Ryan Johnson has been a Forum reporter since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.
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MARSHALL, Minn.—A frozen food company is boosting its frozen pizza business with two recent acquisitions. Schwan's Co., which was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Marshall, announced Monday, July 24, that it acquired Better Baked Foods and Drayton Foods from NE Foods Inc. It's the second acquisition in recent months as the company builds up its stake in the U.S. pizza market, according to a news release. Schwan's reported last month that it acquired MaMa Rosa's Pizza, a company based in Sidney, Ohio.
At first glance, viewers of Cathy Hummel's large printed canvases might notice an overhead view of a lake, complete with some major roads winding around the perimeter. Hummel sees something a little different. "I call it maps of memories because I think that's what happens when you look at it," she said. The interior designer launched her business Lake Overview in 2002 out of necessity for something she wanted but couldn't find—an aesthetically pleasing map of Minnesota's Pelican Lake where she spent summers with her grandparents.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—After 15 years working for Target, Doug Restemayer learned all too well how easily a gathering of employees can become a dreaded part of the job. "My whole day consisted of meetings," he said. "Not many of them are very productive." That's why Restemayer, the president and owner of beer and beverage distributor D-S Beverages Inc., said it's been "refreshing" to run a small company and structure it the way he wants—and that includes a demand to make meetings relevant and effective, not a necessary evil of the workday.
FARGO—Two friends learned a lot about the college admission process as their kids got into elite American universities. That's why they're putting that insight to use with a new business that aims to share those lessons with other parents and students. Paula Mehmel and Tammy Goerger held two informational sessions earlier this month for GPS College Navigation Consultants: Guidance for Parents and Students. They'll have another free meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at Elim Lutheran Church, 321 9th St. N., Fargo.
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.