The Good Life Men's Magazine - Jan/Feb 2017

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Featuring Jon Hauser - Pastor of Prairie Heights Community Church. Local Heroes - Wounded Warriors Guide Service, Manscaping, Adult Pinewood Derby and more in Fargo Moorhead's only men's magazine.

The two main characters

(Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter)

are named after late television producer

Sheldon Leonard.

We still don't know Penny's surname.

Unlike the other characters, Penny is the only one

whose surname has never been revealed. Reports

claim that Kaley Cuoco prefers to keep this a

mystery throughout the whole series.

Raj's inability to talk to women

except when drunk is based on an old coworker

of executive producer Bill Prady

when he worked at a computer company.

The same purse!

Penny has been using the same purse

since Season 1 / Episode 02.

Sheldon frequently wears T-shirts with the characters or symbols of

Green Lantern, the Flash, or the old TV show The Greatest American Hero

(1981). The shirts from the "Green Lantern" comic book series are various

colors with a corresponding symbol, with each color representing a

different corps of heroes or villains (e.g. Red Lanterns, Orange Lanterns,

etc). In the comics, each color also represents an emotion, thus possibly

giving the viewer a clue to Sheldon's temperament for the day.

Did you know?

Most of the time, Leonard

has no lenses in his glasses.

Amy is the only cast member to have a PhD.

In 2008, she completed her neuroscience studies.

She earned her Ph.D. in Neural Biology.

Sources:

http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/the-big-bang-theory

http://www.knowable.com/a/20-rarely-known-facts-aboutthe-big-bang-theory

http://www.uselessdaily.com/news/40-amazing-factsabout-the-tv-series-the-big-bang-theory-list/

http://www.kickassfacts.com/25-interesting-facts-aboutbig-bang-theory/

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Soft Kitty

is an actual

song.'Soft Kitty' is the

only thing that can help

Sheldon feel better on

the rare occasions he is

ill, but did you know that

it exists outside the

show? Sort of.

The song dates

back to the 1930s, and

was titled 'Warm Kitty' by

Edith Newlin. Producer Bill Prady

revealed that his daughter sang 'Soft Kitty' while

at pre-school, after her teacher first heard it while

working in Australia.


Sheldon's favorite word 'bazinga' was first

uttered in the season two finale, but it

was created with the help of a silly prank.

Writer Stephen Engel used the word to

say 'gotcha' in a recurring backstage gag

involving an old grapefruit in the writers'

room. As the word kept getting used,

it eventually made its way to the actual

script shortly before filming the finale.

In 2012, biologists discovered

a new bee species in Brazil and

named it the euglossa bazinga

after Sheldon's favorite word.

Star Trek

Even though Jim Parsons’

character Sheldon Cooper

is a huge Star Trek fan,

Jim himself has never

seen the show.

The actors learned to

actually play their instruments

for the show. (Amy plays harp, Sheldon

plays theremin and recorder,

and Leonard plays cello).

There is only one set of stairs.

Every time they walk up the stairs in their

apartment, they use the same set, but

they redress every “floor” of the building.

Kevin Sussman, who plays Stuart Bloom

the comic book store owner, actually

worked in a comic book store before

becoming an actor.

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Contents

VOLUME 4 • ISSUE 4

JAN-FEB 2017

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18

ON THE COVER

JON HAUSER • TREADING ON THE HEIGHTS

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06

10

RARELY KNOWN FACTS ABOUT

THE BIG BANG THEORY

ADULT PLAY TIME

FARGO VFW'S DERBY FOR THE VETS

HAVING A BEER WITH...

STEVE HALLSTROM

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THROTTLE'S AUTOMOTIVE

REPAIR SHOP ON NITRO

MANSCAPING

THE WORLD OF HAIRLESS MEN

MR. FULL-TIME DAD

RAISING A CELEBRITY BABY

LOCAL HEROES

WOUNDED WARRIORS GUIDE SERVICE

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BY: BRITTNEY GOODMAN • PHOTOS BY: URBAN TOAD MEDIA

ntering “your friendly downtown Fargo VFW Club” will

Elikely not invoke the phrase “trend setting,” with its

wood paneling, well-worn carpet, patriotic memorabilia,

and bartenders known for, ahem, a “generous pour.”

However, Fargo’s VFW was well ahead of one trend –

the increasing popularity of adult pinewood derby racing.

Since 2012, the Fargo VFW Derby for the Vets is apparently

the only adult pinewood derby raising money for veterans, while

other adult-focused derbies emerge. Milwaukee even has a

“Mad Max” category for adventurous builders.

The next Derby for the Vets is February 18th. And … no actual

kids are allowed! Also, several women compete, including Lisa

Stremick, 2015 champion.

Jay Thomas, WDAY Radio, and his car, “The Bone Crusher,”

have enthusiastically participated: “It gets a bunch of adults

together to have fun reliving their youth and, at the same time,

raises money for a great cause — our veterans. I built ‘The Bone

Crusher’ for the first Derby for the Vets event I got involved with

three years ago. I had thought that I would do just a quick car

and I ended up spending days on it. It has done well over the

years.” Jay adds, “People should go to the event for the sheer

fun and to support a great cause. It’s adults having ‘kid fun’

mixed with beer … need I say more?”

