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On the cover, Local Hero - Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation, Having a Beer with Program Director and Radio Show Host - Mike Kapel, Cass County Sheriff's Reserve Unit, Scuba Diving and more in Fargo Moorhead's only men's magazine.

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CONTENTS<br />

JULY-AUGUST <strong>2019</strong><br />

VOLUME 7 • ISSUE 1<br />

FRESH FROM THE FAMILY FARM<br />

DRISCOLL FARMS KEEPS IT LOCAL<br />

VOLUNTEERS WITH A BADGE<br />

SHERIFF RESERVES SWEAR IN<br />

TO ENHANCE SECURITY<br />

IN CASS COUNTY<br />

HAVING A BEER WITH<br />

MIKE KAPEL<br />

PROGRAM DIRECTOR AND<br />

MORNING SHOW HOST<br />

ON THE COVER - LOCAL HERO<br />

BRADY OBERG LEGACY FOUNDATION<br />

'10 SECONDS OF INSANITY'<br />

RUCK MARCH RAISES AWARENESS<br />

FOR PTSD AND VETERAN SUICIDE<br />

FATHERS<br />

AN ODE TO BROWN BEAR<br />

LOCAL BAND<br />

THE KNOTTIES<br />

MORE THAN JUST THE FEELS<br />

SCUBA DIVING<br />

IN THE UPPER MIDWEST<br />

NORTH DAKOTA AND MINNESOTA<br />

HOME TO AVID SCUBA DIVERS<br />

6<br />

10<br />

14<br />

18<br />

26<br />

28<br />

32<br />

FROM THE EDITORS<br />

In this issue of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Good</strong> <strong>Life</strong>, we combined our<br />

Local Hero and cover story. We wanted to highlight<br />

the impact of the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation<br />

and their continued mission to assist our heroes.<br />

If you or someone you know are struggling with<br />

combat-related PTSD and need assistance, please<br />

reach out: bradyoberglegacyfoundation.org<br />

Together we can make a difference.<br />

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WRITTEN BY: BRITTNEY GOODMAN • PHOTOS BY: URBAN TOAD MEDIA<br />

Driscoll Farms Keeps It Local<br />

Driscoll Farms, located near Glyndon,<br />

MN, has been providing fresh<br />

produce and flowers to the Red River<br />

Valley since the 1980s. <strong>The</strong> current<br />

owners, Jake and Krista Driscoll are<br />

keeping the family tradition alive.<br />

Driscoll Farms operates floral<br />

greenhouses at seven locations in the<br />

Fargo-Moorhead area including the<br />

farm on Highway 9, in rural Glyndon<br />

and also sells produce at <strong>The</strong> Market<br />

at West Acres from late June through<br />

October.<br />

<strong>The</strong> farm has been in their family<br />

since 1963 when Jake Driscoll’s<br />

grandfather purchased it. It started<br />

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out as more of a traditional farm,<br />

then in the 1980s the family started<br />

growing and selling produce: “It<br />

was a whole-family deal. My siblings<br />

and I would go door to door selling<br />

produce.” <strong>The</strong>y then started selling<br />

wholesale produce to grocery stores,<br />

then to the Dike East Farmers<br />

Market in Fargo in 1985 and have<br />

been at <strong>The</strong> Market at West Acres for<br />

five years.<br />

“Everything we offer is locally<br />

grown <strong>–</strong> you know exactly<br />

where your food is coming<br />

from.” <strong>–</strong> Jake Driscoll<br />

In 1987, Driscoll Farms dove into the<br />

flower business, selling locally grown<br />

flowers <strong>–</strong> bedding plants and hanging<br />

baskets. Driscoll emphasized, “Unlike<br />

other places you can buy flowers, all<br />

of ours are grown locally right on our<br />

farm.”<br />

Driscoll, now 31 years old, grew<br />

up on that same farm and has been<br />

working full time there since he<br />

graduated from Minnesota State<br />

University Moorhead (MSUM) in<br />

2012. He married Krista five years<br />

ago. <strong>The</strong>y recently had their first child<br />

together, Daxton (Dax). “Krista helps<br />

out during the flower season and on<br />

weekends,” Jake said, adding, “But


she is not able to work as much at the greenhouses<br />

since we have our 10-month-old son.”<br />

Driscoll asserted, “Everything we offer is locally<br />

grown <strong>–</strong> you know exactly where your food is<br />

coming from.” Driscoll Farms’ most popular<br />

produce is sweet corn, potatoes, tomatoes,<br />

cucumbers (especially pickling sized), peppers,<br />

squash and melons. <strong>The</strong>y also sell their family<br />

recipe Minnesota Lakes Barbecue Sauce.<br />

Driscoll takes pride in their flowers: “We’re one of<br />

a few in the area that grows everything we sell. At<br />

other places, you are getting things shipped in from<br />

across the country. We pride ourselves on a quality<br />

product and we have good help who take great care<br />

to keep our greenhouse flowers looking good.”<br />

Freshness matters, Driscoll explained: “At a<br />

farmers market, you are likely to buy produce that<br />

was picked that same day or the day before. If you<br />

aren’t buying local, think about all the freshness<br />

lost due to the transportation time. If you come to<br />

our farmers market you get something that could<br />

last you a week, week and a half, easily. With our<br />

produce we use very little herbicides. For our weed<br />

control, you either use your hands or a hoe to<br />

control the weeds.”<br />

Driscoll works full time at the farm: “Me, my dad<br />

Mike, my uncle Jim and my friend Adam are fulltime,<br />

year-round. My mom, Tari, is involved heavily<br />

during the flower season, as is my aunt Connie<br />

and my youngest sister Elizabeth.” Driscoll added,<br />

“When you go to one of our greenhouses, even if<br />

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it is not a family member working<br />

