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MOORHEAD—Even when Ward Muscatell was dealing in a number of different automobile brands, he insisted his wife and kids drive Subarus. "My wife, daughters, my children, no matter what franchises I had, I always had them in Subarus," he said. "I just felt more comfortable because they're built like a little, tiny tank. They're safe."
FARGO—The Village Family Service Center has hired Doug Vang as its new president and CEO. Vang will replace Gary Wolsky, who has led the organization for the past 34 years. Wolsky announced in June his plan to move into a newly-created role as president of The Children's Village Family Service Foundation. Originally from the Devils Lake area, Vang earned accounting and law degrees from the University of North Dakota. His prior work experience includes leadership roles with Banner Health, Sanford Health, Essentia and OrthoArizona.
FARGO—Power Plate Meals, a West Fargo business that sells healthy, prepared meals, will soon open a second location at 2603 Kirsten Lane near 32nd Avenue and 25th Street South in Fargo. Seth Hokom and his fiancee, Haylee Swanson, opened Power Plate Meals in the Pioneer Center at 1380 9th St. E. in West Fargo this spring.
FARGO—Sheldon Poss has come a long way since launching Poss Custom Cabinets from a former chicken coop in Moorhead 30 years ago. He had only been on the job for three years in 1986 when his employer, Kevin Bakko, decided to sell Bakko's Custom Cabinets. Poss took it as a sign he should go out on his own and accepted an offer from Gary Wendt of Wendt Construction to use his old chicken coop for shop space.
MOORHEAD—Kmart, a fixture along Highway 10 East in Moorhead since 1979, is among 64 stores Sears Holdings Corp. announced plans to close Monday, Sept. 19. According to a statement provided by company spokesman Howard Riefs, it was a "difficult, but necessary decision."
FARGO—Wheels Inc. will celebrate 40 years in business later this month. Owner Wayne Hartmann credits his German heritage for the the company's longevity. I was too stubborn to quit," he joked. Hartmann also praised his employees, two of whom have been with the company for 35 years, and his loyal customer base.
FARGO—Dead RockStar is expected to move next month from its current location at 4501 15th Ave. S. to 3401 Interstate Blvd. S. near Skate City. Chuck Kesler, who co-owns the tattoo and body piercing business with his sister, Jenny Gunderson, and Josh Anderson, was reluctant to share the news too early. They had initially planned to move into the North Marketplace, 4600 17th Ave. S., this spring, but the deal fell through.
FARGO—According to Dean Gorder, executive director of the North Dakota Trade Office, getting a trade delegation from a foreign country to visit North Dakota can often help close a deal. "North Dakota people always impress the buyers, whether it be the people working in hotels or restaurants ... I hear that comment all the time," Gorder said. "People here are nice. It is a selling point, believe it or not."
FARGO—Bob Footitt Jr. and Ryan Johnson were tough guys to nail down this week. The builders were busy putting the final touches on their homes in the Fall Parade of Homes, which gets started this weekend. It's the first year Footitt Jr., owner and president of Footitt Homes, will participate in the event, presented by the Home Builders Association. He said his ultimate goal is to sell the home valued at $985,000 located on Eagle Pointe Drive in Fargo, but as a "featured home" he'll also be helping raise money for the Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation.
FARGO – The sounds of a table saw and a local radio program blast through the open garage doors of a warehouse at 5475 51st Ave. S. in Fargo. Doug Swenson is inside cutting alder wood for a set of custom cabinets, with his chocolate lab, Chubs, nearby. He recently moved his business, Swenson’s Cabinets, to Fargo from his hometown of Kindred. “I did it to get more exposure and to be closer to my work,” he said. “Most of my jobs are only 10 minutes away now.”