FARGO, N.D. – About a dozen employees from The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead proved last week that the weather can rain out their parade, but it can’t rain out their company pride and spirit.
The employees helped prepare a company float that was scheduled to be in last Friday’s North Dakota State University homecoming parade. But due to the threat of severe inclement weather, NDSU officials cancelled the parade. However, even the threat of bad weather didn’t stop this dedicated team from completing their mission.
“Thanks to (all) who made this happen, up to the final cancellation before the actual parade, which occurred less than an hour before line up was to have started,” said Sonjia Anderson, who organized the float project.
The following employees contributed their knowhow to the project:
- Dave Shasky served as the team’s very own” Ace Hardware Store” and trailer backing service.
- Chris Berhdahl served as the general contractor extraordinaire and the driver with the perfect gold vehicle, which was going to pull the float.
- Fred Greer was a painter, electrician and finishing touches man.
- Don Nicholson was the painter genius and the team’s jack of all trades.
- Allison Leslie and Lane Zylvoski served as decorates, and once they got started, the team moved out of their way and watched the float transformation begin.
- LaurelLee Loftsgard helped pick music and develop the theme of the float.
- Ryan Babb set up the float’s speaker system.
- And Amy Fredrickson, Jaclyn King, Lisa Tillotson, Jenny Porter and Bonnie Cook were scheduled to walk alongside the float.
“Thank you to everyone who pitched in,” Anderson said. “We had a blast!”
Anderson said now she’s setting her sights on The Forum’s annual holiday float that will appear in this year’s Holiday Parade on Nov. 26. She said anyone interested in participating in that float project should email her.
The Forum is owned by Forum Communications Co., which is a multimedia information company based in Fargo. FCC owns dozens of newspapers, websites and television and radio stations, and commercial printing plants in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.