there, you are still getting experience,<br />

as most of our employees have been<br />

with us 20-30 years. It gives us an<br />

edge over other places. Plus, it’s all<br />

locally grown.”<br />

Driscoll enjoys his work: “I like being<br />

outside.” While in college, he juggled<br />

between majors, finally deciding<br />

that the family farm was his calling:<br />

“It is really neat to see a seed in the<br />

ground or a flower in a pot grow over<br />

the months <strong>–</strong> it is neat to be a part<br />

of that process.” Driscoll also loves<br />

interacting with customers, especially<br />

at farmers markets: “<strong>The</strong>re are so<br />

many loyal people coming back year<br />

after year and you really get to know<br />

them.” Working with family is also a<br />

bonus: “It is nice <strong>–</strong> crazy sometimes<br />

<strong>–</strong> but it is nice to work with family. It<br />

is a lot of work with ups and downs,<br />

but it can be very rewarding.” He also<br />

loves that “I can walk out my front<br />

door and pick what I need that night<br />

for supper.”<br />

"I can walk out my front door<br />

and pick what I need that<br />

night for supper. "<br />

<strong>–</strong> Jake Driscoll<br />

Driscoll explained the growing<br />

process: “In the beginning of<br />

February, we start our plants in<br />

greenhouses. Flower season goes<br />

until the end of June. <strong>The</strong>n we get<br />

into the produce which takes us until<br />

the end of October. During November<br />

we do maintenance and cleanup.”<br />

December and part of January is the<br />

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“downtime” where Driscoll said, “We can relax and<br />

regroup.” That time is important: “Last winter I got to<br />

stay home with my son, Dax, and took care of him for<br />

a few months instead of sending him to daycare. That<br />

was great.”<br />

During his spare time, Driscoll with his wife and son<br />

enjoy visiting his parents’ lake place about 30 minutes<br />

from the farm. He and his family are also very into<br />

playing basketball: “Basketball is a big part of my life.”<br />

Driscoll was raised on the family farm: “Growing up on<br />

a farm was awesome. We have a 10-acre farmstead and<br />

outside of the farmstead, there are 300 plus acres. As<br />

a kid, it was crazy, the amount of space we had to<br />

run around all day long <strong>–</strong> I am excited for my son to<br />

be able to have the freedom to be able to do what he<br />

wants.” It is also some hard work: “When I was a kid<br />

we started working early, as far back as I can remember<br />

<strong>–</strong> picking weeds and other farm chores. I have plenty of<br />

fun memories of doing that work with my family and<br />

friends, as well as some memories of just not wanting<br />

to do it <strong>–</strong> but having to do it. Back in high school, the<br />

summers were fun, but you had to get your work done<br />

first before you could go out.”<br />

When asked what “<strong>The</strong> <strong>Good</strong> <strong>Life</strong>” means to him,<br />

Driscoll answered: “It is doing something that I enjoy<br />

doing and having good people around you <strong>–</strong> friends and<br />

family. That’s a big thing to me and is very important in<br />

my life.” •<br />

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VOLUNTEERS<br />

WITH A BADGE<br />

Sheriff Reserves Swear In<br />

to Enhance Security in<br />

Cass County<br />

WRITTEN BY: BEN HANSON • PHOTOS BY: URBAN TOAD MEDIA<br />

“At one point about 40 percent of our patrol<br />

deputies came directly out of the reserve unit.”<br />

<strong>–</strong> Sgt. Jade Van Den Einde<br />

<strong>The</strong> uniform is the same. <strong>The</strong> passion is the same. <strong>The</strong><br />

call to serve is the same. Much of the training is even<br />

the same. If you were to find yourself at Ribfest, the Red<br />

River Valley Fair or a local street dance, chances are<br />

almost certain you would never know that many of the<br />

deputies protecting your evening of fun were volunteers.<br />

Salary, or the lack thereof, is not the only difference<br />

between the full-time deputies within the Cass County<br />

Sheriff’s Office and its highly trained, well-qualified<br />

reserve unit; but it certainly is the biggest. In fact,<br />

the Sheriff’s Reserve Unit (SRU) — which first began<br />

training volunteers back in 1979 in an effort to help<br />

better manage the safety and security at the Red River<br />

Valley Fair — has become a prime recruiting tool for the<br />

department.<br />

“At one point about 40 percent of our patrol deputies<br />

came directly out of the Reserve Unit,” explained<br />

Sgt. Jade Van Den Einde, the Sheriff's Reserve Unit<br />

Commander. “It can be a huge feeder program for us, as<br />

it’s basically a very long interview process where we can<br />

evaluate them. In Cass County, we typically only draw for<br />

patrol from the jail, where candidates are often already<br />

licensed, and from the reserves, where some may be<br />

licensed eligible. <strong>The</strong>y can prove themselves through<br />

their training and in the field, and we can evaluate them<br />

at the same time.”<br />

Training for<br />

the Reserves<br />

At any given time,<br />

the Reserve Unit is<br />

comprised of up to<br />

25 sworn deputies<br />

that work under<br />

the authority of the<br />

Cass County Sheriff.<br />

<strong>The</strong> unit’s primary<br />

responsibilities are working<br />

large events, ensuring public<br />

safety through activities like<br />

traffic control, responding to minor<br />

incidents and writing tickets. For example,<br />

consider the guy in line at the beer garden who clearly<br />

should not be served another drink… if he happens to<br />

get out of line, an SRU deputy will respond to handle<br />

the situation.<br />

But before any recruit gets tossed into the middle of<br />

an unruly crowd at a barn dance — or asked to lead a<br />

small town parade for a little positive PR — he or she<br />

undergoes a rather rigorous training period to qualify<br />

for the job. Ninety hours worth, to be exact, during<br />

an approximately six-month period. After successful<br />

completion of this initial training period, recruits are<br />

sworn in by the Sheriff himself.<br />

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“<strong>The</strong> training we provide is pretty extensive,”<br />

