April Baumgarten, Grand Forks Herald
DEVILS LAKE - A regional farm equipment dealership plans to modernize its Devils Lake location with a $5.6 million project. Leading Edge Equipment wants to begin construction on the 65,000-square-foot building Sept. 1 so it can expand its agricultural equipment sales and services, according to an application for a flex loan submitted to Forward Devils Lake. Local economic leaders recently approved the $86,000 loan that would be paid over five years with no interest.
The highest-ranking female officer in the U.S. military made a visit to Grand Forks Air Force Base Wednesday to discuss its role in the country's Arctic mission. Gen. Lori Robinson, the head of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, also known as NORTHCOM, met with local military officials. She was brought to the base by Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven for the private meeting.
Chick-fil-A is hiring 100 people for its Grand Forks restaurant as it prepares to open in several weeks. On Wednesday, representatives from the fast food chain visited its future location at 3230 32nd Ave. S., with Guy Wentink, who was hired to operate the Grand Forks restaurant. Wentink led members of the media through the restaurant that is under construction.
FARGO -- A Fargo Democrat will run for North Dakota’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. Former state Rep. Ben Hanson made the announcement early Wednesday morning, Aug. 16. The commercial broker for Archer Real Estate Services in Fargo is campaigning for a seat held by U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, who was first elected to the House in 2012. Cramer, a Republican and early supporter of President Donald Trump, has yet to announce whether he will run for a fourth two-year term.
When will Sonic open in Grand Forks? Sonic plans to open its Grand Forks restaurant by the end of the month, depending on if it can fill the 100-plus positions needed to operate it. Construction is on schedule for the drive-in restaurant at 1800 S. Washington St., Sonic developer Abe Sakak said. The fast food chain broke ground in April at the former Ponderosa restaurant. That structure was demolished to make way for the Sonic restaurant and drive-in area.
The Pentagon has approved policy that allows military bases to defend themselves against invasive and threatening unmanned aircraft, including the potential to shoot down the machines. But military personnel say the recently issued guidelines are meant to protect the bases and clarify policy that has been in place for decades.
The number of commercial properties for sale in Grand Forks isn't unusual compared to other years, but those looking to buy appear to be taking more time to close the deal this year, real estate agents said. The Grand Forks Board of Realtors listed 22 commercial properties for sale in Grand Forks and four in East Grand Forks as of Thursday. There were 41 spaces listed for lease in Grand Forks and one in East Grand Forks, according to the board.
A Grand Forks doctor has invented a device he says will help heal fractured jaws that will cut back on application time. Dr. Alan Johnson, a head and neck surgeon with Altru Health System, completed his five years of work on Minne Ties, a self-locking suture tie that looks like a zip tie and mimics the wire application technique, according to the Minne Ties website.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A downtown Grand Forks clothing boutique for women will open a location in South Carolina. Kittsona plans to open a store this month on King Street, a historic shopping district in downtown Charleston. Co-owners Nicole Johnson and Tessa Hiney have received multiple requests to open stores in cities across the country, but they fell in love with the arts and culture of the South Carolina city, Johnson said.
When former head basketball coach Jim Johnson tries to inspire groups, like the one at the Great Plains Young Professionals Summit in Grand Forks, he tells them about Jason McElwain, a boy diagnosed with autism who tried out for his team three years in a row.