2017 New Year’s Resolutions Guide For Fargo-Moorhead

by on Jan 10, 2017

Roughly 1 in 3 people won’t even last 31 days with their resolutions. Will you let yourself be a part of this statistic?

With so much motivation to improve ourselves at the change of a calendar year, it’s no surprise that many people have similar New Year’s resolutions. So, we took some of the more common types of resolutions and gave some local suggestions for making them happen in 2017. While these pages might not cover every single option out there, it’s a pretty hefty load of information to help you get started on your goals for the new year. Good luck, and remember not to give up after January.


By Erica Rapp
Photos by Paul Flessland and J. Alan Paul Photography
We know that losing weight isn’t the easiest thing in the world, especially if you lead a busy lifestyle. You might ask yourself things like, “How the heck do I get started?” “What should I be doing or not doing when I’m trying to lose weight?” “What if I want to give up once February rolls around?” Lucky for you, there are plenty of resources in Fargo-Moorhead that can help you with your weight-loss goals this year.


Randy Martin Sanford POWER Center

We met with Randy Martin at the Sanford POWER Center to provide some of his important insight and tips when it comes to getting started with weight loss.

1. Take time to find the right fit and resources for you.

“Getting started is probably the hardest because you have to admit that you need to have something done. It’s easy to admit you need to make changes but it’s even harder to implement it and get it going. Like anything, shop around. Where is a convenient gym location to your home or work? Take some time to meet the staff at a place you’re interested in. Just like anything else you would invest your time and money in, you want to shop around to find a good fit and make sure they have the right resources to help you achieve your goals as well.”

2. Skipping meals is a big mistake.

“Probably the biggest mistake I see people make is not eating and skipping meals, especially breakfast. They think they’re reducing their calories by not eating, but skipping meals is one of the worst things someone can do when they’re trying to lose weight. They need to get on to a consistent meal plan, whether that’s working with a dietitian or doing something like cutting out sugars and eating more fruit and vegetables. It’s really important to get those consistent meals in and get breakfast in, actually eating and not starving yourself like most people think they need to do.”

3. Have a well-rounded workout routine. Sticking to just the treadmill doesn’t cut it.

“People also tend to focus a lot of their time doing cardiovascular work, such as nonstop walking on the treadmill or a little bit of running, using an elliptical or other rhythmic exercises. You usually need to pick things that aren’t fun to do. If you don’t like to do it, typically you’re not very good at it. You’ll actually end up burning more calories because you’re not as efficient at doing that exercise and you don’t like doing it. You also want to make sure you’re doing some strength training as well. You’ll want to get into a well- rounded routine that involves both cardiovascular and weight training. Once you get in shape, you can start doing circuit, interval or high-intensity training so that you can burn more calories throughout your sessions.”

Workout Fargo

4. Don’t get discouraged so quickly. Weight loss takes time.

“Another thing we see a lot of is people getting discouraged because they’ve been working out for weeks and they’re not seeing any changes, or they maybe even see an increase on the scale because they’re starting to eat more and their body hasn’t made the changes yet. They haven’t started building the muscle that they need, their cardiovascular system hasn’t started improving like it needs to and their metabolism hasn’t totally changed yet. They get discouraged after working out hard, or what they think is hard, for only a week or two. Then they quit. With weight loss, be consistent and patient because it’s going to take time. You didn’t put that weight on overnight, so it’s not going to come off overnight. Set realistic goals, maybe a pound or pound-and- a-half of weight loss per week, and go from there.”

5. Make a detailed plan so that you can stick to it all year.

“You need to get on a program and one that fits into your day, at a location somewhere that’s close to your home or job and a plan that has realistic expectations but incorporates the cardiovascular training, strength training and proper nutrition. It should be a plan that you can follow, and we can help with that. We can write a plan so that a person knows what they’re going to be doing on a Monday, Tuesday or whatever day it is. Get a detailed plan and follow that plan. Be consistent, be patient and make it a part of your day just like anything else.

6. Interested in the Sanford POWER Center?

“First, the POWER Center is for anybody. Everybody is an athlete to us. Most people think of the POWER as a place for junior high, high school or collegiate athletes and that’s not the case at all. We have a large number of adults who work out here.”


While there’s an incredible amount of gyms, facilities and trainers in the area, we picked out a few that have great features to help you get started, such as group classes, personal training, 24-hour access, child care, free trails and more.
GX = Group X Classes
ME = Membership Exclusive PT Personal Training
CC = Child Care
24 = 24-Hour Access
WS = Workout Specific
FT = Free Trial

North Fargo

Anytime Fitness
2614 Broadway N. Suite B, Fargo

Body Shop Training
*For military training – open 24 hours, military discount available
4207 12th Ave. N, Fargo

CrossFit Icehouse
508 Oak St. N, Fargo

Revolution Personal Training Studio
3105 Broadway N. Suite 13, Fargo

Total Balance Fitness
1461 Broadway N, Fargo
Search “Total Balance Fitness” on Facebook.

Wallman Wellness Center (NDSU)
1707 Centennial Blvd., Fargo

South Fargo & Downtown Fargo

Anytime Fitness
1801 45th St. S, Fargo
5050 Timber Parkway, Fargo

Core Fitness
GX 24 FT
2424 13th Ave. S, Fargo

Courts Plus
3491 University Drive S, Fargo

CrossFit Fargo
5292 51st Ave. S, Fargo

CrossFit 701
3309 Fiechtner Drive S, Suite 4, Fargo

Dynasty Performance Training
5475 51st Ave. S, Fargo

Edge Fitness
PT 24 FT
6207 53rd Ave. S, Fargo

Family Wellness Fargo
2960 Seter Parkway, Fargo

5258 51st Ave. S. Suite 101, Fargo

Fitness 52
ME PT 24
2600 52nd Ave. S, Fargo

Health Pros
1800 21st Ave. S, Fargo

Joe Fitness
4201 38th St. S. Unit F, Fargo

Metro ex Gym – Fargo
4041 Main Ave., Fargo

MPX Fitness Training & MMA
3955 40th Ave. S. Suite. C, Fargo

Orangetheory Fitness
4501 15th Ave. S, Fargo

Planet Fitness
4325 13th Ave. S. Suite 9, Fargo

PowerTurn Fitness Studios
4410 18th Ave. S, Fargo

Sanford POWER Center
2990 Seter Parkway, Fargo

SNAP Fitness
PT 24 FT
4265 45th St. S, Fargo

Welcyon Fitness After 50
2603 Kirsten Lane S, Fargo

400 1st Ave. S, Fargo (Downtown Fargo)
4243 19th Ave. S, Fargo

2553 Kirsten Lane S, Fargo

West Fargo

3163 Bluestem Drive, West Fargo

Fitness 4 Life
1420 9th St. E. Suite 405, West Fargo

West Fargo Fitness Center
215 Main Ave. E, West Fargo

Moorhead & Dilworth

Anytime Fitness
935 37th Ave. S, Moorhead
1710 Center Ave. W, Dilworth, Minn.

