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Wendy Reuer, Published December 07 2012

TRADE TALK: TNT Diner won’t be serving on Saturdays

There will be no celebrities making a quick stop at TNT Diner in West Fargo on Saturdays anymore.

The quaint and popular diner known for its "home-cookin'" and recently as a pit stop for the Tom Hanks family, is no longer serving on Saturdays.

TNT will remain open weekdays.

The reason for the Saturday shutdown remains unknown because owners were unavailable for comment earlier this week, but diner staff confirmed the restaurant will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

TNT Diner is at 405 Main Ave. W.

Freedom Credit Union

Freedom Credit Union is adding a branch site at 4707 45th St. S. in Fargo.

Mary Hagen, Freedom Credit Union CEO, said the full-service shop with drive-up, ATM and drop box services is expected to open in fall 2013.

Founded in 1954 as North Dakota Air National Guard Credit Union, the business changed its name about five years ago and opened up to the community, Hagen said.

Freedom Credit Union limits its members to those living in a 75-mile radius of Fargo.

Western ND hotel rooms getting easier to find

Traveling for the holidays? If you’re lucky enough to be looking for a hotel this holiday season instead of cramping a family of four into Uncle Joe’s two-bedroom apartment, the North Dakota Department of Tourism says hotel rooms in western North Dakota can once again be found.

Officials said hotel room availability in Bismarck, Dickinson, Minot, Watford City and Williston has greatly improved in recent months.

The 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town recently added 100 standard rooms and 20 suites, while the Coteau des Prairies Lodge near Rutland recently opened with 11 rustic lodge rooms.

Tourism officials recommend calling a day or two ahead of time to check availability.

Yogurt shop coming

Another place to find a sweet cool treat may soon open in south Fargo.

The Yogurt Shop filed for a building permit at 1801 45th St. in Fargo.

The permit is pending, according to city records. Yogurt shops, especially self-serve shops, are popular in this area, with stores like Tutti Frutti and Cherry Berry having multiple locations throughout the F-M area.

ND makes another list

North Dakota cities have topped yet another list.

Fargo and Bismarck were among the top 10 cities in top 100 Leading Locations in 2012 named by Area Development magazine.

Bismarck placed fourth and Fargo fifth. Columbus, Ind., was No. 1 followed by Odessa, Texas, and Lafayette, La.

The cities are chosen as best places to serve as an ideal spot for new offices or manufacturing facilities by the magazine.

Area Development considers economic indicators such as available workforce, percentage of workers with a bachelor’s degree, average wage earnings and recession busting factors such as a flourishing housing industry.

The magazine also broke the cities into size categories. Fargo ranked No. 2 behind Lafayette in the mid-size city category. Bismarck was third in the small-city category.

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