After four years of covering news for the Grand Forks Herald and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Ryan Johnson has been a features and business reporter for The Forum since 2013.
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FARGO—Was Blake Shelton really intimidated by the crowd at the Fargodome? Probably not, but with a drink and a smirk, the country star and coach on NBC's "The Voice" made it seem believable enough during a fun concert there Saturday, Sept. 24. It was Shelton's third time playing the venue but his first as a headliner, not an opener like he was for Toby Keith in 2003 and Rascal Flatts in 2005, and the thousands in attendance—and Shelton himself—were ready for a good time. An official attendance figure wasn't available Saturday night.
FARGO—Men's Hair Co. is coming to north Fargo. The hair salon that caters to men and boys will open its fifth Fargo-Moorhead location, and sixth store overall, at 2614 Broadway in the Northport Shopping Center next to Burggraf's Ace Hardware.
FARGO—Section 9 Cyber Cafe is moving to north Fargo, and a floral shop and vintage rental company will soon take over its downtown space. The internet cafe, which opened in 2009 at 14 Roberts St., had its last day of business downtown on Sunday, Aug. 21. But co-owner Stephen Sanford said the move out of downtown is something Section 9 has meant to do since the beginning.
FARGO—Everyman country singer Blake Shelton is sure to bring a good time to the Fargodome this weekend. The 40-year-old superstar is enormously popular, known for dozens of hit country singles as well as being a celebrity coach on NBC's "The Voice." His deep voice, tall stature and dreamy eyes probably don't hurt.
CANNON BALL, N.D.—Legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young has released a new song and video siding with Dakota Access Pipeline protesters near Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The 71-year-old posted "Indian Givers" to Facebook last Friday, Sept. 16, where it quickly amassed views but also prompted some comments about his use of the word "squaw."
FARGO—He didn't make money from it, but that was never the point of The New Direction. Now, co-founder Jack Stenerson and the many locals who spent their nights watching bands here are just days away from the venue's final concert.
FARGO—Dave Baudler got his start in agriculture long before biotechnology was a force in farming. At first, the managing director of Cargill's North American grain supply chain said the use of tools such as genetic engineering was viewed as a faster way for farmers to get things done. But he admitted the industry "could've done better" in explaining these new tools to others along the way.
HORACE, N.D.—It took four years, but Justin and Savannah Ward finally found their dream home here. The only problem? It was a 2,400-square-foot barn, not a home. The couple was tired of renting for more than a decade, but Savannah Ward said she knew she wouldn't be happy if they just "settled" for any house. They looked at more than 100 homes over the years, determined to find the right older property with character.
FARGO—Downtown vintage shop Junk Giant is closing, but not because of poor sales. The store, which opened in March at 303 Broadway, Suite B, will close Sunday, Sept. 18.
ST. PAUL—Katherine Young was disgusted by the latest issue of Girls' Life magazine, so she did something about it—and had her version of what the magazine cover should look like go viral in the process. The 31-year-old Jamestown, N.D., native who now lives in St. Paul and works as a graphic designer recently saw a popular social media post of the latest issues of Girls' Life and Boys' Life magazines.