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Published May 17 2013

Business briefs - 05/18/13

Fair housing training scheduled June 4

The Fargo Human Relations Commission and High Plains Fair Housing Center will sponsor a fair housing training workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. June 4 at the Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave. S., Fargo.

Attendees will receive information regarding fair housing laws and regulations. The training is useful for real estate professionals, landlords, tenants and housing advocates.

The workshop is free and open to the public. North Dakota licensed real estate professionals and social workers interested in earning two hours of continuing education credits must pay a $20 registration fee. The registration deadline is May 31.

For more information or to register, email wyellowbird@cityoffargo.com or call (701) 476-4116.

Otter Tail Power Co. purchases wind energy

Otter Tail Power Co., Fergus Falls, Minn., has entered into a 25-year contract to purchase wind energy from the 62.4 megawatt Ashtabula III wind farm near Valley City, N.D., which is owned by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources.

The contract includes an option for Otter Tail Power to own the wind farm in 10 years.

The purchase positions Otter Tail Power to meet its renewable energy obligations in the three states it serves – Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota – through 2025. Wind energy will now supply about 19 percent of Otter Tail Power’s retail sales.

Lush Lola’s catering expands their business

Lush Lola’s, a Fargo-Moorhead and lakes-area catering company, has purchased a four-place hog roaster and is now able to cater events, parties and festivals serving from 100 to more than 1,000 attendees.

Featuring homemade barbecue sauces and 20 years of food expertise, the company’s chief executive officer and head cook is Shannon Malzahn.

For more information, contact Malzahn at (218) 234-2712 or visit www.lushlolas.com.

Open house today at Valley Performance

Valley Performance, 320 N. Highway 75, Moorhead, is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

There will be food, prizes and demonstrations of its new lines of Dixon, Dolmar and Masport products.

Western State Bank purchases Ariz. bank

Western State Bank in North Dakota has purchased Central Arizona Bank in Scottsdale.

Western State Bank entered the Arizona market in 2007 when it opened a loan production office in Chandler. In 2009, it became a full-service bank and opened a facility in Chandler in 2012. It also purchased National Bank of Arizona’s location in Casa Grande.

Central Arizona Bank has an estimated $31 million in total assets.

Several Moorhead school employees retire

Mary Charlton and Mary Jo Schmid, who have worked at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School in Moorhead, are retiring. They will be recognized at an open house from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Christ the King Church, 1900 14th St. S., Moorhead.

Charlton has worked for the district since 1991, most recently as a physical education teacher at Hopkins. She was also a physical education teacher at Moorhead High School.

Schmid has been with the district since 1990, serving most recently as principal at Ellen Hopkins. Previously she was principal at the former Riverside and Washington elementary schools in Moorhead.

Anne Larson, service-learning coordinator for Moorhead Community Education since 1989, is retiring at the end of June. A retirement open house for her will be at 3:30 p.m. May 28 in the Probstfield Center for Education Room 303.

Russ Henegar, Kay Peterson and Karen Grant from Moorhead High School are also retiring and will be honored at an open house from 4 to 5:30 p.m. May 30 at the Meadows Golf Course Clubhouse in Moorhead.

Henegar served as interim principal at Moorhead High this year after having been an assistant principal since 1999. He was previously a counselor for Moorhead Area Public Schools since 1985. Peterson has worked for Moorhead Area Public Schools since 1985, most recently as a health/physical education teacher at Moorhead High. Grant has been a media specialist at Moorhead High since 1995.