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Tracy Frank, Published July 31 2010

Trade Talk: MODE moves to 13th Ave. location

MODE, a designer fashion outlet store in Fargo, has moved from its downtown location to 4302 13th Ave. S. in Fargo.

MODE carries overstock designer fashions at 50 to 90 percent below retail prices for women, men, teens, children and babies. In addition to clothing, the store carries shoes, jewelry, skin care products and accessories.

Owner Ciara Stockeland opened the store at 612 Main Ave. in February 2007. She closed that location last Saturday and opened her new location Tuesday.

Stockeland moved MODE because the store needed more room, she said.

“I think this will be a great fit for us,” Stockeland said. “We’ve had really steady growth. We’re starting to be known for our $40 designer denim, and that’s bringing in a lot of people, so we just wanted to make sure we had enough space for enough product.”

Thursday through Saturday, MODE will give away 20 pairs of jeans a day, first come, first served, starting at 10 a.m.

The store’s hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and closed Sunday.

Stockeland is franchising MODE and is working on plans to open locations in Bismarck; St. Cloud, Minn.; and Sioux Falls, S.D., she said.

Energy Expo keynote speakers announced

U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., has announced the keynote speakers for the 2010 Great Plains Energy Expo and Showcase Sept. 20 and 21 in Bismarck.

They are Richard Gephardt, former Democratic leader of the U.S. House of Representatives; Clarence Cazalot, president and CEO of Marathon Oil Corp.; Arun Majumdar, director of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency; and retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Charles Wald.

Speakers will discuss how to boost domestic energy production, reduce dependence on foreign energy, reduce emissions and provide more clean-energy jobs, Dorgan said.

The Great Plains Energy Expo and Showcase is a collaborative effort between Dorgan, Bismarck State College, Great Plains Energy Corridor, Red River Valley Research Corridor, and Bismarck engineering firm Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson.

The event will feature exhibitors, speakers and workshops. Keynote presentations and exhibitor showcases are open to the public.

Registration is available at www.bismarckstate.edu/gpee.

Aldevron licenses DNA production processes

Aldevron, a Fargo-based biotechnology company, has licensed the HyperGRO DNA production processes from Nature Technology Corp., a technology-based biologics development company in Lincoln, Neb., for use in Aldevron’s clinical manufacturing programs.

By working together, Aldevron and Nature Technology Corp. can provide better options for clinical-grade manufacturing, said Michael Chambers, Aldevron president and chief executive officer.

HyperGRO processes will be combined with Aldevron’s downstream purification technology to manufacture DNA vaccine and gene therapy products.

It will result in a high-yielding DNA production process that will allow Aldevron to manufacture larger amounts of DNA for more applications, according to a news release.

Readers can reach business reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526