Ryan Johnson has been a Forum reporter since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.
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FARGO — The family of missing restaurateur Rodolfo Romo Garcia is keeping pressure on authorities as the investigation into his whereabouts stretches on. Two of his sisters and their husbands came from Omaha and Sioux Falls, S.D., to meet with Fargo Police Detective Josh Loos on Wednesday, June 21, to share what they know and get an update. The owner of three Romo's Tacos restaurants who did business in town as Rodolfo Romo was reported missing June 2. Fargo Police Officer Jessica Schindeldecker said there was no new information in the case to report Wednesday.
FARGO—The leaders of Swanson Health Products are trusting their guts when it comes to the company's first-ever launch of a new full line of products. The Fargo-based vitamin and supplement distributor, headquartered at 4075 40th Ave. S., introduced 14 probiotic supplements on May 11. While Swanson already sold a basic line of related supplements, Chief Innovation Officer Shane Durkee said the market has shifted as new research finds benefits of refining and boosting the potency.
FARGO—When one business closes, several more get ready to open, or so it seemed earlier this week as eager bidders snatched up everything from ovens to barstools at a soon-to-be demolished former restaurant. It's been vacant since closing in November, but Lone Star Steakhouse, 4328 13th Ave. S., was busy Monday, April 17, as people paid for appliances, art, tables and more that they bought in an online auction hosted by Fargo Liquidators.
FARGO—An arts and crafts store and education center for knitters will close this week, but not for long as it changes to a new member-supported business model. Prairie Yarns, 2607 S. University Drive, will close at 5 p.m. Friday, April 21, and reopen in early June as Prairie Yarns Fiber Arts Center.
MOORHEAD—Fargo-Moorhead's businesses and residents are no longer isolated from the events and conditions happening across the world, according to Anne Blackhurst. "It is increasingly obvious that understanding the social, cultural and economic conditions of other countries is critical to our own well-being and our collective future," said Blackhurst, president of Minnesota State University Moorhead, during a Wednesday, April 12, event on campus. And that's especially the case with China, she said.
FARGO—It just might be a low-tech fake email, not a high-tech hacking scheme, that makes it hard for businesses and organizations to safeguard information in modern times. Firewalls and cutting-edge technology designed to keep networks safe and secure can be undone simply by asking employees to click a link. An email requesting employee W-2s that looks like it's coming from the CEO can turn a well-meaning worker into the unwitting source of a data leak.
WEST FARGO—An agriculture and construction equipment network headquartered in West Fargo expects to boost its operating efficiency after reducing its inventory and closing several dealerships. Titan Machinery Inc. reported its financial results late last week for its fourth quarter and last fiscal year that ended Jan. 31. According to the report, the company's quarterly revenue was down about 5 percent to $317.6 million, a decrease from $335.5 million for the quarter a year before.
FARGO—Gordmans will keep its store in Fargo and in three other cities in North Dakota while closing five locations in Minnesota, according to documents filed in court over the weekend. The Omaha-based discount retailer's filings to U.S. Bankruptcy Court over the weekend included two lists, one with 57 stores that will remain open and another listing 48 stores that will be closed.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — There are always proposals to reform the tax code, and that's especially the case after the 2016 presidential election. Still, Ron Twedt said there's not much for the average person to do now to prepare for any coming tax changes that haven't been enacted yet. "I do think it's wise and probably good citizenship just to pay attention to policy discussions so you have some sense of where things might be going," said Twedt, an assistant professor of accounting at Concordia College's Offutt School of Business in Moorhead.
FARGO—A new analysis is shedding some light on the growing economic impact of immigrants who live and work in North Dakota and Minnesota as questions of immigration policy, especially for refugees, continue to split opinions locally and nationally. Newly compiled data released Tuesday, Feb. 21, morning by national organization New American Economy crunched the number of foreign-born residents in each of the country's 435 congressional districts and added up their purchasing power, paid taxes and more.