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CULTURE: The Best Places to Work

CULTURE: The Best Places to Work

Company culture determines its likeability among employees...

EMPLOYEE PERSPECTIVE: What Employees Really Want

EMPLOYEE PERSPECTIVE: What Employees Really Want

Survey shows salary, benefits not always top priority...

SOCIAL MEDIA: How to succeed at social media

SOCIAL MEDIA: How to succeed at social media

Experts offer tips on strategies to stand out from the clutter...

ENERGY: Going up

ENERGY: Going up

Bakken real estate market continues to go global...

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Child care as a recruitment tool

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Child care as a recruitment tool

Digi-Key incentivizes child care to attract evening shift workers...

TALK OF THE TOWN: Growing with the region

TALK OF THE TOWN: Growing with the region

Jamestown plays up its role as a regional hub...

Microsoft cuts jobs at Fargo campus

Microsoft cuts jobs at Fargo campus

FARGO, N.D. - Job cuts were made at Fargo’s Microsoft campus today as the Redmond, Wash.-based company continues its restructuring.

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Feds pass on funding $50M railroad bypass in Willmar

WILLMAR, Minn. — A proposal to construct a railroad bypass west of Willmar to divert possibly up to a third of the BNSF Railway trains in and out of the Willmar rail yard will not receive federal transportation funding this year, officials have learned.

Wet weather dries up wood supply, hampers Duluth area businesses

DULUTH, Minn. — If the first wave of crisp autumn air has you thinking about buying your firewood load to burn this winter, think again.

Diversion entity sues for rights to road

FARGO, N.D. — One of the many governmental entities represented on the Fargo-Moorhead diversion authority is suing a Cass County landowner for road rights on their land under eminent domain.

Dickinson’s Koch development delayed again

DICKINSON, N.D. - The Koch Meadow Hills subdivision hit another snag Wednesday as city officials continue to review plans for the mixed-use development in north Dickinson.

Fargo Jet Center expands services to Minneapolis/St. Paul market

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Exclusive Aerospace LLC an affiliate of Fargo Jet Center, announced the expansion of its award winning services to the Minneapolis market through purchasing the assets of Premier Jet Center at Flying Cloud airport (KFCM) in Eden Prairie. Flying Cloud is one of the main corporate airports serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul market.

TMI Hospitality CEO shares information on $1B acquisition deal

FARGO, N.D. – The chief executive officer of Fargo-based TMI Hospitality, which in June announced its acquisition by Starwood Capital Group, indicated Wednesday the deal was worth at least $1 billion.

Fargo's Ashley store’s ample space means customers won’t have to wait for furniture

Fargo's Ashley store’s ample space means customers won’t have to wait for furniture

FARGO, N.D. - The new Ashley Furniture HomeStore that opened recently on 45th Street in south Fargo is a big place, but just how big doesn’t become clear until you step into the warehouse space at the back of the store.

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Longtime employee Berg hired as director of ND Historical Society

BISMARCK – Claudia Berg, a 33-year employee of the State Historical Society and coordinator of the nearly completed $51.7 million expansion of the North Dakota Heritage Center, was picked Wednesday to lead the agency after current Director Merl Paaverud retires Nov. 14.

New Porter Creek Hardwood Grill taking shape in Fargo

New Porter Creek Hardwood Grill taking shape in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. – A structure going up at 1555 44th St. S. in Fargo will become a restaurant by spring of 2015.

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NDSCS to get rid of combat gear

WAHPETON, N.D. – North Dakota State College of Science leaders here confirmed Tuesday that campus police possess combat gear, but they’re planning to get rid of it.

35-year-old NDSU grad manages $494M Sanford Medical Center project

35-year-old NDSU grad manages $494M Sanford Medical Center project

FARGO, N.D. – Joanna Slominski sometimes thinks she fell into her chosen field of construction management.

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Report says Apple to unveil new iPads, operating system in October

Apple Inc. is set to launch two new iPads and release the next version of its Mac operating system at its next event on Oct. 21, a Daily Dot report said, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Study shows GF nonprofits generate $89M in wages, grants

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Nonprofits in the Grand Forks area are not only helping those in need, they’re also generating more than $89 million that is being returned to the community through grants and wages, according to data compiled by the Nonprofit Business Alliance.

Americans rely on credit cards in second quarter

Americans rely on credit cards in second quarter

Americans racked up credit card debt in a big way in the past few months, according to a new report.

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US considering options if oil export ban challenged

WASHINGTON - Obama administration officials are concerned about the legality of a ban on oil exports and have begun discussing how to deal with potential challenges from nations that want to buy U.S. crude, two sources said.

Western ND legislators propose $800M 'surge' fund

Western ND legislators propose $800M 'surge' fund

BISMARCK -- A group of western North Dakota Republican legislators on Wednesday proposed an $800 million “surge” fund for the state and, in a preview of a proposal to come next week, said it'd be the last such bill needed if a new oil tax formula is adopted this session.

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Interim chancellor says lawmakers think SBHE consultant was referring to NDSU president

Interim chancellor says lawmakers think SBHE consultant was referring to NDSU president

FARGO, N.D. – The interim chancellor of the North Dakota University System said on Wednesday that some legislators believe a consultant was referring to North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani when the consultant spoke of one or more unnamed college presidents challenging the leadership of the State Board of Higher Education.

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Accrediting agency places UND into ‘warning’ category, changes imminent

Accrediting agency places UND into ‘warning’ category, changes imminent

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences is on thin ice after a visit from an accrediting agency last spring.

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NDSU economist explains rail study and its withdrawal

NDSU economist explains rail study and its withdrawal

A North Dakota State University economist who prepared a rail study that was later withdrawn says he stands by the process he used and the numbers he came up with.

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UND Law School students struggle to pass bar exam

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The state offers the exam annually in both February and July, and only 56 percent of University of North Dakota graduates who took the test for the first time this summer passed.

Center for Technology & Business to expand throughout ND

BISMARCK, N.D. - The Center for Technology & Business has been awarded a Bush Foundation Leadership Network Grant for expansion of its Women's Leadership program.

New county stats available on rental rates

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Farmers and landlords have a new resource to help them determine farmland rental rates.

Act would eliminate presidential permit required for Keystone-type projects

WASHINGTON -- North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven and three other senators on Tuesday introduced an act they say would streamline energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL by eliminating the presidential permit requirement when crossing the Canadian or Mexican border, according to a release from Hoeven’s office.

Beach tables rezoning decision for $7M rail expansion

BEACH, N.D. - Citing the absence of a council member, the Beach City Council tabled a rezoning decision regarding a proposed $7 million railroad expansion for the Beach Grain Cooperative following a public hearing at its regular meeting Monday night.

Western N.D. lawmakers to discuss early funding bill for 2015 construction season

BISMARCK –- Four western North Dakota lawmakers have scheduled a press conference here Wednesday to discuss their plan to introduce an early funding bill in January that would give oil-impacted areas a head start on the 2015 construction season.

TransCanada sees itself in oil train business regardless of Keystone

WASHINGTON - Pipeline operator TransCanada Corp is likely to haul Canadian oil sands crude by rail whether or not its embattled Keystone XL pipeline project is finally approved by Washington, the company's chief executive said on Tuesday.

