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A timelapse of Fargo, that took years to film, is making the rounds on social media.

The photographers who made the video say they hope it gets people excited to live in the valley. 

Setting up the camera and tripod in rain or shine is a regimen Evan Balko and Preston Sternson are used to. 

For four years, the duo endured the elements to create a timelapse of the people and places of Fargo.

"When it all came together, it was an interesting experience to say, Wow I made this," said Balko. 

The two captured everything from summertime in the park to the spirit of the bison. The timelapse is the essence of 'simply Fargo.'

"I'm proud of the thing we were able to capture in the community," said Stearnson. 

What you see is a clean, polished product. However, the journey to get to the final cut was anything but. 

"After we were done shooting, my camera actually died a couple times. So I'd like to think this project ended up killing it," said Balko. 

The final cut is a combination of 20,000 photos. 

Each event you see inside the video was a solid 6 to 8 hours by itself. 

"I think part of this project was learning that 'Man, it's tough, right?' It's our job to keep on pushing, " said Sternson as he reflected on the past four years. 

As the video makes the round on social media, the two hope you have one take away as you watch it:

"I'm really hoping that as people watch this, they can have that sense of pride in their city, and that Fargo's a city in its time," said Balko. 

While we might not live in New York or Paris, Fargo is a big apple in its own right. 

"People from Fargo Moorhead have that same opportunity to look at their city and see their same energy that all these other cities in the world might have."

The video has gotten 10,000 views on Facebook so far. 

Balko and Sternson received a $3,000 grant from the Arts Partnership for the project. 

If you'd like to watch the full timelapse, you can find it here: https://vimeo.com/198513063

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