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Owners Plan to Rebuild After Devastating Fire

Periwinkle Marketplace, known for its clothing, furniture and decor, went up in flames Wednesday night

OTTERTAIL, Minn. — Periwinkle Marketplace in Ottertail is a total loss after flames engulfed every inch of the building. This terrifying night could have been even more devastating for one Minnesota family. “That was the only thing that was going through my mind. That I lost my son,” said Jason Dykhoff, the husband of the owner of Periwinkle Marketplace. As…

Chamber of Commerce Releases Economic Outlook Survey Results

Annual Economic Outlook Forum draws hundreds of business leaders

FARGO, N.D.– The Chamber of Commerce released the results of its annual economic outlook survey, which gauges how businesses owners feel they’re performing in the local economy. “We’re fortunate enough to live in a very vibrant community— business community… 2018, based on the results we saw on the survey, there’s great optimism,” said Scott Green, market president of Station Bank. Overall,…

The Biz: Toys R Us Stores in South Dakota, Minnesota Closing, Starbucks Employees Get Good News

Chairman and CEO Dave Brandon said tough decisions are required to save Toys R Us

NATIONAL — The Toys R Us store in Fargo will remain open but the store in Rapid City, South Dakota is closing. It is among 180 stores being closed around the country. Four locations in the Twin Cities also made the closure list. Toys R Us is being squeezed by Amazon.com and huge chains like Walmart. It will begin closing…

THE BIZ: History-Making Model Pulls Out of Ad, Ulta Accused of Selling Used Makeup, King of Beers is De-Throned

According to Beer Marketer Insight, beer sales overall dipped in the U.S. in 2017

NATIONAL — British beauty blogger, Amena Khan, is pulling out of L’oreal Paris’ hair-care ads after she is accused of being “anti-Israel.” Khan announced on her Instagram page she would no longer be a part of the campaign due to some tweets she wrote in 2014. The tweets have since been deleted but Khan says they do not represent the…

Aberdeen Businessman Facing 20 Years in Prison for Possession of Meth

The business has since changed its name to Aberdeen Retail

ABERDEEN, S.D. — Sentencing has been set for an Aberdeen businessman who admitted to keeping meth in the basement of his pawn shop. Silas Wilson, 51, pleaded guilty last week to possessing meth and ingesting the drug. The charge stems from a police raid of Aberdeen Pawn in which authorities say they found meth worth nearly $33,000 on the streets….

Fargo Police: Don’t Leave Valuables in Plain Sight

A Fargo businessman had his work van stolen containing $15,000 worth of tools on Sunday night

FARGO, N.D. — The Fargo Police Department is warning the community about a trail of car break-ins over the weekend. They say the similarities between the crimes are broken windows and stolen valuables. Police say it’s important to lock up your vehicle but that won’t always stop someone from stealing what’s inside. They say it’s important to take anything valuable…

Fans Get Ready for the Big Game in the Metro

Many places showed off their purple pride, like O'Leary's in Moorhead, and created custom shirts for fans to wear

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Fans poured into bars and restaurants all over the metro to watch the highly anticipated game. Many places showed off their purple pride, like O’Leary’s in Moorhead, and created custom shirts for fans to wear. Whether they were wearing their favorite jersey or hat, they made it known that Vikings fans were taking over. Some people at…

Iowa Couple Celebrates Nearly Eight Decades of Marriage

Their secret? Luck.

HR09_131608817172670000 HR09_131608817186340000 HR09_131608817223010000 HR09_131608817238680000 VINTON, Iowa — It must have worked because this Iowa couple has been hitched for 79 years. “I said, ‘I’d like to go back and see that girl again’ so that’s where it all started with just trying to vaccinate some pigs,” Keith Elwick said on how he met his future wife at a vet’s office….

Microtel Inn & Suites Left with Big Mess After Pipe Bursts

When crews arrived water was flowing through the lobby of the hotel

WEST FARGO, N.D. — A big mess to cleanup in the lobby of Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham in West Fargo. Fire crews were called out around 5 o’clock after water flooded the lobby. A sprinkler head near the front entrance froze up and that caused a pipe in the ceiling to freeze and burst. When crews arrived water…

The Biz: KFC’s New Gravy Cocktails, McDonald’s Going Green, More Money in Your Pocket and the DOW Hits 26,000

These aren't just any kind of cocktail

NATIONAL — KFC may be the home of finger lickin’ good chicken but now they’re hoping to serve you up some lip-smackin’ cocktails. The fast-food company is launching a new cocktail menu and while the drinks won’t be sold in stores, the recipes will be available for you to make on your own. These aren’t just any kind of cocktail….