Van Den Einde said. “We train the first<br />

Tuesday in December all the way up until the<br />

end of June… every Tuesday night. That’s the<br />

most basic training level, after which I’ll allow<br />

them to work a special event paired<br />

up with a veteran deputy.”<br />

For those wanting<br />

to expand their<br />

role and their<br />

volunteering<br />

options,<br />

further<br />

training<br />

is also<br />

available.<br />

Experienced SRU deputies have the option to become<br />

what’s known as Field Readiness Trained (FRT), after<br />

completing a full Field Training program. This allows<br />

an SRU deputy to earn the skills needed to patrol Cass<br />

County in marked patrol vehicles.<br />

To reach this point, an SRU will have completed,<br />

at a minimum, 425 hours of training and at least ten<br />

ride-alongs. <strong>The</strong> training, which includes use of force<br />

training, OC (pepper spray) training, taser training,<br />

defensive driving training, standard field sobriety testing<br />

training, CPR/AED training and firearms qualifying, is<br />

the same training program used to train full time, paid<br />

patrol deputies. So, while all sworn SRU deputies are<br />

authorized to enforce North Dakota Century Code<br />

and make arrests, only SRU FRTs with this advanced<br />

training are authorized to conduct traffic stops and<br />

issue citations.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>y can work their way up to being able to patrol on<br />

their own like a regular officer,” Van Den Einde said,<br />

“but we still limit what calls they go to and try not to<br />

“We essentially saved<br />

the taxpayers of Cass County about a<br />

hundred grand last year.”<br />

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make them the lead deputy on the scene. Instead, we<br />

want them there to assist. We keep four cars dedicated<br />

to SRU FRTs, so we could have up to four volunteer<br />

deputies out at a time, all being supervised through the<br />

radio, phone and GPS technology.”<br />

Impact on Community<br />

“If you were to put a price tag on the number of hours<br />

our volunteer SRU deputies put in, we’d be talking in<br />

the hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Van Den Einde<br />

said. “In 2018 our Reserve Unit donated $99,000 worth<br />

of time based on a deputy’s wages. So we essentially<br />

saved the taxpayers of Cass County about a hundred<br />

grand last year. Other years we’ve had more events<br />

going on, so we’ve hit well above that number. In 2017,<br />

it was $160,000.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> impact to the community obviously goes well beyond<br />

saving money. It’s more about proving a greater security<br />

presence to ensure public safety at larger events. In fact,<br />

according to Van Den Einde, the enhanced public safety<br />

effect is huge. He says it’s been proven that people<br />

who see someone wearing a uniform are less likely to<br />

commit a crime, so the visual presence alone makes a<br />

difference.<br />

“It gives people who are curious<br />

about law enforcement an<br />

opportunity to explore the career.”<br />

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And when a serious situation arises, the<br />

Reserve Unit is also there to provide muchneeded<br />

backup. “Any critical incident that pops<br />

up where we need all hands on deck,” Van Den<br />

Einde said, “we have up to 25 more people that<br />

can drop what they’re doing and come help<br />

and have the training to jump in and make a<br />

difference.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> other benefit to the Sheriff’s Office from<br />

a recruiting standing is that it gives people<br />

who are curious about law enforcement an<br />

opportunity to explore the career. Guys have<br />

switched careers after being in the Reserve<br />

Unit. I became a reserve deputy myself to<br />

get my foot in the door. It lets people have an<br />

opportunity to volunteer and give back to their<br />

community, and they’re literally putting their<br />

lives on the line for free. I don’t know how much<br />

better a volunteer you can get.” •<br />

WANT TO LEARN MORE? <strong>The</strong> Reserve Unit<br />

ramps up recruiting shortly after the Red River<br />

Valley Fair concludes, and anyone interested<br />

can contact Sgt. Van Den Einde directly at the<br />

Cass County Sheriff’s Office: 701-241-5816 or<br />

email: VanDenEindeJ@casscountynd.gov<br />

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HAVING A BEER WITH | MIKE KAPEL<br />

HAVING A BEER WITH<br />

MIKE KAPEL<br />

PROGRAM DIRECTOR AND MORNING SHOW HOST<br />

WRITTEN BY: MEGHAN FEIR • PHOTOS BY: URBAN TOAD MEDIA<br />

<strong>Good</strong> <strong>Life</strong>: If you were a dog, what would<br />

your name and breed be?<br />

It’s not every day you meet someone who actually became<br />

what their childhood self wanted to become. Mike Kapel is<br />

one of those people, and we chatted outside of Drekker’s<br />

Brewhalla on a sunny Tuesday.<br />

As my too-large sunglasses kept falling off my face, Kapel<br />

told me of how his mother was a regular listener of WDAY<br />

Radio. It sparked his interest immediately, and a dream<br />

was born. Kapel knew he needed to end up there.<br />

Since those bygone days, he’s spent 20 years working in<br />

radio for the likes of FM 105.1 and Y94. Five years ago, he<br />

started working for WDAY Radio as the program director<br />

and a morning show host, and his inner child started<br />

applauding and doing somersaults.<br />

However, my job isn’t to tell his life story but to uncover<br />

the weird, the unexpected, and the unknown (kind of), so<br />

read on.<br />

Mike Kapel: Ooh. Oddly enough, my name for my FM<br />

radio career was Big Dog. I would be a big breed.<br />

GL: Like a Great Dane or a German Shepard?<br />

MK: German Shepards and Rottweilers are my favorite<br />

dogs, but I don’t know if I embody them. I’d probably be a<br />

bulldog. That sounds reasonable.<br />

GL: So a bulldog named Big Dog?<br />

MK: Or just “Big” in that case because I’m already a dog.<br />

“Here, Big! C’mon, Big!”<br />

GL: Unless it’s like how some human males are named<br />

Guy, which I’ve never understood.<br />

MK: I worked with a guy named Guy. I always think of Guy<br />

Smiley from Sesame Street. Do you remember that?<br />

GL: I don’t.<br />

MK: He was the cheesy game show host. You need to<br />

get up on your Sesame Street. You’re getting married,<br />

Meghan. You need to know these things. It’s on HBO<br />

now, so it probably has a little more grit and edge to it.<br />

Probably swearing.<br />

GL: Some nudity.<br />

MK: Probably some mild puppet nudity. Probably some<br />

murder.<br />

GL: <strong>The</strong>y want to stretch the limits as much as they can.<br />

MK: Absolutely.<br />

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HAVING A BEER WITH | MIKE KAPEL<br />

