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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.
FARGO—Josie Danz has been asked since she was a little girl if she planned to one day run Zandbroz Variety, the store her parents, Greg and Renee Danz, and uncle, Jeff Danz, opened along Broadway here 25 years ago. Until recently, her answer was always "No." "Now I would say, without a doubt, that I will because I can't imagine not having it in my life," Danz said. That's just what Greg Danz wants to hear.
FARGO—Park Co. Realtors, the F-M area's longest-standing real estate company, is wrapping up its 60th year of business this month, and it's been a good one. Park Co. will achieve over $360 million in sales this month, said Dawn Lahlum, president and co-owner. She expects the firm to capture the area's largest market share as it has done for the past 25 years. Next year, Park Co. will likely get an additional boost from commercial sales. The firm launched Park Commercial Services in 2015 and Lahlum said agents are now "nurturing" over 50 leads.
WEST FARGO—Kirsten Jensen, digital strategist and founder of Next Digital Action, said most people consider LinkedIn the least exciting form of social media. "Facebook is way more fun. Twitter is way more fun," she said. "Instagram is way more fun, but I've always been fascinated with the idea that you can maintain connections with people you've crossed paths with professionally in a way that wasn't possible at the beginning of my career."