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Trade Talk: Tax break sought for Moorhead facility

Moorhead - The company that runs the Farmstead Estates independent living facility in Moorhead has proposed an assisted-living and memory care facility on 28th Street South in Moorhead just south of Calvary Church at Village Green.

Roger Erickson, a partner in Farmstead Care, said the company is asking the city of Moorhead for a property tax break as part of plans for the proposed facility, which would be across the street from Farmstead Estates, located at 3438 28th St. S.

According to information provided by the city:

The proposed project would be built in two phases with a total of 58 units, which would be a mix of assisted living and memory care units.

Once completed, the complex is expected to have a staff of up to 30.

The City Council will hear the request for a tax break June 23.

Matt Maslowski, the city’s economic development director, said a need exists for care facilities in the region and the city is eager to work with Erickson on the project.

Insurance offices sold

USI Insurance Services, which has headquarters in Valhalla, N.Y., has purchased 40 Wells Fargo Insurance locations across the country, including sites in Fargo, Bismarck, Valley City and Minot, N.D.

David Silewski, previously the insurance brokerage manager at Valley City Wells Fargo Insurance, will be heading up USI’s offices in North Dakota.

“We welcome all of our new clients and associates across the country and look forward to growing together,” said Michael Sicard, USI’s chairman, president and CEO, said in a written statement.

Couple plans Meadery

A husband and wife who have been home brewing mead for many years are looking to open a meadery in Fargo.

Prairie Rose Meadery is to be located in the 3100 block of 39th Street South, but it will take a bit of time before the business is up and running, according to Susan Ruud, who will run the business with her husband, Bob.

Ruud said they expect to open sometime late this summer or early fall.

She said they plan to produce fine-crafted traditional mead, which is a wine made from honey.

The business will sell bottles of mead and also offer mead by the glass.

The business will initially be open evenings and weekends, Ruud added.

Best places

The latest Forbes list of the best places in the country to make a living ranks Minnesota No. 3 and North Dakota No. 6 among the 50 states.

The rankings are based on things like average salary, cost of living, and workplace conditions.

The state of Washington topped the list.

At the other end of the scale, Hawaii was ranked No. 1 and the state of New York came in at No. 2 among the 10 worst places for earning a living, largely because of what it costs to live in those states.

Dave Olson
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