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FARGO—The Xcel Energy Holiday Lights Parade rolls through downtown Moorhead and Fargo tonight. While North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum will lead the way as the grand marshal, the smile that shines brightest tonight might belong to Melissa Rademacher, the new president and CEO of the Downtown Community Partnership. Tonight's parade will be the first big event since she got the job in early October. "Coming out of the chute hot," she says with a laugh.
FARGO—Before you go over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house, make sure you pack for the trip. Or rather, pack for the unexpected things that could happen on the way. As the temperatures continue to drop, snow blows and winter travel can become dangerous, experts urge drivers to take precautions, not just behind the wheel, but even before getting in the car. If you haven't already, the time has come to check and pack your winter survival kit.
FARGO—Two new shows have been added to the Fargo Theatre's 2018 concert lineup. Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, touring behind his brand new album, "Gathering," plays there on March 1. Tickets are $35, plus fees. Under the Streetlamp brings its tribute to vocal bands from the 1950s through '70s to the Fargo on May 4. Seats are $40 and $60, plus fees. Tickets for both of these shows go on sale at 11 a.m., Friday.
1 Ryan Gapp Tonight Young artist Ryan Gapp steps into the spotlight tonight with his first solo show, "Axiomatic," at Spirit Room, 111 Broadway, Fargo. The work is an extension of his sketches mixing the looseness of initial drawings with the crispness of the considered mark from the architecture student. A reception for the show runs from 7 to 9 p.m. with a gallery talk at 7:30 p.m. www.spiritroom.net. (701) 237-0230. 2 'The Wizard of Oz' Saturday
FARGO—The holiday season kicks off next week and if you think you're getting your shopping done early by lining up for the Black Friday deals, you're late to the game. Savvy shoppers looking for regional gifts can find just the right thing at this weekend's Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase at Scheels Arena. The annual event tours North Dakota, setting up shop around the state one weekend at a time. Pride of Dakota is run by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and includes more than 500 businesses making and selling goods.
FARGO — In 2014, when Herman Stern was posthumously awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Roughrider Award — the highest honor for a North Dakotan — he was celebrated as a businessman and a civic leader. He ran Strauss clothing store for years, promoted the Boy Scouts of America and established chapters in the Red River Valley, founded what would become the United Way and oversaw the formative years of the North Dakota Winter Show. What may have come as a surprise to some was how he saved over 120 Jews from Germany as Adolf Hitler rose to power.
FARGO—A Fargo-based filmmaker is preparing to finish her documentary on World War II, but is looking for a little help to wrap up the project. Stephanie Manesis started a crowdfunding campaign to cover the last of the filming, editing, music, subtitles and other details. She hopes to raise $37,500 by the end of the campaign on Dec. 22.
1 Native American Festival Tonight - Saturday
MOORHEAD—By his own account, Bill Russell was "obsessed" with Jewish culture as a teenager and pored over the 1958 Leon Uris book "Exodus," about the founding of Israel. Russell wasn't Jewish and growing up in Spearfish, S.D., he didn't even have interactions with Jews until he moved to New York. After the move he discovered a revival of "Fiddler on the Roof" being staged and took regular trips to see the musical.
FARGO -- Vocal country group Home Free brings the harmonies back to the Fargo Civic Center on May 12. The Nashville, Tenn.,-based quintet started out in Mankato, Minn., in 2000. The current lineup is touring behind its fourth studio album, “Timeless,” which includes takes on Maren Morris, Shakira and Johnny Cash hits. The group brought its holiday show to the Civic Center in 2016.