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Dave Olson, Published March 01 2013

TRADE TALK: Forbes: Fargo nice place to hang it up

It has become commonplace for Fargo to land on this or that magazine’s list of best places for this, that and the other thing – so much so that when a new ranking comes along, it can generate more shrugs than high-fives.

Forbes magazine, however, is a cut above most periodicals, so when it lists Fargo among the 25 best places to retire to, there is good reason for those who are ready to put their feet up to sit up and take notice.

In putting together its list, Forbes looked for places with costs of living and median home prices that are below national averages.

It also took into account factors such as the availability of doctors and whether a community had good biking and walking trails.

Here are some of Fargo’s strengths, as identified by Forbes:

• A median home price of $158,000 (the national average is $186,000).

• Above-average air quality.

• A low crime rate.

• A high volunteering level.

Fargo’s major negative, as noted by Forbes, is its cold winters.

But Fargo wasn’t the only chilly city to make Forbes’ list. Others include Billings, Mont., and, for the first time, Bangor, Maine.

For those who would like to work some after retiring, North Dakota also made Forbes’ list of the 25 best places for a working retirement.

About Barnesville

Got a question about a rumor you’ve heard circulating in Barnesville, Minn.?

Finding an answer is a snap.

Or, rather, an app.

The city launched the “It’s about Barnesville” app in January, offering a variety of information from city news and events to school and sports schedules.

It’s also a way to track down any rumors that may be circulating, or to anonymously report activity someone may find suspicious, said Karen Lauer, executive director of the Barnesville Economic Development Authority.

Lauer said questions and comments submitted via the app go to the city administrator’s office.

Answers to questions will be posted on the city’s website at www.


For more information, contact Lauer at (218) 354-2145.

Lauer said the “It’s about Barnesville” app can be found and downloaded free at the Google Play and Apple iTunes stores.


AT&T is making big investments to enhance speeds, reliability and performance of its wireless networks in North Dakota.

From 2010 through 2012, the company spent more than $50 million on its North Dakota wireless and wireline networks, with an emphasis on expanding 4G mobile Internet coverage and boosting overall performance of its networks.

“Delivering for our North Dakota customers is a top priority, and our ongoing investment here is designed to deliver a superior mobile Internet experience,” said Hardmon Williams, AT&T vice president and general manager for North Dakota, Minnesota and the Northern Plains.

Bistro closes shop

Buzz Bistro, a pastry and coffee shop in the Woodhaven Plaza at 4150 40th Ave. S. in Fargo, has closed.

The shop opened in October 2010 in space formerly occupied by Ristero Coffee & Tea.

Woodhaven Plaza is seeking a new tenant for the space that will be less-dependent on drive-by traffic than a coffee shop, such as a specialty sandwich shop or another specialty food business.

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