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Published September 13 2013

Trade Talk: Another Village Inn coming to Fargo

FARGO - The Fargo-Moorhead area is getting another Village Inn.

The restaurant is going into space that once housed an Applebee’s at 4900 13th Ave. S. in Fargo.

The new Village Inn will be the third in the area: the others are at 940 Holiday Drive in Moorhead and 3140 25th St. S. in Fargo.

The area’s first Village Inn opened in 1975 in south Moorhead in a building that now is home to the Snap Dragon Asian Buffet.

Abe Sakak, who developed the Village Inn restaurants, is also part of a development group that recently set up a Sonic restaurant in Minot, N.D., and is working to bring one to Fargo.

Sakak said they recently found a property in Fargo they liked, but they were unable to secure a deal.

He said the search for a suitable site continues.

Sakak said in the past that his development group, RZA Ventures, intends to establish Sonic burger joints in other North Dakota locations, including Bismarck, Grand Forks, Dickinson and Williston.

CCRI building $3.4M headquarters in Moorhead

Creating Care for Reaching Independence, also known as CCRI, is building a new $3.4 million headquarters in Moorhead.

The agency is now housed in a number of locations, but once the new building goes up at 2903 15th St. S., offices will be consolidated in one spot, said Executive Director Shannon Bock.

The project is expected to be completed by summer 2014.

CCRI provides a variety of support services to children and adults with disabilities.

Bock said about half of the funds needed to pay for the new building have been secured and the agency is confident the remainder will be raised through an ongoing fundraising campaign.

Anyone who wants to contribute to the building fund can contact Jody Hudson, the agency’s development director, at (218) 331-2024.

Bock said CCRI, which has been in the community for more than 36 years, helps about 360 people.

With a staff of about 425, CCRI is one of the largest employers in Moorhead, Bock said.

Mahoney’s mystery

When Mahoney’s Bar and Grill in downtown Fargo closed this summer, a sign on the door vowed the move was temporary.

Now, the future of the space is not so clear. A sign on the storefront now states the space is up for rent.

Mahoney’s owner Terry Kragero said earlier this year that he planned to close the business for remodeling and rebranding. At that time, he said the business would reopen with a new look and a new name.

Attempts to reach Kragero for comment were not successful.

Cargill work done

Cargill has completed a rebuilding and expansion project at its oilseed processing plant in West Fargo.

The work, which carried a price tag of more than $50 million, began in fall 2011.

The facility processes canola and sunflower seeds into edible oil for food processing and foodservice businesses, flaxseed for linseed oil for industrial use, and protein meal for animal feed.

“We modernized a facility that was a little more than 30 years old, and also expanded our capacity,” said Jaysen Schock, facility manager.

“The project allows us to be a good market for our farmer and elevator customers,” Schock said. “It also helps keep pace with the growing demand from our food customers.”

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Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555