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Things You Should Be Eating And Drinking This Month

The dreamers, the believers and the doers. Meet 20 people who went off on their own in business and are hungry for more.

WEST ACRES USES

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18 THE RISK TAKERS Let’s get down to business. Fargo is full of people willing to risk it all to keep the wheels of capitalism rolling along. We present to you: The Risk Takers. You’ll also find networking tips, business resources and some of the best company cultures in town. 41 FIVE GREAT COMPANY CULTURES Read about five local companies that are providing their employees with a great spot to work.

90 48 O ​ UR AGENDA: BUSINESS OWNERS EDITION 50 THE DYNAMICS OF FUNK ​Meet all twelve members of area funk cover band, Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome, and find out what they do when they’re not filling your ears with groovy sounds. 54 ​Q&A: PAT BENATAR 56 Q&A: AMERICAN AUTHORS 59 BRING ON THE BLUES 62 GO HAWAIIAN FOR HOSPICE 70 BEHIND THE HALLWAYS OF WEST ACRES ​​Curious to know how many miles of toilet paper the mall goes through in an entire year? Or how

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much money gets thrown into the fountain? We went behind the scenes to find out how the West Acres mall operates. 76 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE URBAN WOODS & PRAIRIE INITIATIVE Close to 1,000 acres along the Red River are now available for FargoMoorhead to enjoy. This enormous project, dubbed the Urban Woods and Prairie Initiative, was accomplished thanks to countless volunteers and organizations. Find out what it’s all about. 80 NEW IN TOWN 86 THE BREAKFAST CLUB

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TAKERS he dreamers. The risk takers. The audacious. Whether you care to admit it or not, we all have a reserve of bravado hidden within us, waiting to be released on our true passion. I do not, excuse me, cannot, believe that we as humans are willing to pass our lives away in a state of idleness, waiting for something to happen. We’re all meant to leave a positive mark on the world. While we all have that reserve within us, it takes a special breed of person to unleash it on the world. In this month’s issue, you’ll meet those special people who aren’t afraid to give everything they have. These risk takers went against the grain of conventional wisdom. Why spend your life working for someone when you can create something yourself?

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1 SOME OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOS EVER ARE IN THIS MAG When we first came up with the plan for this month’s cover story photos, I was hesitant we’d be able to make them happen, but all the business owners were great to work with.

2 WE USED 15 KNIVES FOR THE POUNDS PHOTOSHOOT Seriously, if you haven’t checked out the cover story yet, go read it right now on page 20.

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3 ALL OFFICES NEED TO HAVE A SLIDE We checked out Discovery Benefits because of their awesome company culture. They have a slide there! True story. I’ve decided all businesses need to have a slide.

4 WEST ACRES MALL USES 3,744 MILES OF TOILET PAPER EVERY YEAR For our story looking at the action behind the scenes of West Acres, our associate editor and the team at West Acres did some digging to find some great statistics.

5 1,000 ACRES OF FOREST ALONG THE RED RIVER ARE NOW FOR USE I’m so excited about the Urban Woods and Prairie Initiative. It’s about time Fargo gets some more natural beauty within the city limits.


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Four out of five businesses fail within the first 18 months. With an 80 percent failure rate, you have to be a bit bonkers to go off on your own and start your own business. It’s a good thing Fargo is full of people willing to risk it all to keep the greasy wheels of capitalism rolling along. We present to you: The Risk Takers.

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Brandon Herz, Scott Motschenbacher and Alan Kasin, owners

of Downtown Fargo’s newest eatery, Pounds, knew the stats before diving headfirst into opening up their new restaurant. The hours are horrible, lenders won’t go near you and you are risking the shirt on your back in a volatile industry, so the question begs: why would these risk takers open their own restaurant? “It’s our career. This is what we love to do and we’re all good at it,” said Motschenbacher. As simplistic as that sounds, that’s really the case. All three owners have a background in the restaurant business. The American-influenced restaurant opened in early June and has quickly become a hotspot with their burger menu that attempts to bridge the Midwest palate. There’s something that these facebook.com/POUNDSfargo

owners find in the restaurant business that they couldn’t find elsewhere. “I like that it’s not monotonous and that every single day is completely different,” said Kasin. “I like the fast pace, even the high stress of it … It’s nice seeing peoples’ joyous reactions on something you spent a whole lot of time on.” Previously, Motschenbacher was the head chef at the Beefsteak Club. When the opportunity came up to purchase the restaurant, the three co-owners jumped on the chance, quickly diving into the construction process. Relying on YouTube videos to learn how to tile a bathroom or do other construction work, they spent three arduous months constructing their business – physically and financially. While they tirelessly toiled away tiling bathrooms, they soon faced one of their toughest obstacles.

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“Banks won’t look at you regardless of how solid your plan is,” said Kasin. “They don’t even look at it unless you have some sort of collateral.” Thankfully, the three found a silent partner to loan them money and they soon opened their doors. Packed on a regular basis, the restaurant has quickly found its grounding, despite all the obstacles encountered along the way. While it may look glamorous from the outside, being a restaurateur is a tough business, but the three would have it no other way. So, what words of wisdom do the owners of Pounds have for the other risk takers in the world? “Work, work, work and don’t be ashamed of bringing quarters through McDonald’s,” said Motschenbacher with a smile.

You will get stomped down opening a business. Learn from your mistakes. The downtown business scene is very supportive. Many businesses collaborate together. Have a plan for everything, albeit you will miss and forget something. Have faith because you will be working several months without making any money. Get your business plan in order. Make sure your spreadsheet is ironclad.

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There are too many entrepreneurial risk takers in our community than we can list in these pages. We asked business owners of companies young and old for some sage advice when starting a business. Go to fargomonthly.com to read the interviews with each of the risk takers.

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MSPIRE McKinnon spent several years of her life in ad agencies before making the leap and starting her own marketing firm, MSPIRE, three years ago. She also launched Misfix, an app designed to train women in do-it-yourself troubleshooting, at the North Dakota Women’s Startup Weekend. Tell us a brief story that illustrates the hardship and risk you faced. "I had a lot of debt when I started my own business. I was fearful of the coming months. With the professional relationships I formed in my work and volunteering, I believed I was more than capable. That’s half the battIe. I’m now thriving more than ever, while helping others."

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HOTEL DONALDSON MYRIAD MOBILE Started while they were in college, Myriad Mobile quickly rose to be the top app development company in town. With a new office in Downtown Fargo, the company is now doing business across the country. Tell us a brief story that illustrates the hardship and risk you faced. Jake Joraanstad, CEO of Myriad Mobile, “Well...Ryan and I have a running tally of how much our mistakes have cost us. Let’s just say that number isn’t small. And that doesn’t even count 2015 yet.” myriadmobile.com

Named to National Geographic’s “150 Hotels You’ll Love”, the Hotel Donaldson has been a staple in Downtown Fargo. This hotel, restaurant and bar offers a unique ambiance with its eclectic vibe. What would you say to someone looking to become a risk taker in business? "Know and live your mission. Be committed to practicing shared values. Build a good team. Work diligently to create a great place to work. Seek counsel of those you respect. Be comfortable with and know when to ask for help." hoteldonaldson.com


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never really was a time when he thought his ideas weren’t going to work, but definitely times where he wondered how long it was going to take to become successful. Danielson currently owns his own law firm and is very active with the entrepreneurial and startup community in Fargo. After growing up in Fargo and attending law school on the East Coast, Danielson found himself working for some of the nation’s biggest law firms in Boston before he decided to start his own firm, Danielson Legal. Based out of Boston and now Fargo, his firm focuses on technology companies and their largest area of practice is in intellectual property. “If there’s an entrepreneur that tells you it was easy-going from the beginning, they’re either lying or forgetting something,” said Danielson. “You certainly have spurts of great success, but you’ll always hit a wall.” danielsonlegal.com

The law is a high-risk profession, dealing with situations where millions of dollars are at risk and if mistakes are made, very important companies will suffer. In that sense, why take the risk of venturing out on your own, giving up the comforts of a steady paycheck just to start from scratch with virtually nothing? And, of all places, why start a second practice in Fargo? “Like every other business, you tackle the risk by knowing what you’re doing, having lots of experience and doing good quality work,” he said. The combination of having roots here, knowing people and the birth of the startup community were very appealing to Danielson when he made the decision to move back to his hometown. The opportunity to get involved with the entrepreneurial community here was something that Danielson jumped on, leading to him co-founding Emerging Prairie and creating the Fargo Startup House, a resourceful house that three

entrepreneurs currently live in and he pays for. That alone is a financial risk that he’s willing to take to help aspiring business owners get their feet off the ground. Although it was a slow start and he shudders to think about his first year's profit, Danielson has seen great success with his personal business and plans to expand to the West Coast. “A lot of people like to think about things for a long time and think that somehow there will be this magical process once they pull the trigger,” he said. “It’s always going to take time, so the earlier you can get started and jump in headfirst, the earlier great things can happen.” According to Danielson, being an entrepreneur is a lifestyle. It’s an all-encompassing, risk-taking crazy ride, but most find that they enjoy it that way. His leaps of faith have made him happy and his clients are too, so the risk has more than paid off.

why Fargo is good for business: “The everrenewing workforce with the great colleges we have in this area is enticing.” “The work ethic in our area is strong and that’s appealing to startup companies because they’re extremely hard work." “There’s always something happening. Emergingprairie. com is a great place to look for events and what other people are doing." “I also think it’s a great place to live and raise a family."

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Ashley Morken originally started the Unglued: Craft Fest in Fargo while working as a nurse. She quickly realized there was a demand in the area for handmade goods. With a newly opened store in Sioux Falls, S.D., she continues to grow. What was the hardest part about being a risk taker and going off on your own? "That there is no line between personal life and business life since it all has become one adventure/passion/ dream. Leaving the stability of a career to do this makes life unstable and crazy stressful, but I wouldn't have it any other way (most days...as long as I've had coffee... or whiskey)." ungluedmarket.com

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Howitz really loves dogs. As the owner of dogIDs.com, a website selling pet products, Howitz dove headfirst into the world of e-commerce. Carrying over 1,000 products on their website, the company has amassed much success, even appearing on “Good Morning America” several times. Tell us a brief story that illustrates the hardship and risk you faced. “In 2012/2013 over half of our organic search traffic was lost due to new search algorithms and mistakes we made. Revenue plummeted. We had to let several good people go, cut salaries and benefits, etc. There were many sleepless nights over many months wondering whether we would make payroll, let alone lose everything.” dogids.com

Ursula worked at California Closets in Minneapolis before coming up north to start Smart Spaces, a company that specializes in creating ideal spaces for closets, garages, entryways and other rooms. She now has a team of six employees. What would you say to someone looking to become a risk taker in business? “Do your research! Make lists. Put one foot in front of the other and keep moving. Yes, it’s overwhelming, but just do something, anything, that needs to be done and the rest will figure itself out. Write down your goals. It might sound cheesy, but believe in yourself. If you don’t, no one else will. Ask respected people for help when you need it. Appreciate what you have at every point. It’s OK to want more, but be grateful for your strengths and rewards along the way.” smartspacesfargo.com

GREAT NORTH INSURANCE After having a steady career at Wells Fargo, Killoran set off to make his own mark by opening Great North Insurance. Coming from a long line of entrepreneurs, he and his business partner, Zach Bosh, have grown their business to almost 10 employees. What would you say to someone looking to become a risk taker in business? "Before you invest your time and money, take the opportunity to learn and surround yourself with great people. I was fortunate to work for my parents’ business growing up, which also started from scratch. They taught me a strong work ethic. My business partner is willing to take on any task. My wife is always there to encourage me and provide additional feedback. You are as strong as the people around you, so if you have a great team around you… take the leap of faith." greatnorthinsurance services.com

ELEVATE HUMAN POTENTIAL As the Sports Chiropractor with USA Beach Volleyball and USA Track and Field, Solum has dedicated her life to fitness. She took it to the next level when she recently moved to Fargo from Seattle and opened Elevate Human Potential in Moorhead. What was the hardest part about being a risk taker and going off on your own? "When you pour all of your passion into something, you are totally exposing yourself to criticism and failure. That, along with the realization that you could not only lose your job, but your livelihood and your heart and soul, if your business doesn’t succeed is the toughest part." ehpcrossfit.com

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Laura Morris’s life has been a whirlwind of change in the last year or so, and it has everything to do with putting her personal life and finances on the line to bring something good to the community. Morris is the owner of Others, a boutique in Downtown Fargo that donates 100 percent of the profit to charities. She also co-owns and works full-time at the Dakota Clinic Pharmacy. Morris and her husband were trying to figure out how to incorporate giving back into their daily life. That’s where the idea for Others came in. They weren’t too keen on the idea of starting a basic nonprofit group, having to consistently ask for money, but the store is something that fuels itself. It has created a means for an income that does great work. “At the same time we had to buy the inventory, get the lease, pay employees… that stuff costs money. And we don’t benefit from profit on the store, so we had to othersshop.com

do some fundraising campaigns and take a look at our personal finances,” said Morris. After realizing the amount needed to make the store happen was equal to Morris’s yearly salary, they decided to live solely off of her husband’s income for a year and completely put hers aside for the shop. At the same time all of this was happening, Morris was pregnant with her first child and also had the opportunity to buy into the pharmacy she works at full-time. “The biggest risk was ‘Can we do all of this at once?’ with operating the pharmacy adequately and giving it the time and patience it needs, but also providing our community with this cool piece and still having time to be new parents,” she said. With everything moving online, retail is incredibly difficult. Morris’s personal motivation for the shop comes from wanting to do something that was greater than herself, and something that left a legacy for the community

and inspired her children. She wanted to find a fulfilling piece that had more of a lifestyle benefit than anything. “Nobody in our organization is looking to make financial gain. We’re just looking to better our community and communities across the globe,” stated Morris. Not only did Morris have personal motivation, but she also had outstanding support from other storeowners in the downtown area and from the community as a whole. “We’re not a competitive community. The more you can collaborate and ask for help, the more it will come back to you. Everything comes around fullcircle,” explained Morris. Every day, Morris looks at the store’s finances and sometimes wonders how she can make the shop continue to thrive. But, with giving back to others being the most important to her, her end goal is coming to life with brilliant success.

Do whatever you say you’re going to do, make it happen and be accountable. Figure out what matters most to you and direct that toward your end goal. Put yourself out there in the community. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help, because it will all come back to you. If you have a dream and you know it’s going to happen, treat it with adequate attention.

