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Published July 18 2013

Benshoof: All good things must come to an end

FARGO - Well Fargo, it’s about time for me to be getting on my way.

Yes, next week I’m bidding adieu to The Forum, and a few weeks after that I’m saying goodbye to Fargo and heading south to the mystical land of St. Paul. I’m off to try something new and to hopefully have an adventure or two along the way.

All good things, as they say, must come to an end.

While this is essentially my “goodbye, readers, goodbye, journalism and goodbye, my Coney Island baby” column (one last “Matlock” reference for all you fans out there) let’s keep things in perspective: I’ve only been at The Forum for just about two years, and I’ve only been writing this column for a little more than a year.

But in that year, I’ve had some memorable moments that have made those 12 months seem much longer.

I stomped grapes and stained my feet purple. I had the opportunity to learn how to wrestle a gator at last year’s Red River Valley Fair, but instead opted to wrestle a Greek gyro. For my safety, you know.

I “auditioned” for Fargo Star, and put my “singing” out there for everyone to see and hear. I embraced my inner James Bond by asking for a haircut that James Bond would get, and then learned how to make a proper martini.

I responded to an uppity New Yorker’s column about why she’d never live in North Dakota, and then showed her why she should do exactly that when the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitor’s Bureau brought her out here.

(For those who were wondering – since I was a little burnt out on the topic and never wrote a follow-up column after Mandi Woodruff came to town – I don’t think she changed her mind after her visit. She had fun and enjoyed her few days in Fargo, but she still doesn’t plan on ever living in North Dakota. Nobody’s perfect, I guess.)

I made a pillow fort, built a gingerbread house and got expert advice on sledding and wrapping presents.

Perhaps most importantly, I also learned how to tie a bowtie.

Of course, despite all that I’ve done in this last year, I’m not leaving without regrets – things I wish I had time to finish or could have seen through to the end. The Curious Case of the Retouched Photo at KVLY remains unsolved and haunts me, keeping me up late at night or plaguing my REM cycles with nightmares unending and existential.

Remember that particular column? Where The Forum’s letters mysteriously disappeared from a Valley News Live weather backdrop?

I guess we’ll just never know where, exactly, those letters went.

Thanks for reading.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535