Medical marijuana facilities proposed in Bemidji, Cottage Grove

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Marijuana growers want to open shop – legally – in Cottage Grove and Bemidji in Minnesota.

ND Historical Board member 'concerned' with results of search for new director

BISMARCK – A member of the State Historical Board said she’s “challenged to reconcile” how a search committee that was directed to forward three finalists for interviews for director of the State Historical Society ended up advancing only two finalists – both internal candidates – despite more than 40 applicants for the position.

Essentia's new accelerator for cancer treatment offers greater precision

FARGO, N.D. – Cheryl Swenson is nearing the end of 30 appointments with a machine that bombards her body with precise beams of radiation.

Barnesville projects make it more attractive for businesses, workers

Barnesville projects make it more attractive for businesses, workers

BARNESVILLE, Minn. - Turn down most any street here and you’ll see crews boring into the pavement. They’re working on two projects that will bring natural gas and fiber optics to the community – something Karen Lauer, executive director of Barnesville’s Economic Development Authority, believes will make the city more attractive to new businesses.

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GF hosts young professional summit starting Thursday

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - About 150 young professionals from the three-state region will attend a summit at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks this week.

Williston man turns school building into affordable apartments

Williston man turns school building into affordable apartments

WILLISTON, N.D. -- Preservation was Earl Westereng’s No. 1 goal when he bought the old Williston High School in 2005.

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Jamestown development could include convention center, hotels, apartments, retail

JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- Planning is underway for a development including two hotels, a convention center, apartments, restaurants and retail space in Jamestown.

MNsure’s largest insurer to drop out of exchange

ST. PAUL - The largest and lowest-cost provider of private health plans on the MNsure system is pulling out for next year, saying it’s “not sustainable” to continue.

GF sets sights west of I-29 for more housing, business development

GF sets sights west of I-29 for more housing, business development

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks continues to grow, city officials are looking west of Interstate 29 for the next hot spots in housing and business development.

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South Dakota makes matching funds available for workforce development

PIERRE, S.D. – A $1 million community incentive match program recently announced by Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give communities across the state the opportunity to take an active role in addressing their own workforce issues.

5th annual Manufacturer's Conference to be held Oct. 2

BROOKINGS, S.D. - The South Dakota State University Construction and Operations Management Department will hold the 2014 I-29 Manufacturer's Conference at the Swiftel Center in Brookings Oct. 2.

CWB plans another new elevator, hiring staff

CWB is building another grain elevator, its third new facility, and is looking for people to work in them.

Northwood, 7 other ND airports share $6.8M for improvements

Northwood, N.D., will receive more than $200,000 in federal funding for improvements to its municipal airport.

Cargill plans $17M expansion at Minn. grain elevator

MADISON, Minn. — Cargill announced this week it will invest $17 million to upgrade and expand its grain elevator in Madison in western Minnesota.

Willmar City Council tables downtown business sidewalk use

WILLMAR, Minn. — The Willmar City Council voted 6-2 Monday night to table a proposed ordinance amendment that would permit downtown businesses such as cafes and restaurants to use the public sidewalk for commercial purposes seven days a week.

Extended stay in Willmar being expanded

Extended stay in Willmar being expanded

WILLMAR, Minn. — Two Willmar businessmen are finding success in offering clean, quiet and safe short-term housing to students, construction workers and others looking to live month by month.

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Minimum-wage hike finds hope in heartland; SD to vote on issue

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s push to raise the minimum wage, which has largely found success in liberal-leaning coastal states to date, could make headway in the conservative heartland in the November elections.

Potbelly opens Tuesday; coffee shop Wednesday and more biz news

FARGO, N.D. – The first restaurant in the newly constructed Prairie Stone Center opens Tuesday, with another opening planned for Wednesday.

ND accuses 2 businesses of operating without license

WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Two McKenzie County businesses have been charged in Northwest District Court with Class B misdemeanor operating without a license.

ND State Water Commission releases $100M for F-M diversion

BISMARCK – The largest single appropriation of state funding for the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project was released Monday with a unanimous vote of the State Water Commission.

Kemps dairy plant in Fargo to pay civil penalty of $57,000 to EPA

FARGO, N.D. – A dairy processing plant here has agreed to pay a $57,000 fine to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violating its policies, the EPA said in a statement Monday.

Showcase Floors owner decides to go into business for himself

Showcase Floors owner decides to go into business for himself

FARGO, N.D. - The reason Jeremiah Johnson got into the flooring business really boils down to his name.

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WDAZ takes home station’s first Emmy Award

WDAZ takes home station’s first Emmy Award

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - WDAZ TV in Grand Forks won an Upper Midwest Emmy for Team Coverage at the awards gala held Saturday in Minneapolis.

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State pilot project OK’d for Roseau apartment project

ROSEAU, Minn. - A $325,000 state grant will help fund a 30-unit housing complex in Roseau.

Landowner issues surface at western ND pipeline meeting

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Tulsa, Okla.-based ONEOK was on the hot seat Monday when rancher Terry Watson took it to task during a North Dakota Public Service Commission public hearing on a proposed pipeline in western North Dakota.

Heitkamp calls for stronger US STB power

Heitkamp calls for stronger US STB power

WASHINGTON — U.S. rail operators must put investment ahead of profits to clear the way for grain, automotive and chemical shipments now clogging the tracks, lawmakers said at a congressional hearing Sept. 10 about the health of the rail grid.

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Bemidji group proposes to start hydroponic medical marijuana farm

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji may host an indoor medical cannabis farm as soon as summer if a potential application is approved by the state.

Dayton welcomes Diversion Authority concessions but says actions speak louder than words

Dayton welcomes Diversion Authority concessions but says actions speak louder than words

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton welcomes concessions offered by the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority chairman but said future actions will speak louder than words in settling differences over the project.

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Dickinson airport receives $1M in FAA funds

WASHINGTON -- Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport is one of seven airports across North Dakota to receive a total of $6.2 million in federal funds for improvements and updates.

AENDEE shows off upcycled accessories

AENDEE shows off upcycled accessories

FARGO,N.D. – Bowties and neckties aren’t just simple accessories at AENDEE.

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Community-Owned Grocery takes another step toward opening of store

WILLMAR, Minn. — The Community-Owned Grocery in Willmar, Minn., has reached its final stage before construction and is kicking off a capital investment campaign to receive more financial support from member-owners before breaking ground.

Willmar airport busy flying workers to and from ND oil patch

Willmar airport busy flying workers to and from ND oil patch

WILLMAR, Minn. — Early every Monday morning, four twin-engine airplanes carrying from six to eight construction workers each take off from Willmar Municipal Airport in Willmar, Minn., bound for western North Dakota.

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Drones find niche in local agriculture

Drones find niche in local agriculture

BIRD ISLAND, Minn. – Kyle VanOverbeke logs a flight pattern on a laptop computer and prepares to launch the latest weapon in agricultural production – a fixed-wing drone.

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Ecumen, MnSCU to partner on rural senior care

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL — Rural Minnesota is acutely impacted by the collision of a rapidly aging population and a shortage of nurses in senior care. Ecumen, a nonprofit senior housing and services organization that operates in many rural Minnesota communities, and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will collaborate to help address that problem through a new workforce development initiative called Ecumen Scholars.

