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Dave Olson, Published February 15 2013

Trade Talk: Fargo getting mid-century furniture store

Brett Bernath, a well-known Fargo chef, is donning a new hat – that of proprietor of a store that sells restored mid-century modern furniture and home furnishings.

Bernath plans to open Mid-Mod Madhaus at 115 Roberts St. by the end of March.

Mid-century modern décor is riding a new wave of cool, thanks in part to the popularity of the “Mad Men” cable series, but Bernath said his decision to open Mid-Mod is based on practicality.

“It started more as a personal collecting obsession to furnish my own house,” he said.

“One day, after bringing home my 30th chair, my wife said, ‘You’re going to have to open a store,’ ’’ said Bernath, who is married to Andrea Baumgardner, owner of Green Market Kitchen in downtown Fargo.

Bernath said he hasn’t settled on store hours yet, but he’s got a few ideas.

“I’m going to try to see if I can get some business downtown on Sundays,” he said.

Bernath may be reached by email at brett@midmodfargo.com.

ND leads in jobs

North Dakota led the country in job creation during 2012, the fourth consecutive year it has done so.

Gallup Inc., a research-based performance management company, reports that between January and December 2012, 43 percent of North Dakota workers indicated their company was hiring and expanding.

Gallup said 9 percent of workers indicated their employers were letting employees go, resulting in a +34 Job Creation Index Score for North Dakota.

The score was far above the national average score of +18, which is what it was in 2008 before the bottom fell out of the job market.

The national Job Creation Index fell to -1 in 2009, meaning more workers reported their employers were cutting workforce size than increasing it, according to Gallup.

Gallup also said North Dakota had the highest payroll-to-population employment rate in the country last year at 53.6 percent.

The figure estimates the percentage of the adult population aged 18 and older employed for at least 30 hours a week.

Aggregate seminar

General Equipment & Supplies Inc. and General Aggregate Equipment Sales will host their third Aggregate Seminar on March 5-6 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo.

About 300 people from across the Midwest and Canada are expected to attend.

Participants can choose from 18 educational training sessions, and there will be an aggregate equipment trade show and an outdoor equipment display.

For more information, call (701) 364-2104.

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Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555