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DECEMBER 2019 | EDITION 27
On the Cover Kirsten Waverek, Studio West Homes + HoDo Lounge 'Tis the season to get festive and flex your mixology merriment. This month, Kirsten Waverek worked with HoDo Lounge and Dash & White, to help us raise the "bar". Waverek designed and staged the cover's flat lay scene with photographer, Penny Burns of Northern Stories. Read more on page 16 Cover Photography by Penny Burns, Northern Stories
Mixing up the Holiday: Kirsten Waverek + HoDo Lounge
Architect Profile: Jackson Strom
This month, follow Kirsten Waverek of Studio West Homes as she works with HoDo Lounge and Dash & White, to help us entertain in style.
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Molly Yeh's Homemade Holiday: Girl Meets Farm
The Showroom: The New Weyer-For-Hire Office & Trever Hill Design
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Art: Connected. Jessica Wachter & Kent Burkhardsmeier
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Midwest Nest Magazine is a monthly print and online publication based in Fargo, N.D. The publication features original content and photography with a focus on capturing cuisine, art, design, culture, and worldly inspiration - in our own backyard. Through sharing stories and supporting area causes and events, Midwest Nest strives to empower and encourage readers to become more involved in our community, follow their passions, and support regional businesses.
DECEMBER 2019 | EDITION 27 PUBLISHER susan hozak
EDITOR tracy nicholson
GRAPHIC DESIGN - LAYOUT
monica sanger kayla cotĂŠ van rensburg - cote creative
GRAPHIC DESIGN - ADVERTISING kayla cotĂŠ van rensburg - cote creative dennis krull - 5foot20 design lounge
COPY EDITORS kelly schulz tracy nicholson
CIRCULATION hal ecker
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SOCIAL MEDIA susan hozak tracy nicholson
dan francis photography m.schleif photography micah j. zimmerman - amdak productions j. alan paul photography jill ockhardt blaufuss photography chantell and brett quernemoen northern stories the good kids food network
molly yeh alexis swenson - goods of a soul kirsten waverek - studio west homes jessica wachter brenna naseer trever hill tracy nicholson
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT kari lugo jana tronier susan hozak tracy nicholson
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contributors + team
Contributors + Team Susan Hozak-Cardinal
Francis is the lead photographer
for Midwest Nest and owner
designer at Creative Monke in
She graduated from Minnesota
of Dan Francis Photography in
Fargo, N.D. As one of Midwest
Fargo, N.D. He is Fargo’s only
Nest’s advertising and layout
with a BS, and then from the
Master, Photographic Craftsman
designers, Monke brings multi-
University of Mary, Fargo Center,
with an MBM. Hozak-Cardinal
with a variety of companies
is the Marketing Director and
currently vice president of the
in their design and marketing
Professional Photographers of
departments. She received her
Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry and a REALTOR® at RE/MAX
N.D. and past board member of the FMVA. Francis brings
BFA in Graphic Design from MSUM. Monke has worked on
Legacy Realty. She is also currently on the Leadership Board
15-years of experience and quality work to Midwest Nest,
everything from t-shirts and brand strategies to websites.
of the100,inc, a stellar collaboration of 200 Fargo-Moorhead
contributing stunning home, art and portrait images to our
She is currently a full-time freelance designer helping
area presidents, CEOs, owners and business leaders.
pages. He is looking forward to showing readers his unique
many small to medium-sized businesses and non-profits
approach to his art that you won’t see anywhere else.
in the F-M area. Monke designed Midwest Nest’s logo and
Francis works out of his downtown Fargo studio and can be
works closely with our team to create branding strategies
found at DanFrancisPhotography.com
and bring expertise to ad designs, helping local businesses
publisher and University
speak their own brand and capture the audience’s attention. Find Monke’s work at creativemonke.com.
Micah J. Zimmerman As a Fargo-based photographer and videographer, Zimmerman
has been capturing the world around him since the age of
Fargo native, Lugo partnered
14, when a mission trip to India
with Midwest Nest to specialize
spurred his passion. Originally
in business development and
advertising sales. Twenty years
in media have taken her through
Jessica Wachter Wachter
and artist at Jessica Wachter Art, based in Bismarck, N.D.
national radio, television, and
in architectural, commercial, and event photography and
film markets as well as global
videography. His company, Amdak Productions, provides
newspaper brands, giving her an
Cum Laude from North Dakota
services across the nation for a variety of industries. When he’s not shooting or working, he loves to spend his downtime
interesting palette of experience. Upon her return to the Midwest five years ago, Lugo has
in Art and Interior Design. An
at the family cabin working on the landscaping and taking
held positions in both media and marketing in Fargo. She is
award-winning artist, Wachter
care of the property. His passion for capturing emotion and
happy to be living and working back in her hometown again,
has also led a worldly career including numerous solo
life’s beauty continues to push his work. Follow him on
where she is also a caregiver for her mother, who has ALS.
exhibitions as well as a speaker at TEDx Des Moines where
Instagram @zhotography & @amdak_productions.
