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HIGHER EDUCATION: Elevating entrepreneurship

HIGHER EDUCATION: Elevating entrepreneurship

UND becomes one of first public universities to establish School of Entrepreneurship...

COWORKING: Collaboration Central

COWORKING: Collaboration Central

Coworking spaces encourage entrepreneurial collaborations...

ENERGY: Pushing for more pipe

ENERGY: Pushing for more pipe

Pipeline projects pile up as Bakken crude, gas production increases...

TALK OF THE TOWN: Booming all by itself

TALK OF THE TOWN: Booming all by itself

Sioux Falls experiences boomtown feel without energy production...

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Innovative Incubator

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Innovative Incubator

Fargo Startup House offers free room, board to aspiring tech-preneurs...

TOURISM: Outdoor recreation still plentiful in western North Dakota

TOURISM: Outdoor recreation still plentiful in western North Dakota

Did you know there is more to western North Dakota than oil, gas, trucks, pipelines and booked-up hotels?...

‘Honor the Earth’ movement continues pipeline demonstrations

BRAINERD, Minn. — Environmental activists on horseback passed through the Brainerd lakes area this week with the mission to raise awareness of what they say are the dangers associated with Enbridge’s proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline.

Sen. Hoeven to host farm bill roundtable

BISMARCK — North Dakota’s Republican senator will host a farm bill roundtable on Monday in Bismarck.

Enbridge sees pipeline as fuel for energy independence, economic growth

DICKINSON, N.D. - Enbridge, the company behind the controversial Sandpiper pipeline that would move oil across northern Minnesota, says the project will bring construction jobs and property tax dollars to the state and be part of the goal of achieving energy independence.

Minn. mine study forecasts 30 years of profits, 850 jobs

DULUTH, Minn. - A proposed massive underground copper mine near Ely, Minn., would operate for 30 years and employ approximately 850 people, according to a draft "pre-feasibility study" recently released by Toronto-based Duluth Metals.

Medical professionals carefully embrace social media

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Social media has become ubiquitous as sites Facebook and Twitter allow users to stay in touch with friends and many others.

Scheels Biking Club offers rewards for frequent bikers

Scheels Biking Club offers rewards for frequent bikers

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Scheels assistant store leader Mark McDonald chatted with fellow participants in the Scheels Biking Club Thursday evening before heading off on the nights route.

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Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer on antitrust worries

Family Dollar Stores Inc. rejected Dollar General Corp.'s $8.95 billion acquisition offer, citing antitrust concerns, and reaffirmed its support for a buyout offer from Dollar Tree Inc.

Microsoft to use Opera browser on low, mid-market phones

OSLO - Microsoft has agreed to install Opera Software's Internet browser on low and mid-market mobile phones it inherited from Nokia, potentially putting Opera Mini on another 100 million phones year.

New event center opens near Moorhead

New event center opens near Moorhead

GLYNDON, Minn. - Nineteen years ago, Roy and Teresa Gilbertson said “I do” during a Renaissance-themed wedding at their home seven miles east of Moorhead.

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Young entrepreneur stresses importance of leadership

Young entrepreneur stresses importance of leadership

MAPLETON, N.D. - Many people would consider the journey to the top of two companies as quick for a 30-year-old, but Kory Anderson, president of Horsch, a manufacturer of seeding, tillage and application farm equipment, and Anderson Industries, a company providing contracted welding, machining, laser cutting and other metal manufacturing services for outside companies, has been interested in farming and manufacturing from a very early age.

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Fedorchak touts ND PSC proposal to fund state rail safety program

Fedorchak touts ND PSC proposal to fund state rail safety program

FARGO, N.D. – Julie Fedorchak, a member of the North Dakota Public Service Commission, appeared here Thursday to promote the commission’s proposal to add a rail safety program to supplement federal inspections.

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White Earth tribal chairwoman appointed to MnSCU board of trustees

White Earth tribal chairwoman appointed to MnSCU board of trustees

ST. PAUL – The chairwoman of the White Earth Reservation is among six appointees to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities board of trustees.

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UPDATED: 3 NDUS IT employees put on administrative leave for data breach

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Three high-level employees who dealt with Internet security for the North Dakota University System have been put on administrative leave following a server security breach last winter.

UND vies for UAS funding from FAA

UND vies for UAS funding from FAA

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - With all six of its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research test sites operational, the Federal Aviation Administration is turning its attention to creating a UAS Center of Excellence.

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September issue highlights

September issue highlights

Editor Kris Bevill offers highlights of the September issue.

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Luxury apartments pop up around Grand Forks

Luxury apartments pop up around Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - As real estate agent Mike Opp walks through one of the unfinished rooms at the new Boulder Apartment building, he lists its features.

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Walz visits AGCO Manufacturing

JACKSON, Minn. — Rep. Tim Walz toured AGCO Manufacturing in Jackson Wednesday to tout Made-in-America manufacturing and push for reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. The Bank promotes American manufacturing around the world and protects hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs by providing American businesses and workers with the certainty they need to compete in the global marketplace.

EB-5 questions factor in SD governor, Senate races

EB-5 questions factor in SD governor, Senate races

MITCHELL, S.D. - Mike Rounds has been steadfast in his defense of the EB-5 economic development/immigration program he championed during his two terms as governor. If his U.S. Senate opponents get their way, he might get more chances to defend the controversial program.

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MDU customers won’t see rate hike for Mandan turbine project

BISMARCK – Customers of Montana-Dakota Utilities won’t pay more for a new natural gas-fired turbine in Mandan unless the company’s earnings fail to meet projections, according to a settlement agreement approved Wednesday with the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

Wind energy project in north-central ND gets go-ahead

Wind energy project in north-central ND gets go-ahead

BISMARCK – A wind energy project that’s been in the works since 2008 won final approval Wednesday from the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

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Singapore company’s Dickinson development project taking shape

DICKINSON, N.D. - The vision for the Barons Vista commercial and residential plan is slowly coming together, but details over what the so-called lifestyle development will look like and what it will mean for the Dickinson community aren’t so clear.

Dalrymple, local leaders tout Dickinson interim bypass

DICKINSON, N.D. - It’s been open to the public for a while now, but the interim bypass connecting Highway 22 and Interstate 94 received its official induction ceremony Wednesday at a ribbon-cutting attended by Gov. Jack Dalrymple and other city and state officials.

Steffes gets patent for technology to store renewable energy

DICKINSON, N.D. -- Dickinson-based Steffes Corp. was awarded a patent last week for technology that helps water heaters and other appliances store renewable energy such as wind and solar.

Union vote by Minn. home care workers can proceed, judge rules

MINNEAPOLIS -- Vote tallies on whether Minnesota home care workers will create a large union should come next week after a federal judge ruled Wednesday that an ongoing union election can continue.

Hearing set on treatment of ND oil before transport

BISMARCK – North Dakota regulators have set a special hearing for Sept. 23 to gather input on the safe transportation and marketability of crude oil.

MSUM president kicks off fundraising campaign for scholarships with 12.5-mile run

MSUM president kicks off fundraising campaign for scholarships with 12.5-mile run

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Anne Blackhurst, who became president of Minnesota State University Moorhead on July 1, ran her first marathon in 2010 to honor her 50th birthday.

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3-story building new addition to Fargo office park

3-story building new addition to Fargo office park

FARGO, N.D. – A three-story structure under construction in south Fargo will be “a magnificent centerpiece” of the Capital Square Office Park, said Kelly Parrett, a broker for Lexstar Real Estate Services and property coordinator.

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Sanford aims to build 300 clinics in Ghana

Sanford aims to build 300 clinics in Ghana

FARGO, N.D. – Sanford Health is working with the government of Ghana to build 300 clinics in the African country by 2020 in the most ambitious project of its international clinic initiative.

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Refracking brings 'vintage' oil and gas wells to life

HOUSTON/WILLISTON, N.D. - A fracking boom isn't enough for U.S. oil and gas producers – they're now starting the re-fracking boom.

Burgum touts benefits for eliminating ND income taxes, other policy changes

Burgum touts benefits for eliminating ND income taxes, other policy changes

FARGO, N.D. – Entrepreneur Doug Burgum this morning called for eliminating North Dakota’s personal and corporate income taxes, stating the move would give the state an edge when it comes to attracting businesses and top worker talent.

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Dickinson commission approves extended boundaries

DICKINSON, N.D. - Dickinson could be expanding again, if the City Commission approves a resolution to expand the city’s extra-territorial zone.

Report says Canada railway audit inadequate before Quebec derailment

Report says Canada railway audit inadequate before Quebec derailment

LAC-MÉGANTIC, Quebec — The Canadian government did not adequately audit the railroad company at the center of the Lac-Mégantic crude tanker disaster, which last year killed 47 people, an independent federal agency said on Tuesday, as it called for tougher scrutiny of the rail industry.

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Drones shown off as ag’s next big thing

Drones shown off as ag’s next big thing

MITCHELL, S.D. — After seeing one in action, Duane Lunne could see himself buying a drone.

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Concerns remain over Dickinson truck routes

Concerns remain over Dickinson truck routes

DICKINSON, N.D. - Dickinson city officials may have established routes to take the bulk of truck traffic out of Dickinson, but not all residents are satisfied with the outcome.

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Grand Forks committee approves Acme reimbursement

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Grand Forks Growth Fund Committee on Tuesday recommended reimbursing Acme Tools almost $150,000 for soil mitigation.

UND director of libraries takes time away to study trends

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - To get a better picture of what tomorrow’s university libraries will look like and offer, the University of North Dakota's Director of Libraries Wilbur Stolt is doing some digging.

