Ryan Johnson has been a Forum reporter since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.
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MOORHEAD — Sherry Keogh is an emotional person anyway, but she said she might need extra Kleenex to get through Wednesday, May 24. That's when Jerry's Bar, a longtime landmark of north Moorhead, will throw one last hurrah before closing. But the building won't be empty for long, and the new owners plan to honor its history as they open a music venue there. The bar at 1500 11th St. N. was opened in 1960 as Jerry's Trail Tavern by Keogh's parents, Jerry and Vera Jean Keogh, and has been owned by the family ever since.
FARGO—A marketing calendar company will relocate its office here and hire more employees after getting $2.2 million in private investments. CoSchedule CEO and Co-founder Garrett Moon announced Wednesday, May 17, during the weekly 1 Million Cups event in Fargo that the company will move its Fargo office into a 10,000-square-foot corner unit in the Cityscapes Plaza building, 630 1st Ave. N.
FARGO—The owners of a CrossFit gym here have a thing for old warehouses, but it's for a reason. Co-owner and Head Coach Sara Mozingo and business partner Courtney Shoemaker opened CrossFit Icehouse in March 2015 at 508 Oak St. N., starting in about 1,000 square feet of a building that had been used for storage. The business grew to about 2,500 square feet total there. But Mozingo said they were ready for more, and the gym moved in March into its newly renovated 8,000-square-foot space in the former Smith Inc. building, 1620 1st Ave. N.
FARGO—The head of Fargo's Downtown Community Partnership has resigned. Mike Hahn, the organization's CEO and President since August 2010, resigned Tuesday, May 16, according to Board Chair Tim Flakoll. The board of the nonprofit group that aims to make downtown Fargo "the coolest place on planet Earth" will have its next meeting Thursday, May 18, and Flakoll said he expects members will further discuss next steps to replace Hahn. Hahn announced his resignation Wednesday, May 17, in a post to Facebook.
FARGO—North Dakota needs to diversify its economy to buffer itself from the ups and downs of the "roller coaster of commodities," according to the President and CEO of the Bank of North Dakota. That's why Eric Hardmeyer said the bank has spent more than a year thinking about the role it can play in diversifying the economy, and they have a plan that could help. "As we looked at it, we decided what better way than to help entrepreneurs and businesses develop?" he said.
FARGO—After changing to a new brand and revamping its offerings, a Fargo hotel will hold a grand opening celebration this week to show off its work. The Delta by Marriott, 1635 42nd St. S., will have a grand opening celebration and open house 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. The event will feature complimentary appetizers and refreshments, drawings for prizes and tours of the hotel's renovated event spaces, guest rooms, lobby, fitness center and restaurant.
FARGO—When Chuck Kesler's business had some extra room last year, it seemed like a good time to downsize. Instead, it moved into an even bigger space—and he joked that's a good analogy for how things have gone the whole time he's been in business. "Planned this way, and then it ends up this way," he said. But Kesler and his sister, Jenny Gunderson, must be doing something right. Dead Rockstar, their tattoo and piercing studio, celebrated its 15th anniversary on May 6.
FARGO—The owner of a downtown restaurant that closed after three months said he shut down because of the difficulty of hiring workers. Magnolia's Restaurant, 402 Broadway, taped signs to its doors and added a short post to its Facebook page Friday, May 12, saying the eatery had closed. It opened Feb. 15, taking the place of Kitchen Gremlin, which was open from October 2015 to December 2016. Owner Rodolfo Romo said Monday, May 15, that the abrupt closure came down to one issue. "The reason I closed this is because I couldn't find employees," he said.
FARGO—Andrew Young knows millennials can be brand-loyal—they just need to connect in their own way. The 27-year-old entrepreneur now serves as creative director of Abovo, a marketing and design company that he said stands out because of its focus on providing engaging experiences that can help clients reach customers. Think of a bank, for example. Young said many younger people deposit their checks online and rely on ATMs to get cash, meaning they don't go to a bank branch.
FARGO—The team at a new manufacturing facility here gets by with a little help from their friends Yao, Shaq, Larry, Wilt and Kareem. That's not the the interns starting later this week—it's the NBA player nicknames given to customized 3-D printers that are much taller than standard units on the market. Height is an important consideration for Protosthetics, a company that designs, makes and distributes devices ranging from waterproof leg prosthetics to orthotic pieces that help with comfort and movement.