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  1. August Events in the FMWF Area!

    “June’s over? Julying.” Anyone else still stuck in June? The summer has flown by, but we can all appreciate all of the local festivities that our city and sister cities have put on for the community to enjoy! Summer is a pretty limited time in our neck of the woods, but a round of applause goes to those who make the most of it, and put on such great events for us to enjoy! Yes, June and July are over, but before you get sad, allow us to enlighten you with some fun events going on in our last month of summer! 

    The Arts Partnership’s ChalkFest

    The Arts Partnership is back at it again, painting our city with art of all kinds! Throughout the summer, local artists have been drawing with chalk around the streets of Fargo/Moorhead and sharing their talents with us. This ChalkFest, however, the artist is you! Join the Arts Partnership from noon to 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 9th at the Red River Zoo! Admission and drawings are open to the public to bring out the inner child in us all and “paint the town red.”


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    Photo from High Plains Reader


    Over the Edge with CHARISM

    Over the Edge USA is back in Fargo for the second year to raise funds for one of our favorite non-profits, CHARISM! CHARISM, which stands for A Community of Homes And Resources In Service to Many, is a non-profit that provides support, guidance, and care for at-risk children and families. This event, Over the Edge, is a great fundraising, networking, and overall fun event to support an organization that supports the youth of our community. Be sure to stop by the Black Building downtown on Friday, August 10th to watch some brave edgers rappel down the side of a building, and enjoy some food and entertainment as well! Don’t forget to fundraise! Want more information? You got it.


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    The FM Pride Parade

    The Fargo/Moorhead Pride Parade is a four day event including bowling, trivia, dance parties, a 5k, an Interfairth service, and of course, the pride parade and rally! This event empowers, educates and supports the LGBTQ Community throughout the tri-state area and Canada! Get your rainbow tutu’s ready walking shoes on; it’s time for the parade! Be sure to check out their page to attend all of the events they have in store for you!


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    Photo from High Plains Reader


    West Fargo Cruise Night

    The West Fargo Cruise nights are almost coming to an end for the summer! Be sure to head over to downtown West Fargo on Thusday, August 16th from 4:30-9:00 to see some classic cars, motorcycles and custom toppers, not to mention enjoy the local food vendors! Date night idea? We think yes. Here’s some more information!


    Red River Market

    Get your re-usable grocery bag and fill it with some local goodness! The Red River Market supports small to mid-size farms as well as emerging businesses to ensure all are welcome and all will have fresh food at their tables. Every Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, grab your sun hat and some walking shoes and head over to Broadway and 4th Ave. N. Enjoy!


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    Pioneer Days at Bonanzaville

    Bonanzaville is a great place to visit during the summer, and fun for the kids, too! Located in West Fargo just outside the fairgrounds, take the family to enjoy live entertainment, food, tons of pioneer demonstrations, as well as a parade! Mark August 18th and 19th in your calendars and visit this page for more information about Bonanzaville!

    Fargo Food Truck Festival

    Fargo Foodies, unite! Elastic stretch pants might be a must for this fun-filled weekend. What’s on the menu? Well, what’s not on the menu? Located at the North Dakota Horse Park, visit 20+ food  trucks, a pop-up arcade, a bacon challenge (yes, a bacon challenge!), as well as a Proof Distillers Bloody Mary competition! Info? Ask and you shall receive.

    Fargo Blues Festival

    The Fargo Blues Festival is back for the 23rd year! Newman Outdoor Field will have slightly different entertainment over its usual baseball game during this two-day event.  Twelve bands over two days, plenty of food, and ice cold beer. See the line-up here

    I love the 90s

    Where the 90’s babies at? It’s your time to shine. Dust off your overalls and grab your chokers, scruchies and glitter nail polish.  Downtown Fargo is putting on another 90’s bash! Participating bars include Pickled Parrot, Kempsey’s, Fort Noks, Front Street Tap Room, OB’s Sports Zone, Sports Bar, and more! Check out the link to see what you’ll get when you buy a ticket!

    Island Park Craft Show

    We are a company who enjoys the arts, there’s no getting around that. In college, we were taught the concept of “show, don’t tell.” We could go on about how fun this event will be, but we’d rather you see it for yourselves! Check it out at Island Park from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM on August 25th and 26th!

