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FARGO—In November 1930 a cornerstone was placed in what would become known as the Black Building on Broadway in downtown Fargo. Businessman George Black financed the project with proceeds from the sale of his original Fargo store, which opened in 1912 at 112 Broadway, to Sears, Roebuck. A store with no name The sale occurred in the wake of stock market crash of 1929. As part of the deal, Black inadvertently sold the rights to the Black name to Sears; so for a time his new downtown business was known simply as the "The Store Without A Name."
FARGO—Puzzled Escape Rooms will soon open a second location in Fargo. The business opened its first escape room in 2016 in the Black Building in downtown Fargo and that space now has five escape rooms. The new spot on the third floor of the Syndicate Building, 612 1st Ave. N., is expected to open in late August. Escape rooms offer participants a chance to search for clues, solve puzzles and discover the mystery of the room over the span of 60 minutes. The theme of the new room is an explorer's club and it will open with a new adventure, The Time Machine.
FARGO—Mid America Steel's new home is taking shape in north Fargo, but it may be the end of the year before all of the company's operations move to the new site. That's according to CEO Lee Holschuh, who said that for now the company is leasing its old home on NP Avenue from the city of Fargo, which bought the property two years ago to accommodate a floodwall. Mid America has operated at the downtown location since 1905. Its new fabrication plant, which is being built at 1501 19th Ave. N. in Fargo, is expected to cost about $40 million.
EPPING, N.D. — The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified a man who was trying to get a motorcycle off railroad tracks near here when he was struck and killed by a train Saturday night. According to the Highway Patrol: Paul L. Sagaser, 65, was traveling west on County Road 8 about 11:30 P.M. Saturday when he crashed while trying to cross the tracks. Sagaser was attempting to remove the motorcycle from the crossing, but it's believed the front wheel was stuck between the track and a railroad tie, the patrol said.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—The North Dakota Highway Patrol on Sunday, July 8, released the identity of a Williston, N.D., man who died Saturday, July 7, when the motorcycle he was riding failed to navigate a curve on a county road and the bike crashed. According to the Highway Patrol report on the crash: The incident happened about 4:40 p.m. when the motorcycle driven by Dana O'Dell, 49, was westbound on County Road 10 about eight miles north of Watford City. After leaving the road, the bike traveled about 250 feet before striking a wire fence.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—The Fergus Falls Police Department has released the name of a man suspected of being the driver of a vehicle that fled from authorities during a high-speed chase in Fergus Falls Saturday afternoon, July 7. According to a report released by Fergus Falls police on Sunday, July 8: Kristopher Daniel Wilkins, 34, Fargo, is suspected of driving a car that led authorities on a six-mile pursuit that started about 1:45 p.m. Saturday.
FARGO—Poke Bowl is expected to open this coming week in a space it will share with the new Wasabi restaurant, which is also set to open soon in the 500 block of Second Avenue North in Fargo. That's according to David Scheer, whose family operates a number of eateries in the Fargo-Moorhead area. That includes Wasabi, which will operate at its current address—623 NP Ave., Fargo—until the new location opens at 560 2nd Ave. N., a space that was once part of Metro Drug.
FARGO—Cole Papers started life 100 years ago as Fargo Paper Co. in a small office in downtown Fargo. Today, the company is still headquartered in Fargo, but it also has locations in eight other communities throughout North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota. Besides paper products, the company offers a wide variety of other products, including food packaging, office supplies, and maintenance products and equipment.
FARGO – Attorneys for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. have filed papers in U.S. District Court here asking that his conviction and death sentence be set aside, claiming jurors at his trial heard false testimony.
FARGO—With all the talk about American manufacturing disappearing, the often-heard question is this: Does America make anything anymore? The answer may be closer to home than you think. In the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area alone, more than 200 companies are regarded as manufacturing enterprises or value-added agricultural firms, according to information provided by the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp. and the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.