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Dave Olson, Published June 01 2012

Trade Talk: North Dakota exports cross milestone

The North Dakota Trade Office recently let loose a volley of good economic news.

Like the fact North Dakota’s first-quarter export figures exceeded $1 billion for the first time and the fact exports in the first quarter represent a 35 percent increase over the same period last year.

Dean Gorder, NDTO executive director, called crossing the

$1 billion export threshold a milestone.

“Local businesses continue to boost their bottom line and diversify their customer base by pursuing new sales abroad,” he said. “An over 400 percent increase in exports since 2000 shows that the benefits of exporting are becoming known throughout North Dakota.”

For North Dakota, top export products include front-end shovel loaders, agricultural tractors, soil-related ag equipment, wheat, legumes, crude oil and tractor parts.

Carving out a niche

Heart O’Lakes Quality Meats recently celebrated a grand opening in Pelican Rapids, Minn., and business has been sizzling, said Jason Stetz, who runs the business with his wife, Nicki.

The butcher shop slaughters and processes livestock for customers and offers a retail counter to sell steaks, chops and roasts, as well as specialty items such as 15 types of brats and its own cottage bacon.

The business is at 14 Industrial Park Drive on the north side of Pelican Rapids.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday.

For more information, call (218) 863-6328.

New Rotary

Rotary has added a fifth club to the Fargo-Moorhead area.

The new club meets every first and third Tuesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. at Lucky’s 13, Fargo.

The group volunteers at the Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo every second Tuesday of the month and holds a new club orientation every fourth Tuesday of the month.

Club officers are Pam Perleberg, president; Bobbi Bricker, president elect; Kriss Burns, vice president; Tina Baker, secretary; Laura Slicer, treasurer; Holly Anderson Battocchi, foundation; Darcy Putnam, administration; Andrew Hanson, membership; and Katie Wohlman, public relations.

Deek peek

Deek’s Pizza has opened at 702 N. University Drive in Fargo.

The carry-out and delivery pizzeria is open from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily, said Jeff Roswick, manager.

The business is owned by brothers Derrick and Tyler Kuenzel of Grand Forks, where the original Deek’s Pizza is located, Roswick said.

The phone number for the Fargo business is (701) 235-0708.


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

Dianna Baumann of The Forum newsroom contributed to this article.