Edge Fitness
PT 24 FT
3501 8th St. S, Moorhead

Max Training
1518 29th Ave. S, Moorhead

MSUM Wellness Center
805 14th St. S, Moorhead

Plant Fitness
800 Holiday Drive, Moorhead

SNAP Fitness
PT 24 FT
814 30th Ave. S, Moorhead

About Randy Martin

Randy Martin is the manager of exercise physiology at Sanford POWER Center in Fargo. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in fitness and sports science and a master’s degree in exercise physiology-human performance, Martin is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a health fitness specialist (HFS) through the American College of Sports Medicine, a level I club coach through USA Weightlifting and holds a FMS (Functional Movement Screen) certification.
For more information, contact 701-234-8999.
Sanford POWER Center
2990 Seter Parkway, Fargo


Parts 1 & 2 by C.J. English, Part 3 by Erica Rapp
Photo by Two Hearts Photography (Courtesy of C.J. English)

Let’s be real, sticking to a healthier eating schedule is hard when we’re surrounded by a booming restaurant and bar scene, not to mention all of the great events in town that give you the opportunity to indulge in your cravings. Even if you aren’t looking to lose weight, maintaining a healthy diet is still important for many reasons. See what local author and nutrition coach C.J. English has to say about eating healthier this year, because it might not be as hard as you think.

C.J. English WTF Am I Supposed To Eat?

About C.J. English

C.J. English is a Fargo native and the author of the Amazon Kindle best-selling weight loss book, “WTF Am I Supposed To Eat?” She can be found locally at Rejuv Medical Aesthetic Clinic consulting with clients in private and spends the rest of her time devoted to writing. Her breakout memoir “AFFAIRYTALE,” debuted at No. 1 on Amazon Kindle in “Diaries and Journals.”


1. Low blood sugar = hungry.

The key to never having cravings is to keep your blood sugar levels steady all day. When your blood sugar level drops, you get the signal that you’re hungry. If you wait too long and your blood sugar drops even lower, you’ll have very little willpower to fend off your cravings, and even less willpower to make as sensible choices for dinner since your body will be demanding
a lot of calories immediately. To prevent eating the Oreos on top of the microwave while you’re preparing dinner, have a snack on your way home. Keep food in your car, your purse or at work and have a quick snack of almonds or cashews and a piece of fruit on your way home from work. This way you won’t cave into something unhealthy before dinner and you won’t binge when dinner is done, setting you up for a crash later in the evening.

2. Women: eat no more than 24 grams of sugar per day. Men: eat no more than 36 grams of sugar per day.

These are the recommendations from the American Heart Association for added sugars. Keep in mind that four grams of sugar are in one sugar cube. So if you eat yogurt that has 24 grams of sugar, think of it as having six sugar cubes, or the total allotment of added sugar per day recommended for women. Read all labels because sugar is lurking everywhere. Decreasing the amount of added sugar in your diet will help tremendously with weight loss and overall health in addition to keeping your blood sugar more steady and thus preventing cravings.

3. Eat plants.

Plants have fiber. Fiber slows down the absorption of sugar into your blood stream, allowing you a slow steady supply of glucose throughout the day so that you never feel too hungry. Estimate that one handful of fruits or vegetables are four grams of fiber. Aim for four fruits and four vegetables each day. Try a smoothie for breakfast with two or three servings of fruit and a handful of spinach. Have one big green salad each day and you’ll hit that goal without a problem.


1. Alcoholic drinks with the lowest calorie content are the best choice for weight loss.

Every calorie of alcohol going in will need to be burned off. If not, it will be stored as body fat, thus the least amount of calories consumed, the better your chances are of burning it off. Check out get drunk not fat. com and compare alcohol calories. Remember to include the calories from anything you’re mixing in your drinks, too.

Proof tequila
Consider trying a shot of top shelf tequila. It’ll only set you back about 65 calories and will get you exponentially drunk in comparison to one drink of something else. But if you can’t stomach watered-down tequila, try an original lime margarita. Tequila, orange liquor, lime juice–go ahead and have a blended margarita the way you like it. Just plan for it.

2. In order to eat what you like and still lose weight, you have to prioritize what you don’t want to give up.

If you must have your favorite high-calorie craft beer with sweet potato fries, then all you have to do is plan for it. Make a mental note of the things you don’t want to or just plain don’t have the willpower to give up. Keep those things a part of your food lifestyle and enjoy them, just make a trade-off somewhere else.

Pick and choose when and where you know you can’t resist having a high-calorie binge. If you want to drink all day and eat without restriction while tailgating, then you must be on your best behavior the five days prior. Have fun with food, drinks and friends without guilt or weight gain, just plan for it. If a situation comes up earlier in the week then ask yourself, “Would I rather have pizza and beer today or tailgate on Saturday?” because you can’t do both and still lose weight. You will have to pick when and where you want to be bad, then you’ll have to be good everywhere else. Choose ahead of time where you are going to use your cheat days/meals.

3. The best exercise for weight loss might be no exercise at all.

Working at a high heart rate in a cycling class four days a week will certainly burn calories and help with weight loss, but it will also increase your appetite. If you don’t have the skills or time to plan and prepare healthy meals, or you can’t keep your cravings under control, you might actually gain weight when temptations are abound while trying so hard to lose it. Get your diet under control before you go crazy in the gym. The best exercise for weight loss might just be walking through the grocery store, then in the kitchen preparing food that will keep you disease-free and at a healthy weight. What you eat is exponentially more important for weight loss and overall health than exercise will ever be.

