A former UND women’s hockey player and Olympian is taking on a new challenge: Starting a business.

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Monique Lamoureux, along with her siblings Jocelyne and Mario, held their first three-day camp for youth hockey players last week in Grand Forks. And they did so under the moniker “Lamoureux Hockey,” a new business officially formed earlier this year.

Monique Lamoureux said she and Jocelyne began to form the idea when they returned from the Sochi Olympics earlier this year.

“It’s kind of our goal to provide kids with the opportunity … to really develop their skills and become better hockey players,” she said.

Lamoureux said starting a business was a new experience, but one that was aided by talking with accountants and asking questions of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials.

“Business is not my background at all,” she said. “I’m learning as I go and making sure I do things all the right way. … I’m able to do that because we’re starting small and then growing.”

Lamoureux hopes the camps will provide a source of income as she prepares for the next Olympics in 2018. Another camp in Grand Forks won’t be held until next summer, she said.

The inaugural camp attracted players from across the state including Williston, Dickinson and Bismarck, Lamoureux said.

“From talking to a lot of parents in the North Dakota area and more so in mid-west side of the state, there’s not a lot of opportunities for hockey camps, especially girls camps,” Lamoureux said.

Liquor store for East Grand Forks

A liquor store is planned for the first floor of a new mixed-use building in East Grand Forks.

The East Grand Forks City Council approved 99 Bottles’ off-sale liquor license application on Tuesday for a space at 316 Fourth St. N.W. near downtown. That’s the address of the Minnesota Heights building, which has about 6,500 square feet available for commercial lease on the first floor of the four-story apartment building.

99 Bottles has a location in Moorhead. A 2010 story about the store in the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead said that it “will offer a wide selection of products, including organic wines and craft beers.”

A message left for a representative of the business was not returned Thursday, and it’s unclear when the business would open.  

Duane Wages, a commercial real estate agent for Dakota Commercial, said in an email that “if all goes as planned they will occupy roughly 3,700 (square feet) which is a little over half of the space available.”

Store remodeling

The Jimmy John’s sandwich shop near the Ralph Engelstad Arena will be closed for remodeling for the next few weeks.

Managers said the business at 2855 10th Ave. N. should be open again by July 23.

 

Send business tips to Bjorke at cbjorke@gfherald.com and (701) 780-1117 or to Hageman at jhageman@gfherald.com or (701) 780-1244.