South Africans learn new farming techniques in ND

South Africans learn new farming techniques in ND

LANKIN, N.D. — Cameron Bina was still in college in 1992 when his father, Dennis, hired a farm worker who traveled here from France to help plant and harvest their crops.

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Bobcat grants child’s Make-a-Wish request

Bobcat grants child’s Make-a-Wish request

WEST FARGO, N.D. - Connor Menard could have gone to Disney World or Hawaii. Instead, he wanted to go to Bobcat.

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Ex-CEO Ballmer quits Microsoft board to focus on NBA's Clippers

Ex-CEO Ballmer quits Microsoft board to focus on NBA's Clippers

SEATTLE - Former Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer, the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, has left the software company's board in order to spend more time on his new sports project.

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Fargo Startup House extends application period

Fargo Startup House extends application period

FARGO, N.D. – The Fargo Startup House is taking longer than planned to start up.

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Williston gets first direct flight from Houston

Williston gets first direct flight from Houston

WILLISTON, N.D. – United Airlines’ inaugural direct flight from Houston touched down and taxied beneath a celebratory splash of water at Sloulin Field International Airport in Williston on Tuesday.

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ND SBHE committee rejects proposal to give NDSU president higher raise than UND president

BISMARCK – A State Board of Higher Education committee recommended across-the-board pay increases of 3 percent for most university presidents in the North Dakota University System.

Dayton invited to discuss F-M diversion with local business leaders

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The president of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is inviting Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to meet with local business leaders to hear about their support for the proposed flood diversion.

Minn. ag parts business known globally

Minn. ag parts business known globally

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Worthington Ag Parts has put the name Worthington on the world map. The agricultural tractor salvage business celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

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Grand Forks International Airport celebrates 50 years

Grand Forks International Airport celebrates 50 years

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Fifty years ago, Grand Forks welcomed its new airport.

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Cirrus expands sales network to India

DULUTH, Minn. – Cirrus Aircraft announced the expansion of its international sales network into India. Cirrus India joined the company’s authorized sales network in July 2014.

Bethesda to break ground on $21M project in Willmar

Bethesda to break ground on $21M project in Willmar

WILLMAR, Minn. — Ground will be officially broken Thursday for a $21 million project to expand the Bethesda Health and Housing campus.

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Willmar defeats building permit fee increases

WILLMAR, Minn. — After more than 30 minutes of public comments and discussion, all eight Willmar City Council members voted Monday night against a proposed increase in city building permit fees.

Commission delays vote on Fargo Jet Center's application for tax exemption

FARGO, N.D. – The Fargo Jet Center at Hector International Airport was told by the City Commission on Monday to try again in its attempt to get a tax exemption.

ND BCBS finances back in the black

ND BCBS finances back in the black

FARGO, N.D. – Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota finished the last quarter with net income of $27 million, rebounding from a loss of $80.7 million at the end of last year.

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New owners of Sabin bar already making big changes

New owners of Sabin bar already making big changes

SABIN, Minn. – The Crow Bar, a longtime fixture in Sabin, is under new ownership.

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Chancellor wants higher raise for NDSU president

Chancellor wants higher raise for NDSU president

BISMARCK – A State Board of Higher Education committee will consider increasing North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani’s salary by 7.57 percent over the next two years, even though a consultant recently criticized the board for giving university presidents too much leeway.

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Beach board recommends land use change for $7M rail spur

BEACH, N.D. - A proposed rail spur that would alleviate the Beach Grain Cooperative’s issues with trains took its first step toward becoming a reality Monday morning.

$150M convention center eyed for ND oil patch

$150M convention center eyed for ND oil patch

WILLISTON, N.D. - A subsidiary of real estate developer The Prime Group Inc. said on Monday it plans to build a $150 million convention center in Williston, N.D., aiming to supply a world-class meeting space for the fast-growing oil boom community.

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Dollar General enters race for Family Dollar with $8.95B bid

Dollar General Corp. offered to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc. for $8.95 billion, trumping Dollar Tree Inc's $8.5 billion bid, to strengthen its position as the No. 1 discount retailer in a highly-competitive U.S. market.

Minn. man creates hand-made teardrop campers

Minn. man creates hand-made teardrop campers

NEW LONDON, Minn. - Mike and Deb Geister have been catching more than a few envious eyes at parks and rest stops with their custom-made teardrop camper trailer.

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Gaps in mental health care topic of legislative roundtable

Gaps in mental health care topic of legislative roundtable

WILLMAR, Minn. –– There are not enough beds, services or money to meet the staggering needs of adults suffering from chronic mental illness and not enough is being done to prevent children from spiraling into a mental health crisis, according to local mental health professionals who met Saturday in Willmar during a legislative roundtable.

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Medical students learn about working in state's small towns

WINNER, S.D. — Heather Walker didn't grow up in Winner, but she's starting to adjust to the dialect of ranchers from the area.

Shell sells more US gas assets

Royal Dutch Shell announced the sale of two onshore U.S. shale gas assets in exchange for $2.1 billion and acreage in different gas-rich areas as the energy company restructures its North America business and reins in costs.

Oilman could split $17B with wife over divorce

OKLAHOMA CITY — More than $17 billion of Oklahoma oilman Harold Hamm’s fortune could be subject to division with his estranged wife, according to an economic analysis presented in their divorce trial, defining the stakes in one of the biggest battles ever over a marital estate.

Nationwide union membership hitting lows

Nationwide union membership hitting lows

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - For 24 hours a day, striking Simplot employees in Grand Forks have stood outside the Gateway Drive plant.

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Pipeline bottleneck hinders progress on flaring

BISMARCK -- North Dakota set another record for oil production in June, but reducing the amount of natural gas flared continues to be a struggle.

Craft consignment store comes to Crookston

CROOKSTON, Minn. - It was a long, drawn-out winter in Crookston. That meant plenty of time for Nanette Wilson to stay inside and try new hobbies like knitting scarves and baby hats.

East Grand Forks loan files lack information

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - Incomplete records for economic development loans are creating some frustration for East Grand Forks city officials.

2 ND movie theaters fight to recoup money paid for projectors

At least two communities in northeastern North Dakota may be out tens of thousands of dollars raised for local theater improvements after an equipment supply company filed for bankruptcy.

Thief River Falls psychiatric facility expands

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Health has approved the expansion of an inpatient psychiatric facility at Sanford Thief River Falls from 10 to 16 beds.

Work for Griggs County EOC project remains at standstill

Work for Griggs County EOC project remains at standstill

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. - The nearly completed Griggs County Courthouse/Emergency Operations Center in Cooperstown remains idle more than three months after construction crews walked off the job over payment issues.

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A new start for Sanders

A new start for Sanders

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - From cramped quarters in an old building at 312 Kittson Ave., Sanders 1907 restaurant has risen to its spacious quarters of more than 6,000 square feet at 22 S. Third St. in Grand Forks.

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Myriad Mobile moving to downtown Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - Myriad Mobile, the Fargo-based developer of mobile apps, has for a while been working out of leased space in a building near Hector International Airport.

JLG architecture firm to celebrate 25 years

JLG architecture firm to celebrate 25 years

FARGO, N.D. - Employees of JLG Architects will have a lot to celebrate at the “JLG Rocks” event later this summer in Grand Forks, N.D.

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ABC Supply opens first ND branch

ABC Supply opens first ND branch

FARGO, N.D. - ABC Supply Co. Inc., which has over 450 locations nationwide, has opened its first branch in North Dakota.

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Lawsuit over pesticide drift may prompt push for reform

Lawsuit over pesticide drift may prompt push for reform

MOORETON, N.D. - Don and Cathy Heitkamp believe they’ve been battling a “phantom sprayer” in their quest to get to the bottom of a pesticide drift incident that damaged their crops.

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ND regulators OK Adams County wind project

BISMARCK – In a split vote Thursday, the North Dakota Public Service Commission approved a wind turbine farm in Adams County that eventually could provide enough power for more than 50,000 homes.

GF's Grove Apartments apologizes for delays

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Campus Crest, the developer of The Grove, a new Grand Forks apartment complex aimed at students, said in a statement Thursday that the company is working to compensate residents whose move-in dates have been pushed back because of “unanticipated construction delays.”

From brighter signs to roundabouts, GF traffic planners follow standards to keep public safe

From brighter signs to roundabouts, GF traffic planners follow standards to keep public safe

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - There’s a reason why stop signs in Grand Forks are the same red-and-white octagon as in every other city.

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U.S. farmland values steady to higher in Plains, Midwest -Fed

CHICAGO, - Farmland prices in the U.S. Plains and Corn Belt states were steady to higher in the second quarter despite lower grain profits as crop prices fell, according to Federal Reserve Bank quarterly surveys issued on Thursday.

Politicians: Protecting safety priority in economic growth

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The biggest challenge facing North Dakota, which boasts the nation’s best economy and fastest-growing population, is maintaining the state’s quality of life, two of the state’s former top legal officials — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley — told law enforcement officers attending the North Dakota Peace Officers Association conference in Grand Forks Thursday.

Grand Forks social commission discusses child care

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - In a YMCA gym Thursday evening, a group of parents, child care providers and other community members identified infant child care as one of the top needs in Grand Forks.

Paradise Donuts to open in Fargo and more biz news

FARGO, N.D. – Paradise Donuts and Deli is scheduled to open for business today in the former Quiznos location at 3001 13th Ave. South.

Striking Simplot workers in GF again reject proposed contract

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Striking workers at J.R. Simplot Co. in Grand Forks again voted down a proposed contract from the company Thursday.

