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3. The Block 9 Tower Project Makes Headway

Plans for the Kilbourne Group's Block 9 Tower were approved earlier this year on what is sure to be one of Fargo's most epic buildings. While many of the details are still being ironed out, this 18-story downtown tower is currently planned to house a wedding venue, rooftop garden, skyway access, European-style hotel, retail, businesses and a plaza with green space that has potential to hold a splash pad, skating rink or a bandshell. kilbournegroup.com (Rendering courtesy of the Kilbourne Group)

4. Downtown Fargo's New Mixed-Use Event Center

The Sanctuary Events Center, renovated and transformed from the old St. Mark's church by the Kilbourne Group, became one of downtown's newest hot spots for concerts, weddings, retail shops, business, events and more. Jade Presents assistant talent buyer Carly Bishoff told us in an interview from our August issue, "Ever since the venue at The Hub closed, we have been lacking a mid-sized space where people can come and experience live entertainment. This is right smack in the middle. It's great for mid-sized events, it's right downtown and we find a lot of people wanting to make a night of their concert experiences." sanctuaryevents.com (Photo by Andrew Jason)

5. Carson Wentz Drafted Into The NFL

This one is no secret, as Carson Wentz has become a household name all over the nation. In April, the Philadelphia Eagles selected the former NDSU Bison football quarterback with the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Although Wentz suffered a rib injury during the team's first preseason game of 2016, he quickly bounced back became the starting quarterback once the Eagles traded quarterback Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings. (Photo by Paul Flessland and Joe Kerlin)

6. The 12th Annual Fargo Marathon

This year's SCHEELS Fargo Marathon was one for the books, and saw 50 states and 10 countries represented by the participants. Races for all ages and types took place, including the youth run, 5K, 10K, half marathon, full marathon and the newly added Cyclothon (for the bicyclists) and the Furgo Dog Run (for runners and their furry friends). 2017's Fargo Marathon will take place on May 20. (Photo by Paul Flessland)

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7. Garth Brooks Returned To Fargo

In May, country music legend Garth Brooks made an epic return to Fargo after 17 years. Tickets sold out quick and fans packed into the Fargodome for Brooks' not just one, but four nights of shows with his wife and fellow country superstar Trisha Yearwood. (Photo by Paul Flessland)

Fargo Monthly December 2016  

We took a look back some of the great community highlights of 2016, from events and happenings to all of the new local businesses that opene...