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Publisher What’s Next? I can’t remember the last time I was more excited about something than what’s in store for all of you next year. Here is a breakdown of some upgrades we are going to make at Fargo Monthly.

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o many milestones were met this year with Fargo Monthly. Our goal was to increase the quality of not only the physical magazine, but the editorial content as well. We wanted to include content that is more engaging and exciting for everyone that makes the community proud. With the feedback we have received this year, I believe we made a big step in that direction. This year has shown us that we have the

power to make an impact on the community. It’s been a fun year’s worth of listening and learning. Next year will be fueled with even higher aspirations. Thanks to my amazing crew at Spotlight Media and the support of this community.

Mike Dragosavich Publisher We are forming a department to fully develop fargomonthly. com as a total resource to the area. It will be updated almost hourly with all new guides, extra content, contributors, lists, photos and more. All of this is to promote our amazing community.

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We are going to expand the sections in Fargo Monthly. Right now, you mostly see arts, entertainment, dining, a little business and some guides. Next year, you will see health, kids and family, more business, real estate, charity and more. We average around 100 pages in the magazine, but we’re looking to expand to 140150 pages per month.

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In 2015, we plan to step up our journalism capabilities. We are going to highlight articles that are more researched and developed to make a change or big impact on the community. We will have articles that help mold the culture of FargoMoorhead. Our mission is to develop every piece of content for the readers and produce a publication that they can’t wait to read.




Celebrity Quotes


Best Dishes


Local Personalities


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Culinary Spotlight

Talking to celebrities is one of the coolest things we get to do, and this year was chock full of memorable interviews.

We love food. You love food. Need we say more?

One of Fargo-Moorhead's best assets is its people. Find out what they had to say throughout 2014.

Thanks to our crazy-talented design team and their abundance of patience, we had some of the greatest designs ever seen in Fargo Monthly.


Ever wanted to know just how much content we produce or how many pages we print every month? Look no further.

Fargo 2014 Thanks to our photographer J. Alan Paul Photography, we published some of the most stunning photos of people, places and things that happened this year.





Event Calendar Stay on top of all the happenings in Fargo-Moorhead with our event calendar.

Live Music Calendar Find out where your favorite band is playing this month.

Drink Specials Wondering where to go for a drink? We have a list of FargoMoorhead drink specials.



So many exciting things happened in our town this year, and lucky for us, you captured a lot of it on Twitter.

Chef Eric Watson made mouth-watering dishes month after month. We had to relive them.

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Inspecting Introspection


he end of the year brings about a sense of introspection. As the clock approaches midnight on Dec. 31, it’s impossible not to look back on the year and reflect on what happened, or for that matter, what didn’t happen throughout the year. 2014 was a good year for Fargo-Moorhead. Business boomed. The economy remained one of the strongest in the country. Numerous national acts came through town. Our dining scene improved with more great restaurants opening up. (Something I’m extremely excited about.) How important is reflection, though? While it’s easy to get stuck in the past, it’s important to progress towards the future. The question then remains, what does the future hold? While I don’t have the answer for that, I can predict that things are looking pretty darn good for 2015. Complacency is a crutch that many people lean on. It’s easy to remain stuck where you’re at and linger in the past. 2014 was a great year but there’s no reason that 2015 can’t be better. At Fargo Monthly, we’re attempting to increase our content and showcase more of what Fargo has to offer. We will be expanding our content to cover more health, business and family while still providing the same coverage of arts, entertainment and nightlife. Forget introspection. There are too many exciting things to be focusing on in the future to be looking back.

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Meeting Doug Burgum, John Hoeven, Heidi Heitkamp January kicked off with a bang when we featured North Dakota’s senators, Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker and numerous other notable personalities. Fargo Marathon I completed my fifth half marathon when I crossed the finish line at the Fargo Marathon. This is one of the top marathons in the country, and I love participating in it. Eating my weight in burgers The June Fargo Monthly was our best burger issue. From the Tater Tot Hotdish Burger at Sickies Garage to the Bedda Chedda Bacon Burger from Granite City, I think I’m still full. College GameDay I had the honor of photographing the College GameDay events for Spotlight Media’s sister publication Bison Illustrated. While it took me several days to catch up on my sleep, it was well worth it.


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Burgers! Our June issue was our best burger issue. With the humpty dumpty burger from JL Beers winning, we spent the month fishing for the best burger.


Red River What’s more synonymous with Fargo-Moorhead than the Red River? Of course we had to include that in our cover.


Fargo Marathon With upwards of 20,000 runners in the different events, we had to represent the Fargo Marathon with these two adorable runners.


Bison Between the animal and the football team, bison are becoming ubiquitous with Fargo and North Dakota as a whole.


Drinks Whether you’re embarrassed or proud of the fact that Fargo is the drunkest city in America, the fact of the matter is that we really like our drinks.


Shopping With a vibrant downtown and the largest mall between Minneapolis and Seattle, Fargo has plenty of shopping for everyone.


Stave Church The Stave Church at the Hjemkomst Center is one of the most gorgeous buildings you’ll ever see. We needed to represent its true beauty.


Sanford As the largest employer in Fargo-Moorhead, it was a nobrainer to include the Sanford Hospital.


Music With live music happening every night, there’s always a good show to be found. (Make sure you check out the live music calendar in the back of the magazine.)


Photography We pride ourselves on our fun and original photography every month. In fact, we dedicated several pages to our best photos of the year.


We Love Fargo-Moorhead Finally, why wouldn’t we show our love for our town with the typical heart on the tree. After all, Fargo-Moorhead has a special place in our heart.

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Slices into Fargo In early September, Fargo native Joseph Taralson released Buzzcut in the Twin Cities. The mobile app allows users to quickly and easily find nightlife events and exclusive specials. Now, Buzzcut has come to Fargo and is partnering with Spotlight Media (publisher of Fargo Monthly) to create a local edition of Buzzcut. We sat down with Taralson to find out more about the app:

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Describe what the Buzzcut app is and what it does. “Buzzcut is built for people who want to spend a night out, want to find out what is happening around town, and want to make plans as quickly as possible. Within the app, our users swipe through fullscreen, image-based cards that feature exclusive deals from restaurants and bars across town.” What kind of content will users see? “Most of our featured establishments publish exclusive deals for Buzzcut - discounts you won’t find anywhere else. Additionally, you’ll often find events in Buzzcut, such as limited-time open bars, pub crawls, and live

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music. The content in Buzzcut changes in real-time.”

Q: How many people do you have working on it?

A: “There are three of us that are

on the founding team. Graham Wood is our Development Lead and Eric Hansen is our Creative Lead. Along the way we’ve also had a lot of help from several other super talented individuals.”

Q: Is it available on iPhone and Android platforms?

A: "Because of the size of our

team, we were only able to build Buzzcut on iPhone for initial release. We’re actively developing an Android version, with a tentative release of early January 2015.”




When did you first launch Buzzcut?


“We had a working prototype around May of this year, and officially launched at Twin Cities Startup Week this September.”


You grew up in Fargo?


“I did. I graduated from Fargo South in 2003 and moved to Minneapolis

to attend the University of Minnesota. About a year and a half ago, I came up with the idea for Buzzcut and worked with Eric Hansen to put together a team. We spent the next 12+ months designing, developing and testing. After testing the market for a few months, I connected with Mike and Brent at Spotlight Media to discuss bringing Buzzcut to Fargo.”

Anything else we should know? “We’re thrilled to be launching in Fargo this December. Our number one priority is to save our users time and money - that’s why you’ll often find us signing off with the hashtag #savedbyBuzzcut. If you want to follow our progress and find out what’s happening in our world, please follow @buzzcutfargo on Instagram and Twitter.”

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2014 was a busy year for Fargo Monthly. From interviewing celebrities like Jake Owen and The Fray to stories on the booming economy and culinary scene, we gathered some of our favorite articles throughout the year so you can take a trip down memory lane with us. 21

A Year in Photos Compiled by Andrew Jason | Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography

Thanks to our awesome photographer, J. Alan Paul Photography, we were able to capture some gorgeous photos that detailed what happened during the year. Enjoy a flashback through 2014 courtesy of J. Alan Paul Photography and Fargo Monthly.

For the launch of the bigger and more mature Fargo Monthly, we pulled out all the stops by having Doug Burgum, Heidi Heitkamp, John Hoeven, Paul Richard, Pat Traynor, Dennis Walaker, Carl Peterson and Charley Johnson appear in the magazine. This was a logistical nightmare to line up everyone’s schedule and capture the same photo in eight different locations.

N.D. Senator Heidi Heitkamp

Dakota Medical Foundation President Pat Traynor 22 | DECEMBER 2014 | FARGOMONTHLY.COM

Kilbourne Group Founder Doug Burgum

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker

LineBenders Founder J.J. Gordon

Entrepreneur Advocate Greg Tehven

Last February, Andrea Larson, J.J. Gordon, Mark Knutson, Marc de Celle, Jane Alexander and Greg Tehven ate their way through town to tell you where you should eat. The photos were taken in our office against one of our wood backgrounds.

One of our personal favorites, this photo of Fargo-Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce President Craig Whitney was taken in our studio and only took about five minutes. It was one of our quickest photoshoots we’ve done. BOB 95 Morning Show Jane Alexander

Fargo-Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce President Craig Whitney

J. Alan Paul Photography was at the P!nk concert at the FargoDome in February to capture this gorgeous photo of P!nk showing off her acrobatic skills.


The Fargo super-group Boots went to Mezzaluna with us to do these fun, old-timey photos. The photos of Mark Reitan, Nate Pitcher, Rob Ashe and Travis Atwood were edited with a historic mood to match the feel of their bluegrass music. They are about to release their newest album, 1:30. The release show is Friday, Jan. 9 at The Aquarium in Fargo.

Mark Reitan

Travis Atwood

Nate Pitcher

Rob Ashe

Our March issue was dedicated to the startup community in FargoMoorhead. One of the featured startups was Clint Howitz’s DogIDs. Fun fact: This article won an excellence award from the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association.

Clint Howitz of DogIDs 24 | DECEMBER 2014 | FARGOMONTHLY.COM

Rock, jazz, hip-hop. D Mills and the Thrills is a little bit of everything. That’s why we decided to do something wild and fun with them. This shoot really showed off the personality of every band member.

Diane Miller

Jason Boynton

Seth Holden

Tom Johnson

The Front Fenders have been around for a long time, but we bet you haven’t seen them like this before. Each member was shot in our studio and the smoke, and background was added in post-editing.

We got in touch with our inner child for the May Fargo Monthly. The issue featured numerous family friendly activities in Fargo-Moorhead. Will and Ellie Ahlfeldt really put us in the right mood for the story with their youthful antics.

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The Porter Family

June might have been our favorite issue to work on. Our best burger magazine took us around to five different restaurants to find the best burger in Fargo-Moorhead. The Humpty Dumpty Burger from JL Beers was crowned the winner by the people of Fargo, but one of our favorites was the Six Shooter from Shotgun Sally’s.

