Ryan Johnson has been a Forum reporter since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.
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FARGO—When one business closes, several more get ready to open, or so it seemed earlier this week as eager bidders snatched up everything from ovens to barstools at a soon-to-be demolished former restaurant. It's been vacant since closing in November, but Lone Star Steakhouse, 4328 13th Ave. S., was busy Monday, April 17, as people paid for appliances, art, tables and more that they bought in an online auction hosted by Fargo Liquidators.
FARGO—An arts and crafts store and education center for knitters will close this week, but not for long as it changes to a new member-supported business model. Prairie Yarns, 2607 S. University Drive, will close at 5 p.m. Friday, April 21, and reopen in early June as Prairie Yarns Fiber Arts Center.
FARGO—A Fargo woman is calling for a cookie bakery to follow up with its employees after a worker referred to her police officer boyfriend as a "pig." Elizabeth Nelson said she went to Insomnia Cookies, 412 Broadway, shortly after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, to wait for her boyfriend. Her boyfriend, who she said she'd rather not name, pulled his police vehicle into a spot across the street. That's when she said an employee looked up, saw his car and said something to the effect of, "Oh, the little pigs just pulled up."
MOORHEAD—Fargo-Moorhead's businesses and residents are no longer isolated from the events and conditions happening across the world, according to Anne Blackhurst. "It is increasingly obvious that understanding the social, cultural and economic conditions of other countries is critical to our own well-being and our collective future," said Blackhurst, president of Minnesota State University Moorhead, during a Wednesday, April 12, event on campus. And that's especially the case with China, she said.
MOORHEAD—U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer's got spirit, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The North Dakota Republican was honored with an award for his votes on business-friendly issues Wednesday, April 12, during a morning reception at the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber, 202 1st Ave. N.
FARGO—It just might be a low-tech fake email, not a high-tech hacking scheme, that makes it hard for businesses and organizations to safeguard information in modern times. Firewalls and cutting-edge technology designed to keep networks safe and secure can be undone simply by asking employees to click a link. An email requesting employee W-2s that looks like it's coming from the CEO can turn a well-meaning worker into the unwitting source of a data leak.
WEST FARGO—An agriculture and construction equipment network headquartered in West Fargo expects to boost its operating efficiency after reducing its inventory and closing several dealerships. Titan Machinery Inc. reported its financial results late last week for its fourth quarter and last fiscal year that ended Jan. 31. According to the report, the company's quarterly revenue was down about 5 percent to $317.6 million, a decrease from $335.5 million for the quarter a year before.
FARGO—Gordmans will keep its store in Fargo and in three other cities in North Dakota while closing five locations in Minnesota, according to documents filed in court over the weekend. The Omaha-based discount retailer's filings to U.S. Bankruptcy Court over the weekend included two lists, one with 57 stores that will remain open and another listing 48 stores that will be closed.
FARGO—A Fargo-based women's clothing retailer with about 200 stores across the United States has filed for bankruptcy protection. Vanity Shop of Grand Forks Inc., which is headquartered in Fargo and operates its stores under the name Vanity, is seeking Chapter 11 protection, according to a voluntary petition for relief filed Wednesday, March 1, in the District of North Dakota United States Bankruptcy Court.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — There are always proposals to reform the tax code, and that's especially the case after the 2016 presidential election. Still, Ron Twedt said there's not much for the average person to do now to prepare for any coming tax changes that haven't been enacted yet. "I do think it's wise and probably good citizenship just to pay attention to policy discussions so you have some sense of where things might be going," said Twedt, an assistant professor of accounting at Concordia College's Offutt School of Business in Moorhead.