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But if you must know what type of exercise is best for weight loss, the answer is anything that builds muscle. Having additional muscle mass will increase your resting metabolic rate, which will increase the amount of calories you burn 24 hours a day, forever, rather than just the time you devote to the gym.

4. No time to prepare healthy meals? No problem.

If your lifestyle prevents you from having time to plan or prepare healthy meals that will support weight loss, then you’ll need to get out your wallet and have it done for you. Luckily, there are good and affordable options to have healthy meals made for you.

Locally, you can try the affordable and fresh meals from Power Plate Meals (see part three), which average $7.50 per meal and can be picked up on the y or ordered in advance. Nationally, you can sign up to get meals delivered right to your door from Blue Apron. Blue Apron will send you all the fresh ingredients and instructions to prepare the meal you’ve ordered. Both are worth checking out.

Power Plate Meals

Don’t forget that most of our local grocery stores will deliver right to your door (also see part three). You can order all your food online from your laptop while you’re sitting in bed and have it dropped off at your front step the next afternoon just in time for you to get home and cook dinner. Pick up two meals from Power Plate Meals, order two from Blue Apron, then plan the other two and have the grocery store drop off the ingredients at your door. Viola– almost a whole week of healthy meals done in very little time and planning.

5. The benefits of adequate sleep for weight loss cannot be underestimated.

If you are struggling to lose weight and truly are “eating healthy,” you might consider changing nothing except getting enough quality sleep (seven to nine hours for adults). When you get enough quality sleep, your body releases a hormone called Leptin. Leptin suppresses your appetite. If you don’t get enough quality sleep, your body releases a hormone called Ghrelin. Ghrelin increases your appetite.

Also important for quality sleep and the release of Leptin is for you to turn off your electronics and sleep in the darkest room possible. Light will inhibit deep sleep and melatonin production.

Remember, if you are trying to lose weight, “permanent lifestyle changes will never happen quickly. Change works best when it goes almost unnoticed. So that once you have become the new you, going back to the old you will be just as difficult as it was becoming the new you.” – Quote from “WTF Am I Supposed To Eat?” by C.J. English

*See page 32 for tips on how to get better sleep.


Power Plate Meals

As English mentioned earlier, Power Plate Meals is a great option if you don’t have time to prepare meals or need to pick up a healthy dish on-the-go. Power Plate Meals has a menu with a large variety of meal options made with the highest quality ingredients available. You can sign up to pick up a week’s worth of meals or you can stop in to the shop to pick up meals in bulk or treat yourself to a balanced lunch.
1380 9th St. E, West Fargo

Green House Café

Not only does this Downtown Fargo restaurant cater to vegans and vegetarians, but it’s also great for those looking for healthier meal options. You can get items to-go during the lunch hour that really is “healthy fast food,” such as their brown rice bowls. Having a vegan diet is generally a healthier option, so there’s plenty of ways you can indulge at Green House Café without messing up your eating plan.
68 Broadway N, Fargo

Cold Fusion

There are plenty of Herbalife shake shops around town, but Cold Fusion in Downtown Fargo has been shaking up healthy meal replacement combos since 2008. For breakfast or lunch, grab yourself a delicious smoothie that comes with a shot of aloe and a glass of hot or cold tea. You can also sign up for a daily membership and take advantage of the complimentary wellness coaching by appointment.
114 Broadway N, Fargo (The Black Building)
Search “Cold Fusion” on Facebook.

Natural Grocers

There’s plenty of options for healthy and organic snacks at Natural Grocers in Fargo, but every now and then you’ll be able to nd salads and microwaveable dishes that you can pick up for a quick and healthier meal fix. Not to mention that they’ve also got a great selection of USDA-certi ed organic produce.
4517 13th Ave. S, Fargo

Grocery Store Delivery

English also mentioned local grocery store delivery so that you can spend more time cooking up healthier meals–or maybe food prepping for the week–instead of grocery shopping at the store in the midst of your busy lifestyle. Hornbacher’s and Cash Wise Foods offer home delivery and all you have to do is go online and put your list together. Hornbacher’s also has an app so that you can order groceries right from your phone.


By Erica Rapp
Photos by Paul Flessland and Laura Cramer

Sleep is necessary to allow the brain and other vital organs to restore to normal function, which is something you probably already knew. But that’s an even better reason to make sure you’re getting not just the right amount of sleep but also top-notch quality sleep, so that you can perform your best this year.


If you’re looking to get better sleep this year, it’s a good idea to start with where sleep happens: your mattress. Beds by Design is a local mattress factory that can build you a custom bed that fits your needs when it comes to getting restful sleep.

In a previous Fargo Monthly story ran last year, mattress expert Paul Talley at Beds By Design talked about the importance of having a good mattress and how their company uses the science of sleep to make sure each mattress is the best t for clients.

“Never mistake your eyes closed for eight hours to be good sleep. Sleep and rest are different. The quality of your rest affects the quality of your life,” said Talley. “We spend one-third of our lives in bed, meaning if you live to 75, that’s 25 years spent in bed.”

According to Talley, here are the three things that are making you toss and turn at night:
1. Temperature
2. Pressure
3. Support

Beds by Design addresses all of these issues in the beds and sleep products they design, giving active bodies the pressure and support they need and using the right materials to control body temperature while at rest. In other words, their mattresses go above and beyond any ordinary item you’d find at a department store.

Beds by Design
4505 13th Ave. S, Fargo


Here’s what local personal trainer and fitness guru Ashley Sornsin had to say about a few products she learned about this year that can increase restful sleep.

ZMA (Nature’s Purest)

“An important blend of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B-6 that is a nighttime anabolic formula developed specifically to enhance recovery by improving sleep efficiency.”

ZMA and Natural Calm

Natural Calm (Natural Vitality)

“A relaxing magnesium/calcium anti-stress drink that helps to restore levels which are critical to fully experience good health. This blend allows the body to work effectively, allowing muscle relaxation and plays a key role in the body’s response to stress.”

