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Published November 24 2012

Business Digest (November 24, 2012)

Beds delivered to needy children on Dec. 3

Slumberland, the Knights of Columbus and the Presentation Sisters of Fargo will deliver 40 beds to needy children in the community on Dec. 3.

Wal-Mart, Vicky Meyer and Shirley Hill have also donated sheets and hand-made quilts to go along with the new mattresses and box springs.

Bell State Bank buys Breckenridge building

Bell State Bank and Trust has purchased a building in Breckenridge, Minn., previously occupied by RiverWood Bank. Bell State Bank will open in the Breckenridge location after remodeling is completed in mid-January.

Bell State Bank is also located on Dakota Avenue in Wahpeton, N.D., and construction is under way on a new 6,000-square-foot bank building on Second Avenue North in Wahpeton, which is scheduled for completion in March.

NDTO hosts Kazakhstan reverse trade mission

A delegation of 15 ranchers, farmers and cattle owners from Kazakhstan toured North Dakota in November as part of an educational reverse trade mission organized by the North Dakota Trade Office.

Several delegation members have purchased North Dakota cattle or are in the process of buying livestock from the region. The group also visited the North Dakota State University Beef Research Department and the Research Extension Center in Carrington, N.D.

More than 5,000 Angus and Hereford cattle have been flown from Fargo to former Soviet Republic countries, including Kazakhstan. The first shipment of cattle from North Dakota flew to Kazakhstan in 2010, and in 2011, livestock exports from North Dakota to Kazakhstan doubled.

Fargo VA approved for psychology internships

A national psychology internship program has been approved at the Fargo VA Health Care System.

The approval recognizes the capability of the Fargo VA to provide a training program that emphasizes mental health services to veterans in rural communities. Director of the internship program is Jessica Gustin.

Selected trainees will be able to participate in a various training rotations, including general outpatient mental health, treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, adult inpatient mental health, rural mental health care, and health psychology and consultation/liaison.

Habitat for Humanity build earns green rating

The Home Builders Care Build for Habitat in north Fargo generated the first home in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area to qualify for the National Green Building Standard.

The Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity build was sponsored by Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead and its charity, Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation.

The house was finished in September and a dedication ceremony was held in October.