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Business Buzz: Maker of famed caramel rolls to close, nominations sought for 2022's 40 under 40 edition

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The Lunchbox Eatery in Fort Ransom, N.D., one of four North Dakota restaurants recently profiled for caramel roll excellence by The Forum, will close its doors this weekend.
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FORT RANSOM, N.D. — The Lunchbox Eatery, one of four North Dakota restaurants recently profiled for caramel roll excellence by The Forum, will close its doors.

On Sept. 17, the Fort Ransom diner’s Facebook page ran a post that read, “we are looking for the next wonderful person to pass the torch on our beautiful restaurant.” The post also included a real estate listing with photos of the 2,240-square-foot building and a list price of $140,000 for the building, land, equipment and business.

A day later, another Facebook post announced that the Lunchbox’s last week of operation would be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25, in conjunction with the Sheyenne Valley Arts and Crafts Association Marketplace.

Maddie Johnson, who co-owns the business with husband Andrew, says the business is being sold due to financial difficulties.

But there’s still one crumb of good news here: She will continue to bake and deliver her famous caramel rolls to local folks who want them.


Orders can be placed through the Lunchbox’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thelunchboxeatery or by calling (701)541-1729.

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When Forum business writer Tammy Swift asked people which North Dakota eatery produces the most scrumptious caramel roll, everyone from Facebook friends and Forum readers to Swift's own family weighed in. We narrowed it down to four caramel roll crackerjacks, spanning from Fargo's north Broadway to tiny Elgin, N.D.

Prairie Business now accepting nominations for 2022’s 40 Under 40

Nominations are now being accepted for Prairie Business magazine’s 2022 40 Under 40 list.

The 40 Under 40 list profiles individuals from a wide range of industries who have made significant impacts in their chosen professions and communities. They are entrepreneurs, industry experts, executives and nonprofit leaders; they are business owners, patent holders, government officers and community trendsetters.

Prairie Business covers both the Dakotas and western Minnesota and, as such, it will accept nominations for individuals who live and work within the same region.

Please note that an individual can win this award only once; previous honorees are not eligible for this year's award. Also, only fully completed nomination forms will be considered. The more information provided about an individual, the better, as this helps magazine staff better evaluate and determine the recipients.

All nominations must be submitted through the magazine’s online submission form at https://gfherald.wufoo.com/forms/qenfer91ig6wsm/ . Prairie Business will accept nominations through Monday, Oct. 17.

After the nomination period closes, Prairie Business will select 40 individuals from the pool who will be featured in the December issue of the magazine, including its digital edition at prairiebusinessmagazine.com


For questions or additional information, email aweeksprairiebusinessmagazine.com or 701-780-1276.

Angie Wieck is the business editor for The Forum. Email her at awieck@forumcomm.com
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