*These products can be found at H&I Nutrition – 1801 45th St. S, Suite R, Fargo


Glacial Peak Cryotherapy in West Fargo offers whole body cryotherapy in a cryosauna, a full-body chamber where an individual is exposed to temperatures (with the help of liquid nitrogen vapors) reaching as low as -250 degrees Fahrenheit for a recommended three minutes. Believe it or not, this chilling therapy can help with your sleep routine among other health ailments.

Cryofacial Glacial Peak Cryotherapy
“With as much skin exposure as you have, it’s tricking the body to go into that fight-or-flight mode really fast. While it’s on that mode, you are cleansing your blood through your organs and core, and oxygenating the blood. When that blood cycles back through the body, it can handle any in ammation that’s in the body, whether you’re aware of it or not,” said owner Pam Bradow. “After a whole body session, you’ll notice that you sleep much better and you won’t be as sore and achy. You’ll have much more energy for daily activities.”

Glacial Peak Cryotherapy
3139 Bluestem Dr, Suite 116, West Fargo


By Erica Rapp
Photos by Paul Flessland and Tiffany Swanson

Life can get stressful, and sometimes it’s hard to find time amidst the fast-paced flow of everyday life to stop and enjoy the people that matter most to you. Here are some things you can do with the whole family.


Hours and fees vary

West Acres Bowl | 3402 Interstate Blvd. S, Fargo

The Bowler | 2630 University Drive S, Fargo

Sunset Lanes | 620 U.S. Highway 75, Moorhead

Red River Lanes | 707 28th Ave. N, Fargo

Stars & Strikes | 434 Sheyenne St., West Fargo

All-Star Bowl | 309 17th St. N, Moorhead


4255 23rd Ave. S, Fargo
Open weekends during the winter (end of October through April) and daily the rest of the year
• Zoo members and children under age 2: Free
• Ages 2-14: $7.75
• Adults: $9.75
• Seniors (60+): $8.75
• Carousel Rides: $2


2902 Thunder Rd. S, Fargo
• Mini golf, go karts, batting cages, laser tag, arcade games, bumper cars (prices vary depending on attraction)


1609 19th Ave. N, Fargo
• Aircraft and military memorabilia and exhibits, aviation library, educational day camps, seminars, shops, events
• Adult (12+): $8
• Student/Military/Veteran/Senior: $7


1351 Main Ave. W, West Fargo
Pioneer Village Tour: 43 historic buildings with 400,000 artifacts, open May through October)
• Adults: $12
• Seniors/Military: $10
• Students ages 6-16: $6
• Ages 5 and under: Free


202 1st Ave. N, Moorhead
• Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County, Hjemkomst Viking Ship, Hopperstad Stave Church replica, events, programming, exhibits • Adults: $10
• Adults: $10
• Ages 5–7: $8
• Seniors/College Students: $9
• Members/Ages 4 and under: Free


521 Main Ave., Moorhead
• Adults: $5
• Seniors: $3
• Students/Ages 18 and under: Free


704 1st Ave. N, Fargo
• Members, youth and students with ID: Free
• Educators with ID: $5
• Seniors: $5
• Adults: $7.50
• Free admission to galleries every second and fourth Thursday of the month
• Free for everyone starting summer 2017


940 40th St. S, Fargo
• $10-23 depending on time (30-120 minutes, party/group events rental available with different rates)


1905 Roger Maris Dr. S, Fargo
• Playgrounds, baseball diamonds, shelter rental, grills, river trails, green space, bike and pedal car rental (prices vary depending on activity)


3302 Interstate Blvd. S, Fargo
• Open skate times, adult night, teen night, morning skates (various times and days of the week, prices per session vary)
• General admission (two-hour session): $5, $2 each additional
• Roller skate rental: $1.50
• Inline skate rental: $3


Minnesota State University – Moorhead
• Simulates the night sky, planets and the universe (shows, events, educational programs, prices and schedules vary)


SCHEELS Arena | 5225 31st Ave. S, Fargo
Fargo-Moorhead’s USHL Junior Hockey Team
• Single game tickets, group tickets, suite rental, kids club and family packaging available (prices vary)
• Sunday, March 12: Friends and Family Night with Princesses Belle, Ariel and Rapunzel


565 155th St. S, Glyndon, Minn.
• Swimming beach, picnic areas, camping, fishing, native prairie land, river trails (rustic camping will reopen March 31, prices vary for parking and camping passes)


501 Main Ave., Fargo
• Free ice skating rink in Downtown Fargo
• Weekdays 5 – 9 p.m., weekends 1 – 9 p.m. (December through February, weather permitting)


Newman Outdoor Field | 1515 15th Ave. N, Fargo
Fargo-Moorhead’s Minor League Baseball Team
• Reserved: $7-9 advance/$9-11 day-of
• Adult general admission: $5 advance/ $7 day-of
• Youth general admission (ages 3-17): $4 advance/$6 day-of
• Children age 2 and under: Free
• Flex packs, season tickets, group tickets, party decks, suite rentals, birthday parties available (prices vary)


314 Broadway N, Fargo
• Classic Film Series/All seats $5: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Dial M For Murder” January 12 at 7:30 p.m., “Groundhog Day” February 2 at 7:30 p.m.


