HBA's Fall Parade of Homes kicks off Saturday, Bucks Mill Brewery opens in Detroit Lakes, and more

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The Home Builders of Association of Fargo-Moorhead will hold its Fall Parade of Homes Sept. 17-18 and 24-25.
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FARGO — The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead will kick off its Fall Parade of Homes this weekend.

The annual event will feature 37 homes built by 17 different builders in the metro area. Homes range from $248,900 to $906,000. According to an HBA news release, the parade will "showcase a variety of homes for those 55 plus, first-time buyers, people needing more space or wanting to donate. From smart homes to green homes and even multigenerational homes, there is something for everyone."

Homes will be open for viewing from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 17-18 and 24-25.

Visit for ticket information as well as a map and details on each home.

This year's Fall Parade of Homes will feature "a variety of homes for those 55 plus, first-time buyers, people needing more space or wanting to downsize," according to a Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead press release.
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Bucks Mill Brewing opens in Detroit Lakes

Bucks Mill Brewing has opened in the Washington Square Mall in downtown Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Vicki Gerdes, a reporter for The Detroit Lakes Tribune , was on hand for their grand opening Sept. 2. She writes that the brewery serves seven different varieties of beer, ale and lager — with more on the way. Bucks Mill also makes its own seltzer, non-alcoholic root beer and kombucha.

The brewery serves pizza — made by the Great North Pizza Company, which is based in Detroit Lakes — and gourmet popcorn. But if neither of those appeals, people can bring in their own food, whether it comes from another restaurant, or from home.

Current hours are 3-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 12-8 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, including a complete list of brews on tap, visit the website at , or check out their Facebook page for updates.

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NDSU launches technology training initiative

North Dakota State University is offering new online certificates to increase access to technology skills training for industry-recognized programs such as Amazon Web Services, Salesforce, CompTIA and Pega. According to an NDSU press release, the courses will create new pathways to high-earning careers in the technology industry and help meet the workforce needs of the state.

The certifications are designed for students and professionals at any stage of their educational or career journeys. Many courses offer flexibility to attend when convenient, while providing access to one-on-one mentoring and training from industry-certified instructors.

Courses consist of two tracks, the Accelerator Program and the Emerging Tech Program. The Accelerator Program provides online, asynchronous and instructor-led training courses to help students gain certification in in-demand technologies. The Emerging Tech Program hires, trains and certifies entry-level technology talent over the course of 10-12 weeks, before deploying them at Fortune 500 companies and federal contractors.


Start dates and cost are dependent on the course. A full list of course options is available online at .

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