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DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Owners of the Spitfire Bar & Grill in West Fargo are in negotiations to open a second location here in the former Speak Easy restaurant at 1100 N. Shore Drive. The Detroit Lakes Tribune first reported Wednesday, Feb. 21, that Jack Chivers of Jack Chivers Realty had brokered a sale of the restaurant from Michael Mercil to Tyler Brandt. Chivers said Brandt planned to lease the restaurant to owners of the Spitfire Bar & Grill in West Fargo.
FARGO — The owner of two popular Beans Coffee Bars in south Fargo plans to open a third location downtown in the Radisson Hotel, 201 5th St. N. Heidi Holland said those who had heard the rumors of a downtown location all asked the same question: "Will there be mini doughnuts?" Beans locations at 5675 26th Ave. S. and 2550 University Drive S. both serve fresh mini doughnuts with each hot beverage and sell bags of the sweet treats. "The menu be a little scaled down because it's a hotel; but definitely, we'll have the mini doughnuts," Holland said.
FARGO — The United Way of Cass-Clay announced Friday, Feb. 2, it had raised $6 million, exceeding the $5.9 million goal for 2017 that the organization set back in September. United Way Resource Development Director Travis Christopher made the announcement to a group of about 40 United Way staff members and volunteers at the organization's headquarters, 219 7th St. S. in Fargo. Before the official announcement, Christopher took time to thank the volunteer campaign chairman, Paul Richard of Sanford, and other members of the campaign cabinet.
FARGO—The Downtown Community Partnership has hired Melissa Rademacher as its new president and CEO. Rademacher was hired by downtown Fargo developer Kilbourne Group last fall as a business development manager, according to Forum archives. Prior to that, she served as general manager of the Moorhead Center Mall. Rademacher is a Fargo native and graduate of Fargo South High School and North Dakota State University, where she studied apparel textiles and business.
FARGO—Few businesses have operated in north Fargo longer than Village Hair Design. The beauty salon at 3105 Broadway will celebrate 30 years of business later this month. Stylists Pat Finch, Teri Kreiger and Ronda Nelson have been there since the beginning. Many of their clients have as well. Nelson said they've celebrated countless birthdays, weddings, babies, grandbabies and other milestones together over the years. She joked that they've also heard their fair share of news and gossip.
FARGO—Madison Christensen was the only girl in the sixth-grade tech club at Agassiz Middle School in 2004. Her friends didn't share or understand her interest in computers, but her brother encouraged her to stick with it. "I just remember my brother saying, 'Maddie, if you like it, do it. You don't need to follow what other people are doing,' " Christensen said. "I'm glad he did that."
FARGO—The last chance for customers to grab a cup of coffee from the Dunn Bros. at 1895 45th St. S. is Feb. 15. After nine years at the location, owners Meghann and Isaac Poku plan to close the store at the end of the business day. Meghann Poku said rising rent costs made it difficult to turn a profit in the 45th Street Marketplace. Instead, they plan to devote all of their resources to the Dunn Bros. location at 1310 25th St. S.
FARGO — When March Madness rolls around, tournament brackets circulate the office. When the Powerball jackpot is running high, hopeful workers pitch in for tickets. And for some employees in the Fargo-Moorhead area, Christmas brings another kind of office pool: Co-workers collect donations to support causes such as the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center and the YWCA. Others give of their time by ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.
FARGO — Janitors and custodians are often the unsung heroes of the workplace. They primarily work evenings and overnights, so it's easy for people to take for granted that the floors are clean, waste baskets empty and the paper towels restocked when they arrive at work or school each morning. Their work is a little more difficult this time of year as they maneuver around the office Christmas tree and haul out remnants of the holiday potluck. It doesn't bother Jeff Mitchell, who has cleaned office buildings for Dow Services of Fargo for over eight years.
MAPLETON, N.D. — Students in Kayla Delzer's third-grade classroom here experienced a sunrise over Paris on Thursday, Nov. 10. The virtual field trip was possible thanks to an augmented-reality app they're beta-testing called Aug That. Ryley Hanson sent Brad Waid, Aug That's augmented reality officer, a message about his experience. "New AR, VR app @AUGTHAT ! Just trying it out. Awesome experience for me. Really Cool!!! @TechBradWaid by Ryley," he tweeted, along with a photo of Delzer and fellow students using the app.