    Streets Alive

    Get movin’, Fargo! Bring your bikes, walking shoes, pogo stick, or unicycle and watch the streets of downtown Fargo come alive! Enjoy fruit, ativites, art, chalk , and more at this lively event. We’ll see you there on August 26th!

    Summer in Fargo, and in North Dakota in general, comes in a flash and leaves in a hurry. But, a huge thank you goes out to all of the committees and individuals who work to put on great entertainment for our community. From ChalkFest to StreetsAlive, and all of the fun in between, it requires great amounts of planning. We are fortunate to live in such an area! But, that's just FargoStuff talking. We're clearly proud of our home. Cheers!

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  2. Meet the Line-Up

    We've been anticipating this announcement for a few months now. It took several of our favorite local artists, a few sketches, and a little bit of coffee, but we're happy to annouce that FargoStuff has new inventory! Shirts, to be specific.They made their grand appearance a few weeks ago at the Downtown Fargo Streetfair, and they were already a hit! These shirts are composed of a little bit of NoDak humor, a little bit of Fargo traditions, and a whole lot of Midwestern lingo - made with love, of course. Check them out!

    Brad Clemenson 

    To start out the introduction of our line-up, here are three of our favorite designs from local artist, Brad Clemenson. The "Bison Nodak Est. 1889" tee shows off the North Dakotan icon - the Bison. Though you won't find too many bison East River, we highly recommend seeing one of these beauties up close and taking the family to Medora! It wouldn't hurt to sport a local original, either. As for the popular baseball tee, who wouldn't want to show off the 701 that we know and love? Last in his collection is the light-blue lovely (scroll down). Can you name that bird? Hint: ND's state bird. 


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    Meadowlark


    Hello Cereal

    Jeff Knight of "Hello Cereal" designed the next three of our Fargo Creative line-up. Three iconic symbols for the state of North Dakota grace the front of these shirts: a horse, a prairie dog, and of course, a Western Meadowlark. There's the answer to the last question, by the way. Check them out!


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    McCal

    You know the apparel that starts a conversation? Well, McCal came through with that concept! If you're not a local, you may question the chainsaws pictured on the first image. Our advice to you would be to watch the movie "Fargo," (18 and older please), and then you'll understand. Background behind the ducks: is it "duck, duck, GOOSE," or "duck, duck, GREY DUCK?" You decide. And of course, the roaming herd. We love 'em.


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    Nathaniel Navratil

    We think this shirt speaks for itself. Nicely done, Nathaniel. Nicely done.


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    Punchgut

    With a name like "Punchgut," you're bound to produce some stellar stuff. Punchgut brought a little more Midwest humor to our shelves that we're happy to showcase! 


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    Intern Mac

    Last, but certainly not least, is a Fargo original from our very own intern! Mac is only 17 years old, and has already impressed us with his appreciation for all music, creativity, and humor. Check out his Fargo original!


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    There you have it! We have more inventory coming very soon. But, for now sport a Fargo original and stay tuned for what's to come. We'd like to extend a huge thank you to our Fargo Creatives for their awesome designs, and we look forward to seeing more of their work! Cheers!

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  3. New Products at the Downtown Fargo StreetFair!

    For the next three days, you can find the faces behind FargoStuff and all the goodies that come with it on the corner of 3rd St. N. and 4 Ave. N. Why? For the Downtown Fargo StreetFair, of course!


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    At this year’s StreetFair, you’ll find all of our most popular products offered at great prices. Not only that, but we have brand new inventory to show you! Designed by some of our favorite local artists, be sure to stop by to be one of the firsts to purchase a Fargo original! Below are a few of the products you can find.


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    FargoStuff will be at the same spot each day, Thursday through Saturday (19th - 21st)! Our tent opens at 10:00 am each day, closing at 9:00 pm both Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, we’ll be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Plenty of time to take advantage of our deals and check out our new inventory! And, since you're a loyal customer, we'll give you 15% off your purchase when you come to our tent! All you need to say is "SECRET CODE," and you'll get the discount. See? It pays to read blogs!

    As a proud Fargo company, we love showing off our local artists, and we also love seeing our community wearing the locally designed t-shirts! The Downtown Fargo StreetFair is a great opportunity to find that Fargo swag, usually at an unbeatable price. While you’re downtown, be sure to check out the awesome food, entertainment, and merchandise vendors! A huge thank you goes out to the Downtown Community Partnership for all of their work behind the StreetFair production. Hope to see you all there!

