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Dave Olson, Published November 01 2013

Trade Talk: Mr. Appliance franchise opens in Fargo

FARGO - A locally owned Mr. Appliance franchise has opened in Fargo.

With an office at 417 Main Ave., the service area covered by the business is broad and includes the Fargo-Moorhead area, as well as communities as far west as Valley City, as far south as Wahpeton and as far east as western Minnesota’s lake country, said owner David Ruzicka.

Mr. Appliance services and repairs major kitchen and laundry appliances but steers clear of small electronics, according to Ruzicka, who also owns Valley Central Vacuum, a business he started about four years ago that installs and services central vacuum systems.

To contact Mr. Appliance, call (701) 566-6030. Phones are answered by a call center that serves Mr. Appliance franchises across the country.

The business can be reached by email at: mrappliancefm@


Haircuts for vets

Great Clips hair salons across the country are taking part in something called “Thank a Veteran,” which provides free haircuts to veterans.

Here’s how it works:

Customers who purchase a service at any area Great Clips salon on Nov. 11, Veterans Day, will get a free haircut card to give to a veteran, with a limit of one card per customer.

The cards are redeemable by veterans at any Great Clips throughout the U.S. from Nov. 11 through Dec. 31. The offer only applies to veterans.

Veterans who visit a Great Clips on Nov. 11 may receive either a free haircut that day or a free haircut card.

After Nov. 11, veterans must have a free haircut card to get the free cut.

Area Great Clips locations: 1100 19th Ave. N., 1801 45th St. S. and 3051 25th St. S., all Fargo; 1410 9th St. E., West Fargo; and 2515 8th St. S., Moorhead.

Project English

The Rotary Clubs of Fargo-Moorhead has selected an organization called RSVP+ND to manage Project English, a Rotary program that was established in 2011 to assist new Americans in obtaining English skills.

RSVP+ND hired Adam Ching to oversee Project English operations. The organization has a goal of maintaining eight current locations and adding additional locations in West Fargo in the coming year.

While RSVP+ND has a large volunteer base, it can always use more help. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact RSVP+ND at (701) 231-7953.

Companies and organizations that want to become an official Project English program location can contact Ching at (605) 690-1639, or email him at adamdching@gmail.com.

Blarney update

A Blarney Stone Pub planned for West Fargo is still coming, but it will take a bit longer than anticipated.

The bar and restaurant is now expected to open sometime in April 2014, said Russ Wanner, co-owner.

Wanner said the pub’s arrival was pushed back due to wet construction conditions.

He said the company will likely begin hiring for the new restaurant sometime in January or February.

The West Fargo Blarney Stone, which is going up in the 1900 block of Ninth Street East, will be similar to one that opened several years ago in Bismarck.

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