Edition 48: Savoring Summer
We had a blast at the Plains Art Museum Summer Gala and are now switching gears to focus on our 4th Annual Design Challenge, happening this month! We have enjoyed putting together this event every year, and I am so proud of our team for winning the 2020 Best Niche Promotion or Contest, awarded for the annual Design Challenge. This year, we have partnered with SCHEELS Home & Hardware and are giving students from NDSU's interior design program the chance to showcase their talents. Led by NDSU interior design professor Susan Rey-Degges and coached by SCHEELS design experts Morgan Diehl-May and Leah Martin, the student design teams will have four hours to put together a vignette at SCHEELS Home & Hardware on Sept 12, 2021. I hope to see you there cheering on your favorite team!
With Midwest regard,
Edition 47: Beauty on Broadway
This month, a bulk of our focus has been on the downtown area with two beautiful stories on the new Jasper Hotel and Rosewild restaurant on Broadway. We are also ready to dance, dine and mingle at the Plains Art Museum Gala - we hope to see you there. Although it feels like summer is ﬂying by fast, we still have weeks left of enjoying the sun and warm weather. And once it all does disappear, Fargo has us covered with tons of upcoming fall and winter events! I have to say, some of the best memories come from days with snow on the ground and that cold wind in the air.
With Midwest regard,
Edition 46: Sun's out, funs out!!
Fun is everywhere in the upcoming months and we are so happy to be able to share it with our readers. We are proud to announce that Dan Francis is a co-chair to the Plains Art Museum Summer Gala: Take Two Déjà Vu presented by Bell Insurance on August 13. Read about the event in this issue and enjoy the beautiful photos captured at the previous Galas. Although it is months away, we are ﬁnalizing details to our 4th Annual Design Challenge and we have partnered with SCHEELS Home & Hardware to bring you a full day of fun on September 12. More details will be announced soon!
With Midwest regard,
Edition 45: Brewing up Friendships
Summer is here, time to enjoy new fun hangouts that have opened and are opening soon in our community. Last month, we featured 701 Eateries and this month, take a tour of the newly renovated Fargo Brewing Company. We can't forget about the businesses already thriving, so we are teasing your taste buds by featuring dishes from Leela Thai Cuisine. They were even so kind to share their Thai iced tea and coffee recipes with us so enjoy!
With Midwest regard,
Edition 44: Pets, Projects, Playtime
I'm writing this in April, crossing my ﬁngers that there is no more snow in May! Ha!
With Spring comes renewal and we are excited for the upcoming Spring Parade of Homes and showcasing the completion of 701 Eateries. This is why I love my job as a publisher - helping to promote area businesses and share people's dreams coming true! Find some inspiration this month from Dan Francis and his wife, Amanda, whom recently embarked on a personal remodel project to their home, originally built in 1907. Let's all stay busy bees and bring our projects to bloom!
With Midwest regard,
Edition 43: Spring Seasoning
Recipe for a Delightful Spring
My team and I are excited for warm weather and the new experiences waiting for us all! Our recipe for a delightful spring are:
We encourage our readers to add some of these ingredients to their daily lives!
With Midwest regard,
Edition 42: until again, lover
The changing of the seasons, the ending of one, and the beginning of the next...
Stay warm as we explore inside a cozy cabin on Lake Sybill and a made for TV shouse on the prairie. Turn on tunes from Jack Yakowicz as you read about his music journey and his appearance as our first centerfold model! As you make your way to the ending of this edition, you'll see some magic that SCHEELS can create for your very own home.
Until again, I will be dreaming of all the memories winter has blessed me with.
Edition 41: get involved - give to love, love to give
Giving Hearts Day is more than one day. It leads to a lifetime of generosity.
Individuals, businesses, and schools alike are called to share in the joy of giving. We encourage you to immerse yourself in the celebration, whether it be through your time, talents, or voice. With nearly 500 charities participating, there is an abundance of ways to help. We have the resources for you to maximize your efforts with the charity(ies) your heart chooses.
Find your role in the wave of giving that is flooding the region. Give wholeheartedly this Giving Hearts Day.
Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour fundraising event for charities in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. Since the first event in 2008, generous donors have given more than $90 million, 100% of which goes directly to participating charities. Giving Hearts Day 2021 will be held on Thursday, February 11. Join us!
Edition 40: Here's to Growth + Comfort + Strength in the New Year
Cheers to a New Year and I hope comfort comes to all after everything we have had to endure last year. I hope 2021 is a time for us all to grow and reflect on what we learned from the past year.
This may be the year you discover a new passion, such as the story with Amanda Kreidlkamp who stumbled upon her love for art after taking an art class to relieve stress while attending nursing school. If you're looking for some relief and an escape, live-action game experiences are available at Puzzled Escape Room and Fargo Escape Room. For inspiration to those cooking more at home, check out ramshacklepantry.com for recipes and interesting history behind some of the most popular dishes. The unpredictability and stress of last year will only add to our strength and allow us to realize what and who are important in our lives. Here's to us all shedding the weights that have been holding us down and to flying high in 2021!
With Midwest regard,
Edition 39: In Gratitude, We Thrive
As the year is coming to an end, I’m realizing more and more how much I am grateful for! Despite so many changes coming at all of us, I hope the rest of the community is able to find some things within each and every day for which to be appreciative and grateful.
After the hustle and bustle of this year's Design Challenge, my team and I are ready to head into the festivities of the holidays and onto the ﬁnal two amazing issues of 2020!
This month, the Midwest Nest crew was ﬂattered to be a part of Dan Francis' artwork gracing our cover. We had such a had such a blast during its creation! Throwing it back to days gone by, the word ﬂashback gives a whole new meaning, especially as we enter into this new holiday season. With so many of these new changes among us, celebrations and gatherings are not like they use to be, and we are hoping to offer up a bit of sweet nostalgia of simpler times for our readers to enjoy.
