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NDSU NEWS: The following area students have been admitted to North Dakota State University "with distinction:" Eric Haugen, son of Rich and Jan Haugen, Fargo; Karina Swift, daughter of Jonathan Swift, Fargo, and Katherine Wangstad, Fargo; Aricka Woods, daughter of Rebecca Woods, Fargo. Distinction means that NDSU is acknowledging them as honor students. NDSCS NEWS: Morgan Burrer and Cody Zarak, students at North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, are nominees for the 2013 All-North Dakota Academic Team, which recognizes the academic achievements of community college students.
FARGO - Your junk may not be Brian Meyer's treasure, but he will gladly help you get rid of it. Meyer, owner of A-1 Junk Removal, recently talked about the services his business provides. Q. How did you get into the junk removal business? We also operate A-1 Moving Co. Sometimes people who were moving decided they no longer wanted some of their stuff, but they didn't have a way to get rid of it.
FARGO - Home décor retailer Kirkland's has opened a store at 4427 13th Ave. S. in Fargo in the former Hancock Fabrics location near Hobby Lobby. The store specializes in items such as framed art, mirrors, candles, lamps, picture frames, rugs, seasonal merchandise and gifts. This is the first location in North Dakota for the chain, which operates 324 stores nationwide. What sets Kirkland's apart from other home décor stores are its affordable prices, selection and a shopping experience with a hometown feel, said manager Kayla Merkle.
FARGO - Jason Ramstad has been a fixture at Chub's Pub since two days after his 21st birthday in 1994. Ramstad currently works as the general manager of the bar and off-sale his grandfather purchased in 1980. He recently talked about his pride in running a northside family business and his love for the North Dakota State University Bison. Q. Do your profits tend to increase along with the success of the Bison? Absolutely. They (Bison fans) pay a lot of the bills around here. A season like this year is certainly better for us than a losing one.
FARGO - "Live it! Love it! "Lube it!" is a slogan management of the new Quaker Steak & Lube restaurant hopes will catch on here. Grant Hagen, marketing activities director, says if their first two weeks of business are any indication, the franchise will do really well in Fargo. The restaurant opened Dec. 12 in the former Redford's Steak & Seafood location at 1776 45th St. S. The history of the first Quaker Steak & Lube restaurant explains where its unusual name originated.
MSUM NEWS: Petra Gunderson, child of Dan and Yvonne Gunderson, Moorhead, has received a $4,000 University Scholarship from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
FARGO - Trista Raezer enjoys sharing her love of history. It suits her well in her role as interim director of the North Dakota State University Archives. Outreach and promotion have been areas of focus since she joined the university earlier this year. Raezer recently talked about her job and the information and resources available in the archives. Please describe the kind of work that is done here. What we do is collect, preserve and make available historically significant records from the past.
FARGO - After 17 years as Santa's helper, Luann Gross will retire in January from the U.S. Postal Service in downtown Fargo. Since 1995, Gross has helped Santa answer letters mailed to the North Pole from children in Fargo and surrounding communities. Gross has enjoyed her time working with Santa and will fondly remember several letters she's received over the years. "I guess the ones I remember the most are from kids who ask for things for other people and not so much for themselves," she said, "or those who ask for just one thing instead of pages and pages of requests.
FARGO - JL Beers is encouraging their customers to "Tap that App!" The bar and restaurant has launched a free mobile app to help customers keep up with JL Beers' ever-changing selection of tap beers, read, write and share beer reviews, and keep a diary of personal consumption and tasting notes. Co-owner Lance Thorson came up with the idea based on existing beer review websites. He wanted to create a site that concentrated on the beers they serve locally. Because JL Beers brings in several beers every week, it doesn't print new menus each time a new product is introduced.
HORACE, N.D. - Any great artist would be lucky to have a partner like Karla Slusher. Slusher keeps the business end of J&K Taxidermy running smoothly so her husband, Jody, can focus on his craft. It is a role she has done well over the 25 years the couple have operated their business near here. Slusher recently talked to us about her job and shared some information about the trade. Q. Can you describe your typical day? What I do is manage the business operation. I work with customers, answer the phones and do all the ordering, shipping and receiving.