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FARGO—A nationally known economist who worked on Donald Trump's presidential campaign gave a Fargo audience his take on Trump's personality and performance as president during a keynote address at the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber's annual Economic Outlook Forum held Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Delta by Marriott. Stephen Moore, who has written on the economy and public policy for the Wall Street Journal, said that during his first meeting with Trump he realized something unexpected.
FARGO—A Fargo brewing company that set up business in north Fargo three years ago is now looking to move into a larger space in downtown Fargo. Kilstone Brewing plans to establish a production facility and taproom at 222 Broadway, a spot currently home to Absolute Marketing Group. A message left with Absolute Marketing was not returned at the time this story went to print.
FARGO—The Red Silo in Fargo will host a Red Silobration Retreat March 10 at the Fargo Civic Center. Scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the event will include live music, a fashion show, vendors, demonstrations and more. VIP tickets are $68 and include a meal, book and swag bag containing goodies. General admission tickets are also available for $48 that include a meal.
FARGO—The recent announcement by Best Buy that its stores will stop selling compact discs later this summer may have left some wondering whether CDs are spinning toward extinction. Not necessarily, says, Ross Raihala, pop music critic for the Pioneer Press in St. Paul. "Best Buy pulling CDs will hurt, but a lot of people have been saying this is the death knell for the CD format; I think that's a little bit of an exaggeration," Raihala said. "CDs still sell fairly well in other markets around the world, sales aren't dropping like they are here," he added.
WEST FARGO—A rumor is going around that Amazon is scouting the West Fargo area for possibly setting up some type of facility, perhaps something like the Amazon customer service call center in Grand Forks. West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern said he's heard the rumor, but has no direct information that would confirm that is what's going on. West Fargo Economic Development Director and Community Services Director Matt Marshal said he has heard the rumor as well, but he said he has had no direct contact with the company regarding any kind of plans it may have for West Fargo.
MOORHEAD—Derrick LaPoint was introduced Thursday, Feb. 15, as the president and CEO of the newly formed nonprofit Downtown Moorhead Inc., which will focus on promoting Moorhead's downtown as a good place to do business. "This is a big day for the city of Moorhead," said Bob Buth, the chairman of Downtown Moorhead, before presenting LaPoint at a news conference here. Buth said LaPoint was chosen from a group of about 140 applicants from across the nation.
MOORHEAD—Many years ago, Jacey Henrichs' grandfather operated Tom's Pizza in Moorhead. Today, Jacey Henrichs says that genetic connection may be one reason he decided to leave the information technology field and start his own business—Jay's Smokin' BBQ—with his wife, Rochelle. Jay's Smokin' BBQ is the latest store to open in the Moorhead Center Mall, where Rochelle Henrichs and her sister-in-law, Dee Dee Sonstelie, purchased an antiques store—FM Antiques & Repurposed Market—in the mall last summer.
FARGO—A new business is heading for Fargo that looks to pair craft brewing with video arcade nostalgia. Pixeled Brewing Co., which recently received Renaissance Zone status to receive tax breaks, will soon set up at 1100 NP Ave. in Fargo in a building complex that historically was known as Union Storage and Transfer and was renovated several years ago into housing and commercial space. Pixeled Brewing is owned by John-Paul Klein. The general manager will be Nick Hill.
FARGO — A Los Angeles-based company, CBRE, is partnering with Kilbourne Group to help market and manage lease space in the 125,000-square-foot Black Building in downtown Fargo, which is undergoing a renovation. Chance Lindsey, who works in CBRE's North Dakota office, will handle leasing duties involving the Black Building, which will have fully renovated office space available starting in April, according to information provided by CBRE.
HAWLEY, Minn.—A juvenile male was injured Saturday afternoon, Jan. 20, after the snowmobile he was riding missed a curve on a trail south of Hawley and the rider struck a tree after being thrown from the sled, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office. The rider was taken to a Fargo hospital by air ambulance. The incident was reported about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. It happened about four miles southwest of Hawley. No other details were available.