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Every cent raised supports local veterans through the

VA Hospital, purchasing roller recliner chairs in patient

rooms. Dan Jacobsen, Derby for the Vets Director,

explained that the chairs “help with the recovery of the

veteran and also for the visiting family members. I met

someone recently who used one of the roller recliner

chairs as she stayed with her dad in the hospital. She

emphatically said that the roller recliner chair was a

lifesaver!” Lavonne Liversage, Health Care System

Director for the Fargo VA Hospital described the chairs

as having “a significant impact on our veterans and

their families and friends” as the VA Hospital strives “to

continuously improve the veteran experience – and that

includes their comfort.”

This year’s fundraising goal is $20,000. Mike McQuillan,

VFW Quartermaster, said “the best thing is that the

proceeds all go to a great cause – the VA Hospital, and I

know from experience that the veterans really appreciate

it.”

The VFW has race car kits available for purchase

including rules and specifications. Registration is $20.

Registration for Brand Challenge is $50 and includes

entry into both classes. All registrations include a car kit.

The Cars

Gravity-powered pinewood derby cars have no engines.

For the race, they are on a sloped track held back by pins.

The best thing is

that the proceeds all go to a great

cause – the VA Hospital, and I know

from experience that the veterans

really appreciate it.” – Mike McQuillan,

Quartermaster, VFW Post 762

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The cars roll down to a digitally-monitored finish line.

Experts say the fastest cars are aerodynamically shaped,

with particular focus on wheels, axles, lubrication and

alignment.

Creativity counts. Dan described a special category:

“All entrants get a vote on which car is ‘most unique.’ I

remember some great ones, including the ‘Coors Light

Pounder Car’ and a car we call ‘The Wiener Car.’ It’s all

great fun to see the creativity the event brings.”

Racing Day

At 10 am on February 18 the club opens for registration

and car inspection. An opening ceremony occurs at 1 pm.

Next, area mayors compete in a race, which is followed

by a Brand Challenge involving area companies, then the

derby races. Food, a full bar, giveaways, an auction and

more round out the action.

Dan applauded the Mayor’s Race: “I love that last

year every mayor in the area showed up: Chad Olson

from Dilworth, Del Rae Williams from Moorhead, Tim

Mahoney from Fargo, and Rich Mattern from West Fargo.”

The Brand Challenge emerged last year providing

companies a unique opportunity. Dan explained, “The

cars are cool and the so are the names the builders give

them. I can see it growing exponentially. It was a great

team-building event for companies and their employees.

Many of them took up whole tables and they had a lot of

fun with the friendly competition.”

Expect a lively experience. Dan described the energy

as “non-stop” with high-quality audio and video on both

floors. And Dan’s live announcing keeps everyone in the

moment.

The day closes with live and silent auctions. Past items

have included a “live” painting by artist, Kim Jore; signed

NDSU Bison football; WEFest tickets; plane rides and

much more.

And the event is expanding. For 2017-2018, there will

be fundraising races at the different veterans clubs in


the area, replicating the successful VFW model.

The winners of these events would advance to a

championship in February 2018 at the Fargo VFW.

For the Vets

Dan reminisced: “As a dad, I helped build cars with

my son and let him race them and the whole time

I was thinking, ‘Wait! I want to race that car!’ Now,

with Derby for the Vets, the adults get in on the

action. It’s an event by adults for adults, and we can

have big fun. It’s our chance to pay it forward and

have a great time.”

Recently, an anonymous donor donated $10,000.

Dan added, “Let’s surpass this year’s goal like

we have done in the past!” Dan’s team is actively

recruiting sponsors for the 2017 event, and Dan

thanked all sponsors and helpers who “will continue

to make this event a success.”

VFW Commander Dave Rice concluded: “The

Pinewood Derby is fun! We live in a very patriotic

community. Our citizens like supporting our

hospitalized veterans. Whether they enter a derby

car or attend to make a donation, bid on an auction

item or support the event, they are here for our

veterans.” •

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Raised on a cattle and

hog farm 60 miles north

of Minneapolis, Steve

Hallstrom knew at a young

age he wanted to enter

the business world. From

being a grain elevator

manager to a mortgage

banker, the sports

director on WDAY

to a senior regional

director at Discovery

Benefits in Fargo, his

wide range of experiences

have shaped and given him the

skills necessary to effectively

perform his current role as

a morning show host and

the president and CEO of

Flag Family Media. On a

blustery day in November,

Steve sat down with me in

Drekker Brewing Company

to enjoy a beer and a little

conversation.

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BY: MEGHAN FEIR • PHOTOS BY: URBAN TOAD MEDIA

Good Life: Are you nervous for the questions I’m about

to ask?

Steve Hallstrom: No. I have two kids, an 18-year-old

and a 14-year-old. I get weird questions all the time.

GL: After being a sports anchor, have you ever

accidentally introduced yourself as “Steve Hallstrom,

sports”?

SH: No, but when the phone would ring during the first

week of my job at Discovery, I had a couple internal

calls, like, “Sports — uhhhh, Discovery Benefits. This

is Steve. Can I help you?”

GL: What’s your favorite family tradition?

SH: We have this doll that my daughter got when she

was born. One day we asked her, “What’s the name

of your doll?” She’d just gotten a new doll, so she

said “That’s Old Baby.” Somehow along the way, Old

Baby developed a place in our family’s history book.

When my kids were little and we were changing their

diapers, I would prop up Old Baby on the changing

table, and Old Baby would sing songs to them. Other

times, we would be in our car driving to the cities, and

the kids would throw Old Baby up to the front of the

car. I’d grab Old Baby, put her hands on the steering

wheel, use my Old Baby voice and talk trash to the

other cars driving, like, “Hey, if you don’t know where

you’re going, get out of the way!” To this day, whenever

Old Baby comes out, they just start howling. It’s the

silliest, dumbest thing ever, but in my family, it’s super

precious. That’s probably the best one.

