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MAUI, Hawaii—Eric Nelson has witnessed 1,000 couples say "I do" in his lifetime. For the past several years, the weddings have all been on the beaches of Maui. The Fargo native and his wife, Rebecca, own Affordable Barefoot Maui Weddings. Their specialty is providing couples with a Hawaiian wedding experience, complete with leis and a ukelele.
FARGO—Only a few days remain for shoppers to Buy One, Get One at the Payless Shoe Source at 1411 S. University. The store that has been in business there since 1969 will close at the end of the business day Feb. 5. Meghan Spreer, senior analyst in communications, confirmed the closure, but declined further comment. In 2015, The Forum reported the store was in danger of losing its lease when the building and nearby shopping center were sold to a group of investors in the Twin Cities.
FARGO—2015 was a "big year for babies" at Discovery Benefits, with employees at offices in Fargo and Brookings, S.D., welcoming 42 babies, said Human Resource Director Jessica Shawn. The baby boom prompted management to look at opening a corporate day care center here. An internal child care survey of employees revealed that many parents relied on friends and family, or pieced together a network of providers due to the local child care shortage.
FARGO—Vibra Healthcare, a 31-bed, speciality acute care hospital located at Sanford South University, announced plans Wednesday, Jan. 25, to move into the new Sanford Medical Center in spring 2018. Custer Huseby, Vibra's regional chief executive officer, said plans for the $9 million "hospital within a hospital" are being reviewed by the North Dakota Department of Health. Once approved, construction will begin on half of the new hospital's seventh floor.
FARGO - Amanda Bruns doesn’t mind being called a nit picker. It’s her job. The Fargo mother of five is the founder of The Nitty Nurse, a local in-home lice removal service . Bruns, who also works as a registered nurse for the Fargo VA Medical Center, got the idea after her own kids contracted head lice while on a trip to Minneapolis a year ago. She took them to a salon that specialized in lice removal, and that’s where “the lightbulb went off.” “I thought, ‘I want to do that. I could do that,’ ” Bruns said.
FARGO—Kyle Anderson was nervous about moving to Fargo just as his software startup PHR Plus was becoming established in Mesa, Ariz., but his wife, Meagen, had just received a dream job offer from Sanford Medical Center here. The couple is originally from the area. Anderson is a native of Grygla, Minn., and a graduate of North Dakota State University. His wife's family is from Grafton, N.D. She also attended NDSU. They moved to Mesa when she was accepted into a physician's assistant program there.
FARGO—When Hans Halverson built the Scandia Hotel in 1985, his mission was to provide lodging for recovering patients and families with loved ones across the street at St. Luke's Hospital, now Sanford Medical Center. The hotel at 717 4th St. N. has done just that for over 20 years now, but Halverson's son and its current managing partner, Doug Halverson, said it's time to clear up a few misconceptions people may have about the Scandia.
MOORHEAD—New owners of the Speak Easy don't plan to make any big changes to the restaurant and bar that has been in business at 1001 30th Ave. S. since 1974. "The name is staying. The menu is basically staying the same," said Larry Hauger, manager and co-owner. He is in the process of tweaking the menu a bit with longtime chef Kent Larson, but he wants diners to know favorites like the seafood fettuccine and the lasagna Italiano aren't going anywhere. It's homemade dishes like those that make the Speak Easy special, Larson said.
FARGO—When March Madness rolls around, tournament brackets circulate the office. When the Powerball jackpot is running high, hopeful workers pitch in for tickets. And for some employees in the Fargo-Moorhead area, Christmas brings another kind of office pool: Co-workers collect donations to support causes such as the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center and the YWCA. Others give of their time by ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.
FARGO—The first glimpse of Kilbourne Group's plans for the Black Building and Scan Design building was offered earlier this month in an application to the city of Fargo for Renaissance Zone exemptions. The City Commission approved the application, which will save the company an estimated $206,000 in property and $5,000 in income taxes over a five-year period. City Planner Derrick LaPoint said the exemptions will begin in a year or two once Kilbourne has met the minimum threshold of investment.