Humpty Dumpty from JL Beers

Bedda Chedda Burger from Granite City

Six Shooter from Shotgun Sally’s

Tater Tot Hotdish from Sickies Garage

Sweet Strawberry Bacon Burger from Fargo Billiards and Gastropub 27

General Manager of the FM RedHawks, Josh Buchholz, added some sports content to our July wedding issue by talking about how the RedHawks became FargoMoorhead’s team.

FM Redhawks General Manager Josh Buchholz

July was wedding season at Fargo Monthly as we dedicated the magazine to the happiest day of people’s lives. We put a call out to all wedding photographers to help advertise their work. Shown here are some of J. Alan Paul Photography’s wedding photos. They were taken at Fenway Park in Boston and at a wedding in Hawaii.

Seven local Fargoans graced our cover in August as we gathered the stories of everyday Fargo citizens to tell us what they love about our community. Two of our favorite photos were Fargo police officer Sarah Wagner and Ethiopian immigrant Anisa Abdirazin.

Anisa Abdirazin

Nathan Wyatt

This gypsy jazz group with one of the most unique names around was shot in the basement of Jade Presents. Fun fact: Dustin Ellingson, the man on the right, was photographed in our studio and photoshopped in to the photo after the fact.


Angie Brady

Our monthly mixologist feature went to the Boiler Room to talk to Elijah Larson about his passion for mixing drinks. In 2012, Larson won the Minnesota Absolut Bloody Mary Contest and continues to try and improve his craft by concocting original cocktail recipes.

Elijah Larson of The Boiler Room

For our September Downtown Fargo issue, we called upon the people of Fargo-Moorhead to submit their photos of the heart of Fargo. J. Alan Paul Photography captured these gorgeous photos of the lesser seen areas of Downtown Fargo.

The Prairie Wind


We had the distinct honor of photographing CEO of Scheels, Steve D. Scheel, in the 45th Street store. We had to meet Scheel before the store opened so we could capture this image without being interrupted by customers.

Scheels CEO Steve D. Scheel

Jake Schaefbauer

We go into most of our photoshoots with a concept before we start shooting. However, as is the case with this shoot, we sometimes don’t have an idea and figure it out as we go along. We were pleasantly surprised at how fun this shoot turned out.

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Joel Sandgren

Eric Watson of Rustica concocted this beautiful bacon wrapped lamb ribeye for our November new restaurants story.


Dan Olson

Last month we went shopping to bring you 70 awesome products from local stores across Fargo-Moorhead. This collection of products shown here are from Halberstadt’s, Broadway Shoe Company and Your Day by Nicole.

We decided to try something a little different for the photo of our entrepreneur columnist Greg Tehven. The books he is sitting on are actually some of his favorites.

Our friends at 32 Below are at it again as they prepared to release their new album. We met up with them in their recording studio at Bitzer Entertainment Agency in Moorhead to get a behind the scenes look at how their album was made.


Celebrity Quotes Compiled by Andrew Jason

We had the distinct pleasure of interviewing many of the celebrities who passed through Fargo-Moorhead this year. Below is a list of some highlights from our favorite interviews.

We’re big fans. To start off, tell us about what we can expect from your show. “The focus is the whole room. The whole vibe. I like to believe that we’re a part of the sum and everybody else that’s in there – all the kids and all of the parents that bring them and all of the custodians that work in the building are all a part of this evening. I’d like to get everybody as involved in it as possible. A lot of times it doesn’t even require that much prompting. People have a tendency to get involved in it on their own. I don’t even have to tell them to throw their hands in the air.”

“More than anything, though, I think it’s a really special thing getting in front of a group of people. In Fargo, it’s maybe 700 seats, but the idea of being in a room with 700 people and everyone laughing at the same time, I think it’s almost a religious experience.”


What would the perfect day be in the life of Jake Owen? “Usually it’s waking up with my family, maybe getting out on the lake or something before the show, or maybe on the golf course. Showtime rolls around and I get to play a show for people that enjoy it, walk back off stage, head back to the bus where my family is waiting on me and head off to the next show. Pretty good day for me.”

One of our readers wants to know, what were you actually smoking when you were on the show “Weeds?” (Laughs.) “It’s a honey rose herb.”

Was it any good? “No, I’m not a smoker, so any kind of smoke is not good. But it also had a little kick to it because we got it from the honey rose herb cartel in Colombia.”

Describing meeting the king of Rwanda and performing “How To Save A Life” for him. “Suddenly he (the king of Rwanda) humanized every king or president I’ve ever seen. Oh my god, they’re all just people. Bono is a guy. The king of Jordan is a guy. Obama is a guy. … It rang thunder all the way through the halls of my heart realizing we’re all in the same boat. We all have stories.”

After all these years you’ve performed with so many different people. Is there anybody that you have yet to perform with that you would just absolutely love to get the chance to? “I’ve opened for the Stones a couple of times and gotten to sit in with them and Keith Richards and I have known (them) and Mick since I was 19, so that’s one person I would love to get back into the studio and do something together with. I’m sure that opportunity, hopefully, will pan out in the next few years, but just about everybody else I love. I’ve been blessed to already get Tony Bennett and my dad and great R&B artists, people like BB King and Ruth Brown and Charles Brown and Crosby, Stills & Nash. There’s really been so many people, and now I have a duet out with David Lindley on the Jackson Brown tribute record, so I’m not gonna lie, one at a time there’s less and less available, but then there’s the whole younger generation. Like Justin Vernon from Bon Iver covered ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ and he and I have been talking about doing some things together, so there’s another one from upcoming generations and a whole treasure trove of world music that I would love to do duets with.” 39

This is your guys’ seventh album. Does it feel different each time or does it get monotonous at all? “Each one is different and recording is actually my personal favorite part about being a musician. I love playing shows, too, but recording is the most fun for me. So I don’t get sick of it. We’ve got the full spectrum in the band, I think. I would be one of the ones that’s far to the left of the recording side of the spectrum and there’s other people in the band that equally are the other way -- that think that playing the live shows is definitely where it’s at and there’s people in the middle. So, we’ve got the full spectrum. So I’m only speaking for myself when saying that recording is awesome. No matter how many times we do it I’ll never get sick of it.”

Do you ever feel like you’re living in the shadow or have to live up to such an explosive single (“Iris”)? “In any successful musical group like this, you’re going to have that moment that makes you that successful band and you’re going to chase that moment and that’s what keeps things moving forward. … So yeah, it cast a long shadow, but I think at the same time it’s nice to be able to get out of the sun every once in awhile and sit in the shade of that shadow and be able to dodge in and out of it and still return to the safety of it occasionally. I think it’s a blessing and it really launched the second phase of our career, which was a pretty important time for us.” 40 | DECEMBER 2014 | FARGOMONTHLY.COM

You’ve been nominated for a lot of different awards throughout your career. What’s more important for you guys: being nominated for those awards or having people show up for your show? “People showing up for our shows. That’s the biggest award you get from putting music out. The awards and accolades are great to get and it’s nice to know that your peers see you as a success as well as the fans. Our priority has always been making sure that we’re out there making fans. The awards can come and go and the accolades can come and go, but the fans, if you’re really lucky, your fans stick with you through it all.”

You guys got your start in Omaha, Neb., but now you’re based out of Los Angeles. Is it nice coming back to the Midwest or do you prefer living out on the west coast now? “We lived in LA for a number of years but now our studio actually is still in north Hollywood, but everyone in the band is sort of scattered about in the area. … When we hit the Midwest, you know that town, you know what I mean? You know the people, to a degree. … We were used to growing up in Omaha, so coming back, when we’re on tour in the summer especially, I love it. I love the crowds in the Midwest. I just love being back here this time of year because it brings back a lot of memories.”

How much of an impact did Billy Bob Thornton have on the development of his character Lorne Malvo? “I did have a conversation with Billy after he read the last script and it was a slightly different version of the story. So we sat down and said, ‘Well, I feel like I have set up the end game a little bit differently,’ and he felt like it was the one time where it seemed like Malvo was a little obvious. And thinking about it, I had to agree with him. This is a man who won an Oscar for screenwriting after all. I think the story was better for it. My feeling at that point was that this is just as much his character as it is mine. That was really the only time. The reality is, if I hadn’t agreed with him, he would have said, ‘OK, I’m just saying.’”

How did you end up moving in the direction of Christmas music? “We had always thought about doing a Christmas album. Back in the nineties our manager had always told us we would be doing one. We finally just pulled the trigger and took the time to do it. Once it happened, it ended up working very well for us creatively and as far as business went. As we got further along in our career it got harder to decide what to do next, and the Christmas stuff was always a no-brainer because it works for us. And Christmas comes around every year as far as I know, so it will always be there.”

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Best Dishes Compiled by Andrew Jason | Photos by Fargo Monthly Staff

At Fargo Monthly, we love our food. Lucky for us, Fargo has plenty of delicious food to check out. While our New Year’s resolution for 2015 may be to lose some of the weight we gained eating our way through town, for now let’s look back at some of our favorite dishes featured in the magazine this year.

Mezzaluna is serving up a new twist on the classic meatloaf. The baconwrapped bison meatloaf is so soft, it melts in your mouth, and the roasted poblano and smoked tomato salsa could be eaten on its own. MEZZALUNA 309 Roberts St, Fargo

Made fresh throughout the day, these pop overs are all the fluffy goodness that you can handle. BISTRO 13 3333 13th Ave, Fargo


Craving a great steak? Look no further. These tenderloins come from sterling silver angus. It’s topped with toasted cheese and a red wine and creamy mushroom sauce. MAXWELLS 1380 9th St. E, West Fargo

Holding the title of Fargo’s Favorite Burger, The Humpty Dumpty is simple, unique and most importantly, delicious. JL BEERS 518 1st Ave. N, Fargo 4240 32nd Ave. S, Fargo 810 13th Ave. E, West Fargo 2902 Highway 10 E, Moorhead

Burgers and strawberries might seem like a strange combination, but this mixture of sweet and savory works in perfect harmony. When in season, this burger is topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, strawberry sauce and strawberries. FARGO BILLIARDS GASTRO PUB 3234 43rd St, Fargo

This isn’t your average hotdog. The Fargo Dog is a hotdog wrapped in bacon, topped with pulled pork, swiss cheese and horseradish mayo and served on a New England Bun. SIDESTREET GRILLE & PUB 301 3rd Ave, Fargo Like “Sidestreet Grille & Pub” on Facebook

The classic carnival food gets an upscale treatment at the Beefsteak Club. Made with real lobster tail and served with lemon Sriracha aioli and duck fat. Yes, your mouth did just start watering. BEEFSTEAK CLUB 612 1st Ave, Fargo

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Local Personalities Compiled by Andrew Jason | Photos by Fargo Monthly Staff

Talking to so many notable personalities in Fargo-Moorhead throughout the year is one of our favorite parts of our job here at Fargo Monthly. We pride ourselves on highlighting the stories of those who are making this community such a great place to live. Below are some of our highlights:

“Fargo, as it grows, needs a ballet studio because it helps employ so many people beyond just the dancers as artists. People don’t understand how it (the arts) affects the overall economic development of the community. Whether it’s the orchestra, opera or ballet company, people don’t understand that it helps economic growth by paying the artists. The artists then in turn buy things in the community, and then in return support other functions; it’s an ongoing cycle.”

