John Hageman covers local business and Grand Forks' legislative delegation. Get more business news at aroundtown.areavoices.com.
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Drivers may not notice a large office expansion project in north Grand Forks, even after passing by it. Behind the obscuring view of warehouse facilities, crews are in the middle of expanding Acme Tools' corporate headquarters, a project that planners say will help beautify and update one of the city's commercial areas. The project involves adding 15,000 square feet to the company's current headquarters at 1603 12th Ave. N.
Jim Bollman, the longtime radio announcer whose familiar voice reached listeners throughout the Grand Forks area for decades, died Wednesday.
The North Dakota Attorney General says it’s premature to issue an opinion on whether federal campaign contribution laws apply to state candidates.
An unpaid $510,000 loan in East Grand Forks was not the result of employee malfeasance, willful neglect of duty or bad faith, a League of Minnesota Cities official said last week. The organization's insurance trust issued that opinion in denying the city of East Grand Forks' insurance claims over the Boardwalk Enterprises loan.
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.