AREA BUSINESS NEWS: Hurtt Equipment to join Butler ... AE2S, ICON break ground ... etc.

Hurtt Equipment to join Butler Machinery Hurtt Equipment Inc., Hoople, N.D., will join Butler Machinery as the store's 12th location July 1. Hurtt Equipment, founded in 1964, is a family owned AGCO and Gleaner dealer. Hurtt Equipment has a top-of...

Hurtt Equipment to join Butler Machinery

Hurtt Equipment Inc., Hoople, N.D., will join Butler Machinery as the store's 12th location July 1.

Hurtt Equipment, founded in 1964, is a family owned AGCO and Gleaner dealer. Hurtt Equipment has a top-of-the-line service department, winning numerous regional AGCO tractor awards, including a 2001 First Place in North America. Hurtt Equipment expanded their service facilities and has a local, national and international customer base.

For more information, call (701) 298-1705 or e-mail or go to .

AE2S, ICON break ground


Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services and ICON Architectural Group have officially broken ground on the construction of their new corporate headquarters on 42nd Street South, behind Ray Richards golf course in Grand Forks.

The new three-story, 42,000-square-foot building, part of the 42nd Street Destination Corridor, is on a site that includes space for up to three other buildings, a small stormwater pond/water feature, public art and walkways.

Mike Kuntz, ICON Architectural Group, said the office building is slated to be completed by next spring.

One Hour partners with the Donald

One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating is one of three home service brands partnering with NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice," the first time the NBC franchise has integrated service brands into the show.

One Hour will be part of Donald Trump's "Time is money" campaign stressing punctuality and timeliness in "on time" guarantees.

"The Celebrity Apprentice" features 14 celebrities trying to raise money for charity.

Taco John's donates to cystic fibrosis research


A group of Taco John's restaurants from North Dakota and western Minnesota presented the Cystic Fibrosis Association of North Dakota with a check for $16,500, from the proceeds of its annual Nachos Navidad promotion, bringing the group's total donations to CFAND to more than $107,000.

Mike Sartwell, owner-operator of Preferred Restaurant Group which owns several of the participating Taco John's restaurants, helped to initiate the fundraiser in 1999, after his daughter was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease affecting about 30,000 children and adults in the U.S.

CFAND helps individuals and families cover medical costs not covered by insurance, including medications, medical equipment and lung transplant costs. Although there is no cure, genetic research has produced several medications that have found increasing success in treating the symptoms of the disease.

Entrepreneur Challenge recognizes winners

Eleven teams representing UND, the University of South Dakota, University Minnesota-Crookston and University of Manitoba entered the Alerus Entrepreneurship Challenge on April 23-24 in Grand Forks.

The event was hosted by Alerus Financial and UND Department of Entrpreneurship.

The top prize for the winning team in the business plan competition was $5,000 provided by JLG Architects and specifically, and was awarded to A2K Technologies. Team members Andrea Legary and Curtis Leonhardt from the University of Manitoba were awarded the top prize for their business plan involving the deployment of patented nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy colorectal cancer screening technology.

The second-place prize was $2,000 and was provided by the UND Center for Innovation, awarded to the team of Under30CEO Franchises. John Kreklow, University of South Dakota, developed a plan to promote standardization to all social media products and services.


Last, a third-place prize of $1,000 was provided by Digi-Key Corp., and was awarded to Field of View LLC. Team members David Dvorak, Jonathan Alme, Mariusz Czarnomski, and Matt Maurer from UND developed a plan for a high-tech startup company that sells specialized aerial imagery products obtained using Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

Additional awards were also presented for "Most Innovative Idea" and "Best Elevator Pitch," both of which were awarded to A2K Technologies for their nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy colorectal cancer screening technology, with two $250 prizes provided by Construction Engineers.

Honorable mentions were provided to Ranch Way Aviation-UND and Living Innovation-UND for their elevator pitches.

Plan maximizes charitable giving

Securian Financial Advisors of Mandan, N.D. and Bob Wetsch developed a program to help charitable organizations and their donors to maximize the impact of charitable giving. The program looks at maximizing the impact of giving for both the donors and the charities through strategies addressing tax reduction, estate planning benefits and leveraging charitable contributions to provide for legacy gifts otherwise not possible.

The program has materials and processes to develop and implement legacy gift planning. It is available for all churches, schools and nonprofit organizations and philanthropists.

For more information, call toll free (866) 284-8401.

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