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Kirk Anton remembers his first day of business. Sitting alone with his dog in the warehouse he recently purchased, he felt incredibly lonely. However, at the time, he had no idea what sort of success awaited him and his new company, Heat Transfer Warehouse. “I was sitting in the warehouse and I was like, ‘OK, I have all my money basically invested here and there’s nothing coming in…” Anton said. “You’re like, ‘OK, what do I do?’ … That day is very scary and then it’s like … you have to think like you’ve got nothing to lose so that you can go out there and you have to do it.” And boy, did he do it. Heat Transfer Warehouse is a wholesale supplier to T-shirt and garment decorators. With warehouses in Fargo, Las Vegas, N.V., and Cincinnati, O.H., 27 employees and 1,000 packages shipped a week, the five-year-old company is expected to reach eight million dollars in revenue this year. heattransferwarehouse.com

In Anton’s second go-around with a business (he originally started Far From Normal, a supply company in Fargo), he moved away from his hometown for several years. However, in 2009, he decided to return north and was expecting to work remotely for his job in California, but on his way to Fargo, he got a phone call finding out he lost his job. Anton began doing odd jobs to make a living, but he started to run into old vendors who planted the idea of specializing in heat transfer material in his mind. After attending some trade shows with vendors, the plans unfolded. “In 2009, I started putting the plans in place,” Anton said. “March 3, 2010 is when we launched. We got our warehouse, got our inventory and got some sort of a website and said, ‘Alright, we’re going to start selling.’” With locations across the country, Anton has dived headlong into entrepreneurialism. As his company grows, so does his list of problems, but there’s one that

stands out. “Biggest challenge is always communication. … It’s just keeping that channel going. You think in a modern day with all the phones, chat, voice and video, it’d be easier, and it is, but it is still hard to make sure you are always communicating.” Despite the fact he has locations across the country, Anton found the perfect headquarters in Fargo. He said the culture and climate is ripe for starting a business. The entrepreneurial community is extremely helpful for each other. “Fargo-Moorhead people will give advice, help and assistance. It’s an amazing culture right now.” And the best advice Anton can give any fellow risk takers? “As far as taking risks, I tell everybody, it’s not for everybody, but don’t be afraid to fail and accept it and learn from it. Failure is the biggest learning tool. I’ve had my failures. Go at it and try again. Learn from your mistakes.”

4 tips from Kirk Anton: Talk to other business owners. They all have the same problem. Try doing it over pizza and beer at Sammy’s Pizza. Have the same mentality you had in your 20s, in your 30s. You have to act like you have nothing to lose. Focus on culture and on people. If you have your people behind you, they’ll follow you wherever you go. Learn from your mistakes. Anton learned a lot from his first company.

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MATT’S AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE CENTER Recently named the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, Lachowitzer has created one of the most successful automotive centers in town. Give us a brief history of how your company came about. "After several years working in new car dealerships I had seen things happen that didn’t fit into how I believed things should be done. People don’t have the best perception of automotive repair facilities and I decided the only way I could change that was to open my own facility."

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Originally from BosniaHerzegovina, Halilovic escaped during the war and came to America where he attended college at Concordia College. After graduating, learning English and receiving his U.S. citizenship, Halilovic opened Ambassador Cleaning. Give us a brief history of how your company came about. "When I was in college, I was doing cleaning. I was at Concordia College and my senior year, I was managing a cleaning company. Timberlodge Steakhouse was my first account. The manager was telling me how he liked working with me and asked me why don’t I open my own cleaning company. I started thinking about it. I loved the idea of owning a cleaning business. Right after graduating college, I opened a cleaning business. We spread out and started cleaning lots of restaurants. With hard work, I got into more commercial accounts." ambassador cleaning.com

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OFFICE SIGN COMPANY Office Sign Company was born out a desire for founder Fritz to spend more time with his daughter. The e-commerce site specializes in creating custom signs. With customers like L’Oréal and Yahoo!, it is obvious Fritz made the right decision. Tell us a brief story that illustrates the hardship and risk you faced. “The first couple of years, I ran the business out of my basement and endured a series of growing pains. One of our very first job applicants was a female, and she emailed me a photo of my home and asked if this is really where the business was located, because it seemed like such a terrific job. In my excitement towards our very first job applicant, I replied ‘Yes it is, could you meet me in the basement at 8 p.m. tonight?’ I will always remember her response, ‘Creepy.’” officesigncompany.com

52 FITNESS HASH INTERACTIVE The majority owner of Hash Interactive, Troy Henne started the web company with Fargo Monthly’s publisher, Mike Dragosavich. Not only is Henne a business owner, he is a fitness nut, competing in CrossFit competitions.

Along with her husband Eric, Trisha Issendorf started Fitness 52, a 24-hour gym in south Fargo, with the hopes that she could start a gym that was affordable and friendly for all. Opened in 2014, the two jumped right into this volatile business.

Tell us a brief story that illustrates the hardship and risk you faced. "You will inevitably sacrifice a lot to ensure the success of your venture. For me, it was delaying the lifestyle most of my friends were pursuing: getting married, starting a family, buying a house etc. Not to say you can't balance your lifestyle while building a business, but for me those were sidelined."

What was the hardest part about being a risk taker and going off on your own? “The most difficult part of taking the risk was the business-related unknowns that would present challenges. However, we were also confident in our effort and ability to overcome obstacles. Our sound business model provided us with the vision of being successful business owners in our neighborhood community.”

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Chris Thomsen’s story of becoming a realtor at the age of 19 before going off on his own in 2007 to start Thomsen Homes has been well publicized. The homebuilder has quickly amassed a lot of success in the last eight years. With over 115 homes built last year, Thomsen is expecting a 20 percent growth this year. With all of the growth, Thomsen continues to expand into the new areas of the city. Thomsen has great relationships with area developers to purchase land to build homes for FargoMoorhead’s growing population. With a population growth that is well above 10 percent every decade, there is a huge demand for housing in Fargo-Moorhead. However, Thomsen and his team are taking a huge risk by purchasing such a large quantity of land. “It’s risk, but at this point, it’s a calculated risk…” said Thomsen. “We’re buying them in town and thomsenhomesllc.com

on the outskirts of town so that have a product that we know will move. There’s definitely an increase in demand for it.” What motivates them to keep growing? By continuing to grow, they are opening themselves up to a new level of challenge and productivity. “I guess, for me, the excitement is always in building something and improving something, not just standing still,” said Thomsen. “That’s how our whole team is, always wanting to move forward and move on to the next innovative idea and doing the next bigger and better thing.” Although it’s not for everybody, Thomsen has embraced the life as an entrepreneur. At the beginning, he had plenty of people questioning if this was the right thing to do, but once he got past the initial plunge and kept faith in what he was doing, things opened up for him. However, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t tough at the beginning.

“I was putting in the 18 hour days for the first four years. Sometimes, you kind of wonder, ‘What am I doing?’ This is a lot of work and effort to get this thing started,” said Thomsen. “It definitely pays off once you get to the right spot. Year four, I would say, was where we really started making our strides.” The affordable luxury homebuilder has obviously kept its strides as they continue to grow year after year. More and more homes and developments are planned. For the young company and entrepreneur, it’s been quite the ride, and Thomsen would have it no other way. “The risk is worth the reward if you’re willing to put in the time and see it through, but be prepared for a long journey,” said Thomsen.

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Establish relationships with multiple local bankers. Different banks do different kinds of lending. Surround yourself with a strong team. In Thomsen’s opinion, it’s better to be short staffed than to make a quick hire. Build relationships with other business owners. Have a network of people you can talk through your struggles and accomplishments. Growth is not always a good thing. Make sure you have the proper system in place to handle the growth. Fast-paced growth is always more expensive than you would expect or you can plan for.

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Do’s 1. NETWORK WITH A PURPOSE. There are many different types of networking events and many different types of people. When networking, know why you’re there. Don’t go to a tech startup event to talk about accounting practices. Also, I always create a goal for each event. Whether it’s meet two business owners, or three people from a certain industry, etc., it’s good to have a goal and track whether you were effective at the event. 2. LISTEN. Networking is about conversation, not talking. Every person has a story to tell, so find out what that person’s is. If you can find a connection with someone, not only will you form a better bond, odds are they will remember you the next event you see them at, and if you’re there to do business, having a personal conversation goes a lot further than jamming sales pitches down someone’s throat. 3. FOLLOW UP. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve met someone at an event, found a common talking point and said I’m going to follow up with them next week, just to have them confused when I actually do. What’s the point of making connections if you don’t use them? Exchange business cards and even if it is not an urgent business opportunity, send them an email thanking them for the conversation and follow up with a coffee or lunch down the road. You never know what it could turn into.

Don’ts 1. DON’T BE AFRAID TO POLITELY LEAVE A CONVERSATION. Think of it like speed dating. Ask them questions, listen and respond in a meaningful and genuine way. If you find someone interesting and think there is opportunity, follow up. (see “Do’s number 3”.) But after a short conversation, thank them for their time and move on. 2. DON’T PIG OUT. Almost all networking events are centered around food and/or beverages and most of them you are standing at. So, don’t have a plate piled high with food that is distracting from the conversation. People are going to focus less on what you say and more on that third riblet you are chewing on. I almost always get a light snack beforehand so I’m free to talk and not be distracted. 3. DON’T INTERRUPT PEOPLE AND DON’T DOMINATE THE CONVERSATION. As I mentioned before, everyone has a story to tell, and no one wants to feel like they can’t contribute to the conversation. The 80/20 rule is a great guideline: 80 percent of the time they should be talking and you should be listening, and you should be speaking only 20 percent of the time. They will like and respect you a lot more if you engage in good conversation and don’t fill the room with hot air.


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discoverybenefits.com

4321 20th Ave. SW, Fargo

WHAT IT DOES Other companies hire Discovery Benefits to run the insurance benefits they provide to their employees like health savings account, COBRA insurance, etc. WHY IT ROCKS Voted the “Best Place to Work in Insurance” five years running by Business Insurance, it’s obvious that Discovery Benefits has company culture figured out. With more than 500 employees, the company has handled its growth by focusing on its employees. With core values like leadership, open communication and teamwork, the management has put in a lot of effort in creating a culture that promotes employee empowerment. However, the core values go far beyond words written on a wall. We always say that our core values are more than writings on a wall. I think that’s true,” said Jesika Jorgenson, Talent Acquisition Specialist. “… I think the way that we make those come to life is really important. I

think a big one is that we believe in open communication. We have an open door policy where you can go and talk to any one of the upper management and just have a conversation with them. … It’s not just that we say we believe in open communication. We deliver on that.” Employees are invited to play ping-pong or shuffleboard, exercise in the fitness room or lounge by the fire on breaks.

Making all employees take five days off in a row stifles work burnout. A relaxed workday is encouraged with a jean business casual dress code, activities and recess day. Expected to double in size in the next three years, Discovery Benefits is investing in its employees like few other companies. Oh, and if you go there, make sure you go down the slide. Yes, they actually have a slide for employees.

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If anybody asks me about our culture at Sundog, I always start by saying we’re a valuebased organization,” said Welk. “Everything we do, from the people we hire to the way we work with our clients, everything revolves around our values. That’s, I think, really, ultimately how our culture’s driven and ultimately how culture drives our business.” Sundog promotes employee engagement in a way that is unique to such a large company. Its 20 Talk series, which happens periodically, allows team and community members to present on their passions. For example, an employee presented on her love of horses to the rest of the company. It’s all about creating that strong team and promoting individuality. We’re trying to bring in your passions from outside of work into the office to keep people engaged,” said Welk. “The reason it’s called a 20 Talk is because we’re kind of believers at Sundog, we can get you 80 percent there with the culture

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is a constant reminder of what to strive for. (It shows) where we started in 2011 and where we want to be in 2017,” said Max Kringen, Marketing Strategist. “The idea behind it is to have that constant visual reminder of where we want to be and how we’re going to get there by focusing on our mission.” Littered throughout the office are the prototypical toys of most startups: ping-pong and foosball

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tables, Xbox 360, free coffee. However, the aspects that best promote a strong culture are less visible. Myriad Mobile uses an employee engagement platform called Officevibe. This program sends anonymous surveys to all employees that management uses to improve the company. To the company, listening is key. “It’s one thing to hear feedback. It’s another thing to act on it,” said Camile Grade, marketing and communication manager.

onsharp.com

2000 44th St. S. Ste. 101, Fargo

WHAT IT DOES Digital marketing and web development.

was the bulk of our interviews, talking about our core values.”

WHY IT ROCKS With 20 employees, Onsharp is the smallest employer on this list. Located on the first floor of the Multiband Tower, collaboration is encouraged with pods based on departments, as well as communal work areas located throughout the office. And like most other companies, Onsharp’s core values proudly hang on the walls and are a daily part of the conversation at work. However, how does Onsharp ensure its employees live up to those values?

While many companies preach core values, Onsharp has actually found a way to tangibly track when people are meeting those values. Dubbed #onmoments, Onsharp created a program when somebody uses #onmoments on social media or an employee submits a card complimenting a colleague, it is tallied. With a mission to reach one million onmoments in 10 years, the team is currently sitting at 27,195 onmoments.

Another piece of it is hiring for core values,” said Karn Jilek, Director of Operations. “That’s how we keep our culture moving forward. Joe (Hixson, Director of Development) and I interviewed somebody last week and that

The key for us is that it’s (onmoments) not something that can be manufactured,” said Jilek. “It’s not like a pat yourself on the back thing. It’s an external measurement. Just running around saying thank you to each other isn’t going to get you to a million moments in 10 years.”

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According to Jeff Vanlaningham, President of RealTruck, when management made the decision to focus on culture, they didn’t set any sales goals as they thought sales would stagnate. However, revenue increased. In fact, RealTruck has seen double-digit growth for four straight years. Vanlaningham believes this is due to the focus on culture. One of ours (guiding principles) is to take risks, which empowers people to make things better, question things, whether it’s on the website, internal things, what we sell, how we go to market,” said Vanlaningham. “I don’t know if there was any one thing. I think it was creating this environment where really good people can do really good things.”

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that the company does quite well. While maintaining the workload, the company does many outings like a company picnic at Thunder Road, curling at the FM Curling Club, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House and much more. It all stems from a simple philosophy. Most people, you’re a different person in your personal life than you are in business,” said Vanlaningham. “Things I would never do in my personal life are acceptable in business. Smudge numbers, be competitive, be a

little bit cutthroat, get ahead. I wouldn’t do that to my neighbor. I wouldn’t act like that in my house.” RealTruck decided if they’re not going to act like that at home, they wouldn’t act like that at work. Apparently the decision is paying off.

As the company grows, they are being directed by their guiding principles, which include transparency, taking risks and including fun. It’s that last one

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Great North Insurance United Way Cass-Clay Backpack and School Supply Drive

August 8 from 8 - 11:30 a.m. and August 11 from 4 - 7 p.m. The United Way Cass Clay will once again be collecting supplies for area students. Supplies will be delivered to K-12 students on the above dates at the FargoDome.

Matt's Automotive Service Center West Fargo Cruise Night August 20 from 5 - 9 p.m.

Sheyenne Street in West Fargo will once again be lined with classic cars and vendors for the monthly West Fargo Cruise Night. SHEYENNE STREET, WEST FARGO

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BUSINESS OWNER EDITION Every issue, we ask notable personalities in the community what they're excited for this month. Here's what some of the great business owners in our cover story had to say.

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Unglued Market Fargo Flea Market & Food Truck Festival Aug 22 - 23

On Friday and Saturday, the food truck festival will be open for lunch and dinner with live entertainment. On Saturday and Sunday, the flea market will pack the grounds of the North Dakota Horse Park promising quality arts and crafts. NORTH DAKOTA HORSE PARK 5180 19TH AVE. N, FARGO 48 | AUGUST 2015 | FARGOMONTHLY.COM

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Elevate Human Potential Barbells & Brews Brawl August 29 at 9 a.m.

This fun crossfit competition will be at Drekker Brewing in Downtown Fargo. For $40 you can get your sweat on and enjoy a freshly brewed beer. Go to ehpcrossfit.com to register.