“If the economy remains as robust as it is and continues to grow, if interest rates remain low, if the developers continue to see this as an opportune time to build not only homes but also commercial properties, we will continue to see growth. If something were to happen — a major blow to the economy – that would change everything.”

Jones’ tips for a well-run restaurant: 1. “This is a hospitality business so it’s really simple. Be hospitable. Whatever the guest wants, the guest should get.” 2. “You treat everyone equally and with respect because you don’t know who you’re talking to. That includes staff and guests.” 3. “Don’t expect staff to do something that you wouldn’t do yourself. Make sure you’re willing to climb under the dishwasher for the lost fork if you tell somebody to do that.” 48 | DECEMBER 2014 | FARGOMONTHLY.COM

Work Force Development – Another important issue is the continued development of an educated workforce. According to Whitney, one key issue is that businesses are unable to find the right employees with the correct skill sets for their companies. “We feel that taking a look at workforce issues and how we can recruit people to come here and how we can keep people to stay here and how we can get college students that go to school here to stay here. Those are issues that will be a part of a major initiative that we’ll be a part of with the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, United Way and Fargo-Moorhead Foundation.”

We chatted with Whitney again this month to see what has changed on the workforce development front. “The issue of recruiting and retaining an adequate and trained workforce continues to be a major issue affecting the FMWF area. Business continues to thrive and expand because of the robust economy. Although many efforts are underway to improve employers’ ability to recruit the workforce they need, there is much to do.

“We need to get behind the entrepreneurs, versus trying to tell them what to do. They’re trying to disrupt industries. They’re trying to shift the way the world works. Innovation in its essence is about new things.”

“This is why we are happy to be a part of leading, along with the GFMEDC (Greater FargoMoorhead Economic Development Corporation), FMCVB (FargoMoorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau), the United Way and FM area foundation, what will be a sixmonth comprehensive workforce study that will help us identify what we are doing well and what we need to do a better job of in the area of workforce development. This will be a roadmap to help us actually help employers to recruit the number of employees needed right here the FMWF area.”


“There are various things that I wanted to accomplish when becoming mayor and one of the things I wanted to do, since I’m in the PR business, I wanted to get West Fargo more on the map. Mayor (Dave) Stedman before me always shied away from interviews and those kinds of things. Given my background, I thought the reverse should be true. We should be in on a lot more things and get out there. We needed to get more retail. When we were a much smaller community, it was a given that people felt that West Fargo was a bedroom community of Fargo. Some people were happy with that. I just felt that, and the commissioners with me have felt, through the years we really wanted to see some growth in West Fargo. We worked hard at that. … We’ve really seen some tremendous growth.”

We followed up with Mattern to see what has changed in the last nine months. “The growth of West Fargo continues to astound me. We have issued building permits valued at more than $200 million (about $208 million as of this writing). The amount will continue to rise until the end of the year, so we probably will end up with more permit valuations than last year. The growth has come in retail and home construction. The even better news is that the entire metro area is experiencing growth. Our big issue continues to be finding employees to fill all the jobs being created.”

“I love to learn. It’s a neat thing to see that among all of our community leaders. The humility that they have, I think that’s such a key aspect to anything that you do. I’ll carry that with me and hopefully continue to grow.” 50 | DECEMBER 2014 | FARGOMONTHLY.COM

“I feel that it is every woman’s responsibility to sit at the table, raise their hand and speak up.”

Busch had some additional thoughts this month on what has happened with gender equality in the workforce. "As we continue to have conversations creating awareness around women's leadership and equal gender opportunities in the workforce, I believe we will see the progression towards equal gender pay. It is everyone's responsibility to know their worth and be willing to ask for it. This is not about men versus women. This is about the ability to be one's own sponsor. The accountability rests on all of us and we owe it to ourselves and each other to help solve the issue by starting conversations, education and training for mobilization."

“This program brings those people together and once they come together, there’s no stopping what they can accomplish.”

“Fargo’s been great to us. I can’t imagine it being better anywhere else. I don’t know what else I would expect. There’s a lot of things they’re doing to support the growing of business.”


“(We need to have) the type of campus culture where our students feel pride in the institution, feel pride for what they’re doing here. Where we’re all strongly focused on excellence and performing as well as we can. If those changes occur in our campus culture, I also see that our enrollment will improve.”

Blackhurst has done a lot of work on Dragon Pride in her first semester as president. This is what she had to say. “This fall was amazing as students turned out by the hundreds for Homecoming, Inauguration and other campus events – often posting their photos and excitement on Twitter at #DragonPride. There has been a similar outpouring of excitement from our alumni and the FargoMoorhead community. We won’t take that excitement for granted. I’m committed to ensuring the momentum continues to build.”

“Downtown was our main choice. I don’t even think we looked anywhere else. We’ve always found ourselves coming downtown. We like the feel of it, the vibe of downtown better. Downtown’s in sort of a Renaissance.”


“We think of downtown as the epicenter of the arts in the FargoMoorhead community. Being right next door to the Fargo Theatre, the historic icon, is important to us because we kind of feel like we’re right in the center of it with all the galleries, cultural events that happen. We feel very fortunate to be here.”

“I think Fargo is getting a better and better name all the time, but we’ve known for years that it’s a wonderful place to have our corporate headquarters and raise a family.”

“Absolutely (we plan to stay). We have our home office and of course, our store. This is what we consider our flagship store. We’re so happy to be here in Fargo and be part of this great town and this great part of the country.”


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Music group Boots posed for this fun photo shoot with us in March. Their unique style lent itself to a creative layout and design in time for their show at the Hotel Donaldson.



is a type of Fargo super group. The members will be familiar to anyone who knows anything about Fargo music. Composed of Travis Atwood, Nate Pitcher, Mark Reitan and Rob Ashe, Boots’ music harkens back to days gone by. With one EP under their belt and new original music in the works, this band is just getting started.

By Andrew Jason Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography


The four of them have known each other for a number of years because of the Fargo music scene but Boots officially formed to open for the bluegrass band Pert Near Sandstone last April. They have since created a self titled EP that is available on their website,


Described as “folk gumbo” by Ashe, Boots’ music combines country, folk, blues and even a little funk to create an original style that only these talented musicians can pull off. “What we shoot for is timeless,” Ashe said. “Music that sounds like it’s from another time but is still fresh and modern and will still sound good ten years from now.”

Roll your way through winter with this season survival board game, with tips and suggestions on how to beat the blues.

Standards and

Practices The nationwide discussion on Common Core Standards has prompted confusion. Local administrators say that re-writing standards is nothing new, and assure it will be a positive adjustment. By Sarah Tyre • Photos by Andrew Jason

Officials say a concern that is presented is the fear of a nationwide curriculum. It is very important to differentiate between the Standards and curriculum. The standards are a list of objectives of what students should know and be able to do. Curriculum is still being implemented on a local level by the school district. “I think locally we have a very solid foundation to move forward, as this more collegial and collaborative sharing happens all of us will grow and develop,” said Fargo Public School Associate Superintendent Dr. Robert Grosz. Will you be attending the FM Derby Girls Pretty in Pink event on Feb. 8? //

The controversial Common Core standards were the focus of this February issue design, which aimed to capture the complexity of the new educational practices.

In April, we profiled 35 women younger than 35 who participated in United Way’s 35 Under 35 Leadership Program. The design of this story captured the personalities of these impressive young women.

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Five families. Eleven kids. Dozens of ways to have a great time as a family. By Andrew Jason and Lisa Marchand Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography



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We dedicated our August issue to seven faces that help shape the identity of the local community. We profiled a student, teacher, police officer, artist, new resident, business owner and lifelong resident.


Business Swanson Health Products

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future The growth isn’t slowing down, either. Harris noted that people are becoming more and more interested in organic and healthy foods, and that is where part of the future of Swanson Health Products lies. “Looking forward to the future, we’re very excited,” Harris said. “We continue to see our vitamins and supplements grow, but now we’ve taken a broader view. We’re very enthused to see younger people become much more interested in healthy foods.” That interest in health doesn’t end with organic food. Swanson Health Products is seeing a rise in the sports and nutrition field. “In the past, you used to think of sports nutrition as big bodybuilders and all these guys that were probably on steroids,” Harris said. “The younger people are looking for products to help their workouts work better.” Another component Swanson Health Products is hoping to expand upon is international distribution. Swanson Health Products have major distributors in China, Japan, Poland and Bulgaria. However, one of the company’s strategic plans next year is to triple its international business. While the company has come from the little business that could, they are still going strong, and Harris has the right mentality to keep it growing. “We’re saying, ‘If Amazon is able to do it, we gotta be able to do it and we gotta be able to do it yesterday.’”





Steve D. Scheel, the CEO of Scheels, spent time with our staff to share the history and details of the hometown company that has become a household name across the country.

The story of how a home and hardware store turned into one of the largest sporting goods stores in America. By Andrew Jason




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59 Lilleknappen Inc. Jewelry, $20-30 Stabo’s Inside West Acres Mall

66 One Herd is a NDSU clothing line operated by Spotlight Media, Fargo Monthly’s parent company. It sells a variety of NDSU clothing, prints and gear.

Seventy products from local stores were featured in our November Shopping Guide issue. The pages are chock full of shopping and gift ideas, all available at shops around the community.

63 60 Coffee, prices vary Unglued 408 Broadway, Fargo

67 With 200 of their own and 1,000 total products on their website, DogIDs offers a wide variety of dog products that range from leashes, ID tags, harnesses and much more.


61 Stellar Mittens, $68 Fowler’s Heritage Company 210 Broadway N. # 101, Fargo


62 WatchCraft Watch, $475

68 Purchased by Jade Companies last year, TAG is an apparel store that sells shirts with fun sayings like "That's a Load of Crop" and "Fargo: Where the Beer is Always Cold."

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63 Hand towels, $14

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64 Keep Calm and Carry Yarn tote, $49.99

69 Launched in 2006, sells a variety of unique Fargo themed items. From "I Live In Fargo. Really." T-shirts to original artistic prints, has something to show off your Fargo pride.

Boucle Yarn Studio 616 Main Ave, Fargo

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70 With a wide selection of kid art and furniture, Melville Kids Studios insists upon a high level of silly in all their materials.

64 Timber pillar candles by Vance Kitira, prices vary Zandbroz Variety 420 Broadway, Fargo




Number of Photos: 102 Number of Articles: 22 Pages: 100 Pages of Content: 76 Number of Interviews: 42

FAR GO We crunched some numbers (which is tough for a bunch of journalists) and did some math to figure out some of the numbers that made up 2014 for Fargo Monthly.

