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Wendy Reuer, Published October 09 2012

Readers weigh in on the Fargo-Moorhead bucket list

FARGO - When The Forum asked readers, “What would you do if you were moving out of the area, never to return?” answers seemed to take on two themes: food and people.

While there may be plenty of sights to see, such as taking in a movie at the famed Fargo Theatre or taking a trip out west to the world-famous Badlands, which even former president Teddy Roosevelt could hardly bear to leave, in the land of Scandinavian and German descendants, this area’s Italian fare – or pizza, speaking precisely – topped the bucket lists of many.

Of course, Pizza Corner Pizza, the homemade pies out of Valley City, N.D., served at nearly every bar and café from Fergus Falls, Minn., to North Dakota’s Oil Patch out west, is a fan favorite.

In the metro area, Duane’s House of Pizza made a number of lists, such as Janell Walz’s of Glyndon, Minn. and Clark Erickson’s of Mesa, Ariz.

Clark moved away 23 years ago, but Duane’s is still a favorite. Erickson wrote in to mention that Duane’s pizza is a “must visit,” with Mexican Village a close second.

Justin Kristan said fine dining would top his bucket list:

“If I were to leave Fargo and never return I would want to do dinner at the HoDo and dinner at Sarello’s,” Kristan said. “(I) have not had the opportunity to eat at either establishment. It would be fun to put the ‘two big guns’ head to head to see how they stacked up.”

For Cole Davidson of West Fargo, dining at some of Fargo’s top eats made his list, but he also suggested fishing in the Red River with his son, where he’s caught a 30-pound catfish before, or tailgating at a Bison game and taking in a Trollwood production, all of which are favorite pastimes of local residents.

But, when it comes to what is truly unique in this area, it’s the people that topped the lists. Maybe because it takes a special kind of person to ride out the hot and humid summers followed only by freezing cold and blowing snow (sometimes within a week). Regardless of the reason, residents around here hold their fellow North Dakotans and Minnesotans in the highest of esteem, making spending quality time with friends and family hit the top of their bucket lists.

Fargo resident of 27 years Deb Dillon said she’s facing the bucket list dilemma now. She and her husband are preparing to move to Prescott, Ariz., and it’s not the places she said she will miss, it’s the people.

“My final two weeks in Fargo have been filled with one thing: people. The people of this area are what makes it so special, and I will miss them greatly. I have been meeting with friends, neighbors, book clubs, education groups, and former colleagues, passing out my new ‘business’ cards so they can still reach me and maybe even come for a visit in my new home,” Dillon said.

Janelle Buskohl feels the same way. She is compiling her own bucket list and checking items such as visiting Niagara Falls or parasailing in Jamaica off left and right. Buskohl said she is “living with lymphoma.” When it comes to what she’ll miss around here, she too said it’s the people, especially her family, such as her 7-month-old grandson.

“Family is way too important to actually ever leave this area to live somewhere else, and when a person lives with cancer, the bucket list is actually a very important tool to help accomplish those wishes in life a person must do before ‘leaving,’ ” she said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530