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THE DYNAMICS OF By Erica Rapp Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography and Alison Smith

TOM STRAIT TRUMPET

Professor of Music at Minnesota State University Moorhead Plays principal trumpet in the FM Symphony

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NAT DICKEY TROMBONE

Teaches trombone, tuba and band at Concordia College Plays trombone in the FM Symphony

CHRIS GOULD KEYBOARD

Works full-time at Engraphix in Fargo Has a 9-year-old daughter

TOM CARVELL GUITAR

Software engineer for Bell State Bank & Trust Used to play with local band Mike & The Monsters

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Delivery coordinator at Menards in Aberdeen, S.D. Avid Frisbee golfer


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Public accountant for FSW & Co. Also plays drums in local original band, davis?

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Has an 8-year-old pug named Samantha Passionate wine lover

JESSE BRAUNAGEL TRUMPET

Teaches all brass and guitar at the University of Jamestown Plays trumpet in the FM Symphony

RUSS PETERSON ALTO SAXOPHONE/ COORDINATOR & WRITER

Professor of saxophone, bassoon and jazz at Concordia College Plays principal bassoon in the FM Symphony

DOUG NEILL BASS

Orchestra Director at Horizon Middle School in Moorhead Adjunct professor of bass and tuba at the Tri-College University Plays tuba in the FM Symphony

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“SOME TUNES WE PLAY JUST LIKE THE RECORD AND THAT’S FUN TOO, BUT IT’S ALSO INTERESTING TO PUT OUR OWN TWIST ON IT.”

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oughly nine years ago, Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome was founded by Peterson and a former bass player. Although the lineup has changed over the last few years, they’re stronger than ever and continue to make a splash on the FM music scene. So, a funk band, huh? It’s more than that. Peterson says that he’ll write and redo funkier versions of classic favorites to give them a twist, and that the band has a book of over 300 pieces to choose from for performances. On that note, you’re bound to hear something you like when you see them live, whether it’s Motown or ‘80s hair rock. “We do ‘Mustang Sally’, which is a great old tune, but we do it with a sort of hip-hop vibe and we put horns to it so it sounds pretty funky,” said Peterson. “Some tunes we play just like the record and that’s fun too, but it’s also interesting to put our own twist on it.”

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Music comes naturally to these folks. All it takes is one time over of reading a piece of music and they’ve got it down. It only makes sense, because most of the members are people you’d see teaching music at local colleges and many participate in the FM Symphony and other local bands. Each member also has a talented substitute, because really, booking shows around 12 schedules is tough. Between all of the hustle and bustle of established careers, families and gigs, the band has taken the time to record their second album. The 13-track LP will be making its debut in late August. They also participate in various symphony and music events around the area, along with private events. Add in the process of writing music to perform and you’ve got a group of people that eats, sleeps and breathes music. Your best bet is to catch them live for yourself and feel the funk. And who knows, you might be surprised to see one of your professors, neighbors or colleagues jamming out on stage.

SYMPHONY ROCKS Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome performs every year with the FM Symphony at their annual Symphony Rocks concert. This year, the fundraising event will be returning to their funky roots with other outside artists and new music from both the FM Symphony and PTFS. Peterson states he is writing a plethora of new music for this year’s event, so expect a little Bruno Mars to happen, “Uptown Funk” style. The band’s new album will also be released on the same day, so snag a copy of the CD at the event, or check it out on iTunes.

THEIR NEXT SHOW SYMPHONY ROCKS The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra performing with Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome and guest vocalist Bruce Henry. Thursday, August 20 Bluestem Amphitheatre 801 50th Ave. SW, Moorhead 5:30 p.m. pre-concert retro bash, 8 p.m. music Tickets: General admission $15 (Children $10), Reserved $30-$50 Pre-Concert Bash: $25 in addition to concert ticket, must be 21 or older. Visit fmsymphony.org for more information.


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HIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, THE ROCK DUO OF PAT BENATAR AND NEIL “SPYDER” GIRALDO CAME TOGETHER TO MAKE MUSIC AND FELL IN LOVE, WITH THEIR SINGLE “HEARTBREAKER” BEING THE CATALYST FOR IT ALL. AFTER NUMEROUS HITS, GRAMMY AWARDS, PLATINUM ALBUMS AND MORE, THE MAGICAL DUO IS CELEBRATING THEIR 35TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A SPECIAL TOUR AND IT’S MAKING ITS WAY TO FARGO. WE GOT SOME WORDS WITH BENATAR ABOUT THEIR UPCOMING PERFORMANCE.

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35th Anniversary Tour with Night Ranger Wednesday, August 12th Bluestem Amphitheater 801 50th Ave. SW, Moorhead All Ages, Gates 5 p.m. Show 7 p.m.

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Have you been to Fargo before? If not, what comes to mind when you hear the word “Fargo”?

“Yes we have, many times! We love this part of the country. The people are very genuine.”

How did you initially come to work together so many years ago?

“Spyder (Giraldo) and I met in 1979 and put the band together. We started writing songs and recording the first record with Peter Coleman. By the time we were finished with the record and ready to start the first tour, we were romantically involved.”

What motivates you creatively at this point?

“The same things that always have: relationships, love, struggle, the current state of the world… Humans are interesting so you never really run out of subject matter.”

What can fans look forward to about the 35th Anniversary Tour in comparison to tours of the past?

“This tour really incorporates storytelling and performance. Most of the hits are there, as well as some obscure songs. We also include two songs nightly from a list that the fans voted for; songs they’d like to hear inserted into the ‘Holy 14’, which are the 14 songs they want us to play.”

How have you evolved as a duo since your first debut album, “In the Heat of the Night”?

“I think we have evolved in many ways, even though I do believe the beautiful connection we experienced when we first began is still present. Over the years, because of all the aspects of life we share, that connection has grown into a rich and wonderfully complex bond.”

What are some of the biggest challenges at this point in your careers?

“I would say staying physically healthy and energized. Spyder is turning 60 and I’m going to be 63. We have been blessed with good health and a lot of ‘zip’! Maintaining that is a challenge some days. We’re physical people and live a holistic, healthy lifestyle as best we can. So far, so good.”

After so many accomplishments and awards, can you explain the most memorable moment(s) for you as musicians?

“Well, winning the first Grammy was pretty exciting. There are so many moments. Playing the night of 9/11 was a performance we’ll never forget. The incredible emotion from the audience as well as all of us coming together as Americans, the sharing of grief and hope, was unforgettable.”

What do you hope to be doing in the next five years? Any big future plans?

“Well, a trip to Italy would be nice. We have so many projects waiting to be finished. Spyder’s finishing up a Christmas album of all originals songs by multiple artists and he’s working on his autobiography. I’m writing a new book, fiction. I’m starting a new renovation project, and we’re working on an EP for ourselves, which will be released in the fall. Keeping busy, as always.”

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We talked with drummer Matt Sanchez (far left) about his band’s show at Bluestem Amphitheatre on Friday, August 14.

American Authors

Friday, August 14th Bluestem Amphitheater 801 50th Ave. SW, Moorhead Get Your Tickets at jadepresents.com/ american-authorsmoorhead

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HE LAST YEAR AND A HALF HAS BEEN A WHIRLWIND ADVENTURE FOR THE MEMBERS OF INDIE-POP BAND, AMERICAN AUTHORS. GAINING NATIONAL ATTENTION AND RECENTLY FINISHING UP A TOUR WITH ONE REPUBLIC, THE MEMBERS OF AMERICAN AUTHORS ARE RIDING A WAVE OF EUPHORIA. DRUMMER MATT SANCHEZ RESPONDED TO OUR QUESTIONS VIA EMAIL DURING THEIR HECTIC TOUR SCHEDULE.

Will this be the first time you're coming to Fargo? If so, what sort of preconceived notions do you have of our city up north? Matt Sanchez: “This will actually be our first time to your (complete speculation here) wonderful city! We expect a lot of nice people, good beer and some interesting wildlife. What should we expect?”

Your success has been pretty sudden. Talk about what the last year or two have been like for you?

MS: "Truthfully, most people don't realize we've been a band for about eight years, so success seems like it's come in marathon form and we still got a long way to go! The last few years have been a blur, a rush and a high like no other. Touring the country, flying to strange places, exploring different cultures... we wouldn't trade it for the world."

Tell us about the first time you heard your song on the radio?

MS: "It was a 'That Thing You Do' moment. We were in our tour van at the time and it came on the radio... everyone screamed, smiled and freaked out. Kind of what you'd expect."

Talk about your show. Is it as fun as your music? MS: "Even more so."

What was it like touring with somebody as large as OneRepublic?

MS: "It was incredible. We learned so much about how we want to tour... with not only the business side, but also the performing side. Every night was an incredible show because they gave it their all. If bands don't consistently do that, what's the point? Also, the way 1R treated all the other bands was very family-like. It made us realize how important that is, and we are all in fact in this together.”

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 15TH

Noon The Blues Band 1:30 p.m. Inside Straight Blues Band 3 p.m. Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames 4:30 p.m. Altered Five Blues Band (#1 Blues Album) 6 p.m. Tommy Castro & The Painkillers (Entertainer, band and song of the year) 8 p.m. Fabulous Thunderbirds (Grammy nominated)

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While you can still jam out for your favorite performance front row, there’s plenty of space for many to pull up a lawn chair, kick back and enjoy the music.


Details & Tickets AUGUST 14TH & 15TH Newman Outdoor Field 1515 15th Ave. N, Fargo

Tickets are available online at fargobluesfest.com, Mother’s Music in Moorhead and at all Happy Harry’s and Hornbacher’s locations. $40 2-day advance (through August 14th) $25 1-day advance (through August 14th) $45 2-day at gate $30 1 day at gate $85 2-day backstage pass $30 camping pass, $35 at gate

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Bredell says that there will be 40 food, beer and novelty booths at the festival this year.

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The festival’s campground is conveniently down the block at the FargoDome, and there are also four nearby hotels just a short walk away.


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ack in June, Choice Financial raised some big bucks for a local charity. Through their “Go Hawaiian for Hospice” event, an impressive amount of more than $64,000 was generated and donated to Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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GO COMMUNITY With close to a thousand people in attendance at the bank’s parking lot, the luau-style lunch event included a delicious meal of a classic roast pig, fresh pineapple, frozen treats and more for guests to enjoy. Maury Wills, former American Major League Baseball player and members of the FM Redhawks were special guests at the event. And of course, there was music and prize drawings but also a memorial wall where guests were invited to remember loved ones. The company also donated $1 for every new ‘like’ on both the Choice Financial and Hospice of the Red River Valley Facebook pages. The money raised provides care for patients and their families and supports Hospice of the Red River Valley’s services for end of life care.

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ne of my favorite teachers is the university. Not because of what I learned in the classroom, but because it has done for young people what Emerging Prairie hopes to do for our community. It has developed a strong sense of belonging to a group of people. A key factor for any

university is the student union. As a student at the University of Minnesota, I often marveled at our student union as it proved to be the most diverse place on campus. It served as a melting pot of ideas, the town hall for the campus and allowed groups to meet, study and come together. For years, Emerging Prairie has challenged ourselves to think as if we were more like a university than a company or NGO. We’ve dreamed of creating a community similar to a university where folks of all ages can continue to learn, develop and grow. We dreamed of adding a student union-like environment for collaboration, self-organized learning groups and a town

hall for our community. Two years ago, Emerging Prairie committed to partner with the Greater FargoMoorhead EDC to bring a co-working space to Fargo. We found a fantastic space on Broadway and signed a lease. We hoped to hire CoCo out of Minneapolis to support us with concept designs. In the final hours of putting the space together, they chose to own and operate the space. We were thrilled. A national expert in the space was coming to Fargo to build our collaborative community. However, as many know, CoCo didn’t take off. Despite varying opinions on why that was the case,

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in late May CoCo closed its doors. With just a few weeks notice, our team realized we needed to act quickly if we wanted to preserve the dream of bringing a student union environment to our city. We went to the community. We asked you to help us think about names and created a contest, resulting in a community-chosen name: “The Prairie Den.” We partnered with the Misfits to come up with space designs. They helped us team up with 10+ artists to create a unique sense of place that was filled with extensions of Fargo. Corporations in town started putting their hand up, hoping to chip in. John Deere and Bell State Bank offered us old office furniture. The EDC sent a board room table, chairs and many other pieces for us to use. Todaymade signed up their whole Fargo location to give us membership support. Eide Bailly and US Bank made a donation and showed their commitment by paying their membership fees months in advance. Sixty-three people donated $50 to become a part of the co-founder campaign and received a T-shirt.

With your help, in just under two months, we were able to bring together a functional space for the community to share. Fortynine folks have signed up to be members, including Minnesota State University Moorhead’s President Anne Blackhurst. The space has already hosted several community meetings, including a 24-hour Game Maker jam and Startup Up Drinks for over a hundred people. Team members from Emerging Prairie that lead this project, Annie Wood, Bri Lee, Liv Stromme and Jackson Ridl, deserve my personal thanks; for their leadership and poise, and their ability to create something special for all to enjoy. Now, we have our own community student union. We have a space for selforganized learning groups to host their gatherings. Relationships are building. Partnerships are happening. A tribe is forming, filled with friendships across sectors and interest areas. The journey to bring the Prairie Den to life has taught me wonderful things about this community. You, the people of Fargo-Moorhead, have proved that you believe in this place. That you believe in the creators who work here. That you believe we can do more together, than we ever could alone.

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his past June, the results of a recent Regional Workforce Study were released that shed light on a significant problem area employers are facing: in short, despite a strong economy and business climate, there are not enough workers to fill jobs. Together, The Chamber, along with the Economic Development Corporation, Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, FM Area Foundation and United Way of Cass-Clay, oversaw this study, which looked at how we can collectively tackle this issue as a business community. TIP Strategies, the consulting firm that performed the study itself, provided statistics, conducted research and surveys and offered a host of information and advice on how to solve this concern. Of the many findings from the study, I’d like to highlight the five that stood out to me the most.

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1. There are not enough qualified candidates to fill all of the area job openings. Plain and simple, this was the concern that prompted the study, but what the study did was validate what we already knew. Over the next five years, about 30,000 new job openings are expected, and about half of those will be low-paying positions where typical applicants might struggle with housing, transportation and day care in order to work. Additionally, as proof that our job market is booming, consider that the number of jobs in the area increased by 24 percent in the past 10 years, but there was only a 5 percent increase in the total number of jobs in the U.S. in the same period. We expect the regional economy to grow another 7.6 percent in the upcoming five years. 2. Current job openings are not aligned with the types of degrees being awarded at area colleges or with the skill sets area workers have. This was one of the most glaring findings. The study found that the top 25 fields of study at our area’s higher education institutions do not reflect the current demand by area employers. The occupational groups

Craig Whitney is the President and CEO of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.

with the highest demand in our region are hospitality and tourism, business, marketing, health science and transportation; but the top fields of study are nursing, business and management, liberal arts, educations and psychology. 3. This gap is seen in all sectors of the area workforce. Though some sectors are experiencing this gap more than others, all business sectors are feeling it, from skilled trades, including health care and engineering, to food and beverage service, manual labor, hospitality and services, manufacturing, retail and more. 4. This is not just a local problem. Around the country, employers are facing challenges filling job needs. What makes our situation unique is


that unlike most other areas, we have considerably lower unemployment and higher workforce participation rates. We also have an 11-county area of commuters coming into the region, adding to our workforce. 5. There are five pillars for action that we see in the path to moving forward. This study outlined four major areas to focus on as a community as we work to resolve this problem, and we at The Chamber see the need for a fifth. Cultivate - We know that we have to cultivate current residents to participate in the workforce. This includes retaining graduates to work in Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo after their education. Attract - We need to work harder at making our region an appealing place to others. To bring new talent into the region, we must build awareness of what our community has to offer. Build - We can strengthen our current infrastructure to make it easier for people to be able to work, including providing more opportunities for lower-income individuals. Innovate - We should encourage the development of additional solutions to address these challenges, including technological and social initiatives across the area. Legislate - We believe legislation must also reflect the current business and workforce needs, and we hope to help champion the causes needed to move this forward. All five organizations will be working with committees to develop and implement detailed strategies and task items for each of these pillars. This is a community effort and we need as much help as we can get. If you’d like to join a committee, please let us know.

