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Stores in downtown Grand Forks welcomed the attention brought by Small Business Saturday, even if it had some mixed results. A record 95 million-plus people across the country shopped during Saturday's event, which is held annually after Black Friday shopping at big box stores and before the online deals of Cyber Monday.
MINNEAPOLIS—Wedged between railroad tracks and a row of houses in northeast Minneapolis is Indeed Brewing Co., a business launched in part by a Grand Forks native who got in on the ground floor of Minnesota's craft beer boom. Behind the pub, the brewery and canning operation hums with activity.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—When Digi-Key in Thief River Falls needed more workers in its product distribution center last year, it flipped the traditional scheduling process. "We basically, within parameters, gave people the opportunity to sign up for times that worked best for their busy schedules," said Rick Trontvet, the electronic components distributor's vice president of administration and human resources. That move attracted students, retirees and people with "limited ranges of times they wanted to work." Digi-Key's "choose your schedule" program highlights an effort among some employer
Richard Dafoe's running gear store was a year in the making. After registering See Dick Run with the North Dakota Secretary of State in November 2014 and remodeling a former...
A bridal shop and formal wear business is opening in the coming months near the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. Affairs by Brittany, located in Detroit Lakes, Minn., is launching a second location in the former LaRie Boutique at 2860 10th Ave. N.
DRAYTON, N.D.—A former Pembina County commissioner wants to serve in the North Dakota Legislature. Drayton resident Andy Adamson said Tuesday he will seek the Republican nomination for the District 10 Senate seat. Incumbent Sen. Joe Miller, R-Park Rapids, said this month he would not seek another term in office next year. "Over the years, I had a strong interest in local, county government and state government," Adamson. He was a county commissioner from 2004 to 2014. Former Republican Sen.
A second LM Wind Power plant in India is not expected to affect the company's other facilities, including one in Grand Forks. LM Wind Power, a manufacturer of wind turbine...
Acme Tools moved into its new north Grand Forks home this month. The equipment and tool retailer expanded its corporate headquarters near the intersection of North Washington Street and Gateway Drive. The facility houses 60 employees, some of whom were previously in a rented space nearby. "It's exceeded our expectations," said Steve Kuhlman, Acme Tools vice president of corporate operations. The expansion includes office space, an employee training room and lunchroom. The project also helped beautify a heavily trafficked area on North Washington Street.
A packed house at the Fire Hall Theatre in downtown Grand Forks watched the final performance of 1001 Arabian Nights and Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Sunday afternoon. The show ran for...
More than two dozen children learned about the Circle of Friends Humane Society Saturday afternoon during a first-of-its-kind event in Grand Forks. Junior Volunteer Day provided an opportunity for youngsters to meet some of the shelter's animals and learn about the work being done there. Anna Withee, education director at the shelter, said kids can start volunteering there at age 12, but they need an adult with them. "This is a chance for them to get some exposure," she said. Circle of Friends has about 270 to 300 active volunteers, Withee said.