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ENERGY: SD to fuel state fleet with higher ethanol blend

ENERGY: SD to fuel state fleet with higher ethanol blend

Ethanol maker says state use of E15 demonstrates commitment to industry...

TALK OF THE TOWN: Coming into its own

TALK OF THE TOWN: Coming into its own

West Fargo expects to continue rapid growth for foreseeable future...

ARCHITECTURE/ENGINEERING: Making a difference

ARCHITECTURE/ENGINEERING: Making a difference

Why 3D printing is growing in popularity among region’s architects, engineers ...

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Company builds housing, funds daycare to keep workers

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Company builds housing, funds daycare to keep workers

Proactive approach to shortages pays off for western ND manufacturer ...

DAIRY: Got Milk?

DAIRY: Got Milk?

SD calls for more dairy producers to support growing industry ...

Amazon's revenue increases even as spending climbs

Amazon's revenue increases even as spending climbs

SAN FRANCISCO - Amazon.com Inc.'s revenue grew more than expected for the first quarter, offset by a sharp increase in spending on technology, content and new warehouses as the e-commerce giant branches into new businesses.

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Microsoft beats Wall Street profit estimate

Microsoft beats Wall Street profit estimate

SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday fiscal third-quarter profit fell slightly as sales of personal computers continued to slide, hurting its consumer business, but it still managed to beat Wall Street's pessimistic forecasts.

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Verizon vows to avoid mass discounts as profit misses expectations

NEW YORK - Verizon Communications Inc. said it will try to avoid following rivals into the practice of winning more customers through discounts, as the company's quarterly profit fell short of Wall Street expectations on Thursday.

Minn. panel votes to ban online lottery sales

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota State Lottery's Internet ticket sales either are the wave of the future or will devastate families, a state House committee heard Thursday before approving a bill to ban the practice.

Feds amend insurance case against ND potato growers

FARGO, N.D. — Federal prosecutors have increased allegations against farming brothers from Northwood, N.D., saying they added chemicals to potato seeds to cut production in a crop insurance fraud case, taking $2 million from fraudulent insurance claims since 2002 as well as federal disaster funds.

Fake bills are down, but Dickinson merchants warned to stay alert

Fake bills are down, but Dickinson merchants warned to stay alert

DICKINSON, N.D. - Counterfeit bills in the Dickinson area are down from a spike earlier this year, but they’re far from out, say authorities.

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Study outlines ag business opportunities in SD county

MITCHELL, S.D. - The rural, outlying areas of Davison County, S.D., would be some of the best choices for an animal feeding operation or an industrial ag business, according to a recent state-funded study.

Buffett: Moving oil by rail safely a major concern

Buffett: Moving oil by rail safely a major concern

NEW YORK — Warren Buffett, chairman of conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, said on Wednesday that safety is a major priority for the rail industry, after a recent spate of accidents raised concerns about how to transport oil safely.

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Company rescinds application for well near TRNP

BISMARCK -- An oilfield company has removed its application to drill a well near Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Work on $350M power line project in ND to resume

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Construction on Minnkota Power Cooperative’s transmission line between Center and Grand Forks in North Dakota is expected to resume next week, according to a news release.

ND tribes collect $184M in oil tax revenue

ND tribes collect $184M in oil tax revenue

NEW TOWN, N.D. – In less than one year, the Three Affiliated Tribes have collected $184 million in oil tax revenue, nearly equal to the amount collected during the entire 2011-13 biennium.

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Nearly 50 ND townships awarded $5M in energy impact grants

BISMARCK – Nearly 50 townships in North Dakota will receive a total of $5 million in grants to fix damaged roads and address other impacts of oil and gas activity.

Sephora to open in Grand Forks

Sephora to open in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The nationally popular beauty store Sephora will open May 2 at J.C. Penney in the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks.

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Juice It juice bar to open in Fargo and other biz news

FARGO, N.D. – A juice bar called Juice It is setting up shop in the Western Center, 4302 13th Ave. South.

$50M rail transloading facility proposed for western ND

RICHARDTON, N.D. – A $50 million rail terminal has been proposed for about a half-mile east of Richardton in southwest North Dakota.

Fargo close to solving pub license headache

Fargo close to solving pub license headache

FARGO, N.D. – Fargo city officials edged closer to solving a vexing problem started last summer, when they approved a new south Fargo Irish pub without requiring it to have its own liquor license.

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Stained Glass Workshop to get new frame

Stained Glass Workshop to get new frame

FARGO, N.D. - Paul Anderson is transparent about his plans for his stained glass business in south Fargo. N.D.

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Canada phasing out old rail cars, which could mean more for US

OTTAWA – Canada will require that the use of older rail cars for carrying crude oil be phased out within three years, even though the United States has yet to make such a rule change.

Study: Fargo Internet 30 percent slower than advertised

FARGO, N.D. – New data shows that residential Internet customers here might not be getting all the downloading horsepower they’re paying for.

MSUM's new president eager to take university to ‘next level of greatness’

MSUM's new president eager to take university to ‘next level of greatness’

MOORHEAD, Minn. – As the newly named president of Minnesota State University Moorhead, Anne Blackhurst says she will work tirelessly to help create a culture of passion and pride in MSUM.

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UPDATED: Regulators OKs power line crossing ND battlefield area

UPDATED: Regulators OKs power line crossing ND battlefield area

BISMARCK – State regulators granted a permit Wednesday for a high-voltage power line that will cross the area of an 1864 battle between American Indians and Army soldiers in western North Dakota.

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UPDATED: ND legislative staff say REAC loan can't be voided

UPDATED: ND legislative staff say REAC loan can't be voided

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North Dakota legislators learned Wednesday there is probably not much they can do about their concerns about the University of North Dakota’s controversial purchase of a struggling research facility.

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EPA cuts 2013 target for cellulosic biofuels

EPA cuts 2013 target for cellulosic biofuels

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency slashed its target for 2013 use of cellulosic biofuels to less than a million gallons on Tuesday after the industry failed to meet goals for production of the fuel last year.

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Valuation of F-M building permits sets record at $93.6M

Valuation of F-M building permits sets record at $93.6M

FARGO, N.D. – The total value of all building permits issued in the Fargo-Moorhead area in the first three months of the year set a first-quarter record at about $93.6 million, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead.

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Blackhurst named as next MSUM president

Blackhurst named as next MSUM president

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees this morning approved Anne Blackhurst as the next president of Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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Montevideo ponders relative values of history and rail business

Montevideo ponders relative values of history and rail business

MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — History and economic development collided in Montevideo over a rail yard, but City Council members still hold hope of avoiding an absolute wreck.

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Olivia, Minn., hospital aims to lead the way in rural health care

Olivia, Minn., hospital aims to lead the way in rural health care

OLIVIA, Minn. — Well before 330 people joined under a warming sun Tuesday afternoon in a cornfield on the east edge of Olivia, the difference a new facility makes was already known.

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Minn.'s Murray County Medical Center’s interim CEO gives hospital update

SLAYTON, Minn. — Murray County Medical Center Interim CEO John Osse gave his initial presentation to the MCMC Hospital board during its Tuesday meeting at the Murray County Government Center.