Health care innovators make quick pitches at Fargo event

Health care innovators make quick pitches at Fargo event

FARGO, N.D. – Entrepreneurs presented innovative ways to address challenges facing the health care industry at the second annual Health Pitch event Thursday at The Stage at Island Park.

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Historic museums taking new approaches to drawing more visitors

Historic museums taking new approaches to drawing more visitors

MOORHEAD, Minn. - Historic houses, the most common kind of museum in the country and once a cornerstone of family summer road trips, are in the midst of a renaissance.

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Supervalu reportedly investigating potential data breach

Supervalu is in the early stages of investigating a potential data breach that could have affected more than 1,000 stores, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

ND PSC budget seeks staff for proposed oil pipeline, rail inspection programs

ND PSC budget seeks staff for proposed oil pipeline, rail inspection programs

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Public Service Commission is requesting more than half a dozen new employees in its 2015-17 budget to monitor the state’s growing number of oil pipelines and railroad traffic that has increased with oil-by-rail shipments.

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Federal judge allows Minn. DNR to join lawsuit against F-M diversion

FARGO, N.D. - A federal judge issued a ruling Thursday that allows the state of Minnesota to participate as a friend of the court in the Richland/Wilkin Joint Powers Authority's lawsuit against the Corps of Engineers seeking to stop a proposed $1.8 billion Fargo-Moorhead diversion project.

Fargo’s dogIDs.com recognized by Google for service

Fargo’s dogIDs.com recognized by Google for service

FARGO, N.D. - An ecommerce site based in Fargo that specializes in personalized dog accessories – dogIDs.com – was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program.

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Rail oil tankers, victim of U.S. safety rules, also unwanted in Canada

Rail oil tankers, victim of U.S. safety rules, also unwanted in Canada

WASHINGTON/CALGARY - Thousands of oil train tankers soon to be deemed obsolete in the United States are unlikely get a second life in Canada's oil sands industry, undercutting a U.S. government forecast that the costly cars will continue in use in the energy sector.

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Amazon.com builds brick-and-mortar presence with card-swiping device

SAN FRANCISCO - Amazon.com Inc. unveiled a $10 credit-card reader and mobile app for brick-and-mortar businesses on Wednesday, marking the latest step by the U.S. online retailer to expand its presence in the physical world.

Wal-Mart cuts forecast as it spends more on healthcare, online

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its full-year profit forecast, citing higher employee health care costs and increased investment in its online business, and the company said heavy discounting was likely to continue into the holiday shopping season.

ND Realtor group supports yes vote on Measure 2 tax issue

ND Realtor group supports yes vote on Measure 2 tax issue

FARGO, N.D. – The North Dakota Association of Realtors is urging a yes vote Nov. 4 on Measure 2, a constitutional amendment that would ban transfer taxes on the real estate transactions.

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New sugar beet receiving station under construction in Minn.

New sugar beet receiving station under construction in Minn.

NEW LONDON, Minn. –– At a glance, it appears that another gravel mining operation is underway in northern Kandiyohi County in Minnesota.

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Howard, SD's Maroney Commons finally sells

HOWARD, S.D. -- Howard's embattled Maroney Commons has been sold.

SD farmers prep for new farm bill

SD farmers prep for new farm bill

OACOMA, S.D. -- With a new farm bill signed into law, farmers are now faced with big decisions that could affect their farms far into the future.

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Federal hazardous transportation grants promised to state

WASHINGTON — States will share in $20.2 million in federal grants that can be used to prepare for oil transportation disasters.

Railcar shortage continues as harvest nears

Railcar shortage continues as harvest nears

FORDVILLE, N.D. — Crews at Fordville (N.D) Cooperative Marketing Association’s elevator loaded a 100-car unit train Sunday.

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Townhome apartment complex going up in Moorhead

Townhome apartment complex going up in Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. - A three-story building going up at 814 10th Ave. S. will provide new housing stock in an established south Moorhead neighborhood.

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Moorhead's new Microtel Inn now accepting reservations

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The newly constructed Microtel Inn & Suites in Moorhead finished construction this week and is now taking reservations.

Noodles & Co shares plunge after company slashes profit, sales forecast

Shares of Noodles & Co plunged as much as 21 percent in extended trading after the fast-casual restaurant chain slashed its full-year sales forecast as fewer diners visit its outlets.

Supporters, opponents of ND conservation measure debate at chamber summit

BISMARCK – Supporters and opponents of a proposed ballot measure that would funnel millions of North Dakota oil tax dollars into a conservation fund locked horns in their first public debate Wednesday, arguing the fund’s cost, governance and potential impacts to farmers and ranchers.

UPDATED: NDUS: Board's 'frank’ discussion with consultant part of public meeting

UPDATED: NDUS: Board's 'frank’ discussion with consultant part of public meeting

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – A conversation between the North Dakota Board of Higher Education and a consultant was always meant to be public, according to North Dakota University System staff.

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Business aims to lower clients’ energy bills

Business aims to lower clients’ energy bills

FARGO, N.D. - Home and business owners interested in lowering their energy bills have a new ally in Russell Schell.

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KOA campground in Moorhead to be repurposed

KOA campground in Moorhead to be repurposed

MOORHEAD, Minn. - Don’t look for the former KOA campgrounds on Moorhead’s east edge to return to being a camper’s haven.

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Record US crop could kill profits for Minn. grain farmers

Record US crop could kill profits for Minn. grain farmers

ST. PAUL - The nation's farmers will haul in their biggest corn and soybean crops ever this fall — but that's not good news for Minnesota.

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Debate over higher ed measure focuses on risk to accreditation

Debate over higher ed measure focuses on risk to accreditation

BISMARCK – Evoking memories of the 2012 diploma mill scandal and suicide at Dickinson State University and more recent missteps by higher education officials, House Majority Leader Al Carlson on Wednesday downplayed fears that a November ballot measure would put the accreditation of North Dakota’s public colleges and universities at risk.

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Union, Simplot begin talks related to strike at Grand Forks plant

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Simplot company officials began discussions Wednesday with the union representing striking workers at the Grand Forks plant.

Sanford, Ghana Minstry of Health partner to build hundreds of clinics

ACCRA, GHANA, and SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Honorable Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, Ghana’s minister of health, and Kelby Krabbenhoft, president and CEO of Sanford Health, jointly announced today the Ministry of Health and Sanford have joined together in a public-private partnership to bring health care to millions of additional people across Ghana.

Grand Forks student apartments face delays

Grand Forks student apartments face delays

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Employees at The Grove Apartments office in Grand Forks greet callers by saying “It’s a Great Day at The Grove.”

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BPI reopens plant as suit over meat’s name proceeds

CHICAGO — Beef Products Inc. will reopen a Kansas processing plant on Monday to boost production of lean, finely textured beef, which critics call “pink slime,” as wholesale beef prices soar with a shrinking U.S. cattle herd.

Neighbors battle over farm odor in SD

Neighbors battle over farm odor in SD

MITCHELL, S.D. - Despite both sides being in the same room, the war of words did not subside over the alleged smell at Jackrabbit Farms south of Mount Vernon, S.D., during a Tuesday meeting of the Davison County Commission.

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Health care workers find their role in combatting human trafficking

Health care workers find their role in combatting human trafficking

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Health care workers who are on the front lines to detect human trafficking met in Sioux Falls Tuesday learn how to identify potential victims.

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EmPower ND recommends $1B in road, bridge spending in 2015-17

BISMARCK – The group charged with crafting a comprehensive energy policy for North Dakota is recommending state lawmakers spend nearly $1 billion on roads and bridges in the next two years and fast-track funding for upgrades in western counties affected by oil and gas development.

Family Fare brand moving in to F-M stores

Family Fare brand moving in to F-M stores

WEST FARGO, N.D. - Sunmart, a name well-known in the local grocery world, is getting a new name and area stores are getting major makeovers.

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Farm expenses keep rising; no simple solutions, experts say

Farm expenses keep rising; no simple solutions, experts say

A new report confirms U.S. farm expenses continue to rise, and agricultural business management specialists say that should cause farmers to take a closer look at how they operate.

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Consultant: ND higher ed board needs stronger leadership

Consultant: ND higher ed board needs stronger leadership

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Consultant has told the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education it has improving to do when it comes to leadership and relationships with the public and college presidents.

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Red River State Recreation Area hopes to complete upgrades by 2015

Red River State Recreation Area hopes to complete upgrades by 2015

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - The Red River State Recreational Area campground might see water, sewer and electricity hook-ups added to the campground’s 24 rustic sites by next spring.

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Alaska's new oil tax faces repeal vote during state primary

JUNEAU - Alaskans will vote on Aug. 19 to repeal or uphold a new law that cut taxes on oil production and is worth as much as $1 billion annually to North Slope producers Conoco Phillips, BP Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp., depending on oil prices.

Boardwalk: East Grand Forks didn’t meet obligations

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - City of East Grand Forks officials met behind closed doors Monday with representatives of a business that hasn’t paid back a $510,000 loan for more than a decade.

RE/MAX realty opens in Dickinson

RE/MAX realty opens in Dickinson

DICKINSON, N.D. - Marie Swensen, a Dickinson real estate agent, got to know Lorrie Nantt, a real estate broker, through real estate transactions. Swensen said she saw how Nantt interacted with customers, the kind of ethical person she was, the way she viewed life and felt she had met a kindred spirit.