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  4. Running and Hiking Trails in Fargo/Moorhead

    We know what you thought upon reading the title. “How are there hiking trails in The Great Plains?” Well, it’s no mountain range but these trails get the heart pumping, endorphins released, and most importantly, they get you outside to enjoy the few months of nice weather we have! Without further ado, here are some popular running and hiking trails throughout the Fargo/Moorhead area!

    Fargo Hiking Courses

    South Fargo to Horace

    This “hiking trail” is 21.9 miles long, and loops from the corner of South University and 40th Ave. South, past Briarwood, along the Red River, and over to Horace before looping back to your starting place. This trail ranges in elevation from 890 to 917 feet. Being from the flatlands of North Dakota, some would say hiking is a bit of a challenge for us because we’re not familiar with the elevation, oxygen level, or whatever it may be. Though this may be a mild hiking trail, it’s another reason to explore the great outdoors and bring a friend, dog, or just some good music to enjoy!

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    The Speedwork Loop

    This trail begins off 7th St. South and 2nd Ave. S. in Fargo, going south to the corner of 17th Ave. South and 7th Street, looping back around to 8th St. South to lead you back to Downtown Fargo! Elevation ranges from 890 to 918 feet for a total distance of 2.7 miles. A nice stretch of the legs to break up your day and take in the city that we know and love!

    Fargo Running/Walking Courses

    Fargo-Moorhead has beautifully kept parks and recreational centers that are great for running, walking, and biking! You can make your own running trail anywhere, but these parks are a great resource to enjoy the three months of beautiful weather we’re allowed!

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    Trollwood Park

    Located at 3664 Elm Street N., the Trollwood Park course is a great spot to take the dogs for a stroll in beautiful Trollwood. A simple block and a half stretch is a nice way to cool down after a day in the office.

    Fargo Lindenwood Trail

    Lindenwood Park: a place for picnics, bike rides, rollerblading, and running! Located at 1905 Roger Maris Drive, dive into a 15.8 mile run or walk by following the course provided! Lindenwood is an excellent spot to run along Red River, too!

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    Gooseberry Mound Park

    Gooseberry park is one of Moorhead’s hidden treasures, located at 100 22nd Ave. S, this park is a wonderful venue for events complete with picnic areas and a playground for kids. The trails, similar to the parks above, are great for any activity, and the peaceful atmosphere will definitely call you back! Before you know it, a run through Gooseberry will be part of your morning routine.

    There are hundreds of trails to be explored in the area. Be sure to check out MapMyRun  to try out a route or to track your own for others to try! With that, get outside and enjoy the little sunshine and warm weather we get! Cheers!

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  5. Little Free Garden – The Founders

    Little Free Garden – The Founders

    “As we grew and got to better know our community, we realized there was a need for connections and conversations around food,” says Little Free Garden co-founder, Megan Myrdal. The Little Free Garden project, as the name implies, is a small garden intended to be publicly-accessible and shared with neighbors, strangers, friends and family alike. With that, allow us to help add to the conversation about these wonderful “Little Free Gardens” and the phenomenal people behind it.


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    “The goals of the Little Free Garden project are to encourage urban food growth, to increase access to healthy food, and to help people connect with their neighbors. We also hope the garden serves as a symbol and reminder that all people deserve the right to fresh, locally-grown food.”  

    In August of 2015, friends Gia Rassier, Megan Myrdal and Jeff Knight shined their light on the conversation of food waste. They did this through an organization called “Ugly Food of the North.” This surfaced the astonishing percentage of “ugly food” that goes unused each year simply because of its unaesthetic-aspect. With that, “nearly 50 million Americans live in food insecure households,” according to Ugly Food of the North (check it out, and discover more about this ambitious group).

    As a creative group of individuals, the conversation didn’t stop there and they saw an opportunity to make a difference in this statistic. Inspired, the “Little Free Garden” project grew! The puns are only semi-intended in this blog, so there are no promises more won’t stem from here.

    "We started thinking about what we could do to address some of these issues, and the idea for Little Free Garden was born."

    Little Free Garden

    You may have seen these decorative, planter boxes throughout this community we know and love. You may have even enjoyed a locally-grown veggie yourself! So, how does Little Free Garden work and where is it available? Questions, meet answers.


