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Banker Connection moving in Fargo

Wells Fargo's Banker Connection will move to a new location in Fargo. The operation, which has about 260 employees, will move in August to 410 45th St. S. from its current home at 901 40th St.

Wells Fargo's Banker Connection will move to a new location in Fargo.

The operation, which has about 260 employees, will move in August to 410 45th St. S. from its current home at 901 40th St. S.

Banker Connection wants to remain in Fargo and was unable to extend its lease at its current site, said Mary Morinville, who manages the Fargo operation.

"We're committed to Fargo," she said.

Banker Connection provides telephone technical support to bankers in the 23 states served by Wells Fargo.

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The building in which Banker Connection currently operates is owned by Noridian Administrative Services, which processes Medicare claims.

Noridian Administrative Services needs more space, but isn't sure yet how it will use the area now occupied by Banker Connection, said Craig Campbell, Noridian vice president and chief administrative officer.

N.D. Tourism Congress to convene

Three North Dakota agencies are conducting a Tourism Congress in early March to develop initiatives for advancing the state's tourism industry.

The event will consist of eight regional meetings at which tourism stakeholders will discuss the industry's economic impact on the state, identify challenges and growth opportunities, develop growth strategies and set priorities for the 2009 legislative session.

The meeting schedule:

- 3 p.m. March 4, Minot Grand International

- 10 a.m. March 5, Williston El Rancho Motor Hotel; 2 p.m., Dickinson City Hall

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- 3 p.m. March 6, Bismarck Doublewood Inn

- 9 a.m. March 11, Lake Region State College, Devils Lake; 3 p.m., Grand Forks Alerus Center

- 9 a.m. March 12, Fargo Doublewood Inn; 3 p.m., Jamestown Gladstone Inn and Suites.

Preregistration is required by Feb. 22. Register online at https://registration.nd

tourism.com or contact Tammy Backhaus at (701) 328-2526 or tbackhaus@nd

.gov.

Medical center sets grand opening

Catalyst Medical Center in Fargo has scheduled its grand opening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 9.

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Its new 14,000-square-foot facility is at 1800 21st Ave. South.

The day will include a "Year of Beauty" giveaway, 15 percent off all skin-care products and specific cosmetic services, free hearing screenings, appearances by the "Bug Doctor," retired entomologist Terry Adams, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., a butterfly coloring contest for kids and personal tours.

"A lot of hard work and dedication has been devoted to bringing this place to its grandiose state, and now we are ready to share it with the community," Amanda McKinnon, marketing and operations director, said in a news release.

Space is available for lease in the lower level of the facility. If interested, call McKinnon at (701) 365-8660.

Catalyst Medical Center is based in Fargo. It has outreach locations in Grand Forks and Jamestown, N.D., and Detroit Lakes and Ada, Minn. The center provides ear, nose and throat care, and facial plastic surgery, in addition to other medical and cosmetic services.

Readers can reach Business Editor Craig McEwen at (701) 241-5502 and business reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526

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