Shotgun Sally’s: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 12 and under eat free. Limit one per adult.
Mexican Village (2 area locations): 10 and under eat free off the kids menu all day
Paradiso Mexican Restaurant: 8 and under eat free all day
Pepper’s Sports Café: 10 and under eat free all day Saturdays and Sundays with the purchase of an adult meal
Mango’s Mexican & American Grill: kids eat free all day
Buffalo Wild Wings (3 area locations): meals are $1.99 all day for kids 12 and under
Divots at Edgewood: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. brunch is free for kids 8 and under and $4.95 for ages 9-12
Kobe’s Japanese Cuisine: $3.99 kids meal with the purchase of one adult meal all day
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant: 10 and under eat free all day
Moe’s Southwest Grill: 15 percent off select kids meals (comes with a drink) all day, 11 and under

Village Inn (3 area locations): 10 and under eat free all day Mondays and Tuesdays

Green Mill Restaurant & Bar: 4 – 8 p.m. 12 and under eat free
HuHot Mongolian Grill: 10 and under eat free all day
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery (2 area locations): 4 – 10 p.m. 12 and under eat free
Pizza Ranch (2 area locations): 3 p.m. – close 9 and under eat free
Space Aliens Grill & Bar: kids 10 and under get 99¢ pizzas and a $2.50 token card for the arcade all day, up to three kids deals per one adult entrée
Applebee’s (4 area locations): kids eat for 99¢-$1.99 all day, one per adult entrée

Fryn’ Pan Family Restaurant (2 area locations): 5 – 9 p.m. 12 and under eat free

Mom’s Diner: 6 – 10 p.m. 10 and under eat free

Marlin’s Family Restaurant: 12 and under eat free, one per parent

C.J. English WTF Am I Supposed To Eat?


By Erica Rapp
Photos by Paul Flessland and J. Alan Paul Photography
Take some time every now and then to treat yourself. 2017 can be the year that you relax more and not let the stress of everyday life get you down. Here are some easy ways to kick back, destress and let all your steam out.


Not sure what yoga can do for your body? Local fitness and yoga instructor Krystle Kvidt at Haute Yogis provided some tips and advice when it comes to consistent yoga practice and getting started.

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About Krystle Kvidt

Krystle Kvidt is the owner of Haute Yogis in Fargo and East Grand Forks, North Dakota. She is E-RYT 500hr certified through Cloud Nine Yoga in Hilo, Hawaii. She has a dance background and has been a part of the fitness industry for 17 years. She is a graduate from University of North Dakota and Arizona State University holding degrees in kinesiology, anthropology and nutrition. Haute Yogis is a certified yoga school through Yoga Alliance and certifies instructors to become a 200Hr RYT.

Haute Yogis

Hot yoga, barre and spin studio, Aloha Fresh Smoothie bar located within studio (5257 27th St. S, Fargo)

Major Benefits of a Consistent Yoga Practice (Just To Name A Few)
• Detoxification
• Strength
• Flexibility
• Mindfulness
• Weight loss
• Increase daily energy
• Relieves stress
• Improves sleep
• Increases spinal health
• Releases anxiety
• Meditation
• A deeper level of appreciation for yourself
• A healthy relationship with your body and mind
• More mindful and healthy options in other areas of your life

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How will yoga help your health?

With consistent daily practice, yoga can not only change your body, but it can change your mind and how you move through your daily tasks. Some tend to have a perception that yoga asana practice is simply stretching. This is far from the truth. It contains several components which makes this practice challenging whether you are just beginning or you have been practicing for a decade.

Overall Day-to-Day Wellness Component

Practicing hot yoga daily will not only give you a toned and trimmed physique, it will make you feel great from the inside out. This discipline is based on a mindfulness component. Studies have shown practicing yoga can lead to decreased anxiety, stress, sadness, depression, blood pressure, cholesterol and injuries. It can alleviate symptoms with asthma, arthritis, fibromyalgia, spinal issues, diabetes, inflammation and injuries.

You can expect to find an increase in weight loss, energy, strength, flexibility, stamina, endurance, sleep and having a positive outlook on life.

Different Style of Yoga Practices

There are numerous styles, formats and branches of physical yoga practices now available. Just like anything, the more popular something becomes, the more forms you will see. The form I have had personally change my life, as well as those who come to Haute Yogis, is hot yoga. Hot yoga has become more trendy over the past decade and has evolved into much more than the discipline was once designed.

How does one get started?

What to expect at your first class: A welcoming and inviting instructor. If this is not what you experience, this might not be the best t for you. It’s important to feel comfortable while starting something new, that is the true essence and beauty of yoga. A fun, judgement free, yet challenging class with amazing people is what you should expect at class. I like to say, “Get comfortable being uncomfortable!” What I mean by this statement is that being uncomfortable in a hot, humid class with a bunch of people is the best therapy to a positive, clear and happy life outside of the yoga room.

Don’t forget:

• Make sure to let the instructor know you’re new, they will be able to assist you better.
• Bring a mat, water bottle, towel and an open mind.
• The first step is showing up, the rest will just happen the more you continue to go to class.
• Know that the benefits continue to happen over time, and the more you practice, the more benefits you will receive.
• You may feel lost, confused and overwhelmed during the first few classes. Know this is okay and everyone has been there at some point. Continuing to show up on your mat is how to overcome any negative internal feelings.
• For more information on how to get started, visit We would love to help you begin or continue your path on your yoga journey.

Other yoga studios around town:

Multiple types of classes for all ages and levels including Baby Boomers, prenatal, kids, family, sculpting and barre
1650 45th St. S, Fargo

Yoga, meditation, Thai bodywork, Ayurveda practices, herbal medicine
910 Main Ave., Fargo

Yoga, chakras, meditation, Ying & Yang, self-care
216 Broadway N, Fargo

Yoga, aerial, barre, XaBeat dance
3350 35th Ave. S, Fargo

Various schools of yoga for different age groups, levels and styles
111 Broadway N, Fargo

Hot yoga studio with options for various experience levels
4650 38th Ave. S, Fargo

Hot yoga, barre and spin studio, Aloha Fresh Smoothie bar located within studio
5257 27th St. S, Fargo

Yoga barre, strength/sculpt, Aloha Fresh Smoothie bar located within studio
3491 University Dr. S, Fargo

Welcomes all levels and abilities, personal training yoga available
725 Center Ave., Moorhead


This might not be your first idea when it comes to relaxing, but boxing allows you to let your stress out on a punching bag and get t at the same time. Think about adding a round or two in to your weekly routine.

764 34th St. N. Suite Q, Fargo
Seach “Barbot Boxing & Fitness” on Facebook.

