Ryan Johnson has been a Forum reporter since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.
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FARGO—A south Fargo Mexican restaurant has closed for a second time since opening last fall, but this time, there doesn't seem to be any plans to reopen. Perla's Fresh Mexican, 2653 45th St. S., was closed over the weekend. Two notes were seen on the door Tuesday, March 28, with one simply telling customers, "Sorry, but we are closed," and the other listing a name and number for vendors to contact to pick up their items.
FARGO—A downtown Fargo business is the best bookstore in North Dakota, according to a new magazine article that picked the top place to buy books in each state. Real Simple magazine's list, published online earlier this week, gave the North Dakota honors to Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway. A short description in the article praises the store's back room that contains North Dakota-centric used books. "Here, visitors can soak up the state's culture from local history to fiction by favorite regional authors," the description said.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—Two officials with a consulting firm headquartered here were recently honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA last week announced the 2017 Small Business Person of the Year for each state, giving the North Dakota honors to CEO Eric Mauch and Managing Partner Carla Schwartzenberger with Razor Consulting Solutions Inc. The company is headquartered in Watford City, but 49 of its 51 employees are in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
MOORHEAD—A leading real estate company in the community recently celebrated a grand opening after relocating its Moorhead office. RE/MAX Realty 1's grand opening on Thursday, March 23, included a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new location, 935 37th Ave. S., in the Azool Retail Center. Broker Lyn Dwyer said the move gives the company more room in its office to expand the services and capabilities it can offer to clients. It also means RE/MAX now has more room for additional agents in a burgeoning part of town.
FARGO—Town & Country Credit Union is pursuing a possible merger. The credit union, which is a member-owned cooperative founded in 1939, serves more than 18,000 members and has 10 locations in North Dakota in Fargo, West Fargo, Kenmare, Minot, Ryder and Stanley.
FARGO—It's a rarity that probably won't happen again: Three new residential developments are underway in north Fargo. But the possible impact remains to be seen as hundreds of new residents could move into the area in the coming years. Construction will begin this fall to build new houses on a section of Ponyland, a pasture to the east of University Drive and north of 32nd Avenue North, while the first of four apartment complexes will open there this summer and more houses continue to rise on another piece of land nearby.
BISMARCK—North Dakota's unemployment rate ticked down last month, while Minnesota's remained unchanged. Job Service North Dakota on Friday, March 24, reported that new statistics released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the state's not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.6 percent. That's down from 3.7 percent in January and 4.0 percent a year before. The labor force was also up for the month at 416,384, an increase of 1.6 percent from when it totaled 409,691 a year before.
FARGO—Whether it shows up on survey results or not, there's no denying the importance of keeping employees engaged. Only 33 percent of the nation's workers are engaged, according to Gallup's State of the American Workplace report. But it can be hard to get people on board, especially when there's intense pressure on area employers who recruit from a local workforce that doesn't have enough workers to fill open jobs. That's why Andrew Scott said organizations need to do more than annual surveys to make it work.
FARGO—The eighth TEDxFargo event is still months away, but organizers are already thinking about the next few years of this program that brings people together to hear ideas worth sharing. The first TEDxFargo, which is a local and self-organized event in the spirit of nonprofit organization TED, was held here in 2012. The eighth program is set for July 27 at the Fargo Civic Center, where more than 2,000 people gathered for the most recent installment last July.
FARGO—A north Fargo hockey arena's renovation means the old wood bleachers will be replaced, but locals will have a couple of options to get their hands on these historic seats. Fargo-based reclaimed lumber business Dakota Timber Co. has purchased all of the vintage bleachers from the historic John E. Carlson Coliseum, which opened in 1968.