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Craig McEwen and Tracy Frank, Published June 20 2009

Trade Talk: VAVA Boutique opens in Fargo

A Fargo woman who started a Web business to sell her jewelry line has expanded her selection and opened a boutique.

Sherry Bosh of Fargo started selling jewelry and other items such as aprons through Cheryl Lee Creations a year ago.

On Monday, she and her brother, Kenneth Klocke, opened VAVA Boutique at 1301 5th St. S. in Fargo.

Bosh has added clothing and more jewelry lines.

The boutique will also sell jewelry and clothing from ifoxi Fashions, a brand Klocke and his son, Steven Klocke, started in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Bosh decided to open the store after hearing from customers who wanted to see her products. Her nephew had also been urging her to open a store.

“I’m so excited. It has been nothing but positive,” Bosh said.

Bosh has created numerous jewelry themes. Most of the designs help support various organizations.

Titan Machinery CEO wins honor

David Meyer, CEO of Titan Machinery, Fargo, is a winner in the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year contest.

Meyer won in the distribution category for the Upper Midwest region which includes companies based in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Cargill supports Hankinson learning

Cargill has donated $17,000 to Hankinson (N.D.) American Legion Post 88 to help build a native plant and natural resource learning site.

The project will help community members of all ages learn about the environment.

Cargill’s donation will help pay for seeds, trees and planting supplies. Students from the Hankinson High School science department will do the planting.

“Our goal with this site is to re-establish ecosystems that once characterized this area, as well as give everyone in the community opportunities to learn about nature and become environmental stewards,” said Arnie Althoff, legion member and project leader.

Cargill Corn Milling, Wahpeton, N.D., and Horizon Milling LLC, Fairmont, N.D., contributed to the donation.

Northern States Power turns 100

Northern States Power Co., an Xcel Energy company, is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The utility company began electricity service to Minnesota customers in 1909 and extended its service to North Dakota in 1911. The company has grown from serving the Minneapolis industrial core to serving hundreds of communities in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

In 1902, Thomas Edison’s protégé Henry Marison Byllesby established H.M. Byllesby and Co. The conglomerate owned steamships, streetcars and utility companies from West Virginia to California. In 1909, Byllesby established Consumers Power Co. in Stillwater, Minn.

Consumers Power acquired 16 properties in Minnesota and the Dakotas including the utility company in Grand Forks, the Minot Light and Telephone Company and the Fargo and Moorhead Street Railway Company.

In 1916, the company’s name was changed to Northern States Power Co.

Xcel Energy’s customer base in Minnesota and the Dakotas has grown to about 1.4 million electricity customers and 475,000 natural gas customers.

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