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Forum staff reports , Published November 15 2013

Business digest - 11/16/13

Lights, Camera, Save! open for entries

Bell State Bank & Trust is seeking entries in its Lights, Camera, Save! video contest, which allows students ages 13-18 to use video to communicate the value of saving money and to inspire others to become smart money managers.

Students can visit www.bellbanks.com for an entry packet and contest details through Nov. 30.

Bell State Bank will host the preliminary round of judging and will award $500 for first place and $250 each for second and third place.

The bank will then submit one winning video to compete on the national level, where students can win up to $5,000 to fund their savings goal plus $1,500 for their school.

Sunshine Kids return from Florida trip

Prudential Premier Real Estate in Fargo raises funds throughout the year and hosts a summer barbecue and golf tournament/silent auction to benefit the Sunshine Kids Foundation, which arranges trips of a lifetime for children with cancer.

Four children from the Fargo area recently returned from a five-day trip to Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla. To date, Prudential Premier has helped 15 local children attend national events for the SSK Foundation.

Bloggers help others prepare for college

The College Planning Center at the Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck, is featuring bloggers as a way for people to learn about preparing for college.

Ten bloggers, including parents, high school students and college students, are blogging about their college experiences with posts ranging from taking senior pictures to preparing for mid-terms.

The bloggers each received a $1,000 college scholarship. Local bloggers include Nicholas Schultz, a student at North Dakota State University, Taylor Marquart, a senior at West Fargo High School, Bonnie Zeck, parent of an NDSU student, and David Eide, a student at the University of Minnesota.

To sign up for blog updates, visit banknd.nd

.gov.

Choice Financial announces acquisition

Choice Financial has acquired Great Plains National Bank with locations in Dickinson, Belfield, South Heart, Ellendale and LaMoure, all in North Dakota. The acquisition is pending regulatory approval.

Great Plains also operates two full-line insurance agencies in Belfield and LaMoure.

Choice Financial currently operates locations in Fargo, Goodrich, Grand Forks, Langdon, Petersburg, Walhalla and West Fargo, all in North Dakota, and in Comfrey, Minn.

Record Keepers celebrates 20 years

Record Keepers, a state-wide document storage, management and shredding company, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

In October 1993, Chad Spiry and Bill Spiry opened the business in Fargo and have since expanded the document storage and shredding services throughout North Dakota and western Minnesota.

Record Keepers has locations in Fargo and Bismarck and its services include hard copy paper storage, electronic media vault, and paper and hard drive shredding.

Development corp. transfers funds to MBA

The Greater Moorhead Development Corp. has transferred its assets of more than $263,000 to the Moorhead Business Association.

The MBA is a business advocacy organization created four years ago by the GMDC to bring the Moorhead business community together and to strengthen the private/public partnership with the city of Moorhead.

Les Stenerson is president of the MBA.

HBA of FM to offer OSHA course Dec. 3-4

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead will offer an Occupational Safety and Health Administration construction course Dec. 3-4 at the Skills and Technology Training Center, 1305 19th Ave. N., Fargo.

The course is for construction workers, foremen, job supervisors, safety coordinators and anyone else involved in the construction industry.

Cost is free to HBA of F-M members and $75 for non-members. For more information or to register, call (701) 232-5846 or visit www.hbafm.com.

CrossFit designated as CrossFit Kids affiliate

CrossFit, 3955 40th Ave. S., Fargo, has been designated as an official CrossFit Kids affiliate.

The children and teens programs offered are designed to teach proper body movement and safe lifting technique, increase power and speed for sports and general fitness and develop life skills such as leadership, discipline and self-confidence.

CrossFit Fargo is owned by Jessica Grondahl and Jeremy Donais.