GL: Do you play any instruments?<br />

MK: No, I don’t. I have zero artistic or musical ability.<br />

When I was a kid I played the cello and the bassoon. I was<br />

in orchestra for a short time. I decided to hang it up in<br />

junior high. I wanted to go out at the top of my game.<br />

You don’t want to go out in high school as like a fourth or<br />

fifth chair. I was chair one of one, and I knew there were<br />

two other bassoonists in high school, so I figured if I got<br />

out then I’d always be the first chair bassoonist of Agassiz<br />

Middle School.<br />

GL: Do you think it’s weirder that humans<br />

drink cows’ milk or that humans eat bugs?<br />

MK: I think it’s weirder that humans eat bugs. That’s<br />

really gross.<br />

GL: It’s definitely more foreign to us.<br />

MK: I guess it’s because I’m so far down the consumer<br />

line with milk that, for me, it’s just a clean, easy product.<br />

At some point, somebody had to see the milk coming out<br />

because the cow had some babies and was like, “I’ll give<br />

that a shot!” Because there wasn’t any pasteurization,<br />

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“I was chair one of one, and I knew there<br />

were two other bassoonists in high school,<br />

so I figured if I got out then I’d always be<br />

the first chair bassoonist of Agassiz Middle<br />

School.” <strong>–</strong> Mike Kapel<br />

they probably died from it. Honestly, at that time, eating<br />

a bug made more sense. As I’m talking here, I maybe<br />

changed my own mind. Maybe bugs were the better way<br />

to go.<br />

GL: Do you have any favorite quotes?<br />

MK: I don’t.<br />

GL: That’s fine.<br />

GL: What’s your favorite climate?<br />

MK: When it’s 40 at night and 70s during the day, that’s<br />

perfect for me.


GL: What’s one thing you<br />

hope people remember<br />

you by?<br />

MK: I hope that we got somebody<br />

listening to the radio to laugh or<br />

think, and I hope we entertain<br />

them and help pass the time<br />

during their day. I remember being<br />

on the other side of that. Some<br />

people go to work every day, and<br />

they might not hate it, but they<br />

don’t love it. It’s just the daily<br />

grind. If I can help somebody just<br />

forget for 5 or 10 minutes that they<br />

hate traffic or aren’t excited about<br />

work, that’s what I like to do.<br />

GL: What does living<br />

“the good life” mean to<br />

you?<br />

MK: Living the good life is just<br />

a good work-life balance, time<br />

with family, not letting work<br />

take over your life, which is so<br />

easy for us to do these days, and<br />

finding the balance for all those<br />

things. Electronics, jobs, screens<br />

everywhere — somehow with all<br />

this technology everywhere, we’re<br />

way busier than we used to be.<br />

Technology is good, but it’s hard<br />

trying to find that balance. That, to<br />

me, is what the good life is; trying<br />

to do all those things and find a<br />

balance. If you figure out how to<br />

do that, let me know.. •<br />

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ON THE COVER | BRADY OBERG LEGACY FOUNDATION<br />

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LOCAL HERO<br />

WRITTEN BY: ALEXANDRA FLOERSCH • PHOTOS BY: URBAN TOAD MEDIA<br />

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ON THE COVER | BRADY OBERG LEGACY FOUNDATION<br />

Flashback to October 23, 1983.<br />

While most Americans lay tucked in bed that peaceful<br />

Sunday morning, John Dalziel’s life changed forever.<br />

<strong>The</strong> atmosphere of the Marine compound just outside<br />

Beirut's airport was like any other morning as John<br />

grabbed a cup of coffee shortly after 6 a.m. and headed<br />

back to the barracks to wake a friend.<br />

"I was about 100 yards away when the explosion<br />

happened,” says the now 56-year-old retired Marine. “It<br />

knocks you down, and you try to pick yourself back up<br />

and figure out what happened.”<br />

At 6:22 am, a truck toting 21,000 pounds of explosives<br />

charged through the barbed-wire fence, slammed into<br />

the barracks and detonated. 241 Marines, sailors,<br />

and soldiers lost their lives at the hands of Lebanese<br />

terrorist group Hezbollah.<br />

“We spent a significant period of time digging out<br />

our friends plus continuing to do our mission," John<br />

recalls. "My biggest issue was … survivor guilt. Why<br />

did I walk out of the building and my friends <strong>–</strong> my<br />

brothers in arms <strong>–</strong> didn't?"<br />

It’s these horrifying stories <strong>–</strong> similar, yet unique<br />

<strong>–</strong> that haunt many veterans as they return to<br />

“normalcy” back home.<br />

Both a Marine and retired FBI agent, John was<br />

deployed to Beirut, Iraq and Afghanistan seven<br />

times total. But that's not just seven deployments;<br />

it's also seven times John had to adjust back home.<br />

"Nobody ever comes back the same,” John explains<br />

with candor. “It's easy for the vet to leave the war,<br />

but it's almost impossible for the war to leave the<br />

vet."<br />

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"Nobody ever comes back the same.<br />

“It's easy for the vet to leave the war,<br />

but it's almost impossible for the war<br />

to leave the vet." <strong>–</strong> John Dalziel<br />

Back Home But Still Fighting<br />

Depending on the era in which they served, 11<br />

to 30 percent of U.S. veterans suffer from posttraumatic<br />

stress disorder (PTSD). Whether indirect<br />

fire, anticipation of mortars ahead, the unknown in<br />

patrolling outside the wire or just the initial anxiety<br />

of deploying, a number of experiences can cause<br />

PTSD.<br />

"It's the veritable plethora and the entire breath of<br />

knowing you're going into a war zone,” John says.<br />

"What might seem inconsequential to one guy can be<br />

highly traumatic for another. Everyone has different<br />

coping levels."<br />

<strong>Life</strong> is lived on high alert on deployment. Changing<br />

that mindset <strong>–</strong> and letting their guard down <strong>–</strong> is<br />

often the first challenge soldiers face once home.<br />

That’s the same issue the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain<br />

