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Living in Fargo/Moorhead

Named one of Money Magazine’s Top 100 Places to Live in 2010, Fargo is located on the eastern edge of North Dakota, the state’s largest community.  With its sister city, Moorhead, Minnesota, directly across the Red River, Fargo is one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle.   

The community boasts a family friendly environment with excellent schools, safe neighborhoods and a low crime rate. An active arts and cultural scene allows residents to attend symphony, civic opera, art museums and community theatre events.  The Fargo-Moorhead community offers a variety of places to shop and eat, including a newly refurbished downtown district.

What is there to do in Fargo?

The entertainment capital of the region, the Fargo Moorhead area offers a wide variety of activities for both visitors and residents. The cities of Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo proudly boast about our thriving art-community. Whether you are interested in dance, theatre, orchestral and choral music, opera or a myriad of visual arts, you will find them and more in the greater F-M area. Highlights include the annual FM Visual Artists Studio Crawl, the Fargo Film Festival, The Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, BlueStem Center for the Arts, the summer-time downtown Corks and Canvases, and the three colleges’ vast artistic offerings. For the most up-to-date listing of all the area’s arts and cultural events, visit

Performing and Fine Arts

Fargo-Moorhead Ballet brings professional dance performances and creative educational opportunities to the FM area. Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre presents live theatre from September until June; offers something for everyone, including comedies, musicals, family shows and off-site theatre productions.

Fargo-Moorhead Opera Company (NDSU Festival Concert Hall, Fargo) provides quality opera performances, featuring local, regional and international artists; the only full-time organization providing opera for 38 years within a 250-mile radius

Fargo-Moorhead Symphony presents a full season of symphonic and chamber orchestra works. Fargo Theatre is an historic landmark built in 1926; a monument to the early days of vaudeville and silent movies; features the Might Wurlitzer Organ and renovated Art Modern interior.

More Indoor Entertainment

The FARGODOME has a track record of hosting some of the biggest and best concerts, the Gate City Bank Theater, and sporting events between Minneapolis and Seattle.  It is also the home field for the NDSU Bison football team. The Scheels Arena is the new 5,000 seat hockey arena in southwest Fargo and is home to the Fargo Force Hockey team.

Courtney's Comedy Club is the premier comedy club between Minneapolis and Seattle. Courtney's features nationally recognized comedians for five shows each week mid September through May.

Fargo Billiards & Gastropub is an upscale billiard parlor with the Gastropub - a full service restaurant/pub/coffee bar. Leagues and tournaments are available for players at all levels.

Cultural Attractions and Museums

Plains Art Museum is an unconventional museum of fine arts in downtown Fargo. The Rourke Art Gallery & Museum is leading cultural institution in our region providing private and public events, including temporary special art exhibitions of local, regional and national artists.

Bonanzaville USA is a reconstructed pioneer village portraying life when bonanza farming was at its peak in the late 1800s; home to the Cass County Historical Society and Museum. Hjemkomst Center in downtown Moorhead, features the replica Viking Ship Hjemkomst and traveling exhibits; home to the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and the Stavkirke Norwegian Chruch.

Recognized as one of the country's top 25 children's museums, The Children's Museum at Yunker Farm is a fun place where children and their families can play, learn, create and interact. Fargo Air Museum features vintage World War II one -of-a-kind aircraft, interactive children's exhibits, North Dakota WWII Flying Aces exhibit, Ag aviation, Fred Quam Research Library, and movie theatre.

Outdoor Recreation and Parks

With 10 courses between the two cities, there is golf galore in Fargo-Moorhead.

Red River Zoo is 33-acre zoo, featuring 80 species of animals in natural habitats and a restored 1928 carousel. Rheault Farm is home to a variety of festivals, events and classes all year long; 15 acres including a house and barn built in 1918.

Thunder Road of Fargo is an amusement park featuring two 18-hole miniature golf courses, 38 go-karts, six batting cages and 40 arcade games.

State Parks

Five area state parks provide year-round outdoor recreation activities within a short driving distance of Fargo Moorhead. Most state parks provide camping, swimming, boating/canoeing, fishing and hiking/biking/snowmobile trails.

Buffalo River State Park (15 miles east of F-M)
Fort Ransom State Park (75 miles southwest of F-M)
Itasca State Park (115 miles northeast of F-M)
Maplewood State Park (55 miles southeast of F-M)
Turtle River State Park (95 miles northwest of F-M)


Traveling to and from Fargo-Moorhead
Located just north of the NDSU campus, Hector International Airport is served by Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, United Express, and American Airlines. There are daily flights to Minneapolis, Chicago, Denver and Salt Lake City. Allegiant Air operates flights to Las Vegas, Phoenix-Mesa, Los Angeles, and Orlando.

The Amtrak Empire Builder services the Midwest with a stop in Fargo. The Amtrak station is located in downtown Fargo. There is also a Jefferson Bus Lines station located in Fargo. Jefferson routes extend from Minneapolis to Dallas, serving eleven states in the heartland of America and the province of Manitoba, Canada.

Seasonal Parking
Seasonal night parking restrictions are in place from November 1 through April 15 (city ordinance 8-1009) and restrict parking on the street between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. These restrictions allow city employees to remove snow and perform critical street maintenance. Street signs noting the restrictions are located in the affected areas.


Alerus Financial

15 Broadway, (701) 280-5000
American Federal Bank 215 N 5 St, (701) 235-4248
Bank of the West 520 Main Ave, (701) 293-2200
Bremer Bank 1204 19th Ave, (701) 239-5935
Gate City Bank500 2 Av N, (701) 293-2485
Northland Educators Credit Union1404 12th Ave
Bell State Bank and Trust 51 Broadway, (701) 298-2240
US BankNDSU Memorial Union, (701) 293-2841
Wells Fargo406 Main Ave, (701) 293-4200

Grocery Stores

CashWise, Hornbacher’s and Family Fare are the three main supermarkets in Fargo-Moorhead. Northport Hornbacher’s and Family Fare on north University are closest to campus. As Fargo has become more diverse, several international markets have opened.  

There are also a number of organic/health food stores in town. Tochi Products and Specialty Foods is near both NDSU campus locations. Tochi offers international foods, bulk items and health and beauty products. Sydney's Health Market specializes in gluten-free, top 8 allergy free and organic products. During the spring and summers, there are farmer’s markets open around the area.


The Moorhead Center Mall, located in downtown Moorhead, offers Herbergers and unique local stores in a warm community setting. The mall boasts close parking, a three-level parking ramp and of course, as the mall is located east of the river, shoppers greatly benefit from the exemption of sales tax on clothes and shoes.

The largest shopping center in the region. West Acres has over 120 stores and restaurants in addition to Herbergers, JCPenney, Macy's and Sears department stores. West Acres is newly renovated and has a 750 seat Food Court with fireplace, the Recess West kids play area and is home to the Roger Maris Museum.

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NDSU Graduate School
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7033
Campus address:  106 Putnam Hall
Physical/delivery address:  NDSU Graduate School/106 Putnam Hall/1349 12th Avenue Northwest/Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address:  NDSU Dept. 2820/PO Box 6050/Fargo, ND 58108
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