Minn. residents' petition calls for 2-year frac sand ban

Minn. residents' petition calls for 2-year frac sand ban

RED WING, Minn. — A group of Minnesota residents drove to the state Capitol Tuesday to deliver a petition calling for a ban on silica sand mining in southeast Minnesota, but Gov. Mark Dayton said he wouldn’t act without the Legislature.

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Income falls, expenses rise on SD farms in ’13

MITCHELL, S.D. - An average farm in South Dakota experienced an increase in costs and a decrease in income by about 40 percent in 2013, according to data from Mitchell Technical Institute’s South Dakota Center for Farm/Ranch Management.

Mitchell's Avera Brady Health and Rehab unveils $3.2M addition

Mitchell's Avera Brady Health and Rehab unveils $3.2M addition

MITCHELL, S.D. - After nearly a year-and-a-half of work, Avera Brady Health and Rehab unveiled Tuesday the results of a $3.2 million project to renovate and add to the facility.

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Broadband expansion pushed by Minn. DFLers

Broadband expansion pushed by Minn. DFLers

ST. PAUL - Minnesota needs to make a substantial investment in broadband Internet infrastructure if students and businesses in rural areas are going to compete with the rest of the nation, DFL lawmakers said Tuesday.

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Online games called 'lottery gone wild' by Minn. lawmakers

ST. PAUL - Minnesota's online gambling initiative ran into stiff resistance at the Capitol on Tuesday, as lawmakers grilled state lottery officials about the Internet games.

Company behind ND radioactive waste facility has rocky history

Company behind ND radioactive waste facility has rocky history

KILLDEER, N.D. -- The operators behind a Killdeer radioactive waste handling facility recently shut down by the state has a rocky history. But that’s not something the Health Department would catch in the permitting process.

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Ralph Engelstad Arena project gets underway

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – As soon as the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team left for the NCAA Frozen Four in Philadelphia, Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks started changing.

New smoothie shop set to open doors in Fargo

New smoothie shop set to open doors in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - A new smoothie shop called Tropical Smoothie Café will open Monday at 2424 13th Ave. South.

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Minn. medical marijuana backers say physicians support idea

ST. PAUL – Supporters of legislation to legalize medical marijuana say that dozens of physicians in Minnesota support their cause.

ND panel takes input on measures to reduce natural gas flaring

ND panel takes input on measures to reduce natural gas flaring

BISMARCK – As a doctor who majored in chemistry, Lyle Best said he can’t help but wonder about the potential health effects of the plumes of flame and large clouds of black smoke that frequently belch from two oil well flares about 200 yards upwind of his house near Watford City.

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Former oil trucker leading Bakken tour

Former oil trucker leading Bakken tour

WILLISTON, N.D. – Eastern North Dakota residents who want to see firsthand what’s happening in the Bakken can now take a tour guided by a former oil truck driver.

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Study: Edgewood housing proposal would have negligible effect on traffic

Study: Edgewood housing proposal would have negligible effect on traffic

FARGO, N.D. – A controversial 60-home development proposed on the old Cardinal Muench Seminary property would have a “negligible” effect on traffic in the north Fargo neighborhood, according to a study released Tuesday.

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IRRRB approves financing for $105M biochemical project in NE Minn.

VIRGINIA, Minn. - A Twin Cities biochemical company promising to turn trees from Minnesota forests into valuable chemicals will get $28.2 million in public financing after action Tuesday by the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.

Hotel opening marks end of 3rd phase of reconstruction

WILLMAR, Minn. — The opening earlier this month of the new Best Western Plus in Willmar marked completion of the third phase of a multimillion-dollar major reconstruction project undertaken by TPI Hospitality.

Worthington Water and Light Commission talks solar power

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — In a lengthy discussion during its regular meeting Monday afternoon, the Worthington Public Utilities Water and Light Commission decided to explore options for solar power.

Netflix plans price raise as streaming subscribers grow

Netflix plans price raise as streaming subscribers grow

Video streaming service Netflix Inc. said it intends to raise its subscription price for new customers by $1 or $2 a month to help the company buy more movies and TV shows and improve service for its 48 million global subscribers.

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Business at appliance repair shops has changed

Business at appliance repair shops has changed

WEST FARGO, N.D. - Almost 30 years in the business of appliance sales and repair gives Bud Kerbaugh a unique perspective.

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Groundbreaking today for $24M RC Hospital and Clinics in Olivia

OLIVIA, Minn. — The RC Hospital and Clinics will host a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. today to mark the start of construction on a new hospital and health care facility on Olivia’s eastern edge.

$3M fertilizer facility in SD gets up to speed

$3M fertilizer facility in SD gets up to speed

CORSICA, S.D. -- The new fertilizer facility will bring the Farmers Alliance location in Corsica up to speed, in more ways than one.

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Red Top Recovery growing thanks to western ND’s boom

Red Top Recovery growing thanks to western ND’s boom

DICKINSON, N.D. - It was Jan. 28, and on the ice of Lake Sakakawea more than a half-mile from shore, when it seemed to be about as cold as North Dakota can get.

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ND income tax collections on track for big increase

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North another quarter to go before the end of the fiscal year, the state of North Dakota is again seeing a big increase in income tax revenue, the state Office of Management and Budget reported.

Western ND airports make pitch for help to FAA

Western ND airports make pitch for help to FAA

WILLISTON, N.D. – Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta didn’t bring his checkbook to western North Dakota on Monday, but he pledged to partner with the state to address the challenges of rapid growth.

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Grand Forks company gets loan for expansion

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks city council members approved a loan request for an expanding business Monday night.

New Bank of ND program lets residents consolidate student loans

BISMARCK – The Bank of North Dakota has a new DEAL for state residents struggling with student loan debt.

UPDATED: ND UAS test site will be first in US to start operations

UPDATED: ND UAS test site will be first in US to start operations

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North Dakota's unmanned aircraft system test site will begin operation next month, the governor's office and the Federal Aviation Administration said this morning.

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UPDATED: Bank of ND posts $94M profit for 10th-straight record year

BISMARCK – The Bank of North Dakota posted its 10th consecutive year of record profits in 2013 and will likely surpass $100 million in earnings this year, bank President Eric Hardmeyer said Monday.

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US sugar battle threatens power merchants' sweet spot

NEW YORK - In 2006, Ryan Efurd spotted a sweet opportunity on the horizon.

New taxes have benefited outstate Minn., think tank says

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Minnesota’s DFL-controlled Legislature raised income taxes last year on the top 2 percent of earners and levied a 75-cent-per-pack cigarette tax.

Schlumberger, Baker Hughes results point to improvement

Schlumberger, Baker Hughes results point to improvement

Oilfield services companies Schlumberger and Baker Hughes reported better-than-expected quarterly profits and signaled an improvement in the North American market, driven by increased drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

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BSC supplying stream of educated energy workers

BSC supplying stream of educated energy workers

BISMARCK - They say anyone can find a job in the Bakken oilfield in North Dakota. But there are some jobs only trained workers can do.

