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THIRTY LOCAL PEOPLE YOUNGER THAN 40 WITH NOTABLE TALENTS WE ASKED THEM: • WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE LINE? • IF YOU COULD HAVE A SUPERPOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? • WHAT WOULD YOU EAT IF YOU COULD HAVE ONLY ONE FOOD FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE? • WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LATEST TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET?

• WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF YOUR CHILDHOOD? • WHAT TURN OF EVENTS BROUGHT YOU TO THE FERGUS FALLS AREA? • WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO BE YOUR AT-BAT SONG? • WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF 10 YEARS FROM NOW?

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KOREY Age: 28 Family: wife, Mary; children Kadyn, 4, and Alayah, 2 City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: sports director and defensive coordinator Workplace: Fergus Falls YMCA and M State Fergus Falls, respectively

SAMANTHA FRY VAN WECHELMEYER Age: 29 Family: husband, Derek Meyer City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: membership and marketing director, yoga instructor, cross country and Nordic ski coach Workplace: Fergus Falls YMCA

What is your favorite movie line? “Life is a game of inches,” by Al Pacino, “Any Given Sunday” If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Super ability to be an awesome dad. I never knew my father. I want to enjoy every minute with my children. If not that, I would settle for super Saiyan powers. What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? Steak. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? XBox One. I love playing games like “Madden.” What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Defeat and growing up.

What is your favorite movie line? “If you are good life is good.” — Matilda in “Matilda Roald Dahl”

What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? My wife, and it’s a great community to raise a family. What would you choose to be your at-bat song? “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins. I prefer the instrumental. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Enjoying life with my family. How are you involved in charitable or community service? Volunteer at various events, football camps and mentoring all levels of athletes.

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THANK YOU KOREY Your passion for serving the needs of others brings health and happiness to our members and community!

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? Super speed. Fast. To win running races. What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? Nachos. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? GPS watch. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? I had a great childhood in Fergus Falls. I was challenged in many ways through academics, athletics, and service that helped me grow as a person.

What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? I returned to Fergus Falls, my hometown, after my husband accepted his position as a phy.-ed teacher at Adams Elementary. What would you choose to be your at-bat song? “The Anthem” by Onra. It is my headstand song for yoga. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Even more involved in the Fergus Falls community and working to keep making Fergus Falls a great place to live. How are you involved in charitable or community service? I am a member of Sertoma and volunteer with United Way. I am working on building a volunteer program at the YMCA.

THANK YOU SAMANTHA Your passion for serving the needs of others brings health and happiness to our members and community!

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Age: 34 Family: I have three wonderful boys and an overweight beagle. City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: business manager and mother Workplace: Cooper’s Office Supply, Fergus Falls

Age: 18 City: Battle Lake Family: single Livelihood: businesswoman Workplace: Chase Crew, Battle Lake

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What is your favorite movie line? “You should see the toast. I couldn’t even get it through the door.” — Buck Russell in “Uncle Buck” “I feel the need … the need for speed!” — Maverick in “Top Gun”

What’s your favorite movie line? Life is challenging, people are challenging, maintaining a positive attitude is challenging. My grandmother was famous for her “everything happens for a reason” excuse for when life throws you a dare. As cliché as that sounded when I was a teenager, I now realize she may have a point. Therefore, Sid, the sloth from the movie “Ice Age,” had it right when he said, “I’m too lazy to hold a grudge!”

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If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Mind reading. Definitely mind reading.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? I’m going to say my intelligent mother’s will to survive after being widowed with four children, breast cancer and many other perplexing moments in her life. She is 71, still working full time for Otter Tail County and raised all of us alone and successfully. Now that’s a superpower! I do not believe she realizes that her perplexing moments in life have made all of her children strong individuals who can manage chaos in quicksand. On a side note, I do find Thor very attractive.

Scenario B: If there were consequences, I would have to pick avocados!

What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? Scenario A: If there were no consequences to my health, I would eat chocolate all day and all night.

What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? I was born in Fergus Falls but attended school in Underwood after second grade. When I was 16, we moved back to Fergus Falls. I’m a lifer! (See below)

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? I bought a Bluetooth speaker that I bring everywhere and cannot live without. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? As previously stated, my mother had plenty of challenges. You would think this would have had some type of impact on my childhood, but thankfully, I have no regrets!

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What is your favorite latest technological gadget? The Bluetooth headset. It’s world changing. Truly. I am constantly climbing in and out of trucks, boats, you name it, and I end up dropping my phone either in the lake or on cement. Not anymore.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Oh man. Someone hand me a paper bag to breath into. All I know for sure is life is constantly changing. My family is very entrepreneurial, and we are constantly developing new businesses. I hope that What was the most challenging in the next 10 years, I can live a life that aspect of your childhood? I grew up on a summer resort, so probably embraces those changes and trusts God the most challenging part of my childhood with the outcome. was making sure I got all of my chores How are you involved in charitable or done quickly so I could play at the resort community service? and be at the lake. Growing up, my siblings and I had several small business ventures which included What turn of events brought you to selling sweet corn, Christmas trees and the Fergus Falls area? firewood. We channeled funds to a difChurch, friends and school have brought ferent charity from each one. At Chase me to Fergus Falls. Crew, a recreational watersports rental shop I run with my family, we do the What would you choose to be your same. at-bat song?

