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Event to raise money for West Fargo student battling brain tumor

Landon Solberg works with technology at his school, Freedom Elementary. WDAY

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A three-day fundraising festival here has chosen Landon Solberg of West Fargo as one of its recipients.

The annual Dough 4 Joe event, a three-day camping, fun run and music event that raises money for about five individuals, will be held July 26-28, at 21756 Highway 22 in Fergus Falls.

Attendees can camp for the three days and participate in motorcycle run throughout lakes country each day. Live music and other activities are available at the campsite each day.

West Fargo's Landon Solberg is one of the recipients for this year's Dough 4 Joe Benefit, which has raised more than $30,000 in years past.

Solberg, who will be a fifth grader at Freedom Elementary School in the fall, was diagnosed with a brain cancer in 2017. This spring, Solberg was accepted into a clinical trial program at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, to battle the tumor he has, which typically does not respond well to radiation or chemotherapy.

Organizers of the Dough 4 Joe event said the festival usually chooses recipients in the Fergus Falls area, but this year, opened the event to Fargo-Moorhead area residents.

Dough 4 Joe was started in 2005, for Joe Sampson and his family. Sampson was diagnosed with brain cancer in June 2006.

He died in 2008, at the age of 27.

For a free will donation, participants will receive free camping, a T-shirt, shuttle service and a meal.

Registration for the event will begin at noon on Thursday, July 26. Campers will be allowed into the site by 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 25.

For more information and daily schedule for the Dough 4 Joe event, visit

Wendy Reuer

Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and at CBS in Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota. 

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