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FARGO— Stabo Scandinavian Imports, which began as an original tenant of West Acres Shopping Center, has completed a move to downtown Fargo. The original store opened in 1972 in the then-new West Acres. Now, it operates out of 406 Broadway N., joining a bevy of other boutiques that can be found throughout downtown Fargo. Owner Sue Rusch has said the move will allow more space for the Scandinavian gift and import store and more flexibility for store hours.
MOORHEAD—If Fargo-Moorhead area employers want qualified employees it's crucial they understand the importance that affordable, quality child care plays in the decisions families make. And the time for the community to invest in child care is now, according to several speakers who presented at an "Eggs & Issues" breakfast in Moorhead Tuesday, June 5, that was hosted by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce. "Families are deciding whether to join the workforce based on child care," said Thomas Hill, community impact director with the United Way of Cass Clay.
MOORHEAD—City and state officials gathered here Monday, June 4, to discuss ways to help Moorhead residents avoid what one nonprofit organization calls the "debt trap" of payday loans. Exodus Lending, which helped organize Monday's meeting, says many residents in the region who take out payday loans face fees and interest rates upwards of 200 percent after they become stuck in a cycle of debt marked by constant renewal of loans and the paying of interest and fees on an ongoing basis.
FARGO—Antoinett Hair Salon has opened in Fargo. The business at 1200 1st Ave. N. is co-located with A&E Beauty Supply. Both businesses are operated by Antoinett Peal, who opened the beauty supply store in early 2015. The hair salon offers specialties that include: braiding, crochet braids, sewing weaves, lace frontal sewing, and more.
WEST FARGO—A driver shortage has recruitment efforts in overdrive as area trucking companies seek to attract a younger generation to an industry that touches nearly every aspect of the American economy. "Just look around, almost every item you see in a work space or other setting was on a truck at some point," said Melissa Dixon, president of the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association, a group that is keenly aware of how difficult it is for companies to find and keep qualified drivers.
FARGO—A new event space has opened in downtown Fargo. Downtown Venue is located above Sidestreet Grille & Pub at 404 4th Ave. N. The space is now available for rent for events like parties and wedding receptions, said Keith Stensgard, the events coordinator for Sidestreet. Downtown Venue can accommodate 209 people and includes a small dance floor and bar, Stensgard said. For for more information or to lease the space, call (701) 552-3608.
FARGO—A paving project that is going on at the corner of University Drive and 13th Avenue South in Fargo will soon be the summer home of a Sweeto Burrito food truck. That's according to Kerry Fernholz, a spokesman for the Sweeto Burrito brand. Fernholz said when the parking lot is completed, which is expected to be soon, it will be a semi-permanent home for a Sweeto Burrito food truck. He said another truck will be out and about the region this summer.
FARGO—North Dakota is a leader in the development of technology around unmanned aircraft systems—better known as drones—and the Trump administration has one question for the state: what impediments do you face in moving UAS technology forward? "Let us know and we will seek quickly to unwind that," said Derek Kan, under secretary of transportation for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Kan spoke Wednesday, May 30, at the start of the Drone Focus Conference held at the Civic Center in downtown Fargo.
FARGO—It appears a new restaurant is coming to downtown Fargo. Paperwork filed with the city as part of a liquor license application indicates the applicant, Blake Itterman, is looking to open a grill and tavern at 635 2nd Ave. N., which is part of the Roberts Commons development.
FARGO—A martial arts school in Fargo has outgrown its home. Red River Traditional TaeKwonDo, currently located at 1335 Main Ave., plans to move to a new home at 3509 4th Ave. S., in early August. "Always joked that I plan to be buried at our present location because it was so perfect. But we are blessed with having more students than our current space will handle," said Jim Grimestad, who operates the school. The new location is a new building currently under construction.