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A German tradition with a bit of Fargo flair

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 2nd, 2015

photo by Melissa Haugrud

Folkways and Twenty Below Coffee Co. join forces for Christkindlmarkt

This year the folks behind Alley Fair and Folkways are collaborating with Twenty Below Coffee Co. to put a Fargo spin on an old German tradition. In Germany, the Christkindlmarkt is a month-long holiday event in which onlookers walk the streets and enjoy the sights and sounds of a holiday street fair.

The Christkindlmarkt has been a symbol of holiday cheer since the Middle Ages. The Christkindl herself is a…

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Dempsey’s acquires space from Studio 222

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 24th, 2015


photo by Jared Winmill

Expansion will include new stage area downstairs

As they approached their 10th anniversary in March, Dempsey’s Public House owner Bert Myers wanted to do something with that bar to keep things fresh and deal with rising competition in downtown Fargo. About the time those thoughts were arising, they were approached by the owners of Studio 222 about renting the space and using it for an expansion. To them, it seemed like a perfect match.

“We’ve always kind of thought it would be great…

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Fargo SantaCon

by Brittney Goodman | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 24th, 2015

Six years of fun and philanthropy supporting the Gladys Ray Shelter

As one of the founders of Fargo's version of SantaCon, the jolly pub crawl with holiday costumes and a giving spirit, I found myself surprised that we are coming up on our sixth year, and wanted to talk to some of the organizers and participants about the event’s success and impact. Wasn’t it just yesterday when visions of Santas on Broadway danced in our heads?

SantaCon raises monetary donations and also collects…

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Giving Thangkas this November

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 24th, 2015

By David McCoy

On April 25, 2015, Nepal suffered a devastating earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey deemed it a 7.8 magnitude quake that hit surrounding areas including the cities Bharatpur, Kirtipur and Kathmandu. Around 9,000 lives were lost, and even today, seven months later, thousands of refugees are still displaced and in a desperate struggle for food and shelter. With so many living in fear and uncertainty, we, who have roofs over our heads, should seize the opportunity to help…

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The circus lives on in Zoppe Italian Family Circus

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 18th, 2015

photo by Art Ferrari

By John Showalter

Hitting the road with a traveling circus sounds like something from one of yesteryear’s comedies, does it not? Or perhaps a tragicomic opera, a la “Pagliacci,” or a Sunday morning comic strip. That sort of bohemian lifestyle seems like one that receives plenty of media portrayal but is far from our realm of experience. Personally, I thought the circus was a dying form of entertainment.

However, Fargoan Aimee Klein assures me that’s far from the case, and that…

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Rocket Surgery Super Quiz a hit

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 11th, 2015

photo by Jared Winmill

Only three episodes left to record

The early reviews are in after the first two weeks of the Rocket Surgery Super Quiz, and it’s a hit. The quiz show has only three weeks left, so make sure you get out and see it on a Monday night in November at the Aquarium. The concept is simple: it’s an entertaining, hilarious, smart quiz show with crafty questions that make you think (hence rocket surgery). Hosted by “Kung Fu” Jimmy Osborne and Erik Block, the show also involves characters…

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A friendly occupation

by Brittney Goodman | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 5th, 2015

Ole Tangen’s tiny park revolution

Small, silly beginnings

Big or tiny things can result from being stopped by a train. In April 2013, I was in a car with Dan and Tracy Faleide on an afternoon adventure, and we were stopped by a train in Moorhead. Tracy Faleide vividly remembers the “silliness of pondering having a picnic on that small patch of grass between Chumley’s and the railroad tracks.” This mad idea led to imagining a picnic in one of the "tiny" parks in the area: What…

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NDSU grads create rideshare app

by Benjamin Hamilton | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 5th, 2015

This holiday season thousands of college students will make the long drive home to spend time with their loved ones. Local NDSU grads Matt Sullivan and Jordan Nelson hope to make that trip cheaper, easier and more fun. Sullivan, a native of Hibbing, Minn., is no stranger to long commutes. “Sure people can already use services like Facebook and Craigslist to try and hitch a ride,” said Sullivan, “but I knew there had to be a better way.”

How does it work?

Jumpr allows a user to…

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What’s all this about a food co-op?

by Taylor Blumer | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 4th, 2015

Prairie Roots to bring grocery store downtown by next year

At last Wednesday’s 1 Million Cups event, Prairie Roots Food Cooperative announced the launch of its capital campaign to bring a new member-owned and operated grocery store to downtown Fargo, hopefully by end of next year. The campaign’s goal is to generate the necessary funds for opening a full-service, retail grocery store, while also effectively providing Fargo with a new option for purchasing natural, organic and locally…

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It’s a small world in Moorhead Annual event displays unique cultures

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 4th, 2015

Annual event displays unique cultures

By John Showalter

Over a century ago, Ralph Waldo Emerson referred to the fledgling United States as a “melting pot,” where the cultures of the numerous immigrants that had come here would join together in a harmonious whole. Though we have made some progress since he uttered those words, there is still a lot of work to be done. Even though we have given numerous refugees and immigrants in our area a new lease on life, there is still an…

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