Number of Photos: 71 Number of Articles: 17 Pages: 84 Pages of Content: 59 Number of Interviews: 24

Number of Photos: 62 Number of Articles: 16 Pages: 84 Pages of Content: 57 Number of Interviews: 36

Number of Photos: 105 Number of Articles: 16 Pages: 84 Pages of Content: 57 Number of Interviews: 66

Number of Photos: 105 Number of Articles: 18 Pages: 92 Pages of Content: 58 Number of Interviews: 47

Number of Photos: 100 Number of Articles: 14 Pages: 92 Pages of Content: 58 Number of Interviews: 40


Number of Photos: 145 Number of Articles: 9 Pages: 110 Pages of Content: 61 Number of Interviews: 24

Number of Photos: 84 Number of Articles: 21 Pages: 92 Pages of Content: 56 Number of Interviews: 32

Number of Photos: 140 Number of Articles: 17 Pages: 100 Pages of Content: 54 Number of Interviews: 82

Number of Photos: 103 Number of Articles: 17 Pages: 100 Pages of Content: 57 Number of Interviews: 62

Number of Photos: 91 Number of Articles: 20 Pages: 100 Pages of Content: 58 Number of Interviews: 57

Total Photos: 1,108 Total Pages: 1,040 Total Interviews: 512

Total Articles: 187 Total Content: 588

Mixologists Compiled by Erica Rapp | Photos by Fargo Monthly Staff

We decided to take a look back on all our featured mixologists throughout 2014 and the wonderful recipes they shared with us.

“The Other Word”

· 1 oz. Grey Goose Citron · ¾ oz. Chartreuse · ½ oz. St. Germain Elderflower · ¾ oz. lime juice

“Hot Toddy” · 2 oz. Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey · 1 cup of hot water · ½ oz. simple syrup · ½ oz. lemon juice · Lemon peel garnish

“Honey Pot”

· 1 oz. Jameson · ¾ oz. Tuaca Vanilla Citrus Liqueur · 1 lime · 1 lemon · Honey · Ginger Ale · Bitters

“Tini-Bikini Tini” · 1 ½ oz. Skyy Wild Strawberry Vodka · 1 oz. Watermelon Pucker · 1 ½ oz. strawberry purée · 1 squeeze of lime · 1 splash of 7Up · 1 splash of soda water

“No Coast” · 1 ½ oz. Makers Mark 46 Whisky · ¼ oz. Frangelico Liqueur · ½ oz. Cointreau Liqueur · Swirl of Carpano Antica Vermouth · 2 dashes of Spiced Cherry Bitters · Fresh pressed orange juice · An egg

“Summer Accent” · 1 banana wheel, muddled · 1 ½ oz. Southern Comfort · 1 oz. Jim Beam Red Stag Hard Core Cider · 3 ½ oz. pineapple juice

“Irish Old Fashioned” · 2oz. Jameson Whiskey · ¾ oz. syrup · Dash of orange bitters

“Deep Eddy Screw Up” · 2 oz. Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka · Orange juice · Sierra Mist · Orange slice

“The Prairie Wind” · 5 part Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur · 5 part Lillet (French Aperitif Wine) · 2 parts Hendricks Gin · 4-5 fresh basil leaves · Orange Bitters rinse · 4 drops orange flower water

“The Clove Shack” · 1 ½ oz. Milagro Reprosado · ½ oz. clove simple syrup · ½ oz. Cointreau · 2 oz. orange juice

“Steve Buscemi” · 1 oz. Stoli Blueberi · 1 oz. Stoli Razberi · Lemonade · Sprite · Liquid Ice

locations SOUTH UNIVERSITY 2515 University Drive S Fargo, ND

MOORHEAD 1314 1st Ave N Moorhead, MN

WEST FARGO 837 Main Ave E #A West Fargo, ND

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Anything new and exciting always passes through Twitter. We went though the year in tweets to find out what happened in 2014 in 140 characters or less.

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Big 98.7 @BIG987FM • Nov 4

#Fargo #Election2014 Polls are open in most counties from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.

FMWF Chamber @FMWFChamber • Oct 30

#FMWFMember @WaxingtheCity is trying to bring #FallonToFargo. Watch the video and tweet your support!

Josh Francis @joshfrancisFM • Oct 13

Nobel Prize winner stopped in #Fargo airport | TSA: ‘Uh. Who gave this to you?’ Brian Schmidt: ‘The King of Sweden.’

Chris Fowler @cbfowler • Sep 13

THANKS FARGO! @CollegeGameDay sequel was even more fun for us than last season! Massive Crowd left chanting “See you Next Year!”

Brent Hanson @crtside • May 10

Hats off to the @FARGO_MARATHON - I’ll admit I was super skeptical about the downtown race. Never doubt this great organization!

Fargo-Moorhead @FargoMoorhead • Sep 3

#Fargo makes this @Forbes list of America’s Fastest-Growing Small Cities” #ilovefargo

FARGODOME @fdome • Apr 21

We are very excited to announce for the first time ever at the FARGODOME: @PaulMcCartney ! Date is 7/12/14. Tickets on sale 4/28/14 at 10am

Josh Duhamel @joshduhamel • Sep 13

I wish I was in Fargo for #ESPN @CollegeGameDay! #BisoNation



Your Year In Fargo We reached out to our readers for photos that summed up their year in Fargo. This is what you sent us. Make sure you like us on Facebook so you never miss out on any of these events.

Culinary Spotlight Compiled by Andrew Jason | Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography

Want to try something different for your holiday meal this year? We have you covered. We have compiled five of our favorite recipes courtesy of our food columnist Eric Watson, owner of Mezzaluna, Mosaic Foods and Rustica. The full recipes can be found at

While specializing in European dishes, Eric Watson came back to America with this dish. Fresh ground beef, cooked to medium rare and served with hand mashed parmesan cheese, veal demi glace, roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions and, of course, topped with an egg. Comfort and elegance at its finest.

This is a dish for the diehards only. While in theory a simple dish, the consommĂŠ is in actuality a difficult dish to make. The soup requires multiple days and ensures that you can taste the love and hard work put into it.


Not for the faint of heart, this head cheese is made with a long list of ingredients, one of them being a pig’s head. This dish is for the adventurous chef only.

This beautiful dish is a great recipe for anyone. After all, bacon and bourbon are involved. (Just be careful when pouring the bourbon in the hot pan. You don’t want to burn off your eyebrows.)

If you love cheese as much as we do, then this is the dish for you. Pairing perfectly with a glass of wine, this dish is the equivalent to the best cheese curd you’ll ever have. about these delicious recipes visit: 76 | DECEMBER 2014 | FARGOMONTHLY.COM

Event Calendar


CALENDAR Stay up to date with what’s going on in the area. STOREFRONT CHURCH Nov. 28 through Dec. 27 Theatre B is partnering with The Gathering, an area faith organization, to bring you Tony, Oscar and Pulitzer winner John Patrick Shanley’s story about a disillusioned preacher and a modern-day Scrooge looking for redemption . Theatre B 716 Main Ave, Fargo ART BOOM: TRI-COLLEGE ART FACULTY SHOW Through Jan. 4 The Plains Art Museum is featuring an array of art by instructors from Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead and North Dakota State University. Plains Art Museum 704 First Ave. N, Fargo MSUM’S SEASON OF LIGHT 4th through 21st Explore the astronomical meanings behind the traditional lights of the holiday season, including the Star of Bethlehem. MSUM Planetarium 700 11th St. S, Moorhead

1 HOLIDAY BUSINESS AFTER HOURS 4th from 4:30-7:30 p.m One of the region’s most effective networking opportunities, the event creates and promotes business opportunities in a social atmosphere and allows individuals to network with industry leaders, tradeshow vendors, and representatives of organizations. Must be 21+, admission


includes appetizers and drink tickets. fargomoorheadmncoc.weblinkconnect. com/events Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center 1635 42nd St. S, Fargo DAVE WAITE 4th-6th Thursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. There is no such thing as a typical Dave Waite show. He has performed on shows like The Bob & Tom Show and Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” Courtney’s Comedy Club 600 30th Ave. S, Moorhead FRASER LTD. FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 4th-5th All Day Local business, organizations and families have sponsored and/or decorated over 150 trees that will be on display during regular business hours. Fargodome 1800 N University Dr, Fargo FARGO FORCE VS. WATERLOO 4th and 5th at 7:05 p.m. Let’s pack the stands with Force fans for this home game against Waterloo. You won’t want to miss this two game showdown. Scheels Arena 5225 31st Ave S, Fargo



THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE 4-6 and 10-13 at 7:30 p.m. The story follows a mother from New Jersey as she roams the hills of Lockerbie, Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. The play explores emotions and responses to acts of terrorism.

JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK 6th at 8 a.m. Wear a holiday themed costume or jingle bells on your shoelaces for this festive race to raise money to find a cure for arthritis. The after party will include coffee, hot cocoa, holiday songs and door prizes. Askanase Auditorium at NDSU 1340 Administration Ave, Fargo Courts Plus Community Fitness 3491 S University Dr, Fargo

WILLY WONKA 5th - 13th at 7:30 p.m. 7th & 14th at 5 p.m. Join Charlie Bucket as he tours Willy Wonka’s factory. Featuring songs from the classic movie, this live performance will have the whole family singing and dancing in their seats.