Division, 4th Brigade Combat Team faced after their<br />

year-long deployment to Afghanistan in 2010. With<br />

100 percent mission completion, all 139 troops<br />

returned home victorious.<br />

But even though blood wasn’t shed overseas, 14<br />

soldiers have since taken their own lives. Brady Oberg<br />

was one of them.<br />

‘10 Seconds of Insanity’<br />

A true patriot, Brady’s family wasn’t surprised when<br />

he finally enlisted with the U.S. Army as an active<br />

infantryman in 2009 before deploying to Afghanistan<br />

under Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).<br />

“Sometime over there, his job flipped and he ended up<br />

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ON THE COVER | BRADY OBERG LEGACY FOUNDATION<br />

being a sniper,” says his sister, Tracy Oberg Dunham,<br />

38. “As a sniper, you only have one job."<br />

When Brady returned home from war, a peculiar set<br />

of keys followed him home. After prodding about their<br />

significance without avail, Brady’s wife, Katie, finally<br />

let it go. Not until Brady passed did the Obergs learn<br />

the back story from his sergeant.<br />

<strong>The</strong> keys were from one of Brady’s first kills.<br />

Taken from the vehicle just thereafter, the set of keys<br />

symbolized the moral conflict that battled within this<br />

soldier from that moment onward.<br />

"Brady had a moral conflict of what he had to do and<br />

what he believed in. He very much believed in his<br />

missions and the military way of life,” Tracy says, “but<br />

you can't be a sniper and have emotion <strong>–</strong> there's no<br />

last-minute thoughts. When he came home, it went<br />

from separating that to all of a sudden I should have<br />

all these emotions?"<br />

Even though Brady was less forthright about his<br />

hearing loss thanks to explosions, he vocalized the<br />

physical pain he felt from the weight carried overseas.<br />

But one thing Brady didn’t talk about was the mental<br />

repercussions of war.<br />

"He would have visions during the day while he was<br />

awake,” Tracy says. “<strong>The</strong> crinkling of a water bottle or<br />

reflections in a window was a trigger.”<br />

Whether it was the unavoidable triggers or vivid visions<br />

of warfare, Brady’s family will never know what demon<br />

convinced him to commit suicide on <strong>August</strong> 6, 2015,<br />

as the result of PTSD.<br />

"I lost my brother to 10 seconds of insanity," Tracy says,<br />

with the insight only a sister could offer. During 10<br />

seconds of terror, Brady made a decision he couldn’t<br />

take back.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation<br />

When Brady died, Tracy searched fervently for<br />

answers. In the days between her brother’s death<br />

and his funeral, the same memory kept replaying<br />

in Tracy’s head <strong>–</strong> the two of them sitting around a<br />

bonfire, contemplating life after Brady’s high school<br />

graduation.<br />

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“He said to me, 'I just want to do<br />

something bigger and better than<br />

myself,'" Tracy recalls vividly.<br />

What started as $20,000 from funeral<br />

gifts slowly grew into the “bigger and<br />

better” that would serve as Brady’s<br />

lasting legacy.<br />

Now Chairman of the Board, Tracy <strong>–</strong><br />

along with family and a few friends <strong>–</strong><br />

founded the the Brady Oberg Legacy<br />

Foundation in November 2015 to<br />

create community, raise awareness<br />

for veteran PTSD and fund the Brady<br />

Oberg Legacy Scholarship at the<br />

University of North Dakota (UND) to<br />

benefit veterans wanting to become<br />

psychologists <strong>–</strong> and, in turn, help other<br />

veterans.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir first mission was to recreate<br />

that camaraderie amongst local<br />

soldiers. From fitness programs to<br />

fishing retreats and exotic ram hunts,<br />

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ON THE COVER | BRADY OBERG LEGACY FOUNDATION<br />

"everything we do is centered around, 'Would Brady like<br />

this?'" Tracy explains.<br />

Trained to put their country before themselves, many<br />

veterans don’t sign up for these free events. Tracy’s response<br />

to that is simple: “If you don't sign up for you, sign up for<br />

your family. Sign up for the other vets that are doing it, too,<br />

to be support for each other."<br />

<strong>The</strong> second arm of the foundation’s mission is PTSD<br />

awareness <strong>–</strong> both reassuring veterans they’re not alone and<br />

educating the public on how they can help.<br />

With a ruck march in May, an annual golf tournament in<br />

June, the Ride for Combat PTSD in <strong>August</strong> and the Fargo<br />

Defender Dash later in the fall, the foundation organizes<br />

and participates in several yearly events to help shed light<br />

on the matter.<br />

Marching Forward for Fallen Soldiers<br />

Alongside nine board members, John is a valuable<br />

ambassador, having lived through many experiences Tracy<br />

and other civilians haven’t. Last year, he organized a ruck<br />

march from the U.S.-Canada border to North Dakota-South<br />

Dakota border to raise awareness for PTSD <strong>–</strong> all in Brady’s<br />

name.<br />

Starting at midnight, the four men took turns ruck marching<br />

10 miles at a time, often without another living creature in<br />

sight. "<strong>The</strong> aches and pains <strong>–</strong> your feet, hips and shoulders<br />

