Ryan Johnson has been a Forum reporter since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.
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FARGO—North Dakotans have the highest average credit strength in the country, according to new national rankings. Instamotor, an online provider of used car listings and transaction services, reported last week that North Dakota was the top state for the credit strength of its residents. It got an overall score of 96 out of 100 based on factors like average credit score, credit card delinquencies and auto loan and mortgage delinquencies.
FARGO—A Fargo marketing and technology company recently picked up an award for its work in manufacturing. Sundog Interactive, which is headquartered in Fargo, 2000 44th St. S., and also has an office in St. Louis Park, Minn., was awarded "Best Bolt for Manufacturing" Nov. 7 during the first annual Lightning Bolt Trailblazer Awards in San Francisco. Salesforce, a San Francisco-based cloud computing company, honored award recipients at its Dreamforce 2017 event that put the spotlight on its partners and customers across several industries.
FARGO—Jill Guttormson is willing to work with the problem children other day cares might not accept. Perhaps it's a young girl with diabetes needing extra medical attention or an anxious loner that requires one-on-one interaction to get over her fears. Guttormson's new facility in south Fargo meets the needs of all, serving as something like a day care for youngsters, prison for troublemakers and clinic for the ill. That might not sound unique, but it is—her business works with dogs and cats, not humans.
FARGO—A new specialty store and eatery is now open in south Fargo after a months-long process to get a liquor license. Reese & Riley's Olive Oil & Bistro Bar, 2653 45th St. S., opened for business Nov. 7, according to posts on its Facebook page. The bistro offers salads, shareable plates, flatbreads, paninis, risotto, homemade pasta, beer and wine, while its retail store sells olive oil, balsamic vinegar and fresh bakery items.
FARGO—A line of 40 or so people waiting for the doors to be unlocked said it all—locals were eager to check out North Dakota's first lululemon store when it opened Friday, Nov. 17, in West Acres Shopping Center. The lifestyle clothing and athletic gear brand that was founded in Vancouver in 1998 is inspired by yoga, and that remains the foundation of the company that had more than 400 stores around the world by the start of 2017.
FARGO—A restaurant and fish market is closed for the month as it remodels and expands. Deep Blue Seafood House & Market, 4480 23rd Ave. S., announced Oct. 31 that it would be closed for the month of November as it works to expand its space. The change will allow the business to be open longer hours, expand its menu, add seating, remodel and begin to offer beer and wine, according to a post on its Facebook page. The restaurant said it will reopen "better than ever" in early December.
FARGO—A longtime bead and jewelry store will close its doors in downtown Fargo next month. Owner Debra Quarve said Beads on Broadway, located on the lower level of the Black Building, 114 Broadway N., will close sometime in late December once the store finishes a liquidation sale it launched this summer. It opened in 2003. Quarve also opened another bead, jewelry and women's clothing store, Bead Boutique, in West Fargo in 2008 and closed that store about four years ago.
FARGO - A rundown old horse stable is almost ready to reopen as Fargo's first cidery, adding another taproom to a bustling downtown.
FARGO—Jim Gilmour's job as planning director means he knows all about construction projects—at least on paper. On Wednesday, Nov. 15, Gilmour and members of Fargo's Renaissance Zone Authority left the paperwork behind to look at downtown properties benefiting from tax incentives. "Until you really get out and see this space, you start to feel the real impact to the downtown," he said.
FARGO—As employees continued their work in the background, representatives of Walmart stopped by a Fargo-based sunflower butter company to put the spotlight on a local example of American manufacturing. A short ceremony was held Monday, Nov. 13, at SunButter LLC, 4040 7th Ave. N., that featured remarks from local and state leaders, business officials and Lisa Nelson, a public affairs and government relations director with Walmart.