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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.
FARGO—The food truck season will soon be in full swing in the Fargo area, where some mobile vendors say a consistent customer base and good spots to operate out of can be elusive. "It's a fickle food culture downtown," said Octavio Gomez, who runs the Taco Brothers food truck. Taco Bros, as it's known, has a semi-permanent gig at 428 Roberts Street N., in Fargo, where Gomez has set up a telephone pole to provide power to his trailer.
FARGO—Everest Cafe, which opened in the Black Building in downtown Fargo last fall, has closed. The business, which opened in October in the lower level of the Black Building, 118 Broadway N., was an offshoot of Everest Tikka House, which opened in 2015 in the Moorhead Center Mall and remains open. Everest Cafe had offered a limited menu of Nepalese dishes and sides, with momos, a kind of steamed dumpling, being a signature offering. It did not have a full kitchen but instead focused on serving meals from a small counter.
FARGO—After approximately nine years in business, The Crystal Corset is going out of business. Owner Heather Swenson said in a Facebook post May 17 that the store at 114 N. Broadway will hold a closeout sale June 4-8. Swenson said in the post she wants to dedicate more time to family. She started the business, which specializes in bras and bra fittings, in 2010 as a part-time operation doing fittings out of her home and at customers' homes.
FARGO—Grocery shopping is about to get more convenient. Instacart, a nationwide retail delivery service that started in San Francisco in 2012, started service in the Fargo-Moorhead area Thursday, May 24, meaning more than 78,000 households can now order from their favorite grocery store and have their order delivered in as little as one hour. Retail stores participating include Hornbacher's; Costco; Family Fare; Natural Grocers; and CVS Pharmacy. Delivery service will be extended to Petco on June 7.
MOORHEAD—When Melany Thomas goes to sell her beef cattle, potential buyers will sometimes direct their questions to her husband, who quickly sets them straight, according to Thomas. "She's the one that's raising them, I'm just her farmhand," Thomas said, quoting her husband, Evan, who helps her with the family's grass-fed livestock operation near Fertile, Minn. Women who run farm operations still encounter people surprised to see them in such a role, but that is changing as women increasingly take on more responsibility on farms across the country.
Dayna Del Val, president and CEO of The Arts Partnership in Fargo, is the recipient of the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations' Emerging Leader Award. She will be presented with the award at the organization's annual awards luncheon June 7 in Bismarck during the closing event of the North Dakota Nonprofit Leadership Conference. The Emerging Leader Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact in strengthening the North Dakota nonprofit sector in a short amount of time.
MOORHEAD—The McDonald's restaurant on Highway 10 in Moorhead has closed for a facelift and plans to open again in late June. That's according to Gregg Matejka, director of operations for area McDonald's restaurants. The work at the Moorhead McDonald's at 3009 Highway 10 E. began April 23. It includes a refreshed exterior, a new dining room, and new restrooms. Also, the restaurant is getting table service and an updated kitchen area, according to Matejka. The restaurant will remain closed until the work is completed, which is expected to be by June 22.