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Discover Fargo-Moorhead With Jill Frederick

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 Jill Frederick, an English professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead who retired last May, to talk about her favorite things to do in the Fargo-Moorhead community. Frederick is also one of the co-founders of Cat’s Cradle. This nonprofit is a no-kill shelter that is funded 100 percent by donations, fundraising and adoption fees.

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A little about Jill…

My family moved all over the world when I was growing up, both Asia and Europe, so I’ve been fortunate to see lots of extraordinary places, like the Taj Mahal and the Parthenon. Fargo-Moorhead has been home to me and my husband for 25 years, the longest either of us has ever lived in one spot, and we have come to love it here. As a co-founder of Cats Cradle Shelter, a cat rescue in Fargo, much of my time is happily spent with shelter activities.

Favorite things to do during free time…

I enjoy just wandering Downtown Fargo. There’s always something new to see, a new place to have a meal, a new place to shop.

Favorite hidden things to do in Fargo-Moorhead…

It may sound a little odd, but I like the back alleys in Fargo, both in the downtown area and the ones that run behind neighborhood houses. They seem to have secrets. For instance, right behind Cats Cradle, someone has stenciled the likeness of a World War I soldier on the building wall. The merry-go-round pavilion at the Red River Zoo has a lot of charm. And there’s a view to the North from the bridge on 12th Avenue North in Fargo that ought to be on a postcard: it looks out over a sweep of land and railroad tracks and sky that makes me think about what this part of the country would have been like in its earlier days.

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*This article originally appeared in Fargo By Fargo

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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