Story by Jon Bennett
Photography provided by Amanda Kreidlkamp
Meet The Artist!
23-year-old Amanda Kreidlkamp is a North Fargo native following her passion for art. Art, however, was not always the path she wanted to follow. While attending nursing school at NDSU, she decided to take an art class to relieve stress and found herself spending more time than expected in the art studio. After some thought, she decided to switch her major to art education her freshman year.
What Inspires Amanda?
Kreidlkamp is a huge fan of painting, mostly with acrylics and oil paint, often using mixed media to complete her pieces. A fun piece she likes to incorporate in her latest art is pops of fur, noting only faux fur is used and she is a huge animal lover. She said one artist that inspires her work is MC Escer, who was known for modern art. Escer was a Dutch artist, well known for his graphic designs with bazaar optical illusions.
Her Fabricated Retrospection artwork series ( eyes, nose, mouth, rainbow, purple eye pattern) depicts a series of memories. Each piece has a relationship to the next experience.
[Diana Hall Interview]
Story by Alyssa Nishek
Photography provided by CRRC
This month, our featured non-profit organization is new to the community. North Dakota opened it’s first-ever Veterans Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) in Fargo last August. After years of planning, the fully equipped facility is located near the downtown area at 721 1st Ave. N. The CRRC serves as a resource center for Veterans facing various needs, from homelessness, poverty, physical and mental health concerns, to life course assistance.
The facility provides on-staff social workers, showers, laundry, emergency food baskets, and an emergency clothing closet. A primary care medical team is on-site 20 hours a week to assist with medical and/or psychiatric needs of veterans on a schedule or walk-in basis. A computer lab will soon complete the array of resources available at the CRRC.
Diana Hall is the Program Manager at the Fargo VA Community Resource and Referral Center. Hall is a veteran herself, having served in Germany as a Military Police Officer on a NATO anti-terrorist team. After leaving the service she came to North Dakota to attend college and holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Dakota.
[Puzzled Escape Room + Fargo Escape Room]
Story by Susan Hozak and Steven Cameron
Photography by Micah J. Zimmerman, Amdak Productions
Despite the turbulent times 2020 brought, there have been many exciting developments this year for Puzzled Escape Rooms, on top of the exciting times their escape rooms have brought to their guests.
It is challenging to find activities to participate in when you are balancing staying home to protect yourself from COVID, and wanting to get out of the house and alleviate cabin fever.
Escape rooms are fun, live-action game experiences where the players are active participants in the stories. They work together to solve puzzles and complete a mission before time runs out. They challenge you mentally and physically for 60 minutes in a safe, controlled environment.
Midwest Nest loves the culture from the upper midwest, and we are excited to share stories from around the area.