John Hageman covers local business and North Dakota politics. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Bemidji Pioneer.
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A merger of two of the country's largest movie theater companies may have implications for the Grand Forks movie market. AMC Theatres announced Thursday it would acquire Carmike Cinemas to create the largest movie theater chain in the world. Carmike operates a theater on 32nd Avenue South in Grand Forks. AMC has 5,426 screens across the country, while Carmike has 2,954 screens, primarily in "midsize, non-urban communities," according to a news release. Together, they would have more than 600 locations in 45 states.
Recent negotiations have not resolved a disputed $510,000 economic development loan in East Grand Forks, but an attorney involved in the discussions is "cautiously optimistic" a solution will be found. The East Grand Forks City Council met in a closed session Tuesday night to discuss the results of mediation held Feb. 12 over the Boardwalk Enterprises loan. City officials said in 2014 they had not received payments on the loan, which was first approved in 1999.
The new proprietors of Grand Forks' north end Dairy Queen want to continue its decades-long tradition of family ownership, albeit under a different family. Dean and Jenny Kuhns purchased the Grand Forks institution in early February. The seasonal business, located at 1209 N. Fifth St., had been in Carrie Miller's family for four decades before she decided to put it up for sale a couple of years ago. Dean Kuhns said that family history is one reason they wanted to buy the ice cream and lunch spot.
The Red River Valley is hundreds of miles from the epicenter of the Bakken oil boom, but it’s not immune from the effects of the downturn in oil prices.
A home decor boutique is moving out of its downtown Grand Forks location. Living Sage Home Boutique, at 416 DeMers Ave., is holding a sale to liquidate inventory before its move to Picks, a store selling vintage and home decor items. Lisa Johnson, owner of Living Sage, said she plans to lease space at that South Washington Street store and maintain an online presence. Johnson announced in September she was putting the business up for sale. It originally opened in July 2014. Johnson said Friday she had a few interested buyers, but ultimately it did not sell.
A merger of two of the country’s largest movie theater companies may have implications for the Grand Forks movie market.
A closed-door meeting of the East Grand Forks City Council will be called next week to discuss an offer to resolve a $510,000 unpaid loan.
Online retailer Amazon says its decision to move customer service employees out of its Grand Forks office will give those workers more flexibility to work from home, but it leaves questions about the future of the facilities Amazon rents from the city.
Kaitlyn Kelly had been on the fence about who'd she like to see receive the Democratic Party's nomination for president prior to arriving at the caucus in East Grand Forks Tuesday night. She was reluctant to say who she decided to support, but she was excited to participate in her first Super Tuesday since moving to Minnesota. "It was kind of exciting to see a line," Kelly said while surveying the crowd in East Grand Forks Senior High. "I wasn't sure what the turnout would be."
Online retailer Amazon is planning to move its customer service employees out of its physical office in Grand Forks, a spokeswoman confirmed late Tuesday afternoon, but the Seattle-based company said it won't result in job losses. "All Amazon employees will be able to continue in their current roles working from their homes across North Dakota as a member of Amazon's award-winning Virtual Contact Center," spokeswoman Ashley Robinson said in an email.