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FARGO—With all the talk about American manufacturing disappearing, the often-heard question is this: Does America make anything anymore? The answer may be closer to home than you think. In the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area alone, more than 200 companies are regarded as manufacturing enterprises or value-added agricultural firms, according to information provided by the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp. and the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.
FARGO—Tom's Shoe & Tarp Repair has uprooted itself from its Moorhead location and is now in the process of moving to a new spot in Fargo. For now, the business is operating at 3220 32nd Ave. S. Around July 1, it will move into the former home of Tandy Leather at 1617 32nd Ave. S., according to Becca Knorr, who owns the business with her husband, Robert. The couple purchased Tom's Shoe & Tarp Repair in 2016 from Tom Anderson, who operated the business for many decades. Until recently the shop was located at 901 st. Ave. N. in Moorhead.
FARGO—A new Beans Coffee Bar has opened in the former first-floor lounge of the Radisson Hotel at 201 5th St. N. in downtown Fargo. Heidi Holland opened the first Beans Coffee Bar at 5675 26th Ave. S. in 2015. At the time, she explained the name "Beans" was about more than coffee beans. It's also the nickname given to Holland by her late father, Don Larson, a popular former North Dakota State University football coach. Holland said she and her father shared a deep love of coffee.
FARGO – A man who walked away from a Fargo halfway house after pleading guilty to a manslaughter charge is now charged in federal court with escape from custody.
FARGO—At least one Fargo-area Uber driver says the Uber Eats delivery service is expected to start here soon. Drivers have reportedly been told the service could start by the end of June. Reached for comment, a spokeswoman for Uber said she could not confirm anything at this time, and the Uber Eats website did not list any Fargo location. With Uber Eats, Uber drivers pick up and deliver food orders.
LEONARD, N.D.—Options for holding events in Leonard greatly expanded with the recent opening of the Albatross Event Center. Built as an addition to the Leonard Country Club, the event center can comfortably seat 120-140 people, with an additional capacity of about 50 when the event center is opened to the country club's bar, said Angie Pulczinski, who owns the country club and the event center with her husband, Mike. She said the new space can accommodate all types of events; everything from groom's dinners to retirement parties.
FARGO—Intelligent InSites, a Fargo-based company that focuses on improving efficiencies for health-care providers, has made Modern Healthcare magazine's 2018 list of the best places to work in health care. The award recognizes about 60 outstanding employers in the health-care industry nationwide. The assessment process includes an extensive employee survey.
FARGO—A new cafe is planned for 524 Broadway in Fargo, formerly home to Josie's Corner Cafe & Bake Shop. Information filed with the city of Fargo Inspections Department indicates the name of the new business may be the Madrid Cafe, but when it comes to building permit information names can sometimes change by the time a project is completed. Attempts to reach individuals associated with the project were not successful. Jose's Corner closed late last year. It had operated at that location since 2006.
FARGO—At a time when many downtown churches around the country are struggling to fill their pews, Fargo's First Lutheran Church is embarking on a $12 million expansion project. Growth in the congregation is one reason for the project, according to Dave Rogness, head of the building project committee, and Terry Yoney, a retired administrator of the church who now serves as liaison between the church and the contractors during construction.
WEST FARGO—A West Fargo fine dining eatery has apparently closed for good. Loren Lee's opened at 3179 Bluestem Drive in August of 2016 in what had been home to the District Waterhouse & Kitchen. The business closed in March when a post on the the Loren Lee's Facebook announced the the business was closing temporarily for kitchen maintenance and expected to reopen in April. The Facebook page now says the business is permanently closed. A message left at the phone number for the business was not returned.