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Published March 08 2014

Business briefs (March 8)

State Farm funds help neighborhood causes

State Farm is offering 40 $25,000 Neighborhood Assist grants to people in the United States and Canada.

People can submit causes via the free State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook app. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board will review all submissions and identify the top 200, which will be announced April 28.

Those with the Facebook app can vote for their favorite causes, and the top 40 vote-receiving causes will each receive a $25,000 grant.

For more information or to submit a cause, get the free Facebook app at www.statefarm.com/neighborhoodassist.

Weight-loss clinic offering free seminars

Medical Weight Loss Specialists in Fargo is offering on request free “Science of Sugar” seminars that will explain the science of being overweight and how obesity affects health.

The 30-minute presentations are led by an obesity specialist and include a free diabetes screening and body composition analysis.

For more information about the seminars, call (701) 205-3088.

Tourism development topic of workshop

The North Dakota Tourism Department will host “Growing Tourism Businesses in a Growing North Dakota” on April 14 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Fargo.

Keynote speaker will be Joanne Steele from the Rural Tourism Marketing Group. She has worked with communities and business owners throughout the U.S. and Canada to help them bring more visitors to their destinations.

Other session topics will include steps for starting or growing your business and how to turn your ideas into reality. There also will be a panel featuring operators who have successfully started a tourism-related business, resources for starting or growing a tourism business and a networking lunch.

Early registration is $20. For more information or to register, log on to www.ndtourism.com/north-dakota-tourism-development-workshop.

Riekes Equipment Co. moves to new location

Riekes Equipment Co. has moved to 1007 W. Main Ave., West Fargo.

The business sells and rents new and used fork lifts and overhead lift equipment, offers service and parts for lifting equipment and sells storage and material handling products.

The business phone number is (701) 281-2808.

Agency manager moves to new office in Fargo

Country Financial agency manager Tammy Hanson has moved to a new office at 4166 31st Ave. S., Fargo.

Hours at the new office are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office phone number is (701) 277-1033.

Hanson has been a financial representative with Country since 2008.

Minn. Beef Showcase slated in Fergus Falls

The Minnesota Beef Showcase will be Thursday through March 15 at the Red Horse Ranch Arena, Fergus Falls.

An industry trade show opens at 9 a.m. Friday and features the latest technologies and products in the beef industry.

A free educational seminar starts at 1 p.m. March 15 and will include featured speakers Jerry Fike from Certified Angus Beef, the University of Minnesota Beef Team and feedlot expert Tom Brink.

A breed sale starts at noon March 15 and will include 50 lots of bulls, open heifers, bred heifers and embryos. The sale also will be available online via DVAuction.com.

For more information log on to www.beefshowcase.com or call (507) 380-3431.

Native artists invited to free business training

Native artists are invited to attend a free two-day Native Artist Professional Development Training workshop March 21-22 at the White Earth Tribal and Community College, Mahnomen, Minn.

The workshop is sponsored by First Peoples Fund, a national Native organization, and the Region 2 Arts Council.

The training is designed to promote, enhance and market Native artists’ work on the White Earth Reservation and around the country. Artists will learn how to market their art, set budgets and pricing structures, develop a business plan and more.

To register, log on to www.firstpeoplesfund.org.

Herberger’s to host ‘Stuff the Truck’ event

To kickoff Herberger’s 2014 Goodwill Sale, the Moorhead Center Mall Herberger’s store will host a “Stuff the Truck” event starting at 9 a.m. Thursday.

The Goodwill Sale runs through March 29, and for each item donated during the truck event and during the sale, customers will receive coupons to purchase items in the store for up to 25 percent off regular and sale prices.