Marco announces Wis. purchase

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Marco Inc., a leading technology services provider in the United States, has announced its purchase of Northeast Photocopy Company Inc. (NEP), a copier and printer company located in Appleton and Green Bay, Wis. The 38 employees from NEP have joined the Marco team.

ND oil output up again but flaring percentage drops

ND oil output up again but flaring percentage drops

BISMARCK — Oil and gas production in North Dakota continued setting records in July, with oil up 18,000 barrels a day from June and a 3 percent increase in gas production.

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Report recommends closer EERC tie to UND

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A consulting firm is recommending the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center become a more integrated part of the university after the school fired the center’s director, who fought for the Grand Forks center’s independence for decades.

Wet weather could hurt quality of barley, wheat

BISMARCK — A late planting and a harvest held up by wet weather have increased the chance for disease and a reduced-quality small grains crop.

Williston mayor would like to see strip clubs go; Owners facing lawsuits from dancers over wages

WILLISTON, N.D. — Mayor Howard Klug said ridding Williston of its two strip clubs would be best for the city in North Dakota oil country.

iPhone 6 pre-orders topped record 4 million in first 24 hours

LOS ANGELES - Unprecedented demand for Apple's larger-screen iPhone 6 andiPhone Plus drove more than 4 million orders for the new smartphones in the first 24 hours -- a record that depleted its inventory, the tech giant said Monday.

Pub, massage outfit moving into Boulevard Square and more biz news

Boulevard Square retail center is growing.

Wind turbines near Rollag make some noise, but residents generally haven’t complained

Wind turbines near Rollag make some noise, but residents generally haven’t complained

ROLLAG, Minn. – The 32 wind turbines and their broad, whirling blades stand tall on heights of land that once defined the shores of glacial Lake Agassiz.

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Fargo talent specialist helps put people in position to succeed

Fargo talent specialist helps put people in position to succeed

FARGO, N.D. – When North Dakota employers need workers, they often turn to staffing agencies to find the right talent to fill their jobs.

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Sanford offers new procedure for those who suffer acid reflux

FARGO, N.D. – Chronic heartburn, which increases the risk of esophageal cancer, afflicts one in five people and is commonly treated with medications.

Downtown collaboration space opens in Fargo

Downtown collaboration space opens in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. – CoCo has come. The co-working and collaboration space called CoCo Fargo officially opens for business today.

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Texas company looking at Bakken pipeline market

WILLISTON, N.D. - A Texas-based company is looking to enter the Bakken crude oil shipping business.

New event brings entrepreneurs together over coffee

New event brings entrepreneurs together over coffee

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - It’s a story Matt Winjum has told many times before.

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Highlander for sale in GF and more biz news

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Highlander Bottle Shop and Lounge in Grand Forks is for sale.

Group works at training women to be web developers in Fargo

Group works at training women to be web developers in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - Web development jobs pay well and are in high demand, but not many women are applying.

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Two-time NASA intern from Killdeer heading for third tour

Two-time NASA intern from Killdeer heading for third tour

BISMARCK - Douglas Kadrmas' lifelong dream of working for NASA became a reality when he was awarded an internship at the government agency.

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Workshop teaches seniors about building home-based businesses

Workshop teaches seniors about building home-based businesses

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Susan Larson first began making clothes nine years ago for her 1-year-old granddaughter. When friends of Larson’s daughter-in-law began asking about where she got the baby clothes, Larson began taking orders and making dresses, embroidered onesies and matching doll clothes for other little boys and girls.

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Local businesses want interns

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks business leaders are getting a better idea of how local employers are using interns.

Progress made slowly on Grand Forks housing shortage

Progress made slowly on Grand Forks housing shortage

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Two years ago, a housing shortage gripped Grand Forks.

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Voters to decide on proposal to overhaul higher ed governance

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The highly debated restructuring of North Dakota’s higher education governance system will be placed in the hands of voters this November after years of tension between lawmakers and the State Board of Higher Education.

Court filings detail bitter war between F-M engineering firms

FARGO, N.D. – On a mild, breezy November day nearly four years ago, more than 20 employees and executives at Ulteig Engineers called it quits at the same time and left to form a rival firm.

Liquor store owner says future of business uncertain because diversion plans

Liquor store owner says future of business uncertain because diversion plans

HICKSON, N.D. - Mike Bice hadn’t planned on becoming a bar owner. But when the Knickerbocker Liquor Locker went on the market in 2003, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

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USDA raises US corn, soybean estimates

WASHINGTON — U.S. corn and soybean production in 2014, already pegged at record highs, will be higher than expected a month ago and somewhat above trade expectations, the U.S. government said on Thursday, triggering a swift drop in Chicago grain markets.

DSU back on magazine’s college rankings list

DICKINSON, N.D. - Dickinson State University has returned to the U.S. News & World Report’s list of the Best Public Regional Colleges in the Midwest.

ND airports receive federal grants

North Dakota’s Congressional delegation announced six grants worth nearly $1.3 million in airport improvement funding for North Dakota small-town airports on Thursday.

US senators urge extension for comments on Clean Air Act

WASHINGTON — Forty-seven U.S. senators, including North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven, sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Thursday asking for a 60-day extension for comments on the agency’s proposed from on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.

OSHA strengthens reporting requirements for injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has updated when an employer must notify the agency if an employee suffers a job-related hospital stay, amputation or loss of an eye.

Frack sand plant gains Richardton Planning Commission OK

Frack sand plant gains Richardton Planning Commission OK

RICHARDTON, N.D. — The City of Richardton’s Planning Commission recommended approval of a Halliburton frack sand plant after tabling it at its last meeting over landowner concerns.

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ND ranks high in estimates of gas spending

ND ranks high in estimates of gas spending

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — One of the only things Judy Korsmo didn’t like about her weekday commute from Northwood, N.D., to Grand Forks was the amount she spent on gas.

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U of M wants to maintain tuition freeze, with help from taxpayers

MINNEAPOLIS -- University of Minnesota leaders want to maintain a 2012 tuition freeze for another two years, but they want state lawmakers to chip in more taxpayer money to pay for it.

US lawmakers fault rail sector for slow service

WASHINGTON -- U.S. rail operators must put investment ahead of profits to clear the way for grain, automotive and chemical shipments now clogging the tracks, lawmakers said at a congressional hearing Wednesday about the health of the rail grid.

RadioShack may file for bankruptcy

Troubled electronics retailer RadioShack Corp. said it may need to file for bankruptcy protection if its cash situation worsens, after reporting its tenth straight quarterly loss.

Distinguished servicemen and Fargo Air Museum founders named Legacy Leaders

Distinguished servicemen and Fargo Air Museum founders named Legacy Leaders

FARGO, N.D. – Retired Maj. Gens. Alexander “Mac” Macdonald and Darrol Schroeder have lived parallel lives, growing up just 3 miles from each other. Both developed a passion for aviation and pursued careers in the military.

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Minn. will take time to study Enbridge pipeline route alternatives

ST. PAUL — It all started with a crayon.

