ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: Cautiously confident
Wells Fargo investment strategist predicts continued slow US economy recovery in 2014 ...
ENERGY: ND energy industry gains young professionals group
Group focuses on networking, education for young energy workers...
40 Under 40: Rising to the Top
The northern Plains is known for its skilled, hard-working people, and this year’s selection of the top 40 business professionals under the age of 40 ...
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: USD Research Park, biomed facility to open in 2014
USD, SD Technology Business Center partner to advance park, establish biomed test space...
CONNECTIVITY:Need for Speed
North Dakota IT council sets out to map, improve state’s broadband infrastructure ...
TALK OF THE TOWN: Location, location, location
Centrally located Grand Forks plans for continued, sustained growth...
BISMARCK — More than 28,000 gallons of an oily brine that's a byproduct of oil production leaked from a tank in western North Dakota's Billings County and reached a tributary of the Little Missouri River before freezing, the North Dakota Health Department said.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Some officials in the Dakotas are sparring good-naturedly over whether the North or the South is better off.
PIERRE — Net machine income was up slightly through the end of November for video lottery compared to one year ago. After four straight years of constant decline from 2008 through 2012, that turnaround is welcomed by the South Dakota Lottery Commission, which is searching for greater growth as it assembles today for a strategy-setting meeting.
MITCHELL, S.D. -- Craig Culver hopes his employees see him as a regular guy.RELATED CONTENT
MEDORA, N.D. — About 650 barrels of salt water and 20 barrels of oil spilled from a well site 15 miles northwest of Medora in Billings County, the North Dakota Department of Health announced Monday.
Concordia to take advantage of city ordinance allowing liquor licenses for nonprofit private colleges
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Wedding guests might soon be able to toast the happy couple at receptions held on Concordia College’s otherwise dry campus.
MOORHEAD, Minn. - Stefne Broz’s family has learned to not take it personally if she visits Duane’s House of Pizza before meeting up with relatives.RELATED CONTENT
MOORHEAD, Minn. – It took about three hours, but the City Council here worked through a budgetary headache at its final meeting Monday night to pass a final 2014 budget.
WASHINGTON – After months of doubt, the top House Democrat in ongoing negotiations says lawmakers are a near a deal that would pave the way for passing a farm bill in the next month.RELATED CONTENT
KALISPELL, Mont. — An increase in freight traffic and hundreds of millions of dollars in improvements on BSNF Railway tracks across North Dakota and Montana combined to make Amtrak travel less-than-reliable in recent months, BSNF officials said.
BISMARCK — A tax agreement that standardized the rules and spurred oil drilling on an American Indian reservation in North Dakota is bringing in more than $40 million monthly for the state and tribal members, up from zero five years ago, state Tax Department records show.
HOUSTON — Oil field services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 12 last week to 1,775.RELATED CONTENT
HOWARD, S.D. — Officials say Donnerite Inc., a Minnesota-based company, will be expanding its operations to the eastern South Dakota city of Howard.
JACKSON, Minn. — Nearly 500 people attended Federated Rural Electric’s 78th annual meeting Nov, 23 at the Fairmont Five Lakes Elementary School.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Marco has announced the acquisition of Trust Technology Services, an information technology and managed services company that serves clients throughout the Bemidji, Minn., area. The employees from Trust Technology Services have joined the Marco team.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Abraham Algadi wants a plan. As the manager of Worthington Regional Development Corp., he knows housing continues to be a major issue in Worthington. At a meeting Thursday, Algadi wants to bring local ideas together to create a plan.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — An initiative by Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard that was intended to draw 1,000 workers to the state has come up far short.
PIERRE — Some lawmakers and health care groups plan to ask the South Dakota Legislature next month to expand the state's Medicaid program to cover the medical costs of 48,000 more poor people, despite resistance from Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
PIERRE — The agriculture sector was a major boost to economic activity in South Dakota during recent years, according to a state government official. But lower crop prices and increasing values for farmland are worrisome for 2014 and beyond, he said.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- The number of out-of-state job seekers posting resumes to the North Dakota Job Service database has dropped by about two-thirds from its peak in January 2012, but this in no way indicates that growth in North Dakota is slowing.
