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TEDxFargo cancels Thursday’s event opening Beyond Series

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TEDxFargo canceled its Beyond Series Episode 1 event, which was slated to take place Thursday, July 9.

FARGO — TEDxFargo will have to wait a little longer to launch its Beyond Series, which was supposed to kick off with its first episode later this week at the patio of Fort Noks Bar of Gold in downtown Fargo.

The local TEDx program canceled its Thursday, July 9, Episode 1 event, according to a Facebook post and tweet made by the group Tuesday.

“We understand that there have been multiple changes to our TEDxFargo July 9th event in the last 3 months, and we are incredibly grateful for the community's support,” the post said.

The venue was moved from the Air Museum, where it was initially drive-in only, to Fort Noks last week, so it could offer in-person seating and a drive-in section. TEDxFargo said it was saddened to share the announcement.

“‘The show must go on’ is in our DNA; however, our mainstage venue is no longer available,” the Facebook post said. “Because of this, we don't have time to adapt a change in venue to create an adequate experience for our attendees.”

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Fort Noks temporarily closed last week due to a suspected contact with the coronavirus . The announcement was made on Tuesday night, June 30, on the bar’s Twitter and Facebook feeds.

In place of its traditional full-day conference, TEDxFargo introduced the Beyond Series, which will consist of a number of small-scale events scattered throughout 2020. Thursday’s event was originally planned to open the series.

Attendees were to hear from a handful of speakers, including North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kristen Baesler and the director of housing programs for local nonprofit the F5 Project Lenard Wells.

“Though our July 2020 event will no longer take place, our team will continue to strive towards our mission – exploring ideas worth spreading,” TEDxFargo wrote.

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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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