Mandan Diner and Soda Fountain has opened in the old Mandan Drug at 316 W. Main St.

“Everybody was missing the old soda fountain and we were tired of seeing it not open, so we decided to buy it and open it up,” Susan Leingang said.

Leingang and her husband, Dave Leingang, bought and renovated the store in January.

The diner serves old-fashioned soda, sandwiches, salads, soups, a daily hotdish, pies and cakes. It will soon offer boxed lunches. Lindy Sue’s Candies also are available.

“They sold it (the candy) for years here,” Leingang said.

The diner now has a fresh coat of paint and one wall dedicated to the USS North Dakota submarine. It has seating for 80 and stools at the soda fountain.

Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, so those listening to music in the park can come and get ice cream, Leingang said.

People also may rent the diner for birthday parties. Leingang said she and her husband plan to host family nights where large groups can come and eat dinner “family style.”

Mandan Wal-Mart hiring

Wal-Mart has begun the process of hiring about

300 employees for the new Wal-Mart Supercenter in Mandan.

The store is scheduled to open this fall. In the meantime, a temporary hiring center has opened at 2640 Sunset Drive.

Hours for the hiring center are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to

5 p.m., Saturday. Full- and part- time positions are available.

Job-seekers can apply online at

Horizon Medical

Dr. Elsa Remer is closing her private psychiatry practice, Horizon Medical Services.

The office at 600 S. Second St. in Bismarck will close Aug. 16. Patients should contact the office before that time.

Mondo Forcella

Mondo Forcella, an Italian food truck, opened in Bismarck-Mandan in May.

The truck serves pizzas, pastas, salads and sliders.

“Everything is made from scratch. The pizza dough, focaccia bread and pasta sauces are made daily. Even the meatballs are hand blended and ground,” head chef Dalton Edwards said in a statement.

The bright yellow truck’s whereabouts can be tracked on Facebook at The truck operates Tuesday through Saturday.

Tanning salon owner

Island Breeze Tanning is under new ownership.

Greg Weimer, owner of New Image Tanning, purchased the business.

“This was a great opportunity to grow and expand the business and the two salons within a block of each other make it easy to manage both,” he said.

Weimer has added a stand-up bed and two 15-minute laydown beds, as well as new bulbs for all the beds. The salon now sells tanning lotions.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The salon will be closed weekends and holidays.

Weimer is having a grand opening July 19-21 at the salon.

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