Three years ago in August, two women inching close to 40, decided to partner up and create Midwest Nest Magazine, from the ground up. With two crazy months of preparation, we were able to launch our very first issue in October 2017. Unsure if our dream would be embraced or ignored, we forged ahead, keeping our eye on the local people, places, and organizations that were important to us. Three years into our journey, three design challenges, and over 40 regional and national awards later, we're still here and still proud.
This month, we came screeching in at the finish line, just in time to send a new magazine off to print, and officially launch our 3rd Annual Design Challenge: Boxed-In! at West Acres. Thank you to our sponsor SCHEELS Home & Hardware / Design Studio, and all 12 of this year's designers who so generously donated their time and talent. They conquered the design in one week, showcased a local artist, and gathered donations for their chosen charity!
Travels & Challenges
While this summer has been historically challenging, it's also given us time to plan and motivation to explore. While nearly all of our favorite events were canceled or postponed, we used the extra free time to travel farther and more often than we ever have; hence, our Gull Lake, Minn., cover this month. We stopped discussing all of the cool places and finally arrived. It's been exhilarating to see so many of our readers doing the same; visiting new lakes, renting campers, exploring national parks, or just simply using their imagination in their own backyard. I hope at least a bit of this creativity stays with us all, even when normalcy returns.
If you're a Midwesterner, chances are, July is your prime time for adventures in lakes country. As someone who's written about this destination for nearly eight years, I can assure you it's never dull. The photographers and I get lost often. We eat the food from the cuisine shoot, ignore the bites from mosquitos, and happily do our job in the midst of white caps, rain, and near 100 degree days. If we have a rare, well-navigated day, with time to spare, we take a detour on the roads less traveled. This is our time to explore the shops and galleries we shot, have a glass of wine at the vineyard we're writing about, then follow the clues to new hidden gems that are destined to inspire a story. The interesting thing about lakes country is, just when you think you've seen it all, you'll be blown away by something new.
You'd think after 33 issues and hundreds of stories, my overt optimism would evaporate into my coffee cup. Despite deadlines, long days, and late nights, I still love the race to print day. Each month is a fresh start; another opportunity to get to know an inspiring person, place or concept within our community. While riding the wave of uncertain times, my role with Midwest Nest has remained a constant, bright light - and a true privilege.
While this pandemic has certainly been challenging, and frightening - it's also been life-changing in the strangest ways. Nearly all of our outside interaction has been virtual, via Zoom, Facetime, Facebook Live and Webex...etc. We've been face-to-face with our kids and spouses more in one month than in a year. Some would say, despite everything, they've grown, and I'm not talking about the "COVID-15", ha. I'm referring to people that have been forced to take a time-out; do all the family things, finally learn to bake bread, go for a walk in the middle of the workday, and the biggest one - teach our kids to use their imagination. If you got to do all these things, consider yourself lucky, for those on the frontline did not.
As we finished writing the April issue, while self-quarantining, I was reminded of how much I love my family, and love(d) my freedom. It is our job to work on a whim, running to and from shoots, driving all over the region, engaging with new people and getting to experience how others live. I'm fondly remembering the days when people would welcome you into their home, offer a warm hug, and not even consider your level of disinfection.
This month, the Midwest Nest family traveled the distance and brought our best ideas home. Starting at the Las Vegas Market, Kari Rasmus and Designingwomen2 recapped the trends, while Lindsey Christie and Donna Block brought us to Grand Forks to see inside their latest project at Blackmore Flats. We also ventured to the lakes area to hear how Helenske Design Group and Lighthouse Construction transformed Alexandria, Minn.'s Lure Lakebar. Closer to home, Monica Hart led us underground for a dramatic basement reveal, fusing rustic appeal with modern design.
With stone hand-picked from the quarry featured on the roadside and cantilevered windows on the lakeside, this panoramic paradise stops boaters in their wake. To find out more about this elevated endeavor, Jackson Strom, of Strom Architecture in Fargo, walks us through the spectacular space and skyline views. Located on Pickerel Lake, S.D., this is a weekend retreat that's redefining what it means to truly capture the view.
Urban lifestyle concepts are a hot topic, and there's no better place to start the conversation than Roberts Alley and Roberts Street in Downtown Fargo. This month, we'll give you a glimpse inside the new Beer & Fish Company, their fitness neighbors at FLY and the new Dillard Apartments above. This is a backroad abode where residents can live, work, and play - without ever leaving the block.
While last month's Design Challenge and anniversary celebration left us counting our blessings, it also had us sending up a few extra prayers. This year has been devastating for so many local farmers, and a nearly impossible harvest added insult to injury. In awe of their dedication, this Thanksgiving, I want to say, "Thank you" to all the hardworking farmers in my life; my dad, older brother, uncle and grandpa (retired, but forever a farmer). Our prayers to all of the farmers and their families in the surrounding communities.
We like any reason to throw a party, but this past month, Susan and I have two years of reasons to celebrate, and thousands to thank. To show our gratitude in style, we gathered friends, family, readers, team members and supporters to the beautiful rooftop of Pioneer Place in West Fargo.
If we've ever had a milestone month, this is it. September's issue is number 24 - marking two full years since our first issue in October of 2017. It's been a wild ride, and like I've said on many occasions, a leap of faith my publisher Susan, and I have loved. To mark the occasion, we're inviting everyone to our 2nd Annual Design Challenge and anniversary celebration on September 12th at Pioneer Place in West Fargo. This is an event to thank our readers, celebrate our team, and showcase the talents of some of Fargo-Moorhead's most elite designers. If you need more incentive to attend, we'll also be serving food by Chef's Table and desserts by Nichole's Fine Pastry.
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