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Business profile Business: Johnsons Pest Control & Lawn Service Address: 112 8th Ave. N.W., West Fargo PHone: (701) 282-8490 website: www.johnsonspest.com
Business profile Business: Sylvan Learning Center Address: 4610 Amber Valley Parkway, Fargo Phone: (701) 499-4300 Website: www.sylvanfargo.com
WEST FARGO - Dan Simons, owner of ALLPCFIX, knows a lot about computers. He specializes in repairs and upgrades, networking, security, high-performance gaming and more. Just don't ask him to fix your Mac. He is not a fan. "When people say they have a Mac, I say 'That's not a computer.' It's not an insult. It's like comparing an apple to an orange. They're both fruit, but they're different. I just stay away from Macs." Simons will visit clients' homes to make repairs or take a computer home with him if the job appears more complicated.
FARGO - Riverside Cemetery Manager Tom Shafer can tell readers a lot about the residents of Fargo, both the living and the dearly departed. Shafer, an amateur historian, has an office full of old high school yearbooks, Polk city directories and the autobiographies of some of the area's more famous former residents. A few of them are even buried at Riverside. Some stories are firsthand accounts.
FARGO - When one door closed, another opened for three former employees of Dakota Driveline, after the company went out of business last year. Former co-workers Kevin Bibeau, Jason Bahls and Patrick Glaraton were able to purchase the company's inventory and equipment, and in October, opened their own business, Midwest Welding & Drive, at 4021 Main Ave. The company specializes in driveshaft and power takeoff fabrication and repair.
WEST FARGO - Sandy Smith formed the North Dakota Autism Center from her kitchen table in 2006, not long after her young son, Tyler, was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Today, Smith will oversee a groundbreaking ceremony to mark construction of a new 6,700-square-foot home for the organization at 647 13th Ave. E. in West Fargo. Smith was inspired to start the nonprofit when she had difficulty securing early intervention therapy for Tyler that was approved by her employer's insurance program.
Business profile Business: Dog Poo Crew Phone: (701) 219-6589 Website: www.dogpoocrew.com
FARGO - Giving up a steady paycheck and starting a home business can be scary. Now that Julie Peterson has tasted success, she wishes she had taken the leap years ago. In 2011, when Peterson was growing tired of working in retail, her family encouraged her to turn her hobby into a career. She followed their advice and opened Old to New Wood Finishing in her garage. Her husband, Tom, helps by doing any necessary furniture repairs before she does the stripping and staining by hand. Peterson has adjusted well to being her own boss.
FARGO - Brad Bartle's favorite actuary joke goes a little like this: "What's the difference between an introvert actuary and an extrovert actuary? The introvert looks at his shoes while he's talking and the extrovert looks at the other person's shoes." The joke may not be funny to most because they do not know what an actuary does, but readers should take note.
FARGO - Wanzek Construction has been named a semifinalist for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the Department of Defense bestows upon an employer. The award recognizes employers who provide extraordinary support to their National Guard and Reserve employees. "What makes this award unique is that only a reservist or a guardsman can nominate their employer," said Beth Sherman of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve public affairs office.