2553 Kirsten Lane S, Fargo

3332 4th Ave. S. Suite D, Fargo

11 9th St. S, Moorhead


If you’re looking for a more natural way to wind down, visit Steep Me A Cup Of Tea in West Fargo. You can buy hot or cold tea drinks but it’s also a fully-stocked tea store with plenty of brands and equipment to choose from. The store makes their own blends of loose leaf tea for various ailments, and they have a few delicious relaxation options to choose from.

tea fargo

Starry Night – herbal tea with chamomile, lemon myrtle, spearmint and lavender flowers (no caffeine)

De-Stressor (Stress Reliever) – herbal tea with chamomile, lemon myrtle, spearmint, black cohosh, sage, St. John’s wort, red clover rhodiola, yohimbe and lavender flowers (no caffeine)


Get those knots out and let your muscles relax. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to a day of pampering.


2611 Lincoln St. S, Fargo

1121 Westrac Drive S, Fargo

3535 Main Ave., Fargo

1402 25th St. S, Fargo

624 Main Ave. Suite 9A, Fargo

1323 23rd St. S. Suite I, Fargo

112 University Drive N. Suite 316, Fargo

910 Main Ave., Fargo

705 18th St. S, Fargo

763 Royal Oaks Drive N, Fargo

3402 13th Ave. S, Fargo

1638 32nd Ave. S, Fargo

725 Center Ave., Moorhead


By Samantha Stark
Photos by Paul Flessland
Saving money is always easier said than done, especially when Fargo-Moorhead is filled with such great eats and shopping. Save some dough this year by checking out a list of free activities this month or scouting out food and drink specials at local bars and restaurants.



Have some fun with frisbee golf by visiting Woodlawn Park in Moorhead for an 18-hole round. This relaxing course has at elevation and is laid out among large, mature trees with alternate pins.
Fifth and Fourth Avenue South, Moorhead
Other courses:
• Trollwood Park | 3664 Elm St. N, Fargo
• Oak Grove Park | 170 Maple St., Fargo
• Rendevous Park | 1055 32nd Ave. W, West Fargo

Cruise Nights

Take a stroll down Sheyenne Street in West Fargo or Broadway in Downtown Fargo on various days throughout the month during the summer to see a variety of classic cars that belong to our very own residents.
• Broadway, Downtown Fargo | Every first Thursday of the month
• Sheyenne Street, West Fargo | Every third Thursday of the month

Ice Rinks

Sliding around and skating on the ice is a great free activity, so long as you have your own pair of skates or a slick pair of shoes. Browse through the list of ice rinks and warming houses at

Beyond Running Running Club

Instead of paying for a gym membership, join a running club for free. This year-round running group welcomes all levels. They leave from the Beyond Running store on Broadway and provide a variety of routes and runners can stop at anytime when needed. No need to sign up, just show up on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
516 Broadway, Fargo

An Awesome Afternoon Of Art

Don’t spend tons on arts and crafts to keep your kids busy during the winter. Bring them to this interactive art program for some free fun. All creative materials will be provided. Adult supervision is required.
January 14, February 11, March 18 and April 22 from 1 – 3 p.m.
Robert D. Johnson Recreation Center | 1104 2nd Ave. S, Fargo

Free Language Classes

The New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment will be offering free Swahili classes on Tuesdays from 6:30–7:45 p.m. at the WE Center.
15 21st St. S, Fargo

1 Million Cups

After a short month-ish break, Emerging Prairie’s 1 Million Cups is back every Wednesday morning from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. starting January 4. Join the vibrant entrepreneurial community of Fargo- Moorhead by participating in this free event that’s filled with guest speakers, tons of coffee, ideas and plenty of networking opportunities each week at The Stage at Island Park.
333 4th St. S, Fargo

Free Classes At The Public Libraries

* Additional programs are listed on the events calendar at and
Beginner Yoga at Carlson Continues: For those who haven’t tried yoga before or who want a refresher,
these classes provide a relaxing environment to focus on the basics of yoga. Every Thursday in the month of January, bring a yoga mat to the Dr. James Carlson Library at 6:30 p.m. for some free stress relief.
Unraveled Crafters Club: Calling all crafters! Learn how to knit and crochet at this learn-all crafting class on Sunday, January 8 and 22 at the Dr. James Carlson Library from 1 – 3 p.m.
Winter Coloring Club: On Monday, January 23, join other coloring enthusiasts for adult coloring at the Dr. James Carlson Library at 6:30 p.m. Supplies are provided but you’re welcome to bring your own. No registration is required.
Chess Classes: Join chess players of every skill level on Tuesdays at the Moorhead Public Library from 6:30
– 8:30 p.m. for a chess skill share. Chess boards and books will be provided.
Learn Origami: All ages and abilities are welcome to come practice the skill of paper folding with fellow origami enthusiasts at the Moorhead Public Library from 6:30 – 8:30
p.m. on Monday, January 23. Basic materials are provided.

Blizzard Bash

On Monday, January 16 from 1 – 5 p.m. at the SCHEELS Arena, bring your skates and enjoy a free open skate along with carnival games, crafts and a movie. Pepsi products and popcorn are provided while supplies last.


Fargo’s second annual Frostival can bring out the love for winter in all of us. From January 27 – 28, there will be several free activities people of any age can enjoy—from yoga in the snow and cardboard sled races to an outdoor kickball competition and a hot cocoa contest. Check out for more information.

Live Music

Junkyard Brewing Company hosts live music with local musicians and bands every night of the week, free of a cover charge. Your beer might not be free, but listening to some great tunes while enjoying said beer is a great bonus. For more places that host live music, see our complete monthly calendar at

Plains Art Museum

Browse the exhibitions and galleries at the Plains Art Museum every second and fourth Thursday of the month when admission is free. The museum also plans to become a free art museum starting in summer 2017 with their PlainsArt4All Campaign.



Looking for some of the best deals in town? SaveCoin offers coupons and deals all over Fargo- Moorhead for things such as restaurants and car services to window treatments and guitar lessons. You never know what you might come across.


Visit for a more complete listing of local drink specials.


FOOD: RHOMBUS GUYS | 606 Main Ave., Fargo
• Get half off any large pizza of your choice from 8:30 p.m. – midnight at Rhombus Guys every Monday night.

