ends up the same way. “When we listen to people they usually come up with the answers to their own questions.” G


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It happened during nap time. Samantha Omdahl was listening to another entrepreneur podcast talk about passion when she realized her future business endeavor—outside of her home run daycare—would be linked to archery. “I

remember listening to podcasts and looking over content on being an entrepreneur while my daycare kids took their naps,” Omdahl says. “I had been thinking about what I would do when my three-year-old didn’t need daycare someday. Then I heard somebody say to find something you would do whether you are getting paid or not.” Last year, Omdahl started Top Nock Archery. (Nock refers to the anchor point on a bow string where the arrow rests on the string before launch). The early vision for the endeavor is related to education, promotion and giving Omdahl a chance to spread her knowledge, ability and love for archery with kids, women, parents, newbies and seasoned archers. Up until her twenty-first birthday, Omdahl was a self-described girly girl. At that time, her boyfriend (now husband) gifted her a bow. Since then, she’s been obsessed with shooting her bow and getting outdoors. She now has a passion for all things outdoors, from camping to fishing to target practice or hunting. “You aren’t born with passion. You have to try new things to learn what you like,” she says. That is a motto she utilizes to pitch her services and businesses to those unfamiliar with holding a bow in their hand. “No one is just born liking these things.” Omdahl enjoys a sense of accomplishment that comes from archery, and, she says with a laugh, feeling like a “badass” with a bow in her hand. When she started Top Nock, she reached out to several local archery groups, including the Red River Archers and the shooting range in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Every group welcomed her and the ideas she had for Top Nock. After becoming a certified level two archery instructor (she can now teach classes and teach other instructors), Omdahl began teaching individual archery instruction classes. “A lot of women were interested, along with new-to-the-sport people,” she says. Her single classes didn’t require her to shut down the range. But, soon after starting a Facebook page and spreading the Top Nock gospel, Omdahl was getting enough interest that required her to shut down the entire archery range to accommodate the number of people that wanted to partake in her classes. She has since ran couple’s classes, date

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night, mother-daughter, and multiple-group themed classes. The range, and others, have provided gear in many cases. Last fall, with the organizers of “The Patch On The Point” pumpkin patch, Omdahl spent seven hours on her feet instructing and helping a neverending line of participants draw, aim and release arrows on leftover or spent pumpkins set up as targets. “People were loving it and shooting again and again,” she says. She recognizes the reality that some might find her business choice unorthodox, but she doesn’t care. In fact, she is putting more of her passion, time and money into it all. In addition to Top Nock, Omdahl has started a clothing line and online boutique featuring outdoor-themed clothing, many pieces branded with the Top Nock logo. In the wake of social distancing brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, she has added online instruction course and short how-to’s to help those looking for her type of content on every platform. When things get back to normal, she intends to hold an in-person workshop and maybe someday, an entire camp. “I didn’t realize that this would affect me the way it has,” she says. “To help people learn and find a passion for it is amazing. It’s almost like archery helped me find an entirely new passion apart from the bow.” G

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Makers Get Made Mike got serious about woodworking and machining roughly seven years ago. Growing up on a farm north of Grand Forks, working with his hands was always a natural fit. At the time he really started enjoying making, he was working with Charlie Anderson, a noted machinist and woodworker from Hillsboro, North Dakota. Mulligan has been selling a few pieces here and there for the past five years. During that time, he also worked on the side at Skyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant, where Taylor also worked. From Minneapolis, Taylor picked up his skills and love for making from his family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mom and my aunt started and ran their own handyman business for years,â&#x20AC;? Taylor says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The things I know is from them.â&#x20AC;? Taylor calls it a blessing, to learn from his mom and gain an understanding on how things work. Through Jessie Thorson, a successful painter from the region, he built name recognition for his picture frame ability. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At first I made a few frames,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then it was more. Now I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how many hundreds I have made for random artists.â&#x20AC;?

With his farm shop set-up like a makerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream space, Mulligan has always been a valuable resource to others like Taylor. Their first official project together was a large epoxy table with sentimental items placed inside the top of the table. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make any money on that project,â&#x20AC;? Mulligan says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but it was so worth it.â&#x20AC;? They learned then how to combine their skill sets and how much they enjoyed collaboration. Soon after their first table top project together, the pair committed to CoPilot as a real entity. The result of that commitment has allowed each to unleash new ideas, new skills and to showcase what 100 percent authentic furniture, woodworking, metalworking or anything you can get your hands on looks like. When they make tables, they make every piece of the tableâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from top to legs, regardless of the material. When they make furniture with doors, they make the hinges. When they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the right tool for the job, or in some cases a part that goes to a tool, they make those as well.

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Old Tool Love â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love collecting old tools,â&#x20AC;? Mulligan says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are built incredibly well and made so much better.â&#x20AC;? Many of the tools in the CoPilot shop are from the 1950s or older. Mulligan is always looking for the next industrial auction to attend. Over the years, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s picked up a lot of equipment from places like Marvin Windows, PS Doors and even a cabinet manufacturing facility. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Generally, there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a lot of people at the auctions,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And if we need parts, they are easy to order or make at our shop.â&#x20AC;? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be fooled by Mulliganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obsession with old tools. He isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t opposed to the latest and greatest. Earlier this year, CoPilot invested in a new CNC machine that uses computer software, automated arms and blades with the help of a laser to cut out shapes and designs based on a computer drawing. They call it the magic unicorn and it makes sense. Above the main cutting apparatus is an image of a unicorn. Watching videos of the machine in action is certainly magical. One minute a large sheet of wood is only that. Five minutes later the pieces to an intricate chair


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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy for Mulligan and Taylor to explain the origin of their making ventureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is fun and enjoyable to work with people,â&#x20AC;? Taylor says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is the reason for our name. We work with so many people. We are creative with so many people.â&#x20AC;? Much of the work the pair completes is based on custom orders. The magical unicorn will help with creating pieces that are sellable online, however. The team has even started working with Daydream Creations, of Grand Forks, on new projects. Mulligan shares his shop with several others. He finds inspiration watching others, and whether he admits it or not, has become a pseudo-teacher and leader to other makers of the region. It is easy to see why. Mulliganâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and Taylorâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are the type of people that enjoy the process of their work as much as the outcome. Their bliss comes from the sound of a chisel removing a tiny section of live edge slab bark for a new table or the zip of sparks cascading to the floor during one of their welded pieces. They want to talk about the work and the tools and the possibilities, instead of the cost of a piece or how long it will take. They want to know what you want from their work, how they can work with you on the design. They care about what makes a piece memorable and to see their shop is to know they have every capability to make something (or make the thing needed to make the thing). Their business is making, and with you and I, it can all be memorable. Work with them on the design or concept, they have all the tools needed for the rest. G

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