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That would have to be “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” by Cage The Elephant.

What would you choose to be your at-bat song? Anything from Queen! I took a history of rock class in college and wrote a report on Freddy Mercury, and it was followed by an obsession. It’s too hard to choose one song, sorry. Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?

In 10 years I will most likely remain in the area. I hope to have accomplished many more items on my bucket list and remain involved in the community. How are you involved in charitable or community services? I’m a huge advocate for keeping our downtown healthy and populated so I will continue my involvement on committees focused on our beautiful downtown area.

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What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? Ice cream. Hands down.


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SABRINA NATALIE TOSO KNUTSON

What is your favorite movie line? “Oh, that uh, that there is an RV. Yeah, yeah, I borrowed it off a buddy of mine. He took my house; I took the RV. It’s a good-looking vehicle, ain’t it? But, don’t go falling in love with it now, because we’re taking it when we leave here next month.” The line is from Eddie in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” The Griswolds have always made our family laugh like crazy. If you could have a superpower, what would it be? My superpower would be to take flight at any time. I feel this applies to so many situations in life. My adventurous side would be allowed to experience new places and things at any time. From a relationship standpoint, I would be able to fly in and help when individuals are in need, but remove myself from a situation when it’s not worth my energy. Setting my wings free would allow me to continue to grow in work and in life by landing in new territory, dealing with new things, meeting new people, but always having the capability to land back in my safe zone with family and friends. What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life?

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Age: 35 Family: husband, Cheeto; daughter Odessa City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: patient financial services representative Workplace: Lake Region Healthcare, Fergus Falls

Age: 31 Family: husband, dog and baby on the way City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: wellness coordinator Workplace: Lake Region Healthcare, Phatty Nattie’s, Fergus Falls

What is your favorite movie line? Popeye said it best: “I am what I am and that’s all that I am.”

Chocolate chip cookies. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? I’ve got to say my phone. I’m not a huge techy person, but my phone delivers everything I need at anytime. It allows me to be as connected or disconnected as I want. I can search Google in a snap, and my go-to apps keep me informed and organized day to day. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? I have always been a self-determined and an independent person, so growing up, I had many trials with how far I could push the envelope. How many risks could I take? With some supportive parenting and self-reflection as I’ve gotten older, I was able to learn from many trials

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? Healing would be my superpower! With all the sickness around the world, I would heal everyone. What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? Hot wings and beer. What is your favorite latest technological gadget and why? I would have to say my phone. As much as I hate it, sometimes I cannot live without it. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Living up to expectations.

What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? I was born and raised here and will probSee Page 10 ably spend the rest of my life here.

What would you choose at your at-bat song? “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” by Eve. I listened to that song all the time when I was in boxing and roller derby. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Battling zombies during the zombie apocalypse. How are you involved in charitable or community service? I donate my time by volunteering as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army kettle bell and for the Lake Region Run.

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Age: 30 Family: wife, Katie City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: funeral director Workplace: Glende-Nilson Funeral Homes, Fergus Falls

Age: 37 Family: wife, Marie; daughters Kaitlin, 4, and Emma, 2 City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: ag aviation Workplace: owner of West Central Ag-Air Inc., Fergus Falls

What is your favorite movie line? “Go ahead … make my day.” — Clint Eastwood in the “Dirty Harry” series If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? The ability to see into the future. Though probably a double-edged sword, as you would also see the negative, there are likely things you could do to influence future events, such as your own death (God forbid your life turns into a sequel to “Final Destination”). On a more serious note, as someone who is a planner and very much a perfectionist, it would decrease the stress level immensely by knowing the outcome of certain events or circumstances. What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? Tacos. One can still have plenty of variety with toppings, meats, etc. What is your favorite latest technological gadget and why? Apple Watch. I have everything Apple. Especially in my work environment, it is helpful to be able to glance at your watch quickly to see who is calling or messaging you and what it is about. This is very useful.

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What is your favorite movie line? “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” — Brody in “Jaws”

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? I wasn’t your typical “kid,” in that I was more interested in working and in music than athletics and for my parents (initially) and friends. It can be more difficult to understand and relate to. This isn’t as much the case today with the arts being more greatly promoted, but still a topic of conversation. What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? I was working in St. Paul as a funeral director and wanted to move back to a smaller town. Having grown up in Thief River Falls, I knew I did not want to return that “far north” and my dad grew up in the Breckenridge area. Ironically, a job became available in Fergus Falls, and having spent many summers at my grandparents cabin on nearby Otter Tail Lake, I was sold. Not only is Fergus a great community, but it is awesome being close to Fargo and the Twin Cities, too. (see below)

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What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My smartphone — I feel naked without it. Plus, it has the ability to keep a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old occupied for hours. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? That is an awfully deep question. I really couldn’t have asked for a better childhood. What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area?

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Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Always a tough question (would be easier to answer with my chosen “superpower” from above). Realistically, I see myself still

I started working for the aerial spraying business here. I eventually purchased the business and made Fergus Falls my home. What would you choose to be your at-bat song? “Flyin’ Low” by Jimmy Thackery, because I fly low. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Hopefully still doing the job that I love. How are you involved in charitable or community service? My wife and I sponsor a child with Compassion International. I hope to do more as my girls get older and I can find the time.

involved in funeral service; the reward one gets from working with families in unmatched. I would like to start a family and continue to be active by giving back to my church and community. How are you involved in charitable or community service? I have been involved with numerous organizations in the area, including the Fergus Falls Noon Kiwanis Club; Our Lady of Victory Church and Knights of Columbus; Experimental Aircraft Association — a group that provides over 500 free airplane rides to kids per year; and have been a member of the Lake Region Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors.

