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Published October 20 2012

Business Digest (October 20, 2012)

Home Depot volunteers assist with camp project

Volunteers from Home Depot stores throughout the region helped complete a roofing project in late September at the Camp New Hope program center near McGregor, Minn.

The volunteers replaced shingles on three resident cabins and a geodesic dome building. Volunteers from the Fargo Home Depot included Glen Piehl, Ole Arneson and Milt Arneson.

HBA of FM offering lead certification class

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead is offering a lead certification class required by the Environmental Protection Agency’s renovation, repair and painting rule from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 14 at Cass County Electric Cooperative, 4100 32nd Ave. S., Fargo.

Building and remodeling firms must have one or more certified renovators assigned to each job where paint is disturbed in homes built in 1978 or earlier. Eight hours of training is required to become a certified renovator.

HBA of F-M member cost is $170; non-member cost is $255. For more information or to register, call (701) 232-5846 or email info@


Arvig purchases All State Communications

Arvig Enterprises, Perham, Minn., has reached an agreement to acquire All State Communications in Sauk Rapids, Minn.

David Arvig, vice president/chief operating officer of Arvig, said the acquisition aligns with the company’s goal of continuing to grow its communications and entertainment business.

The company will operate as wholly owned subsidiary of Arvig Enterprises and the current leadership team and staff will remain in place.

Sanford clinics certified as medical homes

The Minnesota Department of Health has certified Sanford primary care clinics in Minnesota as medical homes.

The clinics have met a set of standards to provide patient and family-centered care. It also means they are working to improve the overall quality and affordability of health care. Clinics include internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics.

In Sanford’s medical homes, a team led by a physician and a nurse health coach develop close relationships with patients and their families to better understand their medical needs, coordinate care and achieve better health.

This includes streamlining access to appointments, improving communication with physicians, answering questions over the phone and planning care.

Estate transition topic of GivingPoint seminar

GivingPoint and the University of Minnesota Extension are offering a seminar to develop a personalized plan for estate and business transition from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Fargo Holiday Inn.

The program focuses on core values, goals and beliefs as the basis of an estate plan. It will also include information on taxes, investment/insurance tips and long-term health care planning.

Cost of the seminar is $35 per person or $60 per couple and includes lunch, a workbook and a social hour. For more information or to register, call (701) 364-4001 or visit www.mygivingpoint.com.

Coyote Creek to supply coal to Beulah plant

Coyote Station owners have entered into an agreement with Coyote Creek Mining Co., a subsidiary of The North American Coal Corp., for lignite coal supply to the Beulah, N.D., power plant beginning in 2016.

Otter Tail Power Co., Fergus Falls, Minn., is the operating agent of the Beulah plant that it owns jointly with Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., NorthWestern Energy and Northern Municipal Power Agency.

Under a development agreement signed earlier this year, Coyote Creek has taken preliminary steps to open a new mine near the 427-megawatt plant.

Monte’s Downtown under new ownership

Christian D’Agostino, executive chef, and Dan Hurder, managing partner, took over ownership of Monte’s Downtown, 220 Broadway, Fargo, on Oct. 1.

The restaurant also recently celebrated 10 years in business.

D’Agostino and Hurder previously worked together at the Hilton Garden Inn, Fargo, as executive chef and general manager, respectively.

A new menu has been introduced, and lunch will be served beginning Oct. 29.

D’Agostino has served as executive chef in a variety of settings, including restaurants in Rhode Island, Alabama, Arizona and on cruise ships. He will run the day-to-day operations of Monte’s along with his wife, Glenda.

Hurder, owner and operator of The Otter Supper Club and Lodge, Ottertail, Minn., is president and chief executive officer of Great Plains Hospitality, and will assist with overall management of the restaurant.

RHRA Architects opens new office in Valley City

RHRA Architects, based in Fargo, has opened an office in Valley City, N.D.

The new office will serve clients in the Valley City and surrounding area.

Tweet it Forward raises funds for United Way

Bell State Bank & Trust, Fargo, will help raise money for the United Way through its Tweet it Forward promotion.

Twitter users can tweet or retweet #BellBanksPIF2012 and the bank will donate $5 for each tweet or retweet up to $5,000.

The promotion runs through Nov. 15.

RMCEP offers programs for unemployed workers

The Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program is offering to help laid-off workers become re-employed through its Dislocated Worker Program.

The programs help laid-off and long-term unemployed workers increase job skills and find employment. Programs include resume building, skills assessment, job search and training.

RMCEP operates offices in Alexandria, Brainerd, Fergus Falls, Moorhead, Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, Little Falls and Wadena. For more information about the program, contact RMCEP at (800) 492-4804.

Group receives funds for small-business lending

The Carrington (N.D.) Consortium has received $3.4 million from the U.S. Department of Treasury to invest and lend in small business.

The funds will be used to help existing business expand and to attract new business.

The city of Carrington is the lead community for a consortium of 36 participating municipalities in central and eastern North Dakota. The funds will be managed by the Red River Corridor Fund, a company formed by Praxis Strategy Group and Development Capital Networks.

Banks, investors, entrepreneurs, economic developers and anyone interested in finding out more about the Red River Corridor Fund can call (701) 499-6994 or visit www.redriver


Levin moves optometry practice to Costco store

Dan Levin has moved his Eyesite optometry practice to the new Costco store at 750 23rd Ave. E., West Fargo.

Eyesite provides general and contact lens exams, and diagnosis and management of ocular diseases such as dry eyes, allergies, glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration.

Levin is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry and he has practiced in the Fargo and West Fargo area since 1988, most recently with Eye Professionals and Eyes on 43rd, both in Fargo.

A Costco club membership is not required to be seen at Eyesite. The business can be reached by calling (701) 281-2237.