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    Photo from Little Free Garden


    The Little Free Garden Starter kit includes a weather-resistant placard with the Little Free Garden emblem, and a map/booklet that folds out into to a poster; complete with stickers and a registration ID which gives a garden placement on the Little Free Garden map! Make your mark and get your “green thumb” on with the help of Little Free Garden. Want to stay in the loop about all things Little Free Garden? Once purchased, you’re provided access to their Little Free Garden owners Facebook group! Where can you find it? Just a link over! Click here and voila.


    Little Free Garden Starter Kit


    Since the project started in 2016, it has grown tremendously.There’s no surprise to see that the community is behind this project, as they have seen over 100 planted in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area alone. This is why we love our community, and furthermore why it’s so rewarding to see ideas flourish. If you’d like one of your own, it’s purchasable right on our site as well as at pop-up events around the Fargo-Moorhead area!

    “Our first season started with about 50 gardens, and now we’re almost at 200 gardens in fourteen different states! We’re now in a place where people say ‘I see your gardens everywhere!’ That’s a pretty cool feeling!"


    LFG Map


    The Founders

    Shown below (from left to right) are the makers behind the magic: Megan Myrdal, Gia Rassier, and Jeff Knight. Jeff Knight, known for his unrivaled creativity around the area, is responsible for all of the design work for Ugly Food of the North (UFN) and Little Free Garden (LFG). Since debuting these projects, Jeff has launched his own design agency known as “Cereal.” Oh, and he’s just the start of this rockstar line-up.


    LFG Founders


    Megan Myrdal of Park River, North Dakota graduated from Concordia College in 2009 with a degree in Dietetics and a minor in Communications. Dietetics being an excellent background to have in Megan’s chosen field of interest, we commend her for putting it to great use!

    “Food has always been central to my life. I grew up on a farm and in a family that gardened, cooked, and generally just talked about food a lot. After college I started my career with NDSU Extension in Bismarck, which was an awesome opportunity to understand community-based work and the value of partnerships. I took a break from NDSU Extension to complete my masters, but rejoined with NDSU Extension in Cass County in August of 2018. Like my family, I love to garden, cook and many other food-related things. I also love traveling, music, and spending time enjoying our great local food and brewery scene. I’m your basic millennial!”

    Gia Rassier (middle) of Saint Cloud, Minnesota attended college in Moorhead without an agenda to stay after her college years. “… [B]ut I fell in love with the people and place – and have been here ever since!” Speaking on behalf of the Fargo-Moorhead community, and everyone at FargoStuff, we’re glad she did stay. Thank you for your initiative and creativity!

    “I graduated in 2010 with degrees in Mass Communications, Journalism and Graphic Design. After graduation, I worked at Concordia for four years in the Office of Communication and Marketing – which is where I fell in love with telling stories and building community online. My current job in administration at Dental Care Fargo allows me to work four days a week, while providing lots of creative capacity outside of work for projects like Ugly Food of the North and Little Free Garden. In addition to the typical millennial hobbies (travel, craft beer, music, etc.), I also really love to geocache.”

    The Collaboration

    So, how did Fargo-Moorhead get so lucky to have such ambition people collaborate together on these needed projects? We have Concordia College to thank for that. Gia and Megan met in a Persuasive Communication class at Concordia; “I was a Senior and Gia was a Junior, and we were paired up to work on a semester-long persuasive communications campaign.” Little did that professor know where that random pairing would lead!


    Gia and Megan


    “We were both pretty OCD about getting an “A” and mild overachievers. I think we quickly realized that our work-styles really jived and we also became good friends! Flash forward 7 years, we were roommates and launched a non-profit called Ugly Food of the North.”

    A small team requires many hats worn by few, and Gia and Megan wear them well! As far as carrying out the tasks required of Little Free Garden, there’s a lot of cross-over and collaboration between the two of them. “Our work style is brainstorming, creating a mega to-do list, and then tackling it,” says Megan. “Gia is our creative/content/social media/website guru. I’ll chime in to help brainstorm in those areas, but she really runs the show in that department. I do a lot of general project management, partnerships, communications, and accounting.”

    “Megan is also a rockstar public speaker – and I’d prefer to stay behind-the-scenes. I feel really lucky to have a co-partner whose skills really compliment and balance out my own – it makes 'work' so much more fun.” - Gia

    Gia and Megan’s ambition and dedication to UFN and LFG outside of their day jobs is admirable. Speaking on behalf of this community that they grew to be a large part of, we at FargoStuff especially are proud to work with people like Gia, Megan and Jeff.  We did say they were rockstars, did we not?

