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FARGO — The Thunder Road Family Fun Park in Fargo is fixing to open for the season.
FARGO — When Lori Jo Rieber applied for the position she now holds — executive assistant to the president and CEO at The Village Family Service Center — they asked why she wanted the job. "I simply stated this position is my career position. This is what I have always wanted to do in my career and this type of work is what I do best," Rieber recalled, adding that at her six-month review, her boss told her it was that answer that won him over.
FARGO—Developers are planning a large office park on the site of a former concrete production facility in north Fargo. Cityscapes Development has been working with the city to replat more than eight acres in the area of First Avenue and 21st Street North as part of a plan to build six new buildings ranging in size from 8,000 square feet to 12,000 square feet, with the entire project expected to encompass 64,000 square feet of building space, according to Rick Flacksbarth of Cityscapes.
FARGO—The owners of a large dog boarding and grooming business in the Alexandria, Minn., area, have plans to build a similar facility in south Fargo. The Fargo business will be called Fetchers, a dog boarding, grooming and daycare facility. The Alexandria facility is called Prairie Peak Kennels. Owners Jack and Ashley Lelwica plan to build Fletchers at 3521 39th St. S. in Fargo. Jack Lelwica said a major feature of the business will be a large outdoor area that will serve as a private, supervised dog park.
MOORHEAD—Ace Hardware is celebrating four decades as a family-owned business in Moorhead. The store was born in April 1978 when two men working in the Coast to Coast chain of stores decided to buy a business of their own. Dick Popp was in Minneapolis and Dennis Peterson was living in Brookings, S.D., at the time. The business they purchased was a Coast to Coast in the Holiday Mall on Eighth Street south in Moorhead. The store moved to its current location at 20 6th St. S. in 1990. Dennis Peterson died in 2010.
MOORHEAD—Successful entrepreneur and hotel magnate Gary Tharaldson shared stories from his business career during an event at Minnesota State University Moorhead on Monday, April 16, wowing his audience with tales of how a boy who grew up near Dazey, N.D., on a farm that didn't have running water built a company that was sold to its employees in 1999 for about $1 billion. About 15 years later, those employees walked away with about $600 million when they sold the company, providing many with a significant retirement fund, according to Tharaldson.
MOORHEAD—Three architects with 45 years of combined experience have opened Kaizen Architectural Group in Moorhead. Co-founders are Todd Jelinski, Kya Schroeder, and Joe Lorsung, all members of the American Institute of Architects. The three have predominant expertise in the hospitality industry—hotels, convention centers, and restaurants—though their experience includes working on community, residential, educational and commercial projects.
MOORHEAD—The Village Inn, a business that has been a fixture in south Moorhead for four decades, isn't going away anytime soon. That's according to Abe Sakak, CEO and president of Hospitality Management and Integration, the management company that has offices in Minot, N.D., and operates a number of businesses in the Fargo-Moorhead area, including the Moorhead Village Inn and two other Village Inns in Fargo.
FARGO—When Nikki Berglund's grandfather opened Bernie's Liquor at University Drive and 15th Avenue south in Fargo many decades ago the business was near the south edge of town. Today, the liquor store sits squarely in what Berglund considers to be Fargo's midtown, an area that also includes the Luna restaurant, another business Berglund operates.
FARGO—Boots & Heels, a Devils Lake, N.D., boutique, has opened a store in Fargo. The store at 410 Broadway N., owned by Amber Sander, opened April 4. The store, which sells shoes and other boutique items, first opened in 2011 in Devils Lake. Sander and her husband, Ben, moved to Fargo last year when he accepted a job with Amity Agco. The Devils Lake store will remain open. Boots & Heels took over space formerly occupied by C.lizzy's, an art and gift shop that retains its studio in the back of the store.