FARGO, N.D. - A mammoth complex of more than 320 apartment units being built in West Fargo, N.D., is said to be the largest of its kind in the city and perhaps the largest in Fargo-Moorhead.RELATED CONTENT
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – A 65-acre plot here, long accustomed to the attention of a farmer’s plow, has lately been the focus of government officials and business types.
Central Boiler of Greenbush, Minn., recently announced it will distribute more than $1.1 million in bonus payments to 210 employees.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Amazon, the online retail giant, made headlines this week when it announced it was developing small, helicopter-like machines to deliver packages to your front door... in four years at least.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- New federal rules on pilot qualifications have cut down commercial passenger air service in some smaller cities in recent months.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The Alerus Center in Grand Forks is in negotiations to buy several lots adjacent to the city-owned events center but officials don’t yet have a specific use for the land.RELATED CONTENT
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The IDEA Competition announced Dec. 6 that it is extending the deadline for the first round of its competition to Dec. 31. This will allow applicants to take advantage of the newly discounted registration fee, thanks to a generous contribution from the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Echoing what a former Minnesota politician hinted at in Dickinson last month, a rural development and resource economist from a national firm said Thursday that it might be time to set up a regional legacy trust fund specifically for western North Dakota.
WILLISTON, N.D. – Scott Tinker holds a lot of titles as state geologist for Texas and director of an academic oil and gas research program.RELATED CONTENT
Farm equipment retailer Titan Machinery Inc slashed its full-year profit forecast as a record corn harvest pulled down prices and left farmers with less money to spend on new tractors and harvesters.
FARGO, N.D. - As a woman in an engineering field, Heather Jarski says she’s experienced nagging thoughts and insecurities.RELATED CONTENT
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – The Detroit Mountain Recreation Area is starting to take shape.RELATED CONTENT
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Under a proposal outlined by administrators Thursday, Minnesota State University Moorhead plans to eliminate majors, merge several departments and lay off six faculty members to solve its $4.9 million budget deficit.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The return of below-freezing temperatures could mean the return of chilly drafts in homes.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- Just in time for Christmas, Minnesota state budget officials say Minnesota is sitting on a big surplus.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Northeast North Dakota air travelers might get a direct air route to Denver and points west after all.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. --Even booming Bakken oil production can’t stand up to North Dakota’s crippling winters.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – Even though its growers will be paid about $370 million less for this year’s harvest compared to the one in 2012, the head of American Crystal Sugar Co. said Thursday he doesn’t expect sugar beet farmers to turn to other crops and abandon beets.RELATED CONTENT
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A new study conducted by the South Dakota Board of Regents finds that the state’s long-term economic health soon may be threatened by a shortage of qualified workers.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota's Board of Regents has approved a new football stadium at South Dakota State University and a new basketball/volleyball arena at the University of South Dakota, the last hurdle before legislative approval.
OTA and Pollen, two powerhouse crowdsourced networking organizations, leverage the power of people and possibility in game-changing merger.RELATED CONTENT
WINDOM, Minn. — Fast Sprayers, formerly known as Fast Distributing Inc., and North Windom Industrial Park celebrated the completion of phase one of Fast Sprayers' expansion with a joint ribbon-cutting ceremony in Windom.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON – With less than two weeks before federal lawmakers take a holiday break, prospects in Congress for a speedy passage of the long-delayed farm bill appear to be fading.
BISMARCK – A North Dakota website detailing oil spills and other environmental incidents is now live.
BISMARCK – An Oklahoma-based company could face civil penalties for installing and operating a natural gas pipeline in northwestern North Dakota without the proper state permits, a state utility regulator said Wednesday.
FARGO, N.D. – Forum Communications Co. has released its newest mobile app called Snow Day, an app that provides a comprehensive look at weather-related updates throughout the entire Red River Valley.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK -- A Bismarck housing developer has announced plans to build $75.2 million worth of single-family housing starting in 2014 to meet rising demand in the area.
FARGO, N.D. — With sugar beet payments headed south for the 2013 crop and potentially the next two crops, shareholders and joint venture partners are wondering how to handle the financial challenge.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Area business leaders and legislators are looking to higher education institutions to help solve a worker shortage here and across North Dakota.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK — A Texas company has completed cleanup of a massive saltwater spill on the Montana-North Dakota border, regulators said Wednesday.
