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Discover Fargo-Moorhead With Heather Hemingway

Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

As the Fargo-Moorhead continues to grow at an astonishing rate of a dozen residents a day, our identity is being shaped by the nearly 230,000 citizens. We went to you, the people who are molding and shaping our culture, to ask you about what makes our community special.

We sat down with Heather Hemingway, director of operations at Anytime Mortgage, to talk about her favorite things to do in the Fargo-Moorhead community.

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A little about Heather…

I am originally from New Ulm, Minn. I moved to Fargo to attend North Dakota State University with my then boyfriend/now husband, Josh. We never left Fargo-Moorhead and now have two daughters, Piper (12) and Kasey (7).

Although my comfort zone is at home reading a book, I have come to appreciate meeting new people and learning new things. The Fargo area has a lot to offer and I enjoy making lists of things that I hope to do sooner rather than later like skydive at Fargo Skydive or go to the shooting range at Bill’s Gun Shop.

Favorite things to do during free time…

I believe that not enough people know how fantastic our public libraries are. Not just Fargo, but also Moorhead and West Fargo. Did you know that you can do activities like Crafternoons, build a fairy house or do beginner yoga at the different locations around town? I love that they are accessible by city bus and that a library card and most events are free-of-charge.

The Park Districts are also great resources for events and activities like Awesome Art Afternoons, but one of my favorites that may not be well known yet is that they offer kayak and bike rentals in Fargo.

Favorite hidden things to do in Fargo-Moorhead…

NDSU Bison Athletic events have to top my list. There is a feeling of family and an energy that is special. #BisonFamily and #BisonPride aren’t just tags for social media, they’re genuine.

My daughters and I enjoy finding small, locally-owned shops in the area. Places like Red River Coffee is one of their favorite spots to have a cookie, hot chocolate or a “mocktail” and to play board games together.

We are saddened to hear that Josie’s is closing, I encourage everyone to find a small, locally-owned business to add to your “favorites” list of places to frequent. I cherish the simple together time that these places enable us to have.

If my husband and I have an opportunity to get out for a night, we will always choose live music. We frequent Pickled Parrot and Shotgun Sally’s, but the Windbreak, Sidestreet, Lucky’s 13 and so many others are also great options.

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*This article originally appeared in Fargo By Fargo. To read the full issue of Fargo By Fargo, click here!

Written by Andrew Jason

Andrew Jason is the Editorial Director at Spotlight Media. He oversees the production and the wonderful team behind Fargo Monthly, Fargo INC!, Bison Illustrated and Design and Living magazines. In his free time, he enjoys running marathons and pretending he's a much better piano player than he actually is.

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