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TEDxFargo announces changes in venue, time and more for first episode of Beyond Series

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A speaker at TEDxFargo's 2019 conference. Chris Flynn / The Forum

FARGO — TEDxFargo is helping give the best of both worlds as it prepares to kick off the first episode in its Beyond Series next week.

The local TEDx program announced a few changes to the Thursday, July 9, Episode 1 event that’s designed to mix safety with creativity.

The venue is moving from the Air Museum to the patio at Fort Noks Bar of Gold in downtown Fargo. Initially, the Air Museum event was drive-in only. The change in venue will offer a blended approach of both socially distant in-person seating and a drive-in section at Fort Noks’ 52 Broadway N. location.

The event, originally slated for a 7:30 p.m. start time, will also now start a little earlier in the evening at 7 p.m. July 9.

TEDxFargo also announced the final two speakers — North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kristen Baesler and the director of housing programs for local nonprofit the F5 Project Lenard Wells — who will round out the four-featured speaker event.

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Wells and Baesler will join Dr. Faith Ngunjiri, who serves on the board of trustees for United Way Cass Clay and the community board for the Jeremiah Program, and Dr. Jack Russell Weinstein, a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Dakota.

Attendees who’d like the drive-in experience will be able to watch the event from their cars, as video of the speakers and performers is projected on a big screen while the audio will be available through car radios.

Beverages and snacks, which will be individually wrapped, will also be available by curbside assistance.

Among the safety measures to prevent transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 are: a limit of 100 attendees, hand sanitizer and face masks provided to everyone, and cars will be parked at least six feet apart for social distancing. If anyone leaves their car to go to the restroom, they must be wearing a mask. Tape will be placed 6-feet-apart on the ground for those waiting in line for the bathroom.

To attend the event at Fort Noks — patio or drive-in — tickets range from $40 for students, $42.50 for seniors, health care workers and military, and $50 for full-price tickets, plus fees, according to ticketing website Eventbrite. These tickets also come with a box of TEDXFargo goodies for the evening ahead.

There is also a virtual viewing option for those who would prefer to enjoy the TEDxFargo experience from home rather than heading to downtown Fargo. A virtual ticket costs $30 plus fees, and covers shipping for the “TEDXFargo in a box” goodies.

To purchase tickets or get more information on the event and its speakers, go to tedxfargo.com.

The TEDxFargo Beyond Series will consist of a number of events scattered throughout 2020, with the July 9 event opening the series. The focus is on redesigning the traditional full-day conference into small-scale events and programming.

Carissa Wigginton is a high school sports reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. A Fargo native, she graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Wigginton joined The Forum’s sports department in August 2019.
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