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Dave Olson, Published February 24 2012

Trade Talk: Fargo start-up finalist for award

A start-up company located in the North Dakota Research and Technology Park’s Technology Incubator in Fargo has been named a finalist for the 2012 Edison Best New Product Awards.

Ergologistics, which makes products that reduce wear and tear on workers who lift and carry heavy materials, was nominated in the award’s industrial design category for its Lift’n Buddy mobile lifting device.

Judges for the Edison Best New Product Awards include marketing professionals, academics and professionals from a variety of product development fields.

Award winners will be announced in April.

Aaron Lamb, president of Ergologistics, said being in the field of finalists speaks to the level of innovation the company strives for.

“I am excited for our company and our extended family at the NDSU Research and Technology Park’s Technology Incubator that helped to bring our product to market,” he said.

Sportsmen’s show

One of the rites of spring in this part of the country is the Red River Valley Sportsmen’s Show.

This year marks the 47th anniversary for the boating, camping and vacation extravaganza scheduled Thursday through March 4 at the Fargodome.

Lovers of the outdoors can pick up tips from the professionals in daily free seminars.

Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. next Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 4.

Admission is $7 for adults; $2.50 for children 6-12; and free for children 5 and under.

The show is sponsored by the Lake Agassiz Kiwanis Club.

Go to www.fargosportshow.com for more details.

Restaurant award

A Ground Round Grill & Bar at 2800 32nd Ave. S. in Grand Forks has been named the 2011 Restaurant of the Year by the national chain.

Ground Round bases the award on overall results, a store’s contribution to the brand and to the community it serves, as well as the overall quality of store’s operations.

The Grand Forks Ground Round opened in 1985. It employs about 85 people.

The Ground Round Independent Owners Cooperative operates 25 restaurants in 12 states.

Other North Dakota locations include Fargo, Bismarck and Minot.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555