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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.
MSUM NEWS: Minnesota State University Moorhead has awarded a $4,000 University Scholarship to Madison Ottenbacher, child of Ron and Cheryl Ottenbacher, Fargo. The scholarship is available to students with a composite ACT score of 24-25 and a high school rank in the top 50 percent, or a composite ACT score of 21-23 and a high school class rank in the top 10 percent. HIGH HONORS: Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., has nominated the following North Dakota students for appointment to U.S. military academies: - Richard Brooks, 17, son of Jeff Brooks, Pembina, appointment to the Army's U.S.
Marion, N.D. - Although Sally Tvedt was inspired to start her accessory line, The Sassy Ranch, while attending a bucking horse sale, her jewelry isn't just for cowgirls. A majority of her pieces do have a Western feel, but many also feature large crosses and other pendants that appeal to any woman who appreciates large, bold jewelry. Tvedt occasionally makes daintier pieces but admits her motto is more, "If you want something tiny and exquisite, go to JC Penney's." Tvedt launched the business about seven years ago after attending a horse sale in Oklahoma City with her husband, George.
MOORHEAD - Awareness and education are the goals of a World AIDS Day community program here Friday. Minnkota Health Project volunteers are sponsoring events at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 406 8th St. S. A spaghetti dinner and silent auction to fund local HIV/AIDS awareness efforts is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m., with a suggested donation of $5. A panel discussion led by Dr. Paul Mariani, an infectious disease specialist at Sanford Medical Center, will follow. The number of cases of individuals living with HIV/AIDS continues to grow.
FARGO - Start your engines. Quaker Steak & Lube announced Wednesday that it will open its new Fargo restaurant to the public at 3 p.m. Dec. 12. The motorsports-themed casual dining facility is located in the former Redford's Steak & Seafood at 1776 45th St.
FARGO - Whether they go by the name "Taters for tots" or "Spuds for buds" the mission is the same. Both refer to a group of students who have made it their mission to deliver excess potatoes grown by North Dakota State University researchers to families in need across the upper Midwest. James Steinberger, one of the group's organizers, says they work best when they fly by the seat of their pants. While they may be loosely organized, they have been very successful. The group has delivered approximately 19,000 pounds of produce to 23 different counties so far this year.
FARGO - Signaling the end to the first phase of renovations that began in late 2010, the Radisson quietly opened its new lounge to the public Saturday. The upscale and contemporary lounge features a street-level view of life in downtown Fargo.
FARGO - Owning Sweet Dreams Confections is a dream come true for Lee Paseka. As a child, his grand-father would give him a quarter to spend on candy at the general store in Georgetown, Minn. It was after one such visit that Paseka declared, "Someday, Grandpa, I'm going to have a store like this." That day came in 2006, when he opened Sweet Dreams Confections in south Fargo's Village West Shopping Center with his wife, Brenda.
MSUM NEWS: Minnesota State University Moorhead has awarded scholarships to Shane Fisher, child of Skip and Heidi Fisher, Fargo, and Baily Fuchs, child of Joe and Kelli Fuchs, Glyndon, Minn. Fisher received a $6,000 Dragon Scholarship, which requires students to rank in the top 50 percent of their graduating class and achieve an ACT exam score of 28 or higher. Fuchs received a $4,000 University Scholarship.
A recount is possible in the race to fill two open seats in North Dakota House District 24. In complete but unofficial results from Tuesday's election, Democrat Naomi Muscha, 58, of Enderlin, received 26.11 percent, or 3,254 votes, followed by Republican Dwight Kiefert, 55, of Valley City, with 26.09 percent, or 3,252 votes. Democrat Sharon Buhr, 66, of Valley City, trails with 25.65 percent, or 3,197 votes, just 55 votes behind Kiefert. It appears that a 0.44 to 0.46 percent margin between the three would trigger an automatic recount.