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Craig McEwen and Tracy Frank, Published January 17 2009

Sound, video store to open

Bismarck-based Pacific Sound and Video will open a new store in Fargo at 4761 13th Ave. S.

“We’re shooting for Feb. 2 as our tentative opening date,” said Jamie Stephens, company owner.

Pacific Sound and Video sells and installs home theaters and stereos, car stereos and home automation systems that control lighting, sound, security systems and other elements, Stephens said.

The Fargo store will employ seven people, he said.

Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Pacific Sound and Video also has stores in Bismarck, Minot and Dickinson.

Ulteig is renewable energy leader

Kindred, N.D.-based Cass County Electric has recognized Ulteig Engineers, Fargo, for its use of renewable energy.

Ulteig is the first commercial business to purchase renewable energy credits for all energy used by its two Fargo offices in 2008.

“Since 1944 we’ve been a leader in providing energy generation, transmission and electrical infrastructure design to our clients and have been involved in wind projects for the past 13 years,” said Gerry Floden, Ulteig president and CEO.

“To be recognized by a renewable energy leader like Cass County Electric Cooperative is a proud achievement for us,” he said.

Cass County Electric is a nonprofit, customer-owned electric distribution system serving more than 30,000 members in southeastern North Dakota.

State gets grants for development

North Dakota has received three federal grants totaling $156,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce to support economic development efforts.

The Souris Basin Planning Council, the Lewis and Clark Regional Development Council and the Lake Agassiz Regional Council each got a $52,000 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy grant.

The grants are to establish an economic development planning framework, process and strategy that supports private capital investment and job creation, a news release from Gov. John Hoeven said.

The grants will affect Bottineau, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville, Ward, Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Cass, Ransom, Sargent, Steele and Traill counties.

Entrepreneur to speak at event

A Detroit Lakes, Minn. entrepreneur who built his business from the basement up will discuss his experience and answer questions during a Speaker Series event planned by Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes Business and Entrepreneurial Services.

Mark Fritz and Mike Hutchinson started Lakeshirts, a screen-print, embroidery and dye works company in 1984. They started out curing T-shirts on cookie sheets inside an oven in Fritz’s parents’ basement. They have since built their own facility and added seven fully automated screen-print machines.

Fritz will speak at the Speaker Series event at 10 a.m. Feb. 6 at MSCTC-DL in room C103. The event is free and lunch is provided. Registration is not required. To attend, RSVP Patty Heath Gordon at (218) 846-3804 or patty.gordon@minnesota.edu.

Readers can reach Business Editor Craig McEwen at (701) 241-5502 and business reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526