GL: So I believe you’re friends with one of my older

brothers. Of us Feirs, who do you think was voted

“Most Athletic” their senior year of high school?

SH: Right now, I’m doing damage assessment in my

mind. If I say you, I’m going to get something thrown at

me, at some point. If I say him—you’re being very nice

to me, and the worst thing you can do is throw that

glass of water, so I’ll say Matt. Am I right?

GL: Yep, you’re right. I was probably voted “Most Likely

to Ask Dumb Questions.”

GL: What is one thing you think people would be

surprised to find out about you?

SH: I feel like I’m two, different people at home or at

work. I try to not be a super serious guy at work. I love

to have fun. I enjoy our people, and there’s a lot of joy

in my day, but because of what I do and because the

stakes are so high, I really feel like I have 16 people

whose paychecks, food and mortgage payments depend

on me to be good at what I do. That’s never far from my

mind. I probably take myself too seriously sometimes

because of that. But if there’d be something surprising,

it would be that my kids think I’m just a big goofball.

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GL: We’re supposed to be getting a winter storm

tonight or tomorrow. On a level of zero to Meghan,

how excited are you to get some snow?

SH: Zero.

GL: Steve.

SH: There are two reasons for this. No. 1:

I’m getting old and crabby. No. 2: I like

to run, so bare pavement for me

is a wonderful thing. It doesn’t

matter how cold it is. If I can

run, I’m a happy man. I’m sorry.

I know that’s the wrong answer,

but I’ve been a good guy until

this point in the interview, so

we’ve just got one black mark. I

think I’m doing okay.

GL: But you did choose Matt…

SH: That’s right… Two black marks.

GL: If Batman and Superman each had their own

radio talk show, whose show would you want to

listen to more and why?

SH: Well, Batman would be the better executive.

A little more understated. A little more

behind the scenes and stealthy. Superman

kind of has the Donald Trump factor. He

would come out and would start ripping

people, so I would probably enjoy

listening to Superman more, but I’d

want Batman doing the books behind

the scenes.

GL: What’s the best compliment

you’ve ever received?

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SH: I ran the Twin Cities

Marathon for the first time, and

I wanted to raise money for

Charism, which is a local social

service organization that works

with at-risk kids, many of them

from immigrant and refugee

families. It’s a real melting pot.

These kids are beautiful. They’re

brilliant and they’re smart, but

they have a lot of challenges. I

have publically and very sharply

criticized the refugee resettlement

process in our country. I don’t have

a hateful drop of blood toward

anyone, but I think common sense

would tell you we need to ask

more questions. But these kids

in our community are here now,

and we need to love and support

them. We’re commanded by God

in the Bible to love everybody in

our community. So the day we

went over to present the check

to Charism, we had all the kids

there. After it was done, one little

boy was sitting over by himself,

and one of the volunteers went

over and asked him, “What’s going

on?” He said, “I want to do that

someday. I want to run 26 miles

and raise money for some kids.”

I got that call the day after, and I

honestly stood there on the phone

and didn’t know what to say. You

never in a million years would

think that would happen. I have

said for a long time that if you

inspire a child, you change the

world, and in some little way, I

think I helped change his world a

little bit. I still get choked up when

I think about it.

GL: What does living the good life

mean to you?

SH: To me, “the good life” is

making sure that I’m asking God

every day for wisdom, that I can be

a person who loves people around

me, that I’m doing the best job I

can, and just being thankful that I

have a God who gives me that kind

of hope and joy. That’s the good

life. In some way, shape or form,

I’m beaten down to my knees

every day. But there’s going to be a

better day ahead, and that joy and

peace never leaves. •

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Mark Dalquist and his wife Lisa opened up their repair shop, Throttle’s

Automotive, four years ago, Mark is the sole mechanic while Lisa does the

books. You would think working alone all day would get lonely, but Dalquist

assured me that between his dog, Lindsey, and the amount of people coming

through the doors he is rarely ever alone.

There is a common misconception that Dalquist only works on older cars and

that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Throttle’s Automotive is your average

repair shop, but he also works on high performance race car, hotrod and boat

engines. I had the opportunity to see the vehicles he has been working on and

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BY: KRISSY NESS • PHOTOS BY: URBAN TOAD MEDIA

I must say I was impressed at the amount of work he has on his

plate. It was very educational for me to get a tour of his repair

shop and know exactly what he has done and what he needs to do.

Dalquist has a very easy business model; “I market myself as

trying to be fair. If it were my wife’s car, how would I service it? I am

going to treat your car the same way,” stated Dalquist. “I tend to use

higher end parts to limit the customer coming back.” It is important

to realize that, though you may be paying more for the part you will be

saving money in the long run by not having to come back 6 months later.

Dalquist is ASE master certified and he works on domestic and import cars.

“I do factory level repair work on emissions controlled vehicles. At the same

time I’m the go to guy for non-emissions controlled vehicles such as race cars

or muscle cars,” declared Dalquist. “I’m never slow, I always have work to do.”

I cannot stress to you how important it is for Dalquist to be fair to his

customers, he has been in the repair business for many years and that is

something he always said he would do if and when he opened his own

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usiness. There is always this stigma that surrounds

mechanics and how they are always trying to cheat

you and get you to fix things on your car that don’t

really need fixing at that exact moment. Dalquist

offered some advice in this situation – read your

cars owners’ manual. There are regular scheduled

times marked in your manual so you know exactly

when you need to flush or change certain fluids. As

someone illiterate to anything related to cars this was

information I was excited about.