State University with degrees
she presented a TEDx talk entitled,"Everyone is an Artist". Wachter paints, draws, screenprints and continues to intrigue with new mediums and scale. Her contemporary, mixed-media work is strongly gestural, often containing personal celebrations, struggles, joys, loves and losses.
Wachter expresses these personal experiences through
Opening his design business in 2009, Hill quickly secured his spot as one of the top designers in the F-M area. In 2016, Hill was named the F-M’s Best Decorator in the People’s Choice Awards and has consistently ranked in the top three for various,
As the owner of Trever Hill Design, he takes on a wide range of projects including remodels, spacial planning, staging, decorating and designing new homes. Hill takes readers on an exclusive tour of his latest commercial and
elements that create beautiful and functional spaces. Find more on Hill’s work at treverhilldesign.com.
her use of color, texture, and composition. In each curated art feature, she brings exploration, inspiration, and a curiosity with no boundaries. In her travels, Wachter will focus on unearthing the Midwest art scene as well as shedding light on national and international gems. Find more on Wachter's work at jessicawachter.com.
contributors + team
Kayla Cote van Rensburg
Schulz is Midwest Nest's copy
Krull is the owner and creative
owner and lead designer of
editor and works full time as
at 5foot20 design lounge in
Cote Creative, LLC in Fargo,
the Public Relations Manager
Moorhead, M.N., where on any
N.D. As part of the design team
at Alerus in Fargo, N.D. She
day you will find him working
at Midwest Nest she creates
dynamic and visually engaging
and artist. He received his BFA
in Graphic Design from MSUM.
He creates and photographs
for many different businesses,
Minot State University, and has been working in the
the University of Mary. Schulz is a Junior Achievement
both locally and nationally. When he is not designing or
industry since. Her creative design studio specializes in
volunteer and serves on the Board of Education at her
working in photography, he can be found creating art with
branding, graphic design and custom wholesale screen
church. She resides in North Fargo with her husband and
his encaustic medium. He is currently president of Gallery 4
printed apparel. She helps people discover their greatness
two children. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, chalk
artist co-op in Downtown Fargo.
and creates a visual thumbprint for their brand identity.
paint projects, thrifting and chasing after her little ones.
her BA in Graphic Design from
She is active in the community, volunteering on KRFF 95.9 Radio Free Fargo on her radio talk show, Business Babe Power Hour. Get inspired each week as she connects with businesses around the community on how they use
creativity in their business. Get to know more about Cote
van Rensburg and her work at cotecreative.co
joins Midwest Nest specializing
Alan Paul Photography for over
in business development and
10 years and has been shooting
years. He is a passionate, self-
contributing photographer and
taught creator that specializes
and creative mind behind J.
business management, Tronier
Moorhead area for the past six
Hoorelbeke has been the owner
Tronier currently serves on the Cass County Historical Society board of directors
of M.Schleif Photography. With
Hoorelbeke's scope of work varies from architecture and
and is a spokesperson/survivor for the American Heart
a degree in Graphic Design and
landscapes to advertising and dramatic portraits, as well
Association. As a Certified Master Gardener, she has
Public Relations from Concordia
as editorial, product, fashion, and glamour images for many
always surrounded herself in beauty, design and culture.
College, she found photography
clients and publications. His look is bold, crisp, and dynamic,
Neither rain, nor heat, nor dark of night will keep her from
to be a natural combination
lending a distinct feel that is recognized everywhere. For
her flower gardens. Tronier lives in South Fargo with her
in serving her abilities with people and composition. She has a passion for connection,
more of his work, you can view his website at jalanpaul.com
husband Shawn and amazon parrot, Largo.
is the photographer and founder
or find him on Instagram at the handle @jalanpaul.
opportunities in the F-M area. Her style is less ‘posed’ and geared toward capturing a realistic impression of whomever she is photographing- allowing her clients to be themselves and fully embrace their current phase of life. A photographer by day and pint pourer by night at Junkyard Brewing Company, she is an extrovert who is most inspired by atmospherics, conversation, and human expression. She is eager to add her take on the vibrant lifestyle that is Fargo, North Dakota to
Midwest Nest. To find more of her work, connect with her on Facebook or Instagram @ Mschleif Photography, or view her full portfolio at Mschleifphotography.com.