NDSU rail shipment study was withdrawn days after it was released in May

FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State University staff confirms a preliminary study of rail shipment delays was withdrawn days after it was released, but the withdrawal only recently received attention.

Fargo deputy mayor says he's leaving Essentia Health

Fargo deputy mayor says he's leaving Essentia Health

FARGO, N.D. – Tim Mahoney announced Thursday he will leave his job as a surgeon at Essentia Health to devote more time to his role as the city’s deputy mayor.

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Fargo seminary being razed to make way for housing development

Fargo seminary being razed to make way for housing development

FARGO, N.D. – In these, the last days of the old Cardinal Muench Seminary, the student commons room looks like it’s been abused by vandals from hell.

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ND ag commissioner candidate proposes fixed 1% interest rate for student loans

ND ag commissioner candidate proposes fixed 1% interest rate for student loans

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota agriculture commissioner candidate Ryan Taylor proposed a fixed 1 percent interest rate for student loans at a news conference Thursday.

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Grand Forks community leaders say employer-offered child care could ease access problem

GRAND FORKS, N.D.. - Considering the child care needs in Grand Forks, some community leaders say local businesses should explore offering on-site child care to their employees.

Enrollment remains strong at DWU

MITCHELL, S.D. - Dakota Wesleyan University is again experiencing record enrollment.

Volunteer astronauts to test UND-designed spacesuits

Volunteer astronauts to test UND-designed spacesuits

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Three University of North Dakota students will experience the moon on Earth for 30 days next month. And they won’t have to leave Grand Forks.

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US approves LNG exports from Sempra, Carib Energy projects

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Energy Department on Wednesday approved liquefied natural gas exports from two projects, as lawmakers pressed the administration to move quickly to clear a backlog of applications to ship gas abroad.

Grand Forks business owner guilty of taking employee’s data

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The owner of a landscaping firm in Grand Forks was convicted of deceptive writings in state district court in Grand Forks Tuesday after an employee discovered the owner had rented an apartment in his name without his knowledge.

Grand Forks airport gets $2.8M for fire facility

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks is among three airports in North Dakota that will receive a share of $4 million in federal funds given out by the Federal Aviation Administration, North Dakota congressional delegates announced Wednesday.

Arthur Ventures sells stake in Minn. firm

FARGO, N.D. – Arthur Ventures, a Fargo-based venture capital firm, has sold its stake in Preventice, a Rochester, Minn.-based company that is a leader in the area of systems such as wireless patient monitoring.

ND expects to face challenges adapting to EPA rules requiring reduced power plant carbon emissions

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota faces the prospect of having to significantly expand its electricity generation at the same time the nation’s utilities are grappling with looming regulations to restrict coal-fired sources.

Housing forum tackles lack of affordable units in ND

BISMARCK – The trend of North Dakotans being forced to leave their homes because of skyrocketing rents and the state’s lack of affordable housing – especially in oil-impacted areas – will get worse before it gets better, an attorney said Wednesday during a housing forum here.

ND attorney general joins letter urging FCC to allow call-blocking technology

ND attorney general joins letter urging FCC to allow call-blocking technology

BISMARCK – North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has joined his counterparts in 38 other states in urging the Federal Communications Commission to allow phone carriers to use existing call-blocking technology to better protect their customers from unwanted telemarketing and scam calls.

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Census survey shows Horace is ND's most affluent city

Census survey shows Horace is ND's most affluent city

HORACE, N.D. – Horace Mayor Shane Walock grew up just north of the city and remembers hunting squirrels and gophers with a BB gun along the banks of the Sheyenne River.

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Downtown Fargo businesses capitalize on ‘GameDay’

Downtown Fargo businesses capitalize on ‘GameDay’

FARGO, N.D. – Within 15 minutes Monday, all 150 tickets for the Saturday brunch at Monte’s in Fargo were sold to fans eager for football and fine dining.

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New apartment construction anticipated in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Friday’s announcement that CHS is proceeding with its nitrogen fertilizer plant at Spiritwood could bring a quick boom in construction here, according to City Engineer Reed Schwartzkopf.

Grand Forks area vacancy rate climbs as developers complete apartment projects

Grand Forks area vacancy rate climbs as developers complete apartment projects

This summer’s apartment vacancy rate for the Grand Forks area almost doubled since last summer due to a rise in apartment construction — but experts still aren’t sure how long the upward trend will continue.

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Statoil, GE, Ferus Natural Gas Fuels expanding flare gas solution in Bakken

NEW YORK — A joint venture of GE and Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, along with Statoil, a leader in the oil and gas exploration and production industry, announced the planned expansion of a pilot project to capture flare gas and use it to power up to six of Statoil’s drill rigs and one frac fleet in North Dakota.

Gov. Daugaard commits to action on pheasant habitat

Gov. Daugaard commits to action on pheasant habitat

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Presented with a set of recommendations, Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday committed to taking action to improve the pheasant population in South Dakota.

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Facing staff shortage, Dickinson Early Head Start temporarily closes

Facing staff shortage, Dickinson Early Head Start temporarily closes

One of Dickinson, N.D.'s few child care options has had to close its doors.

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Minnesota propane outlook improves, but officials monitor

Minnesota propane outlook improves, but officials monitor

ST. PAUL - The propane outlook for this winter is brighter than a year ago, when shortages nearly quadrupled the hearting fuel's price, but state officials urge poor Minnesotans to apply now for heating assistance if they think they will not be able to fill their tanks.

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Verizon offers free iPhone 6 in return for 2-year contract, used phone

WASHINGTON - Verizon Communications will give subscribers who trade in an old iPhone a free iPhone 6 in exchange for a two-year contract, the country's largest wireless carrier announced hours after Apple Inc unveiled the widely anticipated device.

United Way unveils $5.5M fundraising goal

United Way unveils $5.5M fundraising goal

FARGO - Backed by the sounds of an electric guitar and a revving motorcycle, Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney took the stage Tuesday at the United Way of Cass Clay 2014 campaign kickoff at the Holiday Inn.

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Big Iron opens amid harvest worries

WEST FARGO – The annual Big Iron Farm Show has operated among euphoric times with strong agricultural prices many times in the past. Not this year.

Stutsman County panel agrees to annual $3 million payment from CHS fertilizer plant in lieu of taxes for 20 years

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The planned CHS nitrogen fertilizer plant at Spiritwood will become the largest property taxpayer in North Dakota upon completion even though it is receiving a 20-year tax incentive.

US promises fresh look at oil train dangers, acknowledges test flaws

WASHINGTON - U.S. studies of oil train dangers may have underestimated the perils of volatile vapor on the tracks and officials will in future use precision instruments for more thorough tests, a Transportation Department official said on Tuesday.

Apple unveils two new iPhones, Watch and payment system

Apple unveils two new iPhones, Watch and payment system

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Apple Inc. unveiled the "Apple Watch" alongside two new iPhones with sharper and larger displays on Tuesday, calling the wearable device the next chapter in its history.

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Dakotas’ honey production looks good

Dakotas’ honey production looks good

FORT PIERRE, S.D. — Josh Dykes was in charge of a crew that was removing hives filled with honey and putting on new boxes for added production in mid-August.

