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FARGO — The beers were going down and the insults were flying at a table in the back of the OB Sports Zone last month, but it wasn't midnight, and these weren't college kids. It was 11:30 a.m., and the youngest person at the table was 69. The insults were all in good fun, though, and some at the table were enjoying an iced tea. The men were part of a new social group in town known as ROMEO, or Retired Old Men Eating Out. They meet once a month to swap stories and share a good meal.
FARGO — It was once considered a taboo topic in the workplace, but a recent survey of human resource professionals suggests that politics is now dominating conversations around the water cooler. According to a poll conducted by the Society of Human Resource Management in May, 26 percent reported greater political volatility during the 2016 presidential election than in previous years. That number doubled when the organization checked back in October.
FARGO — Maurice Mazyck hadn't eaten in two days when he approached Laura Schroff for spare change on a rainy day in September of 1986. Schroff was used to panhandlers in Manhattan and initially brushed the 11-year-old off, but then she heard three simple words that grabbed her heart: "I am hungry." Schroff didn't want to give him money, so she offered to buy him lunch. She surprised herself when she asked to join him.
MOORHEAD — It's almost unheard of today for a successful business not to have a website or social media presence, but Brion and Judy Krause, owners of ReViVe Salon in Moorhead, say it's never been necessary. "We just really never had a need to promote ourselves any way other than word of mouth. That's always been what worked for us," Brion said.
FARGO—Some downtown and north Fargo residents who hoped to have access to Midco's cable, internet and telephone services by the end of the year will be disappointed. Justin Forde, Midco's director of public affairs, said the provider is about 80 percent done with infrastructure installation in the city. Weather permitting, he said they hope to be "substantially complete" by the end of the year. "There may be some remaining areas that will have to be buttoned up in 2017. It all depends upon when the ground freezes," he said.
FARGO — Few things spoil the end of a vacation more than scraping snow and ice off the car in the airport parking lot. If it's a filthy car, even worse. That's where a local auto detailer wants to help. Limitless Car Care Services recently debuted a Clean and Fly package that allows customers to drop their vehicle off on the way to the airport.
FARGO — Several area businessmen, health care professionals, politicians and media personalities are donning pink this month in support of a good cause. The men are participating in the American Cancer Society's Real Men Wear Pink Campaign to support the fight to end breast cancer. This is the first year the North Dakota Chapter has organized the campaign.
FARGO — According to professional landscape architect and author Robert Gibb, a woman today does more shopping in 20 minutes than her mother did in two hours. "Our mothers used to go to the mall for two to three hours, but shoppers today only like to shop for about 15-20 minutes," he said. "They're very time-stressed." That is why Gibbs identified parking as a potential roadblock to a thriving downtown here during his keynote speech at the sixth annual North Dakota Downtown Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Sanctuary Events Center.
FARGO—T.F. Powers Construction is responsible for many iconic buildings in Fargo-Moorhead including the Black Building, Cass County Courthouse, North Dakota State University's Field House and the downtown Fargo post office. Although he had no personal involvement, the two projects the company's president, Justin Axness, considers his favorites are the Fargo Theatre and the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County in Moorhead.
MOORHEAD—The Minnesota Employment Center, which provides career planning and job placement services to people who are deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing, is now accepting referrals in Moorhead and the surrounding area. The organization's occupational communications specialists sign at an advanced level of American Sign Language, understand deaf culture, know the common causes of hearing loss, and are well-versed in a variety of methods of job development and job retention.