The River Cinema movie theater in East Grand Forks is a hot spot on Valentine's Day—and many other days. Manager Penny Stai said that the theater stays busy, even in the age of internet streaming. Stai's father, Bob Moore, has owned movie theaters for nearly 40 years, when the competition wasn't streaming, but VHS movies. The first theater he bought was in Blackduck, Minn. Soon after, he purchased theaters in Fosston, Minn., Crookston and finally East Grand Forks. "This is our biggest venture yet," Stai said.
KARLSTAD, Minn.—An old furniture store in Karlstad will get new life when Mattracks Rubber Track Conversions moves into the building, with historic vehicles and memorabilia in tow. The company announced this week that it had bought the former Germundson's Home Furnishings building. Mattracks manufactures rubber tracks for a variety of different vehicles. According to a release from Mattracks, the space in the former Germundson's Home Furnishings will be called the Mattracks Innovation Center. The building at 122 Main St. housed Germundson's for nearly 70 years.
Zzz! It's your iPhone, buzzing with a notification from work. Zzzzz! Your work email. Again. If you're like most people, you may become stressed when trying to stay connected to work after hours, feeling like you always need to respond to texts, calls or emails. Experts say that it is all about setting boundaries. "You have to set restrictions for your own sanity," said Sheryl Broedel, a former human resources professional and now a UND lecturer on business communication and technical writing.
Shoe Carnival in Columbia Mall is closing, according to signs on the front of the store. The signs say everything in the store is 30 percent off. Neither employees at the Shoe Carnival in Grand Forks nor anyone at the corporate office would comment on the closing. Shoe Carnival will follow Sears, Macy's, Chico's among other stores that have closed in mall in recent years. The mall has gained Orangetheory Fitness in that time.
Giving Hearts Day is Valentine's Day, and many area charities and nonprofits are hoping to feel the love. Cynthia Shabb, executive director of the Global Friends Coalition in Grand Forks, said the organization is looking for donations to help fund fresh experiences for new Americans. "We've been to corn mazes, we've brought in an artist, we've been bowling," Shabb said. "These kinds of everyday experiences, that we all take for granted here, are really important in integrating new Americans into the community."
A new kind of coworking space has come to town, with the goal of making Grand Forks a little more creative. Makerspace, a coworking spot for people who like to work with their hands, opened in October. Owner Aaron Mooney said he hopes the space will inspire people to keep learning new things. The shared creative workshop at 1503 DeMers Ave., is filled with woodworking tools, 3D printers and other equipment. A membership is $55 a month. Makerspace also offers a variety of classes on sign making, shelf building, mug etching and other crafts, all taught by local "makers."
Grand Forks United Way President and CEO Pat Berger, who was terminated after more than 24 years of service, has instructed her attorney to begin making plans for civil litigation against the United Way and possibly individual board members involved in the decision. However, as of Friday afternoon, Berger's attorney told the Herald that Berger had not yet decided whether to pursue the case. "Pat feels very wronged," said David Thompson, the Grand Forks attorney representing Berger.
Shortly before Widman's opens on Valentine's Day, a line will form at its locked doors of young men determined to pick up something for a crush to older gentlemen buying chocolates for their sweethearts. It will likely be one of the busiest days of the year for Widman's, but the Grand Forks candy shop has been preparing for the Valentine's Day rush since Christmas ended.
The unmanned aircraft systems community is buzzing after an Australian company announced it will test "BeeDar" technology in North Dakota. Bee Innovative will partner with UND to test technology that can track bees in flight and bee recognition software to identify different kinds of bees. The company had heard of UND because of the international reputation the school has, said director of the UAS program, Paul Snyder.
The Grand Forks Sonic is for sale, but will remain open. The building and land are listed for $2,583,333. The land currently is owned by Global Dakota LLC, said Abe Sakak, spokesman for the company. "This has nothing to do with Sonic," Sakak said. "Sonic has a 20-year franchise contract in Grand Forks, it will be there for at least 20 years." Developing land and then selling it is common practice in the fast-food restaurant world, Sakak said.