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LISBON, N.D. - ArtNfusion owner Shellee Sauer was advised by her mother to marry a doctor or a lawyer when she said she wanted to be an artist. Instead, Sauer fell in love with a mechanic and postponed her dreams of studying art to work and raise a family. Sauer eventually did earn an arts education degree when her kids were grown.
FARGO - With a name like Reggie Jackson, some might say the Fargo umpire was destined from birth to be involved in the sport of baseball. He shares the name with baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, who was at the top of his professional career when our Reggie Jackson was born in 1975. Jackson recently talked about why he became an umpire and some of the misconceptions about the profession. Q: How did you become an umpire? When I was in college a couple of friends of mine heard about this being a good way to stay active in the game and to make some money. ...
FARGO - After more than 12 years in business, Thunder Road owners Dan and Nancy Isom continue to look for new ways to entertain young and old alike. The south Fargo amusement park's newest attraction, Thunder Road Lazer Tag, opened last Thursday. The roughly 5,000-square-foot multilevel course was designed by well-known artist and set designer Keith Padgett of Art-FX Studios in Florida.
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.