from carrying 20 pounds to symbolize the 20 veterans that<br />

take their own life every day… you get a chance to realize<br />

why you're doing it."<br />

Rucking 240 miles in 62 hours, the four men finished in<br />

Brady’s honor, raising just over $10,000 for the foundation.<br />

This year, John decided to go bigger, planning a route that<br />

spanned from western to eastern North Dakota <strong>–</strong> a total of<br />

397 miles split up into 5-mile legs.<br />

Recruiting 16 people to march for awareness, the crew<br />

started once again at Brady’s grave to pay their respects<br />

before heading west to Beach, N.D. on May 21 and finishing<br />

on Veterans Memorial Bridge in Fargo-Moorhead during<br />

Memorial Day weekend.<br />

"We're honoring those who can't spend time with their loved<br />

ones anymore, who can't talk to their dad, their brother,<br />

their sister,” John says. “Our key point is it's not a sign of<br />

weakness to ask for help. Put down the gun. Pick up the<br />

phone."<br />

‘Help One More’<br />

Last year when the foundation took off, Tracy reexamined<br />

what Brady would think about the foundation’s efforts.<br />

“Would he say, 'Keep it up! This is awesome,' or 'What are<br />

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LOCAL HERO<br />

you doing? Spend this time with your kids instead,’"<br />

Tracy asked herself. "<strong>The</strong>n I realized at the ruck march<br />

all of these people took four days out of their personal<br />

life, away from their families and work to help a mission<br />

we started <strong>–</strong> and they didn't even know him. It made me<br />

think this is really bigger than what we ever thought it<br />

would be.”<br />

Currently a fund at Dakota Medical Foundation, <strong>The</strong><br />

Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation has its sights set on<br />

becoming a full-fledged non-profit in order to help as<br />

many veterans as possible.<br />

"We had a veteran tell us, ‘You always say you want<br />

to help one. Well, I'm that one … so help one more,”<br />

Tracy recalls. "If we can prevent another family from<br />

enduring the pain we have in losing Brady, that’s worth<br />

it every day."<br />

Defining the <strong>Good</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

Earning an Army Commendation Medal for saving four<br />

of his brothers overseas, Brady’s legacy is so much<br />

more than the foundation that bears his name.<br />

"I want Miah and Skylar to realize, this is Brady's<br />

legacy <strong>–</strong> this is what it means and this is why we help<br />

veterans," Tracy says of her children. “<strong>The</strong> good life is<br />

a happy, healthy family and friends to surround you. It's<br />

finding something you believe in with all your heart and<br />

helping a better cause."<br />

For John, “the good life” means “living in a country<br />

that allows us to do the things we can do, protected<br />

by volunteers who go to the sound of gunfire,” John<br />

explains. "We do it so the next generation doesn't have<br />

to <strong>–</strong> that's what we do as parents, and that's what we do<br />

as warriors."<br />

Tracy often reflects on what Brady would say if he were<br />

here to see his legacy live on.<br />

"He wouldn't be the type to say, 'This is good. Now you<br />

can just relax.’ He would be like, 'What's next? Let’s go<br />

bigger,'" Tracy says. “We're going to help one more, then<br />

we're going to help one more and one more <strong>–</strong> all in his<br />

legacy." •<br />

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FATHERS | MR. FULL-TIME DAD<br />

An Ode to<br />

Brown Bear<br />

WRITTEN BY: BEN HANSON<br />

Every kid has their favorite toy. Be it a blankie,<br />

a binkie, a stuffed animal or, in my case, your<br />

right thumb, these favorite items get imprinted<br />

early in life and often grow into an extra<br />

appendage that dangles squarely out the<br />

front of said kid’s mouth. That’s where you’d<br />

find my thumb most hours of the day, and<br />

where you’ll find<br />

Macklin’s go-to<br />

stink bomb of a<br />

favorite,<br />

as well.<br />

Before Mack<br />

was born, his<br />

mama and I<br />

(ok, mostly<br />

mama)<br />

researched,<br />

hunted and<br />

shopped for<br />

different options<br />

we thought he might<br />

like. In hindsight,<br />

it was a total guessing<br />

game, and we were probably a bit<br />

arrogant in thinking we could predict<br />

what this tiny stranger would eventually<br />

latch onto. But we were first time<br />

parents, so of course we thought we<br />

knew everything!<br />

Would it be the small, stuffed moose or the<br />

plush teddy bear that he would choose<br />

to snuggle all night? Perhaps the soft,<br />

heirloom blanket we got at a shower?<br />

Or that other blanket? Or this other<br />

one? Or maybe that one? We got a lot<br />

of blankets. Apparently, people were<br />

worried that even after welcoming a<br />

baby into our home I’d still be too cheap<br />

to turn up the heat. <strong>The</strong>y weren’t<br />

entirely wrong.<br />

But it didn’t take<br />

long before Mack<br />

asserted his<br />

proclivity for the<br />

finer things in<br />

life by claiming<br />

a Pottery Barn<br />

Bear Thumbie<br />

gifted by his God<br />

Mother as his<br />

transition<br />

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object — something kids bring everywhere that provides<br />