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R & R Outdoors celebrates 1st anniversary in Appleton

R & R Outdoors celebrates 1st anniversary in Appleton

APPLETON, Minn. — Imagine Ely without a single canoe outfitting business, and you can understand how Tim Rittenour viewed his hometown of Appleton.

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Minn. senator tours technology campus in Willmar

Minn. senator tours technology campus in Willmar

WILLMAR, Minn. — One of the take-home messages for Minnesota Sen. Torrey Westrom during a campaign visit Monday to Kandiyohi County came halfway through a tour of the MinnWest Technology Campus.

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DWU sets groundbreaking ceremony for new Sports and Wellness Complex

MITCHELL, S.D. - Dakota Wesleyan University will celebrate the groundbreaking of its $10 million Sports and Wellness Complex during a special ceremony at 5 p.m. Sept. 18, at the site of the new building, on the south side of Norway Avenue, across from the football practice fields and L.B. Williams Elementary School in Mitchell.

Hearing set for ONEOK pipeline

BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Public Service Commission has set a public hearing on a $6 million, 8-inch-wide natural gas liquids pipeline proposed for McKenzie County.

ND oil impact, funding report to be released next week

BISMARCK - A report on the impacts of oil and gas activity and the funding solutions for western North Dakota will be released Sept. 18, the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties announced Monday.

ND grocers hear tale of legendary checkout clerk who connected with customers

ND grocers hear tale of legendary checkout clerk who connected with customers

FARGO, N.D. - V.J. Smith wants the world to know about Aaron “Marty” Martinson and Monday he shared Martinson’s story at the North Dakota Grocers Association convention in Fargo.

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Farmers, American Crystal Sugar see shortage of harvest workers

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. – Lester Hall, of Beaumont, Texas, and Bill Shearer, of Grand Junction, Mich., are old friends who only see each other about one month a year.

F-M diversion officials offer to scale back ring dike project

FARGO, N.D. – The chairman of the Flood Diversion Authority has written Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to offer what he called his “commitments” to address Minnesota’s concerns about the project.

Drones to be at farm machinery showcase

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Unmanned aircraft systems might be the hottest topic in production agriculture right now, and the annual Big Iron Farm Show will offer both UAS demonstrations and classes.

Calif. judge throws out lawsuit targeting crude by rail facility

SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco Superior Court judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit brought by environmental groups against Kinder Morgan’s Richmond, Calif., rail terminal, which quietly began unloading crude oil from trains this year, saying the plaintiffs waited too long to file their complaint.

CHS officials explain fertilizer production

CHS officials explain fertilizer production

JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- The process of creating fertilizer out of natural gas could literally be described as pulling nitrogen out of the air.

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Home Depot confirms data breach at US, Canada stores

Home improvement retailer Home Depot on Monday confirmed its payment systems were breached, potentially impacting customers using payment cards at its U.S. and Canadian stores.

Mama & Papa find success in leather, knit crafts

Mama & Papa find success in leather, knit crafts

MOORHEAD, Minn. – When Kyle and Kristin Jameson decided to set up an online Etsy store last December, coming up with a name was the easy part – Made by Mama & Papa.

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The F-M area's million-dollar homes

The F-M area's million-dollar homes

WEST FARGO, N.D. - When Clay Dietrich started out in the home building business in 1975, a fancy house was a 1,400-square-foot rambler with a two-stall garage and maybe, if you were lucky, a three-quarter bath off the master bedroom. It would run you about $85,000.

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IDEA competition seeking new applications

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Sept. 1 marked the beginning of the seventh year of the IDEA competition. In the past six years, more than $300,000 has been awarded to northwest Minnesota entrepreneurs.

International tourists visit popular sites in ND

International tourists visit popular sites in ND

RICHARDTON - It's no New York City, but North Dakota, along with its upper midwest neighbors, is slowly gaining prominence as a popular international tourist destination.

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GF-area employers tap into student labor market

GF-area employers tap into student labor market

GRAND FORKS, N.D. Debbie Conneran was on a hiring spree of sorts.

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Ethnic grocery store coming to GF and more biz news

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A grocery store specializing in foods from across the Asian continent is coming to a strip mall on South Columbia Road in Grand Forks.

ND is getting younger as more people moving to state

ND is getting younger as more people moving to state

FARGO, N.D. – Chris and Jamie Zink fit the definition of the “brain drain” – young, college-educated North Dakotans who left the state for job opportunities elsewhere.

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UND renovates locker room at REA

UND renovates locker room at REA

GRAND FORKS, N.D. In a few weeks, the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team will move into a brand new team area in the basement of Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.

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Brewery launches Kickstarter push and more biz news

MOORHEAD, Minn. - Junkyard Brewing Co. is tapping the Kickstarter website in its efforts to finance new and bigger brewing equipment.

Skills training available for those opting out of 2- or 4-year degree

Skills training available for those opting out of 2- or 4-year degree

FARGO, N.D. - The notion that a four-year degree is the best way to ensure job security, good pay and overall job satisfaction has taken a hit in recent years.

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OTA event about creating new connections among attendees

OTA event about creating new connections among attendees

FARGO, N.D. – A former senior vice president of Pixar and Walt Disney, a former creative leader at 20th Century Fox and Mattel, a senior writer for Fast Company and the inspiration for Jason Biggs’ character on “Orange is the New Black” will all be in Fargo Friday.

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A bigger, better show: Big Iron Farm Show continues to grow

WEST FARGO, N.D. - Farm machinery is getting so big and sophisticated that the Big Iron Farm Show is looking at adjusting the doors of an exhibit building to get equipment in and out, the show’s director said.

Concordia campus goes fully tobacco-free

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Following the lead of college campuses around the country, Concordia College at Moorhead is now fully tobacco-free.

Feds in Fargo bust far-flung Medicare fraud scheme

FARGO, N.D. – The scheme involved dozens of mail boxes for phantom medical clinics around the country and phony bills for health services never provided.

Retail giants enter Minn. booze business

ST. PAUL - Anyone who walks into a Total Wine and More store like the one in Roseville will enter a store that might seem as big as a football field.

CHS to build fertilizer plant at Spiritwood, N.D.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - CHS Inc., the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global agriculture and energy business, announced it will proceed with construction of a fertilizer manufacturing plant at Spiritwood, N.D.

Lake Region Healthcare breaks ground on new clinic

Lake Region Healthcare breaks ground on new clinic

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – Lake Region Healthcare has broken ground on its new Fergus Falls main clinic on West Vernon Ave.

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UND freshman enrollment steady, while overall enrollment was down

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Freshman enrollment at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks was steady on the first day of classes this year, while overall enrollment was down.

After decades in business, janitor service shutting down

After decades in business, janitor service shutting down

FARGO, N.D. - In the long-running TV western “Gunsmoke,” Dodge City had Marshal Matt Dillon to keep the town clean.

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Ducks Unlimited pursues land buy in ND

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – A conservation organization that has not had the best of luck purchasing land will appear before a state committee Monday to pitch its proposal to buy 160 acres in Grand Forks County.

Dalrymple tells Surface Transportation Board late shipments cost ND farmers 'hundreds of millions of dollars'

FARGO, N.D. - The U.S. Surface Transportation Board made history in North Dakota on Thursday, holding its first field hearing in the state, and packing in a crowd of testifiers and onlookers concerned about whether railroads can make the trains run on time.

Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo to be designated as high-level pediatric trauma center

FARGO, N.D. – The Sanford Medical Center Children’s Hospital announced Thursday that it has been designated as a high-level pediatric trauma center.

Buttweiler resigns as KFGO talk show host to pursue "new opportunity"

Buttweiler resigns as KFGO talk show host to pursue 'new opportunity'

FARGO, N.D. – Longtime local radio talk show host Sandy Buttweiler announced Thursday on KFGO-AM that she resigned Tuesday to pursue a “new opportunity.”

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Kilbourne Group, credit union seek tax breaks for downtown Fargo projects

Kilbourne Group, credit union seek tax breaks for downtown Fargo projects

FARGO, N.D. – Two construction projects planned for downtown Fargo will seek Renaissance Zone tax breaks from the city today.

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GF gives early nod to $1.85B fertilizer plant

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A $1.85 billion nitrogen fertilizer plant is a few steps closer to opening north of Grand Forks.

Cooperation key to combating labor shortage

Cooperation key to combating labor shortage

MITCHELL, S.D. - Coordinated effort by business leaders, educators and government officials will be needed to address South Dakota's workforce shortage, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Wednesday in Mitchell.

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Billings County says ‘no’ to $12.8M hotel in Fryburg

MEDORA, N.D. — The Billings County Commission upheld its zoning board’s recommendation Tuesday and denied an application for a 300-unit hotel in Fryburg, N.D.

ND PSC orders financial pledge for cost of reclaiming wind farms

BISMARCK – In a first for the state, the North Dakota Public Service Commission has required a wind farm owner to provide financial assurance that it can cover the future costs of reclaiming the site when the wind turbines reach the end of their lifespan.

Goodwill says no Upper Midwest stores affected by data breach

Goodwill Industries said that none of its 44 Minnesota stores, nor any in the Upper Midwest, appear to have been involved in an 18-month-long data breach at some of its stores.

US says Verizon to pay $7.4M in consumer privacy probe

WASHINGTON - Telecommunications company Verizon Communications will pay $7.4 million to settle a consumer privacy investigation, the Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday.

Traffic control devices make trial conversion more realistic

Traffic control devices make trial conversion more realistic

FARGO, N.D. - Some drivers along a downtown corridor have wondered about the purpose behind traffic control devices that popped up this summer in Fargo.

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Goodwill thrift store opens in Fargo and more biz news

FARGO, N.D. – A Goodwill retail store has opened at 4325 13th Ave. S., Fargo, in the strip mall east of Olive Garden.

Home Depot stores may have been hit by breach, firm says

Home Depot stores may have been hit by breach, firm says

CHICAGO - Customer data could have been stolen from nearly all of Home Depot Inc's stores in the United States, according to new information released on Wednesday by security website KrebsonSecurity.

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ND oil patch economic summit explores growth, needs

WILLISTON, N.D. – When he was just 13, Dan Kalil had a dream foreshadowing the changes triggered by western North Dakota’s oil boom.

SBHE agrees to $136M in capital projects at NDSU

BISMARCK – The state Board of Higher Education approved more than $135 million in capital project funding requests for North Dakota State University in Fargo on Wednesday.

Wrestler to invest in historic Fergus Falls property's redevelopment

Wrestler to invest in historic Fergus Falls property's redevelopment

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – Wrestler, actor and historic building investor Rowdy Roddy Piper came to Fergus Falls on Tuesday with developer Ray Willey to look at the former Regional Treatment Center and propose revisions to the redevelopment project at the City Council meeting.

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DNR report gives glimpse of F-M diversion environmental review

FARGO, N.D. – Three years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished a feasibility study and environmental review of the proposed Fargo-Moorhead diversion project. Completing the exhaustive, nearly 600-page review was a huge step toward construction of the 36-mile flood channel.

Experts offer advice for making social media work

Experts offer advice for making social media work

FARGO, N.D. - Jay Baer’s hour-long keynote talk was witty, informative and engaging. But his message to marketers aiming to capitalize on the power of social media was summed up in a few words:

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HLC: Measure 3 poses 'significant risks' to NDUS accreditation

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Higher Learning Commission has issued a report stating North Dakota University System school accreditation could be at risk if voters approve Measure 3.

Dayton hears diversion concerns in packed Moorhead chambers

Dayton hears diversion concerns in packed Moorhead chambers

MOORHEAD, Minn. – At a standing-room-only meeting Wednesday in the chambers of the Moorhead City Council, Gov. Mark Dayton listened to the concerns of local leaders and residents about the metro area’s proposed flood diversion project.

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Renville County looks at options to house seasonal workers

OLIVIA, Minn. — Renville County is looking north for its answer to a long-standing issue of meeting the housing needs of seasonal workers.

$24M hospital project attracts hotelier to Olivia

OLIVIA, Minn. — A $24 million project to build a new RC Hospital and Clinics facility on the eastern edge of Olivia along U.S. Highway 212 has caught the attention of lots of motorists, and a company with an interest in locating near it.

Willmar city ordinance proposes patio sidewalk seating

WILLMAR, Minn. — The Willmar City Council will hold a public hearing Sept. 15 on an ordinance amendment that would permit downtown businesses such as cafes and restaurants to use the public sidewalk for commercial purposes seven days a week.

Estimate for new Mitchell city hall higher than expected

MITCHELL, S.D. - The estimated cost of building the city's initial version of a new city hall was significantly more than the $3.2 million the city has set aside for the project, according to Mayor Ken Tracy.

Dakota Plains to build 3rd oil storage tank in ND

Dakota Plains Holdings Inc. said on Tuesday it would build a third, 90,000-barrel storage tank for Bakken crude oil at its Pioneer Rail Terminal in North Dakota.

$100K will fund 2nd year of NDSU development program

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration has provided $100,000 for economic development throughout North Dakota.

2 internal candidates to be interviewed for Historical Society director

BISMARCK — A search committee reviewing applicants for the director’s job at the North Dakota Historical Society voted Tuesday to forward two internal finalists for interviews, after removing an outside finalist from the running because they didn’t think she’d get the job.

Pembina Corp. buys pipeline for Bakken oil

Canada’s Pembina Pipeline Corp. said it would buy the Vantage pipeline system, gaining access to the prolific Bakken shale field in North Dakota.

Dickinson reviews $215M for 2015 budget

DICKINSON, N.D. - As Dickinson’s population has grown, so has its budget.

East Grand Forks gets early budget

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - The East Grand Forks City Council approved a preliminary tax levy of $3,218,586 at its Tuesday meeting, which is a 10 percent increase from 2014, according to City Administrator David Murphy.

Grand Forks County sees small budget rise for 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks County taxpayers could see a slight increase in taxes next year, unless the county cuts about $136,000 from the preliminary 2015 budget.

ND House candidates differ on wind tax credit

ND House candidates differ on wind tax credit

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The two candidates for North Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat disagree on the federal government’s role in spurring the wind energy industry, which accounts for hundreds of jobs in Grand Forks.

