Ryan Johnson has been a Forum reporter since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.
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FARGO—Fashion retailer H&M will open its first store here next year—but it won't be in West Acres Shopping Center. The Swedish-based brand with thousands of stores around the world announced to The Fargo Forum on Tuesday, March 7, that it will open a 25,000-square-foot location at the forthcoming Fargo Outlets at Timber Creek in fall 2018.
FARGO—A Fargo-based women's clothing retailer with about 200 stores across the United States has filed for bankruptcy protection. Vanity Shop of Grand Forks Inc., which is headquartered in Fargo and operates its stores under the name Vanity, is seeking Chapter 11 protection, according to a voluntary petition for relief filed Wednesday, March 1, in the District of North Dakota United States Bankruptcy Court.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — There are always proposals to reform the tax code, and that's especially the case after the 2016 presidential election. Still, Ron Twedt said there's not much for the average person to do now to prepare for any coming tax changes that haven't been enacted yet. "I do think it's wise and probably good citizenship just to pay attention to policy discussions so you have some sense of where things might be going," said Twedt, an assistant professor of accounting at Concordia College's Offutt School of Business in Moorhead.
FARGO—A new analysis is shedding some light on the growing economic impact of immigrants who live and work in North Dakota and Minnesota as questions of immigration policy, especially for refugees, continue to split opinions locally and nationally. Newly compiled data released Tuesday, Feb. 21, morning by national organization New American Economy crunched the number of foreign-born residents in each of the country's 435 congressional districts and added up their purchasing power, paid taxes and more.
FARGO — Forget about bulls and bears because the country is in a "bunny" market, according to a nationally recognized economist. Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management, delivered the keynote address Wednesday, Feb. 15, during the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce's annual Economic Outlook Forum, which drew about 600 to the Ramada Plaza & Suites.
FARGO—Cargill Inc. will soon close one of its offices here as the food and agriculture product manufacturer consolidates one of its groups to Minnesota. The company, which is headquartered in Wayzata, Minn., and has several offices and facilities in the Twin Cities area, will close its Fargo software development group office effective April 30, according to spokesman Pete Stoddart.
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.