Business Buzz: Popular Barnesville eatery opens for the season, tips for attracting Gen Z workers, and more

Also included in this week's Business Buzz column, Totally Rad Vintage Fest planned Sunday, April 16, in West Fargo's Veterans Memorial Arena.

Dee's Drive-In, 19765 MN-34, Barnesville, has opened for the season.
Contributed / Dee's Drive-In

BARNESVILLE, Minn. — It may feel like spring will never come, but another popular summer eatery opened its doors for the season this week.

Dee's Drive-In opened at 19765 MN-34 in Barnesville Wednesday, April 5. The restaurant's hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Dee's Drive-In specializes in burgers, sandwiches, chicken and ice cream. The business is owned by Kraig and Denise Condon.

Employers: Want to attract Gen Z workers? Then show them the money

A new trend highlighted by an Adobe ( ADBE ) workforce study shows recent graduates are less inclined to apply to jobs that don’t disclose salary in the job posting. In fact, out of more than 1,000 respondents, 85% reported they were less likely to apply to such jobs.

Historically, employers avoided publicizing how much employees make. But, today, sharing pay ranges seems to be a key differentiator that helps attract new talent — and provides an advantage over competing employers with less transparent income practices.


It seems asking how much money someone makes is no longer the faux pas it once was — especially among recent college graduates.

Some suggest this trait could be attributed to growing up in the digital age. With the rise of social media, sharing more details of your life feels more common now than it did for previous generations. Also, this is a generation that lived through the pandemic, a period in which workers’ rights were underscored.

Regardless of the reasons, Gen Z has made it clear income transparency is important — and they’re being heard.

A number of states have already taken action to implement pay transparency laws. As of Jan. 1, California, Rhode Island and Washington implemented salary transparency laws. Those laws require most employers to include a wage scale and description of benefits and other compensation in every job listing.

This action not only simplifies the process of negotiating job offers, but it assists employers in closing the wage gap that can exist across genders, races, and backgrounds. With more open salary practices, there is less room for discrepancies between employees.

Totally Rad Vintage Fest planned April 16 in West Fargo

Totally Rad Vintage Fest, a traveling vintage festival dedicated to the 80s, 90s and Y2K, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 16, at Veterans Memorial Arena, 1201 7th Ave E, West Fargo.

A Facebook event page invites guests to "feel the nostalgia as you shop from over 40 vintage vendors, challenge a friend at the vintage arcade, show off your fit(ness) at the throwback photo ops or jam to the tunes being spun by the vinyl DJ."

Vendors specialize in vintage clothing, but attendees will also find toys, video games, home goods, memorabilia and more.


Early bird admission is $25 in advance. Those with early bird tickets will gain entry at 8:30 a.m. General admission tickets are $8 in advance and $12 the day of the event. Those attendees will be allowed by entry at 10 a.m. Admission is free for children ages 12 and under.

For more information, search " Totally Rad Vintage Fest - Fargo" on Facebook .

Angie Wieck is the business editor for The Forum. Email her at
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