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Drug store aims to fill need for groceries

Drug store aims to fill need for groceries


Arrowhead Plaza Drug started offering some grocery items — milk, bread, eggs, canned goods — at the end of April in an effort to serve the neighborhood needs when Dan’s Supermarket closed on Third Street.

Now owner Sherry Furcht would like to take that a step further. She’s still waiting for approval from a distributor but she would like to have five aisles of grocery items, to include produce and meats, too.

Furcht said customers stopped in to pick up a few necessary items and have thanked her again and again for adding the goods.

“We’ve been very happy with the response from the neighborhood,” she said.

Based on that feedback and wanting to provide a service, the expansion seemed like a good idea, she said.

Furcht also is closing Prairie Creek, which she operated in the Gateway Mall.

KLJ adds offices

KLJ, a Bismarck-based engineering firm, is expanding in Colorado and Wyoming.

The new space in Englewood, Colo., and Cheyenne, Wyo., brings KLJ to 28 office locations spanning seven states.

“KLJ has been serving customers in both the Denver and Cheyenne area for many years,” CEO Dean Anagnost said in a statement.

The company recently hired a team for Denver, with plans to have 20 to 30 more employees there by year end and 100 by 2019.

The office in Cheyenne is KLJ’s second location in Wyoming, with plans for five to 10 employees initially.

Creative event draws crowd

Makewell, an organization for area creatives, had more than 60 attendees at its first workshop marathon, drawing in attendees from Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana.

Organizer Ashton Hauff hosted the event as a way to get a larger attendance for Bismarck-Mandan creatives who host workshops by packing multiple subject areas into one large venue.

Workshop Marathon included small business owners, including Crabapple Floral, Butterhorn and Brick Illustration, teaching their skills, from candlemaking to coffee tasting.

For 60 percent of the crowd, it was the first Makewell event they had attended, according to Hauff.

Local businesses join 'ugly food' movement

BisMan Community Food Coop and BisMarket, along with Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health Momentum, are trying to pass on the message that misshapen and imperfect produce still has nutritional value.

Ugly Food of the North, which is part of a larger national movement, was formed in 2015 in Fargo-Moorhead community with the goal of reducing food waste. Now Bismarck is joining the effort.

“Forty percent of food resources are wasted each year, while nearly 50 million Americans live in food insecure households. We have an abundance of food, but a huge amount of it is not reaching those who need it,” Katie Johnke, nutrition services coordinator for Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, said in a statement.

Patrons are asked to look for “ugly food” while shopping at BisMarket and the BisMan Community Co-op. For more information, go online to

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