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Beulah man works as coal miner while also helping run family's small farm

Beulah man works as coal miner while also helping run family's small farm

BEULAH, N.D. — Jayme Boeshans, with help from family and friends, is building a modest farmstead north of Beulah. It’s isn’t far from the house where he grew up and his parents still live. It’s also near the house, now mostly lost to time and the waters of man-made Lake Sakakawea, where his great-grandparents homesteaded.

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Lack of members forces MELD workshop to close

Lack of members forces MELD workshop to close

FARGO, N.D. – MELD Workshop, which opened last fall as a place where tinkerers could give shape to their ideas, will soon close.

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Questions raised over 2 traditional health plans offered to 237,000 customers in ND

FARGO, N.D. – A degree of uncertainty hangs over more than 237,000 consumers covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota whose policies were in effect before passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Integreon leader stresses local presence, global reach

Integreon leader stresses local presence, global reach

FARGO, N.D. - Penny Retzer joined Integreon Managed Solutions from her one-woman consulting business. Thirteen years later, now global head of the company’s document services division, she oversees 1,000 team members in Mumbai, India; Manila, Philippines; London; Bristol, England; Washington, D.C., and Fargo. She’s also the general manager of the Fargo delivery center, which currently has about 340 employees.

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New owner to take reins of Sanders restaurant

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Dinner at Sanders 1907 in Grand Forks will be served at a new downtown location next spring.

Minn. planning ‘Bakken awareness 101’

Minn. planning ‘Bakken awareness 101’

LITTLE CANADA, Minn. -- Minnesota emergency services personnel will be trained and equipped in a few years to deal with oil train disasters, but the governor worries about what could happen before then.

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Wheat Safari educates food pros on the crop

Wheat Safari educates food pros on the crop

PORTLAND, N.D. — Farmers and ranchers often lament that people outside agriculture don’t seem to understand or care what they do. But North Dakota wheat farmers found a receptive audience in the Wheat Safari, which stopped Aug. 6 on the Brad Thykeson farm near Portland.

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Prairie Business magazine announces 50 Best Places to Work

Prairie Business magazine announces 50 Best Places to Work

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The September issue of Prairie Business magazine will celebrate the 50 Best Places to Work in the northern Plains.

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Jimmy John’s coming to Moorhead

Jimmy John’s coming to Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. – A Jimmy John’s sandwich shop is coming to south Moorhead.

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Sanford, YMCA to build wellness center in Mandan

Sanford, YMCA to build wellness center in Mandan

MANDAN, N.D. – Sanford Bismarck and the Missouri Valley Family YMCA announced a partnership Monday to build a $12.3 million fitness center in Mandan to serve the two communities, similar to Sanford-YMCA facilities in Fargo and Sioux Falls, S.D.

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Lost productivity prompts businesses to prioritize health promotion, including mental health

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Depression is estimated to cause 200 million lost workdays each year at a cost to employers of $17 billion to $44 billion — 81 percent due to reduced performance while at work, the World Health Organization has reported.

Conferences highlight Bakken’s impact on an international scale

Conferences highlight Bakken’s impact on an international scale

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — Ward Koeser recently ended a 20-year run as mayor of Williston, N.D. Looking back, Koeser could see the evolution of the Bakken’s global appeal.

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Hearing does little to predict Sandpiper’s future

Hearing does little to predict Sandpiper’s future

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline project got more complex Thursday as the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved moving forward with both the original and an alternative pipeline route.

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Sidney Sugars competes for workers in Bakken oil patch

SIDNEY, Mont. — Dave Garland, general manager of the Sidney Sugars Inc. beet sugar plant of Sidney, Mont., said he’d prefer to concentrate on making sugar. Instead, he spends a lot of his time working on housing and advertising to attract new workers in the middle of an oil boom.

After Verizon, FCC quizzing other carriers on data management

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. communications regulator on Friday said he is asking all large U.S. wireless carriers to explain how they decide when to slow download speeds for some customers, after questioning Verizon Wireless about such a plan.

Soon-to-open Sonic seeks workers and more biz news

FARGO, N.D. - Fargo’s first Sonic American Drive-In could be up and running by Aug. 28.

New business focuses on custom vehicle interiors

New business focuses on custom vehicle interiors

FARGO, N.D. - Jon Husebye’s career path has put him back in the driver’s seat.

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West Fargo man makes living installing playground equipment

West Fargo man makes living installing playground equipment

WEST FARGO, N.D. - Child’s play is serious business for Zach Fluto. His business, My Turn Play Systems, specializes in the installation of Playcraft playground systems.

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Oil train traffic source of worry in Twin Cities

Oil train traffic source of worry in Twin Cities

FRIDLEY, Minn. – Tons of corn spilled into Locke Lake on a summer morning three years ago after a freight train derailed near Mary Jo Czaplewski’s Fridley home. It turned the lake yellow.

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Valley City could tag new wellness center to half-cent sales tax

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Valley City residents will vote in November on whether to extend an existing half-cent sales tax that would help fund a permanent flood protection plan for the city.

Restaurant inspectors say they educate 1st, regulate 2nd

Restaurant inspectors say they educate 1st, regulate 2nd

WEST FARGO, N.D. - Pierre Freeman has a whole kit of gadgets he uses to inspect the cleanliness of area restaurants.

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Female trucker proves herself in the Bakken

Female trucker proves herself in the Bakken

DICKINSON, N.D. -- Tasha Tarrell wants women in boomtowns to know there’s more than McDonald’s or Walmart for work. The oilfield is their oyster.

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Simplot workers remain on strike

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The union representing J.R. Simplot Co. workers in Grand Forks hasn’t met with management in the first few days of their strike, and no meetings have been scheduled.

A clean slate for homeowners and more biz news

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Alissa Larson likes to think of her business as providing a clean slate for homeowners.

ND touts jobs, but finding right fit poses challenge

FARGO, N.D. – State officials are beckoning outsiders to “Find the Good Life” in North Dakota, touting 20,000-plus job openings for six straight months.

Transportation secretary says ‘risk level is higher’ for Bakken crude transport

BISMARCK – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Friday that crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation isn’t being singled out from other crudes in proposed new tank car standards, but he didn’t say definitively whether the Department of Transportation believes it’s more volatile than other light, sweet crudes.

Fire-resistant clothing a hot item in the oil patch

Fire-resistant clothing a hot item in the oil patch

WILLISTON, N.D. -- When Jim Bacon and Bryan Johnson came to North Dakota to see what the oil boom was all about, one thing they saw was a need for fire-resistant clothing.

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‘New Generation’ Wendy’s restaurant a first for Minn., nation

‘New Generation’ Wendy’s restaurant a first for Minn., nation

DULUTH, Minn. - Restaurant owner Bob Sullivan is used to minor disasters - and fixing them.

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Made from Scratch: Fargo deli focuses on freshness

Made from Scratch: Fargo deli focuses on freshness

FARGO, N.D. - Scratch Sandwich and Deli has opened in downtown Fargo in space that had been home to Broadway Classic Subs.

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Speaker: Fear need not trump exploring new opportunities

Speaker: Fear need not trump exploring new opportunities

FARGO, N.D. - Fear and change often go together, but as frightening as it may be for some people, change is essential in life, Cole Carley told a Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce audience Thursday.

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More land for Grand Forks safety training center

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Grand Forks Public Safety Center now has room to expand its emergency response training area.

Sen. Franken in Worthington to see community's energy retrofits

Sen. Franken in Worthington to see community's energy retrofits

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — New light will be shed on Blue Line Travel Center in Worthington thanks to a retrofitting project through the PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program. The $75,000 project will outfit the site with new lighting to replace the current LED lighting on the property’s facade.

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Worthington woman opens boutique

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Classy and Sassy Boutique opened its doors Thursday at a new location, 1425 McMillan St.

Sen. Johnson hosts Medicaid roundtable discussion

SIOUX FALLS — U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., Thursday hosted a roundtable discussion regarding the future of South Dakota's health care safety net, including the importance of expanding Medicaid and preserving the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Thune hits small towns to talk ag issues, railcar shortage

Thune hits small towns to talk ag issues, railcar shortage

ALEXANDRIA, S.D. — Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., posed a question Thursday morning to those at CHS Farmers Alliance.

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Mitchell City Hall project could begin this fall

Mitchell City Hall project could begin this fall

MITCHELL, S.D. - Construction of a new city hall in southern downtown Mitchell could begin as soon as this fall, according to Mayor Ken Tracy.

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Hoeven announces personnel increase at Minot AFB

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced Thursday that Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota will add more than 300 personnel under the Air Force’s Nuclear Force Improvement Program.

U.S. oil exports reach milestone: June shipments highest since 1957

NEW YORK — News this week that U.S. crude oil exports had surged in June to reach the highest since 1957 raised a question not often asked: Why did U.S. exports suddenly surge, then just as quickly drop, nearly six decades ago?

East Grand Forks calls closed meeting to discuss possible lawsuit

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - East Grand Forks officials will hold another closed-door meeting Monday.

Study: income not keeping up with rent in nearly every Minn. county

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - Renters in 84 of the Minnesota’s 87 counties are making less and paying more for rent than they did in 2000, according to a study published Thursday by the Minnesota Housing Partnership.

ND ag industry leaders tell BNSF chairman their concerns

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota farmers and agricultural processors vented their concerns about grain shipments to the head of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Fargo Thursday.

Sinner, Peterson talk grain train delays at ag roundtable in ND

CAVALIER, N.D. – U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson and George Sinner know about the problem.