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What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Pizza — there are so many kinds, and they are all good.

What would you choose at your at-bat song? “Piano Man” by Billy Joel. Most of those who know me (and even many that don’t) know that I am a very active musician, playing piano and singing regularly for Mass at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church and also for various weddings, funerals and occasional social gatherings. Music has always been a key part of my life.

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If you could have a superpower, what would it be? The ability to stop time — there just isn’t enough time to work and spend time with my family.


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Age: 38 Family: husband, Randy; sons Henry, 5, and Charlie, 2 1/2 City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: business owner, optometrist, mother and wife Workplace: InVision Eye Care, Fergus Falls

Age: 36 Family: daughters Brianna and Samantha; boyfriend Andy Livelihood: insurance agent Workplace: American Family Insurance, Fergus Falls What is your favorite movie line? “You had me at hello.” — Jerry McGuire

What is your favorite movie line? “I want a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200shot Range Model air rifle.” “No, you’ll shoot your eye out.” — Ralphie and Mother Parker in “A Christmas Story” “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” — Henry Travers in “It’s a Wonderful Life” If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Time control. Awkward moments would never happen again, happy memories could be frozen and great days could last forever. I would have the ability to work a full day, help my patients and then still have time for a fun-filled day with my husband and kids! What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? Hawaiian sweet rolls. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? The Glympse app. It has the ability to share GPS location with real-time tracking with multiple friends and family simultaneously. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Moving to another town and state when I was 16 years old.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? I think I have a lucky job where I feel like I have superpowers. I help put life back together after a tragedy. What would you eat if you could only have one food for the rest of your life? Lasagna.

What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? My husband, Randy, and I met in Oregon while attending optometry school. We quickly discovered our hometowns and parents were only three hours apart back in the Midwest. After graduating from optometry school and getting married 10 years ago, we were looking to join an existing clinic or start a practice back home. We returned to Fergus Falls for an evening dinner with the optometrist Randy had shadowed prior to attending graduate school, Dr. Thos H. Smith. The joke now is that we were both interviewing for the same job during that visit home. Ultimately, we both ended up in Fergus at InVision Eye Care. Interestingly, the other partner at our practice today was a (see below)

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What is your favorite latest technological gadget and why? I don’t consider myself a big “techy” person, but I do want to get an Apple watch to help with my fitness goals. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Challenging and rewarding was being the oldest child growing up on the farm. I learned how to work, but not cook. What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? I had worked for an agent who showed me how rewarding this career can be, but I didn’t want to move too far away from family and Otter Tail County. Baseball players have at-bat songs. What would you choose to be your

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childhood acquaintance and 4-H friend of mine. I didn’t recognize her married name and was unaware she was practicing in Fergus Falls. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into our interview and recognized a familiar face! What would you choose to be your at-bat song? “Family Tradition” by Hank Williams Jr. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Celebrating 20 years of practicing

at-bat song? “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. It just pumps me up — reminds me how life is a fight, but if we work hard, anything is possible! Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Happily, right here. I love the people in our community! How are you involved in charitable or community service? I volunteer five to 10 times per year with different organizations from the Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Otter Tail County and most recently the TRAM bicycle ride.

optometry at InVision and celebrating a 20-year wedding anniversary. I love Fergus Falls and the surrounding community and am looking forward to raising my kids here. I have all intentions to keep active within the community. How are you involved in charitable or community service? Fergus Falls Noon Kiwanis; Easter Egg Hunt; Lake Alice Ice Skating Grand Re-Opening; Teddy Bear Picnic; Grace Methodist Church; AAUW; Adopt a Class; Chamber of Commerce; Children’s Corner; Fergus Falls Business Gives; Minnesota Optometric Association.


Age: 35 Family: wife, Belinda; son, Ezekiel City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: music educator Workplace: Fergus Falls Public Schools

Age: 32 Family: wife, Alexis; sons Carver, 6, and Brooks, 5; daughter, Willow, 1 City: Ashby Livelihood: banker and insurance agent Workplace: First State Bank of Ashby and Rylander Insurance Agency, Ashby

What is your favorite movie line? So hard! I love movies, so I had to look through my collection to decide on just one quote. In the end, it has to be Mandy Patinkin’s line from “The Princess Bride”: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

What is your favorite movie line? “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” — Ferris Bueller in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Easy. Flight. Why? Because it would be cool to fly! What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? My kryptonite is Dr. Pepper and Milky Ways, but I think I’ll have to go with the cliché of pizza. I feel like its diversity would leave me satisfied forever. But no fruit, please. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Without a doubt, my iPad. I have it with me all the time. I use it to get ready for my classes in the evenings, and I have it on me all the time during the day. I use it to keep track of things when we take tours with the music students. It’s my mobile workspace. I received it on grant money from the 544 Foundation. Thank you, 544!

