Business Buzz: Pandora now open at West Acres, Grand Farm acquires land near Casselton, and more

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Pandora recently opened near the center court at West Acres Shopping Center. Pandora jewelry is a collection of hand-finished charms, bracelets, rings, earrings, necklaces and pendants
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FARGO — Pandora, a jewelry store known for its collection of hand-finished charms, bracelets, rings, earrings, necklaces and pendants, is now open in the West Acres Shopping Center.

The store opened in late June in the space formerly home to Wimmers Diamonds, between T-Mobile and Tradehome Shoes.

In 2021, Wimmer's Diamonds closed its West Acres store and its location at 604 Main Avenue in order to consolidate operations in their new store at 4582 32nd Ave. S., near the Blu Water Creek shopping area in Fargo.

Grand Farm purchases land near Casselton for future Innovation Facility

Grand Farm recently announced the purchase of a parcel of land near Casselton, North Dakota, intended as the future site of its Innovation Facility.

The property is located on the southwest corner of exit 328 off Interstate 94, about two miles west of Casselton.


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Grand Farm has purchased land on the southwest corner of exit 328 off Interstate 94 for its future Innovation Facility.
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Since its launch in 2019, Grand Farm has been facilitating and deploying AgTech projects on donated acreage south of Fargo. With continual expansion of projects and research, Grand Farm determined that constructing an Innovation Facility on their own acreage would best allow them to continue their positive impact in agriculture technology innovation.

Grand Farm’s Innovation Facility will be intentionally designed to be a continually adapting, demonstration and innovation space that will stay at the forefront of agriculture technology innovation, according to a press release. It will provide expanded acreage for the deployment of additional AgTech projects, rapid prototyping capabilities, and increased research capacity.

In February, the North Dakota Department of Commerce announced it had selected Grand Farm as a recipient of the department’s Autonomous Agriculture Technology Matching Grant . The $10 million grant was created with funding from the 67th legislative assembly to encourage and support the advancement of autonomous farming technology by awarding a 1:1 match of funding for the deployment of an innovation facility, project management for complex North Dakota-based and global autonomous agricultural concepts, and workforce initiatives to upskill the autonomous agriculture workforce with qualified professionals to ensure advanced farming techniques.

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Prairie Business announces names 2022's Leaders & Legacies recipients

Prairie Business recently announced 2022’s Leaders & Legacies award recipients.

Leaders & Legacies is the magazine’s top honor, given to exceptional executives in the Dakotas and western Minnesota, past and present. The award recognizes executives "for the great things they have done in business, whether in recent years (Leaders) or over a lifetime (Legacies)," according to Prairie Business Publisher Korrie Wenzel.

Prairie Business received a number of nominations for 2022, but staff also nominated a few individuals. After reviewing the career highlights and accomplishments of a number of people, the magazine selected nine exemplary business leaders in the region for this year’s awards.

They are profiled in the July issue of Prairie Business and will be honored at a ceremony later this year, along with other award winners – those recognized in the magazine’s Top 25 Women in Business and 40 Under 40.


This year’s Leaders & Legacies recipients come from the industries of advertising and marketing, architecture and engineering, construction, financial services and health care. They include:

  • Todd Berning, owner and president of EPIC Companies, Fargo
  • Steve Burian, president and CEO of Burian & Associates, Fargo and Grand Forks
  • Dan Conrad, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Fargo
  • Jodi Duncan, president of Flint Group, Fargo
  • Jeff LeDoux, senior advisor, former president/CEO of Houston Engineering, Fargo
  • Ronald Mielke, principal, senior project manager and former CEO of TSP Inc, Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Garth Rydland, president/CEO of Valley Senior Living, Grand Forks
  • Todd Schaffer, president and CEO of Sanford Health, Bismarck
  • Trent Sorbe, president and founder of Central Payments, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Angie Wieck is the business editor for The Forum. Email her at
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