    "We recognize that the gardens and the amount of food is small, but what they represent is so much more. It’s a way for people to reconnect with food and with one another. We hope that as the Little Free Garden project spreads, so do the values and ideas that it represents spread, too.”

    We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Gia Rassier and Megan Myrdal for taking time out of their ever-so-busy lives to answer all of our questions about their work, their interests, and their day-to-day lives. Our community is proud and lucky to have members like them  - individuals who see a need and work to fulfill it. We love seeing Little Free Gardens around our neck of the woods, and we are so excited to see it take off beyond our community! Keep on with your creativity, initiative, and award-worthy collaboration. You guys are kind of a big dill. To be fair, we did warn you about the puns! Thanks for weeding, everyone. This week only, take $10 off any FargoStuff t-shirt when you order your own Little Free Garden! Cheers!


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  6. Downtown Fargo Street Fair

    If you have ever visited Fargo, you may remember our vibrant, charismatic downtown atmosphere. Its ghost signs and local shops have you intrigued for hours; not to mention the delicious variety of food offered around every corner. July in Downtown Fargo is a time to celebrate that vibe with the Downtown Fargo Street Fair! And, yours truly has a booth. See you there.

    The Street Fair will take place July 19th – July 21st in the heart of downtown. Expect to see fine art, unique finds, crafts, yummy food, and the love of all things Fargo. The Downtown Fargo Street Fair is a family-friendly event that is anticipated by Fargoans and visitors alike year-round. Here’s a sneak preview of some of the itmes you can expect to see at our FargoStuff booth!

    Apparel (Fargo, Of Course)

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    Who doesn't love a little 1871 representation? The love of Fargo's history on a t-shirt with the popular compass design, this shirt was one of our most popular products last year, and we'll be fully stocked for this year! Want it now? We have a link for that. 


    Hats Off to Our Hats Collection!

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    Snapbacks and tattoos --- couldn't help myself. But actually, expect to see these beauties at the street fair and check out the different colors and options available! 


    Cheers to Fargo Beers!

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    You betcha the beer is cold here! Eat, drink, and be merry while representing your city with one of these glasses! Buy one, two, three or four. We'll have them ready for you.


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    Don't fret, Minnesotans. We have a "Beers of MN" bottle cap map for you, as well! We're stocked and loaded for the street fair this year with some of our most popular products. We hope to see you there!


    For the 43rd consecutive year, Fargo’s downtown streets come alive with families, friends, locals, and visitors for a celebration of the city we love. Whether you decide to stop by and shop at our booth, we hope to see our streets full of smiling faces for yet another fun Street Fair. Enjoy the (hopeful) sunshine, music, food, and local goodies for the city we know and love. Cheers!

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  7. Summer in Fargo – Mark Your Calendars!

    There seems to be a negative perception of Fargo in the summer. Allow us to clear the air because there are, in fact, quite a few things to do around our neck of the woods! We may not have a lake in walking distance, but we do have a Family Fun Park, pools, golf courses, an escape room and a trampoline park on the less-than-sunny days, and of course the summertime festivals that we plan around. Need a calendar? We’ve got you. At least for the month of June, we do. We don’t want to overwhelm you with all the Fargo goodness in one post. We’ll save the July happenings for a more suitable time – stay tuned!


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    Happy Harry’s RibFest – June 6-9th

    Held in the FARGODOME parking lot, this event truly kicks off the summer with award-winning ribs and entertainment for all ages. Here’s a breakdown:

    • Wednesday, June 6th - Guests are able to enjoy lunch from 11 am – 1 pm with free parking! Games Galore will have entertainment provided for the kids, and starting at 7:15, The Mastersons will kick off the evening as headliners to Steve Earle & The Dukes at 9:00!
    • Thursday, June 7th – Take your coworkers out to lunch between 11 am and 1 pm, and head back over to hear Ultrasound and Stephen Pearcy rock out the evening.
    • Friday, June 8th – Picking up on the trend? Get some ribs for the third day day this week and celebrate Friday! Entertainment? Paradise Kitty to kick off the night, followed by ThundHERstruck at 9:00!
    • Saturday, June 9th – Lunch, door prizes, Penny & Pals, and Games Galore to enjoy with the family, and the one and only Joe Nichols to end the 22nd Happy Harry’s RibFest!

