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Published June 19 2010

Trade Talk: Eventide purchases Hi-Acres Manor

Eventide Senior Living Communities based in Moorhead and West Fargo has signed a letter of intent to purchase Hi-Acres Manor of Jamestown, N.D.

Hi-Acres Manor is a for-profit, family-owned company led by Garry Riffe, who will continue in a leadership role.

Founded in 1962, Hi-Acres is a 142-bed nursing care facility with a senior-living duplex and apartments.

Hi-Acres employs 250 people, all of whom will remain employed.

“Our success is all about taking care of people. It’s been a shared vision by all of our employees, some who have been devoted to our mission for decades,” Riffe said.

Eventide Senior Living Facilities is a not-for-profit organization with a Lutheran foundation serving more than 650 residents on three campuses in Fargo-Moorhead and West Fargo.

“The expertise that Hi-Acres Manor brings to this new partnership is what was the most appealing aspect,” said Jon Riewer, Eventide president.

The Hi-Acres Manor name will switch to Eventide on July 1.

Hector Airport sets May boarding record

Hector International Airport in Fargo set a monthly passenger record in May.

A total of 29,964 passengers boarded flights out of Hector in May, compared to 26,704 in May 2009.

Passengers arriving at Hector totaled 29,943 in May, compared to 26,443 during the same month in 2009.

For the year to date, 154,103 passengers have departed Hector, compared to 133,864 at this time in 2009, representing a 15.1 percent increase.

Year-to-date arrivals total 155,732 this year, compared to 134,732 in 2009, an increase of 15.6 percent.

Vanity temporarily closed for store remodeling

Vanity has temporarily closed its West Acres store while it remodels. It will reopen July 1.

The store’s focus is on offering a bright, fun shopping experience, said Katie Wohlman, Vanity marketing manager.

“One of our key strategies this year is investing in our existing stores to reflect the fashion-forward style our customers demand to stay relevant and compete against aggressive retailers such as Forever 21 and The Buckle,” Wohlman said.

The new store design includes tall, glass storefront windows for better viewing into the store, a new lighting system, full-length mirrors, added lighting and wood benches in dressing rooms.

New child care center open in West Fargo

A new child care center has opened in the former King of the Jungle location at 1141 13th Ave. E. in West Fargo.

Peggy Darrah, who has been in child care for 30 years, and Janet Mack, who has done child care and foster care for 40 years, opened TLC Childcare on May 3.

Both women had been running child care businesses out of their homes and decided it was time to get their homes back and open a center.

TLC Childcare is licensed for 18 children and is taking newborns to

12-year-olds.

Darrah said there is a definite need for more child care in the area.

“With both parents being forced to work in this economy, we know there is definitely a need,” she said.


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