US Energy Secretary Moniz aware of Bakken challenges

US Energy Secretary Moniz aware of Bakken challenges

BISMARCK – U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz hasn’t been to North Dakota since 1999, but he said he’s aware of the infrastructure challenges facing the nation’s second-leading oil producer and looks forward to learning more about them during his visit to Bismarck Friday.

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Work continues on $640M power line from Mapleton to Twin Cities

Work continues on $640M power line from Mapleton to Twin Cities

FARGO, N.D. – Work continues on the $640 million CapX2020 high-voltage power line that will connect a new substation near Mapleton, N.D., to the Twin Cities early next year.

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BEA releases personal consumption expenditures analysis

BEA releases personal consumption expenditures analysis

On Aug. 7, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released prototype estimates of personal consumption expenditures (PCE) for states for 1997-2012. These new estimates provide insight into household spending patterns across states that can be used together with other regional data to gain a better understanding of regional economies.

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Minn. senator tours RELCO plant in Willmar

Minn. senator tours RELCO plant in Willmar

WILLMAR, Minn. — Martin Munoz of Pennock, Minn., used to work nights at Jennie-O Turkey Store, and he was working at turkey farms when he went to Employment Plus in Willmar looking for other opportunities.

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Minn. teen designs attachment for skid loader

Minn. teen designs attachment for skid loader

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Dustin John doesn’t know anything about pursuing a patent, but he thinks it might be time to learn after he designed and built from scratch a trench filler that attaches to the front end of a skid loader.

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Hearing today on Sandpiper pipeline in Minn.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The route for the controversial Sandpiper oil pipeline will be discussed today at a hearing before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

PSC urges STB to take action against railroad delays

BISMARCK — North Dakota’s Public Service Commission on Wednesday urged railroads to make faster progress on reducing the backlog of grain cars available so that farmers and elevators can transport last year’s crop to market before this year’s harvest arrives, according to a release.

EDC touts 1,700 new Grand Forks-area jobs

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp. announced Tuesday that its 48 clients have added nearly 1,700 jobs in the past 10 years.

UND to study UAS safety in tropical storms

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Researchers at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks have received a $75,000 grant to study the safety of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in tropical storms, the university said.

GF board OKs Revolution Sports expansion

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Grand Forks Planning and Zoning Commission recommended Wednesday allowing a temporary gravel parking lot for Revolution Power Sports to store boats.

Sky Zone trampoline park going up in Fargo

Sky Zone trampoline park going up in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - Steel is rising out of the ground in south Fargo for a building that will soon be full of air.

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ND oil regulators, executives say Bakken crude's volatility unfairly singled out

BISMARCK – North Dakota oil regulators and industry officials expressed bewilderment Wednesday over why a federal agency has singled out Bakken crude oil as more volatile than other U.S. crudes when an industry analysis yielded data similar to a government study but deemed the oil as safe as other crudes.

AARP event offers tips for recognizing investment scams

AARP event offers tips for recognizing investment scams

FARGO, N.D. - A common tactic of con-artists trying to promote fraudulent investments is offering a free lunch, said Sheri Haugen-Hoffart, investor education coordinator with the North Dakota Securities Department.

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WE Fest provides steady beat to Detroit Lakes-area businesses

WE Fest provides steady beat to Detroit Lakes-area businesses

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – WE Fest’s main stage will start rocking tonight, but Detroit Lakes businesses have been tuning up all week.

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Calumet says new ND diesel refinery rampup to take 3 months

HOUSTON - A new 20,000 barrels-per-day diesel refinery in North Dakota will begin commissioning in the fourth quarter, but it will take up to three months to ramp up to its full capacity, Calumet Specialty Products Partners Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Straumins told analysts on Wednesday.

Spicy Pie adding Grand Forks to list of ND locations

Spicy Pie adding Grand Forks to list of ND locations

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A new pizza shop is planning to come to south Grand Forks.

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Grand Forks AFB hosts first integrated UAV flight

Grand Forks AFB hosts first integrated UAV flight

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. - The 319th Operations Support Squadron supported a milestone in unmanned aerial vehicle aviation Aug. 1.

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Gov. Daugaard's workforce summit report announced

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will host six meetings across South Dakota to share the final report, findings and results of the recent regional Workforce Summits. Over 1,000 people provided input about workforce needs.

Tabor, SD, area lands $30M grain shuttle loading facility

TABOR, S.D. — Dakota Plains Ag Center has selected a site west of Tabor to build a $30 million grain shuttle loading facility, which set to open in 2016.

Federal government OKs new propane facility

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved a storage facility that could ease a second straight winter propane shortage.

MnSCU defends contract with consultant amid transparency concerns

ST. PAUL -- Since disclosing a $2 million contract with consultants McKinsey & Co. last month, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system leaders have tried to show the price was worth it.

Heitkamp talks unmanned aircraft in Grand Forks

Heitkamp talks unmanned aircraft in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - When it comes to North Dakota’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) use and research, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says the state is at the front of the pack.

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Fewer books, more online resources at UND

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Chester Fritz Library at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks is moving toward providing students with more online resources and fewer physical reference books.

UPDATED: Altru announces new president

UPDATED: Altru announces new president

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Chief Medical Executive Eric Lunn will become the next president of Altru Health System, the Grand Forks-based group announced Tuesday.

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Bobcat marks completion of Acceleration Center in Bismarck

BISMARCK – Bobcat Co. on Tuesday celebrated the grand opening of an engineering facility that company President Rich Goldsbury said will allow the manufacturer of light construction equipment to build world-leading products into the future.

Sprint reportedly drops bid to buy T-Mobile

Sprint has dropped its bid to acquire No. 4 U.S. carrier T-Mobile because the challenge of securing regulatory approval for the deal was too steep, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Longer shifts top concern for striking Simplot workers

Longer shifts top concern for striking Simplot workers

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – An official with the union representing striking J.R. Simplot Co. workers in Grand Forks said Tuesday proposed contract changes would affect the lives of employees’ families.

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NDSU, UND share $20M to create research centers

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State University in Fargo and the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks will share $20 million in National Science Foundation funding, much of which will be used to create research centers at the state’s two biggest schools.

Higher wages, new tax filers boost ND's bottom line

BISMARCK – Higher wages and substantial growth in the number of new income tax filers in North Dakota helped push the state’s tax revenue about $400 million higher through June than during the first year of the previous two-year budget cycle.

Town and Country Credit Union enjoys growth

Town and Country Credit Union enjoys growth

FARGO, N.D. - Town and Country Credit Union, which began in Minot, N.D., in 1939 and has had a presence in Fargo since 1993, recently opened its fifth location in the Fargo area.

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Moorhead mayor suggests calling city center 'uptown,' not 'downtown'

Moorhead mayor suggests calling city center 'uptown,' not 'downtown'

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Uptown, baby? Moorhead’s mayor has an idea to rebrand the city’s downtown, which has struggled in its search for a resurgence over the past decade.

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UND appoints nursing dean

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota's College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines in Grand Forks announced Gayle Roux as its new dean Tuesday, according to a news release.

Duluth man ready to sell his newly designed boats

Duluth man ready to sell his newly designed boats

DULUTH, Minn. — It’s what you can’t see that shows the boat making experience of Marcel LaFond. The owner of the Symphony Boat Co. has spent most of his life studying how boats are made — from actual design to business models. He’s been a careful observer and has learned what he doesn’t want to see in his designs.

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Avera to break ground on $16.5M building in Mitchell

MITCHELL, S.D. - Avera Queen of Peace is holding a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for its new 70,000-foot medical office building to be constructed along Interstate 90.

Number of oil trains moving through GF County disclosed

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The number of trains carrying more than 1 million gallons of Bakken crude oil passing through Grand Forks County averaged nearly four per day in mid-June, numbers released to the Herald show.

Study looks at spending habits of young adults

FARGO, N.D. – We all have our vices, guilty pleasures that can eat away at our pocketbooks.

GF area avoiding national teen job squeeze

GF area avoiding national teen job squeeze

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A car repair bay in Rydell Auto Service Center in Grand Forks is where 19-year-old Mitch Rogers has spent most of his time this summer.

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Mitchell City Council rejects Sunday off-sale liquor

MITCHELL, S.D. - The Mitchell City Council rejected a proposal to expand Sunday off-sale alcohol sales in the city.

2 land annexations possible in Dickinson

DICKINSON, N.D. - Already-growing Dickinson could be set to expand even more, if two new annexations are approved.

More home sellers choosing ‘for sale by owner’ route

More home sellers choosing ‘for sale by owner’ route

FARGO, N.D. - After launching a website, taking out a newspaper ad and submitting online posts in early July, the Borges thought they were ready to sell their home of 29 years on their own.

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Food fight builds as US regulators weigh 'added sugar' label

Food fight builds as US regulators weigh 'added sugar' label

NEW YORK - In Washington, a pivotal battle over sugar is heating up. One small corner of the wider culture war over public health and sweeteners, this fight isn't about how much sugar should be in your food, but how much you should know about it.

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Leighton Broadcasting breaks ground on new studio

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Leighton Broadcasting broke ground on a new radio facility Monday afternoon just south of Grand Forks.

ND universities to see $20 million for research

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Several North Dakota colleges will receive $20 million in federal funds to develop research centers.

Oil industry group study says Bakken, other light crude oils similar

BISMARCK – A final report on Bakken crude released Monday by the North Dakota Petroleum Council will be presented to the North Dakota Industrial Commission on Wednesday.

Grand Forks potato processing plant employees vote to strike after Simplot union rejects contract offer

Grand Forks potato processing plant employees vote to strike after Simplot union rejects contract offer

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - After a day-long union meeting, employees of J.R. Simplot went on strike, picketing outside the potato processing plant in Grand Forks at about 6 p.m. Monday.

