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This monthly freely-distributed magazine, founded in June 1968[1] by the eponymous Howard Binford, was available at numerous Fargo-Moorhead grocery stores, restaurants, and other public places during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Howard Binford's Guide provided a calendar, map, and other lists of various entertainment and night-life activities visitors and residents of the F-M area might enjoy.

In May 1986, Binford sold the Guide and his other publishing venture, Pride Magazine, to Kaye's Printing of Fargo[2] after collapsing in a restaurant in 1985 led him to reevaluate his priorities[3]. Binford stayed on as editor and columnist until his death in 1989.

Publishing under this title ceased with the May 1989 issue[4], shortly after Binford's death, but the magazine has continued into the 21st century as Fargo-Moorhead Magazine[5], published by The Fargo Forum.

Contents

Staff

Karl Karlgaard became Associate Editor of the Guide in June 1976, after working for the Guide part time during college[6]. On 1 June 1978, newscaster and photographer Norm Robinson joined Karl as 2nd Associate Editor. In June 1981, Nancy Edmonds Hanson joined the Guide as an associate editor, graduating to full Editor status in 1984. Also at the same time as Hanson's promotion, photographer Russ Hanson was added to the staff. These two changes were due to Binford's age and interest in the future of the magazine with less of his control.[7]

Covers

These have been donated, purchased at area booksellers and estate sales, and from my own collection. If you have Binford Guides that you'd be willing to part with Contact Me

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References

  1. According to the May 1986 issue of Howard Binford's Guide. Northwest Minnesota Historical Center Guide To Collections, MSUM incorrectly states:
    "...locally published magazines containing community information on the Fargo-Moorhead area. The Binford Guide was published by Moorhead resident Howard Binford from 1971 until his death in 1989."
  2. "Kaye's Inc., of Fargo Are New Publishers of The Guide and Pride", May 1986 Howard Binford's Guide
  3. "To Everything There Is A Season", Howard Binford, May 1986 Howard Binford's Guide
  4. Northwest Minnesota Historical Center Guide To Collections, MSUM. Ibid.
  5. The Pioneer Journal, Forum Communications Company: "Originating as the Howard Binford Guide in 1971, The Fargo-Moorhead Magazine is the area's only city magazine.". Note that Forum Communications also gets the first year of the Howard Binford's Guide incorrect as well.
  6. "Karlgaard Joins Guide Staff", Fergus Falls Daily Journal, 6/5/1976. Note the article lists June 1968 as establishment of the Guide.
  7. "Binford Announces Addition to Guide Staff", June 1984 issue of the Guide.
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