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Brothers Plan Custom Malting Business
Post Date: May 05 2015

By The Bismarck Tribune
Brothers Jared and Donovan Stober are aiming to sell malted North Dakota barley to local craft beer brewers.

The Stobers are seeking $60,498 from the North Dakota Department of Commerce Agricultural Products Utilization Commission for a feasibility study and marketing of Midwest Malting.

Jared Stober, who works for the Commerce Department, said he and his brother hope to take barley grown on their family farm, malt it in North Dakota and sell it to North Dakota brewers as another way to keep dollars in the state.

Much of the barley grown in North Dakota is grown on contract for large corporations. Jared Stober said Midwest Malting would bring that down to a grass roots level.

Jared Stober said they do not have a malting site picked out yet, but they plan to find a location in Bismarck. His brother will be doing the farming in Goodrich, and he will be running the malting side of the business.

Several companies are already doing craft malting in other states, such as New York and South Carolina, Jared Stober said.

"Where craft brewing was 10 years ago, craft malting is now," he said.

The difference between North Dakota and those other states is that North Dakota grows more barley, Jared Stober said.

As of a week ago, the barley is planted in the Stobers' field. They say they hope to be processing it by the first quarter of 2016, if the feasibility study funding is approved and the results are favorable. Jared Stober said they have already had a lot of interest from local breweries.

New nail salon

Lotus Nail Bar & Spa has opened at 1401 Skyline Blvd., in the same building as Once Upon a Child and Dunn Brothers Coffee.

In addition to nails, co-owners Bill Campbell and Tina Nguyen offer services, including eyelash extensions, facials, waxing, and will soon offer permanent makeup.

Campbell said the salon has 18 chairs.

Nguyen has experience operating several nail salons across the country. When she and Campbell decided to move to his home state of North Dakota, they chose to open one here.

Campbell said Bismarck is an up-and-coming community and a good place to do business.

The salon is open 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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