What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? After teaching for a couple years in Illinois, I got a call from some people in Fergus that wanted me to apply for the

job. I took a leap of faith and left my job there. There has never been a moment of regret. This community is amazingly supportive of the arts, and they have made my 11 years in Fergus Falls awesome, from supporting education efforts to student travel and even offering financial support to keep music teachers in the classroom. I love this community! What would you choose to be your at-bat song? This one tends to change for me. Currently, it’s either “Africa” by Toto or “Lose Yourself” by Eminem. “Africa” is just an awesome cacophony of sound, and I find Eminem’s use of the English language unparalleled. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? I hope to be in Fergus Falls with my family. My wife and I have dreams of moving to a house that will better facilitate her at-home business, Kummrow Chiropractic and Holistic Health. I want to be teaching in the high school, and I imagine that with the increased enrollment at the elementary level, I will be insanely busy with all the happenings in the Fergus Falls Band Program. How are you involved in charitable or community service? (no answer)

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? I would have to say time control. As my favorite movie line states, “life moves pretty fast.” It would be nice to slow it down a little at times. It would also help me with procrastinating! What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? Stir fry. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My phone. They do absolutely everything these days. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Deciding what to do next! Bike down to Pelican for a swim? Heated battle of wiffle ball in the alley? Maybe a couple games of lightning in the driveway? Decisions. What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? I was born and raised here in Ashby. Couldn’t imagine living in a more caring, close-knit community! What would you choose to be your at-bat song? “Can’t Stop” by Red Hot Chili Peppers. One of the best song intros ever. Where do you see yourself 10 years

from now? Continuing to live and work here in Ashby, raising two teenage sons and a soon-to-be teenage daughter, while simply enjoying life with my wife. Winning the Powerball between now and then wouldn’t be such a bad thing, either. How are you involved in charitable or community service? School Board member and treasurer for Ashby Public School; treasurer of Coots Unlimited Sportsmen’s Club; member of Sons of the American Legion.

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What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Being self-conscious. I’ve come to realize it’s something that a lot of people struggled with and a lot of my students currently struggle with. And I also have a huge appreciation for those people that come into my life that are very comfortable in their own skin and just live their lives the way they want.

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ROBBIE Age: 30 Family: Single with black lab puppy City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: mortician Workplace: Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls

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What is your favorite movie line? I really don’t have a favorite movie line. I enjoy all types of movies, and they all have their own good lines.

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Pasta, in general. There are so many sauces and meats to make it more enjoyable to eat for the rest of my life.

in the Twin Cities to work for my parents and coworkers at the funeral home. I have always enjoyed small-town living. I enjoy being able to go to different places and know the people there and have a conversation with them.

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? I enjoy listening to music on my Bose SoundTouch. There are some great features including AirPlay, internet radio and a good-quality sound.

What would you choose to be your at-bat song? “The Fever” by Garth Brooks. I like the intro and have always enjoyed listening to him in concert.

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What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? I moved back to town after a few years

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Growing in my knowledge of funeral service to better serve the public and having a family. How are you involved in charitable or community service? I am vice president on the board of Friends of the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center. I help raise awareness and money.

“Having our son, Robbie, back home is a very proud moment for us. He is a great addition to our staff and brings a fresh and new perspective.” – Guy & Pam Olson

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Age: 32 Family: wife, Joanna; children Brielle, 5, Arianna, 3, and Trey, 9 months City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: chiropractor Workplace: Tysdal Chiropractic, Fergus Falls

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What is your favorite movie line? “Looks like you have been missing a lot of work lately.” “I wouldn’t say I’ve been missing it, Bob.” — Peter Gibbons to Bob Slydell in “Office Space”

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Regenerative ability like Wolverine. It would be nice to have the ability to heal right away when something happens.

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Staying focused on the future, wanting to make sure I was prepared for what life brought, juggling school, work and other commitments.

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If you could have a superpower, what would it be? To have the ability to heal the sick. I hate seeing people suffer.

the Fergus Falls area? My wife and I wanted to be close to family once we were done with school. We wanted to raise a family in Fergus Falls.

What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? Fajitas.

What would you choose to be your at-bat song? “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats. That song just makes me smile.

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? iPhone. I love having one device that does everything. I do have to watch how much I am on it, though. They can become way too addicting, and you can miss out on life.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Continuing to love what I do for work and being involved in my kids’ school and extracurricular activities.

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Baling hay. It was a love-hate relationship. What turn of events brought you to

How are you involved in charitable or community service? I love to donate money to clubs and events that benefit the children in our community. I can’t sponsor everything, but I do what I can.

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Age: 34 Family: husband, Spencer McGrew; married June 11 City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: arts administrator, musician and writer Workplace: Springboard for the Arts, Fergus Falls

Age: 34 Family: daughter, Emilee City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: financial officer Workplace: Security State Bank, Fergus Falls

What is your favorite movie line? “Give ‘em the old razzle dazzle” — from the song “Razzle Dazzle” in the musical “Chicago”

What is your favorite movie line? “Someone has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, flyboy.” — Princess Leia in a “Star Wars IV: A New Hope.”

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Teleportation. I’d never be late again!