    Restaurant Week – June 7-16th


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    New York City began “Restaurant Week” in the 90s, and Fargo welcomed the idea in 2014. With positive feedback, they’re bringing it back for the fourth year! What is “Restaurant Week” exactly? It’s an opportunity for participating restaurants to create menus offered at a discounted price! Take part in the photo contest, check out the participating restaurants, and get your stretchy pants on – it’s go time. Check it out here!

    West Fargo Cruise Night – June 21st


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    Photo from West Fargo Pioneer


    Who doesn’t love gawking over classic cars on a summertime stroll? It’s not the 1950s, but it might as well be on June 21st! Take the family to check out Sheyenne Street in West Fargo, and enjoy a summer evening in Fargo. Read more about it here!

    Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festival – June 22-23rd


    Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Viking Festival

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    If you’re not a Fargo/Moorhead/West Fargo native, I’m willing to bet you read the second word in that title and your brain then skipped over to the word “Viking.” Am I wrong? Being a Scandinavian community, we are obligated to celebrate it accordingly. From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both Friday and Saturday, come out to the Hjemkomst Center to find the Nordic Marketplace, a Viking Village, and so much more!

    StreetsAlive! – June 24th


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    “One day to ditch the cars, grab the kids and get moving!” StreetsAlive! encourages families to get out and get active by taking part in a vast array of activities right downtown. Exhibitors have booths scattered throughout the bike route showcasing different healthy opportunities that their organizations provide. Other booths have fun active play or healthy eating activities; and it wouldn’t be a downtown affair without some local art, food, and goodies. Get involved here


    If these events aren’t quite up your alley, take some time to check out the new ice cream shops downtown! Or, enjoy a day at Thunderroad Family Fun Park. Or, soak up the sun, relax, and enjoy a day at the pool. There’s never a dull moment, and any place is what you make of it. Stays tuned for July and try to keep up with this fun, active community we know and love!

     

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  8. Three Gift Ideas for Graduates

    April showers bring May flowers, and a plethora of big events. May is a special month that recognizes mothers, graduates, and it also happens to be a pretty popular month for weddings (or leading up to some). Our lives seem to get busier during the month of May, and it can be hard to celebrate those people accordingly with this month presenting all of these events! You may be coaching yourself through this month with reminders like this:

    “I have to pick up flowers for my mom, but she doesn’t like gifts so maybe I’ll just get her a card. But she deserves a small mansion and a personal masseuse, how will flowers and a card suffice?"

    "Okay, my little sister graduates this month. When did that happen? I was just changing her diapers and she still has to go through an awkward phase. We’ve gotta make this the best graduation ever!"

    "I have to get something for all of the weddings I have this summer! What’s a unique gift I can give them to commemorate this special day?”

    May – it’s a month of recognition, preparation, a reintroduction to the sunshine we’ve missed so much, and (we’ll say it) - stress. We want to celebrate these people and these occasions with as much pizazz as we can! Sometimes, it’s hard to think outside the usual “flowers, card, and candle” routine.  This is where your pals at FargoStuff can help you out! Let’s start with your little sister’s graduation, shall we?


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    Grad Party Package

    As you may know, FargoStuff has a sister! Well, a sister company, that is – Office Sign Company. A sister company involves two separate businesses that are owned and operated by the same parent. With that, we have the opportunity to do some cross referencing. Similar to how we do with other local businesses, even if they aren’t our sister company. We like to share the Fargo love and all the fun this city has to offer. For this specific blog, however, it’s a perfect time to introduce a package that Office Sign Company is offering for graduation open houses!

    For the first year ever, Office Sign is offering a Grad Party Package to help make your graduate’s open house the best party on the block. This package includes a selfie frame, photobooth props, a personalized return label, open house yard sign, grad banner, and save the date magnets! The best part is these items are all customizable, which makes a great momentum for your graduate. For more information about this package, visit their site!


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    Graduate Gifts

    Did you know that National Tassel Day is May 17th? Along with that, are you surprised that there is a national day for a stringy decoration worn on your head? Neither am I. Regardless, there is a more profound meaning to that tassel worn atop of that grad cap. Being able to turn it from right to left is a big moment for graduates. Seeing as how FargoStuff likes to celebrate all the National Days applicable, we’d like to extend an exclusive offer of 10% off the following gift items! Using the promo code GRAD18, shower your graduate with the praise they deserve because they did it; and by jiminy they deserve a little Fargo love!