WILLMAR, Minn. — The value of new construction, expansion and refurbishing projects to date in Willmar has nearly tripled the value set in 2012, according to a report given to the Willmar City Council.RELATED CONTENT
MITCHELL, S.D. -- Jeff Nelson has certainly impacted Mitchell Technical Institute. And MTI returned the favor at the annual donor recognition event, held Tuesdeay at the school’s Campus Center.RELATED CONTENT
MITCHELL, S.D. -- Dakota Wesleyan University is once again featured on the website CollegesofDistinction.com, an online college guide that examines colleges and universities appealing to students’ unique and varied interests.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Stark County commissioners on Tuesday gave final approval to rezone a 686-acre plot for a rail terminal five miles west of South Heart, but not without a lengthy list of stipulations.
FARGO, N.D. – A controversial 148-acre housing and commercial development proposal in south Fargo was approved Tuesday by the Planning Commission after owners amended the plan to suit most of the homeowners in the area.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- University of North Dakota faculty and staff got a preview Tuesday of an expanded and renovated law school.RELATED CONTENT
PIERRE — Gov. Dennis Daugaard's proposed state budget would freeze tuition next year for resident students at South Dakota's six state universities.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Tuesday announced the creation of a 14-member Task Force on Property Tax Reform, saying the state can simplify its property tax system, provide more transparency in the budgeting of local governments and identify “meaningful, long-term savings” for taxpayers.RELATED CONTENT
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic plans to spend $72 million to expand St. Marys Hospital in Rochester and make other renovations.
ST. PAUL — A giant private equity firm has taken a major stake in the Minneapolis-St. Paul housing market.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Electric bills for Worthington Public Utilities customers will be increasing in 2014.
PIERRE — The Legislature’s planning committee finished its draft report on workforce development Monday.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Democratic state lawmaker wants the Legislature to schedule a special session to authorize an independent forensic audit of South Dakota's participation in a federal investment-for-green-cards immigration program.RELATED CONTENT
TRIPP, S.D. — After four years of planning, a wind farm could soon become a reality in southeast South Dakota.RELATED CONTENT
MARMARTH, N.D. – Last week’s pipeline leak that spilled 17,000 barrels of saltwater near the Montana-North Dakota state line has not affected the Little Missouri River, the North Dakota Department of Health said Monday.
FARGO, N.D. - Looking for a way to give gifts that encourage creativity and support our local economy? You’re not alone, and plenty of area businesses and organizations are gearing up to help you cross some names off your list while having a great time doing so.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – Along with the traditional ice scrapers, emergency kits and snow tires, North Dakotans are increasingly turning to another tool to meet the challenges of winter travel: their smartphones.
NEW YORK - When Eric Odness goes to work in his new Brooklyn bar, he feels more like he’s in a hometown neighborhood bar than in a New York borough.RELATED CONTENT
NEW YORK - Several empty crude oil train cars derailed in North Dakota on Sunday, rail company BNSF Railway said on Monday, the latest in a string of "crude-by-rail" accidents that have prompted calls for stricter safety regulations in North America.RELATED CONTENT
SEATTLE - Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos made a splash on Sunday with his radical plan to deliver goods to millions of its customers' doors by using a fleet of unmanned drones, but the bold vision is not likely to become a reality this decade.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Construction could begin as early as next fall on a $1.3 million livestock processing plant in northeast North Dakota.
WASHINGTON - Amazon.com Inc. and other online retailers with no physical presence in New York State must go on collecting sales tax after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a legal challenge to the law that requires it.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's largest insurer said Monday that it will not extend policies that are being canceled under the federal health care law.
OMAHA, Neb. — The temporary resolution of the budget stalemate in Washington, D.C., has made business leaders more optimistic in nine Midwest and Plains states, but only modest economic growth is expected in the near future.
BISMARCK — It took nearly two weeks for North Dakota officials to tell the public about an autumn pipeline rupture that caused more than 20,000 barrels of crude to ooze across a northwestern wheat field.
DEADWOOD, S.D. — A surprise October storm that wreaked havoc on the Black Hills took its toll on gambling in Deadwood.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Williams County officials say that thousands of people have accessed the North Dakota county's interactive maps since they went online five months ago.
BISMARCK — The University of Mary will be delivering college graduate courses on the Grand Forks Air Force Base.
