Bob Vila to present preservation award to Nome Schoolhouse owners, plus more business news

Also in this week's Business Buzz, Cass-Clay Creamery makes a large donation of shelf-stable milk to the Great Plains Food Pantry and dates are set for the Chamber's Holiday Business After Hours.

Teresa Perleberg and Chris Armbrust are the visionaries behind the Nome Schoolhouse renovation.
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In July of 2021, we told the story of the Nome Schoolhouse, a 100-year-old abandoned schoolhouse in rural North Dakota, which sat empty for 50 years until two local women business owners turned it into a retreat center focused on sustainable fiber arts practices, increasing tourism in the 42-person town of Nome, spurring new economic development and inspiring other non-traditional preservationists to save historic places.

After spending three years and $4 million turning a derelict school building into a combination fiber-arts center/fiber farm/fiber mill/boutique hotel/events center, Chris Armbrust and Teresa Perleberg might have the last laugh against any skeptics. The public is invited to view the fruits of their labor during a grand opening event July 1-4 that will feature tours, a five-course dinner and, to cap it all off, a Fourth of July celebration and fireworks show.

In November, the Nome Schoolhouse and the women who revitalized it, Teresa Perleberg and Chris Armbrust, will be honored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for one of its nine yearly National Preservation Awards.

Perleberg and Armbrust will receive the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award during the National Preservation Awards ceremony, which will be held virtually and hosted by Bob Vila, an icon of home improvement television and dedicated preservationist.

"We feel so tiny when comparing our project with past winners' projects and are extremely honored that our creative use of this beautiful building and the huge impact it has had on this small community and surrounding area have been recognized," Perleberg told The Forum. "We hope others in small communities will be inspired by our efforts. We have big dreams for this small town and have only just begun."

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards celebrate the best of the best in historic preservation, adaptive reuse and the re-imagining of historic buildings for the future.


The awards will be streamed live at 3 p.m. Friday at

Cass-Clay Creamery donates shelf-stable Giving Cow milk to food pantry

Cass-Clay Creamery of Fargo, in partnership with the North Dakota Grocers Association, made a large donation of shelf-stable milk this week to the Great Plains Food Bank.

The organizations donated 24,576 Giving Cow packs, which are 8 oz. airtight cartons of 2% milk that are shelf-stable for up to a year, designed specifically to feed families in need.

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The Giving Cow is an eight-ounce airtight carton of 2% milk that’s shelf-stable for up to a year, designed specifically to feed families in need.
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The Great Plains Food Bank will distribute the milk through its network of food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and other charitable feeding programs in Clay County, Minn., and across more than 100 communities in North Dakota, including Fargo.

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For more information, visit and click on the Cass-Clay logo.

Save the date for Chamber's Holiday Business After Hours

Be sure to save the date for the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce 's Holiday Business After Hours slated 4 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Delta by Marriott, 1635 42nd St. S. in Fargo.

Billed as one of the Chamber's biggest networking events of the year, attendees will get the opportunity to connect with peers, learn about other businesses in the community and win prizes. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.


To register, visit .

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