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FARGO — The rainy morning Thursday, July 19, at the Downtown Fargo Street Fair was not going to get Pat Gerlach down. He's had to deal with more than just a little rain. "I actually kind of dread the perfect day," he said under his tent, surrounded by his photos of wildlife. 'I've found on a perfect day, a sun-shining, 70-degree day, all of my people, the people who like what I do, they're all out doing something. They're not going to canoe today or go hiking."
The Downtown Fargo Street Fair may be the big event happening this weekend, but there are plenty of other fun options out there.
FARGO — When St. Paul's Summit Brewing Co. hit a bump in the road at the end of 2017 and was forced to lay off employees for the first time in its 32-year history, founder and president Mark Stutrud looked back home to get the company back on track. The brewer released a new beer with barley grown on his cousin's North Dakota farm. Dakota Soul has been such a success, Summit has been forced to more than double its production of the lager.
FARGO — McKaila Ruud grew up in the Clara Barton neighborhood and remembers biking to the Downtown Fargo Street Fair with her family as a kid. "It was always fun and cool to see the things you couldn't get to see on a regular basis," she says. As the events coordinator for the Downtown Community Partnership, Ruud is excited again for the influx of about 300 vendors to set up Thursday, July 19, through Saturday, July 21, even if the event looks a little different this year.
FARGO — Orland and Shirley Rourke met as students at Concordia College in the mid-1950s and got married in 1958. Around the same time, the couple started collecting art, works by classmates, teachers, artists both local and visiting and things they would find in their travels. Their collection — spanning 60 years and more than 1,000 pieces — is up for auction this week, following the death of Shirley earlier this year, 20 years after Orland died.
MOORHEAD — In "Hello, Dolly!" the title character is a matchmaker. For Trollwood's production of the musical, the casting director created it's own perfect match placing Andie Peterson in the lead role. On Thursday's opening night, Peterson showed the charisma and moxy needed to play a role made popular by dynamic leading ladies like Carol Channing, Barbra Streisand and Bette Midler.
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MOORHEAD — Jess Rau pursed her lips and looked up, carefully formulating her thoughts. She was sitting in the hair and makeup trailer earlier this week at Trollwood Performing Arts School, her home away from home for the last month or so. She knows her opinion may not sit well with the costume makers she works with, but she shares it anyway.
WEST FARGO — The Murphy Brothers rides are up at the Red River Valley Fair, but there's something else moving across the skyline at the West Fargo fairgrounds. A 9-foot tall robot by the name of Max Power will be roaming the grounds to greet visitors. A friendly cyborg isn't the only thing new to this year's Red River Valley Fair, which opens today. Here's a look at some of the things likely to create a buzz at the big event. Max Power
FARGO — Congratulations! You survived the Fourth of July! While Independence Day may be the biggest holiday of the month — even the summer — there are still 27 days left and lots to do. Here's a quick look at some of the fun things happening through the end of the month.