Ryan Johnson has been a reporter for The Forum since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.
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BISMARCK — Tourism might conjure images of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota, but that's not the only thing bringing people here — and all together, it's adding up to big business. A new research study commissioned by North Dakota Tourism found 21.9 million people visited the state in 2015 and spent $3.1 billion. That's equivalent to everyone from Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Wyoming visiting the Peace Garden State, according to Philadelphia-based firm Tourism Economics that conducted the study.
FARGO—West Acres Shopping Center will soon lose a third clothing store in recent weeks. An employee who answered the phone at New York & Co. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, confirmed that the women's clothing store will close Jan. 28. She wasn't sure how long the store has been in the mall. The employee, who declined to identify herself, said it was a corporate decision by the chain, and she wasn't told the reason for this closure.
FARGO—Brittany Kleint had an idea of how the birth of her son would go on his Jan. 16 due date, but it wasn't supposed to turn out like this on Christmas Day. Kleint, 24, and her fiance, Jesse Beska, 32, went to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks on Christmas morning with bad contractions, and she soon gave birth to Silas Beska—who was born fighting for his life because he wasn't breathing and didn't have a heartbeat.
BISMARCK — Imposter scams and identity theft were the top consumer complaints in North Dakota in 2016, but those weren't the only problems residents reported during the year. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced on Friday, Dec. 30, the top 10 consumer complaints of the year, as well as some tips to not become a victim of a scam.
FARGO -- It might be a holiday weekend, but hazardous wintry weather isn’t taking a New Year’s break. The National Weather Service issued a warning Saturday, Dec. 31, afternoon that snow and “bitter cold” is on its way back into the region.
FARGO — If Prairie Roots Food Co-op opened its store when planning meetings first began in 2010, it would have been ahead of the curve. Instead, a national expert said Prairie Roots will open next spring in an "extremely competitive" natural and organic foods market — and the grocery store at 1213 NP Ave. will need to draw customers already used to shopping at supermarkets, big-box stores and national retailers like Natural Grocers, which opened last year at 4517 13th Ave. S. here.
HAWLEY, Minn. — Jane Anderson could've bought a new pickup, but she had another bright idea for what to buy with that money — 72 solar panels that could make enough electricity to offset her home and business power needs. Anderson, owner of The Groom Room dog boarding and grooming business east of Hawley, said she's always been curious about solar but assumed it was unaffordable.
FARGO — Some film and TV projects are just work, but Nick Fink's latest role is more than just a way to pay the bills. The Fargo native will be a series regular on the new MTV series "Sweet/Vicious," appearing in all 10 episodes of the first season that premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. The dramedy follows college students and secret vigilantes Jules and Ophelia as they try to get justice for abuse victims. Fink, 25, said he's been at auditions and knew he was perfect for Tyler, one of the characters on the new series.
FARGO -- Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 8, rejected the first increase to North Dakota’s tobacco tax since 1993. Measure 4 aimed to raise taxes from 44 cents to $2.20 per...
FARGO—A Fargo-based technology company has expanded to Sioux Falls, S.D. Mobile application company Myriad Mobile now has two engineers on its team based in downtown Sioux Falls in a subleased space it shares with tech company Lemonly. The largest city in South Dakota is a lot like Fargo in many ways, according to Jake Joraanstad, CEO and co-founder. "There's some great companies there that we'd love to do business with," he said.