Not only does Dalquist build engines, he teaches

classes on tuning them too. His buddy Scott Clark

teaches the class while Dalquist is the assistant; he

provides the engine. From there they hook it up to

an engine dynamometer and instruct how to tune the

electronic fuel injection system.

Dalquist is very good at what he does. For

the past three years he has completely

taken a 1967 Chevelle apart, restored

it and has been putting it back together

piece by piece. That kind of skill is

immeasurable. “This isn’t the shop

that is afraid to work on something

different,” said Dalquist. From

working on hotrods, race cars or

your average Subaru, Dalquist

knows exactly what he is doing.

Dalquist and the rest of his team

competed in the Engine Masters

Challenge sponsored by Popular Hot Rodding

Magazine and Amsoil, in 2013-2014, only 40

teams are selected from around the country,

engines are ranked based on horsepower they

can produce. In 2014 his team took ninth, and

“This isn’t the

shop that is

afraid to work

on something

different.”

– Mark Dalquist

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eceived Popular Hot Rodding’s Editor’s Choice

Award. He and his team did not compete this year

or last however, due to the changing of rules. “If I

am going to compete I am going to try and win,”

declared Dalquist.

Dalquist has been locally and national recognized

by the Fargo Forum and as mentioned before

Popular Hot Rodding Magazine. He truly loves

what he does and wants to provide honest

business to honest working people.

Finally, I asked Dalquist what the good life means

to him. “The good life to me is being able to pursue

my own interests outside of work. If all there is in

life is work, you can start to hate life pretty quickly.

I'm fortunate enough that my work overlaps my

outside interests, which is anything race car to be

honest.” •

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Where it all began

Jon Hauser, a 2-week-old resident

of Duluth, Minn., moved with his

older sister and parents to Illinois

where his father would pastor a local

congregation. What the family didn’t

expect was a devastating turn of

events.

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When Hauser was only 1, his father

was swept up in a whirlwind illness.

On a Wednesday, he started feeling

sick, and by Friday, Hauser’s father

had to be carried to the car and sent

to the hospital. He quickly entered a

comatose state the following day and

passed away that Sunday. What the

doctors initially thought was the flu

was actually a form of meningitis.

Hauser’s mother, Rosie, was a stay-athome

mom with two young children

and no driver’s license. After the

death of her beloved husband, she

immediately set out to learn how to

drive and used her degree from the

Bible college they had both attended

to pastor the church for 16 months.


BY: MEGHAN FEIR • PHOTOS BY: URBAN TOAD MEDIA

Church. It’s not always something people look forward to attending every Sunday. For some, if they do go, it’s done

out of duty. Yet for others, like the members of Prairie Heights Community Church in West Fargo, it’s a healing ground

full of acceptance, encouragement, love, and changed lives.

From meeting in a hotel with 200 people to meeting in the Fargo Dome with a congregation of 1,500, Pastor Jon Hauser,

the church members and staff of Prairie Heights have seen miraculous growth and life-changing transformations since

its inception 16 years ago and witnessed another milestone Dec. 11 when they held the first services at their very own

building in West Fargo.

While the church itself has seen many providential acts that have made its existence and expansion possible, the start of

its story begins with its pastor.

“She led the church, preached and

took care of us,” Hauser said. “When

we moved to Williston, where she

was from, she worked at a Head Start

so she could have summer vacations

and the same time away as us kids.”

When Hauser was in second grade,

Rosie, who had a full-time job and

took care of her kids, went back

to college and earned a degree in

elementary education by attending

evening classes. She became

a teacher, then a principal and

eventually won the Bell Ringer

Award, a standard of excellence for

principals across the state of North

Dakota.

“Her life growing up was tough,”

Hauser said. “Her dad had left them

and her mom was a cleaning lady

with a sixth-grade education, so they

worked hard to scrape by.”

Along with his mother’s determination

to succeed and make a better life for

her children and those surrounding

them, what really stood out for

Hauser was his mother’s forgiving

kindness.

“We’ve all seen people who are bitter,

and if anyone had a reason to be

bitter against God, other people and

life, it was my mom. She saw her

dad less than 10 times in her whole

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“She taught me everything. She taught me to love the

Lord, how to love people, how to serve, how to find the

talents of others, work ethic — yeah, I could never be

thankful enough. I see her fingerprints all over what goes

on here. My mom is the most gifted leader I’ve ever rubbed

shoulders with, and 90 percent of who I am and how I lead

is a direct result of the influence of my mom. Her legacy

lives on in my life, in Prairie Heighters, and everyone she

impacted so greatly.”

life. She’s full-blooded Lebanese and got teased about

that. Her husband died, and she was left with two small

kids,” Hauser said. “I think I saw my grandfather twice. I

remember that when he was at our house, she was only

positive about having him there. My mom never talked bad

about her dad. I’ve never heard her talk bad about anyone.

I just thought your dad or grandpa only came around once

every few years.”

Although Rosie passed away this last summer, her legacy

lives on in her son’s life and everyone she impacted so

greatly.

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Taking direction

Coming from a family of pastors and schoolteachers,

Hauser was determined to take a different route and

studied electrical engineering at NDSU. But despite his

penchant for the field and the promise of a steady and

substantial income, something kept nagging at his heart.

“I was definitely afraid of public speaking, so I said, ‘God,

I will do anything, besides being a preacher or a teacher.’

But during my last year of college, I knew I needed to study

for some kind of ministry. I knew engineering wasn’t going

to be my long-term career.”


