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FARGO—A jewelry store in business since 1962 and a men's clothing store with a history dating back to 1880 are both getting a fresh start this fall in a new strip mall located off 45th Street in south Fargo. The Crown Plaza, 4487 Calico Drive S., was built by Greg Stephens, and his store, Crown Jewels, anchors the strip mall's south end. Straus for Men next door, and a third unit is still available for lease. The two businesses will host grand opening celebrations Thursday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 3. Crown Jewels
MOORHEAD—First responders, business leaders and city officials gathered Tuesday morning, Nov. 29, in the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce headquarters to learn about rail safety and legislation affecting railroads from representatives of BNSF Railway and the Minnesota Regional Railroad Association. The event is one of several the two organizations have participated in over the last year in an effort to build relationships with community members and officials, said Amy McBeth, BNSF's regional director of public affairs.
FARGO—The wait is almost over, folks. After sitting vacant for more than two years, Wild Bill's Sports Saloon is expected to open Dec. 5 in the space formerly home to Quaker Steak and Lube at 1776 45th St. S. Over 60 employees gathered there for orientation on Saturday, Nov. 19. Employees will be expected to "enforce the rules of good times, cold beer and great food," said Rob Vaughan, Wild Bill's director of training.
FARGO—Perla's Fresh Mexican restaurant is now open. This time for good, said General Manager Rob Zastre. The restaurant that replaced People's Organic Cafe at 2653 45th St. S. initially opened Oct. 24, but was forced to close a week later due to what Zastre explained was an undertrained staff and an overly ambitious menu. He took over two weeks ago after the original general manager quit. Zastre has worked for more than 27 years in the restaurant and bar industry, including stints managing Buffalo Wild Wings, Granite City and the Blarney Stone.
MAPLETON, N.D. — Students in Kayla Delzer's third-grade classroom here experienced a sunrise over Paris on Thursday, Nov. 10. The virtual field trip was possible thanks to an augmented-reality app they're beta-testing called Aug That. Ryley Hanson sent Brad Waid, Aug That's augmented reality officer, a message about his experience.
MOORHEAD — Tom Anderson says he's ready to lay down his hammer. The longtime Moorhead cobbler recently sold Tom's Shoe & Tarp Repair to his apprentice, Robert Knorr, and his wife, Becca. Anderson plans to continue working part time at the shop at 901 1st Ave. N. until next fall. He will have been in business here for 50 years by then, but he got his start much earlier. He was just 12 years old when he began learning the trade in his hometown of Owatonna, Minn.
FARGO — In an effort to celebrate tenants and promote the Black Building as a retail destination, Kilbourne Group is hosting a Black Bazaar there from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. Shoppers will have the opportunity to visit stores such as Beads on Broadway and The Whipped Stitch as well as pop-up retailers like CJewelry, Fermie Studios and Off the Deck Hot Sauce.
FARGO — Many small-business owners believe they are less likely to be targeted by a cyberattack, but Lisa Jemtrud, director of the Better Business Bureau's Institute for Marketplace Ethics, said the statistics don't back that up. In fact, 71 percent of all data breaches target small businesses.
FARGO—With 8 of 8 precincts reporting, voters in District 22 have re-elected incumbent Republican Gary Lee to the Senate and elected Brandy Pyle and Michael Howe to the House. In complete but unofficial results, Lee, 69, of Casselton, received 70 percent of the vote. Democratic challenger Steven Allard of Casselton received 29 percent. Pyle, 36, of Casselton, and Howe, 30, of West Fargo, each received 32 percent of the vote. Democratic challengers Marijo Peterson and Allan Peterson received 18 and 17 percent respectively.