The Grand Forks Hornbacher's is closing because SuperValu could not find a buyer for the store, a spokesman for the company said Monday. SuperValu announced the sale of Hornbacher's to Coborn's Inc. on Nov. 30. The Grand Forks store was not included in the sale and liquidation of the store began immediately after the announcement. Mike Wilken, spokesperson for SuperValu, said that the store closing is not a reflection on those who work at the Grand Forks store.
When Lt. Gary Grove was called to meet with incoming Grand Forks County Sheriff Andy Schneider to discuss his employment, Grove said he told Schneider he'd like to stay for another two or three years, or even until the end of Schneider's term. But according to Grove, Schneider told him he "really needed to consider" retiring. "I still love putting the uniform on. I've got a lot of knowledge," said Grove, 61. "It just would have been nice to go out on my own terms."
What do the Red Pepper, the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau and Darth Vader all have in common? They can all be found at the Holiday Legos Open House. The fourth annual Holiday Legos Open House kicked off Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at HB Sound and Light. Hundreds gathered to see Lego Darth Vader fight over a box of chippers in front of Widman's Candy Store; a Greenway Takeover event scene, complete with food trucks, twinkling lights and a big crowd watching the band; and many other detailed displays.
Prairie Business Magazine announced its annual 40 Under 40 list, recognizing the top business professionals who are less than 40 years old in the northern Plains. Prairie Business said it received more than 120 nominations for the list. On the list, eight are from Grand Forks. Scott Ayash, principal research manager for the Energy and Environmental Research Center, helps manage projects and has supported research conducted for the U.S. Department of Energy, the state and private industry.
The Bank of North Dakota turns 100 years old next year, but it's just as important today as when it was founded in 1919, the bank's executives said. The Bank of North Dakota is the only active state-owned bank in the country. In recent years, however, there has been interest in public banking, President Eric Hardmeyer said.
Shopko will close 39 stores across the country, including one in the Red River Valley. Four locations are in North Dakota and one closing is in Minnesota. The Mayville location will be one of the stores affected. The Mayville Shopko will close after a liquidation sale. The majority of the Shopko stores that are closing are home goods stores.
Warren Sai, a French undergraduate student at UND, will open a branch of his mobile food cart in the Memorial Union during the spring semester. The Jobs Development Authority will loan Sai a $2,000 Start-Up Grand Forks loan for a portable sink and rent for the union. This will be the third loan the program has funded, said Brandon Baumbach, business development manager for the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp.
Grand Forks County approved a preliminary plan for a bridge over the Red River. The Grand Forks County Commission approved the Metropolitan Planning Organization's updates to the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan for a bridge connecting Grand Forks and Polk counties at Merrifield. Earl Haugen, the executive director of the MPO, proposed a plan for two bridges: one at Merrifield and the other at 32nd Avenue South.
LM Wind Power will expand its Grand Forks facilities to manufacture more blades in a $2.5 million project. The city Job Development Authority (JDA) approved an expansion for the wind power company to add a third 62-meter (203 feet) blade mold and additional office space. The JDA is providing up to $2.5 million for the renovation of a city-owned building LM is leasing. LM Wind Power currently employs about 800 people in Grand Forks, and with the new expansion the company would employ more than 1,000.
Hornbacher's in Grand Forks is closing, and the grocery store's landlord is just as surprised as many in town. "I was completely caught off guard; Hornbacher's did not lead on anything," said owner of the shopping center, Bill Spatz. "I am completely surprised by it." The grocery store still has more than two and a half years left on their lease, Spatz said. Because of that, he thinks Hornbacher's will be replaced by another grocery store within six months.