ST. PAUL — Brazil and South Korea are the latest countries where Minnesota officials are preparing to open trade offices, according to advertisements posted Monday that seek contractors to set up the outposts.
MITCHELL, S.D. -- On a bare stretch of land in western Mitchell, Chuck Mauszycki Sr. saw opportunity. “It was just an empty piece of land that really wasn’t very usable,” Mauszycki said. “We needed to move some dirt around.RELATED CONTENT
MITCHELL, S.D. -- Hibbett Sporting Goods, a national sporting goods store, will be one of five businesses to move into a new retail center north of Menards in Mitchell.
LYONS, S.D. — A Lyons fire truck manufacturer has received designation as a foreign trade zone.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Innovations and achievements in North Dakota’s oil industry will be recognized next week during a banquet in Williston.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- As oil production increases, so too does the traffic. And often, whether intentional or not, that leads to litter.RELATED CONTENT
HAVANA, N.D. - Eugene and Joe Breker boast that the Coteau des Prairies Lodge and the surrounding farm and pastureland where they grew up is the “second most beautiful place in all of North Dakota.”RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. – The North Dakota town of Williston is getting a limited-membership social and business club featuring a bar and restaurant.
MINNEAPOLIS – A proposal for Minnesota’s first copper-nickel mine takes a crucial step forward Friday when regulators release a long-awaited updated environmental review that’s certain to fuel the debate over whether the state can get the hundreds of jobs a new era of mining could bring without sacrificing its cherished waters and wild places.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- North Dakota’s skilled labor workforce is among the youngest in the country.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- With one fewer passenger airline operating in Grand Forks, at least one expansion project at the airport has been put on hold.RELATED CONTENT
HAWLEY, Minn. — For decades, city leaders here have taken an “if you build it, they will come” approach to attracting businesses.RELATED CONTENT
On the second go around, Stark County Planning and Zoning Board members approved a 686-acre agricultural-to-industrial rezoning request on Nov. 27 from developers seeking to build a rail terminal 5 miles west of South Heart, N.D.
PIERRE — Just a few years ago, South Dakota was considered by some in China as a top place for an immigrant investor and their family to qualify for permanent U.S. visas. To qualify, the investor needed to make a half-million dollar loan to a business program, and if enough jobs resulted, would earn their papers.
Rachael Hammarback will not be offering any 75-percent-off deals or clothes priced at cost at her downtown Grand Forks store, RH Standard, but she will make a promise.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A young air medical service company based in Grand Forks has plans to expand.
GRAND FORKS – A veteran soybean breeder says he and his peers are making progress on new high-oleic soybeans that will be popular for both food and nonfood uses.
The northern Plains is known for its skilled, hard-working people, and this year’s selection of the top 40 business professionals under the age of 40 exemplifies the high level of talent that exists in our region.RELATED CONTENT
Early in your career, you may have an eye on a certain company or organization you’d love to work for.RELATED CONTENT
EAPC Business Excellence focuses on productivity improvement processesRELATED CONTENT
Starting a new business is not an easy task.RELATED CONTENT
The job market is mighty hot for certain skills in our region. As an economic development official, workforce is one of my highest priorities to grow and retain the region’s economy.RELATED CONTENT
Production in ND, Texas shale plays expected to continue outpacing US refinery demandRELATED CONTENT
USD, SD Technology Business Center partner to advance park, establish biomed test spaceRELATED CONTENT
- The University of South Dakota Research Park
- Rich Naser, executive director, South Dakota Technology Business Center
- Pam Boehm, entrepreneurship and incubation manager, South Dakota Technology Business Center
- Stephanie Vanderbruggen, client services administrator, South Dakota Technology Business Center
North Dakota IT council sets out to map, improve state’s broadband infrastructureRELATED CONTENT
Centrally located Grand Forks plans for continued, sustained growthRELATED CONTENT
Need for health IT expertise spurs development of enhanced training courseRELATED CONTENT
This time of year presents the opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of the past 12 months and look forward to the potential of the coming year.RELATED CONTENT
As the year comes to a close, and a business owner compiles the year’s financial statements, close attention needs to be paid to how close the year’s actual numbers come in versus what was originally planned.RELATED CONTENT
Wells Fargo investment strategist predicts continued slow US economy recovery in 2014RELATED CONTENT
Group focuses on networking, education for young energy workersRELATED CONTENT