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Behind the Hallways

OF THE WEST ACRES MALL

W Operations manager Brad Barke (left) and Senior Vice President Chris Heaton.

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elcome to the West Acres Mall, the central destination for shopping, eating and more in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Running a mall is no easy task, and Senior Vice President Chris Heaton and Operations Manager Brad Barke will be the first to tell you about the endless hours of work that go into making the mall a functional place for you to spend your hard-earned cash. We’d probably need 20 pages to list everything that goes on at the mall, but we’ve highlighted a few details.

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known that it’s not uncommon for many companies to request a radius restriction with the lease agreements so that another business can’t come in and sell the same products. While this makes sense for some areas of retail, most companies are open to friendly competition.

LEASING We’ve all probably wondered how some of our favorite stores make their way into West Acres. The mall currently has a leasing manager that is constantly in contact with any number of companies that show interest in having a presence. There isn’t a waiting list, per se, but the mall is constantly in a state of change when it comes to tenants. “I think the rule of thumb is that in any 10 year period, 1/3 of stores will completely turn over, 1/3 will stay the same and the other 1/3 will remodel,” said Heaton. While you’ve always begged for your favorite clothing store to hit the hallways, you may not have

“We find that sometimes if you have a number of stores in the same category, all of those stores do better,” explained Heaton. “You may be looking for something specific and go into a store but buy something you weren’t thinking about. Then you end up going to the other stores still looking for the item that you originally came for and potentially buying more than you anticipated. So we find that a little healthy competition helps.” DAILY OPERATION According to Barke, West Acres ranks very high in overall cleanliness and states that it’s the most important thing for the mall. Each morning, employees go through the mall and make sure everything is up and operational for tenant arrival. Bathrooms are cleaned, windows are wiped, entrances are swept, flowers are watered and the parking lot is picked up. Throughout the night, a cleaning crew focuses on cleaning the floor and other larger tasks. Cleanliness is a constant battle

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throughout the day as customers make their way in and out, even down to the small details like making sure plumbing works, the boiler room is functioning, changing lights and dealing with tenant issues. The list is truly endless. “The customers get here and it doesn’t stop. We’re continuously touching up stuff and going through the bathrooms and checking the glass. We want to make it a welcoming environment for guests,” Barke said. Security is another issue that is taken very seriously on a daily basis, and it has to be done well. The mall has been conducting lockdown drills once a month for the past year to make sure everybody is on the same page if a full-scale, real-time lockdown was required. West Acres also has an effective mass notification system to alert all tenants and employees in any sort of emergency whether it’s a power outage or a water leak. “You can kind of equate us to a small city. We have water issues, power outages, storm sewer problems, street lighting and parking lot issues and then you have to always think about how to recover more than anything,” explained Barke. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT We all know that the busiest day at

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the mall is Black Friday, but one of the biggest traffic turnouts comes from the annual “It’s A Wonderful Night Event.” It takes place on a Sunday night where the mall is open from 6 - 9 p.m. and customers can get great deals, enter drawings and all of the proceeds go to charity. Heaton states that the list of philanthropy and charities involved with West Acres Development is extensive, but it even comes down to the little things like donating all of the money thrown into the fountain each year or employees donating a dollar to wear jeans on Fridays. CONSTRUCTION & FUTURE PLANS When a new store is announced, it always seems like ages until it’s finally

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open. According to Barke, a typical build-out lasts anywhere from eight to 12 weeks, and that’s after all of the weeks of planning and everything going correctly. “People don’t really have a perception on what it takes to build out a space. It’s a multi-step process that’s a lot more in-depth than people realize,” stated Heaton. And that’s just to get to the build point itself. Once that happens, there’s heating and cooling, electric, plumbing, finishing and many other tasks that may come up with construction. When it comes to future plans, Heaton says there are a few potential

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projects on the drawing board. No massive remodels will be happening again anytime soon, but the mall is constantly doing capital improvement projects on things like repairs, parking lot updates or refurbishing. “You’re always looking at this as a living, breathing organic type of feel here when it comes to change and remodels,” said Heaton. “You’re always thinking about what you’re going to do in five, 10 or 15 years” So, next time you’re out at the mall and you see staff members cleaning the food court tables and sweeping the hallways, know that so much more is happening right under your nose to make the mall an enjoyable experience for the community.

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As companies compete for new hires and the best talent – working, playing and living in a vibrant neighborhood are essential selling points, especially in attracting millennials. Businesses and employees want to be located in areas that are within walking distance to restaurants, cafes, shops, cultural attractions, entertainment and nightlife. According to Walkscore.com, Downtown Fargo received a 96 out of 100, making it a “Walker’s Paradise.” In addition, new talent is fatigued with the homogeneous options offered in Generica. Many employees prefer locally owned eateries, coffee houses and pubs located in distinctive downtown buildings.

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TO CENTRALIZE OPERATIONS A centralized location reduces redundancy, especially in today’s business environment where waste reduction and consolidation are the norm.

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TO SUPPORT CREATIVE COLLABORATION

In this day and age, it is no longer acceptable to conduct business in a vacuum. Companies are finding out that the collaborative environment that fosters within a downtown district also inspires and encourages collaboration among co-workers as well as employees or support businesses from companies in other industries.

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BRINGING BUSINESSES

DOWNTOWN A recent report by Smart Growth America and Cushman & Wakefield of 500 U.S. companies that moved to a downtown location between 2010 and 2015, revealed why small and large businesses are moving downtown. Here are the top factors that played an important role in their decision:

This is a national survey revealing national trends, but Downtown Fargo is progressing in this same direction. Many local as well as regional companies are headquartered downtown. Companies like R.D. Offutt are considering making even bolder presences downtown. Tech companies like Intelligent InSights and Myriad Mobile call downtown home. But to capitalize more on these trends, we need to ensure Downtown Fargo is welcoming to all, walkable, clean and safe. These are economic development amenities that will make downtown even more competitive in the future.

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Businesses rely on support offered by various business partners, this includes accounting, finance and law. Many of these professional partners are located within a downtown district. In addition, downtown is often the distinctive location to meet customers, especially in offering various venues for formal and informal meetings.

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TO BUILD BRAND IDENTITY AND COMPANY CULTURE

Downtown is the center of a community’s creativity. This offers branding opportunities, especially for businesses that have a long standing relationship within their community. For many businesses, moving downtown is a way to set themselves apart from the competition and to inspire their employees to represent their brand, especially within downtown’s creative culture. Next time you are downtown for lunch, check the various brands people wear with name badges, shirts, etc. Many of these are businesses who want to distinguish their brand to downtown.

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Investing in a city’s center is being a good corporate citizen. Many businesses are recognizing that rehabilitating or building new on infill sites downtown best utilizes a city’s existing resources while providing employees with various transportation options in commuting to work. This can be by walking, public transit, bicycling or automobile.

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New To in

By Erica Rapp | Photos by Paul Flessland and Erica Rapp

Johnny Rockets ​The West Acres Mall just got an exciting new addition to their food court. Taking the spot of McDonald's after it closed two years ago, the long-awaited arrival of this popular chain has been worth the wait. Now that it's available to the city of Fargo, be sure to try their well-known hamburgers, American fries and hand-spun shakes. westacres.com 3902 13th Ave. S, Fargo

The District Waterhouse & Kitchen This new bar and restaurant has established itself right in the midst of all the exciting expansion off of Veterans Boulevard. Along with serving up delicious urban-American dishes, they've also got 36 beers on tap and is one of the first places to have wine on tap – 16 different kinds, to be exact. Visit for lunch, dinner or a relaxing night on the patio. thedistrictnd.com 3179 Bluestem Dr, West Fargo

Cash Wise Foods - West Fargo Built in a convenient spot right off of Veterans Boulevard, this new grocery store is complete with a convenience store, car wash, liquor store and is open 24 hours. cashwise.com 755 33rd Ave. W, West Fargo

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Leave it to Fargo-Moorhead to be a constant breeding ground for new businesses. From restaurants to boutiques, we caught up with six area establishments settling their roots in our beloved town.

Porter Creek Hardwood Grill

This cozy restaurant has multiple areas of porch seating, creek included, plus an outdoor bar, fireplace seating, private dining and more. The dishes are very chef-driven, catering a California-American influence with a touch of Mediterranean. And for you wine lovers, they've got over 65 bottles to choose from. portercreek.com 1555 44th St. S, Fargo

Vivie's Lingerie Boutique

​ ot only does this adorable boutique offer N exclusive lingerie, but they also carry beautiful pinup dresses, swimsuits, purses, jewelry and more. The store also carries sizes ranging from petite to plus size, so there's a little bit of something for everyone to feel beautiful. viviesboutique.com

420 8th St. S. Ste. B, Moorhead

Hornbacher's - South Moorhead

​ outh Moorhead's Eighth Street keeps S growing and growing, especially with the addition of Hornbacher's new location. The new grocery store will have an attached strip mall with a Men's Hairhouse, Anytime Fitness, Spicy Pie and more once construction on the rest of the strip is complete. Until then, South Moorhead residents have a more convenient spot to shop complete with a pharmacy, Gate City Bank and Caribou Coffee in-house. hornbachers.com 950 40th Ave. S, Moorhead 81


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Eric Watson is the owner of Mezzaluna, Rustica and Mosaic Foods in Fargo. He is also the founder and president of the Fargo branch of the American Culinary Federation.

FOR OPENING A RESTAURANT

Few words are needed to preface this column. If you have a desire to open a restaurant, you may need to seek professional psychiatric help. Otherwise, cross your fingers, close your eyes and hopefully you’ll come out on the other side still intact and with a few bucks left in your pocket. Here’s a list of pointers that may aid you or possibly persuade you to reconsider the decision altogether. By Eric Watson

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YOU BETTER CHECK YOURSELF A self-assessment test of some sort is certainly in line. Of course, this only works if you’re brutally honest with yourself. One in four restaurants will fail in the first year and the ones that make it manage to produce a modest five percent profit margin on average.

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#1 LEGO MY “EGO” Chefs don’t like to be told what to do and they certainly don’t like to be told how to cook. Being a chef is one thing, but being an effective businessman is another issue all together. You have to be cooperative and compromise regularly.

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START WITH LOTS OF MONEY Usually it’s not your own and the folks who give it to you expect it back within a short period of time. Make sure investors know that restaurants usually don’t turn a true profit for a few years.

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DON’T RUN OUT OF MONEY The most common restaurant mistake is running short of cash right out of the gates. You’ll need to have at least three months of operational funds in reserve. Probably more.

GET READY TO WORK If your primary motivation for opening a restaurant is so you can drink and socialize with your guests, then you’re in for a short-lived restaurant experience. The fastest way to lose the respect of your customers and employees is to drink regularly at your own bar.

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STICK TO YOUR GUNS Never change your service and menu based on the comments of one or two customers. Give your menu time before rushing to make changes. Knee jerk reactions will undoubtedly lead to frustration within the ranks.

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EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED Few things go as planned. From the plumbing and electrical work all the way to the initial menu cutting, everyday seems to throw a curve ball that you never saw coming. Backed up toilets, leaking pipes, broken down equipment, absent employees; these frustrations are a daily occurrence in this business.

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION? Is this old school textbook strategy accurate? I don’t think so. The best locations are always attached to the highest rent. If you truly have a great product and service, then people will find you and they will keep coming back.

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PASSION Most importantly of all, if it’s money that motivates you, then it’s the wrong move for you. It takes an interesting breed of person to find success in the restaurant business.

10 KNOW YOUR DEMOGRAPHIC Black and white statistics are great but actually knowing what kind of person lives in your community will guide you to writing a menu that will attract many rather than a few. The advice of a professional consultant should also be taken with a grain of salt. They know their stuff, but they may not know your customer like you do.

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After reading this, you may wonder why the hell I’m in this business at all. I can assure you that I take pride in my profession and I have tremendous passion for my craft. Most days I go to bed feeling content and fulfilled, but I also secretly long for the day when I can say, “You know, I used to own a restaurant.”


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Make a stop at Rustica Tavern in Moorhead for a drink that’s unlike any other in town. Bartender Jared Winmill is using his experience in cooking to mix up his own specialty woodfire cocktails that will bring your favorite classics to a whole new level of flavor. By Erica Rapp | Photo by Paul Flessland

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Can you tell us about your background in the restaurant business? "I have a lot more experience cooking but I’ve always been interested in drinks. I’ve always loved working with Mason (Nicholas, Bar Manager), he’s my favorite bartender here. So when I had the opportunity to learn from him, I jumped on it. I’m learning the basics and incorporating what I’ve learned in the back of the house with flavor profiles and different combinations. It’s fun to be able to go back into the kitchen and bring it into bartending; it’s like second nature to me. I’m playing to my strengths."

What’s the drink like? "It’s obviously a twist on a classic. I’m a young bartender and I want to start with the classics but put my own little spin on it. It’s pretty balanced; I don’t just use one type of whiskey. I use rye for a little bit of spice, I use bourbon for that extra kick and the Courvoisier for a little more added complexity and sweetness. I think it just goes really well with the burnt orange and the smokey-ness. I just love how you get the aromatics of the burnt orange."

Why would you recommend a woodfire cocktail to someone? “It’s something that nobody else is really doing in town. I’m utilizing a tool that I have at my disposal and combining my kitchen experience with working behind the bar.”

woodfire old-fashioned • 1 ¼ oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey • 1 ¼ oz. Bulleit Rye Whiskey • ¾ oz. Courvoisier Cognac • ½ oz. smoked simple syrup • Dashfire Old-Fashioned Bitters • Orange Slice • Luxardo Cherries Muddle orange slice and Luxardo cherries at the bottom of a rocks glass and add all liquid ingredients. Top with ice and a few dashes of bitters. Roll between glasses two or three times to incorporate ingredients, do not shake or stir.

To make the smoked simple syrup, Winmill takes fiery and charred wood chunks from the woodfire oven and places them in a container of simple syrup, where the sugar then caramelizes around the wood. After letting it soak for a few minutes, he then strains the syrup so that it is left with a smokey taste, minus the actual charcoal. For the garnish, Winmill takes an orange twist and roasts it in the woodfire oven for crispy edges and a burnt orange feel right on your nose.


