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FARGO — "A Magical Medora Christmas" is traveling four states to play 30 shows in 24 communities in one month’s time, including two performances this weekend in Fargo. The road to get to these gigs for some of the performers, however, has been much longer. Singer Emily Walter won a battle with breast cancer, her counterpart Job Christenson has bounced back from a career-threatening stroke and show host Bill Sorensen has recovered from a bout with throat cancer.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The longest-running and biggest holiday event in the area kicks off this weekend with the Concordia Christmas Concert with the theme "For the Beauty of the Earth." More of an institution than a collection of performed songs, the four concerts from Friday, Nov. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 2, will draw thousands from across the region. Two more concerts taking place Dec. 7 in Minneapolis will draw hundreds more fans. Here’s a look at some other numbers behind the annual event as provided by Concordia College:
On Tuesday night, many will gather around TVs, computers and smartphones to watch election results. It will be the end of a long campaign season that saw tempers fly and stress levels rise.
FARGO — In 1977, at the age of 30, Pat Gerlach walked away from the office world he'd known as a printer, journalist and editor and declared that the outdoors was his new workspace. For 40 years, the Moorhead, Minn., native traveled the country, taking photographs of the landscape and the animals that roamed them. Gerlach's travels ended Thursday, Oct. 11. Surrounded by family and friends, he succumbed to the terminal cancer that had been diagnosed three years earlier.
FARGO — It's almost time. More than a year after he announced the concert, Ed Sheeran will make his headlining debut at the Fargodome on Wednesday, Oct. 17. It's been a long wait for fans, but the singer has been busy. He's played over 150 dates to more than 3.3 million fans worldwide on this tour, which started in the middle of March 2017 and won't end until late August 2019.
FARGO — Anastasia Higginbotham is a children's book author and illustrator, not an athlete, but to teach kids to stand up against racism, she's taking a knee next to Colin Kaepernick. The quarterback is pictured in her new book, "Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness," so when Higginbotham prepared for readings, she drew a cardboard cutout of the controversial star and a stadium backdrop.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — When Florida Georgia Line headlines Friday night, Aug. 3, at the three-day country music event WE Fest, the duo may be breaking a record. Singers Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley teamed up with Bebe Rexha on her single, "Meant to Be," which has topped Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for 34 weeks. The tune's longevity there ties it with Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" for the longest stay at the top of that chart.
FARGO — When St. Paul's Summit Brewing Co. hit a bump in the road at the end of 2017 and was forced to lay off employees for the first time in its 32-year history, founder and president Mark Stutrud looked back home to get the company back on track. The brewer released a new beer with barley grown on his cousin's North Dakota farm. Dakota Soul has been such a success, Summit has been forced to more than double its production of the lager. The beer will likely be Summit's third best-selling beer, making up about 10 percent of sales by the end of the year, Stutrud says.
FARGO — The Fourth of July is one of the biggest beer-drinking holidays in the country, but if you really want to celebrate America's history, put down the Bud Light and consider a fortified wine from the Portuguese Madeira Islands off the coast of Africa. Or perhaps raise a glass of Philadelphia Fish House Punch. Or if you really want to start a revolution in your head and stomach, consider a Rattle Skull.
FARGO — Country star Toby Keith is returning to Fargo for a Sept. 7 show at Scheels Arena. The crooner is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his first single, the chart-topper, "Should've Been a Cowboy." He followed that up with 19 more No. 1 hits, including, "How Do You Like Me Now?!" "I Wanna Talk About Me," "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue," "Beer for My Horses" and more. Ned LeDoux, son of the late country star Chris LeDoux, will open the show.