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Portraits: John Karlstad of Moorhead

John Karlstad has lived in Chicago and Austin, Texas, but he calls Moorhead home. "I like this area, always have," Karlstad says as he waits for a bus recently.

John Karlstad sits on a bus bench
Photo by Sayward Honer / The Forum

John Karlstad has lived in Chicago and Austin, Texas, but he calls Moorhead home. "I like this area, always have," Karlstad says as he waits for a bus recently.

As a landscaper, Karlstad says jobs are less available here as in other places he's lived, but the possibility of getting mugged in bigger cities keeps him in Moorhead. A Mayville, N.D., native, Karlstad sees value in small-town living. "People are really friendly here," Karlstad says. "I lived in the big cities, nobody talked to anybody; in Chicago you would never walk up and talk to someone."

Living here for a little more than 20 years, he has taken advantage of Fargo-Moorhead public transportation for 15 of those years. "I remember when it cost 60 cents to get on the bus."

He rides the bus several times a day, now at $1.25 a ride. "The bus gets me to where I need to go," Karlstad says.

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