SANTA VISITS THE LIBRARY 6th at 2 p.m. Santa will be visiting the library. Join him for a holiday story and making a fun project. You’ll also get to visit with him and tell him what’s on your wishlist. The Stage at Island Park 333 4th St. S, Fargo CONCORDIA CHRISTMAS CONCERT 5th at 7 p.m., 6th at 2 and 7 p.m. and 7th at 2 p.m. Concordia hosts its 88th annual Christmas Concert. The theme is “Arise, shine, for your light has come”. Enjoy beautiful Christmas music performed by five choral ensembles and a 72 piece orchestra. Memorial Auditorium 12th Ave. and 7th St. Moorhead RUSS PETERSON AND THE FUNK COMMISSION 5th at 8 p.m. Enjoy a night out complete with live music, beer and wine. The cover charge is just $10. Studio 222 222 Broadway, Fargo JAWS, PAWS, AND LUNCH WITH SANTA CLAUS 6th and 13th at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Take your family out to a memorable lunch with Santa Claus. Each family will receive a free photo with Santa. Purchase tickets in advance. Red River Zoo 4255 23rd Ave S, Fargo



2 West Fargo Public Library 109 3rd St. E, West Fargo HOLIDAY BRASS CONCERT 7th at 2 p.m. The mighty trumpets, horns, trombones and tuba virtuoso of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony bring Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces and contemporary holiday favorites to life for audiences of all ages. First Presbyterian Church 650 2nd Ave. N, Fargo LORIE LINE 7th at 3 p.m. Pianist Lorie Line is celebrating her 25th anniversary of touring, and will showcase her Fab 5 and the best of her holiday music. Don’t miss out on some special surprises for this year’s show! The Fargo Theatre 314 Broadway N, Fargo TRAILER PARK BOYS’ DEAR SANTA CLAUS TOUR 8th at 8 p.m. Catch Ricky, Julian and the gang in their new live show. This sketch comedy show features all of your favorite characters from the Sunnyvale trailer park. It’s a night of laughs you won’t want to miss. Fargo Civic Center 207 4th St. N, Fargo





Event Calendar TO WORK HARD IS TO SURVIVE: TO WIN IS SOMETHING MORE 10th from 11:30 am to 1 p.m. Don Morton of Microsoft will speak about ways to make your business successful. He will focus on leadership style and team building and explain how these two elements will accelerate the rate of success and help your business. Holiday Inn Fargo 3803 13th Ave. S, Fargo CHECK-IN WITH GREATER NORTH DAKOTA CHAMBER 11th from 8 to 9 a.m. The Chamber and the Public Affairs committee host the Greater North Dakota Chamber for an update on expectations for the 2015 legislative session. The presentation will offer ideas on an agenda to address business issues as well as updates on current economic factors. Register ahead for this event. The Chamber 202 1st Ave. N, Moorhead TWINKIE JIGGLES BROKEN ORCHESTRA 11th from 8 to 11 p.m. This soul band from St. Paul released it’s record “Too Big to Fail” in January. Bassist Sean McPherson started the group in 2011. The band includes a rotating cast of musicians featuring some of the finest from the twin cities area. Hotel Donaldson Lounge 101 Broadway, Fargo THE MASTER CHORALE OF FM CHRISTMAS CONCERT 11th-13th at 6 p.m. and 14th at 2 p.m. The Master Chorale of Fargo-Moorhead will be performing three dinner concerts (the 11th-13th) and one dessert concert (the 14th). Aaron Zinter will be the director of these traditional Christmas concerts.

Dave Ferreira Trio will liven things up with a jazzy performance. This event is free and open to the public. Fargo Theatre 314 Broadway, Fargo FARGO FORCE VS. CEDAR RAPIDS 12th at 7:05 p.m. Don’t miss the Force taking on Cedar Rapids at home. Show the team your support and cheer them on toward a win.

1 Scheels Arena 5225 31st Ave. S, Fargo ANDY WOODHULL 12th - 14th Thursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. This summer, Andy Woodhull was the first comedian to make his network television debut on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show. He has appeared on several other shows, including Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” Courtney’s Comedy Club 600 30th Ave. S, Moorhead TOM JOHNSON AND THE CARLUSTER CRUMPLEBEE ORCHESTRA 12th at 8 p.m. Enjoy a live performance by a local band while enjoying a glass of wine or beer. Studio 222 222 Broadway, Fargo RED RIVER SINGLES CHRISTMAS DANCE 12th at 8:30 p.m. Dance and enjoy music provided by DJ Lute Simley. Door prizes will be given away throughout the evening. Concordia College Knutson Campus Center 901 S 8th St, Moorhead West Fargo VFW 308 Sheyenne St, West Fargo

HOLIDAY POPS FAMILY CHRISTMAS CONCERT 12th at 7 p.m. and 13th at 2 p.m. Enjoy holiday classics performed by a full symphony orchestra. Special Guest the

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS 13th at 2 p.m. This opera in one act is about Amahl, a young boy disabled boy who finds himself in the center of the traditional story of the

Nativity. Concordia College Frances Frazier Comstock Theatre 901 8th St. S, Moorhead


NDSU VS. UND 13th at 7 p.m. The rivalry is renewed as the University of North Dakota travels to the Scheels Arena to take on the Bison.

2 Scheels Arena 5225 31st Ave. S, Fargo HANDEL’S MESSIAH 14th at 2 p.m. Under the direction of Dr. Jo Ann Miller, Handel’s Messiah will feature over 200 NDSU choral students and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra. Festival Concert Hall at NDSU 1301 12th Ave. N, Fargo SKATING WITH SANTA 14th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Skate to holiday music, visit with Santa and warm up with some delicious hot chocolate. This event is free and perfect for the whole family.


2 Veteran’s Memorial Arena 1201 7th Ave. E, West Fargo THE FM GOLDEN NOTES CHRISTMAS CONCERT 15th from 7 to 10 p.m. This senior-only band will perform many of your holiday favorites including “Polar Express”, “White Christmas” and “Rudolph”. Let them share their holiday cheer with your family. Carl Ben Eielson Middle School 1601 13th Ave S, Fargo MRS. CLAUS COMES TO SCHEELS 15th at 6:30 p.m. Meet Mrs. Clause and help her decorate cookies for Santa’s sleigh ride snack and one for yourself to take home. All kids will also receive a free Ferris wheel ride. Gramma Ginna’s Deli at Scheels 1551 45th St. S, Fargo

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HOLIDAY CAKE POPS CLASS 17th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join Casey Steele, owner of Love in the Oven Bakery, in creating eight holiday cake pops to bring home for the holidays. All supplies are included. Square One Kitchen 1407 1st Ave. N, Fargo GIVING TREE OF HOPE AND CONNECTION FAIR 17th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. FirstLink’s Giving Tree of Hope and Toys for Tots have partnered to distribute toys to children and adults with special needs who would not otherwise receive a gift this holiday season. To learn more or volunteer, visit the websites below.

2 Fargo Civic Center 207 4th St. N, Fargo THE BLENDERS 18th-21st at 7:30 p.m. – additional matinee shows Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m. Join the Fargo native group The Blenders on their annual holiday tour as they celebrate their 25th anniversary of making incredible, a capella music.

TUNA CHRISTMAS 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th at 7:30 p.m. 21st and 27th at 2 p.m. This sequel to “Greater Tune” revolves around the tiny town of Tuna, Texas as they get ready for the holidays and Joe Bob Lipsey’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” What’s most impressive is that all 20 characters are played by two actors. The Stage At Island Park 333 4th St. S, Fargo THE CLASSIC NUTCRACKER 19th at 7 p.m. FM Ballet presents The Classic Nutcracker featuring live music and original choreography by Matt Gasper. This ballet brings the magic and wonder of the holiday season to life.

1 NDSU Festival Concert Hall 12th Ave. N and Bolley Dr, Fargo CHRISTMAS CONCERT 19th at 7 p.m. Hear some of your Christmas favorites performed by The Prime Time Choir. West Acres JCPenney Wing 3902 13th Ave. S, Fargo The Fargo Theater 314 Broadway N, Fargo


LAST MINUTE SHOPPING NIGHT 19th There is only one week left to Christmas, and downtown Fargo is the perfect place for the gift-buying frenzy. Visit local shops for last minute deals for your loved ones. Downtown Fargo FRANK ROCHE WITH DAVE JOHNSON 19th - 21st Thursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Detroit comedian Frank Roche has performed all across the country, headlining tour after tour and appearing places like America’s Got Talent and all over Comedy Central. Courtney’s Comedy Club 600 30th Ave. S, Moorhead

FARGO FORCE VS. SIOUX FALLS 19th at 7:05 p.m. Support the Force in their face off with Sioux Falls. Come to the game and see which Dakota team will take the win. Scheels Arena 5225 31st Ave. S, Fargo SLEIGH RIDES 27th through 30th from 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride through scenic Viking Ship Park. The Hjemkomst Center Snack Bar will be open and serving holiday drinks and treats. Hjemkomst Center 202 1st Ave. N, Moorhead HAIRBALL 27th at 8:30 p.m. This tribute to 80s rock will make you question which decade you are in. With spot on costumes, personas and musical performances, these performers will help


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you relive your favorite rock and roll memories. The Venue 2525 9th Ave. SW, Fargo FARGO FORCE VS. DES MOINES 31st at 6:05 p.m. You won’t want to miss the Force in their last game before the new year. Cheer on your favorite hockey team as part of your New Year’s Eve celebration. Scheels Arena 5225 31st Ave. S, Fargo NEW YEARS EVE BASH 31st at 7 p.m. This New Years Eve Party includes the music of Kid Hollywood, delicious dinner buffet and midnight toast. Tickets are limited, so make sure you get them early.

3 Fargo Holiday Inn 3803 13th Ave. S, Fargo POST-TRAUMATIC FUNK SYNDROME 31st at 8 p.m. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a few drinks and live music. Ramada Plaza and Suites 1635 42nd St. S, Fargo MIDNIGHT AT THE MARRIOTT 31st at 9 p.m. 32 Below is returning to the Courtyard by Marriott in Moorhead to ring in the new year. Get your ticket before the show sells out. Courtyard by Marriott 1080 28th Ave. S, Moorhead SHANE MAUSS AND STEVE GILLESPIE Dec. 31 Times TBD Join Courtney’s Comedy Club for back to back shows on New Year’s Eve. Tickets are $30-50. Wisconsin native Shane Mauss and Minneapolis comedy star Steve Gillespie are headlining this special event. Courtney’s Comedy Club 600 30th Ave. S, Moorhead

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The staff’s top picks from our events calendar.

HAIRBALL 27th at 8:30 p.m. This tribute to 80s rock will make you question which decade you are in. With spot on costumes, personas and musical performances, these performers will help you relive your favorite rock ‘n roll memories. The Venue 2525 9th Ave. SW, Fargo

WILLY WONKA 5th at 7:30 p.m. through 14th at 5 p.m. Join Charlie Bucket as he tours Willy Wonka’s factory. Featuring songs from the classic movie, this live performance will have the whole family singing and dancing in their seats. The Stage at Island Park 333 4th St. S, Fargo

TRAILER PARK BOYS’ DEAR SANTA CLAUS TOUR 8th at 8 p.m. Catch Ricky, Julian and the gang in their new live show. This sketch comedy show features all of your favorite characters from the Sunnyvale trailer park. It’s a night of laughs you won’t want to miss. Fargo Civic Center 207 4th St. N, Fargo

CONCORDIA CHRISTMAS CONCERT 5th at 7 p.m., 6th at 2 and 7 p.m. and 7th at 2 p.m. Concordia hosts its 88th annual Christmas Concert. The theme is “Arise, shine, for your light has come”. Enjoy Christmas music performed by five choral ensembles and a 72-piece orchestra.


19th at 7 p.m.

FM Ballet presents The Classic Nutcracker, featuring live music and original choreography by Matt Gasper. This ballet brings the magic and wonder of the holiday season to life. NDSU Festival Concert Hall 12th Ave. N and Bolley Dr, Fargo Memorial Auditorium 12th Avenue and 7th Street, Moorhead



LISTEN TO THE MUSIC Stay on the scene with our guide to Fargo-Moorhead’s local music.

