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Make like a Viking at the Hjemkomst Center Getaway North of Normal take another look at the Fargo you thought you knew by shel Zolkewich As MAnitobAns, we shAre the border with North Dakota, so it’s naturally our state of choice for weekend getaways and shopping trips to stock up on only- in-America goods. Grand Forks and Fargo have become our go-to cities, with the former getting the bulk of visitors owing to its drivable distance from Winnipeg. Fargo—an hour further south— tended to play second fiddle. But it all changed in 1996, when the Coen brothers debuted a peculiar crime thriller at the Cannes Film Festival. Their little project, Fargo, went on to collect an armful of awards and inspire a television series of the same name. In the minds of moviegoers, the film solidified Fargo as a city of quirky speech patterns, fur hats and inventive uses for wood chippers. But it also put Fargo on the map, inviting visitors to explore the city’s celluloid legacy. Fargo has since evolved from an my itinerary is jam-packed, so it’s time eccentric town to a city with a posh to move along. side—while maintaining its polite Moorhead, Minnesota, is Fargo’s prairie hospitality. If you were to equally eclectic sister city, separated ask Marge Gunderson, Frances by a short bridge. I cross the bridge McDormand’s beloved character, if the to the North Star State and visit the city is worth another look, she’d surely Hjemkomst Center. You can’t miss reply: “You betcha!” it—just look for the steeple My weekend starts with of the Harry Potter–esque a quick stop at Hotel Hopperstad Stave Donaldson to drop Church, a replica of off my bags. I resist the almost 900- the urge to linger in year-old original in the spacious room: Norway. Inside you’ll One of only 17 in the find another unique converted Oddfellows reproduction: a full- Temple, it boasts scale Viking ship. The exposed brick, weath- locally built vessel made ered beams and decor by her maiden voyage from local artists. Instead I head A pint of Duluth, Minn., to Norway to the hotel’s HoDo Lounge, Drekker stout before finding a permanent where I order the signature home at Moorhead’s museum. The Fargo Tea. It’s tempting to while away church and ship both speak to the the afternoon here, just sipping tea and Norwegian heritage of this region. watching the action on Broadway, but CAA ManitoBa Fall 2018 55