Brandt, chairman and chairman of the board of directors of Brandt Holdings, a Fargo-based company that operates real estate, agriculture and industrial equipment businesses in the Upper Midwest, learned of his condition about six months, according to company public relations consultant Kathy Borge.
He died surrounded by his family at home on Saturday morning, October 16, at the age of 60, Borge said.
One of the businessman’s enduring marks on the Fargo-Moorhead area is the South West Urban Plains development of Fargo, an area south of the new Sanford Medical Center which there are only 15 years, was largely open fields.
Scheels Arena in southwest Fargo. Special at the Forum
Now, this area is home to housing, restaurants, offices, and Scheels Arena, home to Brandt’s Fargo Force hockey team.
In 2007, Brandt donated 15 acres of land, worth around $ 10 million, for the arena originally known as the Urban Plains Center, according to Forum records.
Brandt, the son of farmer Larry Brandt, grew up on a family farm in the Kindred, North Dakota area, Borge said. He took control of the farm at the age of 18 in 1979, after his father’s death, and founded Brandt Holdings in 1992, according to the company’s website.
“He’s got a lot of energy and he’s an entrepreneur and he’s really propelled the company into what it is today,” said Borge, who told the Forum in a phone interview that Brandt attributed the success to of his business to the people around him.
Her upbringing on a family farm also helped, added Borge, who said she had known Brandt for over 20 years.
Brandt is survived by his three adult children, his wife Brittany and two children, his brother Tyler, as well as his mother and stepfather, Karen and Ron Offutt.
The Brandt Holdings management team will take control of the company, Borge said.
Brandt Holdings operates businesses in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska. Its portfolio of hotel divisions includes hotels in the Fargo area and in New Jersey, Georgia and Oregon.
Of all of the company’s operations, Brandt’s John Deere stores were among his favorites, as this part of his business has helped farmers get back on their feet, Borge said.
“He absolutely loved going to a store, one of his dealers, and talking with technicians who were fixing the equipment,” she said.