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FARGO—Last week The Forum asked area music fans how they were making the decision over which big Friday night show to attend; the second night of WE Fest featuring Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Eli Young Band and others, or Bruno Mars at the Fargodome. While readers overwhelming said they would go to Mars, not everyone agreed. "I'll take WE Fest over Bruno Mars anytime, whoever the heck he is," wrote Don Asheim.
The region's biggest musical weekend of the year kicks off Thursday when WE Fest opens in Detroit Lakes, Minn. The annual three-day event, which draws about 50,000, always starts the first Thursday in August. This year there's a little competition on the concert calendar as pop singer/songwriter Bruno Mars will play Friday at the Fargodome, the same night Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Eli Young Band and more play the Soo Pass Ranch.
HAZEN, N.D.—Singing sisters Kendra and Krista Slaubaugh—better known as the country duo Tigirlily—are trading in the Peace Garden State for Music City. The Hazen, N.D.,-based act recently announced they are moving to Nashville, Tenn., in mid-August to pursue their careers in music.
FARGO—"What's cool about cooking is that it has a military structure but is completely driven by creativity. It attracts a certain kind of people," says Amy Thielen. She should know. She is one of those people. "Cooks are like this wild tribe of people who would rather be in the back of the house than up front," she says. "Big-hearted misfits who feed on stress and most are ADHD, and I would say that I am."
FARGO — For years stainless steel has been the shining star in appliance finishes, but lately, buyers have been looking for something, well, duller. Matte finishes like slate and black stainless steel are heating up the market for kitchen equipment. "A lot of people are migrating that way," says Jim Flem in sales at Karl's TV, Appliance & Furniture Store in Fargo, which carries GE's slate products, the LG Black Diamond line and KitchenAid black stainless steel pieces.
FARGO -- Bobby Vee, the Fargol boy who stepped into the spotlight the day after the music died, died early Monday, Oct. 24, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease, according to the St. Cloud Times. On Feb. 4, 1959, Bobby Vee and his band The Shadows headlined a show the Moorhead Armory after Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper died in a plane crash en route to the show.
FARGO—If animals could talk, some cows at North Dakota State University might toast a pair of beer and spirit makers. Drekker Brewing Company and Proof Artisan Distillers have been sending their spent grains to the animal sciences program to feed heifers. "We're using grains designed by NDSU, and donate those grains back to the university. It's fun when you come full circle," said Mark Bjornstad, co-founder and president of Drekker, adding that most of the grain Drekker uses is from the region.
FARGO—The top drawing act in Fargodome history is coming back to hang out with some "Friends in Low Places." Garth Brooks announced he will play the venue May 7 at 7 p.m. He will be joined by his wife, singer Trisha Yearwood. Brooks' five Fargodome shows, in 1993 and '98, are all in the building's top 10 in attendance, each drawing more than 22,500. The biggest was 26,228 in 1993. The three-day series in '98 was the building's top grossing event, bringing in $229,643.
FARGO — As a young child, Mike Bredon moved to Bemidji, Minn., in the mid-1980s. He was the new kid in school and didn’t easily make new friends. Then he found one in the most unlikely of places. Through a late-night TV show airing 130 miles away in Fargo, he was introduced to a creepy older man with a creaky voice, pasty complexion and a dark sense of humor. “He was pretty much my first friend in Bemidji.
FARGO—Maurice Degrugillier wants to put a bug in your ear. Not literally, of course.