comfort and stability, much like grown-ups clutching<br />

our smartphones wherever we go. Brown Bear is there<br />

any time of day for Macklin, even when mom and dad<br />

aren’t. Even when we are, that smelly, well-worn square<br />

of brown fleece with a head no longer even resembling<br />

that of a bear isn’t far out of reach.<br />

Macklin can fall asleep in any new place as long as he’s<br />

got Brown Bear (aka Brownie, Brown B, Brommer,<br />

Browns or Mr. Browns) there to chew on. Brownie has<br />

logged some serious road trip miles with us, including a<br />

few frequent flyer miles. Despite multiple flights, Mack<br />

has only cried on an airplane once, and it lasted for less<br />

than 30 seconds over some dropped goldfish crackers,<br />

because Brown Bear was there to soak up his tears…<br />

and drool.<br />

After taking an extended gap-year with me to find<br />

ourselves (turns out we were just over at the nearby<br />

park), he transitioned with minimal fuss to daycare<br />

because Brown Bear accompanied him to his new<br />

class. New babysitter? No big deal. He’s got Brown<br />

Bear. Vaccinations? Flu shots? Dentist visits? <strong>The</strong> end of<br />

Game of Thrones? Mr. Browns is always there to soothe.<br />

In fact, Brommer is so good at soothing, he’s been forced<br />

to multiply. Early on, we made the choice to wean Mack<br />

off his pacifier. It worked great. He got over the nuk in<br />

less than a week. Why? Because the soft head of Mr.<br />

Browns was right there, ready to take up the cause. So<br />

we now own multiple Brown Bears purely for the sake of<br />

frequent washings. I asked him about it recently, trying<br />

to understand how we could possibly help break this<br />

habit. Mack’s response: “Brown Bear likes it. It tickles<br />

him and he laughs.” Well then, as long as it’s good for<br />

Brown Bear… and certainly good for Mack’s future<br />

orthodontist.<br />

I don’t feel any competition for Mack’s affection towards<br />

Brown Bear. With each bump, scrape or perceived<br />

injustice, Macklin will still cry for mom or dad (whichever<br />

of us is not currently available, of course). He will be<br />

quickly scooped into a hug and this is where he will ask<br />

for Brown Bear, our closer. Mom and dad provide the<br />

initial comfort and safety, and Brown Bear is the icing<br />

on the cake to finish the job. And sometimes a cartoon<br />

band-aid, preferably PJ Masks if you have them.<br />

Macklin turns four this summer, which feels impossible,<br />

as I still vividly remember bringing his pudgy infant self<br />

home from the hospital not too long ago. At this rate, I’m<br />

already mentally planning to sneak a Brown Bear into<br />

his luggage when he leaves for college, tech school or<br />

whatever path lies ahead in the future. Maybe another<br />

gap year… this time without dear ol’ dad. Regardless, I’m<br />

glad we have extras because I’m going to need one, too,<br />

when the time comes. •<br />

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LOCAL BAND<br />

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THE<br />

KNOTTIES<br />

MORE THAN<br />

JUST THE<br />

FEELS<br />

<strong>The</strong> Fargo music scene rolls out<br />

another phenomenal music group;<br />

this time we are taking a look at<br />

<strong>The</strong> Knotties. <strong>The</strong>se guys tap into a<br />

unique yet timeless sound, mixing<br />

modern techniques that thrive off<br />

70s psychedelic rock/blues. This is<br />

the kind of music that makes you<br />

want to move and let loose <strong>–</strong> which is<br />

encouraged by the band.<br />

WRITTEN BY: KRISSY NESS • PHOTOS BY: URBAN TOAD MEDIA<br />

<strong>The</strong> Knotties joined together almost<br />

three years ago and have been<br />

rocking our faces off ever since; with<br />

Channing Minnema on guitar and<br />

vocals, Michael Mooridian on bass<br />

and vocals, and Jonathan Hunter on<br />

drums and vocals.<br />

Between these guys, you can<br />

find explosive personalities and<br />

phenomenal talent. <strong>The</strong> drive they<br />

have to push one another absolutely<br />

shows in their music and they accept<br />

nothing less. <strong>The</strong>re is no question as<br />

to why they are so popular.<br />

I had the opportunity to sit down with<br />

Hunter and Mooridian and boy was it<br />

a ride. In between talking about the<br />

band and all the hard work they put<br />

into becoming kickass I found out<br />

a few fun facts about this quirky yet<br />

ambitious band.<br />

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LOCAL BAND<br />

First and foremost, everyone in <strong>The</strong> Knotties believes<br />

in each other to perform at the best of their abilities<br />

and they cheer each other on every step of the way. “No<br />

matter who writes the song or who comes up with the<br />

music we all go along with it - with no confrontation,”<br />

said Mooridian. <strong>The</strong>y are really good at editing one<br />

another without stifling each other’s creativity and there<br />

is something to be said about that kind of cohesiveness<br />

in a band.<br />

Second, they are an absolute blast to be around and the<br />

passion they have for music is beyond measurable. If you<br />

are looking for a good time then you need hit up one of<br />

their shows, hands down one of the best acts in town.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y perform together in a way that is hard to find these<br />

days - solid and precise.<br />

Third, did you know that not one but two members live<br />

in not so common housing? One lives in an old bank<br />

(Minnema) and the other a church (Hunter) <strong>–</strong> No, neither<br />

establishment is still running and yes, they are there<br />

legally. In fact, their last album was recorded in the<br />

church Hunter resides in. If that isn’t what rock and roll<br />

is all about <strong>–</strong> I don’t know what is.<br />

Finally, <strong>The</strong> Knotties were awarded a grant earlier<br />

this year through <strong>The</strong> Arts Partnership in cooperation<br />

with Jade Presents in which they used to master their<br />

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full-length album. “This is quite an honor,” says<br />

Mooridian, “we are so grateful to have been awarded<br />

this opportunity.”<br />

“Most people don’t go beyond Spotify, iTunes, or<br />

Apple music, so that is where you can find most of<br />

our music,” remarked Mooridian. Although you can<br />

find their CDs locally at Orange Records, Mothers<br />

Music, or <strong>The</strong> Electric Fetus in their Duluth location.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are also working towards getting their music<br />

pressed onto vinyl, which will match well with their<br />

70s psych sounds and give listeners another platform<br />

to listen to their music.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is something unique about matching your<br />

personality with kind of music you perform <strong>–</strong> typically<br />

<strong>The</strong> Knotties don’t play cover music but they strive to<br />

perform their own original music and these guys are<br />

about as original as they come. Each member brings<br />

something to the table that can’t be matched or<br />

duplicated and it makes for stimulating conversation<br />

and even more interesting music. You can catch them<br />

playing in venues all over town like the Aquarium <strong>–</strong><br />

which is located above Dempsey’s, <strong>The</strong> HoDo, and<br />

Sidestreet which are all located in downtown Fargo,<br />

ND. <strong>The</strong>y have also toured around the country and<br />

plan to again when their self-titled vinyl is released.<br />

If you are looking for a new sound or fun shows<br />

to check out <strong>–</strong> this is your band <strong>–</strong> you won’t be<br />

disappointed.<br />

You can follow <strong>The</strong> Knotties on Instagram or<br />

Facebook to find out all their upcoming shows or to<br />

check out what the band is up to and of course on<br />

their Spotify page where you can also find music the<br />

band is listening to.<br />

<strong>The</strong> good life, according to <strong>The</strong> Knotties, is to play<br />

