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Television series Fargo to film in Fort Macleod

Fort Macleod is preparing for a close-up in the new year.
Crews from the television series Fargo will be in town early next year to film scenes.
Town of Fort Macleod economic development officer Virginia Wishart said the presence of the film crew will have an important economic impact.
Wishart reported at Thursday’s Chamber of Commerce meeting that filming of Fargo will take place in Alberta from Jan. 20 to May 20.
Wishart said filming in Fort Macleod will start the second week in February.
“They’re estimating they will be here four nights every two months,” Wishart said.
The film crew will have an economic impact on Fort Macleod.
Wishart said the film crew will spend about $21,000 a day in Fort Macleod, or a total of $250,000.
Wishart said the multiplier factor of 3.5 times will increase the economic benefit to Fort Macleod.
“It’s definitely worth talking to them about,” Wishart said of businesses allowing the film crews access.
Wishart said the film crew will be at town council from 7-7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16.
Eileen Moses of Village Greenery Flowers and Gifts told Wishart she would recommend the film crew have a meeting with business owners.
“I’ve been talking to some other businesses and we would like to talk to them too,” Moses said.
Wishart said the film crews plan to meet individually with business and property owners.
Moses said a group meeting would be beneficial, based on problems that arose when other crews have filmed in Fort Macleod.
“I think it’s great for the community,” Moses said, adding Fort Macleod business owners should be well-informed.
The television series Fargo is an adaptation of the 1996 major Hollywood movie of the same name.
The television series in its first season starred Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks and Martin Freeman.
Fargo won Emmy Awards for outstanding mini-series and outstanding directing, and received 15 other nominations.
The series is set in Luverne, Minnesota, Fargo, North Dakota and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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