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The director of East Grand Forks' economic development arm wants to update the department's webpage to catch the eye of new businesses and remain competitive with other cities. Paul Gorte, the city's economic development director, compared its website with several other cities in a meeting of the Economic Development Authority board last week.
The Simply Sweet Shop in Grand Forks has a new owner and name. Beth Delgado acquired the business earlier this month and is changing its name to the Little Sweet Shop so the previous owner, Barbara Milhem-Field, can use the old name for a catering and cake decorating business. Delgado’s store sells sweets, coffee, tea, gifts, serves lunch and acts as a craft consignment shop.
The American dollar is flexing its muscles, but it's hurting some local exporters. A stronger U.S. dollar helped prompt the largest trade deficit since 2008, McClatchy News Service reported this month. The U.S. trade deficit reached $51.4 billion in March, up $15.5 billion from February, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. "As the dollar strengthens against other currencies, any product produced in the U.S.
BNSF Railway Co., the largest railroad in North Dakota, is furloughing some employees across its network, including in Grand Forks and elsewhere in the region. "Customers' volumes in the near term have come down somewhat from their prior estimates; as a result we are having to adjust our workforce demand numbers down to match volume and the work required to move that volume," BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth wrote in an email.
The phone at the Kegs Drive-In won't stop ringing. With the weather finally beginning to warm up, eager customers are flooding the Grand Forks establishment with calls and pulling into the parking lot wondering when they can get their first sloppy joe of the season. "I anticipate tonight and tomorrow to be just insane around here," co-owner Laura Hanson said Thursday. The restaurant started opening at 4 p.m. this week and closing at 7:30 or 8 p.m. It will open at 11 a.m.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded the Red River Regional Council a $61,000 grant, North Dakota's congressional delegation announced Wednesday. The council includes Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina and Walsh counties. The award "supports the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy for the region," the office of U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.
AgCountry Farm Credit Services detailed plans for its new office building in Grand Forks Wednesday, and promoted other nearby commercial lots available in the south side of town. The roughly 16,000 square-foot building will be big enough for about 40 staff members, "as well as a designated area for informational, educational and community meetings," AgCountry's Assistant Vice President of Marketing Communications Eric Vinje wrote in an email. Icon Architectural Group is designing the single-story building. AgCountry, a Fargo-based loan agency that provides credit and financial services, hop
Popplers Music plans to move from north Grand Forks to the Grand Cities Mall on South Washington Street. Paul Knight, the lead pastor of the mall's new owner Hope Church, said Popplers is taking over the Play It Again Sports and ConsignIt space. Both of those businesses are relocating between Rumors Bar and Christian Bookshelf in the mall. Popplers Music owner Don Langlie said the new location brings them to a more central location for customers.
Dyana Beaton's reaction to the news that Dave Hakstol was leaving the UND men's hockey team was simple. "WHAT," she wrote in an email to a friend Monday morning, followed by several question marks and exclamation points. What ensued was what Beaton called "freakout mode" as she checked her Twitter account and emails. "My first reaction was panic because I was afraid of who we would get in here," said Beaton, the president of the UND boosters.
Grillers will likely be greeted by higher beef prices this summer, a trend caused in part by slowed production. Average prices for a range of beef cuts, from chuck roast to ground beef, have increased over the past few years, according to federal data. U.S.