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VALLEY CITY, N.D.—She's not the secretary, nor the wife of the pastor or the funeral director. Dawn Mathias has been mistaken for all three throughout her 15-year career as a licensed funeral director in North Dakota. Her name will soon be on the sign outside, which she hopes will help clients better understand her role at Lerud Schuldt Mathias Funeral Home. Mathias became co-owner of the business with Mike Lerud when his partner, Al Schuldt, retired Jan. 1.
FARGO—Children's laughter is often the first thing you hear when walking through the doors of Beyond Boundaries Therapy Services, 3001 11th St. S. The organization that provides occupational, physical, speech and language therapy to hundreds of children each week does not look or feel like a typical doctor's office. That's by design, say owners LaDonna Bannach and Kitsy Radermacher. "We offer a very home-like atmosphere," Bannach said. "Everything we do revolves around that. It feels comfortable, and it's fun for the kids."
FARGO—The last chance for customers to grab a cup of coffee from the Dunn Bros. at 1895 45th St. S. is Feb. 15. After nine years at the location, owners Meghann and Isaac Poku plan to close the store at the end of the business day. Meghann Poku said rising rent costs made it difficult to turn a profit in the 45th Street Marketplace. Instead, they plan to devote all of their resources to the Dunn Bros. location at 1310 25th St. S.
FARGO—Despite ongoing opposition to the F-M diversion project and a contentious presidential race, the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead reports that 2016 was a strong year for construction in the F-M metro area. Dilworth, Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo collectively brought in nearly $895 million last year through 4,550 building permits, according to the HBA's year-end building permit report released Tuesday, Jan. 31.
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.