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As repairs to the historic grandstand at the Grand Forks County Fairgrounds press on, the grandstand committee is discussing a formal business plan for the fairgrounds to raise money in a sustainable fashion. The ball is now in the fair board's court. Tom Ford, director of administration for the county, and County Commissioner Diane Knauf will have a meeting with the fair board in the next couple of weeks. "It really goes back on the fair board at this point and they need to take the lead," Ford said.
Drayton is expected to get a Love's truck stop, and with it more than two dozen new jobs. Mayor Chip Olson confirmed the company is coming to Pembina County. The truck stop will be on the corner of 80th Street Northeast and 160th Avenue Northeast, right off of I-29. The facility will cost between $8 million and $10 million dollars to construct.
Public-safety dispatchers in Grand Forks County received the most calls ever last year. The Grand Forks Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) got 92,720 calls for service in 2018, which is 6% more than the previous year. PSAP received 87,587 calls in 2017. "Our responders are busier than ever," said PSAP Director Becky Ault. Ault presented PSAP's 2018 annual report to the Grand Forks County Commission on Tuesday. Five years ago, in 2014, PSAP got 73,310 calls for service.
A job fair hosted by Job Service North Dakota is set for 1 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Alerus Center. Almost 70 employers will be at the event, according to Grand Forks Director Dustin Hillebrand. The list of employers includes Acme Tools, the Grand Forks Police Department, J.R. Simplot and UND. A full list is available at the Job Services office at 1501 28th Ave. S. or online at www.ndworkforceconnection.com .
Altru will break ground on its new multi-million-dollar hospital on June 5, a day that also will include an open-house with music and a light meal. Community members likely have seen fences go up and large equipment move into the space in preparation for utility relocation to begin at the end of April. "We are on budget and on schedule," said Brad Wehe, CEO of Altru. The new hospital is now budgeted to cost $305 million.
Don't buy a car from Auto Recovery Brokers in Grand Forks, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota advises. The auto dealer says it is in Grand Forks, but there is no licensed auto dealer in the state by this name, the BBB said in a release. Consumers submitted more than 200 complaints about Auto Recovery Brokers, Duluth Motors Transport and Tralaway International, the release said.
Minnesota is the fifth greenest state and North Dakota is the fifth least green state, according to a recent study. Personal finance website WalletHub ranked Minnesota second in environmental quality, which takes air, water and soil quality into account. Minnesota the highest water quality and soil quality, according to the study. The state also has the second highest percentage of recycled municipal solid waste in the country. The study found that North Dakota has some of the highest energy consumption and gasoline consumption per capita.
Dip your toes into entrepreneurship by participating in the Chamber of Commerce's fourth Shark Tank event. The Shark Tank will take place 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 1 in the Empire Arts Center. Participants have one minute to make their pitch, after which the "sharks" will ask questions and offer advice, said Chamber CEO and President Barry Wilfahrt. The Chamber will select 10 candidates to enter "the tank." The first place winner will get $750, second place wins $500, and the person who finishes third will get $250.
Construction on the second phase of the skatepark at Kannowski Park will break ground as soon as the weather permits. Bill Palmiscno, executive director of the Grand Forks Parks District, said phase two will be completed in August. Early estimates for the cost of this second phase are between $250,000 and $280,000. The district has secured $187,000 of that figure so far, Palmiscno said.
Founded by Dalton Ramos, Valley Tech Pros company mainly does electronics repairs. Ramos said he decided to make downtown the new home of Valley TechPros after many years working and living downtown. Ramos talked with the Herald about the new business: Q: What is Valley TechPros? What do you do and why?