    The Places You’ll Far-Go, Gift Basket

    Dr. Seuss said it best, “Oh, the places you’ll go!” You probably said this to your graduate when he or she was a baby; you said it to them when they turned their high school graduation tassel, and you’ll say it again when they turn their college graduation tassel. You’ll say it when they make their first big move, take on their first job, and embark on their own journey. The name says it all.


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    As a fun way to celebrate them, this gift basket comes complete with the famous “Moscow, London, Paris, Fargo” t-shirt, some local Three Bears Honey, a GO FAR yeti-style travel, mug, and locally produced Twenty Below coffee and Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels. Take 10% off this basket and surprise your graduate with some local goodness.

    Bison Portfolio

    When graduation passes, the real world arises; and if your graduate is looking for an office job, this customizable portfolio will help them look the part! The design displayed includes the Bison logo, as we are licensed to sell NDSU Bison apparel and merchandise, but you’d prefer a different design let us know! Give us a call or send us an email, and we will be happy to walk you through your order with a customized design. Bear in mind, however, we are only licensed to reproduce NDSU’s logo. If you’d like another design, you can count on us. Take 10% off with the promo code GRAD18!


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    Bamboo Travel Mug

    Cheers! You graduated! Now it’s time for some regular 8:00 am days rather than your 8:00 am class once a week. Which, we all know what tough to wake up for at that point. Gift your graduate with this Fargo engraved bamboo travel mug so they can start their work day with a hot cup of joe. If you’ve been following the pattern, congrautlations because you can take 10% off of these mugs as well with the promo code GRAD18.


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    Congratulate your graduates, celebrate your mothers, and prepare for a plethora of weddings and perfect your dance moves for those receptions. May is a busy month and we wish you the best of luck! Take advantage of these deals, as they will only be valid until Monday, May 28th! Stay tuned for gift ideas to come for those summer weddings. Cheers!

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  9. Fargo Food Trucks to Try This Summer

    Sweet summertime is approaching! Seeing as how Fargo gets a limited amount of time in the upcoming weather, we have to take advantage of all the next few months have to offer: the lake breeze, the smell of hamburgers grilling, and of course the plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy. That being said, take advantage of the delicious food available from our local food trucks this summer! They come out in the late spring and leave us early fall. It’s only necessary to get your fill while you can.

    So, what food trucks are available and where can I get this tasty food? Not to worry, we’ve done our research. With the help of our handy-dandy tool Yelp, here are the top 5 food trucks to try this summer!


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    1.)    Taco Bros. Food

    Guess who’s back (back, back, back again)? The one and only, Taco Bros. The hype is nothing to take lightly with these guys. This food truck can be found at 400 Roberts Street in downtown Fargo. They are open Monday through Saturday for two shifts: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, and they’re back at it again for the dinner crowd from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. For the late night crowd? Feel free to stop buy from 1:00 am – 3:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Take-out is even an option for those who may want to work through their lunch shift. Rated 4.5 stars on Yelp, the Taco Brothers don’t disappoint. Give their food truck a visit next time you’re downtown!


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    Image from Fargo-Moorhead's 'Foodie Friday'


    2.)    Sliderz

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    As of May 1st, Sliderz is open for the season! Located outside of Duffy’s Tavern (16 12th St S.), this food truck serves up a mouthwatering variety of sliders to “satisfy your meat tooth,” as No Bull would say. All sliders come with your choice of fries; from sea salt, to Cajun, to parmesan garlic or curly fries, you’ll leave full and happy. Sliderz is open Monday through Saturday! Their lunch shift is from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, but they’re back at it again from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Similar to Taco Bros, Sliderz is also open on Saturday night from 1:00 am – 3:00 am! We’re all guilty of those late night cravings, are we not? Allow Sliderz to quench the hunger.

    3.)    The Dog Father Mobile Eatery


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    What’s better than the name? The food, of course. Fargo welcomed this Chicago-style food truck with open arms two years ago. They started on a stainless steel cart, and now run out of a busy food truck! Their menu, according to Yelp, includes hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, Polish sausages, and Italian sausages. Take advantage of this delicious food during lunch as they are only open from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Monday through Saturday. With summer comes baseball, and with baseball comes hot dogs. Celebrate the season according with The Dog Father Mobile Eatery!