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Talking to animals. If they could talk to us, they would probably put us in our place about all the trivial things we worry and fret about. What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? Farm fresh strawberries with sour cream and brown sugar. It’s a staple summer dessert in my family, and it never gets old. Add a cup of good coffee, and I’m in heaven. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? I’m more about technology platforms than gadgets. I love any kind of digital collaboration tools, since I work on projects with people across the country and state. I don’t know where I’d be without Google Docs, Hangouts and Chat. Also, since my job is about helping artists make a living, I’m really excited about new funding platforms Kiva Zip and Patreon. They’re more innovative crowdfunding tools than the more popular Kickstarter and IndieGoGo platforms.

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What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? Sandwiches.

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? The same challenges I have as an adult! Balancing my extreme introversion with my desire to be a leader and share my ideas. In elementary school, my heart would start pounding rapidly any time I tried to speak up in class, and it took me years to get to a point where I didn’t have to write things down before I talked in classes, meetings, etc. What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? I was living in Portland, Oregon, and had been there for 11 years, but was getting tired of city life, even though I had a fantastic job at a community music school. I started looking for job opportunities in

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What would you choose to be your at-bat song? “The Bullpen” by Dessa. It has lots of energy and is about being confident.

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Shyness. It’s often misinterpreted by both children and adults.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? On a porch with a great view of the sunset.

What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? I chose to move here. The town offers a lot but still feels “small.” Plus, my wonderful grandparents are here!

How are you involved in charitable or community service? Treasurer of the Fergus Falls Flyers Swim Club and a proud Fergus Falls High School theater tech mom.

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What would you choose to be your at-bat song? “Tightrope” by Janelle Monae.

Minnesota so I could return to my home state (I grew up in Dundas in southeast Minnesota). One day, when I was feeling particularly homesick, I came across an ad for a job in Fergus Falls — starting Springboard for the Arts’ first office outside the Twin Cities. It was serendipitous on many levels — a job focused on art and community with good pay in the region my extended family is all from (my dad grew up in Rothsay; my mom is from Barnesville). My parents had recently retired to Fergus Falls — a major bonus, since I never thought I’d be able to live near them again. It was one of those amazing moments where the stars aligned. I’m so grateful to have found this awesome community.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? To be honest, I’d like to still be working at Springboard for the Arts and in Fergus Falls, as I’m sure the work will continue to evolve in new and challenging ways. In 10 years, I also hope to have published some of my work to promote representation of women, younger generations and people of color in our local communities. How are you involved in charitable or community service? Minnesota chapter of Next Generation, Otter Tail County Historical Society, Fergus Falls Downtown Council, Kaddatz Gallery.

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JACKIE Age: 34 Family: husband, Adam; sons Ryan and Lucas City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: director of membership development Workplace: Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Fergus Falls

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What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? Fruit. Definitely Fruit. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? I would say my favorite is the smartphone and smart devices that gives us the ultimate connection to people and information all over the world! What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? (Giggling.) I can just hear my parents

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Flight.

saying, “Being strong-willed and determined.” As a military brat, I was always told, “Adapt, improvise and overcome.”

What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Fitbit. It showed me that I’m waking in the middle of the night and didn’t even know it.

What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? My family and I were redirected and What was the most challenging stationed in Fergus Falls due to my father serving in the military. He since has retired aspect of your childhood? Being the youngest of three boys. from a 21-year career with the U.S. Army. What would you choose to be your at-bat song? As a music lover, this one was a struggle! I gotta say “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses because it’s a classic and gives everybody a chance to let out their inner rock star with some air guitar opportunity in the stands! Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Ten years from now, I’m hoping to still be highly involved in my community and making some significant impact in a positive way.

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What is your favorite movie line? “There’s no crying in baseball.” — Tom Hanks in “A League of Their Own”

What is your favorite movie line? Who said it in what movie? “No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda in “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” If you could have a superpower, what would it be? I could never choose just one. I can hear my inner nerd screaming, “I just want to be Batman!” However, I would love to be able to absorb energy and then transfer it. Why? It would be a great resource to turn a negative into a positive, whether it’s understanding the source itself, managing push-back or changing the outcome of a series of events.

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How are you involved in charitable or community service? In my role at the chamber and as a nonprofit organization, I am able to promote and offer our resources in many community events. We serve alongside service organizations daily, and the best part of it all is it’s also part of job!

What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? I grew up here.

What would you choose to be your at-bat song? “Toes” by the Zac Brown Band Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Living in a van down by the river. How are you involved in charitable or community service? I’m involved with the North Country Trail Glacial Edge Chapter. We’re building a trail that stretches from Albany, New York, to Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota. I’m also involved with Noon Kiwanis.

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What would you choose to be your at-bat song? “One Day” by Matisyahu featuring Akon and “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran.

What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? Honestly, I think I can speak for most kids graduating high school, in that all I wanted to do was move away and start my life. After moving away for college, venturing abroad for six months and the many ups and downs of college, the thought of being back around my family and friends began to sound more and more appealing. Ultimately what got me to commit to moving back to the area was my husband, Samm, my boyfriend at the time. He had landed a job back in Fergus after college and we both knew our relationship was special, so I knew I needed to return back to the area as well. Being a Fergus native I never thought I’d be back, but now can say

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Hmm … good question! The sky’s the limit! I am a firm believer of living in the moment and trying to be mindful to take it all in. How are you involved in charitable or community service? As I’ve settled into my life more and more, I have found myself asking more questions and getting more involved. As a citizen, my contribution to this community is extremely important, and I want to continue to help make an impact by continuing with the commitments I’ve started and seeking out new opportunities to support.