Louisiana Saturday Night pizza from Rhombus Guys
DRINK: THREE LYONS PUB | 675 13th Ave. E., West Fargo
• Mug night: Buy the 32 oz. mug for $2 and fill it for the price of a pint from 7 p.m. – close.


• Every Tuesday night from 6 – 10 p.m., you can get $.25 traditional wings.

Wings from the Old Broadway
DRINK: THE BOILER ROOM | 210 Broadway N, Fargo
• Half off all drinks and apps from 4 – 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. – midnight


FOOD: MICK’S OFFICE | 10 8th St. S, Moorhead
• Every Wednesday from 5 – 8 p.m., you can get a tasty burger for $1 and add on your favorite toppings such as cheese for $.50 extra, veggies for $.25 each and bacon for $1. You can also add on sides such as chips, fries and more for $1.75, depending on what your favorites are.

Mick's Office Cheesburger
DRINK: RADISSON | Lobby Bar, 201 5th St. N, Fargo
• Wine Wednesday: $2 off all glasses of wine and half price bottles


FOOD: DEMPSEY’S PUBLIC HOUSE | 226 Broadway N, Fargo
• On Thursdays starting at 4 p.m. until supplies last, get a free hot dog (your choice from a handful of Chicago-style options) with the purchase of a beverage.

Dempsey's Public House Chicago Dog
DRINK: THE WINDBREAK | 3150 39th St. S., Fargo
• Ladies Night: Ladies drink free from 9 p.m. – midnight, Guys $2.50 from 9 – 11 p.m., $2 select bomb shots 9 – 11 p.m.


FOOD: RICK’S BAR | 2721 Main Ave., Fargo
• If you’re looking for the comfort of a home-cooked meal at an extremely reasonable price, Rick’s Bar offers hearty lunch meals for $7.50 that change every week day. The special starts at 11 a.m. every weekday and runs throughout the day until supplies last.

Rick's Bar Hot Turkey Sandwich
DRINK: SPORTS BAR | 619 NP Ave. N., Fargo
• 1/2 off pitchers 7 – 10 p.m. and 1/2 off Chuck Norris and Jägerbombs


FOOD: SHOTGUN SALLY’S | 1515 42nd St. S., Fargo
• From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, you can get this delicious omelette for $11.99 or choose from other items on the brunch menu (prices vary). You can also pair your brunch choice with their Bottomless Brunch Barrels (Bloody Marys, Mimosas or tap beer) for $7 at the same time and days.

Shotgun Sally's New orleans Omelette and a mimosa
• From noon – 10 p.m., get $3.25 domestic pints and bottles, $3.25 Wonder Woman shots, $3.99 Bloody Marys and $1 off whiskey.


By Samantha Stark
Photos by Paul Flessland and J. Alan Paul Photography
We’ve all been there. You have a busy week at the office and you’re not home enough to keep things from piling up in all aspects of your life. Before you know it, some of your spaces look like a tropical storm swept through. Take 2017 to declutter and reorganize your home or office.



1. Starting from the bottom of your closet and working your way up, sort through all your clothes, shoes and accessories into three bins labeled “keep,” “get rid of it” and “storage.”

2. Place your seasonal clothes in a storage bin and organize it in your basement, attic or a storage unit. Since it’s winter, you’d put shorts, tanks and swimming suits in a box labeled “Summer Clothes.”

Smart Spaces Closet View

3. Donate, toss or sell clothes that are damaged, don’t t or you haven’t worn in the past year.

4. For those unwanted items that are in good condition, you can sell at local consignment stores to make some quick cash. Here’s a few consignment stores in the FM area:

2551 45th St. S, Ste. 113, Fargo

1615 38th St. S, Fargo

2551 45th St. S, Ste. 137, Fargo

2108 University Dr. S, Fargo

2551 45th St. S, Fargo

Family Room

1. Write down every activity that takes place in the family room and the equipment required to do that activity. Get rid of the things you don’t use 80 percent of the time. This goes for items such as video games, computer parts, books, DVDs or toys.

2. Before buying any organizing equipment, start by removing items that can be stored in other rooms or thrown away. Try pruning back the pillows, hanging pictures and adding floating shelves to the walls to remove pictures or collectables that are crowding your table tops.

3. Splurge on additional storage such as baskets, shelves, cable organizers and furniture with storage for blankets, toys, electronics and other items you want to keep organized in the room. Make sure to have toy boxes in the family room for quick cleaning after play sessions that are labeled with pictures and words.

Basement or attic

1. Try to finish decluttering your storage areas in a day or weekend. It’s easy to leave half-done projects in areas that are “out of sight, out of mind.” Start in one area of your attic or basement at a time to prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed.

2. Tackle the area much like you would your closet by sorting items between “keep” and “get rid of it.” Before you start putting away kept items, toss items you’re throwing away and put the remaining items you’re donating or selling in a vehicle. This will prevent you from undoing all your hard work or forgetting to get rid of items.

Smart Spaces Garage Storage

3. Post items you want to sell on FM Facebook “buy-and-sell” groups as you’re cleaning. If they don’t sell, then try donating items at local second-hand stores. Here are some of the most popular and active FM groups for you to join:
*Search for the following groups by name on Facebook.

FARGO MOORHEAD BUY/SELL MANIA!: Items sold on the group vary from houses to jewelry. Anything you have lying around your home can be posted and earn you cash within days.
Number of members: > 39,000

FARGO-MOORHEAD ANTIQUES AND VINTAGE ITEMS: For your older items with no real sentimental meaning, you can sell to antique collectors and lovers.
Number of members: > 5,200

FARGO-MOORHEAD AREA “BABY & KIDS THINGS” ONLINE SALE: Have a large boxes of kids items, you can sell them in a small group to parents looking for cheap products.
Number of Members: > 6,000

MN / ND ELECTRONICS & TECH: Members of the group can buy, sell or swap working technology and electronics—anything from video games to smartphones.
Number of members: > 1,900

4. As you’re putting your kept items into bins, group like items together and be sure to clearly label the contents. Tape a paper list to each bin of what’s inside so you have a visible inventory. Stack bins carrying similar content together or on the same shelves.