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After a series of questions that kept bombarding Hauser,

he received further confirmation from his wife, Teri, whom

he was dating at the time.

“God always works in my life by asking me questions. We

had a special speaker, and as he was preaching, I heard

in the back of my mind, ‘Jon, are you willing to do what

you see him doing?’ and I was like, ‘Well, yeah, but I’m

not supposed to do that.’ That was question number one.

There were three specific times where I thought I heard

God asking if I was willing. But it was still a hard thing to

give up my dream. The actual way I knew, after all that,

was when Teri and I got in a huge argument when we were

dating. Teri said, ‘Jon, there is something you’re struggling

with, isn’t there? There’s something you aren’t telling me.’

I looked at her and said, ‘I’m too afraid to even tell you.’ I

had fear about being poor and didn’t want anything to do

with public speaking. I finally said, ‘I think I’m supposed

to be a pastor,’ and she looked at me and said, ‘I know. I’ve

known that for six months.’”

Following his calling, Hauser and Teri moved to Kansas

City after getting married and he practiced engineering

while going to seminary. They eventually moved to

Minneapolis and joined a new church as he continued to

use his engineering degree full time.

“I still didn’t know what I was supposed to do, and still the

biggest piece was the public speaking. I didn’t know if I

should be a missionary or engineer overseas,” Hauser said.

“I was at a doughnut shop with my uncle, who is a pastor,

and he asked, ‘What was your favorite class in seminary?’

and right away, I was like ‘It was our class on starting

new churches.’ It just made sense to me. If you’re trying to

reach people who like rock ‘n’ roll music, then do rock ‘n’

roll music at your church. You don’t have to have a choir

and you don’t have to wear suits and ties.”

In the spring of 2000, after a year of pulling a team

together and planning, Hauser and Teri moved to Fargo-

Moorhead to begin their next mission of planting a church.

With a heavy emphasis on serving in the community,

Hauser and his team were out washing and vacuuming out

cars, doing full-service car checkups, and more, all to serve

and spread love. “Some people said we were nuts. We

didn’t have a building. We didn’t have the people.”

Despite the skepticism of many onlookers, the first service

of Prairie Heights launched on April Fools’ Day in 2001.

“It was also the day you turned your clocks forward,”

Hauser said. “We have violated many rules of how to start

a church. It’s like God keeps asking us to do almost the

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No mat

at

ta

a ter your position or sta

t ge in life,

opposite of what works, just to show

that this is only from him.”

A seven-day kind of faith

Although cynicism, criticalness and

negativity surround us, there is hope

to combat the toxicity of the world

in which we live, and Hauser is

determined to offer some of that every

Sunday, and, well, Monday through

Saturday, too, as his church and he

serves the community and practices

the faith preached about every week.

“I just got an email last week from

a young man who’s been sober for 6

years and came to Prairie Heights

when he was in treatment. He said

that if it wasn’t for Prairie Heights, he

wouldn’t have been able to stay sober,”

Hauser said. “We have some miracle

stories of couples that were divorced

and started coming to church and got

remarried. We have stories of folks

who were thinking of committing

suicide before coming to church and

seen how God has changed their

hearts. And there are people who

knew the Lord and were attending,

but not active in really following the

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Lord. We’ve seen a lot of folks who

were spiritually dry come to life.”

No matter your position or stage in

life, Hauser wants everyone to know

they’re welcome.

“We all need to know that there’s

somewhere we can go where people

will love us, no matter what we’ve

done. You aren’t going to find answers

in the bar, and that actually costs you

money. You can come to church for

free and find hope and love,” Hauser

said. “We cannot love people too

much. When people don’t feel good

about themselves, they can either chip

away at other people, or they can find

hope in Christ and realize, ‘Wow, I

wasn’t a mistake or an accident. I have

talents and gifts, and no one else has

the same combination.”

While it’s common for many people

in this part of the country to have

some kind of church background,

their experiences can raise unique

challenges.

“A lot of them had problems in their

home or things weren’t great, but on

Sunday they would go to church and

put on their Sunday best, sit in a pew

and act as if everything was okay, but

it wasn’t,” Hauser said. “There was

a huge disconnect between faith and

how we treated each other and how

we were actually living, so a lot of

people have given up on faith because

they’re like, ‘Well, it didn’t work.’ We’ve

worked hard at sharing messages

that relate to people’s lives Monday

through Saturday and encourage

men to pray for their families. Our

kids and wives need to hear us pray

for them. Having our faith impact

our relationships, decisions within

our homes, and our careers is an

opportunity to love people and impact

the world.”

Living the good life

For many men and women, living

the good life is merely enjoying a

beer on a scorching summer day or

making the money goals they’ve set

for themselves, but Hauser went a bit

deeper.

“At the end of the day, there are only

two things we take into eternity with


us: our relationship with God and with other people who love God. To me, ‘the good life’ is when those who know me the

best, love me the most. But number one, living ‘the good life’ definitely means knowing Jesus Christ, walking with him,

listening to his voice and following his plan. It’s loving God and loving people.” •

wa

Hauser wa

ry

w nts every

r one to know they're welcome.

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BY: KRISSY NESS • PHOTOS BY: URBAN TOAD MEDIA

Manscaping has been growing in

popularity over the years; it is not

just for celebrities anymore. In fact,

it is a growing business. More and

more men are connecting with their

feminine side and taking care of

their skin. Manscaping ranges from

waxing backs to facials and anything

in between and I mean anything.