DEC. 5TH-6TH FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5TH Charlie Parr & Wild Hands – The Aquarium Poitin – Dempsey’s DJ/Karaoke – JC Chumley’s Generator – Lucky’s 13 Anthony Chaput – Max Lounge Joy Ride – O’Kelly’s Fargo Mourning After – Pickled Parrot Smoking Gun – Speck’s Tripwire – Shotgun Sally’s SOL – Spirit’s Lounge Ciro & Topher – VFW Downtown Roosters – VFW West Fargo Boomtown - Windbreak SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6TH Heatbox & Duenday – The Aquarium Joyride – Dempsey’s Sidewinder – Garage Bar Blind Joe – Hennessy’s Dirty Blonde – Hooligans DJ/Karaoke – JC Chumley’s Acoustic Addiction – JT Cigarro COD – Lucky’s 13 Warren Christensen – Max Lounge Mourning After – Pickled Parrot Smoking Gun – Speck’s Pat Lenertz – Sidestreet 32 Below – Shotgun Sally’s Renegade DJ – Spirit’s Lounge Ciro & Topher – VFW Downtown Roosters – VFW West Fargo Quietdrive w/ At The Emporium - Windbreak

DEC. 7TH-11TH SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7TH Michael D Band – Windbreak TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9TH Vinegar Strokes – JC Chumley’s Lars and Joe Pony Show – Shotgun Sally’s WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10TH Lars and Joe Pony Show – Bar Nine Von Nixon – Dempsey’s InFringe – Hennessy’s The Handy Boys – JT Cigarro

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16TH DJ/Karaoke – JC Chumley’s WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH The Vinegar Strokes – Bar Nine The Brave – Dempsey’s Ciro and Topher Show – Hennessy’s The Weeping Willards – JT Cigarro THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18TH Dedric Clark and The Social Animals - HoDo Vinegar Strokes – JC Chumley’s Mark Proulx – Max Lounge Todd Sisson - Tailgators October Road - Windbreak

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11TH Vinegar Strokes – JC Chumley’s Keisha Adams – Max Lounge Todd Sisson - Tailgators Slamabama - Windbreak

DEC. 12TH-13TH

DEC. 19TH-20TH

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12TH Ciro & Topher Show – Bar Nine San Haven Chuckle – Dempsey’s DJ/Karaoke – JC Chumley’s Helena Handbasket – Legacy Ballroom Deadbeats – Lucky’s 13 Erik Hedman – Max Lounge The Plowboyz – O’Kelly’s Fargo Loy Ave – Pickled Parrot Road Trip Radio – Rick’s Confusion - Specks Boogie Wonderland – Shotgun Sally’s Tune In Tokyo – Spirit’s Lounge Pat Lenertz – VFW Downtown Honky Tonk Star Dust Cowboys - VFW: West Fargo Pop Rocks - Windbreak Carluster Crumplebee Orchestra – Sidestreet

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19TH White Iron Band – The Aquarium Black River Revue – Dempsey’s Double Forte – Garage Bar DJ/Karaoke – JC Chumley’s Deadbeats – Lucky’s 13 Jack MacArther – Max Lounge The Miss Adventures – O’Kelly’s Fargo 24/Seven – Pickled Parrot Broke-N-Thirsty – Rick’s Flashback – Speck’s Boomtown – Shotgun Sally’s Wilson Bradley Band – Spirit’s Lounge Roadtrip Radio – VFW: Downtown Billy D and the Crystals – VFW: West Fargo Boogie Wonderland - Windbreak

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13TH The Quarterly Grateful Dead Tribute – The Aquarium Nathan Miller Band – Dempsey’s The Weeping Willards – Hennessy’s Ciro & Topher Show - Hooligans Silverado – JC Chumley’s Unleashed – JT Cigarro Mike Holtz – Lucky’s 13 Eric Jacobson – Max Lounge Loy Ave – Pickled Parrot Road Trip Radio – Rick’s Carluster Crumplebee Orchestra – Sidestreet Confusion - Specks Sell Out Stereo – Shotgun Sally’s Tune In Tokyo – Spirit’s Lounge The Vistas – VFW Downtown Honky Tonk Star Dust Cowboys - VFW: West Fargo Lost Highway – Windbreak

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20TH Bad Weather Burlesque – The Aquarium Tin Can Gin – Dempsey’s Kenny Rudd – Hennessy’s October Road - Hooligans 8th Hour – JC Chumley’s Q5 Band – JT Cigarro Generator – Lucky’s 13 Pitcher & Duster Duo – Max Lounge 24/Seven – Pickled Parrot Broke-N-Thirsty – Rick’s Flashback – Speck’s GC & The Sideways - Sidestreet Jacked Up – Shotgun Sally’s Wilson Bradley Band – Spirit’s Lounge Roadtrip Radio – VFW: Downtown Billy D and the Crystals – VFW: West Fargo Dirty Word - Windbreak

DEC. 14TH-18TH

DEC. 21ST-25TH

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14TH 24/Seven - Windbreak

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23RD Vinegar Strokes – JC Chumley’s


DEC. 26TH-27TH FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26TH Merry Fupmas – The Aquarium Poitin – Dempsey’s DJ/Karaoke – JC Chumley’s Ciro & Topher Show – Lucky’s 13 Big Johnson & The Stuff - Pickled Parrot Under The Covers – Rick’s October Road – Shotgun Sally’s Inharmonyciti – VFW: Downtown Work Release – VFW: West Fargo Roosters - Windbreak SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27TH Local Band Cover Sets – The Aquarium Matty J and Friends – Dempsey’s Todd Sisson – Hennessy’s DJ/Karaoke – JC Chumley’s The Measurers – Lucky’s 13 Greg Breske – Max Lounge Big Johnson & The Stuff - Pickled Parrot Under The Covers – Rick’s Iron Horse – Shotgun Sally’s Inharmonyciti – VFW: Downtown Work Release – VFW: West Fargo Hitchville - Windbreak

DEC. 28TH-31ST

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226 Broadway, Fargo (Above Dempseys)

1410 9th St. E, West Fargo



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1405 Prairie Pkwy #301, West Fargo

3800 Main Ave, Fargo



226 Broadway, Fargo

505 3rd Ave N, Fargo



201 5th St. N, Fargo

3108 9th St. S, Moorhead


4323 45th St. S, Fargo


2721 Main Ave, Fargo


101 Broadway, Fargo


1515 42nd St. S, Fargo


3330 Sheyenne St., West Fargo


301 3rd Ave. N, Fargo

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28TH 8th Hour - Windbreak

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30TH DJ/Karaoke – JC Chumley’s

1608 Main Ave, Moorhead


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31ST New Years Eve Party – The Aquarium Ciro & Topher Show – Bar Nine DJ Discotheque Habitat – Dempsey’s Measures – Hennessy’s Contention – Hooligans DJ/Karaoke – JC Chumley’s InFringe – JT Cigarro The Groovetones – Lucky’s 13 Frost Fire – O’Kelly’s Fargo Helena Handbasket – Pickled Parrot Six Gun Freedom – Rick’s Liquored Up – Speck’s Pop Rocks NYE Bash – Shotgun Sally’s Renegade DJ – Spirit’s Lounge D.O.D – VFW: Downtown Boomtown – VFW: West Fargo Tripwire (New Years Eve Bash) - Windbreak



2611 Main Ave, Fargo

4554 7th Ave. S, Fargo

3803 13th Ave. S, Fargo



503 3rd Ave. N, Fargo

322 Main Ave, Fargo



202 Broadway, Fargo

4301 17th Ave. S, Fargo


3150 39th St. S, Fargo

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$.99 16 oz. Miller, Coors & Bud $1.99 Dos Equis Amber

$3 Margaritas (original, rocks or blended) All Day

$4.99 pitchers of Miller, Coors & Bud $5.99 Dos Equis

$1.50 domestic beer & regular margaritas

$5 Jumbo Margaritas

$2 Mexican beers

$2.50 Morgans& Bacardi Limon $3 Iced teas

2 for 1 everyday Noon - 7 p.m.

2 for 1 everyday Noon - 7 p.m.

2 for 1 everyday Noon - 7 p.m.

2 for 1 everyday Noon - 7 p.m.

2 for 1 everyday Noon - 7 p.m.

2 for 1 everyday Noon - 7 p.m.

2 for 1 everyday Noon - 7 p.m.

$2 off margaritas $3 Coronas/ Corona Lights

$2 UV vodkas

Ladies Night $3 Cosmos and Applebitinis, $5 Sangrias, $10 house wine bottles

$2 Long Island teas $3 Jeremiah Weed teas

$5 mucho drinks

$5 sangrias

$8 pitchers of Bud Light

Happy Hour drink specials All Day

Mini Mug Night

Mug Night

$3.75 Stoli’s $5.75 domestic pitchers

$3 Windsors, Morgans, Bacardis, Smirnoffs and Jim Beams

$3.75 Bloody Mary/ Caesars 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mug Night

$4 32oz domestic draws $3.25 wells

$2 PBR Pounders 3 - 6 p.m.

$2 PBR Pounders 3 - 6 p.m.

$2 PBR Pounders 3 - 6 p.m.

2 for 1 appetizers Texas Hold ‘Em tourney 7:30 p.m.

College ID Night $5 Cover Free taps and wells 9 p.m. - Midnight

Ladies Night All you can drink wells for $5 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

3 for 1s 9 p.m.Midnight

$2.50 Morgans, Bacardi’s & $3 Tito’s all day, Buy one drink/beer, get 2nd for $.55

$2.50 Morgans, Bacardi’s & $3 Tito’s all day, Buy one drink/beer, get 2nd for $.55

$2.50 Morgans, Bacardi’s & $3 Tito’s all day, Buy one drink/beer, get 2nd for $.55

$2.50 Morgans, Bacardi’s & $3 Tito’s all day, Buy one drink/beer, get 2nd for $.55

$2.50 Morgans, Bacardi’s & $3 Tito’s all day, Buy one drink/beer, get 2nd for $.55

$2.50 Morgans, Bacardi’s & $3 Tito’s all day, Buy one drink/beer, get 2nd for $.55

Borrowed Buck’s Roadhouse 1201 Westrac Dr, Fargo

Birthday Buckets

Mug Night

$.50 taps $1 Morgans $1 Teas 8 p.m. - Midnight

$3 Coronas, Crown Royals, Stolis 9 p.m. - Midnight

$2 tall taps $2 Morgans $2 bomb shots 8 - 11 p.m.

$2 tall taps $2 Morgans $2 bomb shots 8 - 11 p.m.

Buffalo Wild Wings 3 area locations

Happy Hour All Day $1 off well drinks 9 p.m. - Midnight

$2 Jeremiah Weeds $3.50 energy blasters 9 p.m. - Midnight

$2.99 tall domestic taps All Day 2 for 1 well drinks 9 p.m. - Midnight

$3 teas All Day 2 for 1 Morgans 9 p.m. - Midnight

$3.50 Mexican bottles/pints $3.50 jumbo margaritas All Day

$3.75 Bloody Marys/Caesars 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$2.50 You-call-its 9 p.m. - Midnight

Bulldog Tap 4265 45th St. S. Ste. 161, Fargo

$3.50 tall domestic taps 6 p.m. - Close

$2.75 domestic bottles $3.50 Ice Holes 8 p.m. - Midnight

$3.50 UVs and Bacardis 8 p.m. - Midnight

$3.25 Morgans $3.75 Crowns 8 p.m. - Midnight

$3.75 Stolis and Jack Daniels 8 p.m. - Midnight

$3.50 Smirnoffs and Windsors 8 p.m. - Midnight

$3.50 tall domestic taps & import bottles All Day

$3 tall domestic drafts, wine and margaritas 5 for $10 buckets of beer 3 - 6 p.m.

