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Dave Olson, Published March 16 2012

Trade Talk: Air museum to spread its wings

The Fargo Air Museum has decided to proceed toward its long-standing goal of constructing two additional buildings, including a structure that would be close in size to the current museum.

The latter would house a restoration area, as well as space for displaying temporary flying exhibits, said Fran Brummund, the museum’s executive director.

The other proposed building is a grand lobby that will also provide space for a library and other museum functions, Brummund said.

Fundraising will include a celebrity dinner and auction set for April 12 at the museum.

Prominent names in the community will be doing the serving, said Brummund, adding that the community can look forward to other events planned for the summer.

A show set for June 20-24 will feature the Texas Flying Legends Museum, which showcases vintage warplanes from a Japanese Zero to American planes like the Corsair and P-51 Mustang.

The American Barnstormers Tour will be at the air museum Aug. 9-11. More than a dozen biplanes from the golden age of flying will be featured.

Automobiles from the same era will also be on display, Brummund said.

“That is a Great Gatsby-style weekend,” she said. “They will be dressed in that era. It will be something totally different.”

The Fargo Air Museum is located at 1609 19th Ave. N.

New director

Intelligent InSites Inc. of Fargo has announced the appointment of retired Maj. Gen. Terry L. Scherling to its board of directors.

Scherling is president and CEO of TENICA and Associates, a consulting firm that works in the arena of national defense and homeland and cyber security.

Intelligent InSites provides enterprise real-time location systems software that helps hospitals improve their patient care and efficiency.

Doug Burgum, president and CEO of Intelligent InSites, said Scherling’s experience and expertise will be instrumental in helping the company serve its clients.

“As our government agencies seek to improve health care quality and efficiency, RTLS will be playing a transformational role,” Burgum said.

Butt-flick campaign

An idea, developed by a Fargo-based advertising company, that aims to rub out cigarette butt littering has been adopted by Keep America Beautiful, the country’s premiere anti-littering organization.

The “Don’t Flick It!” campaign developed by the Narrative ad agency addresses cigarette littering through public service advertising and marketing tools that encourage smokers to dispose of their butts responsibly, specifically by dropping spent cigarettes into containers designed to hold them.

“The key element for success was having a nationally recognized, respected organization to expand the impact, and that’s what Keep America Beautiful brings to the equation,” said Norm Robinson, a partner in Narrative and the creator of the campaign.

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