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Forum's annual IMPACT looks at a growing, thriving Fargo-Moorhead

FARGO -- Readers of The Forum will get an issue of the annual IMPACT magazine in the Saturday, Sept. 29, issue of the newspaper, the latest installment of an exclusive magazine that's been published since 2014.

Pick up the 2018 IMPACT Magazine in the Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, issue of The Forum or at local Hornbacher's grocery stores. Shane Mercer / Special to The Forum
Pick up the 2018 IMPACT Magazine in the Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, issue of The Forum or at local Hornbacher's grocery stores. Shane Mercer / Special to The Forum

FARGO - Readers of The Forum will get an issue of the annual IMPACT magazine in the Saturday, Sept. 29, issue of the newspaper, the latest installment of an exclusive magazine that's been published since 2014.

IMPACT celebrates Fargo-Moorhead's businesses, culture and industry. Now operating as a partnership between Forum Communications Co. and the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corp., it highlights how people, organizations and businesses build their lives and pursue their passions in the community.

"IMPACT Magazine offers insights into the F-M metro area and beyond for newcomers and long-time residents alike," says Kris Hauge, editor and content writer of the magazine who also serves as project manager at Forum Communications' Click Content Studios. "We strive to cover a variety of topics that showcase the great businesses and culture of the area and offer ideas on where to go and what to try with a unique perspective.

Hauge says the effort combines the writing and design talents of Forum Communications with the content ideas and connections from the EDC.

Seasonal living

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The annual magazine doesn't shy away from the region's frigid reputation. In fact, the 2018 issue highlights how locals love and thrive off the area's seasons.

"Four distinct and wonderful seasons does a lot for people's state of mind, and we appreciate them all," says Mike Allmendinger, president of Kilbourne Group. "Fargo is also a place of walkable neighborhoods, cultural amenities, exceptional local art, music, food and beverage, and outdoor recreation. We take pride in being part of the city of Fargo because it's unique and people create great memories here."

The metro's "weather wonderland" features stories of locals who stay active throughout the year whether they are at the lake, on the hunt or trying their hands at a new skill, hobby or experience.

Those new to the area can use IMPACT's bike map to experience Fargo's growing cycling community. If readers are looking to discover a less physically draining activity and would rather engage in interactive conversation, they can read John Lamb's "Community on tap" article and discover how area breweries are crafting connections in taprooms.

Featuring happiness

Despite the colder temperatures of the Upper Midwest, the magazine shares stories of how the Fargo-Moorhead community creates a happy, healthy and affordable place to live.

This year's magazine features Fargo-Moorhead's signature recipe for happiness, citing locals' longevity - the average age is 32.5 with a life expectancy resting around 80 - and high credit scores matched with a low cost of living.

Additionally, with three major health care systems located within the metro, it's clear we live in a health-minded community. With eight area hospitals and more than 40 clinics, F-M residents have easy, local access to health care for even the most complex concerns. According to countyhealthrankings.org, there are only 873 people per doctor here.

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Short, 15-minute commutes also contribute to the metro's low stress levels. A variety of unique neighborhoods in north Fargo, Moorhead and the growing city of West Fargo give individuals and families freedom to choose a home or apartment that works for their life.

Grab a magazine to find out about neighborhoods on the rise, commuter-friendly communities, pet-friendly areas and historic districts all across the area.

Get a copy

More than 40,000 copies of IMPACT will be distributed this weekend. Find an issue in the Saturday, Sept. 29, issue of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, or pick up a copy at participating local hotels, businesses including various Hornbacher's grocery stores and visitors centers throughout North Dakota and Minnesota.

The Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corp. also sends copies of the magazine to companies looking to relocate or expand to the area.

After Nov. 1, read updates and stories from IMPACT on TheSkrive.com.

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