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Minimum wage hike worries some Minn. business owners

Minimum wage hike worries some Minn. business owners

ST. PAUL - When Angie Decker and her business partner started a new enterprise three years ago, they knew their labor costs would grow over time as they hired more staff. Right now their current staff seems about right and things seem financially stable.

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GF stores enter e-cig biz and other news

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Regulations, risks debated, but seller calls them safe way to quit tobacco A store selling electronic cigarettes opened in Grand Forks last week, as a federal agency works on regulating the product and a debate over its safety swirls.

Technology Applications seeking Pace loan from GF to expand

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Grand Forks Growth Fund Committee will hold a public hearing Monday night for a company’s loan request.

NDUS survey to focus on student debt

NDUS survey to focus on student debt

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North Dakota University System officials are trying to understand how student debt got so out of hand and what they can do to fix it.

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To keep the last café open, city of Goodridge runs it

To keep the last café open, city of Goodridge runs it

GOODRIDGE, Minn. — This past February, Shannon Moen added restaurant management to her list of duties as the city clerk here.

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Ada manufacturer carves out niche in chainmaille jewelry supply

Ada manufacturer carves out niche in chainmaille jewelry supply

ADA, Minn. - Chainmaille starts with a ring. Weaved together, the small metal loops can create intricate jewelry, durable armor and even contemporary home décor.

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Hard Charge commissioner takes on unique tasks

 Hard Charge commissioner takes on unique tasks

FARGO, N.D. - Brent Wolf is not afraid to get dirty. As a matter of fact, some days it is part of his job.

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Woman pursues a dream with Amenia shop

Woman pursues a dream with Amenia shop

ANENIA, N.D. -- Angela Kolden never intended to return to live in her hometown. She certainly did not expect to open a business there, but she is happy her life has come full circle in the town eight miles north of Casselton, N.D.

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Mom-and-pop store aims to continue with small-town feel

Mom-and-pop store aims to continue with small-town feel

ALEXANDER, N.D. – Life can get hectic in the oil patch, but the town of Alexander has a new business where folks can slow down.

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FAA administrator coming to ND

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Federal Aviation Administration is coming to North Dakota, the state’s senators announced Thursday.

Comment period for Keystone XL extended

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. State Department announced on Friday it is extending the government comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline, a move that likely postpones a final decision on the controversial project until after the Nov. 4 mid-term elections.

Bluegrass Proteins acquires Minn., dairy plant; hiring workers

DAWSON, Minn. — A “help wanted” sign has replaced the “for sale” sign on the former American Milk Producers Inc. facility in Dawson.

Dickinson businesses compete for potential employees

Dickinson businesses compete for potential employees

DICKINSON, N.D. - Help wanted signs have become almost as ubiquitous as pickup trucks and oil rigs in booming Dickinson, with everyone from Menards to McDonald’s looking to hire. But while the demand is there, supply has yet to catch up.

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NCTC receives FAA approval for SUAS flights in Roseau County

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.- Northland Community & Technical College announced at the Northland UAS Summit that they have been given a certificate of authorization (COA) from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly small-unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) over agricultural areas in Roseau County Minn

Firm settles on power line route in NW Minn.

Firm settles on power line route in NW Minn.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Minnesota Power said Wednesday that it has applied for permits to build power lines on one of two routes through Roseau and Lake of the Woods counties.

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Businesses see blossoming demand for spring cleaning

Businesses see blossoming demand for spring cleaning

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Gina Diamanti crouched in front of a bathroom sink Wednesday, disabling a faucet knob with a screwdriver to clean it as Katie Glidwell watched on.

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Bemidji State students thrive in worldwide business simulation

Bemidji State students thrive in worldwide business simulation

BEMIDJI, Minn.-- Three of Minnesota's Bemidji State University students learn today whether they remain at the top of an international competition that simulates the operation of a shoe business.

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New pump stations planned for Minn. pipeline

Minnesota Pipe Line Co. plans to build new pump stations in Minnesota along its newest pipeline, which is part of a system delivering crude oil to Minnesota refineries.

Last segment of Minn.'s Paul Bunyan State Trail to be completed in July

BRAINERD, Minn. -- Terry McGaughey’s dream is nearly complete. The Paul Bunyan State Trail founder had a vision for a bicycle and pedestrian trail stretching through lake country using former railroad beds in a new way.

UPDATED: ND radioactive oilfield waste handler shut down

SMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health has ordered a company that handles radioactive oilfield waste to shut down its facility near Killdeer after state inspectors found several violations there earlier this month.

Former ND senator in GF for development meeting

Former ND senator in GF for development meeting

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Byron Dorgan enjoyed his time in Congress, but is staying busy in his time away from the institution as well.

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New manager sees potential at Moorhead Center Mall

MOORHEAD Minn. - Melissa Rademacher loves a challenge. She describes herself as someone who hits the ground running when given a new project.

Integrity adding to expanding workforce

Integrity adding to expanding workforce

WEST FARGO, N.D. - As the housing market rebounds, doors are opening at a local fiberglass window and door manufacturer.

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ND insurance commissioner meets with Obama about health care reform

ND insurance commissioner meets with Obama about health care reform

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm was among state regulators who met Thursday with President Barack Obama and his top advisers about their shared roles in implementing health reform.

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Minn. launches new ad campaign to lure tourists

Minn. launches new ad campaign to lure tourists

ST. PAUL – “Only in Minnesota” doesn’t refer just to snow in mid-April.

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American Indian environmentalists battle Sandpiper pipeline

American Indian environmentalists battle Sandpiper pipeline

ST. PAUL – An American Indian environmental group led by nationally known Winona LaDuke is fighting a northern Minnesota oil pipeline.

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Fargo may not need to bring Black Building owners to court

Fargo may not need to bring Black Building owners to court

FARGO, N.D. – A city prosecutor says going to court with owners of the historic downtown Black Building can be avoided, now that an owner is cooperating to take care of alleged boiler problems in the 84-year-old building.

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Twin Metals finalizes plans for huge underground mine in Minn.

ELY, Minn. -- For the past several months the debate over mining in Minnesota has focused on PolyMet Mining's proposed copper-nickel mine, which is winding its way through the environmental review process.

Wal-Mart takes on Western Union with store-to-store money transfers

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said on Thursday it was launching a new domestic money transfer service called "Walmart-2-Walmart" in partnership with Euronet Worldwide Inc. subsidiary Ria Money Transfer, competing directly with Western Union Co.

US in settlement with Lowe's over lead paint exposure

WASHINGTON - Home improvement retail chain Lowe's Home Centers has agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty for violating rules governing lead paint exposure, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice said on Thursday.

Prairie Business May preview

Editor Kris Bevill previews the May issue of Prairie Business magazine.

Alliant Energy, SMEC file for approval of sale

ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Alliant Energy’s Minnesota utility and Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative filed a joint application this week with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission seeking approval of the sale of Alliant Energy’s electric distribution business to SMEC. SMEC consists of a group of 12 electric cooperatives serving southern Minnesota.

Solar panel project in the works in Farmington, Minn.

FARMINGTON, Minn. — A Farmington intersection may soon look different if a proposed project is approved next week by the City Council.

