John Hageman covers local business and Grand Forks' legislative delegation. Get more business news at aroundtown.areavoices.com.
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State officials are optimistic that a campaign to attract permanent workers to North Dakota will help make a dent in the state's thousands of job openings. The Find the Good Life in North Dakota campaign, launched in May 2014, has targeted those who may want to move to the state for work. The effort got off the ground with a $400,000 donation each from Hess Corp.
The local Dickey’s Barbecue Pit closed over the weekend, leaving a vacant space at what may be Grand Forks’ busiest intersection. A sign in the chain restaurant’s door simply stated “We are permanently closed.” A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page last week said Dickey’s would close Saturday and combine with the location in Fargo.
The sky above Brent Sanford's head isn't falling. As mayor of Watford City, a western North Dakota town in the heart of the state's oil boom, he's often asked these days if falling oil prices are bringing a bust to his community. But during a presentation Monday in Grand Forks, he talked instead about infrastructure projects his community needs to support what he expects to be long-term oil production. "The $50 oil is definitely bringing out the Chicken Littles," he said.
Locally made wine is now available near East Grand Forks. The tasting room at the Grape Mill Vineyard and Winery opened about a month ago, said Russ Halverson, who runs...
A Philly cheesesteak chain has submitted plans to build a new restaurant in Grand Forks. PepperJax Grill, based in Omaha, Neb., wants to build a shop at 2721 32nd Ave...
In June 2003, Dan Stauss sent a letter to former East Grand Forks Economic Development Director Jim Richter. The note details costs his business had incurred constructing the Boardwalk building...
Energy industry officials, regulators and others will converge at the Alerus Center next week for the second annual Bakken Conference and Expo. The event, hosted by Grand Forks-based BBI International, runs Monday through Wednesday.
A Philly cheesesteak chain has submitted plans to build a new restaurant in Grand Forks. PepperJax Grill, based in Omaha, Neb., wants to build a shop at 2721 32nd Ave. S., near what is currently Super One Foods. Hornbacher's will take over that grocery store this year. PepperJax launched in 2002 in Omaha. Its flagship is the Philly sandwich made with steak, chicken, shrimp or vegetables. It also serves rice bowls, burritos, nachos and salads. PepperJax opened in St. Cloud, Minn. earlier this year.
A 109-year-old house in Grand Forks was torn down this week to make room for surface parking, disappointing some historic preservation advocates. The property, located at 125 Belmont Road, is owned by the adjacent Cottonwood Community Church and was most recently used as a rental. The Rev. Bob Bartlett said upkeep costs and the need for additional parking space contributed to the decision to tear the building down. Bartlett said they were hoping to find somebody who would "appreciate the historic perspective" of the house and move it.
State Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, has accepted an invitation to serve on a national unmanned aerial systems steering committee. The National Conference of State Legislatures is working with the organization's transportation program on a "public-private partnership on UAS," according to an email forwarded from Holmberg.