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These fluffy English muffins are topped with Canadian bacon, eggs over easy and blanketed in a savory hollandaise sauce and served with a side of fresh shredded hash browns. Your stomach will thank you. The Shack on Broadway Open 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 3215 Broadway N, Fargo shackonbroadway.com

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t’s no secret that breakfast has been dubbed the most important meal of the day, but why not make it the best tasting meal of the day too? Forget the cereal and Pop-Tarts, FargoMoorhead has plenty of tasty places for you to start your day off the right way.

Treat your taste buds to a classic favorite with a delicious twist. The bread is baked with a RumChata batter and topped with a banana, buttery rum sauce and fresh strawberries. Who knew a little bit of rum and horchata could do your breakfast good? The Boiler Room Breakfast available 7:30 - 11 a.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 210 Broadway N, Fargo boilerroomfargo.com/location

(Molly Ringwald not included.)

By Erica Rapp Photos by Andrew Jason

Here’s a breakfast dish like you haven’t seen before, that is, unless you’ve been down south. The crawfish omelet comes cooked with peppers, onions, crawfish tailmeat and is smothered in a tasty Southeastern red sauce that complements the eggs perfectly. Well known for their sweet potato pancakes with the spuds coming straight from Louisiana, these cakes are best coated with their popular pure cane syrup. The Cajun Café Open 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. 1324 25th Ave. S, Fargo

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Your breakfast sandwich doesn't have to be boring anymore. This morning delight is a classic sausage and egg sandwich with cheddar cheese on top of a savory, everything bagel with all of your favorite seasonings. And, the bagels are baked fresh daily, in-house, so you know your sandwich will be top-notch. ​​​​ Boppa's Bagels Open 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. 3051 25th St. S, Fargo boppasbagels.com

There's nothing quite like a hefty omelet of fluffy eggs and veggies to start your day. Mom's Kitchen's supreme omelet is their best-seller and comes complete with cheese, ham, sausage, green peppers, onions, mushrooms and black olives. Mom's Kitchen Open 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. 1322 Main Ave, Fargo

Take two, perfectly cooked sunny-side up eggs, crispy hashbrowns, toast and your choice of ham, bacon or sausage and you've got one of the most popular breakfast dishes at CJ's Kitchen. And, it doesn't just look good, it tastes good too. CJ's Kitchen Open from 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 1601 University Dr. S, Fargo cjskitchen-fm.com

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EAT & DRINK THIS MONTH

Sometimes your dining gets in a rut. That’s why we set out to find what you should be eating and drinking this month.

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CUCUMBER JALAPEÑO MART INI @ POUNDS

This martini comes shaken, not stirred. Made with tequila, cucumber liqueur, Triple sec, muddled cucumber and a splash of sour, it is shaken with a jalapeño. Packed with just a dash of heat, the drink proves to be perfect for a summer day. The customers at Pounds agree, as this is one of their most popular drinks. Search Pounds on Facebook 612 1st Ave. N., Fargo 91


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ITALIAN BEEF WITH FRIED RAVIOLI & ORANGE VINAIGRETT E HOUSE SALAD @ VERDI’S ITALIAN MARKET

Anthony Verdi, owner of Verdi’s Italian Market, has four generations of Italian cooking in his genes. His great-grandparents, John and Sybil Verdi, were known for their love of cooking. Today, Verdi’s specializes in fast-casual Italian dining. With an onsite garden, almost everything is made in house. The Italian beef is topped with three cheeses and a vinegar pepper salad, and the house salad came from the restaurant’s backyard. Delicious, affordable and quick. What more could you ask for? verdisitalianmarket.com 4 Center Ave. W, Dilworth

ROYAL T EA 3 @ TEABERRY

New to the menu, the Royal Tea is the perfect summer drink. Made with a dairy and black tea base, it contains no syrup or sugar. So, not only is it tasty, it’s great for those watching their summer bodies. We recommend the blueberry, strawberry and pomegranate. Make sure you get in soon, as this is a limited edition drink for the summer. teaberry.biz 119 Broadway N, Fargo

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PUMPKIN COOKIE WITH CREAM CHEESE FROST ING

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@ JOSIE'S CORNER CAFE

Although fall may be the time for pumpkin, the season has arrived early at Josie's Corner Cafe. One of their best selling desserts, the pumpkin cookie, packs a wallop of flavor in its small size. Made in house and baked almost daily, this cookie is just one of the many desserts at this cafe that has been a staple in Downtown Fargo for 10 years. ​ earch Josie's Corner Cafe and Bakery on S Facebook 524 Broadway N, Fargo

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THE DOCTOR BILL WITH HOUSE CUT FRIES @ THE DISTRICT WATERHOUSE AND KITCHEN

Mike Holtz and the kitchen staff of The District are hoping to set the standard for dining in the up and coming Veterans Boulevard area. The self-titled urban American kitchen with a twist creates everything from scratch. The Doctor Bill, a grilled salmon with tomatoes, bacon, house made pesto sauce and fresh greens on a hoagie is one of their signatures. Pair with an Illusive Traveler Grapefruit shandy or the Gazzera Pinot grigio, one of their 14 wines on tap, and enjoy on their patio. thedistrictnd.com 3179 Bluestem Dr, West Fargo 95


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s b m o b o phot THE DOWNTOWN STREET FAIR

In July, the annual Downtown Fargo Street Fair hit the streets to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. A few of us here at Spotlight Media, the parent company of Fargo Monthly, decided to scope out the scene and take in all of the fantastic vendors and delicious food. And of course, we had some nice photo ops along the way.

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MOVIE IN THE PARK

10th at dusk (approx. 8:45 p.m.)

Come to Island Park at dusk and watch a movie on an inflatable screen. Bring a blanket, pillow or lawn chair and enjoy a night of fun. Free Pepsi products and popcorn while supplies last. fargoparks.com Island Park 302 7th St. S, Fargo

FURRY FRIENDS PET WALK 1 MILLION CUPS

Every Wednesday from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Join the vibrant entrepreneurial community of Fargo and Emerging Prairie to participate in guest speakers, tons of coffee and excellent networking opportunities. Bring your own mug for free coffee or get a cup of coffee for $1. 1millioncups.com/fargo The Stage at Island Park 333 4th St. S, Fargo

UNITED WAY OF CASS-CLAY BACKPACK AND SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

8th from 8 - 11:30 a.m. and 11th from 4 - 7 p.m.

The United Way of Cass-Clay will once again be collecting supplies for area students. Supplies will be delivered to K-12 students on the above dates at the FargoDome. unitedwaycassclay.org FargoDome 1800 University Dr. N, Fargo

PRIMUS WITH DINOSAUR JR. 8th at 7 p.m.

Primus is responsible for some of the most cutting edge and original rock music of the ‘90s. Primus joined a variety of underground bands that refused to be pigeonholed, merging metal, funk, alternative, punk,

country, roots rock and experimental music, along with a penchant for witty and often humorous storytelling lyrics. Building a large and loyal following first in and around San Francisco, Primus kicked things off with a string of releases that are now considered classic alt-rock titles. jadepresents.com Bluestem Center for the Arts 801 50th Ave. SW, Moorhead

FIBER ARTS FEST

​ th from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., 9th from 8 noon - 5 p.m.

Take time to celebrate all things fiber, yarn and fabric for all of the creators out there. Enjoy two full days of demonstrations, vendors and handson activities that will leave you feeling inspired and excited. Admission is free and concessions will be available for purchase. Pre-registration for classes is required. fargoparks.com Rheault Farm 2902 25th St. S, Fargo

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FM PRIDE WEEK 9th - 16th

Celebrate 15 years of FargoMoorhead pride, including a dance party and drag show on Friday, park and block parties on Saturday and a full parade on Sunday. Show your support for the LGBT community with other various activities

11th at 5:30 p.m.

Bring your four-legged friends to this annual 3K that benefits the local Adopt-a-Pet, whose goal is to place rescued pets in loving and responsible homes. A minimum donation of $10 is requested.

Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo has become one of the most successful in music history and their legacy continues to be celebrated across the globe. The rock duo’s exceptional journey marks 35 years this summer. jadepresents.com Bluestem Center for the Arts 801 50th Ave. SW, Moorhead

BIG SCREEN MOVIE MATINEE “FROZEN” 13th from 1 - 3 p.m.

Bring your blanket and chair for this free movie in the park. Bleachers will be available. SnoCones, popcorn or pop will be on sale for $1 each. Admission is free. wfparks.org Veterans Memorial Arena 1201 7th Ave. E, West Fargo

CLASSIC FILM SERIES 13th at 7:30 p.m.

fargoparks.com Rheault Farm 2902 25th St. S, Fargo

Join the Fargo Theatre for their Classic Film Series as they present the 1952 musical “Singin’ In The Rain” on the big screen. Admission is $5.

FM REDHAWKS VS. GARY

fargotheatre.org Fargo Theatre 314 Broadway N, Fargo

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PARK IT!

11th - 12th at 7:02 p.m. and 13th at 12:30 p.m.

Newman Outdoor Field 1515 15th Ave. N, Fargo

CONCERT IN THE PARK 12th from 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy the end of summer with a concert in the park featuring live music from local bands. Other activities include face painting, a bouncy castle and crafts. The event is free and there will be concessions for sale. fargoparks.org Brunsdale Park 1702 27th Ave. S, Fargo

PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO WITH NIGHT RANGER

13th from 1 - 4 p.m.

Join the Xcellent Art staff at the park for creating crafts that you can take home with you. The fun travels weekly to different neighborhoods, so don’t be sad if you missed one. All the supplies are provided and different projects each week and this program is free thanks to a grant from Xcel Energy. Adult supervision required. fargoparks.com Kennedy Park 4501 42nd St. S, Fargo

MUSIC MONTAGE

13th from 7 - 9 p.m.

Come out to enjoy an interactive evening of music outdoors. An

12th at 7 p.m.

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AMERICAN AUTHORS & ANDY GRAMMAR

14th at 7 p.m.

Brooklyn-based alt rock band American Authors met at Berklee College of Music. After dropping out, the quartet caught the eyes of Canvas Records and released “Believer” followed by the single “Best Day of My Life”, which became the theme song for the 2013 World Series and landed the band at No. 1 on Billboard’s chart of Adult Pop Songs in 2014.

PIONEER DAYS

15th and 16th all day

Join Bonanzaville as they celebrate our great region’s history and culture with two full days of programs and entertainment. Demonstrations, entertainment, educational programming and vendors will bring the historical attraction to life and help commemorate the pioneer history and the settling of North Dakota. bonanzaville.org Bonanzaville 1351 Main Ave. W, West Fargo

BIKE MS: SANFORD HEALTH FARGO RIDE 2015 15th from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

jadepresents.com Bluestem Center for the Arts 801 50th Ave. SW, Moorhead

This ride is a one-day, fully supported ride starting and finishing in Downtown Fargo at Great Northern Bicycle Company. The ride will feature multiple route options and is open to all types of cyclists. Registration is $30 per rider.

BOOKER T. JONES

bikems.org Great Northern Bicycle Company 425 Broadway N, Fargo

14th at 8 p.m.

Jones is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and arguably one of the most famous Hammond B3 players in history. As leader of the legendary Booker T and the MG’s, this pillar of soul music collaborated with Otis Redding, Albert King, Eddie Floyd and Sam and Dave during his tenure at the renowned Stax Records label. jadepresents.com Fargo Theatre 314 Broadway N, Fargo

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20TH ANNUAL FARGO BLUES FESTIVAL

14th at 2 p.m. and 15th at noon

The Fargo Blues Festival is a two-day, 12-band blues celebration that features world-class bands, great food and plenty of brews. Tab Benoit and the Fabulous Thunderbirds are just two of the wonderful bands that will be gracing the stage this year. Get your music and camping tickets now! fargobluesfest.com Newman Outdoor Field 1515 15th Ave. N, Fargo

WWE LIVE SUMMERSLAM HEATWAVE TOUR

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16th at 4 p.m.

WWE Live will make a stop in Fargo on their summer tour. See your favorite WWE superstar wrestlers including names like Roman Reigns, Intercontinental Champion Ryback, Bray Wyatt, Big Show and much more. (Lineup is subject to change.) fargodome.com FargoDome

1800 University Dr. N, Fargo

FM REDHAWKS VS. LINCOLN 17th - 20th at 7:02 p.m. fmredhawks.com Newman Outdoor Field 1515 15th Ave. N, Fargo

WEST FARGO PARKS DOG SHOW 18th from 5 - 7:30 p.m.

Visit area pet vendors and register for great door prizes while enjoying free hot dogs and a beverage at the 8th annual dog show. Dogs will be judged and awards will be presented in categories such as best groomed, best trick, cutest

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puppy and more. Dog registration is from 5 - 6 p.m. and is free. wfparks.org North Elmwood Park 500 13th Ave. W, West Fargo

CONCORDIA COBBER CORN FEED ​19th at 5:30 p.m.

Get your fill of corn and fun before the school year kicks off at one of summer’s most delicious shindigs. concordiacollege.edu Concordia College 901 8th St. S, Moorhead

OFF THE CLOCK

19th from 5:15 - 7:30 p.m.

Take happy hour to a professional level and visit one of South Fargo’s newest hot spots, Frank’s Lounge. Enjoy socializing and networking over tasty appetizers with drinks purchased on your own. It’s free and no registration is required. fmwfchamber.com Frank’s Lounge 2640 52nd Ave. S, Fargo

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

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20th at 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Business After Hours is a great place to showcase your business, promote your organization and network with other business leaders. It is a members-only event and participants must be 21-years of age or older to attend. Price includes appetizers and two drink tickets. fmwfchamber.com Holiday Inn 3803 13th Ave. S, Fargo

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SYMPHONY ROCKS CONCERT

​20th at 8 p.m.

The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra performing with PostTraumatic Funk Syndrome and guest vocalist Bruce Henry at the annual Symphony Rocks concert. This year, the fundraising event will be returning to their funky roots with other outside artists and new music from both the FM Symphony and PTFS. In you’re 21 or older, enjoy the pre-concert bash that starts at 5:30 p.m. for a price of $25 in addition to your concert ticket. fmsymphony.org Bluestem Center for the Arts 801 50th Ave. SW, Moorhead

WEST FARGO CRUISE NIGHT 20th from 5 - 9 p.m.

Sheyenne Street in West Fargo will once again be lined with classic cars and vendors for the monthly West Fargo Cruise Night. Come on down to see some great rides and have yourself some food and drinks. westfargond.gov Sheyenne Street, West Fargo

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FARGO FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL AND FLEA MARKET

Fest: 21st - 22nd from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Flea market: 22nd from 8 a.m. 9 p.m. and 23rd from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

promises to be a family friendly event. On Saturday and Sunday, the flea market will pack the grounds of the North Dakota Horse Park promising quality arts and crafts. Search Fargo Food Truck Festival at the North Dakota Horse Park on Facebook North Dakota Horse Park 5180 19th Ave. N, Fargo

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21st at 7:02 p.m., 22nd at 6 p.m. and 23rd at 1 p.m. fmredhawks.com Newman Outdoor Field 1515 15th Ave. N, Fargo

The second Fargo Food Truck Festival will combine two great events into one. Along with the festival, there will be a flea market. On Friday and Saturday, the food truck festival will be open for lunch and dinner with live entertainment and

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CORKS & CANVAS ART AND WINE WALK 20th from 5 - 9 p.m.