Proposed rezoning put on hold for Dickinson housing development

DICKINSON, N.D. - A proposed multiunit housing development met opposition from neighbors Wednesday, despite arguments that the new homes would provide much-needed affordable housing to Dickinson.

Bank of America's financial crisis costs become a recurring nightmare

Bank of America's financial crisis costs become a recurring nightmare

Bank of America Corp.'s financial crisis hangover is lasting longer than expected, leading some investors to wonder if the massive litigation expenses being incurred have become a recurring cost of doing business instead of being dismissed as one-time items.

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Obama announces $600M US job-training initiative

Obama announces $600M US job-training initiative

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced an initiative to devote $600 million to address a central challenge of today's economy: How to train workers for skills they need for jobs that are open but hard to fill.

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MNsure paying firm $4.95M for help fixing website

MNsure paying firm $4.95M for help fixing website

ST. PAUL -- For help figuring out how to fix its troubled website, MNsure is paying $4.95 million to a New York firm that’s successfully created health insurance exchanges in four other states.

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Titan Machinery closes 8 stores

WEST FARGO, N.D. – Titan Machinery has closed eight of its construction stores and is eliminating 128 positions, including seven at its headquarters in West Fargo.

Breaking the code at Costco, other superstores

NEW YORK - As superstore pricing mysteries go, it's not the equivalent of "The Da Vinci Code," but there's still something deliciously elusive about the so-called "Costco Code" that has set the tongues of shopping mavens wagging for the past several months.

Holiday Inn Express going up near Home Depot in Fargo

Holiday Inn Express going up near Home Depot in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - For anyone driving near the Home Depot store in south Fargo, it’s hard to miss the large structure going up next door.

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Dalrymple: ND to fight proposed EPA emission rules

Dalrymple: ND to fight proposed EPA emission rules

BISMARCK – North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple vowed Wednesday to use “every tool available,” including potential legal action, to fight the federal government’s proposed tightening of emission standards for power plants and petroleum refineries.

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Cambria hotel, conference center opens in West Fargo

Cambria hotel, conference center opens in West Fargo

WEST FARGO, N.D. - When the Cambria Suites and Convention Center opens Thursday, it is slated to be not just a destination for metro visitors but a meeting place for neighbors and West Fargoans, as well.

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NDSU Executive Education offers session for managers

FARGO - Distance and Continuing Education’s Executive Education program at North Dakota State University is offering “Managing Performance for Maximum Results” on Tuesday, April 29th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Fargo.

US appeals court upholds hazardous air pollution rule

WASHINGTON — In a victory for the Obama administration, a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a regulation that would limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants, starting next year.

Federal board orders fertilizer delivery plans

A federal regulatory agency on Tuesday ordered two major railroads to report their plans to ensure fertilizer shipments for spring planting.

ND Governor ‘coming closer’ to special session decision

ND Governor ‘coming closer’ to special session decision

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Tuesday he hadn’t made a decision on whether to call a special session to address infrastructure needs in western North Dakota.

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Bismarck summit to focus on response to EPA emission rules

BISMARCK – Officials from more than 20 states, the energy industry and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have descended on Bismarck to see if they can reach consensus on how to respond to proposed federal rules to curb emissions from power plants and petroleum refineries.

Schramm invention aims to modernize fracking

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — The backbreaking life of a roughneck, the iconic worker bees of oil field drilling rigs, is getting a little easier.

Kandiyohi County supports 2 major economic development projects

WILLMAR, Minn. – The Kandiyohi County (Minn.) Commissioners have thrown their financial support behind two major economic development projects in Willmar, including one that could end up pulling money away from planned county road projects.

SD headache center has new technology to help people suffering from chronic headaches

SD headache center has new technology  to help people suffering from chronic headaches

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - You might say all it took is vision. After years of research, new technology developed by a Mitchell optometrist is now being put to use, helping people who suffer from chronic headaches.

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Wanted: Ideas to overcome state-wide worker shortage

Wanted: Ideas to overcome state-wide worker shortage

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The numbers can be daunting. North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 2.6 percent. There were 23,000 online job openings in March, according to the Job Service North Dakota, and only 11,000 active resumes.

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Franken talks rail delays, sugar imports in East Grand Forks

Franken talks rail delays, sugar imports in East Grand Forks

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said Tuesday in East Grand Forks that he’ll do what he can to help Red River Valley sugar beet growers hurt by slow rail service and imports of subsidized Mexican sugar.

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UAS taking flight in Minn.

UAS taking flight in Minn.

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Though North Dakota and five other states edged Minnesota out of the running for an unmanned aerial systems (UAS) test site last year, there doesn’t seem to be any hard feelings.

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Nadella pushes data culture at Microsoft

SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft Corp. needs a "data culture" to thrive in the new computing environment, according to Chief Executive Satya Nadella, in his third public appearance in three weeks putting his imprint on the software company.

Your Money: For some, changes in frequent flyer miles the last straw

For business flyers like Adam Kubryk, who is on the road about 200 days a year, one of the perks of flying often and using the same airline regularly is getting upgraded from coach to business class when a seat is available.

Furniture-rental Aaron's snubs takeover offer

Aaron's Inc., a rent-to-own furniture and electronics retailer, rejected a $2.3 billion takeover offer from a major shareholder and instead bought a web-based retail credit financing firm for about $700 million to provide customers with easier payment terms.

Hotel growth reflects tourism boom

Hotel growth reflects tourism boom

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota added 2,472 new hotel rooms last year. That was through 28 new properties across 15 cities.

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Offices trend toward smaller workspaces

Offices trend toward smaller workspaces

Fargo, N.D. - As the way we work changes, so have our work spaces.

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ND workers' comp agency sues software firm

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s workers’ compensation agency is suing a software vendor, claiming the firm failed to deliver on a software project that cost about $17 million but produced few tangible results.

College students say changes needed in Minn.'s credit-transfer process

ST. PAUL - Changes to Minnesota's credit-transfer process in recent years haven't done enough to make switching colleges easy, say students who are frustrated with the process.

Fed official says low interest rates are good for the economy

Fed official says low interest rates are good for the economy

FARGO, N.D. – The head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis said Tuesday that calls to ease Fed policies aimed at keeping interest rates low are potentially damaging to the economic recovery.

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Happy Harry's president shares lessons in business, public service

Happy Harry's president shares lessons in business, public service

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - When Hal Gershman started the first pizza delivery restaurant in Cambridge, Mass., customers ate on the floor, because Gershman, determined to have a successful delivery restaurant, refused to put in tables and chairs.

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Agreement between Minn. hospital and interim CEO released

SLAYTON, Minn. — The agreement for services between Murray County Medical Center (MCMC) and its new interim CEO, John Osse, has been released, which details Osse’s specific responsibilities for the hospital as well as the financial compensation agreement.

Support for Nobles County housing initiative grows

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — The Nobles Home Initiative continues to pick up support as the program to offer 100 percent tax abatement on new home construction is taken on the road to outlying communities in the Minnesota county.

