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Heidi Shaffer and Dave Olson, Published December 30 2011

TradeTalk: Fargo businesses affected by mill fire

For 40 years, Tochi Products owner Will Hoglund ordered his organic flour and rolled oats from the Swany White Flour Mill in Freemont, Minn.

A fire destroyed the historic mill Tuesday, leaving Hoglund and many of his customers saddened while scrambling to find a new supplier.

“It’s really hard to deal with,” Hoglund said Friday. “There are lots of flour mills out there, but this is a particularly good one.”

Swany’s owner told the St. Cloud Times on Thursday that he doesn’t plan to rebuild.

Hoglund’s natural food store not only supplies flour and bread mixes for retail customers, but businesses, such as Nichole’s Fine Pastry in Fargo, are also going to feel the loss.

Hoglund sold out the last of the Swany mill white flour on Thursday and is working to secure another local supplier.

Golden Needle Tattoo moves to new location

Golden Needle Tattoo has moved from its former location at 1825 Main Ave., Moorhead, to the Seventh and Main Plaza in Moorhead.

Golden Needle Tattoo has been in business for 29 years and is owned by Anita Burbeck. The business can be reached by calling (218) 236-8560.

Valley Imports featured in Automotive News

Valley Imports, Fargo, has been recognized by Mercedes-Benz in a recent Automotive News publication for the renovation of its Mercedes-Benz showroom, which was completed in May.

Warner and Co. buys Schaefer Insurance

Warner and Co. Insurance, Fargo, has purchased Schaefer Insurance, Grand Forks.

Schaefer Insurance will merge with Grand Forks-based Thompson Insurance, a full-service insurance agency owned by Warner and Co. The resulting company will conduct business as Thompson-Schaefer Insurance Agency.

Mike Schaefer, who has owned Schaefer Insurance since 1973, is semi-retiring.

The Thompson-Schaefer Insurance Agency will be located at Thompson Insurance’s current location in Grand Forks and will employee seven people.

Warner and Co.’s other agencies include Kramer Agency, Bismarck, and Schiller Insurance, Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Readers can reach Forum business editor Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511 and Forum business reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555.