BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD NORTH DAKOTA Explore West Acres mall activities with your kids
By Ryan Schuster
We are partnering with West Acres mall in Fargo to renovate the playland by the malls food court. A new, redesigned Recess West play area will open in the same location as the former... Posted on 4/25/13 at 10:31 AM
THE NEW FORTY I'll be wearing Taylor Markel...
If I ever go to a major award show that has a red carpet for me to strut down, I am wearing a dress designed by Taylor Markel. Taylor is one of the designers in the Passion for Green Fashion competiti... Posted on 4/19/13 at 11:05 PM
BEST FRIENDS ND Happy Easter!
As a reminder, the Best Friends office will be closed on Friday, March 29th and Monday, April 1st. We apologize for anyinconvenience.
If you have baked goods for our Spring Bake Sale, please ... Posted on 3/28/13 at 10:18 AM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Legislators begin looking into how to reform state taxes
By Danielle Killey
Minnesota lawmakers have started making the case for tax changes -- including the possibility of a tax on clothing purchases -- they say will simplify the tax code and balance th... Posted on 1/17/13 at 10:58 AM
LIKE A FISH OUT OF FARGO Food-Related Odds and Ends
Enjoy these food-related odds and ends from my winter break.
Jake's grandma passed away this weekend so we will head to the Twin Cities for the memorial service next weekend. When we return, winter b... Posted on 1/6/13 at 8:16 PM
What’s the most valuable product at West Acres? Easy: You are. The shopping center’s 120-plus stores sell everything from swanky suits to pricey electronics to head-turning diamonds. But the mall’s owners don’t make a dime off those things. Instead, they make money selling stores access to the 20,000 shoppers West Acres attracts each day.
When West Acres opened in August 1972, it tilted the economic center of Fargo and Moorhead from the traditional downtown city centers to a then-remote stretch of Interstate 29 that wasn’t even within the Fargo city limits.
The Hibbing area in northeastern Minnesota has the highest jobless rate of any city in the state. It’s also in the center of the state’s taconite mining industry. The industry is seeing a mild rebound after a summer shutdown, but so far the upturn has skipped Hibbing.
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