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FARGO—Dunkin' Donuts could start moving closer to North Dakota, but the doughnut and coffee chain doesn't yet have expansion plans in the Peace Garden State. A Minnesota Public Radio article last month said the chain, based in Canton, Mass., is starting to move west with plans to open dozens more stores in the state after opening four coffeehouses in the Twin Cities area so far.
FARGO—ICSS Supply Co. was an "inside joke" that Seth Carlson thought up when he needed a name for his new salvaged lumber company in 2012. It's also been the source of many jokes lately, and Carlson is ready for his business to move on by changing the name to Dakota Timber Co. "I can tell you the No. 1 reason was because we were sick of people calling us ISIS," he said, referring to the Islamic State militant organization.
FARGO—Unemployment rates are on the rise in the Fargo-Moorhead area, and for North Dakota and Minnesota overall. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this week that North Dakota's not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 3.0 percent last month, up from 2.6 percent in November 2016 and 2.8 percent in December 2015. Minnesota, too, recorded an uptick to a not seasonally adjusted rate of 4.0 percent last month, up from 3.3 percent the previous month and 3.7 percent a year before.
FARGO—A first-of-its-kind expo will take over Scheels Arena this weekend and bring to mind plenty of warm summer memories, even in January. Explore Lake Life Expo, happening 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, costs $5 per person or $10 per family. North Dakota State University students will get free admission Friday with a valid student ID, and other visitors can get free admission with a Boat and Marine Products Show ticket.
FARGO—King Leo's has closed its doors, a little more than a year since a new incarnation of the old burger place opened near West Acres Shopping Center. The restaurant, which opened in November 2015 at 1443 42nd St. S., closed the night of Saturday, Dec. 31, according to a post on the business Facebook page. The short post also thanked customers for their business.
FARGO—Get ready for new dining, shopping and health care options—there are a lot of new area businesses in the works for 2017. Two new types of grocery stores will open, a popular campus hangout will reopen and two major developments will pop up in West Fargo. Some won't be done in 2017, including a possible new outlet center in south Fargo that developers might start building next year and start to open in 2018. But there will plenty of new businesses in the community by the time we get to next New Year's Eve.
FARGO—Darrell Randle knew the local food scene needed something when his former co-worker didn't know about grits, a Southern breakfast staple. "I had to show him pictures of it," he said. That's why the self-described "pioneer" and his wife are working to open North Dakota's first soul food restaurant and give the locals all the collard greens and uniquely seasoned chicken and meats they could want.
FARGO—After 20 years in business, Fargo's Ramada Plaza & Suites will soon switch to the Marriott brand. But the conversion will require more than new signs at the hotel, 1635 42nd St. S., and everything from the restaurant to the amenities in guest rooms will be upgraded or revamped by the time the switch to Delta by Marriott Fargo is completed in late March or early April.
FARGO — Some film and TV projects are just work, but Nick Fink's latest role is more than just a way to pay the bills. The Fargo native will be...
FARGO—Good vision is important to Justin Carlson. The 36-year-old Hendricks, Minn., resident performs cardiac ultrasounds for a living, but over the last decade, his corneas have been getting weaker and thinner because of a condition known as keratoconus. Not long ago, the only option was to wear special contacts to correct vision problems, but that didn't prevent the eventual need for a corneal transplant. Now, there's something he can do about it.