$3 tall domestic drafts, wine and margaritas 5 for $10 buckets of beer 3 - 6 p.m.

$3 tall domestic drafts, wine and margaritas 5 for $10 buckets of beer 3 - 6 p.m.

$3 tall domestic drafts, wine and margaritas 5 for $10 buckets of beer 3 - 6 p.m.

$3 tall domestic drafts, wine and margaritas 5 for $10 buckets of beer 3 - 6 p.m.

Big Mug Monday: $4.95 New Mug, $3.95 Refills

$2.50 You Call It, “Top Shelf Excluded”

Happy Hour 4 p.m. – Close, $2.95 Domestic Taps, Bottles, and Wells, $2.95 Iceholes

$1 Taps, $2.95 Icehole and Fireball

Domestic Beer & A Shot For $7, Old School Teas & Stumplifters $2.95

Acapulco 1150 36th St S, Fargo, ND

Alibi Lounge & Casino 1340 21st Ave. S, Fargo Applebees 4 area locations

Bison Turf 1211 N University Dr, Fargo Blackbird Woodfire 206 Broadway, Fargo Bomb Shelter 325 10th St. N, Fargo The Bowler 2630 S University Dr, Fargo

Chili’s Grill and Bar 3902 13th Ave. S, Fargo Chub’s Pub & Package Place 421 N University Dr, Fargo

2 for 1 appetizers until 9 p.m.

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$2.50 Morgans, Bacardi’s & $3 Tito’s all day, Buy one drink/beer, get 2nd for $.55

$3 tall domestic drafts, wine and margaritas 5 for $10 buckets of beer All Day $2.95 Bloody Mary’s & Caesars 8 a.m. – Noon, $3.25 Jack Daniel’s, $2.95 PBR Tall Boy’s

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Dempsey’s 226 Broadway N, Fargo

Rum-Day: $3 Malibus, Bacardis & Morgans

$2 domestic taps or 2 for 1 wells

$3 premium wells

$3.25 specialty or import bottles or taps

$3 Old Styles and $4.25 Jamesons

$3 Old Styles and $4.25 Jamesons

Happy Hour drink specials 4 p.m. close

D’Woods Lounge 3333 13th Ave. S, Fargo

$2.75 domestic bottles $3 Bacardis

$2.75 domestic bottles $1 off martinis

$3.50 Stolis $3.50 domestic taps

$3.50 Crown Royals $3.50 taps

$3.75 teas $3 Windsors

$3 Smirnoffs $3 Morgans

Empire 424 Broadway N, Fargo

$3.25 Crown Royals

$2.75 Bacardis

$2.50 Windsors

$2.95 Morgans $3.75 Jack Daniels

$3.25 import bottles $2.95 Jim Beams

$3.25 import bottles $3.75 Jagermeisters

$2.50 rail vodkas $2.50 Windsors

Fort Noks Bar of Gold 52 Broadway N, Fargo

Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. $4.25 Margarita’s, Long Island Ice Tea’s & $15 buckets of beer

Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. $2.25 taps

Happy Hour 4-7 p.m.,$2.75 select whiskeys $2.75 import bottles $2.75 Micro Domestic Beers

Happy Hour All Day

Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. $3.25 Stolis All Day $3.25 Goldschlager & Icehole 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.

$3.50 Bloody Mary 2 - 6 p.m., $3.25 Bacardis, Morgans, Malibus, All Day $3.25 Chuck Norris shots

Any special throughout the week is honored all day long.

Granite City 1636 42nd St S, Fargo

$5 cocktails, martinis, wines, spirits & skinnies (low cal drinks) from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close

$5 cocktails, martinis, wines, spirits & skinnies (low cal drinks) from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close

$5 cocktails, martinis, wines, spirits & skinnies (low cal drinks) from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close

$5 cocktails, martinis, wines, spirits & skinnies (low cal drinks) from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close

$5 cocktails, martinis, wines, spirits & skinnies (low cal drinks) from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close

$5 cocktails, martinis, wines, spirits & skinnies (low cal drinks) from noon to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close

$5 cocktails, martinis, wines, spirits & skinnies (low cal drinks) from noon to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close

JT Cigarro 4554 7th Ave. S, Fargo

$2.50 domestic bottles $3 wells All Day

Mug Night 5 p.m. - Close

Ladies Night $5 domestic taps and wells

2 for 1 rum drinks 5 p.m. - Close

Happy Hour until 8 p.m.

$3.75 Bloody Mary’s $10 all you can drink mimosas

$2.50 domestic bottles $3 wells All Day

Labby’s Grill & Bar 1100 19th Ave. N, Fargo

$2.50 domestic/ $3.50 import bottles 8 p.m. - Close

Mug Night 5 - 9 p.m.

$3.50 teas 3 p.m. - Close

$2.95 selected pounders 8 p.m. - Close

$1 off bottled beers and drinks 9 p.m. - Close

$1 off Bloody Marys/Caesars 9 p.m. - Close

Lucky’s 13 Pub 4301 17th Ave. S, Fargo

$2.25 short domestic beers

$2.50 Coronas/ Corona Lights 1/2 price margaritas

$3 tall domestic taps 3 p.m. - Close

1/2 price bottles of wine $2 PBR bottles 3 p.m. - Close

Happy Hour 3 - 6 p.m.

$2.50 mimosas $6.75 BLT Bloody Marys

Happy Hour 5 - 7 p.m.

Happy Hour 5 - 7 p.m.

Happy Hour 5 - 7 p.m.

Happy Hour 5 - 7 p.m.

Happy Hour 5 - 7 p.m.

Happy Hour 5 - 7 p.m.

Wine Club 4 - 9 p.m.

Pay the Day Taps College night: $2.50 misc. drinks from 9-11 p.m.

$1.50 Taps, teas & Captain, College night: $2.50 misc. drinks from 9-11 p.m.

Northern Gentleman’s Club 325 10th St. N, Fargo Old Broadway City Club 22 Broadway N, Fargo Old Broadway Grill 22 Broadway N, Fargo OB Sport Zone 22 Broadway N, Fargo

Pickled Parrot 505 3rd Ave. N, Fargo

1/2 Price Bottles of Wine 5 - 10 p.m. $5.95 Pitchers ($8.95 Craft and Import) all day & 2-4-1’s drinks from 3-6 p.m.

Happy Hour all day – $1.25 off all drinks & $2.50 mimosas 12 - 4 p.m.

$2.95 Bloody Marys/mimosas/ Skip-N-Go Naked 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Wine Club Night from 4 - 10 p.m.

2-4-1’s drinks from 3-6 p.m.

$2.95 Domestic Pints 6-close & 2-4-1’s drinks from 3-6 p.m.

2-4-1’s drinks from 3-6 p.m.

College night: $2.50 misc. drinks from 9 - 11 p.m.

College night: $2.50 misc. drinks from 9 - 11 p.m.

Happy Hour from 4 to 9 p.m. $2.50 Domestic Bottles, $4 Domestic Tap Jars, $3 Fireball (9p-close), $3.50 Jameson

Happy Hour from 4 to 9 p.m. $3 Ice Hole, $3 Morgans, $4 Domestic Tap Jars, $4.50 Chuck Norris

Happy Hour from 4 to 9 p.m. $7 Craft Tap Jars, $8 Well Jars, $4 Water Moccasins

Happy Hour from 4 to 9 p.m. $3 Ice Hole, $4 Crown Royal, $5 Patron

Happy Hour from 4 to 9 p.m. $3 Malibu, $3 Windsor, $5 Chuck Norris

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$2.95 Bloody Marys/mimosas/ Skip-N-Go Naked 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

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$2 off martinis $1 off beer Wells & wine by the glass

$2 off top shelf liquor & $1 off beer Wells & wine by the glass

$2 off all glasses of wine & $1 off beer Wells & wine by the glass

$2.50 16 oz. taps $2 domestic $3 premium $5 long island teas

Happy Hour 3-6 p.m.

Happy Hour 3-6 p.m. 1/2 off wine 6 p.m. - Midnight

Happy Hour 3-6 p.m. $2 off original cocktails from 6 to close

Happy Hour 3-6 p.m. $5 domestic pitchers 9 p.m. to close

Happy Hour 3-6 p.m. $2 off all canned/ bottled beers and 2 for 1 rail drinks from 9 to close

2 for 1 rail drinks $4 craft pints 9 p.m. - Close

$4 Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar from 12 to 5, $3 You Call It’s for service industry all day

$3.05 Morgans $3.45 tall domestic taps 4:30 p.m. - close

$3.75 Crown Royals $3.95 Crown Blacks

$2.95 Bacardis/ domestic bottles 4:30 p.m. - close

Mug Club Night $3.75 Jack Daniels/ teas

$3.25 UV vodkas

$3.25 import and specialty bottles $3.25 Ice Hole shots

$3.35 tall domestic taps All Day $2.75 well drinks 4:30 p.m. - Close

Rooter’s Bar 107 Broadway N, Fargo

$2 12oz domestic draws All Day

$2.50 domestic bottles All Day

$2.50 Morgans & Windsors All Day

$2.50 teas $7.50 domestic pitchers

Happy Hour from 4:30-6:30 p.m. (2for-1 drinks)

$2.50 Homemade Bloody Marys w/ beer chaser 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Shotgun Sally’s Rock and Roll Saloon 1515 42nd St. S, Fargo

$1 off drinks 9 p.m. - Midnight

$1 off drinks 9 p.m. - Midnight

$1 off drinks 9 p.m. - Midnight ½ price bottles of wine

$1 off drinks 9 p.m. - Midnight

$3.75 Jamesons $.75 off craft bottles

College night with ID All Day Happy Hour

$3 Windsors $2.50 domestic pints $3 Leinenkugels and Nordeast pints

$3 rums $.75 off domestic bottles and micro craft pints $5 perfect storms

$3.50 Stolis $3.75 Summit pints

$3.75 Jack Daniels, Jack Honeys & Jim Beams $3.75 New Belgium bottles

$2 off All pitchers $3 rail vodkas $1 off u-call-its Service Industry Night

$3.15 Miller High Life bottles $3.40 Bacardi Limon and Sailor Jerrys

$3.15 Bud and Bud Light Bottles

$3.15 Bud and Bud Light bottles $3 white zin and merlot wines

$3.15 Coors Light and Mich Golden Light bottles

$3.15 Bud and Bud Light bottles. $3.40 Morgans

$3.75 Bloody Marys and Caesars All Day well specials $2.75

$2.80 All wells $5.25 Busch Light pitchers

$2.95 pounders

$3 Bacardis & Jim Beams

$2.95 Morgans $3.95 Jack Daniels

$2.95 whiskeys & Barefoot wines

$3.25 import and craft beers $3.25 Smirnoffs

$3.25 UV drinks

$2.75 wells $3.35 20oz taps

Spirits Lounge 3803 13th Ave. S, Fargo

Buckets of beer- 4 for $12. Bottled beer is priced at $4 every day.