New discount store opens on Mitchell's Main Street

MITCHELL, S.D. - Carol Vilhauer and Leimomi Russell, both of Mitchell, worked at Dollar Tree in Mitchell for years -- that is, until they decided to go into business for themselves. Now, Vilhauer and Russell are co-owners of Just A Dollar, a discount store that opened April 6 in the strip mall at 1307 North Main St.

Murphy’s SM Fencing & Energy Services expanding into multiple areas

Murphy’s SM Fencing & Energy Services expanding into multiple areas

DICKINSON, N.D. - Seth Murphy is one of the most successful entrepreneurs under 30 years old in North Dakota.

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Equipment firms feel Ukrainian impacts

FARGO, N.D. — Agricultural equipment exporters to Ukraine say they are not counting on selling much in that country in 2014.

CHS builds propane terminal to help compensate for loss of Cochin Pipeline

CHS builds propane terminal to help compensate for loss of Cochin Pipeline

HANNAFORD, N.D. — CHS Inc.’s new rail-fed propane terminal west of Hannaford in east-central North Dakota is coming together — an important step as the industry ramps up to fill a void left by the discontinuation of a key pipeline terminal.

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GF wind turbine blade maker reports lower revenues in 2013

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A wind-turbine blade maker with a factory in Grand Forks reported decreased revenues in its 2013 financial report released Friday.

Dayton signs Minn. minimum wage increase bill into law

Dayton signs Minn. minimum wage increase bill into law

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota’s minimum wage will begin to climb this summer, and could keep climbing every year after that, now that Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill that includes automatic increases tied to inflation.

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Panda Express coming to Prairie Stone Center and more biz news

FARGO, N.D. – A Panda Express is coming to the Prairie Stone Center in south Fargo, according to building permit information filed with the city of Fargo.

F-M area business touts benefits of organic fertilizer

F-M area business touts benefits of organic fertilizer

FARGO, N.D. - Adam Mund minored in microbe biology at Concordia College. What he learned came in handy a few years ago when Mund, who was working construction jobs at the time, decided to mix up a batch of organic fertilizer for his yard.

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Franken adds to push for more rail inspectors

Franken adds to push for more rail inspectors

MOORHEAD, Minn. – U.S. Sen. Al Franken spent part of Monday afternoon driving down Main Avenue alongside the railroad tracks in Moorhead, where five-plus trains haul millions of gallons of Bakken crude east through the city every day.

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Hoeven: BNSF to dedicate resources to fertilizer delivery

Hoeven: BNSF to dedicate resources to fertilizer delivery

The largest railroad company serving North Dakota will devote unit trains and crews to deliver fertilizer ahead of the spring planting season, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said this morning

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Cato Fashions to open in Mitchell, SD

MITCHELL, S.D. - Cato Fashions, a clothing store that primarily sells women's apparel, is set to open a new location next month in Mitchell.

SD wind farm construction to employ 110

TRIPP, S.D. — The 43 turbine wind project that will be constructed this summer in south-central South Dakota will not only mean good things for the wind energy business, but also for those who build and maintain the project.

SD's Southern Charles Mix Dakota Rising will get entrepreneur program

Southern Charles Mix Dakota Rising, a group organized to promote and lead the Dakota Rising program in southern Charles Mix County in South Dakota has been chosen as a new community site for the state’s entrepreneur development program.

What to do when the turbines stop turning

What to do when the turbines stop turning

BISMARCK — For more than a decade, they have towered like workhorses over the prairie, their spinning blades catching the wind and converting it to electricity.

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Hess: US crude exports could counter Russia in 90 days

WASHINGTON — The United States could give Europe and Ukraine relief from energy dependence on Russia within months if it overturned the 40-year ban on most U.S. crude oil exports, the head of energy company Hess Corp. said on Thursday.

ND UAS test site projects in the works

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - After the pomp and circumstance of last year’s event announcing North Dakota had been designated one of national six test sites for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), the real work is set to begin.

Emails show REAC discussion between UND, Bremer Bank

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Documents obtained by the Grand Forks Herald detail communications between the University of North Dakota and Bremer Bank in the months leading up to the university’s purchase of a struggling research facility.

Rail delays fewer, but still causing havoc

Rail delays fewer, but still causing havoc

The slow rail service threatening the livelihood of farmers in the upper Midwest have gotten better in recent weeks, but, at the Forest River (N.D.) Bean Co., the rail cars ordered from BNSF or Canadian Pacific are still two to three months behind, said the company president.

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Officials seek ideas to expand Pembina Gorge recreation offerings

Officials seek ideas to expand Pembina Gorge recreation offerings

WALHALLA, N.D. - Some 24 miles of multiuse trails built in the past three years have attracted a few thousand outdoor adventurers to the Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area, a natural scenic wonder tucked away in the Pembina Hills of northeastern North Dakota.

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Home warranties help, but know what you’re buying

Home warranties help, but know what you’re buying

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- When Mark Veitenheimer purchased his home in Grand Forks in 2012, he considered the home warranty provided by the seller as little more than a few pages in a mountain of closing paperwork.

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Coldwater Creek files for bankruptcy

Coldwater Creek files for bankruptcy

Women’s clothing retailer Coldwater Creek on Friday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and plans to go out of business after failing to find a buyer.

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Opposition to growler sales could stall Sunday booze bill

ST. PAUL - A bill that would allow limited Sunday sales of alcohol in Minnesota is in jeopardy.

Business caters to pet lovers

Business caters to pet lovers

FARGO, N.D. - Before Stacy Aamodt rescued his dog, Cajun, from the Humane Society, he said he couldn’t imagine why someone would bring their pet to a day care.

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ND, Minn. producers look to increase cattle herds

ND, Minn. producers look to increase cattle herds

CLIFFORD, N.D. – The delivery went smoothly, and both mother and newly born bull calf are doing well.

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Young farmers join local food movement

Young farmers join local food movement

WINDSOR, N.D. - Hannah Sargent and Jonathon Moser didn’t intend to be farmers.

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Farmers, propane suppliers need to work together, industry official says

Roy Willis can’t promise the propane shortage of 2013 to ’14 won’t happen again. But he can suggest ways for farmers to reduce their risk.

Government says hackers trying to exploit 'Heartbleed' bug

BOSTON - The U.S. government warned banks, infrastructure operators and other organizations on Friday to be on alert for hackers who may take advantage of the "Heartbleed" bug to steal data from vulnerable networks.

ND oil production up slightly in Feb, but still slowed by winter

WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota oil production increased 1.7 percent in February to 951,340 barrels per day, according to preliminary numbers released by the Department of Mineral Resources.

Co-op wants Killdeer Cenex to 'start from scratch'

Co-op wants Killdeer Cenex to 'start from scratch'

KILLDEER, N.D. — Membership of the Killdeer Farmers Union Cenex Co-op has petitioned to have the governing board removed, citing a focus on oilfield business that has left farmers and ranchers in the dust.

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Minimum wage set to rise; Dayton expected to sign legislation after House passes bill

ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s minimum wage is about to rise.

Skills gap apparent at Bemidji job fair

Skills gap apparent at Bemidji job fair

BEMIDJI, Minn. — So many Bemidji area employers are hunting for job applicants that several of them had be turned away from a regional job fair April 10.

