Fargo is affectionately referred to as “North of Normal”. The residents in this North Dakota city take pride in doing things differently and unexpectedly. They have a welcoming sense of humor. The Fargo Visitor Center off of Interstate 94’s Exit 348 features the iconic wood chipper prop from the 1996 Coen brothers film “Fargo”. The wood chipper is available for selfies and family portraits and sets the mood as you explore the town. There is a herd of painted bison throughout the metropolitan area (painted by local artists), sponsored chalk festivals, fantastic shops, and interesting cuisine: including delicious midwestern staples like cheese curds and unique sausages such as rattlesnake and rabbit bratwurst. It is a fun city.
Fargo is home to North Dakota State University and the North Dakota State College of Science. College towns bring in a host of excellent amenities. You will enjoy performances from a number of private theater companies, Fargo-Moorhead Ballet, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra. There are also excellent college sports. North Dakota State University competes in NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports. The North Dakota State Bison football team holds the record for the most NCAA FCS national championships (2011-2015, 2017-2019, 2021).
The City of Fargo was established in 1871 and is celebrating 150 years in 2022. The city has an ongoing commitment to the residents and businesses. The city is currently working on a project that will provide additional recreational opportunities in South Fargo, announced in 2020. The Fargo Lake will serve as an 80-acre recreational lake and retention pond collecting stormwater run-off from a future development south of 52nd Avenue.
The City of Moorhead has an interesting real estate perk. They welcome all home buyers with a round of golf. If you build a home, the city treats you to a season of golf, swimming, and recreation for the whole family.
Moorhead, Minnesota is on the other side of the Red River from their neighbors in Fargo, North Dakota. They are good neighbors. They share the resources and talent in the Fargo-Moorhead area to provide cultural opportunities and classical performances of music, ballet, and opera. Moorhead is also a college town, including Concordia College and Minnesota State University Moorhead, and enjoys the robust cultural and intellectual commodities that follow.
Ice hockey is a very popular sport in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The high school in Moorhead has produced a number of players who enjoyed careers in the NHL and AHL (including three-time Stanley Cup champion Matt Cullen). Young players benefit from the coaching and support from local hockey programs such as Moorhead Youth Hockey and the community at large.
There is a love of Viking culture in the region. Norwegian heritage is celebrated and remembered at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. It is owned and operated by the City of Moorhead Parks and Recreation Department. The Center has over 30,000 artifacts including a full-scale replica of a Viking ship built by a local resident and sailed from Duluth, Minnesota to Oslo, Norway in 1982. For residents with more modest sailing aspirations, there is an annual canoe parade at Viking Ship Park in Moorhead. This is also a fun city.