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Wendy Reuer, Published November 23 2012

TRADE TALK: Downtown shops plan promotions for Small Business Saturday

Today is Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is a national movement encouraging consumers to shop at small, local businesses the day after big-box shopping on Black Friday.

In downtown Fargo, shoppers can register to win one of three $100 gift cards at participating businesses and most downtown shops will be open until 10 p.m.

Moorhead Center Mall General Manager Renee Thomas said the mall shops will have a number of special sales and promotions with Games to Go, Penny & Pals and Santa making an appearance.

The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber has joined the Small Business Saturday Coalition. A list of area businesses participating in the event can be found at www.shopsmall.com.

Cenex honors good deeds by Fargoans

Cenex has honored four Fargo residents for their good deeds.

Cenex hosts the Tanks of Thanks program, a rewards program that encourages people to nominate others as a way to say “thank you” for doing good deeds within their communities.

Cenex sent $50 gift cards to:

• Jeff Cutler, a Salvation Army bell ringer;

• Nate Hendrickson, who develops fitness programs for children with disabilities;

• Cynthia Pflipsen, volunteer director of the Caring Closet for children and mother of seven;

• Dan Sturgill, a man known for his willingness to drop everything and help a friend.

Tanks of Thanks has rewarded 37 people in North Dakota with free gas and will continue to do so over the next few years, so it’s not too late to nominate people you know who are doing good deeds.

Go online to withyou.cenex.com/tanks-of-thanks to submit a nomination.

Mapleton construction

Travelers on Interstate 94 near Mapleton, N.D., can’t miss the ongoing construction just north of the freeway.

Workers are on a steady pace there to finish the new Horsch Anderson LLC plant. The 120,000-square-foot facility that will produce agricultural equipment is scheduled to open next summer, Mayor Eric Hilman said.

Hilman said the plant will bring about 85 “white-collar and blue-collar jobs” to the community of about 760 people.

“Horsch Anderson will be a huge anchor for our community, providing that many jobs,” Hilman said.

The city has taken a proactive approach to encourage businesses in the community about 10 miles west of Fargo. Hilman said the infrastructure is complete on a new industrial park, making it ready for new businesses or those looking to relocate.

“We have all the amenities of Fargo, but you’re in Mapleton,” Hilman said.

Kory Anderson, president of Horsch Anderson, has said the Mapleton plant will serve as North American headquarters for Horsch Anderson.

JL Beers expands west

Fargo-based JL Beers has opened a restaurant in Bismarck, making its sixth location.

The Bismarck JL Beers at 217 N 3rd St. opened Nov. 8.

The newest version of the beer and burger joint follows the same model as the Fargo bar first started by Randy Thorson, his brother Shawn Thorson and Warren Ackley. There is seating for less than 50. A rooftop patio will be open when weather permits.

The first JL Beers was opened in downtown Fargo in 2008, followed by locations in West Fargo, Moorhead, Grand Forks and Sioux Falls, S.D.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530