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Fargo’s downtown booster praises Grand Forks' energy, opportunities

Fargo’s downtown booster praises Grand Forks' energy, opportunities

"Vibrant downtowns create smart, healthy cities,” Doug Burgum, a downtown Fargo developer, told an audience full of downtown Grand Forks advocates Thursday at the Empire Arts Center.

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The business of bison: Christine rancher has learned a lot over the years

The business of bison: Christine rancher has learned a lot over the years

Christine, N.D. -- North Dakota State University does not have the only “thundering herd” in the area. Just 25 miles southeast of Fargo is the Eagle Valley Bison Ranch, where Randy and Sharri Lacher tend a herd of 100 bison.

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Competition from Texas, winter expected to limit ND oil production

Competition from Texas, winter expected to limit ND oil production

MINOT, N.D. – North Dakota oil production, which is poised to break the 1 million barrels per day benchmark, will peak at 1.2 million to 1.5 million barrels per day over the next five years, limited by winter weather and competition from Texas, a Bismarck engineering firm said this week.

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Google Glass to be sold to public next week

Google Glass to be sold to public next week

SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. will take online orders for its Glass wearable gadget on April 15, in its biggest push to get the $1,500 wraparound Web-ready glasses out to the U.S. public.

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House approves Minn. minimum wage rise

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's minimum wage is about to rise.

Titan Machinery expects construction unit to break even

Heavy equipment retailer Titan Machinery Inc. said it expects its construction machinery business to break even this year after losing money for two years, reducing the impact from a slowdown in its larger farm equipment division.

Official: Obamacare enrollment to surpass 7.5 million

WASHINGTON - More than 7.5 million people are expected to sign up for private health coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law, surpassing the 7.1 million total announced just last week, the top U.S. health official said on Thursday.

Downtown Fargo eatery Bertrosa's to close

Downtown Fargo eatery Bertrosa's to close

FARGO, N.D. – Bertrosa’s, a fixture in the lower level of the Black Building in downtown Fargo for many years, is closing.

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Hoeven: Air Force to sign lease for UAS park at GFAF base in June

Hoeven: Air Force to sign lease for UAS park at GFAF base in June

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced today that the U.S. Air Force expects to sign a final lease for a unmanned aircraft systems business park in early June.

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Heitkamp among Democratic senators urging Obama to make decision on Keystone pipeline

Heitkamp among Democratic senators urging Obama to make decision on Keystone pipeline

WASHINGTON - Eleven U.S. Democratic senators on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast no later than May 31.

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Family Dollar to cut jobs, close about 350 stores

Family Dollar Stores Inc., seeking to reverse declining sales and profit, said on Thursday it would it would cut jobs, shut hundreds of underperforming stores and slash prices.

Montevideo to hold hearing on rail yard request

Montevideo to hold hearing on rail yard request

MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — City council members in Montevideo set a hearing for April 21 to gather community input as they consider a request by a local manufacturer to lease or acquire the former Milwaukee Road rail yard on the south end of the downtown area.

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ND regulators OK design of MDU rate increase

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved the design of a natural gas rate increase for Montana-Dakota Utilities on Wednesday in a 2-1 vote that had PSC Chairman Brian Kalk siding with the AARP in opposing how the increase was structured.

International magazine picks ND cities as leading locations

BISMARCK, N.D. – Area Development Magazine, an international publication covering site selection and facility planning, has named three North Dakota cities to its fourth annual "100 Leading Locations."

UND library’s budget focus of campus campaign, blame put on admin costs

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senior Amber Bouret and junior MacIan Campbell sat at a table in the University of North Dakota’s Memorial Union last week as students walked hurriedly past their table, decorated with a banner reading “Save the Chester Fritz.”

Bethany acquires land for development and more biz news

FARGO, N.D. – Bethany Retirement Living has plans to develop a new campus south of Fargo.

Commercial strip will include sport vehicle repair shop

Commercial strip will include sport vehicle repair shop

FARGO, N.D. – People driving by a construction project at 1013 45th St. S., in Fargo, may be curious about what it is about.

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Diverse Moorhead company expands its retail space

Diverse Moorhead company expands its retail space

Moorhead, Minn. -- As a provider of custom apparel and gear, First Avenue Promotional Products tries to help businesses with its identity.

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ND clamps down on oil field waste

BISMARCK – North Dakota announced new rules Wednesday for oil field waste known as filter socks that aim to prevent the illegal stockpiles of the waste that have been turning up in remote corners of the oil patch.

Watford City leaders say $56M rec center plans 'as critical as streets'

Watford City leaders say $56M rec center plans 'as critical as streets'

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – Leaders in the booming town of Watford City say a $56 million indoor recreation facility and events center is key to keeping working families in the community.

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US senators turn up pressure on federal railroad inspector numbers

US senators turn up pressure on federal railroad inspector numbers

WASHINGTON – More than a dozen U.S. senators, including North Dakota Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven, are pushing to put more federal railroad inspectors in the field.

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Minn. Senate approves $9.50 minimum wage

ST. PAUL – Supporters of raising the state minimum wage say a bill senators passed Wednesday would boost 357,000 Minnesotans’ pay.

Minn. House passes women's equity pay measure

ST. PAUL – The fight to close Minnesota’s gender pay gap passed a major hurdle Wednesday when the state House passed the Women’s Economic Security Act.

Medicare payment numbers show Fargo ophthalmologist received more than $4M in 2012

FARGO, N.D. – An ophthalmologist topped local medical providers in Medicare payments received in 2012, when he was paid more than $4 million among the $33.4 million paid to the top 200 providers here.

Red Robin restaurant to land in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. – A Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews is planned for south Fargo.

Transportation secretary urges for safer railroad tank car

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Wednesday asked oil-by-rail leaders to create a tank car fit to carry the kinds of fuel involved in recent fiery derailments even as he dodged lawmaker questions about when such a plan would be ready.

Statoil donates $150,000 to Williston training center

WILLISTON, N.D. - The TrainND-Northwest facility in Williston, N.D., will allow Statoil to help build a 19,750-square-foot facility designed to train and educate energy-related workers.

Decision on power line through ND battlefield study area delayed

BISMARCK – State utility regulators on Wednesday delayed action on a controversial plan to run about 200 miles of high-voltage power lines across part of western North Dakota – including the study area of an 1864 battle between American Indians and Army soldiers.

Minn. House could take medical marijuana vote

ST. PAUL — Minnesota state representatives could face a decision later this legislative session about whether to approve marijuana for medical use, even though a medical marijuana bill is stalled.

Before Northern Beef built, key state program turned for-profit

Before Northern Beef built, key state program turned for-profit

ABERDEEN, S.D. - A state economic development office's spin-off into a for-profit company is under the microscope as lawmakers vow to look further into the state's role in financing the bankrupt Northern Beef Packers in Aberdeen.

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ND breaks ground on bypass projects

WILLISTON, N.D. – State officials celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday of two bypass projects that will relieve traffic in Williston and Alexander in North Dakota’s oil patch.

