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SMALL BUSINESS

When a visitor dropped by the new West Fargo store, recently, that world had really gone to the dogs. A tiny Yorkie in a sweater sniffed every treat at ankle level. A Shih Tzu named Oliver eagerly stood on his back legs to beg for a yummy-smelling biscuit. "Dogs are always welcome," says co-owner Megan Pechin Bergseth. "That's why we have treats in our pockets."
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Behind the scenes, small businesses have had help navigating the pandemic from employees and contractors at Small Business Development Centers.
The business is expected to create 12 full-time jobs and bolster the beekeeping and other agriculture sectors that serve a critical role in the community and region.
The South Dakota-based organization that supports entrepreneurs says it will relocate to historic Milwaukee Freight Depot.

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Raising pay, adjusting operations are among the responses at businesses across the Upper Midwest.
The Grand Forks Herald sat down with Faye Pederson of Faye’s Humble Roots for 5 Questions this week.
The University of Minnesota Crookston’s Veden Center for Rural Economic Development was awarded a $237,217 Small Business Partnership Grant from DEED, which will fund a program that will provide businesses with education, networking and marketing services at little to no cost.
“It’s great we have this opportunity to buy a protein source from somebody down the road.”
Newton talks about the Duluth farming scene, her favorite thing to eat from her harvests and that time she met Andre 3000.
Veden Center receives $237, 217 grant from the Small Business Partnership Program.

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Dead or alive, crickets are in big demand these days. After Pat and Madeline Reviers' plan to raise crickets for high-protein, nutrient-packed cricket flour was temporarily stalled, they've pivoted to sell live crickets. Who will want them? According to Pat, everyone from gecko owners who are facing a nationwide feeder-insect shortage to anglers angling for a highly effective bait.
A tasty treat that some say is in poor taste. The grocery store said it's just political fun.
The adage that the client is always right has morphed into "Fight Club" rules, said Dr. Christine Vogel.

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