Enjoy an evening walk through downtown with wine samplings, live music and great shopping at our local boutiques. Wristbands are $20 and can be purchased from any of the participating businesses (found online). downtownfargo.com Downtown Fargo

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THE OLATE DOGS 21st at 6:30 p.m.

While best known for winning America’s Got Talent, the Olate Dogs are more than just a puppy show. Richard and Nicholas Olate and their team of amazing dogs do stunts and tricks that will amaze and delight, but now they have taken their talents to another level. They are now presenting a fantastic variety show with more than just dog tricks. The show includes comedy, slapstick and acrobatics, music, original film and, of course, amazing dog tricks. jadepresents.com Fargo Theatre 314 Broadway N, Fargo

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NDSU VOLLEYBALL GREEN & GOLD SCRIMMAGE

22nd at TBA

gobison.com NDSU - Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse 1301 Centennial Blvd, Fargo

BMX JAM

22nd at 3 p.m.

Come on down to the skatepark and show off your biking tricks. All levels of skill are welcome to participation and remember to bring your helmet. fargoparks.com Dike West 310 4th St. S, Fargo

FALL COLORS PINTO HORSE ASSOCIATION 22nd - 23rd at 8 a.m.

This one is for all of the horse lovers our there and this show is particularly for pinto horses, mini horses and pony enthusiasts. It includes an open horse show with three guest judges, driving classes and exhibitors from several states.

ndpintohorse.com Red River Valley Fairgrounds West Fargo

THE BIRTH CIRCLE MEETING 25th at 7 p.m.

The Birth Circle is a free community resource for expectant couples and new parents. Over the past year, the monthly meetings have helped many people gather information, find local resources and plan for a great pregnancy, birth and postpartum period. This month’s focus will be on the most effective pushing positions, how to minimize your risk of tearing and postpartum healing. doulasrrv.org ecce art + yoga 216 Broadway N, Fargo

RIVER PADDLING EXCURSION: RED RIVER FISH

is $15 per participant or $10 if you have your own vessel. fargomoorhead.org Heritage Hjemkomst Center (Parking Lot) 202 1st Ave. N, Moorhead

THE STATE OF TECHNOLOGY ​26th from 8 a.m. - noon

With the technology sector on the rise throughout North Dakota, The Chamber and Senator John Hoeven will offer the community an opportunity to learn about the latest technology revolutionizing commerce right here in our city. Listen to some of the area’s innovative business leaders and leave feeling inspired and excited about the future of technology in business and our community. fmwfchamber.com Avalon Events Center West 2525 9th Ave. S, Fargo

25th at 6 p.m.

Hosted by River Keepers and coordinated by the City of Moorhead and River Keepers, spend an evening boating or kayaking on the river. Registration in advance is preferred and

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POTATO DAYS

28th and 29th all day

Potato Days is back and better than ever, with unlimited fun for families. Beginning with Friday’s parade, the weekend entails a 5/10K run, the Miss Tator Tot Pageant, Potato Car Races, Mashed Potato Sculpture Contests, Potato Picking and Peeling contests and more. potatodays.com Barnesville, Minn.

WOMEN CONNECT: WOMAN IN A MAN’S WORLD 28th from 3:30 - 6 p.m.

With a changing workforce and more particularly in the construction industry, women are entering different roles and challenging stereotypes. Listen to Joanna Slominksi, a local construction executive in charge of the new Sanford Fargo Medical Center and find out more about the challenges of being a woman in a man’s world. Pre-registration required. fmwchamber.com Avalon Events Center West, 2525 9th Ave. S, Fargo

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NDSU WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. ST. CLOUD

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28th at 7 p.m.

gobison.com NDSU - Dacotah Field 1310 17th Ave. N, Fargo

WALK TO DEFEAT ALS

29th from 8:30 a.m. - noon

More than just a few-mile trek, the Walk to Defeat ALS is an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, to raise money for a cure and to come together for something you care about. The Walk to Defeat ALS is The ALS Association’s biggest annual event, which raises funds that allow our local chapters to sustain care services and support research for much of the next year. webmn.alsa.org Lindenwood Park 1905 Roger Maris Dr, Fargo

ISLAND PARK CRAFT SHOW 29th-30th from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Enjoy a day of shopping in the shade as vendors bring their unique crafts and fine arts to the park. Browse through over 160 juried arts and original crafts booths for items such as handmade pottery, photography, wood items, decorative pieces, clothing and more. fargoparks.com Island Park 302 7th St. S, Fargo

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BARBELLS & BREWS BRAWL

HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR

Join EHP CrossFit at Drekker Brewing Company for the first ever brawl at the brewery for a good cause. Workout winners will be crowned in RX, Scaled and Masters divisions and the postworkout beers will be as fresh as they come! All proceeds will go to the Sam Traut Memorial Fund. Registration donation is $40.

The evening will feature hit music from The Association, The Turtles Featuring Flo & Eddie, Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders), The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams and The Cowsills.

29th at 9 a.m.

ehpcrossfit.com/location Drekker Brewing Company 630 1st Ave. N, Fargo

30th at 7 p.m.

jadepresents.com Bluestem Center for the Arts 801 50th Ave. SW, Moorhead

REFOREST THE RED

September 1st from 4 - 7 p.m.

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STREETSALIVE!

30th from noon - 5 p.m.

Join the annual StreetsAlive!, which promises to spark movement in Fargo-Moorhead. Three miles of streets through both cities will be closed to cars to encourage walking, running, biking, rollerblading, dancing and other activities of human movement. Special events, demonstrations and vendor booths will be featured along the route, helping bring the streets alive.

Help reforest the red river by planting native trees and shrubs. Planting along the river maintains river bank stability, encourages native plant growth, improves water quality and habitat for wildlife. Educational activities will take place for the youth and hot dogs and pepsi products will be available while supplies last. riverkeepers.org Oak Grove Park 170 Maple St. N, Fargo

dakmed.org/cass-clay-alive/streets-alive/ Downtown Fargo

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FM REDHAWKS VS. CANAM LEAGUE

September 1st - 4th at 7:02 p.m. fmredhawks.com Newman Outdoor Field 1515 15th Ave. N, Fargo

CRUISIN’ BROADWAY

September 3rd from 5 - 9 p.m.

North Dakota’s original cruise night makes its way to Broadway every first Thursday of the month during the summer and will finish up for the year this September. Enjoy downtown’s atmosphere while browsing classic cars of old and new times. downtownfargo.com Downtown Fargo

NDSU VOLLEYBALL VS. TOWSON September 4th at 7 p.m.

gobison.com NDSU - Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse 1301 Centennial Blvd, Fargo

FM REDHAWKS VS. AMARILLO September 5th - 6th at 6 p.m. and 7th at 1 p.m. fmredhawks.com Newman Outdoor Field 1515 15th Ave. N, Fargo

NDSU VOLLEYBALL VS. UTAH VALLEY September 5th at 1 p.m.

gobison.com NDSU - Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse 1301 Centennial Blvd, Fargo

NDSU VOLLEYBALL VS. MILWAUKEE September 5th at 7 p.m.

gobison.com NDSU - Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse 1301 Centennial Blvd, Fargo

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September 6th at 7 p.m.

The word legend usually makes an appearance at some point when discussing Merle Haggard; he’s also a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy award winner and most recently a Kennedy Center Honoree. As a performer and a songwriter, Haggard was the most important country artist to emerge in the 1960s. After first struggling in Nashville, Kris Kristofferson achieved success as a country songwriter at the start of the 1970s. jadepresents.com Bluestem Center for the Arts 801 50th Ave. SW, Moorhead


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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5TH ​David Lee - Dempsey’s ​Warren Christensen - Junkyard Brewing Company Pete SamPris band - Tailgators THURSDAY, AUGUST 6TH Mike Holtz (Patio Party) - D’Woods Lounge Slap! - The HoDo ​Tom Peckskamp - Junkyard Brewing Company ​Boomtown - The Windbreak ​October Road - Shotgun Sally’s

AUGUST 7TH - 8TH FRIDAY, AUGUST 7TH ​Lutheran Heath - The Aquarium ​Kapeesh - Dempsey’s October Road - Shotgun Sally’s ​Stoic (Wyo. Hardcore), Baltic to Boardwalk, Swing Low, Artiface - The New Direction Mourning After - The Pickled Parrot Songwriters Night - The Red Raven ​A New Machine - Rick’s Bar Flashback - Speck’s Bar ​Moody River Band - Sidestreet ​Roadtrip Radio - VFW: Downtown ​Tripwire - The Windbreak

AUGUST 9TH - 13TH​ SUNDAY, AUGUST 9TH Sequences, Iron Callous, Mainstate and more TBA - The New Direction 8th Hour - The Windbreak TUESDAY, AUGUST 11TH Otherwise - The Aquarium Lars and Joe Pony Show (Patio Party) Shotgun Sally’s Hivelords (Philly Black Metal), Benefactor, Brütälür, Artiface - The New Direction WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12TH Ciro & Topher Show - Bar Nine Trees at Sea - Dempsey’s The Vinegar Strokes - Tailgators Urho - The HoDo Closet Burner (Ind. Fastcore) plus more TBD - The New Direction

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WINOS with Big 98.7 feat. Dan Christianson - D’Woods Lounge David Lee - Junkyard Brewing Company Parking Lot Pre-Party for Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo at Bluestem (Local band performing with beer gardens and free shuttles) - O’Leary’s (Moorhead) THURSDAY, AUGUST 13TH Zen People and 33 1/3 Revolutionaries The Aquarium Dan Christianson (Patio Party) D’Woods Lounge The Cropdusters - Junkyard Brewing Company Carousel Kings (Pa. Pop-Punk), Remember to Breathe (S.D. Pop-Punk), No Thumbs Up, Rounding Third, Grazing - The New Direction October Road - The Windbreak Skyline - Shotgun Sally’s Old Time Jam - The Red Raven

AUGUST 14TH - 15TH FRIDAY, AUGUST 14TH FM Pride Dance Party - The Aquarium Delta Saints - Dempsey’s Children 18:3, The Least of Thease, FM All Stars (Featuring ex-members of These Hearts), Kyle Colby - The New Direction ​​Skyline - The Pickled Parrot Parking Lot Pre-Party for American Authors at Bluestem (Local band performing with beer gardens and free shuttles) - O’Leary’s (Moorhead) Sex Knuckles - Rick’s Bar October Road - The Windbreak

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH ​Anthony Chaput - Junkyard Brewing Company ​Mike Holtz (Patio Party) - Shotgun Sally’s

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8TH ​Drag Show - The Aquarium ​C.O.D - Dempsey’s ​Groovetones - Lucky’s 13 ​Sti-lo Reel, Matthew J, Louie P, Mastermind, Coolie, Faye, HRBK - The New Direction Parking Lot Pre-Party for Primus & Dinosaur Jr. at Bluestem (Slap! performing, with beer gardens and free shuttles) - O’Leary’s (Moorhead) Mourning After - The Pickled Parrot Dead Horse Trauma - Rick’s Bar ​Ultrasound - The Windbreak ​Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome - Shotgun Sally’s Flashback - Speck’s Bar ​Roadtrip Radio - VFW: Downtown

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Some Sh*tty Cover Band - Shotgun Sally’s Grease Monkey - Speck’s Bar Pat Lenertz Band - VFW: Downtown SATURDAY, AUGUST 15TH Rage Against The Machine Tribute: O’fosho and D Mills & The Thrills - The Aquarium ​Moody River Band - Dempsey’s ​​Skyline - The Pickled Parrot Dedrich Clark and the Social Animals Sidestreet Go Steve Jones - Rick’s Bar Grease Monkey - Speck’s Bar Ciro & Topher Show - Shotgun Sally’s Rhythmic Penguins - VFW: Downtown Strange Daze - The Windbreak

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 16TH In Defence - The Aquarium Boys of Summer - The Windbreak MONDAY, AUGUST 17TH Homeshake - The Aquarium Weathered (Minn. Punk/Indie), Too Fast for Frank, Galesburger, Rounding Third, Grazing - The New Direction ​ UESDAY, AUGUST 18TH T ​Michael Shynes (Patio Party) - Shotgun Sally’s WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19TH Radio Free Fargo Benefit - The Aquarium Heart and Soul - The HoDo Warren Christensen - Junkyard Brewing Company Z&T - The Aquarium Tom Peckamp - Tailgators THURSDAY, AUGUST 20TH Circle of Heat and Mobster Lobster - The Aquarium Tom Peckskamp (Patio Party) - D’Woods Lounge The Front Fenders - The HoDo Anthony Chaput - Junkyard Brewing Company The Roosters - The Windbreak Blackwater - Shotgun Sally’s

AUGUST 21ST - 22ND FRIDAY, AUGUST 21ST Poitin - Dempsey’s O’fosho - The HoDo Misadventures - Lucky’s 13 Ciro & Topher Show - The Pickled Parrot The Coolers - Speck’s Bar davis? - Sidestreet Someday Heros - Spirit’s Lounge (Holiday Inn) Sell Out Stereo - The Windbreak Blackwater - Shotgun Sally’s Blue English - VFW: Downtown SATURDAY, AUGUST 22ND Tim Heidecker and Neil Hamburger The Aquarium The Brave - Dempsey’s Noxious Ghoul (Minn. Power Violence), Cheerless (Minn. Post-Punk), Crab Legs,

Uncle Dad - The New Direction The Coolers - Speck’s Bar Ciro & Topher Show - The Pickled Parrot Quietdrive - The Windbreak Someday Heros - Spirit’s Lounge (Holiday Inn) Blue English - VFW: Downtown Jacked Up - Shotgun Sally’s

AUGUST 23RD - 27TH

GO MUSIC

LOCAL MUSIC VENUES NEED TO FIND THE HOTSPOT? LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THIS HELPFUL GUIDE.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23RD Contention - The Windbreak

THE AQUARIUM

MONDAY, AUGUST 24TH Coolie, LAW, We R Many, JPD, Dizzy-D, Crazy-Flo, Anon Miskid - The New Direction

BAR NINE

226 Broadway, Fargo (Above Dempsey’s) facebook.com/pages/The-Aquarium

​ UESDAY, AUGUST 25TH T ​​Infringe (Patio Party) - Shotgun Sally’s WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26TH Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band The Aquarium Aquarium Night - Dempsey’s David Lee - Junkyard Brewing Company The Vinegar Strokes - Bar Nine Mike Holtz - Tailgators THURSDAY, AUGUST 27TH Punkmaster’s Birthday - The Aquarium Tom Peckskamp (Patio Party) - D’Woods Lounge The Cropdusters - Junkyard Brewing Company Helena Handbasket - The Pickled Parrot Celtic Jam - The Red Raven Two Way Crossing - The Windbreak Low Standards - Shotgun Sally’s

AUGUST 28 - 30 TH

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 28TH Gorgatron - The Aquarium San Haven Chuckle - Dempsey’s Elder Abuse (Winnipeg Pop-Punk), Crab Legs, What Kingswood Needs, GALS, Free Truman - The New Direction Helena Handbasket - The Pickled Parrot Two Way Crossing - The Windbreak C.O.D - VFW: Downtown Six Gun Freedom - Speck’s Bar Wilson Bradley Band - Spirit’s Lounge (Holiday Inn) Brat Pack Radio - Shotgun Sally’s SATURDAY, AUGUST 29TH The Stringdingers - Sidestreet O’fosho and Dead Larry - The Aquarium Pat Lenertz Band - Dempsey’s Two Way Crossing - The Windbreak Wilson Bradley Band - Spirit’s Lounge (Holiday Inn) Helena Handbasket - The Pickled Parrot C.O.D - VFW: Downtown Six Gun Freedom - Speck’s Bar Jared Blake - Shotgun Sally’s

1405 Prairie Pkwy #301, West Fargo barninefargo.com

DEMPSEY’S

226 Broadway, Fargo

dempseyspublichouse.com

D’WOODS LOUNGE

3333 13th Ave S, Fargo

HODO

101 Broadway, Fargo hoteldonaldson.com

JUNKYARD BREWING COMPANY 1416 1st Ave. N, Moorhead junkyardbeer.com

LUCKY’S 13

4301 17th Ave. S, Fargo luckys13pub.com

THE NEW DIRECTION

14 Roberts St. N, Fargo facebook.com/thenewdirection

O’LEARY’S - MOORHEAD 808 30th Ave. S, Moorhead olearysmoorhead.com

PICKLED PARROT

505 3rd Ave N, Fargo thepickledparrotbar.com

RED RAVEN

916 Main Avenue, Fargo redravenespressoparlor.com

RICK’S BAR

2721 Main Ave, Fargo ricks-bar.com

SHOTGUN SALLY’S 1515 42nd St. S, Fargo shotgunsallys.com

SIDESTREET

301 3rd Ave. N, Fargo sidestreetpubfargo.com

SPECK’S BAR

2611 Main Ave, Fargo

SPIRIT’S LOUNGE (HOLIDAY INN) 3803 13th Ave. S, Fargo fargohi.com/spirits-lounge

TAILGATORS

1322 Main Ave, Fargo tailgatorsfargond.com

VFW: DOWNTOWN 202 Broadway, Fargo

THE WINDBREAK

3150 39th St. S, Fargo thewindbreak.com

​ UNDAY, AUGUST 30TH S Skyline - The Windbreak

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Acapulco 1150 36th St. S, Fargo

Domestic bottles $1.99, Malibu $2.25, Select Whiskey drinks $2, $.99 tap beers 2 - 6 p.m.

