The Grand Forks family, which owns the Rydell GM Auto Center, Honda Nissan of Grand Forks and Crookston Motors dealerships, continues to expand its regional network of auto dealerships. Rydell Automotive Group has grown to nearly 70 dealerships in 11 states. Founder Leonard Rydell moved to Grand Forks in 1954 from Montgomery, Minn., purchased the Border Chevrolet dealership and changed the name to Rydell Chevrolet. Wes Rydell, who remains involved in the family business, bought out his father, Leonard, in 1976. Brian, Bob and their father, Wes, now are co-owners of the three local Rydell dealerships.