Age: 27 Family: single City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: city administrator Workplace: City of Fergus Falls

Age: 36 Family: wife, Heather; children Cooper, Quinn and Piper City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: attorney Workplace: Krekelberg Law Firm, Fergus Falls

What is your favorite movie line? I’ll be honest, I rarely watch movies, but one movie line stands out to me: “You’re killing me, Smalls,” said by Ham in “The Sandlot.” To this day, I often hear this line tossed around, even though the movie came out in 1993. If you could have a superpower, what would it be? I would have to say the ability to read minds. My job would be a lot easier if I knew what everyone was thinking and where they stood on a particular issue. What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? This is a tough question! The easy answer is pizza, but I think my true answer would be a steak prepared medium rare with corn and potatoes. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? I may be under 40, but I am not a big technology guy. My favorite is probably my iPhone. It’s the “gadget” I use most often. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Growing up in Fergus Falls, I feel I had a really good childhood experience. The most challenging thing was having a sister only 11 months older than me and constantly being mistaken for twins. Also, she liked school more than I did, and I liked

What is your favorite movie line? “We have a few special years with our children, when they’re the ones that want us around. After that, you’re going to be running after them for a bit of attention. It’s so fast, Peter. It’s a few years, and it’s over.” — Moira Banning in “Hook”

having fun more than she did. Expectations and perceptions were interesting. What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? I was born and raised in Fergus Falls and am a proud Otter (Fergus Falls High School Class of 2007). After high school, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from South Dakota State University and from the University of South Dakota with my master’s degree in public administration, specializing in state and local government. Shortly after completing my master’s, I was hired as city administrator of Volga, South Dakota, a small but fast-growing and progressive community in the southeast part of the state. I served as city administrator for two years before being hired as city administrator here in Fergus Falls. I always wanted to come “home” and knew I would like to retire here, (See below)

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If you could have a superpower, what would it be? The power to be in multiple places at once, so I could complete everything I’d like to do during the day. What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Pizza. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Tablets. Their portability is convenient when regularly traveling between offices. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? There is a large age gap between my younger brother and me, and I was the only child in my neighborhood. Fortunately, I was an avid reader and spent many hours with my mom and dad at the library stocking up to fill my summers. What turn of events brought you to

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but the opportunity presented itself, and I couldn’t be more pleased. This is a dream come true for me and is one of the biggest blessings I have received. What would you choose to be your at-bat song? “Takin’ Care of Business” by BachmanTurner Overdrive. As city administrator, I’m constantly “taking care of business” and “working overtime.” Where do you see yourself 10 years

the Fergus Falls area? My wife and I are both from Fergus Falls. Once we started having children, we jumped at the opportunity to raise them in this community. What would you choose to be your at-bat song? “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Continuing my practice, spending time with my family as well as my children as they begin to graduate from high school, and volunteering in our community. How are you involved in charitable or community service? I am president of the Fergus Area College Foundation, chairman of CrossRoads Church in Fergus Falls and a past president of the Fergus Falls Noon Kiwanis Club.

from now? I hope to be right here in Fergus Falls serving as city administrator with a long list of city accomplishments, including new development and growth opportunities. How are you involved in charitable or community service? Over the past few years, I have served in various community service clubs and on nonprofit boards. I joined the Noon Kiwanis Club in Fergus Falls. While my career doesn’t afford me a ton of time for community service, I take advantage of every opportunity I get to help out in the community.

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NICOLE ZACH HARRINGA Age: 29 Family: husband, Adam; cat, Liberace; dog, Maude City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: store manager Workplace: Victoria’s Secret Pink in Fargo

Age: 30 Family: wife, Claire; children Jared, 3, and Rachel, 2 City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: sports editor Workplace: Fergus Falls Newspapers Inc.

What is your favorite movie line? “There is no Dana, only Zuul.” — Sigourney Weaver in “Ghostbuster”

What is your favorite movie line? “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward — how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that, and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!” — Rocky Balboa in “Rocky Balboa”

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? Zack Morris timeouts. Watch “Saved by the Bell” and you’ll understand. Who wouldn’t want to stop time to explain the situation to the camera? What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Spaghetti. What is your favorite latest technological gadget and why? The wheel — because you got to keep rolling. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Having to be the oldest sibling and them being the best at everything. What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area?

My husband got a job in Fergus Falls. Baseball players have at-bat songs. What song is your at-bat song and why? “Turn Back Time” by Cher — because it’s Cher. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Filthy rich, living on an island off the coast of Italy. How are you involved in charitable or community service? (no answer)

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If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Omnipotence. Too many superpowers to have, so why not have them all? I wanted to go with time travel, but I thought about aging, and that made the power seem less fun. So, let’s go with the greatest power of them all — omnipotence. What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? Pizza. You can do so many different things with pizza that I believe I wouldn’t get bored. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Playstation 4. Not only have I been a big gamer throughout my life, but I have switched over to Playstation Vue for my home viewing

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instead of cable and have not regretted it. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Being underestimated. What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? I was born and raised in Fergus Falls. I have enjoyed the small-town atmosphere and the people I have grown within the community. I want to help make our community a better place to live. What would you choose to be your at-bat song? “Classic Man (Remix) ” by Jidenna. Just a cool tune for an at-bat song. If I had to go with a classic song, I would say “Symphony of Destruction” by Megadeth for the hard rock riff. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Doing something I love and growing with my family. I hope to coach football for the rest of my life and stay active in sports. How are you involved in charitable or community service? Football camps, mentoring young adults and volunteering my time to various events around the community.


