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Uber Eats customers can use an app to see estimated delivery charges and times from local participating restaurants. Uber / Special to The Forum1 / 2
Uber Eats recently launched its service in Fargo-Moorhead. Uber / Special to The Forum2 / 2

FARGO — Uber Eats has quietly gotten underway in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

The food delivery service, an expansion of the popular Uber ride-hailing service, started a couple weeks ago, with more than a dozen local restaurants and coffee shops listed on the Uber Eats website for service in Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead and Dilworth, Minn., as of Friday, Aug. 31.

Dan Haglund, who has delivered passengers for Uber in F-M for more than three years, said the service was originally set to start in July, but was finally put into place for the start of classes at local colleges and universities.

"I think it's great. Who doesn't like to get food? It's nice bringing food to people. It's fun," Haglund said. "And usually, when you bring food, people tip better."

Customers who download the Uber Eats app are shown an estimated charge and time for delivery for their order, giving them the opportunity to accept or reject the price of the transaction, Haglund said.

Like the Uber ride service, an algorithm determines the delivery charge for an order, which includes the basic delivery charge and any extra fees if drivers are busy in a particular area.

Uber Eats' arrival has suddenly turned F-M into a crowded market for food that can be delivered via apps.

Food Dudes lists 41 bars, restaurants and coffee shops from which it delivers food and beverages.

Bite Squad offers delivery from 28 F-M area restaurants, according to its website. The site said order minimums and delivery fees vary by distance from the selected restaurant.

Grubhub offers delivery from three restaurants and coffee shops for Fargo and Moorhead.

BringMeThat lists 22 restaurants with order minimums and delivery charges listed on its website. However, it is an order service, with the restaurants or third parties delivering the food.

Helmut Schmidt

Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including K-12 education, Fargo city government, criminal justice, and military affairs. He is currently one of The Forum's business reporters.

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