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The city of Grand Forks is looking at amending its taxi regulations. Under proposed ordinance changes reviewed by the City Council on Monday, taxi vehicles would have to be inspected by mechanics instead of police, cabs would have to display city-issued stickers and would give police the option of suspending taxi licenses instead of just revoking them.
After more than a year of driving weekly to Minot to run their business, Phil Hanson and Mike Fitzsimonds wanted to come home. The two opened Triix Customs in south Grand Forks this week. Triix is an aftermarket auto parts and accessories shop, meaning they install autostarts, window tints, car stereos, wheels, lift kits and other parts. Triix opened in Minot in mid-2014. But with a slowdown in oil drilling activity and a change in their building's ownership, Triix owners saw an opportunity to come home to Grand Forks. They moved into a new commercial building at 1600 47th Ave.
FARGO—Today will be the first time Matt Nelson has witnessed a Bison football game at the Fargodome in more than 10 years. Nelson was a linebacker and defensive end on the UND football team in the early 2000s. His senior season included the most recent matchup between North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota in 2003. Just a few short years later, he moved to Fargo, where he's now a firefighter.
Wedding guests are typically seated based on their relationship with the bride or the groom, but one local wedding will add a new twist to that tradition Saturday. Matt Bonzer and Lexie Nims plan to seat guests based on their allegiance to the UND or North Dakota State University football team, a nod to the unfortunate scheduling conflict that landed their wedding on the same day as the first game between the two rivals in 12 years.
North Dakota Sen. Tom Campbell is mulling a run for governor. The businessman and farmer told the Herald Tuesday he is forming an exploratory committee for a potential run, adding his name to a list of potential candidates who may replace outgoing Gov. Jack Dalrymple in 2016. "It's always something I've had aspirations (for)," said Campbell, R-Grafton. Campbell, 56, is a relative newcomer to public office. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2012 and was re-elected last year with nearly 65 percent of the vote.
Matt Walkowiak is betting big on the football game Saturday between UND and North Dakota State University. It's not necessarily the outcome that Walkowiak is counting on, but that there will be significant interest in the rivalry renewal.
Internet retail giant Amazon is hoping to fill 30 new full-time positions to its customer service center in Grand Forks, the Seattle-based company said Monday. Amazon said the hiring boost is meant to "support continued growth throughout the company's U.S.
The Canadian dollar remains significantly weaker than its U.S. counterpart, which may be affecting exports from northern states like North Dakota and Minnesota. The value of exports to Canada from the north-central region of the U.S., which includes the Dakotas and Minnesota and stretches to Missouri and Ohio, were down roughly 10 percent in the first half of this year compared to the same time period in 2014. North Dakota saw its export values drop almost 24 percent to $1.5 billion, compared to a 17 percent slide in Minnesota, according to the U.S.
Men's Wearhouse, a national clothing retailer, plans to open a new store in Grand Forks' Columbia Mall this year. Company spokeswoman Julie Town told the Herald in June Men's Wearhouse planned to open at the end of this year or in early 2016 somewhere on Columbia Road. She confirmed this week the location is the Columbia Mall, with a tentative open date of Dec. 9. Men's Wearhouse will occupy a 3,300 square-foot space next to Buckle in the mall, said Marianne Fasano, spokeswoman for the mall's owner and operator GK Development.
Patrick Dame likens the operations of an airport to the management of a shopping center: The airport provides the space and infrastructure for airlines and others to conduct business, but...