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Published June 12 2010

Trade Talk: F-M Chamber a finalist for big award

The Fargo Moorhead Chamber of Commerce has been named a finalist in the 2010 Chamber of the Year Award competition.

The designation qualifies the F-M Chamber as a candidate for the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Chamber of the Year Award to be announced Aug. 5.

The F-M Chamber was one of two its size to be chosen a finalist.

“As a new addition to the F-M Chamber staff, I am thrilled to have our peer chambers recognize the accomplishments of this team,” said F-M Chamber President Craig Whitney.

“It confirms what I know after having worked with them for four and a half months: They are a remarkable group of professionals who truly make good things happen in our metropolitan area.”

Happy Harry’s featured on magazine cover

North Dakota liquor retailer Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops is featured on the cover of Beverage Dynamics magazine in its May/June edition.

Happy Harry’s was launched in Grand Forks in 1944 by Harry “Happy” Gershman.

There are now four stores; two each in Grand Forks and Fargo. The business has been run by son Hal Gershman since 1976.

Over the past four years, Hal Gershman spent more than $2 million remodeling the stores that are each about 16,000 square feet in size, the article states.

The Fargo stores are at 1125 19th Ave. N. and 1621 45th St. S.

Rothsay woman wins $12,000 energy award

Rothsay, Minn., homeowner Jeanette Geer has won a $12,000 home energy makeover from Otter Tail Power Co.

The makeover was granted as part of the company’s Community Energy Challenge.

The makeover will help make the Geer home more energy efficient to help achieve the Community Energy Challenge goal of saving between 10 and 15 percent of Rothsay’s energy use, said Branda Sandahl, OTP senior market planning specialist.

Geer was selected from among 27 applicants.

Genius, life purpose workshops scheduled

Bock’s Office Transformational Consulting in Fargo is sponsoring workshops on the concepts of genius and life purpose June 23 and 24 at Wingate Inn in Fargo.

The events are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with registration at 8:30 a.m.

Participants in the Genius Workshop June 23 will learn about the concept of genius. Author Dick Richards will present ideas from his book “Is Your Genius at Work” and facilitate dialogue in pairs and trios.

Participants in the Purpose Workshop June 24 will explore the ways purpose might reveal itself.

The cost is $150 for the Genius Workshop and $100 for the Purpose Workshop. Participants can register for both events and save $25. The Genius Workshop is a prerequisite for the Purpose Workshop.

Register at www.bocksoffice.com.

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