The Movie Fargo - - BRAINERD, MN

Welcome to The Movie Fargo. From Brainerd, MN where it allegedly took place.

Brainerd watertower

Brainerd's Landmark Watertower:
Dey didn't show ya dis here really big watertower dat we're so attached ta in dat der movie, did dey?

We was mentioned in dat der purty littl' National Geographic Magazine ting doncha know. Dey wrote up some nice tings about us and our littl' web site. Ya know, dey sure take nice pitures.
 fargo - the movie
 A lot can happen in the middle of nowhere.

Sunday, June 23, 1996


A transatlantic friend wants to know who the groovy "chopper man" is on the outskirts of Brainerd.


Thanks to modern technology, The Dispatch received an e-mail message Thursday from the University of Dublin in Ireland inquiring on scenes from the recent movie "Fargo."

"Dear Brainerd Daily Dispatch,

After seeing 'Fargo,' the latest Coen Brothers' middle America crime flick, we have been curious as to the origins of the name Brainerd. Also can you confirm that there is a big chopper man in a groovy flannel shirt at the outskirts of your town? And if so, what is his name and what part did he have to play in the history of the locale? Is Brainerd a popular tourist spot, because if not, we believe it should be!

Transatlantic Regards,

Film Fan extraordinaire"

Crookston,MN Mechanic In Charge of Cars for 'Fargo.'


A Minnesota mechanic is driving his way on to the silver screen.

Jose Ibarra of Crookston kept all the cars seen in the recent movie, "Fargo" in running condition when it was being filmed in the state last year.

Ibarra, then a mechanic student, fixed the cars and even drove them in some of the movie scenes.

"Fargo" production officials found Ibarra after they contacted his East Grand Forks, Minn. school, Northwest Technical College, in search of a mechanic. Ibarra was one of several who applied for the three-week job.

Now, he's almost as famous as the stars themselves. "Fargo" production officials liked his work so much they recommended Ibarra to Haddad's, a New Jersey company that rents portable living quarters to production companies and sends mechanics along to maintain them.

Ibarra, now a mechanic in Warren, Minn., said he's since had other movie offers. He was offered a job for the filming of "Grumpier Old Men," but turned it down because he still had a few classes to take to finish his auto mechanic degree.


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