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FARGO—Grocery shopping is about to get more convenient. Instacart, a nationwide retail delivery service that started in San Francisco in 2012, started service in the Fargo-Moorhead area Thursday, May 24, meaning more than 78,000 households can now order from their favorite grocery store and have their order delivered in as little as one hour. Retail stores participating include Hornbacher's; Costco; Family Fare; Natural Grocers; and CVS Pharmacy. Delivery service will be extended to Petco on June 7.
MOORHEAD—When Melany Thomas goes to sell her beef cattle, potential buyers will sometimes direct their questions to her husband, who quickly sets them straight, according to Thomas. "She's the one that's raising them, I'm just her farmhand," Thomas said, quoting her husband, Evan, who helps her with the family's grass-fed livestock operation near Fertile, Minn. Women who run farm operations still encounter people surprised to see them in such a role, but that is changing as women increasingly take on more responsibility on farms across the country.
Dayna Del Val, president and CEO of The Arts Partnership in Fargo, is the recipient of the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations' Emerging Leader Award. She will be presented with the award at the organization's annual awards luncheon June 7 in Bismarck during the closing event of the North Dakota Nonprofit Leadership Conference. The Emerging Leader Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact in strengthening the North Dakota nonprofit sector in a short amount of time.
MOORHEAD—The McDonald's restaurant on Highway 10 in Moorhead has closed for a facelift and plans to open again in late June. That's according to Gregg Matejka, director of operations for area McDonald's restaurants. The work at the Moorhead McDonald's at 3009 Highway 10 E. began April 23. It includes a refreshed exterior, a new dining room, and new restrooms. Also, the restaurant is getting table service and an updated kitchen area, according to Matejka. The restaurant will remain closed until the work is completed, which is expected to be by June 22.
FARGO—Warner Investment Corporation, parent company of locally owned and operated Warner and Company Insurance, has announced that President and CEO Brian Hayer has purchased all shares of the company and assumed sole ownership effective May 14. Hayer is the fourth president in the company's 107-year history, having served as president, CEO and part owner of the company since 2007.
FARGO—A South Dakota transplant to the Fargo business scene has taken well to its new home. That's according to Michelle Pulling, owner of Silver Lining Creamery, which opened Thursday, May 10, at 123 Broadway. Since then, the ice cream parlor has been hopping, according to Pulling, who added that Sunday was particularly busy. "We had crazy lines the whole day. It was so fun to see," said Pulling, who owns the business with sons, Ian, who she described as the marketing expert of the operation, and Jeremy, who she said is more of a silent partner.
FARGO—Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney wants a major review of Fargo's special assessment structure. In a written statement, Mahoney said the subject of special assessments has come to dominate the discourse leading up to the June Fargo City Commission election and he said he intends to initiate a "robust review and debate" of the issue when the new City Commission is seated in July. Mahoney, who is running unopposed for re-election, said in addition to options already presented publicly, there are other proposals and ideas likely to come to the fore.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—An Alexandria, Minn., man was arrested Saturday, May 12, after a high-speed chase through Becker County. According to a report released by the Becker County Sheriff's Office: About 1:48 p.m. Saturday the Sheriff's Office received a report of an erratic driver travelling west on Highway 34 near Highway 29. A deputy encountered the vehicle and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the suspect vehicle fled, at times reaching speeds of more than 90 mph.
FARGO—U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Tina Smith, D-Minn., joined more than 80 workers and retirees in Fargo on Saturday, May 12, to provide updated information following the second meeting of a House and Senate Joint Select Committee tasked with solving the crisis facing pension plans across the country.
MOORHEAD—The windows of a large commercial space on Broadway in downtown Fargo are blacked out, evoking curiosity and a sense of mystery: what might be happening behind the darkened glass? The owner, Ken Martin, is hard-pressed himself to come up with an answer. "I don't know what I'm going to do with that thing," said Martin, referring to the space at 74 Broadway, a storefront that was recently home to the Uptown Gallery. "It's one of the better spaces in downtown Fargo," Martin added, stating he has been contemplating turning it into an event center.