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Commission unanimously approves controversial north Fargo housing development

Commission unanimously approves controversial north Fargo housing development

FARGO, N.D. – City leaders here put the final stamp of approval on a controversial northside housing development Monday night.

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ACMC clinics recognized for strides in patient disability access

WILLMAR, Minn. — In the waiting rooms at Willmar's Affiliated Community Medical Centers, patients have their choice of chairs to sit in. Some chairs have arms, others don’t. Some chairs are elevated, making it easier to stand up.

Minn. developer's plan for Worthington's Northland Mall.

Minn. developer's plan for Worthington's Northland Mall.

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — With the Worthington City Council’s decision last week to enter into negotiations with PBK Investments to potentially redevelop the Northland Mall site, many may be wondering who or what is PBK Investments — and if its vision for the property is too good to be true.

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Jackson considers expansion of airport

JACKSON, Minn. — The Jackson Municipal Airport may see a few changes within the next decade if the proposal from the Airport Committee comes to fruition.

Mitchell City Council to decide on Sunday off-sale liquor sales

MITCHELL, S.D. - The Mitchell City Council will decide tonight whether to expand Sunday off-sale liquor sales in the city.

SD habitat group drafting recommendations

SD habitat group drafting recommendations

MITCHELL, S.D. - Tim Kessler readily admits South Dakota's pheasant hunting is at a critical point in state history.

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Oilman's billion-dollar divorce debate starts in Okla.

NEW YORK — For years, Continental Resources, the largest oil driller in the booming Bakken Shale formation, touted the hard work of its CEO and founder, Oklahoma billionaire Harold Hamm, as “a driving force” behind the company’s success.

Dayton won’t let Minn. be ‘trampled’ by F-M diversion

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton and his administration will “do everything to ensure that Minnesota’s best interests are not trampled” by the proposed diversion project to protect Fargo-Moorhead from severe Red River floods, a spokesman said.

Responders have plan in case of oilfield-related explosion

Responders have plan in case of oilfield-related explosion

WILLISTON, N.D. - Federal health officials, the National Guard and a slew of local responders responded late last month to a roaring fire in boomtown Williston. The July 22 fire at oilfield chemical company Red River Supply caused flames up to 500 feet high.

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Dickinson developers seek tenants for retail centers

Dickinson developers seek tenants for retail centers

DICKINSON, N.D. - For about three years, Brian Hymel has split his time between Dickinson and Salt Lake City. His wife doesn’t really like it, and neither do his children. It’s tough to say goodbye to them every couple weeks when he returns to North Dakota for work, he said.

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MMR Group celebrates Williston grand opening

MMR Group celebrates Williston grand opening

WILLISTON, N.D. – MMR Constructors Inc., a world leader in electrical and instrumentation construction, maintenance, management and technical services, celebrated the grand opening of its Williston facility with a guest appreciation event on July 30.

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Buxton co-op ends year with $2.23 million

BUXTON, N.D. - Central Valley Bean Co-op of Buxton ended its financial year June 30 with roughly $2.23 million in earnings, the group said.

Pizza shop included in Grand Forks hotel plans

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Pizza shop will be included in the first floor of a planned Baymont Inn and Suites across from the Canad Inns at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

Minot airport gets $10.5M in federal money

MINOT, N.D. -- The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded nearly $10.5 million in grants to Minot International Airport, according to a news release.

UND’s Center for Innovation celebrates 30 years

UND’s Center for Innovation celebrates 30 years

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The hallways of the University of North Dakota’s Center for Innovation are lined with paintings and photographs.

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Foreign workers ease labor shortage for Minn. business

Foreign workers ease labor shortage for Minn. business

PERHAM, Minn. - Despite intense recruiting efforts through advertisements and at job fairs, KLN Family Brands just can’t find enough workers for its Perham factories.

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250-mile transmission line to Grand Forks completed

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The last wires for a 250-mile transmission line to Grand Forks were strung last week, marking the end of major construction on the massive project.

UND gets creative with UAS

UND gets creative with UAS

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Since federal regulations prevent University of North Dakota students from flying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) outdoors, the university has had to find creative ways for students studying UAS to practice.

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Grand Forks firms seek loan changes from city

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks city officials are discussing outstanding loans to two local manufacturers, one of which is at risk of becoming delinquent.

Wood grains in his veins

Wood grains in his veins

FARGO, N.D. - Nate Warren has been running The Woodchuck Furniture Restoration shop in north Fargo for just a few weeks, but he’s part of a family for whom woodworking has been a way of life.

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Galleria getting sushi restaurant, coffee bar

FARGO, N.D. - Two new businesses are heading for The Galleria on Veterans at 5675 26th Ave. South.

Medora, ND, sees big boost in tourism

MEDORA, N.D. – Business owners around the popular tourist destination of Medora say that after years of lagging tourism, they’re seeing a resurgence of interest in the jewel of the Badlands.

Fargo area lacking in associate degrees

FARGO, N.D. - With a booming economy and low unemployment, the Fargo area doesn’t lack much.

UMD professor will drill for ancient ice in Antarctica

UMD professor will drill for ancient ice in Antarctica

DULUTH, Minn. - Work in Antarctica planned by researchers –including a University of Minnesota Duluth professor – could lead to more accurate predictions of global warming and how damaging it might be.

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Lift towers rise on Detroit Mountain

Lift towers rise on Detroit Mountain

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Detroit Mountain is a whirlwind of activity as a new four-seasons park comes together.

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A boom in rental rates

A boom in rental rates

WILLISTON, N.D. – Phyllis Larson has a small sign hanging in her apartment kitchen. It reads, “Grow old with me, the best is yet to be.”

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Oil boom brings new focus on rail, pipeline safety

Oil boom brings new focus on rail, pipeline safety

WASHINGTON – The sharp increase in U.S. oil production and its promise of energy independence is coming with a disastrous byproduct: spills that threaten lives, communities and the environment.

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EGF serves Boardwalk with loan default notice

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - The city of East Grand Forks has served a notice of default to a business that hasn’t paid back a $510,000 city loan for more than a decade.

AE2S acquires Rapid City firm

AE2S (Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services Inc.) has announced that the staff of CETEC Engineering Services Inc. of Rapid City, S.D., a leading engineering firm in the region, has joined AE2S.

Court allows Minn. childcare union vote

ST. PAUL — A federal court Thursday said a vote to organize a union for some Minnesota home day care providers can be scheduled.

Mitchell 'punching above its weight' for innovation

Mitchell 'punching above its weight' for innovation

MITCHELL, S.D. - If you ask Robert Bell, Mitchell can compete with the big boys when it comes to innovation around the world.

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ND gets $200K for emergency preparedness

WASHINGTON — North Dakota’s Republican senator said Thursday that North Dakota communities will get almost $200,000 in funding for emergency preparedness, according to a release.

ND ranks No. 2 in business survival rates

BISMARCK — North Dakota ranks second in the nation for business survival rates, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Business Employment Dynamics data series.

KLJ, city hold public meeting on Dickinson development

KLJ, city hold public meeting on Dickinson development

DICKINSON, N.D. - Engineering firm KLJ and the city of Dickinson held the first of two public input meetings Thursday about the future of 6,100 acres west of the city.

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ND Ag Coalition joins opposition to Clean Water amendment

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Ag Coalition has voted unanimously to oppose the proposed Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment that would create a conservation fund using oil tax revenue

Honor the Earth brings Sandpiper pipeline protest to Brainerd

BRAINERD, Minn. - Honor the Earth, a group calling for rerouting Enbridge Energy’s proposed Sandpiper pipeline away from northern Minnesota, brought its outreach events to Brainerd on Thursday.

Polaris providing housing for workers in Minn.

Polaris providing housing for workers in Minn.

KARLSTAD, Minn. — Polaris Industries is buying a former group home in Karlstad about 45 miles away from its factory in Roseau, Minn.

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US energy secretary to tour ND sites

WASHINGTON – U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will tour Dakota Gasification in Beulah and oil and gas sites in Tioga while visiting North Dakota next week, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced Thursday.

Dollar store chain closing its last Moorhead store

Dollar store chain closing its last Moorhead store

MOORHEAD, Minn. - The last Loopy’s Dollar Store in Moorhead closed its doors for good this week.

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Some Minn. businesses feel pinch as minimum-wage increases take effect

Some Minn. businesses feel pinch as minimum-wage increases take effect

HAWLEY, Minn. – Tony’s SuperValu owner Tony Laddusaw said the minimum wage hike that takes effect Friday in Minnesota will have a big effect on his business here.

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Judge rules American Crystal executive must testify in lawsuit

Judge rules American Crystal executive must testify in lawsuit

FARGO, N.D. – A judge has ruled that the president of American Crystal Sugar must testify in a lawsuit involving a dispute between the sugar industry and the corn syrup industry.

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Hackers can tap USB devices in new attacks, researcher warns

BOSTON - USB devices such as keyboards, thumb-drives and mice can be used to hack into personal computers in a potential new class of attacks that evade all known security protections, a top computer researcher revealed on Thursday.

Rice Hospital takes steps to increase patient safety

Rice Hospital takes steps to increase patient safety

WILLMAR, Minn. — When someone on the pharmacy staff at Rice Memorial Hospital is verifying a physician order, making up an IV or engaged in some other critical task, a red stop sign taped to the counter sends a can’t-miss message to everyone: This person is involved in a no-talk task and shouldn’t be interrupted.

