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Victoria’s Secret in the Kirkwood Mall is expanding, according to the Kirkwood Mall Facebook page.

The store is open in a temporary location next to J.C. Penney. It will reopen in its expanded location Aug. 30.

“We’ve been needing a larger space for a long time,” said manager Melanie Malsam.

The expansion will allow for more merchandise, Malsam said, including swimwear in the summer and the store’s new line, Supermodel Essentials.

The expanded store will be divided into two sections. One side will house lingerie and beauty products and the other will contain the store’s Pink clothing line, Malsam said.

SBA recognition

Kari Warberg Block, chief executive officer of Earth-Kind Inc., was named North Dakota Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Earth Kind sells Fresh Cab, a pet-safe natural mouse repellent mostly used in tractor cabs.

Winners from 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam will compete June 20-21 in Washington, D.C., to be named National Small Business Person of the Year.

New president

Jason Bohrer has been named president of the Lignite Energy Council.

Bohrer succeeds John Dwyer, who announced his retirement earlier this year after 32 years in the position.

Most recently, Bohrer worked as chief of staff for Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and as a legislative counsel to Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, on energy policy, transmission, cyber security and regulated utilities.

“Our energy industry is moving through transformative times and factors into the importance of this role,” LEC Board Chairman Alan Hodnik said in a statement.

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Bohrer graduated from North Dakota State University. His father and grandfather were born in North Dakota. His great-grandfather lived in Mercer County and served as a state representative, and his grandfather was the mayor of Pick City.

“I’m incredibly excited for the opportunity to lead the Lignite Energy Council in such a critical time in the energy industry,” Bohrer said in a statement. He will start his new job in mid-July.

Economic development

Area Development Magazine has given North Dakota a 2013 Silver Shovel Award.

The award recognizes state economic development agencies using innovative policies for job growth, infrastructure improvements and promotions that attract new businesses and investments.

Scores are based on the number of high-value jobs created per capita, amount of investment, number of new facilities added and industry diversity.

“North Dakota has successfully implemented a long-term strategy to create one of the best business climates in the nation,” Paul Lucy, North Dakota Department of Commerce Economic Development and Finance Division director, said in a statement.

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Reach Jessica Holdman at 701-250-8261 or jessica.holdman@bismarcktribune.com.

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