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Fargo crews to turn Fort Macleod into Minnesota town for TV series

A television crew plans to transform Fort Macleod’s historic Main Street into a 1970s Luverne, Minnesota.
The TV series Fargo plans to shoot scenes in Fort Macleod beginning Feb. 10.
“We’re hoping we can make the experience a mutually satisfactory one,” producer Kim Todd said.
Todd and other members of the Fargo team appeared Dec. 16 as a delegation at a Fort Macleod council committee of the whole meeting.
They provided background on Fargo and laid out plans for shooting scenes in Fort Macleod.
“Fargo has been a wonderful experience for all of us working on it,” Todd said.
Fargo, which is based on a Hollywood movie by the same name, was nominated for 18 Emmy Awards — more than any other show — and won three.
Fargo was just nominated for five Golden Globes, awards that will be presented on Jan. 11.
The series in its first season included as cast members Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks and Martin Freeman.
Todd praised Fort Macleod for the work it has done in restoring and preserving the historic buildings on Main Street.
“It is an asset for the town,” Todd said.
Todd told council that in addition to shooting scenes for the series, it would like to work with the town to set up a “film policy” Fort Macleod can use in future with future TV and movie crews.
“We believe that we maintain friendships with all our people, our locations and the communities that we work with, that we have been good community citizens,” Todd said.
Todd said whenever possible Fort Macleod people and services will be utilized by the TV crew.
Fargo will need cars from that era as well as people to work as extras on the set and work on the crew.
Robert Hilton, a location manager who has worked in Fort Macleod three times, most recently on the movie The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, said the town has a look that will appeal to television and movie crews.
The town’s popularity will increase due in part to changes in the architecture of High River following the 2013 flood.
Production crews based in Calgary will be looking for a new location that can double as a western or mid-western town from 1910 to present day.
“Production is now going to say, ‘Fort Macleod’,” Hilton said. “I think it’s a golden opportunity.”
The Fargo crew plans to shoot in Fort Macleod two or three times, probably for three days each visit.
Council and the Fargo delegates were told that property owners on Main Street need to be intimately involved.
That has not been the case in the past when film and TV crews came to town, when businesses suffered lost income and damage to property.
It was suggested the Fargo crew should meet directly with business and property owners.
Todd agreed the municipality, property owners and residents need a voice and to be well-informed.
“There’s nothing to be gained by keeping people in the dark,” Todd said.
Hilton told council and the people in the gallery that Fargo will raise Fort Macleod’s profile and attract fans of the show to the community.
“It’s the best free advertising you could ever ask for,” Hilton said.