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Jake Larson Age: 25 Family: fiance, Asia Daniely; son Orion Larson City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: assistant vice president, office manager, mortgage loan officer Workplace: Gate City Bank, Fergus Falls What is your favorite movie line? “Stop this rhyming and I mean it!” “Anybody want a peanut?” from “The Princess Bride” If you could have a superpower, what would it be? To fly, so I could take my family anywhere on Earth. What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? Chicken fettuccini alfredo. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? I am terrible with technological gadgets, so I tend to stay away. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Growing up the youngest on a farm. What turn of events brought you to

the Fergus Falls area? Accepting a position with Gate City Bank. What is your at-bat song? “Walls” by Emery. It gets me pumped. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Doing my residency to become a licensed physician. How are you involved in charitable or community service? Kiwanis, volunteering for events, hospice, cleanup on Highway 210.

Age: 30 Family: husband, Randy; son, Cooper; daughter, Tenley City: Battle Lake Livelihood: banker Workplace: First National Bank of Henning, Ottertail and Battle Lake, Battle Lake What is your favorite movie line? “There’s no crying in baseball.” — Tom Hanks in “A League of Their Own” I feel this statement is a great reminder that anything is possible if you are willing to dedicate time and commitment to the situation. If you could have a superpower, what would it be? The ability to spread love and kindness throughout the world. What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? This is tough! I am certainly a foodie and love everything, however, I would have to go with grilled tilapia with mango salsa! What is your favorite latest technological gadget? The Garmin Forerunner 235. This device has been a great help while running the most recent half-marathon I completed. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Finding the balance between my passion for competitive horseback riding and high

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school athletics. I had the desire to partake in both as much as I was able.

What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? After completing my college degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, I knew I wanted to return to the beautiful lakes area to raise a family and become active in a small community. There is nowhere better to live then Otter Tail County! What would you choose to be your at-bat song? “My Lighthouse” by Rend Collective. This song reminds me that everything and anything is possible if you have trust and faith. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Raising our wonderful children, residing in the beautiful Battle Lake community while working at the awesome First National Bank of Henning, Ottertail and Battle Lake! How are you involved in charitable or community service? I have been involved in the Henning Landmark Center, which celebrates and promotes the artistic creativity and industry of our surrounding communities, while also remaining active in other community events like festivals and church organizations.

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HOLLY BOB PETERSON NORDICK JR. Age: 32 Family: husband, Chris, 30; Wyatt, 10, Morgan, 5, Marshall, 10 months City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: Workplace: The Sugared Pearl Cakes, Fergus Falls

Age: 31 Family: Bob, Kathy, Allen and Shawn Nordick City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: building contractor Workplace: Bob Jr. Construction & Remodeling, Fergus Falls

What is your favorite movie line? “Just when I thought you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this — and totally redeem yourself!” — Lloyd Christmas in “Dumb and Dumber.”

What is your favorite movie line? “Hey, moron.” — Jack Lemon in “Grumpy Old Men” If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Being able to go through walls and scare everyone.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Be in more than one place at one time, because I am a busy mom.

What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? Pizza. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? My new cellphone, so I can keep up with my friends on Facebook and look up stuff while I’m working. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Having friends — didn’t have too many while I was growing up. What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? Born and raised here.

What would you choose to be your at-bat song? I don’t have one. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Living in a nice house outside of town with my girlfriend and the kids. How are you involved in charitable or community service? I try to be involved, but I’m usually too busy with work and the girlfriend and kids.

What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? Apples, because you can bake them, dry them, etc. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Smartphone, because I can do so many things. I use it for everything. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Growing up with a parent who had cancer. What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area?

I moved to the area because there was a job opportunity. What would you choose to be your at-bat song? “Barbie Girl” by Aqua. I always like to have my hair and makeup done. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? As a full-time mom. How are you involved in charitable or community service? I help with the Boy Scouts for my son, and I see community clients in my other job.

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Age: 34 Family: My wife, Shauna, an English teacher at Battle Lake High School, and sons Aidan, 9, Oliver, 6, and Elliot, 4 City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: attorney (employment and labor law) Workplace: Pemberton Law, Fergus Falls

Age: 38 Family: wife, JoEllen; kids Zoey, 6, Paizley, 3, and Porter, 9 months City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: photographer Workplace: Jeremy Petrick Photography, Fergus Falls

What is your favorite movie line? “You’ll get nothing and like it!” — Judge Smails in “Caddyshack”

What is your favorite movie line? “Forget about the curveball, Ricky. Give him the heater!” — Lou Brown in “Major League”

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Teleportation. It would be very useful to be able to travel long distances instantaneously. And super villains would have a hard time catching me.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? The ability to fly. Everyone at some point has probably wanted the ability to fly. Can you imagine the photographic angles I could get with that ability?