Import bottles $2.25, Bombay Sapphire and Hendrick’s Gin $2, Select Rum $1.99, $.99 tap beers 2 - 6 p.m.

Select wine by the glass $2.50, Absolut Vodka $2.50, Homemade Sangria $4, $.99 tap beers 2 - 6 p.m.

Happy hour 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., Margaritas $5, Domestic beer $1.99, select Tequilas $4.50

Happy hour 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., Margaritas $5, Import beer $2.25, select Tequilas $4.50

Happy hour 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., Margaritas $5, $1 off specialty drinks, select tequilas $4.50

All day $1.50 off cocktails and beers, Bloody Mary Special $2.50

Alibi Lounge & Casino 1340 21st Ave. S, Fargo

2 for 1 everyday Noon - 7 pm

2 for 1 everyday Noon - 7 pm

2 for 1 everyday Noon - 7 pm

2 for 1 everyday Noon - 7 pm

2 for 1 everyday Noon - 7 pm

2 for 1 everyday Noon - 7 pm

2 for 1 everyday Noon - 7 pm

Applebees 4 area locations

Happy Hour from 3 - 6 pm and 9 pm - close and $5.99 domestic pitchers

Happy Hour from 3 - 6 pm and 9 pm - close and $2 UV Vodka Drinks

Happy Hour from 3 - 6 pm and 9 pm - close and 1/2 Price Bottles of Wine, $3 Bud Light Ritas

Happy Hour from 3 - 6 pm and 9 pm - close and $2 Longs Island Teas, $3 Perfect Choice Teas

Happy Hour from 3 - 6 pm and 9 pm - close and $5 Mucho Drinks

Happy Hour from 3 - 6 pm and 9 pm - close and $5 Sangrias

Happy Hour from 3 - 6 pm and 9 pm - close and $5.99 domestic pitchers

$2.75 Windsors, Morgans, Bacardis, Smirnoffs, Jim Beams and domestic bottles

$3.50 Bloody Mary/ Caesars 11 am - 4 pm, Mug Night, $3.50 Jack Daniels and $3.75 premium pints

$3 wells and $3.75 32oz domestic draws

Happy Hour 4-6 pm, 10 pm to midnight, Service Industry Night: 50% off all drinks 8 pm to close

Bison Turf 1211 N University Dr. N, Fargo

Happy Hour drink specials All Day

Blackbird Woodfire 206 Broadway N, Fargo

Mini Mug Night

Mug Night

$3.75 Stoli’s $5.75 domestic pitchers

$2 PBR Pounders 3 - 6 pm

$2 PBR Pounders 3 - 6 pm

$2 PBR Pounders 3 - 6 pm

The Boiler Room 210 Broadway N, Fargo

Happy Hour 4-6 pm, 10 pm-midnight, Service Industry Night: 50% off all drinks 8 pm to close

Happy Hour 4-6 pm and 10 pm to midnight

Happy Hour 4-6 pm and 10 pm to midnight

Happy Hour 4-6 pm and 10 pm to midnight

Happy Hour 4-6 pm and 10 pm to midnight

Happy Hour 4-6 pm and 10 pm to midnight

Bomb Shelter 325 10th St. N, Fargo

2 for 1 appetizers Texas Hold ‘Em tourney 7:30 pm

College ID Night $5 Cover Free taps and wells 9 pm - Midnight

Ladies Night All you can drink wells for $5 9 pm-12:30 am

3 for 1s 9 pmMidnight

College ID Night $7 cover free taps and wells from 9 pm Midnight

2 for 1 appetizers until 9 pm

$2.50 Morgans $2.50 Morgans $2.50 Morgans $2.50 Morgans $2.50 Morgans $2.50 Morgans and Bacardis, and Bacardis, and Bacardis, and Bacardis, and Bacardis, and Bacardis, The Bowler $3 Tito’s, Chuck $3 Tito's, Chuck $3 Tito's, Chuck $3 Tito's, Chuck $3 Tito's, Chuck $3 Tito’s, Chuck Norris and Ninja Norris and Ninja Norris and Ninja Norris and Ninja Norris and Ninja Norris and Ninja 2630 University Dr. S, Fargo Turtles shots and Turtles shots and Turtles shots and Turtles shots and Turtles shots and Turtles shots and $3.25 Crowns $3.25 Crowns $3.25 Crowns $3.25 Crowns $3.25 Crowns $3.25 Crowns and Jacks and Jacks and Jacks and Jacks and Jacks and Jacks Borrowed Buck’s Roadhouse Birthday Buckets 1201 Westrac Dr, Fargo

Mug Night

$.50 taps $1 Morgans $1 Teas 8 pm - Midnight

2-4-1 domestic bottles, Jack and Jack Honey 8 pm - Midnight

$2 tall taps $2 Morgans $2 bomb shots 8 - 11 pm

$2 tall taps $2 Morgans $2 bomb shots 8 - 11 pm

$2.50 Morgans and Bacardis, $3 Tito’s, Chuck Norris and Ninja Turtles shots and $3.25 Crowns and Jacks

Buffalo Wild Wings 3 area locations

Happy Hour All Day $1 off well drinks 9 pm - Midnight

$2 Jeremiah Weeds $3.50 energy blasters 9 pm - Midnight

$2.99 tall domestic taps All Day 2 for 1 well drinks 9 pm - Midnight

$3 teas All Day 2 for 1 Morgans 9 pm - Midnight

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

$3.75 Bloody Marys/Caesars 11 am - 5 pm

$2.50 You-call-its 9 pm - Midnight

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

$3.50 tall domestic taps 6 pm - Close

$2.75 domestic bottles 8 pm Midnight

$3.50 UVs and Bacardis 8 pm - Midnight

$3.25 Morgans $3.75 Crowns 8 pm - Midnight

$3.75 Stolis and Jack Daniels 8 pm - Midnight

$3.50 Smirnoffs and Windsors 8 pm - Midnight

$3.50 tall domestic taps & import bottles All Day

Chili’s Grill and Bar 3902 13th Ave. S, Fargo

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

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

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

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

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

$3 tall domestic drafts, wine and margaritas 5 for $10 buckets of beer All Day

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Chub’s Pub & Package Place 421 University Dr. N, Fargo

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

$2.50 You Call It, “Top Shelf Excluded”

Happy Hour 4 pm – 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

$2.95 Bloody Mary’s & Caesars 8 am – Noon, $3.25 Jack Daniel’s, $2.95 PBR Tall Boy’s

Sunday Funday, $1 Off Drinks In Your Chub’s Sweatshirt

Dempsey’s 226 Broadway N, Fargo

$2.75 Old Style, $3 well drinks, $4 Jameson, $4.50 import or specialty taps from 4 pm - 7 pm

$2.75 Old Style, $3 well drinks, $4 Jameson, $4.50 import or specialty taps from 4 pm - 7 p.m

$2.75 Old Style, $3 well drinks, $4 Jameson, $4.50 import or specialty taps from 4 pm - 7 pm and $3 premium wells

$2.75 Old Style, $3 well drinks, $4 Jameson, $4.50 import or specialty taps from 4 pm - 7 p.m

$2.75 Old Style, $3 well drinks, $4 Jameson, $4.50 import or specialty taps from 4 pm - 7 pm

$2.75 Old Style, $3 well drinks, $4 Jameson, $4.50 import or specialty taps from 4 pm - 7 pm

Happy Hour drink specials 4 pm close

The District Waterhouse and Kitchen 3179 Bluestem Dr, West Fargo

$1.50 off signature drinks

$1.50 off wine and beer taps

Half price bottles of wine and featured taps

ABC at the D: $3.50 Absolute, Bombay and Crown Royal

$1.50 off rum and vodka drinks

$1.50 off Sangrias and whiskeys

$1 off all drinks all day

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

$4 pints from 4 - 6 pm

$4 pints from 4 - 6 pm

$4 pints from 4 - 6 pm

$4 pints from 4 - 6 pm

Happy Hour All Day

Happy Hour 4-7 pm, $3.25 Stolis All Day, $3.25 Goldschlager & Icehole 8 pm - 1 am & $2 wells & bottles from 8 - 10 pm

$3.50 Bloody Mary 2 - 6 pm, $3.25 Bacardis, Morgans, Malibus, All Day, $3.25 Chuck Norris shots & $2 wells and domestic bottles from 8 - 10 pm

Any special throughout the week is honored all day long.

​Fargo Brewing Company 610 University Dr. N, Fargo

Fort Noks Bar of Gold 52 Broadway N, Fargo

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

Happy Hour 4-7 pm $2.25 taps

Happy Hour 4-7 pm,$2.75 select whiskeys $2.75 import bottles, $2.75 Micro Domestic Beers

Frank’s Lounge 2640 52nd Ave. S, Fargo

$1 off all drinks, beer and wine 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and 9-11 p.m.

$1 off all drinks, beer and wine 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and 9-11 p.m.

$1 off all drinks, beer and wine 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and 9-11 p.m.

$1 off all drinks, beer and wine 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and 9-11 p.m.

Golf Addiction 4474 23rd Ave. S, Fargo

Mulligan Monday – Twofers on All Taps

Twosday - $2 Domestic Bottles

Appie Winesday – 1/2 Priced Appetizers & Wine

Thirstday - $2 Green Cup Fills

$5 Domestic Pitchers

$2 Green Cup Fills

$1 PBR Pounders & $2 Green Cup Fills (22oz of beer in a Green Golf Addiction Cup)

Granite City 1636 42nd St. S, Fargo

$5 cocktails from 3 to 6 pm and 9 pm to close

$5 cocktails from 3 to 6 pm and 9 pm to close

$5 cocktails from 3 to 6 pm and 9 pm to close

$5 cocktails from 3 to 6 pm and 9 pm to close

$5 cocktails from 3 to 6 pm and 9 pm to close

$5 cocktails from noon to 5 pm and 9 pm to close

$5 cocktails from noon to 5 pm and 9 pm to close

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

$1 off bottled beer and drinks from 3 to 7 pm $2.95 Morgans all day and $2.15 domestics 8 pm - close

$1 off bottled beer and drinks from 3 to 7 pm and mug and Das Horn Nite 8 pm to close

$1 off bottled beer and drinks from 3 to 7 pm and $3.50/$5.50 Long Island Tea’s from 8 pm -close

$1 off drinks from 3 to 7 pm $2.95 pounders and $3.25 Bud & Bud Light 8 pm - close

$1 off bottled beer and drinks from 3 to 7 pm and $1 off bottle beer and drinks from 9 pm close

$1 off select drinks from 9 am - 3 pm and $1 off all drinks 9 pm - close

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

$2.25 short domestic beers

Half off Margaritas and $2.50 Coronas

$3 tall domestic taps 3 pm - Close

1/2 price bottles of wine $2 PBR bottles 3 pm - Close

Happy Hour 3 6 pm

9 am to 2 pm $2.50 Mimosas and Bloody Marys

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$1 off all drinks, beer and wine 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and 9-11 p.m.

Happy Hour all day – $1.25 off all drinks & $2.50 mimosas 12 - 4 pm


DRINKSPECIALS ​Monte’s 220 Broadway N, Fargo Northern Gentleman’s Club 325 10th St. N, Fargo

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$5 martinis and signature cocktails from 4 - 6 pm

$5 martinis and signature cocktails from 4 - 6 pm

$5 martinis and signature cocktails from 4 - 6 pm

$5 martinis and signature cocktails from 4 - 6 pm

$5 martinis and signature cocktails from 4 - 6 pm

Happy Hour 5 - 7 pm

Happy Hour 5 - 7 pm

Happy Hour 5 - 7 pm

Happy Hour 5 - 7 pm

Happy Hour 5 - 7 pm

Happy Hour 5 - 7 pm

Wine Club 4 - 9 pm

Pay The Day Taps 8 - 10 pm College Night $2.50 select drink 9 - 11 pm

$.99 teas and select bottle beer. College Night $2.50 select drinks 9 - 11 pm

Old Broadway City Club 22 Broadway N, Fargo Old Broadway Grill 22 Broadway N, Fargo

Bourbon Sampling for $10 5 - 10 pm

Wine Club Night from 4 - 10 pm

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$2.95 Bloody Marys/ mimosas/SkipN-Go Naked 11 am-2 pm

$2.95 Bloody Marys/mimosas/ Skip-N-Go Naked 11 am-2 pm

$2.95 Bloody Marys/mimosas & select drinks 11 am - 2 pm, College Night $2.50 select drinks 9-11 pm

$2.95 Bloody Marys/mimosas/ Skip-N-Go Naked 12 pm - 2 pm

Ticket Tuesday, $3.50 Mugs 6 - 10 pm Happy Hour 3 - 6 pm with 2-4-1 Drinks.

