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Craig McEwen and Tracy Frank, Published December 26 2009

Trade Talk: Starion building new bank location

Starion Financial is building a new bank location in Fargo.

The facility will be in the Urban Plains development at 2754 Brandt Drive S.

It’s planned to open in midsummer of 2010.

The 11,000-square-foot building will have three drive-up lanes and will house insurance investments, mortgage, business and retail banking. There will also be 3,000 square feet available for lease.

It is being constructed to be environmentally friendly and will have greenery on the roof.

The building will replace the Starion branch on Amber Valley Parkway, which is in an office complex.

“It’s always been our intention since we came to town in May of 2008 that we would build our main bank building as soon as possible,” said Jeff Thomas, market president.

ND unemployment rate 3.7 percent in November

North Dakota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 3.7 percent.

That’s 0.5 percentage points higher than the previous month, according to North Dakota Job Service.

The state continues to be considerably lower than the national rate of 9.4 percent.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November 2008 was 2.8 percent.

United Way of Cass-Clay seeking volunteers

The United Way of Cass-Clay is seeking volunteers to serve on the Community Impact Review Panel to help review agencies and programs that want funding from United Way.

Volunteers will work in small groups to visit agencies, review applications, and make recommendations about how donated funds are invested.

The commitment is about 16 hours. Contact Thomas Hill at thill@uwcc.net or (701) 237-5050 by Jan. 8.

Volunteers are also needed to help run inflatable games for children and families at the Fargodome during the Fight the Frost fundraiser Jan. 15-17. The commitment is two-to-three hours. Contact Aaron Hill at ahill@uwcc.net or (701) 237-5050 by Jan. 8.

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