Ryan Johnson has been a Forum reporter since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.
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WEST FARGO, N.D. — The grandmother of a 13-year-old girl was arrested on Thanksgiving Day after authorities said she harbored the runaway teenager and lied about it to police. West Fargo police reported shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, that Margaret Hansen, 53, was arrested on suspicion of harboring a runaway, hindering an investigation and providing false information. She was being held at the Cass County Jail.
FARGO—Even for small businesses here, Black Friday could be a better day for sales than Small Business Saturday. That's a main takeaway from a new national analysis of transactions at nearly 65,000 retailers in the U.S., including about 200 businesses in North Dakota, during the 2016 holiday shopping season.
FARGO—A line of 40 or so people waiting for the doors to be unlocked said it all—locals were eager to check out North Dakota's first lululemon store when it opened Friday, Nov. 17, in West Acres Shopping Center. The lifestyle clothing and athletic gear brand that was founded in Vancouver in 1998 is inspired by yoga, and that remains the foundation of the company that had more than 400 stores around the world by the start of 2017.
FARGO — As employees continued their work in the background, representatives of Walmart stopped by a Fargo-based sunflower butter company to put the spotlight on a local example of American manufacturing. A short ceremony was held Monday, Nov. 13, at SunButter LLC, 4040 7th Ave. N., that featured remarks from local and state leaders, business officials and Lisa Nelson, a public affairs and government relations director with Walmart.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—The broken bones Chris Bjur suffered from a 16-foot fall hurt the most financially. The Moorhead handyman was painting his parents' house near Kulm, N.D., in early June, when he slipped on the steel roof and slid feet-first toward the ground. He landed with his right foot on grass and left foot on the sidewalk, and knew it was serious when he saw his mangled left leg.
FARGO — Human resources staff don't usually get the spotlight at work, but speakers at an annual conference here said these employees play a vital role in promoting a strong workforce and innovation that could make their businesses shine. North Dakota Commerce Commission Jay Schuler said the state is dealing with a big "challenge" right now: It had the nation's lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 2.3 percent in August, but it lacks enough workers to fill open jobs.
FARGO—When Hao Zhang first came to Fargo in 2008, he didn't know much about the area—he only chose to move here by randomly pointing to a spot on a map. That's why it might be surprising to learn the 30-year-old will soon fly back to his native country to open a North Dakota company's first international office as a way to beef up its contacts in China and help other companies tap into business opportunities in America's Midwest.
FARGO—Melissa Dixon drives a beloved Nissan Murano, a mid-size SUV that she jokingly refers to as a "four-wheeler" just like any other non-semi vehicle. But there's no denying her drive for the trucking industry, both through her work with an insurance company as well as her recent rise to become the first female president of a state organization that represents the industry. Dixon became president of the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association in late May following several years of serving on the board and various other organizations.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—After 15 years working for Target, Doug Restemayer learned all too well how easily a gathering of employees can become a dreaded part of the job. "My whole day consisted of meetings," he said. "Not many of them are very productive." That's why Restemayer, the president and owner of beer and beverage distributor D-S Beverages Inc., said it's been "refreshing" to run a small company and structure it the way he wants—and that includes a demand to make meetings relevant and effective, not a necessary evil of the workday.
FARGO — Another store is closing at West Acres Shopping Center, but an official with the mall said the news wasn't a surprise and demand for space still outpaces vacancies. The Gymboree Corp. announced Tuesday, July 11, that it will close about 350 stores, including its Gymboree store in West Acres, after a "comprehensive evaluation of its retail footprint." Closing sales will begin July 18.