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Around the Office: Connecting Point moves to new location in Grand Forks

The company has had an office in Grand Forks for several years, but a company rep says the new location at 801 42st Street is a nicer setting for the small staff who will use the office.

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Will Ostrander, network engineer with Connecting Point, sits in his office at the company’s new location in Grand Forks. The new office has three individual offices for the small group of employees who will use the location.
Image: Courtesy of Megan Herr/Connecting Point
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Connecting Point, a full-service IT solutions provider headquartered in Watertown, South Dakota, opened its new office in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

The company has had an office in Grand Forks for several years, according to Dan Durkee, vice president of managed services, but the new location at 801 42st Street is a nicer setting for the small staff who will use the office.

The company celebrated the office opening on Sept. 22 with a ribbon cutting and open house that went until 4 p.m. The Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors were there for the ribbon cutting and to congratulate the company on its new office. Afterward, guests could stop by to see the new office, share in light refreshments, and learn more about the company.

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Connecting Point celebrated the opening of its new office in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The event included an open house that lasted throughout the afternoon on Sept. 22 at the new office, 801 S. 42nd St.
Image: Courtesy of Jessica Tennison/Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce

Connecting Point was established in 1979 and today has several co-owners scattered across the Dakotas and Minnesota. Durkee, who resides in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, said the company specializes in all things IT, including promethean boards – basically, an interactive whiteboard often used in schools. It also has been recognized by other notable companies such as CISCO, HP and Microsoft, among others.

According to the company website, “We're a group of IT professionals who have built a business to change the world.”

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Durkee, one of the co-owners, said it is an exciting and fun time to be in the business, and the company is excited for its future and its new Grand Forks location. It sits not far from the Alerus Center, is in the same complex as Rite Spot Bottle Shop and Grand Junction Grilled Subs, and faces the complex of buildings where AE2S and ICON Architectural Group are located.

It’s a good spot to set up shop, Durkee said.

Company President Bryan Waege, who works out of Watertown, said he is pleased with the new office setting and is excited to continue to be part of the Grand Forks community.

“We’re happy to be here,” he said, giving a nod to the staff who made the new office a reality. “We look forward to continuing to expand here.”

Andrew Weeks is an award-winning journalist who has reported for a number of newspapers and magazines. He currently is the editor of Prairie Business, the premier business magazine of the northern plains. The magazine covers various industries and business topics in the Dakotas and western Minnesota.
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