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DWU named 2014 Great College to Work by higher education survey

MITCHELL, S.D. - Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

ND's Stark County has second-most oil jobs

DICKINSON, N.D. - Stark County isn’t in the highest ranks of oil-producing counties, but it is for oil-related jobs.

Report: Almost 1 in 7 ND private sector jobs tied to oil, gas

Report: Almost 1 in 7 ND private sector jobs tied to oil, gas

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s thriving oil and gas industry accounts for nearly one in seven private-sector jobs covered by unemployment insurance, according to data that could have a big impact on how tax revenue flows to oil-impacted cities, counties and school districts.

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Menards files big plans for Williston store

WILLISTON, N.D. - Menards, the Wisconsin-based building supply store, has submitted big plans for a store that will anchor a Williston retail development.

Hess to form MLP for ND oil, gas transport assets

Hess Corp. said on Wednesday it would form a master limited partnership (MLP) for its North Dakota oil and natural gas storage facilities and processing plants, taking advantage of a key financial trend in the energy sector to generate cash.

ONEOK to add more natural gas processing in ND

BISMARCK – The largest processor of natural gas in North Dakota’s oil patch announced plans Wednesday to build another facility in the Williston Basin, which Gov. Jack Dalrymple said will help the state reach its goal of reducing natural gas flaring to 10 percent in six years.

US regulator questions Verizon plan to slow data speeds for some

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. telecommunications regulator said on Wednesday he is "deeply troubled" by Verizon Communications's plan to slow data downloads for some high-speed wireless customers remaining on the older unlimited data plans.

Building with history as a bar gets makeover

Building with history as a bar gets makeover

FARGO, N.D. - A building in south Fargo that has a history of transformations is going through yet another, but what will result from the latest metamorphosis remains to be seen.

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Minn. Chamber of Commerce names interim president

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce board of directors has named Bill Blazar interim president, according to a statement released Wednesday.

BNSF delays increasing speed through Devils Lake

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway is holding off on increasing the speed limit of trains passing through Devils Lake, according to Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

Minn. DFLers plan legislative response to Hobby Lobby ruling on birth control

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota DFLers unveiled plans Wednesday to introduce a bill that would require most employers’ insurance plans to pick up the tab for employees’ birth control.

1 Million Cups lets local entrepreneurs begin percolating their ideas

1 Million Cups lets local entrepreneurs begin percolating their ideas

FARGO, N.D. - The best ideas and relationships are often born over a cup of coffee.

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Southwest Minnesota State to offer bachelor’s in ag education

MARSHALL, Minn. — Southwest Minnesota State University will begin offering a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education in the 2015 spring semester in cooperation with area community colleges.

Minn.'s new construction zone fine takes effect Friday

Minn.'s new construction zone fine takes effect Friday

WILLMAR, Minn. — Motorists caught speeding through a work zone will face a $300 fine beginning Friday due to a new law passed during the 2014 Minnesota legislative session that aims to protect roadside workers in construction zones.

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Ag department tours west-central Minn., business expansions

Ag department tours west-central Minn., business expansions

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is touring the west-central part of the state to showcase business owners’ expansion achievements made possible by help from state grants.

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SD's Platte hospital wins national award

PLATTE, S.D. - Following the golden rule has earned a Platte medical facility in Platte, S.D., another gold medal.

Avera offers health plan options for state employees

MITCHELL, S.D. - Avera Medical Group announced Tuesday a plan to limit travel time for state employees seeking certain medical procedures after changes to the state's health plan that took effect earlier this month.

DSU holds first of 3 candidates forums for dean of students job

DICKINSON, N.D. - Dickinson State University held the first of three public forums in its search for a new vice president of student affairs on Tuesday.

NDUS seeks free online textbooks for students by partnering with U of M

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North Dakota University System students will get a break on textbook costs under a proposal from the system office.

Erosion exposes Enbridge oil pipelines near river in northwest Minn.

ST. PAUL - Like many streams in the Red River Valley, the Tamarac River twists and winds its way across the northwest Minnesota landscape.

Romos strives to overcome a few speed bumps in its shift from food truck to restaurant

Romos strives to overcome a few speed bumps in its shift from food truck to restaurant

FARGO, N.D. - Rodolfo Romo is beginning to wonder if he should have stayed in his food truck.

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Sanford unveils plans for new $494M Fargo medical center

Sanford unveils plans for new $494M Fargo medical center

FARGO, N.D. – Lots of light landing on porcelain tiles and wood-paneled walls will greet patients and visitors in the airy lobby of the new Sanford Medical Center.

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Scholarship from Adult Basic Education to get students on path to career in health care

WILLMAR, Minn. - Willmar’s Adult Basic Education program, Ridgewater College and Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services have received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to offer a free college class and certification program for up to 11 students who are interested in expanding their education at Ridgewater this fall.

US cattle herd smallest since 1973

The U.S. cattle herd on July 1 was the smallest it’s been since the federal government began issuing data in 1973, according to a new report released July 25.

Sources: U.S. condensate oil export requests put on hold for now

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department has put on hold at least two companies' requests for permission to sell lightly processed crude abroad, effectively stalling an industry push to export an expanding glut of oil amid the U.S. shale revolution, sources said.

Arctic Cat reports increased sales; lower earnings in early 2015

Arctic Cat, the maker of snowmobiles and ATVs with a plant in Thief River Falls, Minn., reported increased sales but lowered earnings for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

U.S. veterans deal to provide $17B to ease medical wait times

WASHINGTON - Leaders of the Veterans Affairs committees in the U.S. Congress said on Monday they had struck a rare compromise deal on legislation that provides about $17 billion in funding to ease long waiting times for VA medical centers.

Acme Tools requests reimbursement from GF for soil removal

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Acme Tools is requesting reimbursement from the city of Grand Forks after a layer of dirt found on land bought from the city caused unexpected costs for developing the land.

Mayo Clinic's high-tech mobile museum rolls through Grand Forks

Mayo Clinic's high-tech mobile museum rolls through Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - David Cockriel, an Altru Health System employee, waved his arms back and forth as a skeleton on an interactive screen mirrored his movements Monday at a traveling high-tech mobile museum from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

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Area’s estimated wheat yield highest in 23 years

Area’s estimated wheat yield highest in 23 years

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Chris Palmer bent over in the damp wheat field and quickly but carefully made his measurements. The cabbage-green plants surrounding him rustled in the cool early morning breeze.

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GFK plans to use passenger charge for equipment purchases, building construction

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Airline passengers may soon be helping the Grand Forks International Airport fund some improvements and equipment purchases.

BNSF to move forward with doubling train speeds in Devils Lake

BNSF to move forward with doubling train speeds in Devils Lake

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Ed Fischer isn’t surprised that Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway balked Monday at postponing Friday’s scheduled doubling of speeds — from 30 to 60 mph — of some freight trains traveling through town to consider local safety concerns.

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Essentia Health in Fargo acknowledges 'breach of patient information'

FARGO, N.D. – About 430 Essentia Health patients recently received notice of a “breach of patient information” resulting from a marketing firm’s involvement in promoting an education seminar for patients.

ND ranchers say mineral rights get too much emphasis

ND ranchers say mineral rights get too much emphasis

BELFIELD, N.D. - Byron Richard’s pickup bounces up and down over the washboard gravel road. He clutches the wheel with one hand and points with the other as he passes dozens of oil wells on land where once crops grew and cattle grazed. A few of the wells are decades old; most are new or under construction. Oil field vehicles of assorted shapes and sizes clog the road in places and kick up thick clouds of dust.

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Willmar approves permit for medical pot dispensary

WILLMAR, Minn. — The Willmar Planning Commission has approved a conditional use permit for retired veterinarian Dr. Marshall Brinton of Spicer to allow a medical marijuana production lab/dispensary at laboratory facilities he owns at 208 Lakeland Dr. S.E.

Businesses who work with WAM-BC continue to succeed

WILLMAR, Minn. — Using solid business practices, one-on-one relationships and cultural understanding has translated into growing success for the Willmar Area Multicultural Business Center in downtown Willmar.

Worthington mall may see big changes

Worthington mall may see big changes

WORTHINGTO, Minn. — It appears new life may be coming to the long-dormant Northland Mall site in Worthington.

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Acme's investment in its future

Acme's investment in its future

FARGO, N.D. - Acme Tools, a company that celebrated 65 years in business last year, has recently made some big investments in its future.

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Kraus-Anderson to open Bismarck office

BISMARCK, N.D. – To meet the demands of increased regional development and the energy boom from the Bakken oil fields in western North Dakota, Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. (KA) today announced that it will open an office in Bismarck, N.D.

Minn.'s MVTV continuing its regional growth

WORTHINGTON, MInn. - MVTV Wireless is a small, local wireless phone, Internet and television provider serving a large portion of southwest and central Minnesota — a combined area of more than 20,000 square miles — and well over 6,000 customers. To add to that, the company is always looking to expand.

Minn. lawmaker: Move Sandpiper line to the south

BRAINERD, Minn. — U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan voiced opposition Thursday to Enbridge Energy’s proposed Sandpiper pipeline route, which would cut across northern Minnesota.

NDSU research program seeks solutions for dust impacts in Bakken

FARGO - Clouds of dust carried by prairie winds can impact everything from soil to crops, animals, humans, and the environment.

Lawmakers to take a tour of oil patch

Lawmakers to take a tour of oil patch

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford says it’s time to shift the focus on why the oil patch is important to the entire state.

