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 — Jessica Foss prefers new homes. Her husband, Sean Foss, wanted something older. They found their compromise in a two-story home built in 1900, according to city property records, located at 411 8th Ave. S. — but only after a major renovation of the old structure that once was a private hospital.
FARGO — A boutique rental company will show off its new downtown showroom with a grand opening and open house later this month. Gathered. Boutique Rentals & Events is now moving into its new space on the east side of Sanctuary Events Center, 670 4th Ave. N. The company will host a grand opening event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27.
FARGO — One of the three Tutti Frutti self-serve frozen yogurt restaurants in Fargo-Moorhead will soon close. Director of Operations Julie Kudelka confirmed earlier this week that the Tutti Frutti at 2553 Kirsten Lane S. will close Sunday, Oct. 23. "We're just going to go down to two stores instead of having three," she said.
FARGO—Prioritizing spending during a state budget shortfall is among the top priorities for the next legislative session, candidates for western Fargo and West Fargo's District 16 said Thursday, Oct. 20. During a voter forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley, three incumbents and three challengers answered a range of questions that touched on funding human service and education needs, oil extraction taxes and if they believed voter fraud is a problem.
FARGO—Dealing with a state budget deficit and meeting new needs as the city's diversity increases split candidates for one of the legislative districts here. During a voter forum Thursday, Oct. 20, hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Red River, candidates from southeastern Fargo's District 46 urged completion of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project and answered questions. The event became heated at times, including when asked how the state can assist the rapidly growing diverse communities and the increase of English language learners.
FARGO — A new kitchen and home boutique here is Instagram-ready. With its old hardwood floors, an exposed brick wall painted white, tall ceilings and an open and airy atmosphere, Mint & Basil is practically made for posting to social media. But it's more than just a new backdrop in downtown Fargo, according to owners Don and Hope Goldammer.
FARGO—Aaron Templin has two goals for his new business. He'd like Front Street Taproom to be a fun, relaxed place to hang out downtown. And he wants to help change stubborn beer habits. "We'll try to get as many people off domestics as we can," he said. The taproom will open Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 614 Main Ave., on the main floor of the former One World Boutique building.
FARGO—The former Vidcycle here has a different name and new owner. The shop at 3109 13th Ave. S. adopted its new name, Electric Underground, on Oct. 1. It still sells video games, movies and accessories, but it's "bigger and better" now, according to manager Brian Power.
FARGO—Boardings at Fargo's Hector International Airport and at several airports across North Dakota were down last month. The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission's September monthly boardings report showed decreased activity compared to a year ago at five of the state's eight commercial service airports. Fargo recorded 29,418 boardings last month, a decrease of about 5.5 percent compared to September 2015.
FARGO—Bras on Broadway may be over, but a Fargo radio show is picking up where the annual event left off to raise money for local cancer patients. The team behind Big 98.7 FM's "Jesse & Amanda With Pike in the Morning" launched Bras on Big 98.7, its own take on the former breast cancer fundraising event, earlier this month.