Ryan Johnson has been a reporter for The Forum since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.
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FARGO—A first-of-its-kind expo will take over Scheels Arena this weekend and bring to mind plenty of warm summer memories, even in January. Explore Lake Life Expo, happening 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, costs $5 per person or $10 per family. North Dakota State University students will get free admission Friday with a valid student ID, and other visitors can get free admission with a Boat and Marine Products Show ticket.
FARGO—Tim Flakoll still remembers the early days of efforts to revitalize downtown Fargo, when the newly elected Republican state senator worked with the Legislature to establish the Renaissance Zone program in 1999. At the time, he said, leaders hoped it could once again become "a hip and cool place where people want to be." Seventeen years after that program started, offering incentives to spur development, and with other efforts as well, Flakoll said downtown has become a source of pride—and he hopes to help the neighborhood become even better.
FARGO—A local Realtor association will soon move to a new office. The Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of Realtors has purchased a nearly 11,000-square-foot building at 1535 42nd St. S., which is located between the Ramada Plaza & Suites and Shotgun Sally's Rock 'N' Roll Saloon. CEO Marti Kaiser said the association will begin moving from its office of the past 30 years at 813 N. University Drive in Fargo to the new space Feb. 13 and be up and running on Feb. 15.
FARGO—Edin Bektas found a friendly "dream" workplace when he was hired at Cardinal IG in 2001—even if he couldn't speak English and had only been in America for 10 months. "I feel right away like I belong here," he said. The Bosnia native remembers his journey, working his way up to overseeing 10 employees at the Fargo residential glass manufacturer, as he helps a new co-worker from Colombia.
FARGO -- A local food cooperative is fully funded and making progress toward opening a grocery store downtown this summer. Prairie Roots Food Co-op officials announced at a news conference Thursday, Jan. 19, that its partners that have provided $1.386 million of commercial financing. That’s in addition to the $1.4 million raised in the community already through memberships, loans, preferred stock options and gifts, said General Manager Kurt Kopperud.
FARGO—Apartment vacancies are on the rise in Fargo-Moorhead. The latest apartment vacancy and construction report, compiled by Appraisal Services Inc. and released Jan. 12, took a snapshot of the community market as of Dec. 1. These reports are for the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area, including West Fargo and Dilworth. The latest survey reflects 30,155 units of the estimated 39,050 apartment units now in the metro area.
BISMARCK — Tourism might conjure images of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota, but that's not the only thing bringing people here — and all together, it's adding up to big business. A new research study commissioned by North Dakota Tourism found 21.9 million people visited the state in 2015 and spent $3.1 billion. That's equivalent to everyone from Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Wyoming visiting the Peace Garden State, according to Philadelphia-based firm Tourism Economics that conducted the study.
BISMARCK—Tourism might conjure images of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota, but that's not the only thing bringing people here—and all together, it's adding up to big business. A new research study commissioned by North Dakota Tourism found 21.9 million people visited the state in 2015 and spent $3.1 billion. That's equivalent to everyone from Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Wyoming visiting the Peace Garden State, according to Philadelphia-based firm Tourism Economics that conducted the study.
FARGO—Another store has closed at West Acres Shopping Center, but mall officials say a possible tenant is already looking at the space. Simply Mac, a chain store selling Apple products and accessories that also offered tech support and repair service, closed as of Wednesday, Jan. 18, according to Chris Heaton, the mall's senior vice president of property management.
FARGO -- A downtown restaurant that sought to stand out with its family-friendly offerings has gone out of business after about 14 months. Kitchen Gremlin, 402 Broadway, closed in December shortly before Christmas. A note posted on the door simply said, “Closed opening soon,” and a voicemail greeting told patrons the eatery was closed for the holidays before reopening in 2017.