PSC gets $3M in grants to reclaim abandoned mines

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission has received more than $3 million in federal grants, and some will go toward a reclamation project in the southwest corner of the state.

Contractor selected for hazardous waste cleanup

BISMARCK -- A contractor has been chosen to clean up hazardous oilfield waste that was found dumped illegally in an abandoned gas station in northwest North Dakota.

Beach approves rezoning for $65M railport

DICKINSON, N.D. - A controversial railport proposed for Beach, N.D., has gotten over its first governmental hurdle.

Southwest ND population to grow to 82K by 2039

DICKINSON, N.D. - The takeaway from a Tuesday webinar on shale predictions was clear: what’s happening in western North Dakota is hard to predict.

Power line through ND battlefield area could get state’s blessing Wednesday

BISMARCK – A controversial plan to run about 200 miles of high-voltage power lines across part of western North Dakota – including the study area of an 1864 battle between American Indians and Army soldiers – could win the blessing of state utility regulators Wednesday, with some conditions.

Twitter rolls out new look to user profile pages

SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter Inc. unveiled a redesign of its user profile pages on Tuesday, the latest in a series of steps promised by the company to bring new users to the seven-year-old service.

Allegiant to suspend air service from Fargo to St. Petersburg

FARGO, N.D. – Allegiant announced Tuesday it will suspend its scheduled service from Fargo’s Hector International Airport to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport for the summer.

Workplace visits help students glimpse future

Workplace visits help students glimpse future

WEST FARGO, N.D. – Cole Bachmeier says job shadow events have helped him whittle his future career choices down to two fields: chemical engineering or finance.

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Many business owners don’t ‘like’ Facebook change

Many business owners don’t ‘like’ Facebook change

Fargo, N.D. -- For many small-business owners, there isn’t much to “like” about Facebook’s recent News Feed algorithm change.

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Landowners say ND oil patch protections 'failing miserably'

Landowners say ND oil patch protections 'failing miserably'

MINOT, N.D. – Darwin Peterson is the third member of what he hopes is a fifth-generation farm.

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Minn. Senate OKs $209M budget addition

ST. PAUL – Minnesota senators want to tack $209 million onto a $39 billion, two-year budget that state leaders enacted a year ago.

Moorhead Public Service commissioners approve defiant garden

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Commissioners of Moorhead’s publicly owned utility approved one project on the site of the old power plant Tuesday, while hitting the brakes on another.

Minn. businesses worry about bottom line if minimum wage is raised

Minn. businesses worry about bottom line if minimum wage is raised

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The minimum-wage boost that Minnesota legislators are expected to pass this week has restaurant and bar owners here wondering how the bill would affect their bottom lines in a border city already faced with tough competition from business-friendly North Dakota.

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UPDATED: Willmar Community-Owned Grocery announces site

UPDATED: Willmar Community-Owned Grocery announces site

WILLMAR, Minn. — The Willmar Community-Owned Grocery announced its choice Tuesday of 1600 E. Highway 12 as the future home of the locally owned food cooperative.

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Helping rural Minn. downtown districts reclaim vitality

WILLMAR, Minn. — For a low-income neighborhood in Queens, New York City, placemaking resulted in lively retail development that included the addition of a restaurant and art gallery.

Dickinson hires public information officer for construction seasons

DICKINSON, N.D. - Dickinson is expected to be one big construction zone this summer.

WDAZ names 2 anchors

WDAZ names 2 anchors

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - WDAZ reporter Victor Correa will anchor the 10 p.m. show weekdays and longtime 5 p.m. anchor Terry Dullum will also anchor the 6 p.m. show weekdays, the Grand Forks-based TV station said.

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Minn. Senate panel approves $77M Senate building

Minn. Senate panel approves $77M Senate building

ST. PAUL -- The new, slimmed-down Senate office building project got the OK from the Senate Rules committee Monday, clearing the way for construction to potentially begin July 1.

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Xcel Energy customers’ heating bills rose 36 percent from last year

ST. PAUL - Minnesota’s coldest winter in decades has hit homeowners in the pocketbook, but a late-season boost in heating assistance funding took some of the sting out of the season.

West Acres seeks vendors for new farmer’s market and more biz news

FARGO, N.D. – West Acres Shopping Center will host an outdoor farmers market this summer.

Solar panels, art garden planned at former Moorhead power plant site

Solar panels, art garden planned at former Moorhead power plant site

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Once the old power plant in Moorhead is knocked down, two new community-based projects will take its place, harnessing the energy of the sun and the local arts scene.

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New coffee shop set for Prairie Stone Center

New coffee shop set for Prairie Stone Center

FARGO, N.D. – A new coffee franchise called Classic Rock Coffee is coming this summer to the Prairie Stone Center in Fargo.

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Sweeto Burrito to move into Valentino’s

Sweeto Burrito to move into Valentino’s

FARGO, N.D. – South Fargo is getting sweeter. Make that Sweeto.

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Kandiyohi County labor shortage topic of conference

WILLMAR, Minn. — Finding people for jobs that are available in Kandiyohi County, Minn., will be theme of conference Thursday.

Willmar City Council approves land sale to Jennie-O

WILLMAR, Minn. — The Willmar City Council has authorized the sale of 7.6 acres of land in the city’s industrial park to Jennie-O Turkey Store.

West Fargo commission OKs 2nd gated community

WEST FARGO, N.D. – A second gated community here was approved by the West Fargo City Commission.

Holcim, Lafarge agree to merger to create cement giant

Holcim, Lafarge agree to merger to create cement giant

PARIS/ZURICH - Holcim of Switzerland unveiled a deal to buy France's Lafarge on Monday to create the world's biggest cement maker, with $44 billion of annual sales, and launch asset sales worldwide to steer it over antitrust hurdles.

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Minn. House, Senate agree on minimum wage increase

Minn. House, Senate agree on minimum wage increase

ST. PAUL - Legislative leaders agreed to raise the Minnesota minimum wage to $9.50 an hour in 2016, with lower wages for small businesses, those undergoing training, teens and some foreign workers.

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Grand Forks business group to introduce, seek ideas at Downtown Day

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Community leaders are looking to bring excitement and improvements to downtown Grand Forks, and they’re going to introduce many of their ideas Thursday.

Willmar, Minn.'s Green Mill reopens after extensive remodel

Willmar, Minn.'s Green Mill reopens after extensive remodel

WILLMAR, Minn. — The Green Mill Restaurant reopened this week to rave reviews, according to its general manager.

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Ritchie sings MN's praises at Worthington Bio Conference

WORTHINGTON, Minn. ­— When Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie attended the World’s Fair back in 1963, he’d witnessed the future of technology — the ability to combine audio and video over the phone line.

POET VP speaks on renewable energy at Bio Conference

POET VP speaks on renewable energy at Bio Conference

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Renewable energy was the main focus during Doug Berven’s presentation at the Worthington Bio Conference on Friday.

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Even with 289 new units, Mitchell housing demand still high

MITCHELL, S.D. - After living in the dorms at Dakota Wesleyan University, Taylor Kinyon had no trouble finding her own place in Mitchell.

