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Published February 25 2012

Business Briefs (February 25, 2012)

Northstar Auctioneers merges with Aasness

Aasness Auctioneers has merged with Northstar Auctioneers.

Tammy Tisland, former owner of Northstar Auctioneers, will continue to operate out of the Bemidji, Minn., area as a division of Aasness Auctioneers. She will specialize in real estate, commercial turf equipment, farm equipment, antiques and estates, and benefit auctions.

Aasness Auctioneers is based in Fergus Falls, Minn., and Dalton, Minn., and offers onsite and indoor capabilities as well as live simulcast and online auctions. The auction team has conducted over 6,000 auctions over the past 26 years.

Exclusive Aviation expands to SD

Exclusive Aviation, the aircraft sales division of the Fargo Jet Center, has been named the new Cessna-authorized sales representative for South Dakota.

Matt Dyer, aircraft sales associate for Exclusive Aviation, has been assigned as the Cessna sales representative for South Dakota.

Dyer is a graduate of the University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences and is a commercial pilot with multiengine and instrument ratings. He has more than seven years of experience in the aviation industry and has been with Exclusive Aviation since 2010.

Courts Plus renovation and expansion planned

The Fargo Park Board has approved plans for a major renovation and expansion project at Courts Plus Fitness Center, 3491 S. University Drive.

The new expansion will feature a large indoor play area for children and additional activity rooms for the community.

The Junior League of Fargo-Moorhead is partnering with the Fargo Park District and Courts Plus Fitness Center to fund an additional $200,000 for the indoor playground equipment.

The project is expected to be complete in 2013.

BBB to publish complaint details

Starting Thursday, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota will offer complaint details in its free Business Reviews.

Complaints were previously classified into 12 categories and only one type of each complaint was reported, along with basic information on how that complaint was closed.

Now the actual text from consumer complaints will be included, as well as the initial business response, and any subsequent business or consumer correspondence in reportable complaints.

According to the BBB, research showed consumers were looking for more detailed information on the types of complaints companies receive and how those complaints were ultimately resolved.

The change also gives companies more of a voice in the complaint process, allowing consumers to directly observe their response to customer issues.

IAAP slates meeting, recognition celebration

The Red River Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals has slated a meeting and recognition celebration in March.

Registered nurse Renee Schulz will speak at the meeting at 6 p.m. March 6 at the Howard Johnson Inn, Fargo.

Guests are welcome and attendance is free for the first meeting. Those planning to attend should RSVP by emailing Alyssa.Blomquist@cetero.com.

The chapter will hold its annual Business Professional Recognition Celebration March 8 at Seasons at Rose Creek, Fargo.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the dinner will follow at 6. The cost is $25.

To register, email Kristy.Dugan@Sanford

Health.org. The deadline is Thursday.

For IIAP membership information, call Christine Moore at (701) 373-7520 or email her at Christine.I.Moore@Monsanto.com.

Human resource group to meet on March 6

The Fargo Moorhead Human Resource Association’s monthly educational luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 6 at the Ramada Plaza and Suites, Fargo.

Roger Oliver, senior business adviser for Dakota MEP, will present “Lean Human Resources,” a set of strategic solutions designed to strengthen the role of human resource departments, supporting a strong work culture, and improving HR processes while improving a company’s financial results and customer satisfaction.

For more information, visit www.fmhra.org. The event is open to the public.

AT&T expands wireless capacity in Fargo

AT&T has completed enhancements that will add new layers of frequency, also known as carriers, to five cell sites throughout Fargo to more efficiently manage available spectrum and increase mobile broadband capacity.

The enhancements are part of a $30 million investment AT&T has made in North Dakota from 2009 through 2011 to improve local networks.

Customers in Fargo are expected to experience improved mobile broadband coverage and voice performance as a result of the enhancements.