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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.
FARGO - If you have a hard time agreeing with family, friends or co-workers about what kind of pizza to order, Fargo's newest pizza restaurant, Thatzza Pizza, may be the answer to your prayers. Individual slices of cheese, pepperoni, supreme combo pizza and a daily special are available for sale at all times. The restaurant at 3241 42nd St. S.
FARGO - Mike Chewakin considers the roads of Fargo-Moorhead his desk. That desk has gotten a lot bigger in the years since he started driving a MATBUS in 1998. Chewakin is quick to credit his co-workers, elected officials and area college presidents for that growth. He recently talked to us about the changes he has seen in ridership and the community over the years. Q. Do you drive the same route every day? A. We have what we call "picks." I've had Route 31 from August through May for the last 10 years. I don't leave the NDSU campus. ... I'm there eight straight hours.
FARGO - Sickies Garage Burgers and Brews, a 1950s and '60s garage-themed restaurant and bar, is slated to open June 7 in the former Bottle Barn Liquor store location at The Hub entertainment complex, 2525 9th Ave. S. The business shares the Sickies Garage name with an established clothing line and is also borrowing its feeling and theme as well. The atmosphere won't be reminiscent of the 1950s style shown on the "Happy Days" television program, said Kerry Fernholz of Starmark Hospitality.
FARGO - Carter's, a popular children's clothing retailer, will open a new store Thursday in the TJ Maxx Plaza at 4340 13th Ave. S. in Fargo. The location will sell Carter's brand clothing, select Melissa & Doug toys, and other baby toys and accessories. Clothing sizes will range from newborn to size 6X in girls' and 7 in boys'. The Atlanta-based company operates more than 500 Carter's and OshKosh B'gosh stores nationwide, with new stores opening each week.
Ren Fuglestad has spent most of his adult life creating and teaching pottery. In 2007, he started using it as a way to serve as a witness of his Christian faith. Fuglestad, of Glyndon, Minn., teaches pottery through Moorhead Adult Education. He recently talked about his love for teaching and about the analogies he sees between the potter and the clay and between God and his people. Q: How did you get interested in pottery? A: I graduated from Concordia College with degrees in art and biology, but I had never taken ceramics at Concordia.
MAKING THE GRADE: Paul Johnson, Fargo, was named to the honor roll at the University of Dallas, Irving, Texas. CONGRATULATIONS!: The following students were named to the North Dakota Association of Secondary School Principals 2012 Academic All-State Teams. Class A: Gold Team: Teagan Lende, Fargo Davies; Carter Aus, Fargo South. Silver Team: Farah Attia and Katrina Rudisel, Fargo North; Brett Johnson, Fargo Shanley; Yihang Chu, Fargo South; Andrea Meyer and Theresa Schlangen, West Fargo. Bronze Team: Shayla Gustafson, Fargo Davies; Malena Mastel, Kelsey Rodgers, Fargo North; Maxwe
KINDRED, N.D. - The bagpipes have been a companion to Dan Aird throughout his life from his teen years in Montana, to college in Bottineau, N.D., to his service in the military, a teaching stint in Scotland, a career in archeology and eventually to Kindred, his current home. Aird spends his days substitute teaching for Fargo Public Schools and his evenings as bagpipe instructor and director for Fargo-Moorhead bagpipe band Heather & Thistle. He recently sat down to talk about the band and his own interest in learning the bagpipes.