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Trade Talk: Tharaldson named to Høstfest hall of fame

Hotelier Gary Tharaldson and the creator of Kermit the Frog have more than the color green in common. They've both been inducted into the Norsk H?stfest Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame. Tharaldson and Muppets creator Jim Henson were honored du...

Hotelier Gary Tharaldson and the creator of Kermit the Frog have more than the color green in common.

They've both been inducted into the Norsk Høstfest Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame.

Tharaldson and Muppets creator Jim Henson were honored during the 2003 Norsk Høstfest held recently in Minot, N.D.

While Henson's Kermit the Frog didn't find it easy being green, Tharaldson seems to have no problem making a lot of green -- as in cash.

Tharaldson, a Norwegian-American, is founder and president of Tharaldson Cos., the nation's largest independent hotel development and management company. Based in Fargo, the company owns and operates more than 350 hotels in 35 states, the majority of them franchisees of companies including Marriott, Choice Hotels and Hilton.

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He has been listed in Forbes magazine as one of the 400 richest people in America.

Swedish-American Jim Henson created the world famous Muppets (marionette/puppets). Henson died of pneumonia in 1990 at age 53. He and his team produced many characters for PBS' "Sesame Street," which began in 1969 and continues today. His Emmy Award-winning syndicated series, "The Muppet Show," debuted in 1976.

Prime-time kidney

Tired of the hum-drum of daytime soap opera sex and intrigue?

Then turn off the television and fire up the computer for a kidney transplant.

MeritCare Health System will be presenting a webcast of the removal of a kidney for transplant live from a MeritCare Medical Center operating room.

Dr. Timothy Monson, a general and laparoscopic surgeon, and transplant surgeon Dr. Bhargav Mistry will perform the surgery using the minimally invasive procedure laparoscopy.

To view the webcast, which runs noon to 1 p.m. Monday, go to www.webcast . meritcare.com or www. meritcare.com/news/webcast/.

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Or, watch the webcast in style. It will be shown at the Ramada Plaza Suites Crystal Ballroom II, 1635 42nd St. S.W., Fargo. Refreshments will be served and transplant services staff will be available to answer questions.

ABCs of taxes

The U.S. Small Business Administration is sponsoring a "Learn the ABCs of Collecting and Reporting Sales Taxes in North Dakota and Minnesota" workshop in Fargo on Nov. 18.

The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the West Acres shopping center.

The free session is for organizations doing business on both sides of the border. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Community Room of the JCPenney Wing.

To register, contact Carla Veitenheimer at (701) 239-5131 Ext. 217, or by e-mail at north.dakota@sba.gov .

Business-plus

It's time to network until the cows come home.

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Business After Hours will be held 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn of Fargo.

Gateway Chevrolet, Olds, Cadillac is sponsoring the Chamber of Commerce of Fargo Moorhead event, designed to promote opportunities for area businesses.

The cost is $15 for Chamber members who register before noon Wednesday, and $20 thereafter and at the door.

To learn more or to register, call (218) 233-1100, or go online at www.fmchamber.com .

Selling on the cheap

Learn how get the most bang for your marketing buck with the latest Chamber Café seminar.

"Marketing on a Shoestring Budget" will be presented noon to 1 p.m. Nov 5 at the Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Ave. N., Moorhead.

Paul Brown, director of North Dakota State University's master of business administration program, will present strategies to sell your business and yourself professionally without breaking your budget.

The cost is $15 for employees of Chamber of Commerce of Fargo Moorhead member firms, $35 for non-members.

Registration is required. To register, call (218) 233-1100, or go to the Web at www.fmchamber.com .

Financial presentation

Fargo-based Community First Bankshares Inc. CEO Mark Anderson will address the Bancorp Piper Jaffray Financial Services Conference Tuesday at the New York Palace Hotel.

The presentation will focus on Community First's recent financial performance and strategies for future growth within the financial services industry, according to the company.

Community First Bankshares stock is traded on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol CFBX.

Electric dedication

The Dakotas Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association has dedicated a new headquarters building at 2901 1st Ave. N. in Fargo.

It is known as the Roger D. Larsen Electrical Industry Building in honor of longtime NECA member Roger Larsen of Minot.

Larsen owns Minot Electric in Minot, a company founded in 1922. Roger went to work for the company in 1954 and became a part owner in 1962, purchasing the company outright in 1967.

Readers can reach Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583 or Gerry Gilmour at (701) 241-5560

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