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REA a finalist to host major hockey championship

REA a finalist to host major hockey championship

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Ralph Engelstad Arena is a finalist to host the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

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Dollar General sweetens Family Dollar bid, may go hostile

Dollar General Corp. raised its bid for Family Dollar Stores Inc. to $9.1 billion, and warned it may turn hostile and appeal directly to shareholders if the new offer was rejected.

KXJB sold: CBS programming will live on as KX4

FARGO, N.D. – Gray Television, the company that owns local NBC affiliate KVLY Valley News Live, has found a buyer for CBS affiliate KXJB Channel 4 in Fargo – Major Market Broadcasting Inc.

Cash Wise expanding into West Fargo

WEST FARGO, N.D. – A new Cash Wise Foods supermarket will open in the Oak Ridge development in West Fargo next year.

Taxes expected to drop in West Fargo

WEST FARGO, N.D. – City taxes in West Fargo will soon go down, even with additional city staff hired next year.

Fargo passes preliminary budget, keeps mill levy flat

FARGO, N.D. – City commissioners signed off on a preliminary version of the city’s 2015 budget Tuesday, keeping the mill levy flat from this year.

Accrediting commission issues favorable review of ND SBHE

Accrediting commission issues favorable review of ND SBHE

FARGO, N.D. – In response to a complaint filed last year, the Higher Learning Commission has issued a favorable review of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education, the board announced Tuesday.

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Dayton: railroads, oil firms must take some financial responsibility for safety

Dayton: railroads, oil firms must take some financial responsibility for safety

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that railroads and oil companies “are going to have to take their share of financial responsibility” for the costs of keeping rail movement of oil from North Dakota’s oil patch and other regions safe as it moves through Minnesota.

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Fargo allows Vinyl Taco to set up on-street stage downtown as pilot project

Fargo allows Vinyl Taco to set up on-street stage downtown as pilot project

FARGO, N.D. – A small, on-street performance stage will soon be coming to downtown, for a limited time only.

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Dayton warns Diversion Authority not 'to kick sand in the face of Minnesota'

Dayton warns Diversion Authority not 'to kick sand in the face of Minnesota'

BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton had strong words for the contentious $1.8 billion Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project at a meeting Tuesday with local and state officials that attracted a large public audience here.

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117-year-old Wilkin restaurant still busy in Breckenridge

117-year-old Wilkin restaurant still busy in Breckenridge

BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. - The majority of independent restaurants go out of business within just a few years of opening.

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Rising cost of tuition at Concordia hits low income families hardest

Rising cost of tuition at Concordia hits low income families hardest

MOORHEAD, Minn. - The cost of attending Concordia College at Moorhead has risen in recent years, increases that have hit the school’s poorest students the hardest, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Locally Laid partners with Amish farmers

DULUTH, Minn. — In just two years, Locally Laid Egg Co. has gotten national attention and built a loyal following for its eggs from cage-free, pasture-raised hens.

SD-based Great Western Bancorp files for initial public offering

NEW YORK — South Dakota-based Great Western Bancorp Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of National Australia Bank Ltd, filed with U.S. regulators on Thursday for an initial public offering.

SD tech school grads easily find jobs, get recruited

SD tech school grads easily find jobs, get recruited

MITCHELL, S.D. - Chandler Nelson walked into a job interview expecting a few extra credit points, but instead he took the first step toward a career.

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ND ranch expands into agritourism

ND ranch expands into agritourism

MCKENZIE, N.D. — Jerry Doan always figured his oldest son would return to the family farm and make agriculture his lifelong career. But the elder Doan was a bit surprised when his three other children said they wanted to come back, too.

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As rail jam persists, power plants rush to roads, rivers

U.S. coal-burning power utilities are being forced to turn to barges and more expensive trucks to move coal, desperate to shore up stockpiles left dangerously low by the widespread bottlenecks on rail networks.

ND cattle inventory numbers up; U.S. hits 40-year low

ND cattle inventory numbers up; U.S. hits 40-year low

DICKINSON, N.D. - While the U.S. continues to lose cattle, North Dakota is moving up to the head of the herd.

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Historic barn dance venue up for sale

Historic barn dance venue up for sale

ARTHUR, N.D. -- An old barn on a Cass County, N.D., farmstead that's housed dances, country bands, rock musicians and wedding receptions for more than 60 years will be changing hands.

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Minn. World's Fair backers press for dollars, help

ST. PAUL - Twin Cities business and political leaders are trying to drum up support — and cash — to bring a World's Fair to Minnesota in 2023.

OMB forecasts $9.8B in ND oil tax revenue in 2015-17

BISMARCK – North Dakota is poised to collect nearly $9.8 billion in oil tax revenue during the next two years and $2.2 billion more than previously forecast for 2013-15, according to a new outlook released Friday that had elected leaders calling for additional tax relief, greater funding for western counties and more accurate forecasts.

BBI launching UAS magazine and more biz news

gRAND FORKS, N.D. - BBI International is launching a new monthly magazine focused on the emerging unmanned aerial systems industry.

‘Stealth’ Bakken pipeline project faces fight in Iowa

BISMARCK – A major oil pipeline that would cross the Missouri River twice in North Dakota as it carries crude from the Bakken oilfields to Illinois faces a fight from activists in Iowa but so far has largely flown under the radar here.

PS Doors plans to expand in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks manufacturer PS Doors is planning an expansion that would nearly double the size of its facility and increase its workforce by more than 50 percent, thanks to a strong demand for its safety and flood protection products.

Exclusive club opens in Williston

Exclusive club opens in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. — Oh, to be a fly on the wall at The Bakken Club.

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In Minn. countryside, a quiet but steady ‘brain gain’ underway

In Minn. countryside, a quiet but steady ‘brain gain’ underway

WILLMAR, Minn. -- Leah Schueler grew up on the Iron Range, then moved to the Twin Cities, where she spent almost a decade living and working in the inner city.

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Fargo's Sonic opens to long lines, eager customers

Fargo's Sonic opens to long lines, eager customers

FARGO, N.D. – The North Dakota State University football game wasn’t the only big event Fargoans experienced Saturday, as the area’s first Sonic Drive-in opened with some early fanfare.

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As offices have become more collaborative, private work spaces are being incorporated

As offices have become more collaborative, private work spaces are being incorporated

FARGO, N.D. - Walls have come tumbling down in workplaces everywhere. Open floor plans have replaced individual offices, encouraging collaboration and maximizing square footage.

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Kelly Inn now Biltmore Hotel & Suites and more biz news

FARGO, N.D. - The Kelly Inn at 3800 Main Ave. in Fargo has changed its name to The Biltmore Hotel and Suites, a moniker that recalls the building’s origins in the early 1960s.

House That Likes Built hits the market

House That Likes Built hits the market

FARGO, N.D. - A novel way to market a new home is starting the next chapter.

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Texas lawmaker backs lifting oil export ban despite peers' misgivings

WASHINGTON - A senior U.S. Congressman from Texas has come out in full support of the United States lifting the 40-year old ban on crude oil exports, putting him at odds with fellow House Republicans wary of weighing in on the controversial issue.

Fast-food workers to launch intensified protests

McDonald's line cooks, Burger King cashiers and other fast-food restaurant workers across the U.S. plan to walk off the job on Thursday in an ongoing battle with their employers to gain a $15 hourly wage, organizers said on Monday.

