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Published April 07 2012

Business Digest (April 07, 2012)

Greg Thrall retires from Border States

Greg Thrall, senior vice president of operations and information technology at Border States Electric, Fargo, retired on March 31.

Thrall joined BSE in 1973 and served in a variety of management positions at the branch and corporate levels. He also served on several committees, including safety, technology, whistle blower and donations. He served as project manager in the review and purchasing of SAP, the company’s Enterprise Resource Planning system.

In addition he also served on the executive council, board of directors and senior leadership team.

Heat transfer supplier opens Las Vegas site

Heat Transfer Warehouse, a supply company based in Fargo for heat transfer materials for garment decoration, has opened a location in Las Vegas.

The warehouse supplies products to garment/shirt decorators throughout the United States and internationally.

Kirk Anton is owner of the company, which has been in business since 2010.

Construction trades academy set June 4-15

The Herdina Academy for Construction Trades will be June 4-15 at Minnesota State Community Technical College, Moorhead. The two-week session is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The academy, open to North Dakota and Minnesota high school students age 15 and older, allows students to earn three college credits from MSCTC that can be used for the carpentry, plumbing refrigeration and air-conditioning, or mechanical CAD programs.

Students will work with industry and education professionals to learn about occupations, tools, safety requirements and skills required for careers in the construction trades.

For more information or to register, call (701) 232-5846, email info@hbafm.com or visit www.hbcfm.com.

ND Tourism to host writers retreat

North Dakota Tourism is sponsoring its free annual freelance writers retreat at 10 a.m. April 23 at the Heritage Center, Bismarck. Lunch will be served.

The agenda includes freelance writer Amity Moore, who will discuss transitioning from a professional travel editor to a freelance writer, information about new North Dakota attractions, and a panel discussion featuring bloggers Jesse Veeder (“Meanwhile Back at the Ranch”), “Linda Kramer (“Travels with Children”) and Beth Schatz Kaylor (“Rhubarb and Venison.”)

Those attending the retreat will receive a complementary registration for the 2012 North Dakota Tourism Conference April 23-25 at the Radisson Hotel, Bismarck,

To register for the retreat, call (701) 328-2532 or email ksschmidt@nd.gov.

Cloud computing topic of free seminar

Eide Bailly Technology Consulting and Microsoft are offering a free two-part cloud computing seminar and lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 24 at the Microsoft Executive Briefing Center, Commons Building, 4550 42nd St. S., Fargo.

The seminar will focus on defining the business benefits of moving to the cloud, techniques for developing a business case for cloud computing and how to find creative cloud applications to drive an organization’s business.

Registrations are due by April 23 to Katie Wohlman at kwohlman@eidebailly.com.

Info booths sought for Medina food exhibit

MEDINA, N.D. – Area organizations, clubs and businesses can be a part of the Medina Smithsonian Museums on Main Street Key Ingredients: America by Food display Oct. 20-Dec. 2 by hosting an educational or informational booth.

The booths will complement the Smithsonian’s display at the city auditorium.

Booths and displays of historical items surrounding the development and culture of Medina will round out the exhibit, which will be free and open to the public.

The committee is also looking for historical artifacts and photographs about the food and food culture of Medina such as the history of the Medina Cheese Factory and any information on past dairy princesses.

For more information, email sbalcom@farrms.org or call (701) 527-5169.

Fashion Nails opens second Fargo location

Fashion Nails has purchased the Nails Spa salon and has reopened the business as a second Fashion Nails store at 4650 26th Ave. S., Fargo. The new store is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The original Fashion Nails store is in the Pioneer Center at 1410 9th St. E., West Fargo, and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Fargo hotel named top family destination

TripAdvisor has announced the top family-friendly hotels and resorts in the U.S. as voted on in the 2012 Travelers’ Choice awards.

Listed among the top small hotels and motels is the Expressway Suites in Fargo.