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MOORHEAD - John Villiard can thank the women in his life for introducing him to the auctioneering profession. Villiard, owner of John Villiard Auction Service in Moorhead, was working as a teacher in Moorhead when his wife, Donna, mentioned to his parents that she wished he could find a good summer job. That is when his mother told her they had always considered sending him to auctioneering school. Villiard says his wife sent him to school the following summer, and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
NDSU NEWS: The following area North Dakota students were named to the dean's list at North Dakota State University: Lukas Kinneberg, Abercrombie; Stephanie Erb, Amenia; Marie Hagemeister, Hailey Verwest, Argusville; Jalen Burchill, Arthur; Steffani Johnston, Arville; Kara Lepp, Ashley; Nicholas Haberman, Barney; Mikayla Fick, Taylor Holte, Zachery Staskywicz, Burlington; Kyle Aasand, Christopher Bjornstad, Ashley Campbell, Erin Endres, Tyler Hewitt, Brittany Indergaard, Ashlyn Riedesel, Chase Rosenau, Sierra Rosenau, Rachel Stokes, Whitney Zink, Carrington; Elizabeth Abel, Joshua Boeshans, Kri
FARGO - Even during an eight-year battle with cancer, Darold Rath was a man who continued to think about others. In his final months, he assembled a team to plan a fundraising push for Wellspring for the World, an area nonprofit responsible for constructing 70 deep-water wells in developing nations since 2005. Rath, a Wellspring board member from Fargo, wanted to see the organization reach a total of 100 wells.
FARGO - The number of travelers boarding airplanes at North Dakota's eight commercial airports soared to a record-breaking 1.02 million in 2012. While Fargo's Hector International Airport saw a record 364,727 passengers, the largest gains were reported in Minot and Williston. Minot International Airport had 224,421 boardings, up 49 percent, and Williston's Sloulin Field International Airport had 37,508 boardings, up 35 percent from 2011. New carriers and added destinations fueled growth at all three airports. Minot gained Allegiant flights to Phoenix in March and Frontier service to Denver
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.