I got the opportunity to sit down with

Kendall Kehres, a Josephs graduate

and local Esthetician and wax

enthusiasts at Olivieri's in downtown

Fargo, and watch her work. Kehres

has been waxing for four years, and

in the beauty industry for 15.

“I approached Oliveri’s with a

business plan, because they didn’t

have a waxer [on staff] and I created

this position for myself,” declared

Kehres. She is very enthusiastic

about her job and really makes her

customers feel welcome.

First, we began with Scott Dahms

who was gracious enough to let

me sit in and watch his back being

waxed. This is the second time

Dahms has gotten his back waxed,

both times were here at Oliveri’s with

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Kehres. For this wax Kehres uses soft wax,

this wax is made from seaweed cream,

the process was quick and painless for the

most part, “the wax is comfortable and not

irritating,” stated Dahms. The soft wax is

used with strips and is used to cover large

areas of the body including back, chest, legs

and arms.

After waxing it is important to wash the

waxed area and use a back scrubber to get

rid of the dead skin and avoid tanning or

swimming for two days.

Next, we will move onto facial waxing.

Darren Zufelt comes to Kehres at Olivieri’s

once a month to get his eyebrows and

nose waxed. For this specific procedure,

because it is used on the face, Kehres

uses hard wax. This particular wax is a

pumpkin pie wax and she obtains it from a

small supplier in California. “Both waxes

I use [seaweed cream and pumpkin pie]

are unique to me and no one else in town

uses them,” proudly stated Kehres. The

pumpkin pie wax is removed from the

face differently; instead of using a strip to

remove the hair Kehres removed it with her

fingers in a quick jerking motion.

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Finally, we will move onto facials.

Kehres offers a mini facial for those

who don’t want to sit in a spa all day.

“I do dim the lights and I give a hand

massage but, you are in and out in 35

minutes,” stated Kehres. For our male

facial Raul Gomez gladly stepped up

to the plate. Kehres uses Aveda and

Lexli products for facials. After the

scrub she applies a mask and leaves

it on for 10-15 minutes. The results

are amazing. Gomez’s face looks

revitalized and healthy, though it

wasn’t too shabby to begin with.

Kehres is available almost anytime for

her clients, she really works around

peoples schedules so they can get

what they want done when they want,

within reason.

If you are ever curious about waxing,

facials, or just a consultation Olivieri’s

is the place to go and Kehres is the

person to see. •

The results are amazing. Gomez’s face looks revitalized and

healthy, though it wasn’t too shabby to begin with.

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It is with great honor and pride that we announce the release of the first whiskey produced,

distilled, barrel aged, and bottled since Prohibition, from our great state of North Dakota.

The Single Malt of North Dakota

GLEN FARGO

AMERICAN MALT WHISKEY

PHOTO BY: URBAN TOAD MEDIA

Glen Fargo is our own original American

Malt Whiskey, 100% Malted Barley,

North Dakota born, raised, and nurtured

into an incredibly smooth and fine spirit.

Small batch fermented and distilled

in a time honored pot still tradition to

produce a spirit that is true to its roots

as a Single Malt Whiskey.

Please join our brands of

2DOCKS Vodkas & Liqueurs

and MINIONS Gins in welcoming

"GLEN FARGO American Malt Whiskey”

to the Proof Artisan Distillers Family

of fine spirits.

The depth of flavors and nuances of this

spirit are advanced well beyond it's years

as a direct result of our persistent vigilance

over every detail throughout its journey.

Our control of its maturation process

elevates, or "raises" this spirit from infancy

to final product. Initially placed in small

new American oak barrels and transferred

at the proper moment to hand selected,

larger, previously used bourbon barrels.

During this maturation process, we have

gradually and slowly introduced pure

filtered spring water into the barrel to

reduce the whiskey to its finished bottle

strength. These deliberate and time

consuming actions allow nuances in both

flavor and aroma to shine through.

It is most appropriate to drink whiskey,

“Any way you like it!” However, we

recommend that you, at least one time,

perform a proper tasting to fully appreciate

the character of this spirit.

Pour 1 ounce into a small wine glass or

whiskey tasting glass. Savor the aroma.

Add 1 teaspoon of cool water. Allow to

rest for 5 minutes at which time the sweet

caramel, maple syrup and butterscotch

aromas come through. Finally, taste with a

small sip and allow the spirit to coat your

mouth. Breathe and savor the flavors and

aromas. Ahh … this is Glen Fargo.

Joel Kath

Distiller and Founder

www.proofdistillers.com

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BY: BEN HANSON • MR. FULL-TIME DAD • PHOTO BY: URBAN TOAD MEDIA

A few months ago, I noticed a

peculiar phenomenon starting to

take shape. Whenever I would take

Macklin out on the town, we’d get

stopped mid-errand by folks who

wanted to say “hi”. But not to me. No,

they weren’t interested in me. They

wanted a piece of the Mackman. I

was nearly invisible… just the guy

pushing the stroller.

The peculiar part was that it wasn’t

just friends or family stopping us.

Perfect strangers would flag us

down, recognizing the chubby cheeks

hanging over the side of the stroller.

Macklin, it seemed, was becoming a

bit of a celebrity around town thanks

to our published #dadventures.

When I launched MrFullTimeDad.

com last year, my goal was to

make myself famous for being the

greatest dad who ever lived. I never

anticipated that Macklin would end

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up being the star, but considering

he’s 50 percent his mother’s genes, I

should have known better. And now

that it’s really starting to happen —

he nailed his first TV appearance

in November and is now booking

out months in advance — I am both

grateful and leery. I am more than

happy to shift the spotlight off of me,

but I’m also worried that I may not

be up to the challenge of raising a

celebrity baby.

