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Dave Olson, Published May 03 2013

TRADE TALK: Permit requests show businesses on horizon

A peek at building permit applications under review by the city of Fargo reveals a number of enterprises that could someday join Fargo’s business community.

Here is a list of some of the applications and where the operations would be set up:

• Bright Futures Childcare & Preschool is looking to set up in leased space at 2553 53rd Ave. S.

• A new McDonald’s restaurant is planned for 4901 45th St. S.

• A Freedom Community Credit Union is slated for construction at 4704 45th St. S.

• Big Tot Spot Daycare is looking to take up residence in existing space at 2761 12th Ave. S.

An application from True Loyalty Tattoo, which wanted to use existing space at 2512 7th Ave. S., was rejected by health officials who wanted more information about the business’s plans before giving their approval.

The application may be resubmitted if the required information is provided, according to the inspections department.

Breakfast upgrade

Country Inn & Suites, 3316 13th Ave. S., Fargo, recently completed a full renovation of its breakfast area and lounge.

The project doubled seating capacity in the breakfast area and provided for new furniture all around.

Carlson Hotels, which operates the Fargo Country Inn, selected the Fargo site for its 2012 Renovation Award. Fargo was picked for the honor out of 470 Country Inns operated by Carlson Hotels.

Country Inn is the only hotel franchise that provides a hot complimentary breakfast using silverware and all-glass dishware, which, the hotel says, reduces by more than 70 percent the amount of waste generated by the breakfast area compared to using disposable dishware and utensils.

Report lauds ND

North Dakota is tops among states when it comes to economic growth.

That’s according to a report released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which described the state this way:

“With booming job growth, surging incomes and a rising population, North Dakota’s economic miracle shows few signs of ending.”

North Dakota ranked first in three of the U.S. Chamber report’s six economic categories: economic performance, job growth in fields related to science and math, and legal environment.

‘Stuff the truck’

Instead of hauling unwanted belongings to the curb during Cleanup Week next week, Fargo and Moorhead residents are being urged by Radio Life 97.9 and the Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of Realtors to consider bringing their gently used items to a “Stuff the Truck” event May 11.

Donations will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Luther Family Ford, 3302 36th St. S., Fargo, with the goods going to benefit the Family Life Thrift Store in Fargo.

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