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FARGO—Midco has opened a new data center, its fourth, and it is located in Fargo. According to the company, the 16,000-square-foot facility, which is expandable to 28,000 square feet, provides enhanced reliability and is perhaps the most state of the art of the company's four data centers. The other centers are in Grand Forks and Sioux Falls and Yankton in South Dakota. The Fargo center is flood-averse and can withstand 150 mph sustained wind speeds, according to Midco.
FARGO—Puzzled Escape Rooms will soon open a second location in Fargo. The business opened its first escape room in 2016 in the Black Building in downtown Fargo and that space now has five escape rooms. The new spot on the third floor of the Syndicate Building, 612 1st Ave. N., is expected to open in late August. Escape rooms offer participants a chance to search for clues, solve puzzles and discover the mystery of the room over the span of 60 minutes. The theme of the new room is an explorer's club and it will open with a new adventure, The Time Machine.
FARGO—Mid America Steel's new home is taking shape in north Fargo, but it may be the end of the year before all of the company's operations move to the new site. That's according to CEO Lee Holschuh, who said that for now the company is leasing its old home on NP Avenue from the city of Fargo, which bought the property two years ago to accommodate a floodwall. Mid America has operated at the downtown location since 1905. Its new fabrication plant, which is being built at 1501 19th Ave. N. in Fargo, is expected to cost about $40 million.
FARGO—Kilbourne Group, which is developing the Block 9 project in downtown Fargo, plans to host neighborhood update meetings next week to share information on construction logistics. Meetings will be held at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, in the Fargo Theatre Second Screen room. The same presentation will be made at both meetings. Meanwhile, one part of the planned high-rise project appears closer to construction.
EPPING, N.D. — The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified a man who was trying to get a motorcycle off railroad tracks near here when he was struck and killed by a train Saturday night. According to the Highway Patrol: Paul L. Sagaser, 65, was traveling west on County Road 8 about 11:30 P.M. Saturday when he crashed while trying to cross the tracks. Sagaser was attempting to remove the motorcycle from the crossing, but it's believed the front wheel was stuck between the track and a railroad tie, the patrol said.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—The North Dakota Highway Patrol on Sunday, July 8, released the identity of a Williston, N.D., man who died Saturday, July 7, when the motorcycle he was riding failed to navigate a curve on a county road and the bike crashed. According to the Highway Patrol report on the crash: The incident happened about 4:40 p.m. when the motorcycle driven by Dana O'Dell, 49, was westbound on County Road 10 about eight miles north of Watford City. After leaving the road, the bike traveled about 250 feet before striking a wire fence.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—The Fergus Falls Police Department has released the name of a man suspected of being the driver of a vehicle that fled from authorities during a high-speed chase in Fergus Falls Saturday afternoon, July 7. According to a report released by Fergus Falls police on Sunday, July 8: Kristopher Daniel Wilkins, 34, Fargo, is suspected of driving a car that led authorities on a six-mile pursuit that started about 1:45 p.m. Saturday.
FARGO—About 42 years ago Bill Yurie was presented with an opportunity. A dry cleaning business had built a store at 1337 South University Drive in Fargo but decided it couldn't use the structure. Yurie ended up buying it and moved his downtown vacuum store, which had been in business a short while, to the location on University Drive. University Vacuum remained in that spot until just recently, when Yurie moved the business two blocks south to 1535 S. University Drive.
FARGO—The North Dakota Women's Business Center, a program of the Center for Technology & Business, has selected participants for the fourth class of its Women's Leadership Program. The participants were chosen from a pool of applicants submitted by women considered to be outstanding in the community.
FARGO—Power Plate Meals has opened a location at 625 2nd Ave. N., in Roberts Commons in downtown Fargo. Power Plate Meals is a West Fargo business that sells healthy, convenient meals. The original Power Plate Meals store opened in early 2016 at 1380 9th St. E. in West Fargo. Owners Haylee Houkom and Seth Houkom later opened a south Fargo store at 2603 Kirsten Lane. They also have locations in Grand Forks, Bismarck and Eagan, Minn.