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A Destination Market Blooms in Ellendale

By Sallie Traxler
10/19/2021
A Destination Market Blooms in EllendaleYou wouldn't know it to see the massive garden center in Ellendale, ND today, but in 1997 Harvest Gardens got its start with two friends and a dream, a hobby greenhouse on loan from a community member and a credit card. ... read more

Building a space for dance and celebration in Gillette, WY

By Christina Kappaz
10/08/2021
Building a space for dance and celebration in Gillette, WYAs Live 2 Dance enters its 15th dance season, it is embarking on a new phase of growth, leaving behind rented locations and opening a full studio and event space in its own building in Gillette. ... read more

Bison is Big in New Rockford, ND

By Sallie Traxler
08/19/2021
Bison is Big in New Rockford, NDWhen North American Bison (NAB, LLC) and their flagship brand of bison, TenderBison, headquartered in Fargo, ND, began thinking about expanding their processing and distribution center in New Rockford, ND, they knew there was a lot of hard work ahead of them. One of their first orders of business was to find a local bank partner with whom they could build a relationship that would be with them throughout their expansion. ... read more

Building Sweet Dreams

By Christina Kappaz
08/11/2021
Building Sweet DreamsThe town of Casper, Wyoming is treated to a taste of the Middle East at Sweet Zoey’s Mediterranean Cafe, which will be expanding this Fall to a new, larger location thanks to a loan from First State Bank supported by the Wyoming Smart Capital Network (WSCN). The restaurant represents a step on a journey that has brought its owners and their new neighbors closer together, building relationships around good food. ... read more

Transforming Main Street, One Business at a Time

By Sallie Traxler
08/02/2021
Transforming Main Street, One Business at a TimeIn rural northeast North Dakota about 115 miles from Grand Forks you’ll find the picturesque town of Langdon, population approximately 1,800. Named the City of the Year by the North Dakota League of Cities for being a welcoming, strong and resilient community, and now we know why. ... read more