Monica Sanger A native of Rochester, M.N. and recent graduate of NDSU, Murray brings a passion for order and beauty to Midwest Nest’s layout design. She gives many free hours over to the execution of brand identity expression— from concept development to content visuals and logo design. Her free time is most enjoyed when spent experimenting with a new recipe, hiking in the mountains, or engaging in good conversation over a quality cup of coffee.
Wrapping up the Magic On the first week of Christmas shoots, my publisher (Susan HozakCardinal) gave to me... three Hodo cocktails, one homebuilder, two office spaces, one homemade snickers, two brilliant artists, one architect, four holiday homes, one Bismarck author, and a really beautiful jewelry store!
With our third holiday issue all "wrapped up", my December preparations
Mark your Calendars!
are in full-festive swing. Find a fresh tree, shop 'til I drop, support local
DEC. 5: Light Up The Night | POW/MIA Plaza, West Fargo
movie marathon, bake something worthy of Food Network, and lastly,
DEC. 6: 400 Block Petting Zoo | Zandbroz Variety, Stabos, Unglued DEC. 6-7: The Christmas Market by Eco Chic Home | RRV Fairgrounds DEC. 7: Christmas on the Prairie | Bonanzaville, West Fargo DEC. 8: Candy Cane Carnival for Kids by Sanford | Avalon Events Center DEC. 14: Free Holiday Photos - Kailey Louise Designs | West Acres Mall
charities, have a stern chat with Elf on the Shelf, conquer the Hallmark reduce my coffee intake (while increasing RumChata intake). Nothing says, "This mom's going to win Christmas," like a 10:00 P.M. cup of joe and an improper "splash" of cream liqueur. Most importantly, I plan to remind myself often that these are the very best days; to not let holiday stress overshadow my joy for the season and the reason. Heading happily into our third year, we want to sincerely thank our readers, contributors, and team members who graciously gift us with their time and talents. May your holiday magic never end, and your greatest gifts be the presence of family and friends. Merry Christmas, from our Midwest Nest family to yours!
DEC. 14: Santa Fly-In 2019! | Fargo Air Museum DEC. 15: Very Merry Holiday Craft Market with Unglued | Drekker Brewing Co. DEC. 15: Kenny G: The Miracles of Holiday & Hits Tour 2019 | The Fargo Theatre DEC. 20: Downtown Santa Dash - 5K | Downtown Fargo DEC. 20-21: FMBallet's The Classic Nutcracker | NDSU Festival Concert Hall DEC. 20-21: Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome | Sanctuary Events Center
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Whether itâ€™s a neighborhood happy hour or a full weekend of forced family fun, a home holiday gathering can be a great opportunity to flex your festive expertise. To get our creative juices flowing and expand our
teamed up with one of the industry's best mixologists, Nate Stensgard of the HoDo Lounge. He broke down three seasonal sips that are sure to fill your guests with holiday cheer. To perfect our presentation, we took a quick trip to Dash & White to find glassware and serving options to pair with these perfect pours.
1. Cran-Peary Wine
A refreshing kind of refined 1 oz. Absolut Pear vodka (full shot) ½ oz. Lillet Apertif Blanc 1 ½ oz. Moscato ½ oz. Aperol liqueur unsweetened, pressed cranberry juice mint club soda Mint can be shaken in the drink like a mojito or make mint simple syrup - simmer half turbinado sugar, half water with mint leaves and strain. Garnish with mint sprig and lime zest. CREATIVE COCKTAILS One simple, yet effective way to shake things up a bit from your typical holiday get-together, is to create and serve your guests a specialty cocktail. A quick search of the web and you'll find it’s easy to get overwhelmed
timeless classics to masterfully-crafted concoctions. If you really want to know how to master the craft, skip the web and go to the local experts like Nate Stensgard, at HoDo Lounge in Downtown Fargo.
Fun Tip: To get a little craftier, sometimes Stensgard makes a concentrated syrup, or premixed "shrub", consisting of cranberries, sugar, and a bit of cider vinegar. The result is a sweet, acidic mixer that can be used in a variety of mixed cocktails. * Featured: Dash & White rose crystal champagne flute
Hot cider with next-level nostalgia
1 oz. pear vodka
3/4 oz. pomegranate liqueur 3 oz. apple cider 2 cloves 3 juniper berries dash of honey cinnamon stick dash of cinnamon and nutmeg Heat to hot without scorching, garnish with orange peel. * Featured: Dash & White mulled wine mug
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