The Finances

So far, “no money, no problems” is

our motto. Between the two of us,

Macklin and I are currently making

just enough to satisfy our bi-weekly

trips to the donut shop. But one day, I

assume we’ll have to hire accountants

and money managers to keep us in

line (and the yachts to a minimum).

Depending on whom you ask, I’m

either horrible with money or a

monetary genius. I hate spending

money on anything other than a fresh

bag of chips, so I don’t know what

I’m going to do with this looming

influx of cash. Do I let Mack make

his own purchasing decisions? Will

I need to bring the aforementioned

accountants along on every outing?

I just don’t know.

The Friends

As a stay-at-home dad, it can be

tough to meet new people. However,

Macklin is finding it even more

difficult — his lack of a vocabulary

is proving to be a real obstacle in

breaking the ice. When he does

solidify a few friendships, however,

it might already be too late. Most

celebrities don’t grow up famous

like he’s going to, so how will he be

able to differentiate between his true

friends who “knew him when” and

the ones just after his good looks and

money?


And it’s not just the friends I’m

worried about. I’m already seeing

Macklin take his newfound fame a

bit too far. For example, I’m getting

reports from the drop-in daycare

at the gym about how Mack helps

himself to the other kids’ lunches,

refusing to eat what I packed him.

That sense of entitlement will not

fly, son.

The Family

Family is another concern. While

we might have the smallest bank

account at the moment, what’s

going to happen when the money

starts rolling in? Are we suddenly

going to be expected to pick up the

tab every time we go out? I’ve been

successfully mooching off of my

family for 33 years now, and I don’t

foresee an expanded bankroll curing

me of my addiction to other people’s

money.

I’m also more than a little concerned

about increased family time.

Don’t get me wrong, I love most of

them. But I also love locking the

doors, turning off all the lights and

pretending we’re not home. If all

of a sudden I’m fielding calls from

long-lost relatives wanting their slice

of the child star pie, I’ll need some

help coming up with a longer list of

excuses why we’re not available.

The Paparazzi

Considering Macklin’s notoriety

arose largely from my borderline

exploitation of him all over

social media (follow us @

MrFullTimeDad!), it might seem

hypocritical of me to be worried

about the press. But since November

8th, it’s now every American’s

God-given right to despise the

lamestream media and question

their bias, so sign me up.

Ultimately, my fear goes back to my

love of privacy. And control. I don’t

want to lose control of the story, or

overstuff my son’s ego and end up

losing control of him. The paparazzi

loves celebrity tragedies, and any

doughy, curly-haired son of mine is

surely in for a few.

Whatever challenges may come with

raising an adorable child star will, in

the end, be well worth the inevitable

heartache. True, I may have gone

into this Mr. Full-Time Dad business

with the selfish intent to boost my

writing “career,” but the personal

rewards I’ve been blessed with as a

stay-at-home parent far outweigh any

professional success I’m sure wasn’t

coming my way anyhow. Fame or

anonymity, I’ll always have Macklin’s

back, because one day I hope he’ll

have mine (when it’s his turn to

change my diapers, hahaha!). •

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LOCAL HEROES

BY: ALEXANDRA FLOERSCH

PHOTOS BY: URBAN TOAD MEDIA

David Morse joined the Minnesota

National Guard when he was 17.

Though not old enough to vote, he

was old enough to know service

was his destiny. His grandfather

served in World War II. His father in

Vietnam. For Morse, enlisting was a

no-brainer.

“It was kind of in my blood,” he said.

“I knew I was going to do it. Those

were my heroes growing up and

I wanted to do what they did — I

wanted to be a hero for someone

else.”

A year after signing, at the age of

18, he was deployed on one of the

longest tours of duty since World

War II. “We were gone for 22 months

total,” he said.

As a part of an infantry company,

Morse saw combat and witnessed

or experienced casualties, deaths

and injuries. The results were

catastrophic and many of Morse’s

fellow servicemen had issues coping

with their experiences.

The military and the United States

have a lot of things they can help

returning service members with,

but there’s one thing that remains

constant: when you remove a citizen

soldier from their life and you send

them to war, then you throw them

back into their life, it’s a very hard

transition,” Morse said. “It’s two

different lives.”

Within the first few years of returning

home, a couple of soldiers took their

lives as a result of substance abuse

directly tied to PTSD. The tragedies

inspired Morse to act. He wanted

to help his fellow veterans in some

capacity; the willingness to serve was

innate, and that desire went beyond

serving his country.

Seeking Solace in Nature

“I grew up in the outdoors,” Morse

said. “That’s where peace and

tranquility, for me, are found.

In watching the sunrise over

the decoys or feeling that

cool breeze come off the

lake in the morning,

you don’t have all

the interruptions

of society and

technology. It’s

just you and the

world.”

Morse wanted

other veterans

to experience

that same

feeling. What

started as

a couple of

buddies out

fishing or hunting

in 2009 turned into

a full-service hunting and

fishing organization for disabled

veterans. The Wounded Warriors

Guide Service was born, serving

veterans living with the physical

and mental scars of war.

Morse is now Vice President on the

seven-person, all-volunteer Board of

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PHOTO SUBMITTED BY: DAVID MORSE

L: DAVID MORSE, R: KRISTOFFER SCHNEIDER

“In watching the

sunrise over the

decoys or feeling

that cool breeze

come off the lake

in the morning,

you don’t have all

the interruptions

of society and

technology. It’s just

you and the world.”