What would you eat if you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life? Union Pizza. What is your favorite latest technological gadget and why? I am really trying to avoid saying, “my iPhone,” because that seems boring and predictable … OK, fine. My iPhone. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Overcoming uncertainty and fear of failure in unfamiliar situations. I made the varsity golf team when I was in ninth grade. My first 18-hole tournament was at the Classic at Madden’s. They made us play from the tips, and I was so scared to death of playing poorly, my knees and hands were shaking on the first tee. It was a disaster. I shot a 135, and I never wanted

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What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? Mexican.

What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? During the summer after my first year of law school, I worked for a judge in Anoka. I told one of the law clerks that my wife and I were interested in moving to a small town in outstate Minnesota. He said he was from Fergus Falls and recommended I check out Pemberton Law. I drove up here and somehow convinced them to hire me to work for them the following summer, and then we ended up here permanently after I finished law school.

What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Honestly, looking back, I had very few challenges. We didn’t have a lot of money, but we had everything we needed.

What would you choose to be your at-bat song? “Smells like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana, because it reminds me of the “Nevermind” tape I used to listen to in my parents’ rattle-trap minivan when I was 16. Plus, the lyrics seem really thrown together and randomly weird but also like they must have a deeper meaning, which suits me. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Working as an attorney at Pemberton Law.

What is your favorite latest technological gadget? I recently purchased the 13-inch iPad Pro. I use it to review images and do light editing. It’s also great for watching movies.

What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? My wife and I both needed a change. We weren’t doing a great job with work-life balance. Fergus provided us a much better balance, and we have loved being a part of the community.

How are you involved in charitable or community service? I volunteer as the attorney coach for the Battle Lake High School Mock Trial team and get to coach the team with my wife, who is the head coach. I am also the vice president/president-elect of the United Way of Otter Tail County Board of Directors and am actively involved with the Fergus Falls Noon Rotary Club, recently serving as club president in 2014-15.

What would you choose to be your at-bat song? Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.” Who doesn’t love a little Lynyrd Skynyrd? The lyrics in the song are pretty powerful. My dad lives a “Simple Man” kind of life and instilled some of those qualities in me. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? We very much plan on being in Fergus Falls. I look forward to growing my business. How are you involved in charitable or community service? I am an active member in the Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce, or at least I try to be. I also offer my photographic services to several different local nonprofits, including the North Dakota Heart Gallery and Girls on the Run.

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to play golf again. But my coach told me to keep my scorecard, so one day I could look back and see how far I had come. I learned a valuable lesson about pushing myself outside my comfort zone in order to improve. I still think about that 135 sometimes when I am faced with a stressful and challenging situation today. You’ll never get anywhere in life without shooting a few 135s along the way.

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DARREN Age: 38 Family: wife, Keri; children Rylynn, Brody and Kinzley City: Fergus Falls Workplace: American National Bank, Fergus Falls

MELISSA KREIN SCHOON Age: 36 Family: husband, Jess; three children ages 17, 10 and 8 City: Fergus Falls Livelihood: business owner Workplace: 9Round Kickboxing Fitness, Fergus Falls

What is your favorite movie line? “You think you hate it now, wait until you drive it.” — Chevy Chase in “Vacation”

What is your favorite movie line? The first that comes to mind is, “Show me the money” by Cuba Gooding Jr. where Tom Cruise plays Jerry McGuire. It is fitting in a way; not so much that money is the motivator but that the character Jerry McGuire was busting his butt and willing to do anything for his client. I love my fitness business and thoroughly enjoy working with each of my clients.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Strength. It would be cool to lift really heavy stuff. What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? Pizza. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? Bluetooth speakers. It lets me listen to music anywhere. What was the most challenging aspect of your childhood? Having an older brother who likes to wrestle. What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? I started a family, wanted to be closer to grandparents. Baseball players have at-bat songs.

What would you choose to be your at-bat song? “Seek and Destroy” by Metallica. It’s a good pump up song. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Raising my family in Fergus Falls and going to their events. How are you involved in charitable or community service? Donating to the Stuff the Bus United Way program and ringing bells in front of businesses for the Salvation Army.

If you could have a superpower what would it be? My superpower of choice would be to have the ability to be in more than one place at a time. Life is busy and there just does not seem to be enough hours in a day at times. What would you eat if you could have only one food for the rest of your life? If I could only have one kind of food every day, it would have to be pizza. The choices of toppings and crusts are endless. Variety is the spice of life, and pizza has it all. What is your favorite latest technological gadget? I’m not the most technologically adept person. However, I would have a hard time surviving without my smartphone. From scheduling to Google to a good oldfashioned phone call.

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What turn of events brought you to the Fergus Falls area? I was born and raised in the Twin Cities but have always had strong family ties to Fergus Falls. My grandfather was Kelly Ferber, who was mayor of Fergus for two decades. My family has always been close, and most of our gatherings happened in Fergus Falls. I was reunited with a longtime family friend who later became my husband, business partner and father of my kids. We love this city and enjoy raising our three kids here. What would you choose to be your at-bat song? Ever since the first time I heard it I have always liked the song “Baby Got Back.” I know I know, maybe not the most appropriate song but, hey, it always make me smile and want to dance. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Ten years from now, my youngest child will be ready to graduate high school. My business will be successful, and hopefully my husband and I can enjoy our lake home that we work so hard for! How are you involved in charitable or community service? Through my business I am able to offer special pricing to veterans and police officers.

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