All drinks are doubles for price of singles on Tuesdays from 7-11 p.m.

Tea Night- $3 teas from 7-11 p.m.

Ultimate Margarita Night-$12 21 ounce ultimate jumbo margarita

Sports Bar 619 NP Ave. N, Fargo

$2.50 tap beer pints $3.50 talls

$2.50 Stolis & $3.50 Stolis with energy drink

College night 1/2 price any beer

$2.95 Jack Daniels, Morgans, Bombay Sapphires & Grey Gooses

1/2 off pitchers 7 10 p.m.

1/2 off pitchers 7 10 p.m.

$3 pounders $3.50 Bloody Marys

Tailgators Sports Cafe 1322 Main Ave, Fargo

$3.50 Crown Royals $3 UVs

$2 domestic bottles and $3 Morgans

$7.25 domestic pitchers $2.50 Schnapps $2.50 well drinks

$3.50 import bottles $3.50 gator teas $2.50 Schnapps

$3 Bacardis $3 Chucks/Jag Bombs $2.75 Windsors

$3.75 Bloody Marys $1 off whiskeys $2.90 domestic pints and bottles

$3.75 Bloody Marys $1 off whiskeys $2.90 domestic pints and bottles

$5 select Jack Daniels

$3 martinis 1/2 off bottles of wine

$3 select appetizers and drinks

Happy Hour during Bison game

$5 select drinks & Happy Hour during Vikings game Happy Hour All Day

Radisson 201 5th St N Fargo Rhombus Guys Pizza 606 Main Ave, Fargo

Rick’s Bar 2721 Main Ave, Fargo

Sidestreet Grille & Pub 301 3rd Ave. N, Fargo Slammer’s Sports Bar & Grill 707 28th Ave. N, Fargo Speck’s Bar 2611 Main Ave, Fargo

TGI Fridays 4100 13th Ave. S, Fargo

$3 Bloody Marys $7 bottomless mimosas

VFW 202 Broadway N, Fargo

$2.75 Morgans

$6 domestic pitchers

$3 bar pours

$2.75 domestic pounders

$3 domestic bottles $3 long island teas

Happy Hour 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. $3 Long Island teas

Vinyl Taco 520 1st Ave, Fargo

$1 off Margaritas

$2 PBR Pounders 8 p.m. to close

$1 off Mexico Mule

$1 off Bourbons

$1 off Moonshine

$1 off Sangria

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Windbreak Saloon & Casino 3150 39th St. S, Fargo





Ladies night: Free Miller Light taps and wells 9 p.m. Midnight

$1 u-call-its 9 - 10 p.m. $2 u-call-its 10 - 11 p.m.

$1 u-call-its 9 - 10 p.m. $2 u-call-its 10 - 11 p.m.

Service industry night 2 for 1’s from 9 p.m. - Midnight

Happy Hour All Day. $1 off drinks

Domestic bottles & Morgans for $2.95

$2.75 Windsors $2.85 Jack Daniels

$3.50 Long Island teas $3.95 Crown Royals

$3.30 Smirnoffs $3.85 Malibus

$5.95 domestic pitchers and $3.30 Bloody Marys and Caesars until 5 p.m.

$5.95 domestic pitchers and $3.30 Bloody Marys and Caesars until 5 p.m.

$1 off beer, wine, & cocktails 3-6 p.m. $3.25 tall domestic taps 7 p.m. - close

$1 off beer, wine, & cocktails 3-6 p.m. $2.50 domestic bottles 9 p.m. close

$1 off beer, wine, & cocktails 3-6 p.m. $3 Captain Morgan and Chuck Norris 8 p.m. - close

$1 off beer, wine, & cocktails 3-6 p.m. $5 pitchers of PBR 8 p.m. - close

$1 off beer, wine, & cocktails 3-6 p.m. $3.25 Stolis and Bacardis 8 p.m. close

$3.50 Crown Royals & Long Island Teas 8 p.m. - close

$3.25 tall domestic taps & import bottles All day

Service Industry Night: $2.50 youcall-its and $3.50 Morgans from 9 p.m. to midnight

$.50 domestic taps from 7 to 9 p.m. and $ domestic bottles and wells from 9:30 to 11 p.m.

$2.50 domestic pints and $3.50 premium pints from 8 p.m. to midnight

$6.50 domestic pitchers and $2.50 Smirnoffs from 9 p.m. to midnight

$2.50 domestic bottles and Captain Morgans from 8 to 10 p.m.

$6 domestic pitchers

$2.50 domestic bottles and wells all day

2 for 1 wells 9 p.m. - close

$3 imports

$5 cover for ladies night, guys get in free from 9 p.m. midnight

$3.50 32 oz. Mug night and refills on domestics

Free Jello shots with drink order 9 p.m. - close

$4 32 oz. Mug day refills all day

$4 Bloodies, Caesars and Margaritas all day

Speak Easy 1001 30th Ave. S, Moorhead

$1.75 bottles $4 martinis

2 for 1 drinks

$4.25 pitchers

$1.95 22oz beers $3.25 Sam Adams & Shock Tops

$4.25 pitchers

Bloody Mary specials $4.95 pitchers

$1.95 grande beers All Day

O’Leary’s Pub 808 30th Ave. S, Moorhead

Happy Hour 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Happy Hour 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Happy Hour 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Happy Hour 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Happy Hour 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Bloody Marys special

Sunday Funday $5 domestic pitchers All Day

$2.75 Morgans

2 for 1 8 - 11 p.m.

$2.75 whiskeys

Ladies night 8 - 10 p.m. $5 pitchers

Late night Happy Hour 9 p.m. Midnight

$5 pitchers All Day

Bloody Mary special

$3 tall domestics, $3 Stolis & $3 Jack Daniels 8 p.m.

$2 domestic pints & wells 8 p.m. -

Mug night 8 p.m. $5 mugs

$2.50 domestic bottles, $3 well specials 8 p.m.

$2.50 Morgans and Bacardis 8 p.m.

$3 teas & bomb shots 8 p.m.

$6 domestic pitchers & $2.50 Icehole All Day

$2.50 domestic bottles All Day

$3 domestic talls All Day

$3.50 well margaritas, $3 Corona & Dos Equis

$2.50 Morgans & Bacardis All Day

$3 well drinks 7 p.m. - close

$3 bomb shots 8 p.m. - Midnight

Happy Hour 4 - 6 p.m. & ​9 - 11 p.m. & Service industry night- $2 off drinks from 4 p.m. - Close

All bottles of wine 1/2 price​ all night. ​ Happy Hour 4 - 6 p.m. & ​9 - 11 p.m.

Martinis will be $9 all night. Happy Hour 4 - 6 p.m. & ​ 9 - 11 p.m.

Happy Hour 4 - 6 p.m. & ​9 - 11 p.m.

Happy Hour 4 - 6 p.m. & ​9 - 11 p.m.

Happy Hour 4 - 6 p.m. & ​9 - 11 p.m.

$5 Angry Orchard Pint with Fireball Shot& $14 Bucket of Domestic Beers (5 beers)

$3.50 Jack Daniels and Crown Royal Drinks & $14 Bucket of Domestic Beers (5 beers)

$14 Bucket of Beers

$3.50 Windsor and Canadian Club Drinks & $14 Bucket of Domestic Beers (5 beers)

$3.50 Titos Vodka, $4 Icehole Shots & $5 Vodka Redbulls

$3.50 Morgan and Bacardi Drinks & $4 Fireball shots

$3.50 Tall Domestic Taps, $3 Domestic Pounders & $14 Bucket of Beers (5 beers)

Silver Dollar Flying Pig 221 Sheyenne St, West Fargo

Happy Hour 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Happy Hour 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Happy Hour 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Spicy Pie 745 31st Ave. E. Ste 110, West Fargo

$1 off 20oz taps or $.75 off 16oz taps

$3 you-call-its

$6 domestic & $7 import pitchers

$2 whiskey drinks

$2 rum drinks

$2 vodka drinks

$3 Bloody Mary’s and/or Caesars

Three Lyons Pub 675 13th Ave. E, West Fargo

Mug night

Mug night

Tall beers for the price of short 7 p.m. - close

$1 off Long Island teas & $5 martinis 7 p.m. - close

$2.75 Windsors $1 off bottled beer 8 p.m. - close

$3.50 Bloody Marys, Caesars & domestic pints until 6 p.m.

Happy Hour All Day

$2.75 Captain Morgan, $3 Crown Royal & $3 Washington Apples from 7 - 11 p.m.

$3 32 oz. Mongo Mugs, $1 off drinks for ladies & $3 shots from 7 - 11 p.m.

$2.50 Windsors, $3 Jeremiah Weed, $3 Chuck Norris from 7 - 11 p.m

$5 pitchers, $2.75 Bacardi & $3 Bazooka Joes from 7 - 11 p.m.

Happy Hour from 4 - 8 p.m. and $3 Ice Hole shots from 7 - 11 p.m.

$3.50 Bloody Marys/Caesars from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., $2.50 Ron Diaz & $3 Jag Blasters from 7 - 11 p.m.

$2.75 Pounders, $3 Seagram’s & $3 Charlie Sheens

$3 Jag $6.50 mug $2.50 Ice Hole

$3 Bacardis $2.75 Dr. Mcgillicuddy’s

$3 Jeremiah Weed $3 UV vodkas

$3 Morgans $2 Jags

$3 Jack Daniels

$3 Jim Beams $3 Bloody Marys/ Caesars

$3 Bloody Caesars $3.50 Sambuca

Woody’s Bar 1550 32nd Ave. S, Fargo

MOORHEAD Dave’s Southside Tap 803 Belsly Blvd, Moorhead JC Chumley’s 1608 Main Ave, Moorhead Mick’s Office 10 8th St. S, Moorhead

Vic’s Bar & Grill 427 Center Ave, Moorhead

WEST FARGO Bar Nine 1405 Prairie Pkwy, West Fargo Hooligans 3330 Sheyenne St, West Fargo

Max Lounge 1490 9th St. E, West Fargo Rookies 715 13th Ave. E, West Fargo

Town Hall Bar 103 Main Ave. W, West Fargo

Work Zone 701 Main Ave. E, West Fargo


* This is not a full list of specials. Specials subject to change. For updated and entire list of specials, go

Fargo Monthly - December 2014  

We take a look back at 2014 and all of the happenings that made it a great year for Fargo! Relive the year with interviews from Craig Whitne...

Fargo Monthly - December 2014  

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