Crookston aims for rental revival

Crookston aims for rental revival

CROOKSTON, Minn. — Sheets of plastic film covering second-floor windows provide a hint to passersby that the historic Union Building in downtown Crookston is coming back to life.

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The Wurst Shop in Dickinson gives rancher new path

The Wurst Shop in Dickinson gives rancher new path

DICKINSON, N.D. - Ken Molitor was a college-educated rancher and farmer and known in part for his ability to train cattle dogs, heelers that ended up all over the country. But he also worked long hours in the oilfields to keep the family farm afloat.

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Local nonprofit pushes back opening for new boathouse on Red River in GF

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Ground Up Adventures, a local nonprofit that promotes outdoor activities for youth, is pushing back the opening date to rent watercraft from the new boathouse on the Red River in Grand Forks.

GF employers point to attractions, quality of life when recruiting employees

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - When somebody is considering moving to Grand Forks from outside the region for work, they often ask about the weather — specifically the wintery kind. And while employers try not to sugarcoat it, they also point to a number of other assets that they hope will appeal to potential employees.

Spark Your Startup awards cash prizes and more biz news

BARNESVILLE, MINN. – Winners in the inaugural Spark Your Startup Business Pitch Contest here have been announced and each received a cash prize.

F-M colleges' security improvements slow but steady

MOORHEAD, Minn. – As the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks moves to implement sweeping changes in its campus security, the three colleges in the Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead area continue to make improvements at a somewhat slower pace.

KVLY takes lead in metro ratings; WDAY maintains lead in RRV

FARGO, N.D. – KVLY-TV made gains in the metro area to win the ratings race with its 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, but WDAY remains the most watched news in the Red River Valley.

LRSC experimenting with free, online textbook

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – After using traditional textbooks for more than 30 years, Professor Teresa Tande at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, N.D., is one of the first in the state to commit to using a free online textbook for one of her classes.

ND congressman says EPA is keeping secret maps

WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Dakota’s lone member of the House of Representatives is accusing a government agency of keeping secret maps of wetlands and waters with no intention of releasing them to the public.

High food prices get bad rap from farmers

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - One of farmers’ longstanding complaints is that they’re often blamed unfairly for rising food prices. Now, two separate reports from the U.S. government show consumers are paying more for food, even as farmers receive less for what they produce.

Fargo's Nordic Needle has new owners

Fargo's Nordic Needle has new owners

FARGO, N.D. - Just shy of its 40th year in business, the Nordic Needle has new owners.

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New oil forecast shows proposed conservation fund would receive $259M in 2015-17

BISMARCK – A new forecast released Friday gives a clearer picture of how much of North Dakota’s oil tax revenue would go into a proposed conservation fund on the November ballot.

With poor rail flow, SD farmers and elevators pile, bag grain

With poor rail flow, SD farmers and elevators pile, bag grain

DRAPER, S.D. — Scott Dowling is one of many farmers piling wheat on the ground and stuffing it into bags.

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Leaders criticize Canadian Pacific: Heitkamp, Cramer raise concerns over ND rail shipment delays

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation criticized Canadian Pacific Railway on Thursday for its new system of ordering train cars for agricultural shipments.

Ex-Bison players to open NDSU-themed sports restaurant

Ex-Bison players to open NDSU-themed sports restaurant

Fargo - A group of former North Dakota State University sports stars are making the move from athletics to an eatery.

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CULTURE: The Best Places to Work

CULTURE: The Best Places to Work

Company culture determines its likeability among employees

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EMPLOYEE PERSPECTIVE: What Employees Really Want

EMPLOYEE PERSPECTIVE: What Employees Really Want

Survey shows salary, benefits not always top priority

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TALK OF THE TOWN: Growing with the region

TALK OF THE TOWN: Growing with the region

Jamestown plays up its role as a regional hub

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ENERGY: Going up

ENERGY: Going up

Bakken real estate market continues to go global

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Celebrating manufacturing in SD

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Celebrating manufacturing in SD

In South Dakota, our manufacturers play a vital role in our state’s overall economic health.

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RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY: Collaborating to move manufacturing forward

RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY: Collaborating to move manufacturing forward

Manufacturing businesses have been the anchor of driving growth in the region for decades.

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SOCIAL MEDIA: How to succeed at social media

SOCIAL MEDIA: How to succeed at social media

Experts offer tips on strategies to stand out from the clutter

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WORKFORCE: How to recruit young professionals back to ND

WORKFORCE: How to recruit young professionals back to ND

Like every other business in North Dakota, Mortenson Construction is looking for good talent to move to the state to build “what’s next” for the company.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Culture creates award-winning workplaces

EDITOR'S NOTE: Culture creates award-winning workplaces

This issue includes the results of our first Best Places to Work contest.

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BUSINESS ADVICE: Contract language

BUSINESS ADVICE: Contract language

Generations ago, changes often occurred during the contract negotiations process which were not clearly explained or identified before signing.

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MANAGEMENT MATTERS: Rethinking email

MANAGEMENT MATTERS: Rethinking email

In the 2.0 world in which we work, live and communicate, does email still matter?

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FINANCE: Financial literacy basics for prospective small business owners

FINANCE: Financial literacy basics for prospective small business owners

What should entrepreneurs be aware of before they decide to devote a considerable amount of time, effort and resources to a small business startup?

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Sept. editor's note: Culture creates award-winning workplaces
The September issue of Prairie Business magazine includes the results of our Best Places to Work contest. We're also sharing some of the insights weve learned throughout the survey process regarding ...
9/2/14 at 2:48 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2443/50/50/ LIVING WITH WATER
Section 5: Making Policy For Water
Join us for the fifth section of the Living With Water project: Making Policy For Water. ...
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http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2454/50/50/ SUNDOG: MARKETING + TECHNOLOGY
THE EXTRA MILE STEP UP YOUR CUSTOMER JOURNEY: PART 1
In Part 1 of our new webinar series, we explored thewhat, whyandhowof the customer journey. Miss out on the fun? Heres a closer look at the fundamentals of the journey, plus you can watch the full on...
9/17/14 at 11:45 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2451/50/50/ THE DULLUM FILE
Team Coverage
Several of us from WDAZ had a pretty good weekend. We went to Minneapolis to "pick up" an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Award for Team Coverage. Our win was even sweeter knowing we had been in competit...
9/16/14 at 6:23 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2456/50/50/ BASIC BUSINESS
Written Communication
Basic Business Cents "I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest." Winston...
9/15/14 at 4:53 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2445/50/50/ BBB BUZZ FROM THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU OF MINNESOTA AND NORTH DAKOTA
2014 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics Finalists Named
Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is proud to announce the 2014 finalists for our BBB Torch Awards for Ethics. The Torch Awards recognize worthy companies that strive to go ab...
9/8/14 at 4:32 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2449/50/50/ GOOD PEOPLE, GOOD BUSINESS
Which way do you face when the winds of change blow?
ByDenise Hellekson Clinical Associate at The Village Business Institute Change is definitely in the air once again; back to school, busier schedules, less sunlight, cooler temperatures; you can feel t...
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