Amy Kobrinsky shared a few tips to stick to when it comes to having a more organized and functional system in place for your lifestyle. She is a professional organizer and the owner of Everything Has A Home, a company that offers professional and personal organizational services in Fargo. Contact Kobrinsky at

1. With the holidays coming to an end, this is the perfect time to revisit what comes in and what can go out. For every new gift received, try to donate one to three items around the house that you don’t need. This is especially true for kids. For each new toy, they should be able to part with a few items that they do not play with anymore and they would be happy to know another child will get a lot of use out of it.

2. Take the time to put decorations away neatly. When January 1 rolls around, most of us are ready to toss everything into a tote until next year. However, that just leaves a mess for what is supposed to be the fun part: decorating next year. Keep your ornaments, lights and holiday décor organized and packed up in labeled totes. You will thank yourself at the end of the year.

3. Everyone loves getting holiday cards. This provides the perfect opportunity to update your address book. Before tossing out the cards and envelopes, set them aside and make it a point to update all name changes and addresses.

4. After updating your address book, make a plan for your paperwork in 2017. What will be your paper “catch- all?” Run out and purchase an inbox, binder or mail sorter to collect all the paperwork that makes its way into your home. Once you have a home for all the mail and paperwork coming in, the next step is devoting an hour or two of time per week to deal with it. While you’re at it, it’s a good idea to start setting aside the paperwork you’ll need for taxes so you’re ahead of the game.

5. New Year = New Calendar = New You. Reserve a time for a goal planning session. Be realistic when setting weekly, monthly and yearly goals. When working with my clients, I encourage them to set a “maintaining the organization” time allowance. Whether it is two hours per week or 20 minutes per day, plan for it. That way you can hold yourself accountable.


For those who may not have the time or energy for organizing but want a clean home for the new year, Smart Spaces is a home organization business in Fargo with a passion for “peace of mind.” With the ability to transform any room of the house or office, they provide order, tranquility and style unique to each client’s home and lifestyle. For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit their website at

Smart Spaces

5226 51st Ave. S, Fargo


By Erica Rapp
Photos by Paul Flessland and Jenny Johnson
While many New Year’s resolutions tend to revolve around bettering ourselves, it’s also said that our happiness can increase when we help others. Fargo-Moorhead has plenty to offer when it comes to ways you can give back to the community.


Help out the Moorhead Parks and Recreation department with activities such as park and river cleanup, flowerbed adoptions, youth coaching and special events. You can also volunteer to greet guests and assist with tour guides at places such as the Heritage Hjemkomst Center or the Comstock House.


Farm in the Dell provides a rural lifestyle to those with disabilities by allowing them to live and work in a farm setting. The organization is always looking for volunteers to help out with upkeep at the farmstead or work in the local community garden east of the Catalyst Medical Center.


The Arc is a thrift store and organization that funds programs for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers can help with sorting and cleaning donations, organizing on the sales floor, dusting merchandise and keeping the store looking tidy. The thrift store is also looking for volunteers with technology skills to help prepare donated computers to be put on the sales floor.
Contact Arielle Mickelberg at


Do a deed for our furry friends by aiding the animal shelter with pet socialization, helping with fundraising events and assisting with adoptions. By committing to a two-hour time slot each week for at least three months, you can walk the dogs, give the cats some valuable play time, help customers and so much more.

volunteer fargo dogs


Assist the libraries in our community by being a volunteer that can help keep shelves in good order and make it easier for staff and patrons to find and use materials. You can also be an outreach volunteer, which involves providing library materials and services to those who are homebound, in nursing homes or are unable to come to the library themselves.
Applications can be sent to Pam Strait at


As a Down Syndrome achievement center and a volunteer-run organization, GiGi’s Playhouse is always looking for help and dedication from all kinds of volunteers. Lend your time and skills at playhouse programs, events, administrative services and even on the Board of Members to help keep the programs at GiGi’s vibrant, fun and free. Attend their monthly volunteer orientation meeting to learn more on how you can be a part of it.

Gigi's playhouse volunteer fargo


The Dorothy Day Food Pantry is open for food distribution Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 1 – 2:45 p.m. and needs volunteers to help families shop for their food. Volunteers are asked to arrive 30 minutes beforehand and to stay 30 minutes after close. You can choose whatever day works for you, just be sure to call in advance so the pantry can plan the schedule. The pantry also needs help with stocking shelves, cleaning, organizing and other various tasks throughout the week if there is another day or time that works best for you.


Volunteers are needed for care of patients and their families. Tasks can include running errands, housekeeping, fixing meals, providing companionship and company so a caregiver or family member can take a break, visiting with patients, helping at special events or assisting at the Heirlooms store in South Fargo.


There are plenty of volunteer opportunities for individuals, groups and kids. You can help with preparing meals, projects around the house and other various activities throughout your time commitment. You can also join the Share-A-Meal program, where volunteers are invited to plan and prepare lunch, dinner or baked goods for the families in need.
Contact Kelly at to arrange a time to volunteer.


If you are unable to donate items or make a monetary donation, donate your time as a volunteer at the Emergency Food Pantry. Volunteers are needed for various tasks such as sorting food, organizing a food or fund drive, administrative work and more.
Email for more information.

Emergency Food Pantry


The YWCA, an emergency shelter for women and children, has various opportunities and service projects for individuals, groups and youth. Depending on how you’re looking to volunteer your time, you can do a wide variety of activities such as preparing dinners for families at the shelter, yard work, landscaping, painting, games for kids, working at events, organizing donations, instructing classes, being a study buddy or child care assistant and much more.
Contact for more information and to submit volunteer applications found on the website.


Become a Big Brother or Big Sister through The Village Family Services. You’ll be paired with a child in the community that needs a mentor and a friend, and together you can share all sorts of experiences two to three times a month on your own schedule. You must be 18 years or older and live in the Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo or Dilworth areas. Both community-based and school-based volunteers require a one-year commitment. All volunteers must complete an application process that includes three references, a background check, child abuse/neglect check, driver’s license check, an interview and volunteer training.


If you’re looking to do some volunteer work that suites your can help you find the perfect place to t in as a volunteer. You can search online based on your skill sets and soon you’ll be lending a helping hand to your favorite organization or nonprofit.