— David Morse

Directors. With the help of 20 to 30 additional volunteers

who donate time, land and resources, the organization

runs chapters in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

and Wisconsin.

Their mission is simple.

“We don't do it because we want to get rich from it; we

don't do it because we want to be famous,” Morse said.

“We do it because deep down inside, we feel the need

to serve and we want to be the people that serve others

without the need for repayment.”

Veterans must apply, but if accepted, all expenses are

paid — including licensing, lodging and equipment like

fishing poles, guns, blinds, four-wheelers, ice houses and

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PHOTO SUBMITTED BY: DAVID MORSE

action-track wheelchairs for those with limited

mobility.

“As of this last year, we had 67 adventures for

more than 900 veterans,” Morse said.

Reluctant Heroes

Signing up for the service is a selfless act,

and that selfless nature keeps many veterans

from reaching out and taking advantages of

the programs and services they feel they don't

need. Asking for help is not something that

comes natural.

Morse described one man who was hesitant to

attend a fishing outing. “He was in fair health,”

Morse said, and like many other participants,

he didn’t consider himself worthy.

But after a great day of fishing, Morse sat down

to talk to the man about life and his time in

Vietnam. Refusing to share, tears ran down the

72-year-old’s face. “I was never proud of what I

did, it was my job,” he said. “And I don’t like to

talk about that.”

The next morning, the man angrily confronted

Morse. Their conversation caused memories of

the war to resurface — a part of his life he had

attempted to forget for so long. “That kind of

cut me deep,” Morse said, “because I get a lot

of success stories out of (these trips). I get a lot

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of people that feel good and tell me ‘thank

you’ and I don’t like someone to tell me that

I caused them pain.”

But, on the last day of the trip, the man’s

outlook had completely shifted, and he

approached Morse, gave him a hug and

offered a ‘thank you.’ “To go through that

whole transformation is kind of why I do

this,” Morse said, choking up. While the

trip was a roller coaster ride for the first

few days, it ended up being the healing

journey Morse intends it to be for his

participants.

Re-connecting in the Field

Kristoffer Schneider knows that same feeling.

Schneider enlisted in the military at 18 — one

of many inspired to serve his country after the

terror attacks of 9/11. But he could never have

expected where his deployment would lead

him.

While en route from England to Afghanistan

in March 2011, Schneider’s squadron landed

in Frankfurt, Germany. They boarded an Air

Force bus that would take them to a base to

continue their trip downrange.

Before he knew it, Schneider heard gunshots

ring throughout the airport and watched as a

ADAM DRESCHSEL


PHOTO SUBMITTED BY: ELIZABETH VANLISHOUT

Florida Alligator Hunt

— Adam Drechsel, MN Army

National Guard

terrorist boarded his bus. He looked on as the gunman shot the driver

before turning on his fellow servicemen. Schneider was shot in the

right hip and front temporal lobe, surviving only by the grace of God.

It wasn’t until a couple of years later that Schneider’s Recovering Care

Coordinator (RCC) at the Grand Forks Air Force base told him about

Wounded Warriors Guide Service. In June 2013, Schneider booked

his first adventure — a prairie dog hunt in South Dakota.

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LOCAL HEROES

PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY: ELIZABETH VANLISHOUT

“It was my first time hunting ever,” he said. “I always

wanted to try it but my work schedule didn’t allow

it.” But hunting wasn’t the only “first" Schneider

experienced on the trip. It was also his first time around

other wounded veterans since that tragic day on the bus.

“Everyone has their story, their wounds,” he said. “I

don’t know how to explain it. It’s like a secret society, It's

a hard club to get into, but not one you necessarily want

to be in.”

Interacting with other men like himself brought

Schneider back to his years of service, a time when he

spent every waking hour with his troop. “It just took

me out of a really dark place,” he said. “It’s like that

brotherhood, that connection was back. Though we

were strangers, it was an instant bond, a connection.”

According to Schneider, being around people who can

relate — paired with time spent in the outdoors — is

both a release and a pleasant escape. “Once you’re out

there, nothing matters,” he said. “When you’re out on

the water or laying in the field, all the other crap goes

away. Whatever you’re struggling with — your physical

abilities, your mental abilities — it all just kind of

disappears.”

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And it’s precisely that experience that led Schneider

back, hunt after hunt, eventually to give his time to serve

others. Now a retired Air Force veteran, Schneider

volunteers with the Wounded Warriors Guide Service.


“When I first started it was just going on the hunts,”

he said. “But now it’s like a purpose, something to look

forward to. I’m not just helping myself anymore, I’m

helping other guys.”

Expanding a Legacy

It’s stories like Schneider’s that keeps Morse and the

Wounded Warriors team motivated and moving forward.

He hopes the organization can continue growing,

refining what they do and finding ways to reach veterans

even faster. “Hopefully we can find more people that

want to take part — people that know they’re hurting

and want to do something about it,” he said.

As he continues to be a beacon of hope in his spare

time, Morse also works full-time with the Minnesota

National Guard… and, of course, living the good life

which, for him, means making the most of the life he

has been given. “I think that life is so finite,” he said.

“We have such a short speck in the continuum of life.

Living the good life for me is being able to influence the

lives of others — to expand my legacy.”

As for Schneider, the good life is rather simple. “For me,

it’s probably a lot different than most. I shouldn’t even

be alive,” he said. “I still get to be a dad. I still get to be a

husband. It’s waking up every day, being with your wife,

your kids — getting to do the little stuff most people

don’t think twice about. We have our good days and we

have our bad days, but just being alive is a good life.” •

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