Ryan Johnson has been a Forum reporter since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. — Wayne Sander said things seemed busy at the Sam's Club in Moorhead since he got a job in the photo department just after Thanksgiving. That's why it came as a "complete shock" Thursday morning, Jan. 11, when he arrived for a 9 a.m. shift only to be told he and all other employees here will soon lose their jobs when the store closes.
FARGO—Even for small businesses here, Black Friday could be a better day for sales than Small Business Saturday. That's a main takeaway from a new national analysis of transactions at nearly 65,000 retailers in the U.S., including about 200 businesses in North Dakota, during the 2016 holiday shopping season.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—After 15 years working for Target, Doug Restemayer learned all too well how easily a gathering of employees can become a dreaded part of the job. "My whole day consisted of meetings," he said. "Not many of them are very productive." That's why Restemayer, the president and owner of beer and beverage distributor D-S Beverages Inc., said it's been "refreshing" to run a small company and structure it the way he wants—and that includes a demand to make meetings relevant and effective, not a necessary evil of the workday.
FARGO—It just might be a low-tech fake email, not a high-tech hacking scheme, that makes it hard for businesses and organizations to safeguard information in modern times. Firewalls and cutting-edge technology designed to keep networks safe and secure can be undone simply by asking employees to click a link. An email requesting employee W-2s that looks like it's coming from the CEO can turn a well-meaning worker into the unwitting source of a data leak.
WEST FARGO—An agriculture and construction equipment network headquartered in West Fargo expects to boost its operating efficiency after reducing its inventory and closing several dealerships. Titan Machinery Inc. reported its financial results late last week for its fourth quarter and last fiscal year that ended Jan. 31. According to the report, the company's quarterly revenue was down about 5 percent to $317.6 million, a decrease from $335.5 million for the quarter a year before.
FARGO—Gordmans will keep its store in Fargo and in three other cities in North Dakota while closing five locations in Minnesota, according to documents filed in court over the weekend. The Omaha-based discount retailer's filings to U.S. Bankruptcy Court over the weekend included two lists, one with 57 stores that will remain open and another listing 48 stores that will be closed.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — There are always proposals to reform the tax code, and that's especially the case after the 2016 presidential election. Still, Ron Twedt said there's not much for the average person to do now to prepare for any coming tax changes that haven't been enacted yet. "I do think it's wise and probably good citizenship just to pay attention to policy discussions so you have some sense of where things might be going," said Twedt, an assistant professor of accounting at Concordia College's Offutt School of Business in Moorhead.