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Dave Olson, Published November 15 2013

Trade Talk: Moorhead firms grow, move

MOORHEAD - Several Moorhead businesses are moving or expanding operations.

Skatvold Family Dentistry, which has been at 1401 8th St. S. since about 2004, is constructing a new office building at 841 Belsly Boulevard in Moorhead.

Dentist Erik Skatvold said he expects his practice will move to the new building in late spring or early summer.

The sole reason for the move is the need for more space, Skatvold said.

D&M Industries, 4205 30th Ave. S., is constructing a building near its current location that will provide additional space for production and warehouse space.

D&M builds all-metal interior millwork products such as doors, windows and cabinets.

Tom Boyle, company president, said the business needs more space to meet demand from across the country.

D&M’s workforce has doubled over the past three to four years and now totals about 109.

Lindsay Ecowater Systems, 1324 1st Ave. N., is also expanding.

The business is in the middle of a building project that will mean 3,000 square feet of additional space for the company.

More on Moorhead

One more bit of Moorhead news: The city is the second-best place in Minnesota for people seeking jobs, according to rankings from NerdWallet.com, a personal finance and credit card comparison website.

NerdWallet graded how appealing Minnesota cities are to jobseekers by looking at factors such as growth in working-age population, cost of living and unemployment rates.

NerdWallet found that Moorhead’s working-age population – ages 16 and older – grew 4.7 percent between 2009 and 2011. Also, Moorhead’s unemployment rate of 3.1 percent was cited as lowest in the state.

Moorhead’s colleges and universities and their career placement services were also cited.

The city of Woodbury topped the NerdWallet list of best Minnesota cities for jobseekers.

NerdWallet determined Woodbury’s working-age population grew 10.1 percent between 2009 and 2011 and the median income of households there is $92,780. Moorhead’s median household income was listed as $46,794.

Comparing monthly homeowner costs, Woodbury’s was listed as $1,935, while Moorhead’s was $1,294.

New credit union

Freedom Community Credit Union has opened a second location in Fargo at 4505 47th Ave. S.

The credit union will celebrate the opening of the branch office with an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Snacks will be served and gifts given away.

The original Freedom Community Credit Union opened in the 1950s at 2940 N. University Drive.

That location, which originally served members of the military, became a community credit union in 2005.

Freedom Community Credit Union is now a member-owned credit union that serves individuals and their family members living within a 75-mile radius of Fargo.

The phone number at the new branch is (701) 551-1902.

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