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

2-4-1’s drinks from 3-6 pm

College Night $2.50 select drinks 9 - 11 pm, 2-4-1 drinks from 3 - 6 pm

Pickled Parrot 505 3rd Ave. N, Fargo

Happy Hour from 4 to 9 pm and $2 pounders, $2.50 domestic bottles, $4 Fireball and select parrot jars

Happy Hour from 4 to 9 pm and $3 Ice Hole and Captain Morgan, $4 select parrot jars and $4.50 shots

Happy Hour from 4 to 9 pm and $4 Water Moccasins, $7 craft tap parrot jars and $8 well drink parrot jars

Happy Hour from 4 to 9 pm and $3 Ice Hole, $4 Crown Royal and $5 Patron

Happy Hour from 4 to 9 pm and $3 Malibu, Windsor and Chuck Norris

Pounds ​6 12 1st Ave. N, Fargo

Happy Hour from 4 to 6 pm and 9 pm to close, $1 off local beers

Happy Hour from 4 to 6 pm and 9 pm to close, $​ 5 Midwest Martinis

Happy Hour from 4 to 6 pm and 9 pm to close, ​$ 1 off craft pounders

Happy Hour from 4 to 6 pm and 9 pm to close, $4 Bulleit

Happy Hour from 4 to 6 pm and 9 pm to close, $5 cucumber Bloody Marys

$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

Rhombus Guys Pizza 606 Main Ave, Fargo

Happy Hour 3-6 pm

Happy Hour 3-6 pm 1/2 off wine 6 pm - Midnight

Happy Hour 3-6 pm $2 off original cocktails from 6 to close

Happy Hour 3-6 pm $5 domestic pitchers 9 pm to close

Happy Hour 3-6 pm $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 pm - Close

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

Rick’s Bar 2721 Main Ave, Fargo

$3.05 Morgans $3.45 tall domestic taps 4:30 pm - close

$3.75 Crown Royals $3.95 Crown Blacks

$2.95 Bacardis/ domestic bottles 4:30 pm - 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 pm - 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 pm (2-for-1 drinks)

$2.50 Homemade Bloody Marys w/ beer chaser 10 am - 4 pm

$1 off drinks from 3 - 6 pm and 9 pm Midnight

$1 off drinks from 3 - 6 pm and 9 pm Midnight

$1 off drinks from 3 - 6 pm and 9 pm Midnight and half price bottles of wine

$1 off drinks from 3 - 6 pm and 9 pm Midnight and $1 wells, $2 domestic bottles and $3 domestic beers/premium wells

$1 off drinks from 3 - 6 pm and 9 pm Midnight

$7 bottomless mimosas/bloody marys/domestic taps from 10 am - 2 pm

$3 Bloody Marys and $7 bottomless mimosas from noon - 6 pm

$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

OB Sport Zone 22 Broadway N, Fargo

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

Radisson 201 5th St. N. Fargo

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

Sidestreet Grille & Pub 301 3rd Ave. N, Fargo

$5.95 Pitchers ($8.95 Craft and Import) all day & 2-4-1’s drinks from 3-6 pm

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Slammer’s Sports Bar & Grill 707 28th Ave. N, Fargo Speck’s Bar 2611 Main Ave, Fargo

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$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

All drinks are doubles for price of singles on Tuesdays from 7-11 pm

Tea Night- $3 teas from 7-11 pm

Ultimate Margarita Night-$8 21 ounce ultimate jumbo margarita

Spirits Lounge Buckets of beer4 for $12. Bottled 3803 13th Ave. S, beer is priced at Fargo $4 every day. 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 pm

1/2 off pitchers 7 - 10 pm

$3 pounders $3.50 Bloody Marys

Tailgators Sports Cafe 1322 Main Ave, Fargo

$3.50 Crown Royals $3 UVs

$3 domestic bottles and $3 Morgans

$7.25 domestic pitchers $2.50 Schnapps $2.75 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 $3 domestic pints and bottles

TGI Fridays 4100 13th Ave. S, Fargo

All Day Happy Hour, $3 select cocktails

All Day Happy Hour, $5 select cocktails

All Day Happy Hour; $3 select cocktails

All Day Happy Hour, $3 select cocktails

All Day Happy Hour

All Day Happy Hour

All Day Happy Hour

$2.75 Morgans

$6 domestic pitchers

$3 bar pours

$2.75 domestic pounders

$3 domestic bottles $3 long island teas

Happy Hour 11 am - 5 pm $3 Long Island teas

Happy Hour All Day

$1 off Mexico Mule

$1 off Bourbons

$1 off Moonshine and $2 margaritas from 9 pm to close

$1 off Sangria from 11 am - 4 pm and $2 margaritas from 9 pm - close

$1 u-call-its 9 - 10 pm $2 u-call-its 10 - 11 pm $2 bomb shots from 9 - 11 pm

$1 u-call-its 9 - 10 pm $2 u-call-its 10 - 11 pm $2 bomb shots from 9 - 11 pm

2-4-1s from 9 pm to midnight

$5.95 domestic pitchers and $3.30 Bloody Marys and Caesars until 5 pm

$3.50 tall domestic taps and import bottles all day

VFW: Downtown 202 Broadway N, Fargo Vinyl Taco 520 1st Ave, Fargo

$1 off Margaritas

$2 PBR Pounders 8 pm to close

The Windbreak 3150 39th St. S, Fargo

$1 off drinks from 3 - 6 pm and 9 - 11 pm

$1 off drinks from 3 - 6 pm and 9 - 11 pm

$1 off drinks from 3 - 6 pm and 9 - 11 pm

Country Thursdays and Ladies night: $2 drinks and bomb shots from 9 - 11 pm Ladies get free taps and wells from 9 pm to midnight

Woody’s Bar 1550 32nd Ave. S, Fargo

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 pm

Dave’s Southside Tap 803 Belsly Blvd, Moorhead

Happy Hour from 3 - 6 pm, $3.50 tall domestic taps from 7 pm close

Happy Hour from 3 - 6 pm, $2.50 domestic bottles and wells 7 pm - close

Happy Hour from 3 - 6 pm, $3 Captain Morgan & Fireball from 8 pm - close

Happy Hour from 3 - 6 pm, $6.50 domestic pitches from 8 pm - close

Happy Hour from 3 - 6 pm, $3.50 Stolis & Bacardis from 8 pm - close

$3.50 Long Island Teas & Crown Royals 8 pm - close

JC Chumley’s 1608 Main Ave, Moorhead

Service Industry Night: $2.50 you-call-its with server ID and Morgans from 8 pm - close

$2 domestics and wells from 5 pm - midnight

​$ 2.75 domestic pints, $3.50 import pints and $.50 off whiskey drinks from 8 pm - close

​$ 3.50 import taps and bottles, $2.75 Smirnoffs and $4 Chucks and Wonder Womans from 8 pm - close

$3.50 Fireballs from 5 pm to midnight and $2.50 domestic bottles and Morgans from 8 - 10 pm

​$ 6.75 domestic pitchers and $2.50 mimosas from open - 4 pm

Mick’s Office 10 8th St. S, Moorhead

Happy Hour 4:30 - 7 pm, $1 wells 9pm-close

Happy Hour 4:30 - 7 pm, $6 pitchers 9pmclose

Happy Hour from 4:30 - 7 p.m, ladies night from 9 pm midnight

Happy Hour from 4:30 - 7 pm, Mug Night ($5 mugs, $2.75 refills, $2.50 wells)

Happy Hour from 4:30 - 7 pm

Mug Day ($5 mugs, $3 refills) $2.50 Long Island Teas

MOORHEAD

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TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

2-4-1 drinks from 4 - 6 pm

$5.25 pitches of Budweiser, Mich, Amber Boch, Bud Light, Miller Light and Foster and 2-4-1 drink specials from 4-6 pm

$2.75 22oz grande beers, $4 Sam Adams, Red’s Apple and Bells and 2-4-1 drink specials from 4-6 p.m

$6 pitchers of Bud Light, Shock Top, Miller Light, Coors Light and Nordeast. 2-4-1 drink special 4-6 pm

Bloody Mary specials. $6 pitchers of Bud Light, Shock Top, Miller Lite, Coors Light and Nordeast 9 pm - 2 am

Grand beers $2.75 (all day)

Happy Hour from 1 - 7 pm, $3 perfect pint of Guinness and Irish car bombs (9 pm - 12 am)

Happy Hour from 1 - 7 pm, $10 all you can drink (11 am - 2 pm) Mimosas, Bloodys and domestic taps

Happy Hour from 1 - 7 pm and $5 domestic pitchers

Speak Easy 1001 30th Ave. S, Moorhead

2-4-1 drink specials from 4 - 6 pm and $2 domestic bottles from 7 pmmidnight

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

Happy Hour from 1 - 7 pm and $5 domestic mugs, $6 import mugs (8 pm - 12 am)

Happy Hour from 1 - 7 pm and $4 scratch teas

Happy Hour from 1 pm Midnight

Happy Hour from 1 - 7 pm, $5 all you can drink for ladies from 9 pm - midnight, $3 pounders (all day) $2 Morgans and $3 bomb shots (9 pm midnight)

Vic’s Bar & Grill 427 Center Ave, Moorhead

$2.75 Morgans

2 for 1 8 - 11 pm

$2.75 whiskeys

Ladies night 8 - 10 pm $5 pitchers

Late night Happy Hour 9 pm - Midnight

$5 pitchers All Day

Bloody Mary special

$2 domestic pints & wells 8 pm -

Mug night 8 pm $5 mugs

$2.50 domestic bottles, $3 well specials 8 pm

$2.50 Morgans and Bacardis 8 pm

$3 teas & bomb shots 8 pm

$6 domestic pitchers & $2.50 Icehole All Day

WEST FARGO Bar Nine $3 tall domestics, $3 Stolis & $3 1405 Prairie Jack Daniels Pkwy, West 8 pm Fargo Hooligans 3330 Sheyenne St, West Fargo

$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 pm - close

$3 bomb shots 8 pm - Midnight

Pub West 3140 Bluestem Dr, West Fargo

$3.50 tall Domestic Beer/$4.50 Tall Craft beer

$3.50 Morgan and Bacardi

$3.50 Jack Daniels, Jim Beam And Jameson/$4.50 Crown Royal

$3.50 UV, Wave and Titos

$3.50 Windsor/$3.00 Solo Cups: Bud Light Coors Light Miller Lite

$3.00 Solo Cups: Bud Light Coors Light Miller Lite

$3 Jag and Jack Daniels, $7.50 Miller Lite Pitchers

$3 Windsor, Canadian Club, Jack Daniels and $14 bucket of domestic beers

$3 Captain Morgan, Bacardi and domestic bottles

$3.50 bomb shots and Tito’s Vodka

Bloody Mary and Caesar specials all day, $3 Fireball and Tuaca

$7.50 Coors Light pitchers, $3.50 Crown Royal, Bloody Mary and Caesar specials all day

Rookies 715 13th Ave E, West Fargo

Happy Hour All Day/ Service Industry Night:$3.50 youcall-its

Silver Dollar Flying Pig 221 Sheyenne St, West Fargo

Happy Hour from 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Happy Hour from 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Happy Hour from 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Happy Hour from 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Happy Hour from 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Happy Hour from 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Happy Hour from 4:30 - 6:30 pm

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 pm - close

$1 off Long Island teas & $5 martinis 7 pm close

$2.75 Windsors $1 off bottled beer 8 pm close

$3.50 Bloody Marys, Caesars & domestic pints until 6 pm

Happy Hour All Day

Town Hall Bar 103 Main Ave. W, West Fargo

$3 Captain Morgan, $3.50 Crown Royal, $3.50 Washington Apples from 7 to 11 pm

$3 32oz domestic Mongo Mugs, Ladies night $1 off drinks, $3 shots from 7 - 11 pm

Hump Day Happy Hour 3-7 pm, Windsor $3, Wu Tang Shots $3 from 7 - 11 pm

Rum Night $3 Cristal & Limon, Domestic Pitchers $6 from 7 - 11 pm

Fireball Friday $3, Extended happy hour 3-8 pm from 7 - 11 pm

$2.75, Sex with Strangers $3, 10 am - 1 pm $4 Bloody Marys & Caesars from 7 - 11 pm

$2.75 pounders all day, Service Industry Special: well drinks & domestic beer $2 from 7 to 11 pm

​V FW: West Fargo 308 Sheyenne St, West Fargo

$2.50 regular domestic beers and Windsor

12 inch pizza and a pitcher of beer for $11

$3 Barcardi, Morgan, Mike’s Hard Lemonade or Wine Coolers

$3.50 25 oz. tap beers, $3 25 oz. amber tap beers and import/ premium bottles

Work Zone 701 Main Ave. E, West Fargo

$3 Jag shots, $3 Tuaca, Mug Special $6.50 with $3.50 refills

$3 Bacardi and Ice Hole

$3 Dr. Mac shots, Mug Special $6.50 with $3.50 refills

$3 Morgan, Malibu and Jag

$3 Jack and Jims

$3 Bloody Marys and Caesars, $3 craft and imports

$5.50 domestic pitchers, $3.50 Buccas, $3 Bloody Marys and Caesars

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BATH & BEAUTY

It’s not uncommon to find someone that takes his or her bath and beauty routine pretty seriously. Whether you prefer top notch quality items for your skin or just like to relax in the best bath ever, we’ve found some items around Downtown Fargo to suit all sorts. By Erica Rapp | Photos by Paul Flessland

MISTRAL SOAP

Straight from France, this is the boutique’s signature soap collection and will do your skin some good. This 100 percent vegetable soap is made out of ingredients such as organic olive oil and shea butter, and comes in 27 different scents. $8.25 O’Day Caché 317 Broadway N, Fargo odaycache.bigcartel.com

THYMES “GOLDLEAF GARDENIA” LOTION

Zandbroz has been carrying the Thymes brand of lotions, soaps, perfumes and more since they opened nearly 25 years ago, making it their oldest and one of their best-selling products. Refreshing and sweet, “Goldleaf Gardenia” is the newest scent and the store carries many others. $29 Zandbroz Variety 420 Broadway N, Fargo zandbroz.com

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ZUM MIST AROMATIC SPRAY

This tangy and refreshing mist will leave your room, and yourself, smelling top notch without being too overpowering. $9.95 Eloise Boutique & Gift 14 8th St. S, Fargo facebook.com/EloiseFargo


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TEA CAKES SUGAR CUBE SCRUBS Although it may look like something that you put in you coffee, these sugar cubes are made for your body. Take one into the shower or bath and scrub away for soft, glowing skin. $14 Kittsona 610 Main Ave, Fargo kittsona.com

HONEY HOUSE NATURALS BEE BAR LOTION

This solid bar may come across as a bar of soap, but it’s hand and body lotion. The essential oils and butters are released by the warmth of hands or skin and smoothly absorbed just like any other lotion. An added plus is that it’s not made with water, so it will last a long time without drying out. $15 Eloise Boutique & Gift 14 8th St. S, Fargo facebook.com/EloiseFargo

BEER SOAP

For all of you die-hard beer lovers out there, the Swag Brewery gives you the option to incorporate your favorite brew into your bath and shower routine. No, you’re not literally bathing in beer, but this soap is made from all types of brews from oatmeal stouts to porters and pilsners. $7.75 Zandbroz Variety 420 Broadway N, Fargo zandbroz.com

ORGANIC VODKA BODY SCRUB

You can now take your favorite alcoholic beverage into the shower with you. Not really, but this Watermelon Basil Vodkatini body scrub is made with organic vodka, smells delicious and will leave you with soft skin and maybe even craving a cocktail. $34 Kittsona 610 Main Ave, Fargo kittsona.com

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With an 80 percent failure rate, you have to be a bit bonkers to go off on your own and start your own business. It’s a good thing Fargo is...