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Ridge Top Outdoors owners Justin and Brittany Schuver's love for the outdoors sparked the couple’s decision to open the Bemidji storefront just under a year ago. 
When a visitor dropped by the new West Fargo store, recently, that world had really gone to the dogs. A tiny Yorkie in a sweater sniffed every treat at ankle level. A Shih Tzu named Oliver eagerly stood on his back legs to beg for a yummy-smelling biscuit. "Dogs are always welcome," says co-owner Megan Pechin Bergseth. "That's why we have treats in our pockets."
The free workshop is Jan. 25.
Following news earlier this week that the Cavalier County Republican was ceasing publication, Simmons Multimedia, a Langdon-based company, has announced its hope to launch a weekly paper, The Borderland Press, in the near future.

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Dead or alive, crickets are in big demand these days. After Pat and Madeline Reviers' plan to raise crickets for high-protein, nutrient-packed cricket flour was temporarily stalled, they've pivoted to sell live crickets. Who will want them? According to Pat, everyone from gecko owners who are facing a nationwide feeder-insect shortage to anglers angling for a highly effective bait.
Every small town and rural area needs community builders, those willing to step out in confidence to try a new idea and to encourage connection, business support and expand on what a small-town offers.
A new gym that specialize in boxing and MMA coaching is hoping to make an impact on the Dickinson community.
When Becky and Mark Binstock realized their daughter had food allergies, they went above and beyond to turn a childhood favorite — cotton candy — into a snack that she could safely enjoy. Today, their all-natural cotton candy-making business is ramping up for its next stage of growth with a professional rebrand, plans for an online store and a specially built commercial kitchen in their own home.
This family-owned, Devils Lake-based food company was created by the man who brought Pugsley's Sandwiches to convenience stores across the region. Now, Gary Senger's newest brand, Grubbersputz's — marketed as "the name you can't pronounce, the flavors you can't forget" — is gracing his line of flavored popcorns, flavored pretzels and frozen pizzas.
“When she posts cupcakes for pickup on Facebook, you have to be Johnny on the Spot. Those things will be gone in 30 seconds."

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Pauly Wally Tackle Co. churns out spinners, jigs and rigs that catch fish on Northland lakes.
The Standard News and Brews has filled a need for a place to get caffeinated and chew the fat in this town just south of the Canadian border.
"We got a cabin out at Leech Lake and we’re all huddled around a small TV at the lake cabin,” Cody Anderson of Midwest Moving Company said. “We’re all screaming at the TV and having a good time.”

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