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Dave Olson, Published June 08 2012

Trade Talk: Golden Corral comes full circle

Golden Corral Buffet & Grill has reopened at 4491 23rd St. S., in Fargo.

The restaurant originally opened in 2008.

It changed its name to the Iron Kettle last year after the owners severed ties with the North Carolina-based Golden Corral franchise.

The reopened Golden Corral boasts a new interior look and management team, according to a statement released by the company.

The restaurant will offer selections from around the world, including the foods of Italy, Asia, Mexico, and American home-style cooking.

It will also serve a “Weekend Sunrise Breakfast Buffet” on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

“We are excited to bring a brand new look and feel to the Golden Corral brand to the Fargo community and we look forward to treating our friends and neighbors to a wide variety of top quality, freshly made home-style foods,” said Charles Morgan, general manager of the restaurant.

The company said the reopening will bring about 100 jobs to the Fargo area, including a mix of full-time and part-time employees.

Teacher interns

Summer vacation will have to wait for four area teachers who will spend the next several weeks as interns at four local companies – Microsoft; Sanford Health; Phoenix International, a John Deere Co.; and Bobcat Co.

The program began last year as a pilot project sponsored by the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp., North Dakota State University and the West Fargo STEM Center.

“In order for teachers to educate the future workforce, it is important for them to know how companies currently use the engineering design process to make decisions and solve problems,” said Bradley Bowen, an assistant professor at NDSU.

The teachers and the companies they will intern at are:

• Adam Gehlar, seventh-grade social science, West Fargo STEM Center, Sanford Health.

• Jacob Gunderson, eighth-grade STEM, Horizon Middle School, Moorhead, Phoenix International.

• Susan Fracassi, ninth-grade geography, Sheyenne 9th Grade Center, West Fargo, Bobcat Co.

• James Finch, 10th-grade biology, West Fargo High School, Microsoft.

New used-car lot

Valley Imports in Fargo will soon open a new used-car lot where there once was an Outback Steakhouse.

Outback, 401 38th St. S., was open for about a decade before it closed about four years ago.

The building that was the restaurant will now be the offices for Valley Imports’ used car business, which will have room for about 175 to 200 cars, said Don Zerr, general manager of Valley Imports.

The building is also home to Wallwork Financial.

Zerr said Valley Imports was recently rated No. 1 in the United States for customer satisfaction by the Audi car company.


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