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Hanging Out: Hammock Initiative Fargo

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Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -- A group of young locals is using a symbol of relaxation to get people to slow down.

The Hammock Initiative kicked off with a community hangout.

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We live in a fast-paced society.

Many of us buzz from work, to the store, and back home at dizzying speeds.

But a local initiative is trying to get the community to drop everything for awhile… and just hang out.

Dane Johnson/Co-Founder: "The Hammock initiative is a chilled-out movement."

A group of young Fargoans started Hammock Initiative Fargo.

A call to action - or perhaps, inaction - for the community to relax.

Katie Worral/Organizer: "Sometimes what you need the most to take a step forward is to take a step back."

Their first event fittingly coincided with National Hammock Day.

They invited the community to swing by Island Park and just BE for a couple hours.

About 20 showed up.

Worral: "I know for me personally, life is super busy and high stress. So, having something that you can bring with you wherever you go being able to set it up is such a nice luxury."

Johnson: "Hammocks have a way of just bringing on this instant vibe of relaxation and being at ease."

It's fun, relaxing, and they admit, a little silly.

But they hope to get the community chilling out with more events in the future.

Johnson: "The Fargo community is great at getting word out about things they're excited about. And people seem to be excited about the hammock initiative."

Though they're starting it in Fargo, the group hopes to spur a larger movement.

You can follow them on Twitter at @HiFargo to find out when their next event will be.

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Becky Parker
Becky Parker - Becky Parker joined the WDAY 6 News team in July of 2012. She was born and raised in Williston, North Dakota.  She graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science.   At NDSU, Becky served as News Director for ‘SU TV News, the university’s first ever student-run newscast. She was also an anchor and reporter for the organization.   Before coming to WDAY, Becky was reporting for Lakeland Public Television at their Brainerd, MN bureau. She also spent internship hours at WDAZ in Grand Forks and KVRR Fox in Fargo.   If you have story ideas or questions, please e-mail Becky at bparker@wday.com
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