together as a band for as many people as possible not<br />

for the fame or fortune but for the feeling. To get out<br />

there and rock as hard as they can and turn around<br />

and do it again tomorrow. •<br />

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SCUBA DIVING<br />

IN THE UPPER MIDWEST<br />

NORTH DAKOTA AND<br />

MINNESOTA HOME TO AVID<br />

SCUBA DIVERS<br />

WRITTEN BY: KATIE JENISON • PHOTOS BY: URBAN TOAD MEDIA<br />

When you hear the term “scuba diving,” what do you<br />

think of? Chances are you’re picturing tropical fish,<br />

coral reefs, and ocean waves. Whatever you think of,<br />

it’s probably the exact opposite of the upper Midwest.<br />

So, what if I told you North Dakota and Minnesota are<br />

home to avid scuba diving fans? In fact, experts say<br />

these two unlikely states have some of the best scuba<br />

diving around.<br />

Part of what makes scuba diving in North Dakota and<br />

Minnesota so special is the wide range of locations to<br />

choose from. Minnesota alone has over 12,000 lakes<br />

for divers to explore as well as the Iron Range’s many<br />

mine pits. Though there are plenty of rivers in the area,<br />

they tend to be less popular with divers because of low<br />

depths and poor visibility. Those that do dive in rivers<br />

are often looking for old antiques left behind by barge<br />

traffic.<br />

Dive spots are generally chosen according to water<br />

conditions and what’s below the surface. Water<br />

conditions can vary from lake to lake depending on the<br />

time of year. In the summer, some lakes offer visibility<br />

up to 30 feet. However, as water temperatures rise<br />

smaller lakes tend to lose their visibility. In those cases,<br />

divers may be able to see only one or two feet around<br />

them at a time.<br />

Another element unique to scuba diving in the Midwest<br />

is the thermocline. A thermocline occurs in large bodies<br />

of water and is a thin layer where divers experience<br />

abrupt temperature changes. <strong>The</strong> first thermocline can<br />

be found between 24 and 30 feet down. At that point,<br />

the water temperature may drop by as much as 10<br />

degrees in just a foot of water. <strong>The</strong>rmoclines aren’t the<br />

only chilly temperature some scuba divers experience,<br />

though.<br />

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Despite winter’s freezing temperatures, die-hard<br />

divers can’t be deterred. Rather than sticking to the<br />

unofficial scuba season between Memorial Day and<br />

Labor Day, they dive well into the winter. All they need<br />

is the right equipment. As temperatures drop, divers<br />

will don thicker wetsuits to keep them warm<br />

while exploring the icy depths of area lakes.<br />

Some may even swap their wetsuit out for<br />

a drysuit, which is completely waterproof.<br />

Doing so offers divers better protection<br />

against frigid water temperatures.<br />

Popular Locations to Scuba Dive<br />

Regardless of the time of year, both North Dakota and<br />

Minnesota offer plenty of great locations for diving.<br />

From the area’s many lakes to old iron ore pits, there’s<br />

a whole other world under the water. Whether enjoying<br />

up-close views of aquatic wildlife or exploring sunken<br />

boats, there’s no shortage of things to discover.<br />

“From the area’s many<br />

lakes to old iron ore pits,<br />

there’s a whole other world<br />

under the water. Whether<br />

enjoying up-close views of<br />

aquatic wildlife or exploring<br />

sunken boats, there’s<br />

no shortage of things to<br />

discover.”<br />

Lake Sakakawea State Park<br />

Minnesota may be the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but North<br />

Dakota’s Lake Sakakawea is perfect for scuba diving.<br />

At a max depth of 200 feet, divers are treated<br />

views of paddlefish, rainbow trout, turtles, and<br />

frogs in the bay’s aquatic grass. Other exciting<br />

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finds include petrified rock formations and fossils typically found in<br />

deeper parts of the lake.<br />

Long Lake<br />

Near Itasca State Park, Long Lake features unusually clear<br />

water. Once used as a holding area for area logging companies,<br />

divers can expect to see submerged logs near the southeast<br />

end of the lake. Divers will also enjoy exploring the lake’s<br />

scuttled boats and countless other treasures.<br />

Portsmouth Pit<br />

While Lake Superior is technically the deepest lake in<br />

Minnesota at 700 feet, Portsmouth Pit is the deepest lying solely<br />

inside Minnesota. Located in Crosby, Minnesota, Portsmouth Pit<br />

spans 121 acres and has a depth of about 450 feet. <strong>The</strong> depth is just<br />

one reason it’s a spot many divers frequent Portsmouth Pit. Under the<br />

water is an eerily beautiful underwater forest of trees and a diverse<br />

variety of fish.<br />

Louise Mine Pit<br />

<strong>The</strong> Louise Mine Pit is another prominent diving location<br />

in Crosby, Minnesota. <strong>The</strong> eclectic props hidden in the<br />

“Minnesota alone has<br />

over 12,000 lakes for<br />

divers to explore as well<br />

as the Iron Range’s<br />

many mine pits.”<br />

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water have divers flocking to the state-owned mine.<br />

A favorite is the emaciated figure of Friday the 13th<br />

character, Jason Voorhees, trapped below the surface.<br />

Other notable displays include a mermaid, a submerged<br />

lawnmower, and a skeleton man fixing an electrical box.<br />

Becoming a Certified Scuba Diver<br />

Interested in discovering the many great diving<br />

opportunities in North Dakota and Minnesota for<br />

yourself? You just need to become a certified scuba<br />

diver! To do so, you’ll need to complete the Open Water<br />

Diver course as taught by a Professional Association of<br />

Diving Instructors (PADI) certified instructor.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first phase of training is done in the classroom<br />

with students reading from the PADI Open Water Diver<br />

Manual and completing an exam. Divers will then take<br />

part in confined dives in a swimming pool to practice<br />

basic scuba skills with their instructor. Finally, divers<br />

will participate in four supervised open water dives.<br />

Completion of the course will certify divers down to<br />

60 feet, but you can continue to advance with further<br />

training. Once you’re certified, all that’s left is to start<br />

exploring! •<br />

urbantoadmedia.com / THE GOOD LIFE / 35


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