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FARGO - Some fine arts degree graduates may have a hard time figuring out how to use their degree in the professional world. Minda Ringdahl, general manager, pastry chef and all around "Cake Boss" at Nichole's Fine Pastry at 13 S. 8th St. in Fargo, did not have that problem. She recently sat down to talk about the pressures of her job and about how her degree helps her to be a better baker and cake decorator. How did you get into the field of baking and decorating cakes? It was kind of a natural progression of working here.
FARGO - When Everett Cannon started out barbering in 1948, a shave and a haircut probably was "two bits." Prices have gone up, but the Cannon family is still providing those services to the men of Fargo. The latest to enter the family profession are Everett's granddaughters, Maureen Cannon and Chelsey Ehlen, who recently opened Everett's Barbershop in his name on Broadway in downtown Fargo. Everett Cannon, who started barbering in Mandan, began working for Moler Barber College in Fargo in 1967 and eventually purchased the business around 1976.
HARWOOD, N.D. - Pet owners who feel guilty about leaving town on summer vacations can now treat their pets to a vacation in the country while they're gone. Waggin' Tails Inn offers boarding and day care for cats, dogs and horses in an idyllic country setting just 13 miles north of Fargo near Harwood. Summer months are busy ones for all "inns," so coowner Brian Sellin recommends making a reservation at least one month before travel time. Sellin and his wife, Candice, bought the Waggin' Tails Inn last July from Myra Hogness.
MOORHEAD - Janelle Edner says her friends thought it was pretty funny when she found work as a driving instructor. Edner admits she has always been that passenger with her foot on an imaginary brake asking, "Why don't you just let me drive?" Edner has made good use of those instincts the past four years as a driving instructor for Let's Get Rolling Driving School in Moorhead. She recently talked about how she became an instructor and what it's like to teach teens the rules of the road. Q.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Boasting a selection of more than 300 craft beers and 3,000 different bottles of wine, the owners of Seven Sisters Spirits near here hope their new liquor store becomes a shopping destination for customers rather than the typical package store experience. "Most people think of a liquor store as you dash in, you get something and you run out," said co-owner Corey Maple. Maple aims to change that perception by offering a store where customers are encouraged to take their time to shop, to sample and to learn about what is available.
By Angie Wieck firstname.lastname@example.org FARGO - After earning a bachelor's degree in business administration from Rasmussen College, Tracey Faltersack began working as a temp for Manpower in Fargo. Her employer at Manpower was so impressed with Faltersack's work that she offered her a full-time position as a staffing specialist.
MOORHEAD - At age 73, Ron Nicklay has already been in the cabinetry business for 55 years. He says if his health holds out, he wants to make it 10 more. "I'd rather wear out than rust out," says Nicklay, owner of RJ Nicklay Woodworking & Cabinetry in Moorhead. He also says he's trying to hang in there until Jerry Lovold, his longtime friend and employee, turns 60 so they can retire together. Nicklay hired Lovold in 1977 when Lovold was just 15 years old through what Nicklay jokes was a "work release" program at Moorhead High School.
FARGO - Sheri Steckler, greenhouse manager and garden maintenance supervisor for Baker Garden & Gift in Fargo, didn't always think she would work with plants for a living. She studied other subjects in college, but after working in greenhouses for nearly 20 years, she realized she was doing what she wanted all along.
FARGO - Northside shoppers will soon say goodbye to another retailer. Gramm's Hallmark, a family-owned business at the Northport Shopping Center for 49 years, will close its doors when its lease is up at the end of June. Bob and Marty Gramm bought Carousel Card and Gift Shop in 1963. Soon after, the couple introduced jewelry and a jewelry repair service and renamed the store Carousel Jewelers, Card and Gift Shop. Their son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Sandi Gramm, purchased the store when Bob and Marty retired in 1988.
FARGO - Doug Scraper coined a slogan several years ago for his business: "Discover your art and soul at Boerth's Gallery." That motto seems to fit perfectly with the vision of Michael Rohr, who became the new owner of the downtown Fargo business on April 1. Scraper and his wife, Kathy, have owned the business at 212 Broadway since 1988 when they bought it from the Walter Boerth family.