The Fargo Life Q&A: Yadile “Yadi” Martinez

The Fargo Life Q&A: Yadile “Yadi” Martinez

An oncology nurse at Sanford Health, Yadi has a smile that rivals that of a lottery winner because that’s how she views where she’s from and where she is now. Originally from Cuba, Yadi’s family won a lottery to leave for the United States, where she grew up in Florida. With a passion for helping cancer patients, Yadi was excited to “win” a hospitalbased position in Fargo because competition for similar positions is fierce in Florida. Yadi and her husband may have moved in the middle of winter to downtown Fargo, but the colder temps don’t deter her appreciation of Fargo.


What surprised you the most about Fargo?

The people here are so welcoming. My coworkers treat me like family, and I never felt alone while my husband finished school and joined me in Fargo several months after I arrived.


What did you know about Fargo before moving here?

I had never heard of Fargo, so I looked online. Most people in Florida think people here still ride horses and carriages – the end of the world with no stores or malls. I had to bring my mom here to see there’s more here than Cape Coral, Florida.


What’s your favorite discovery about Fargo?

The downtown restaurants are great, especially Insomnia Cookies and Spicy Pie. We like to just walk through downtown at night and listen to different musicians who play outside. I also love the movie theaters here – the seats are like sitting on a couch at home.


What’s the one thing you wish Fargo had?


Note: Yadi was excited to know Chick-fil-A is currently building a new restaurant in Fargo.


What do you find weird about Fargo or the people?

The accent is funny – how people say “bag” and “uff da!” I would also say the diversity isn’t what I expected. There are so many people from all over the world here – in Florida we have Latin diversity, but here there are people from Africa and all kinds of different places. I have a lot of coworkers from different cultures so we like to bring different food and share.


What’s the funniest question you’ve had from friends and family about living in Fargo?

Everyone just asks me why I’m here!


What would you say to others considering a move to Fargo?

I’d love for everyone to come here – they’ll love it! The economy and pay are much better, and I’ve gotten opportunities from Sanford for more training and education. There are open doors to change and grow everywhere. I convinced a friend to come who’s going to be an LPN in the clinic because I think it’s the perfect place.

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