    4.)    Texas Q BBQ


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    Shoutout to this food truck for bringing a little Southern BBQ to our Northern neck of the woods. Opening soon, this food truck is a must-stop! Located at 409 N. Broadway downtown, they serve up tender brisket, chicken, pork, ribs, and so much more. Give them a follow on Facebook to check out the hours they will be open, and get yourselves some of that Southern love.

    5.)    Jumbo’s Sloppy Joes


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    You may have heard of “Jumbo’s Sloppy Joe Sauce” available in grocery stores. Well, allow us to introduce to you the Mandan, North Dakota business of Jumbo’s Sloppy Joes! This business started in the 1950s when Jumbo Jim offered a sloppy joe dish at his drive-in that left customers hungry for more. Now, we’re happy to have a local food truck to serve us Jim’s excellence! Located downtown Fargo, grab a bite to eat when they’re available! Wednesday through Friday, stop by anytime between 11:00 am – 2:00 pm; Friday and Saturday from 10:00 pm – 2:00 am, or Sunday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm! Is your mouth watering yet?


    Don't say we didn't give you any lunch ideas this summer. Fargo is a fun place in the summer, and thanks to local goodies like those listed above, it makes it all the merrier. Take your lunch break outside, bring a coworker, or bring your whole team! Park it at a picnic table and get all the Vitamin D you can. You may suffer through a food coma that afternoon, but will it be worth it? Absolutely.

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  10. Top 5 “Mom and Pop” Restaurants in Fargo

    Fargo is a funny town. Though it’s classified as the biggest city in North Dakota, there’s an evident “small town” feel about it. With every great “small town” is a great mom and pop restaurant. Word to the wise, Fargo has a very large plethora of restaurants to choose from. We could write one blog post per week about a food joint, and probably have enough content for three years. But, to make things easier on you, we’ve narrowed down the voted favorites.

    I may be biased, but I must say that Fargo doesn’t disappoint when it comes to food. Southerners have their barbeque, but we Northern folk know a good diner when we see one. Based on our research, the following qualify as the top five!

    The Shack


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    Photo from Yelp.com

    Don’t let the slight wait keep you from a booth in the cozy Shack on Broadway. The service is top-notch, and the food will draw you back again. Trust us, there’s a reason for the wait. A crowd favorite there is the pancakes! According to a frequent Shack guest, “They have the best pancakes in town. It says so on their menu.” So, it’s gotta be true. Right?


    Mom’s Diner

    If the name doesn’t give it away, we couldn’t not include Mom’s Diner in our top 5 Mom and Pop restaurants. We were always told to appreciate the cooking we got at home before we were on our own, right? Well, if you’re in need of some fresh, hot food, Mom’s Diner is the place for you. The food is made to order and it’s located in the center of town!


    Randy’s Diner

    Alright, let’s get serious. Are you a coffee cake fan? If so, stop what you’re doing and go get yourself a slice from Randy’s Diner. Not in the area? Make a trip because it’s that good. Uff da. A great place to enjoy a breakfast or lunch when family is in town, and you’re bound to find some Bison fans the Sunday following a home game!


    Fryn’ Pan

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    Photo from Naseth Construction


    Story time! When Justin Bieber made his grand appearance in the Fargo/Moorhead area two years ago, he snatched a bite at the good ole Fryn’ Pan. Not to say the rest of the mom and pop places pale in comparison because the Biebs chose the Fryn’ Pan, but it’s kind of cool nonetheless. It’s comfort food for the soul and they’ll keep your coffee warm until you’re ready for your ticket.

    Kroll’s Diner

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    Photo from The Concordian

    Two words: Shakey Monday. This diner, open 24/7, offers the town’s best shakes. On Monday’s you will receive two of these delicious concoctions for the price of one! Bring your pal, you honey, or your kids to this 50’s themed diner and enjoy a coma-inducing shake that will change your life. Too much? Ehh, shake it off.


    There you have it, five of the best mom and pop restaurants in Fargo to keep your cravings satisfied. Here at FargoStuff, we like to think of ourselves as your regular “Fargo How-To Guide,” so feel free to send over any suggestions you may have, and we’ll do our research to write it up for you! Thanks for reading, and enjoy the sunshine Fargo has recently been graced with. Cheers!

     

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