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Biofuel groups: Ethanol needs separate treatment in rail rules

WASHINGTON — The U.S. ethanol industry pushed back on Wednesday against what they called a “one size fits all” approach to proposed federal rules for shipping fuel by rail, saying regulators must distinguish between the often corn-based biofuel and crude oil.

Group canoes to protest against Enbridge pipeline

Group canoes to protest against Enbridge pipeline

BEMIDJI, Minn. — An environmental group took to the water Friday to protest a proposed oil pipeline in northern Minnesota.

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Teens spend summer starting an auto detailing business

Teens spend summer starting an auto detailing business

DICKINSON, N.D. - In the middle of a Dickinson industrial park is a renovated building, fully equipped with niceties and necessities, and above its door is a professionally designed sign for a new business that already has so much business the owners often work 12-hour days, they say.

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Railcar maker: 2-year timeline to retire older railcars is aggressive, but doable

Railcar maker: 2-year timeline to retire older railcars is aggressive, but doable

HOUSTON — A top U.S. railcar maker, The Greenbrier Companies Inc., said on Wednesday a two-year timeline to retire older railcars that carry dangerous flammable liquids, including North Dakota Bakken crude, is “aggressive” but can be done.

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Paid parental leave becoming less common

FARGO, N.D. — It can be difficult for moms to return to work after the birth of a child.

Dickinson planning development on 6,100 acres

DICKINSON, N.D. - City officials are getting ready to study how to use approximately 6,100 acres of land west of Dickinson.

Dickinson Park Board to consider golf course feasibility study

DICKINSON, N.D. - The Dickinson Park Board will begin considering the possibility for an 18-hole golf course to be built in the city at its next meeting in August.

Amazon outlook darkens in the face of rising competition

Amazon.com Inc.'s heavy investment in new content and technology to fight off deep-pocketed rivals is proving expensive and analysts fear this will hurt operating earnings for some time.

Concerts mean big money for Fargodome

FARGO, N.D. – A stellar concert season so far this year has led to big profits for the Fargodome.

ND economic growth brings more deposits, diversification away from ag

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - It’s no secret that North Dakota has been experiencing rapid growth since the Bakken oil boom began about eight years ago.

With low jobless rate in ND, businesses say there aren’t enough vets to hire

With low jobless rate in ND, businesses say there aren’t enough vets to hire

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Bob Mullen is looking for a few good veterans.

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Upgrades for Grand Forks’ S. Columbia Road

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The city of Grand Forks is planning to upgrade a section of South Columbia Road that city staff doesn’t have enough capacity to serve the growing south end.

Sorlie Bridge, Demers Ave. to see construction in 2017

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Part of DeMers Avenue could be reconstructed in 2017, along with possibly raising the Sorlie Bridge, according to a report being presented to Grand Forks City Council members Tuesday.

Newspaper says GFAFB is 6th best in US

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks Air Force Base is the sixth best base for airmen, according to the Air Force Times newspaper.

So-called ‘microbreaks’ good if kept in check, experts say

FARGO, N.D. - Texting with a friend, playing a quick game of Candy Crush or checking Facebook. Many employers see personal smartphones as a temptation and distraction in the workplace.

Uncorked moving to south Fargo location

FARGO, N.D. - Uncorked, a do-it-yourself winery in downtown Fargo, is moving from its home at 12 Broadway to a new location at 1700 32nd Ave. South.

Alerus Center projects higher profits than Fargodome

Alerus Center projects higher profits than Fargodome

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Projected 2014 profits for the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D., are well over what the staff expected, and they’re higher than the expected profit at the Fargodome in Fargo.

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Software firm sees bright future in Barnesville

BARNESVILLE, Minn. - For now, a trio of rented downtown apartments forms the company headquarters for Stoneridge Software.

Canadian Pacific Railway under pressure for 2013 delays

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – With pressure already on Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to put a stop to delays of grain shipments in North Dakota, attention now shifts to Canadian Pacific Railway.

Oil boom causes high prices, housing shortage in Stanley, ND

Oil boom causes high prices, housing shortage in Stanley, ND

STANLEY, N.D. — For Dorothy Lantto, the price is finally right. Lantto, 69, of Stanley sat watching “The Price is Right,” a popular TV game show, in her new income-based one-bedroom apartment here at Southside Apartments, which is where she has been since May 1 thanks to the help of Mountrail County Social Services.

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NDSU buildings need major work

NDSU buildings need major work

FARGO, N.D. – When Jane Schuh was a graduate student at North Dakota State University in Fargo in the 1990s, she sometimes had to stop her research because the power had failed in her building.

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Group to protest Sandpiper oil pipeline Friday in Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Environmentalist group Honor the Earth will hold a canoe rally Friday in Bemidji against the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline.

TargetExpress store in Dinkytown tests appeal of sparser urban sites

TargetExpress store in Dinkytown tests appeal of sparser urban sites

MINNEAPOLIS – University of Minnesota senior Kendal Shell lives in the urban heart of Dinkytown, but when it’s time for a big grocery run, he and his girlfriend have been trekking to the suburbs.

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Devils Lake VA clinic sets opening date

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - The long-awaited Devils Lake veterans clinic will open Aug. 19 at Mercy Hospital.

F-M Diversion Authority group wants judge to order landowners to grant access

FARGO, N.D. – One of the many governmental entities represented on the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority is asking a Cass County judge to order some landowners in the county to give them access to their land for surveying purposes.

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Daktronics to upgrade Xcel Energy Center tech

Brookings, S.D.-based Daktronics has partnered with the Minnesota Wild to upgrade the technology at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.

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TALK OF THE TOWN: Booming all by itself

Sioux Falls experiences boomtown feel without energy production

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ENERGY: Pushing for more pipe

Pipeline projects pile up as Bakken crude, gas production increases

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HIGHER EDUCATION: Elevating entrepreneurship

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Education a vital economic development partner

One of the reasons for the consistent growth of the Sioux Falls, S.D., regional economy, population base and business community has always been our effective partnerships.

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TOURISM: Outdoor recreation still plentiful in western North Dakota

Did you know there is more to western North Dakota than oil, gas, trucks, pipelines and booked-up hotels?

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Reshaping the “workplace”

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RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY: Incubator programs help entrepreneurs launch, grow

Over the past decade, the South Dakota communities of Sioux Falls, Brookings and Rapid City have developed business incubators to assist entrepreneurs in successfully launching and growing their businesses.

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BUSINESS ADVICE: Value of growth

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Lake Region Healthcare adds exercise tips to walking trail

Fergus Falls, Minn.-based Lake Region Healthcare recently opened a Be Fit Circuit on the Lake Alice walking path as part of its commitment to community wellness.

GrandStay Hotel to be built in Valley City

GrandStay Hospitality LLC recently signed a franchise agreement with VC Lodging LLC, a group of Valley City, N.D., residents, to develop a hotel in Valley City.

Fargo firm attracts $500M acquisition deal

Fargo-based Evolution1, a cloud-based technology and payment solutions provider for the health care industry, has agreed to be acquired by WEX Inc. for $532.5 million in cash.

NRHA names top 20 US critical access hospitals

The National Rural Health Association recently announced the top 20 critical access hospitals in the U.S., as determined by iVantage Health Analytics.

Arvig Enterprises expands again

In May, Perham, Minn.-based telecommunications provider Arvig Enterprises announced its intent to purchase the operations of the St. Olaf Telecom in Northfield, Minn., from St. Olaf College.

Cornerstone bank announces merger

Cornerstone Holding Co., a banking group with offices in Fargo and Grand Forks, N.D., has agreed to merge with New Town, N.D.-based Lakeside Bank Holding Co., effective in late 2014.

Eide Bailly acquires Colorado firm

Eide Bailly has acquired Fort Collins, Colo.-based Sample & Bailey CPAs, bringing the firm's number of employees to 1,449, including 211 partners.

VCSU Science Center earns LEED certification

VCSU Science Center earns LEED certification

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification to the L.D. Rhoades Science Center at Valley City (N.D.) State University.

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Kraus-Anderson, JLG win Watford City high school, event center project

Kraus-Anderson, JLG win Watford City high school, event center project

Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. will build a new district high school and adjoining event and recreation center in Watford City, N.D.

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United adds Williston-Houston flight

United adds Williston-Houston flight

United Airlines will begin offering United Express service from Williston, N.D., to Houston beginning Aug.

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Stanley Consultants selected for NDDOT signage project

Global consulting engineering firm Stanley Consultants has been selected by the North Dakota Department of Transportation to assess the condition of all regulatory and warning signs in the Bismarck District that are older than 10 years to determine if replacement is necessary.

Book offers tips to encourage entrepreneurialism

A book recently released by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship in Lincoln, Neb., offers tools and resources to help economic developers encourage entrepreneurial growth in their communities.

SDSMT reports 98 percent placement

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s Career and Professional Development Center has found that the average starting salary for its 2012-’13 graduates was just over $62,000, with a 98 percent placement rate.

BCBSND, Flint receive PR award

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and Flint Communications received a Silver Anvil award from the Public Relations Society of America during an awards ceremony held June 12 in New York City.

Avera announces building plan for Mitchell

Avera Health and Avera Queen of Peace Hospital announced in June plans to build a three-story medical office building in Mitchell, S.D., with expectations of also building a new hosptital and related facilities on the 30-acre property in the future.

Center for Innovation offers federal grant workshop

The University of North Dakota Center for Innovation has received a $90,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to encourage more North Dakota businesses to participate in the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The center will host a workshop Aug. 13 to explain the programs and provide advice on grant writing. For more information, email tyler@innovators.net.

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