$6.5M building gets $125K bid at Howard, SD, auction

$6.5M building gets $125K bid at Howard, SD, auction

HOWARD, S.D. — Working every angle he could, auctioneer Chuck Sutton couldn't move Maroney Commons in Howard on Friday.

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As safety questions persist, crude oil transportation modes show differing records

As safety questions persist, crude oil transportation modes show differing records

As the national debate over the safety of crude oil transportation continues to swirl, two high-profile North Dakota incidents illustrate the risks associated with moving the commodity.

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Calif. regulations block state oil boom

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers said on Friday over regulation has prevented a shale oil boom in California and if eased, could boost production in the state and reduce its dependence on foreign energy.

ND Senator wants higher ed funds tied to teaching

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A state senator from Grand Forks is crafting a bill that would require North Dakota’s public universities to dedicate a portion of their state funding for instructional purposes only.

Getting more doctors for ND

Getting more doctors for ND

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Michelle Placke grew up in the small town of Beulah, N.D., with a dentist for a father and a nurse for a mother, so she knew she wanted to be a doctor at an early age.

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Refineries gaining steam in ND

Refineries gaining steam in ND

WILLISTON, N.D. — While the United States hasn’t seen a new refinery in more than 30 years, North Dakota has five refineries proposed that range from planning stages to active construction.

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GF, EGF business news

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks city staff received plans for two different auto parts stores in the past week and a half.

Shipping oil by pipeline has a future in Bakken

Shipping oil by pipeline has a future in Bakken

DICKINSON, N.D. -- As crude oil pipelines play catch-up, they need more than to just build out the capacity to compete with rail -- they need to be strategic about it.

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Former competitive skater new owner of Skateland

Former competitive skater new owner of Skateland

FARGO, N.D. – Before ending her competitive roller-skating career at 16, Ann Carroll was among the top female roller skaters in the country and from an early age she dreamed of owning a roller rink.

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Moorhead computer maker marks 15 years in business

Moorhead computer maker marks 15 years in business

MOORHEAD, Minn. – A fast-growing company that largely flies under the radar is celebrating a milestone this year.

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ND ag commissioner survives GOP endorsement challenge

ND ag commissioner survives GOP endorsement challenge

MINOT, N.D. – North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring survived a hard-fought challenge from Warwick nurse and rancher Judy Estenson for the Republican Party’s endorsement on Sunday at the GOP State Convention in Minot.

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Study of oil from deadly derailment points to Bakken crude’s volatility; more research is on the way

Study of oil from deadly derailment points to Bakken crude’s volatility; more research is on the way

WILLISTON, N.D. — On July 6 last year, a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota to a refinery in eastern Canada was left parked on a hillside in Quebec. It rolled backward down the hill, derailing and crashing into a small town, with railcars bursting into flames, killing 47 people.

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U of M calls for collaboration to boost statewide economy

U of M calls for collaboration to boost statewide economy

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — “Open for business.” That was the message conveyed by Maura Donovan, director of the University of Minnesota’s Office of Economic Development, during her presentation Thursday afternoon at the Worthington Bio Conference.

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SD officials ready to battle workforce issue

SD officials ready to battle workforce issue

MITCHELL, S.D. - Bryan Hisel sees opportunities in South Dakota's workforce shortage.

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UN Report: US crude rail cargoes may present 'unique hazards'

WASHINGTON - International rules for handling the kind of petroleum shipments involved in several recent fiery derailments may need to be revised, the United Nations said, in a move that could rattle the fast-growing oil-by-rail sector.

U.S. regulators mulling new oil testing standards

WASHINGTON -- U.S. transportation officials and leaders of the oil industry are mulling whether standards for testing crude must be updated in light of several oil-by-rail mishaps.

Minn. wool factory spinning its own success

Minn. wool factory spinning its own success

FOSSTON, Minn. – Inside a white metal building in a northern Minnesota industrial park sit some of Stephanie Anderson’s priced possessions: several old refurbished pieces of machinery that produce 100 pounds of yarn a day.

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F-M business news

FARGO, N.D. - The former Sports Center at 3320 Westrac Drive, Fargo, has been renovated into new office space and will open in May as Westrac Office Park.

Nonprofit CEO shares business philosophy

Nonprofit CEO shares business philosophy

FARGO, N.D. Gary Wolsky, President and CEO, The Village Family Service Center, recently celebrated his 30th year with the organization, but his lengthy tenure does not mean he has become complacent.

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Minn. man back on the farm after pioneering surgery at Sanford

Minn. man back on the farm after pioneering surgery at Sanford

FARGO, N.D. – Donald L. Johnson’s medical odyssey began when he had a heart attack a little more than a year ago.

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House budget bill leans toward greater Minn.

House budget bill leans toward greater Minn.

ST. PAUL - Much of the money in the Minnesota House's plan to tweak the state's two-year budget would go to greater Minnesota.

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WDAY maintains TV news ratings lead, but KVLY is gaining ground

FARGO, N.D. – WDAY-TV maintained its top spot among local news viewers, according to the most recent ratings period.

Investment in college regionally shows best returns at NDSU

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State University students may be getting the best bang for their buck, according to a new report that calculates the return on investment at different colleges.

GOP congressman grills MNsure leader

An Arizona congressman went on the offensive against Minnesota's health insurance exchange during a Thursday U.S. House hearing in Washington.

SD tech school gets OK to train electricians

MITCHELL, S.D. - When the South Dakota Board of Education voted last week to allow Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls to create an electrician training program, one board member faced a dilemma.

SD senators confident in extension of wind energy tax credit

SD senators confident in extension of wind energy tax credit

MITCHELL, S.D. - South Dakota's U.S. senators both said they believe Congress will extend the production tax credit for wind energy projects.

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SD delegation presses railroads for better service

SD delegation presses railroads for better service

MITCHELL, S.D. - North Dakota's oil boom and a tough winter are straining railroad companies past their limits, and South Dakota farmers and ethanol plants are feeling the pinch, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Wednesday.

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PSC to review proposed gas plant expansion

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing April 10 regarding a proposed expansion of a natural gas plant near New Town.

Geek Squad founder has harsh words for Best Buy

Geek Squad founder has harsh words for Best Buy

ST. PAUL - Geek Squad founder Robert Stephens has been mostly silent about his 10-year tenure at Best Buy, the final two years as chief technology officer.

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Kelly, Skogen: REAC will work

Kelly, Skogen: REAC will work

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - While there is no plan for action, State Board of Higher Education Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen talked about the controversial purchase of UND’s biomedical research building and stressed the importance of “making it work” at an editorial board meeting Wednesday.

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CHS fertilizer plant delay unlikely to affect GF project

CHS fertilizer plant delay unlikely to affect GF project

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The delay of a proposed CHS nitrogen fertilizer plant in Spiritwood, N.D., isn’t expected to have an effect on a similar project in the works near Grand Forks.

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Closure of telemarketing company leaves nearly 200 jobless

EVELETH, Minn. - St. Cloud, Minn.-based Meyer Teleservices has gone out of business, leaving offices in Eveleth, St. Cloud and Little Falls in Minnesota closed.

Aldevron seeks tax exemption for expansion project

FARGO, N.D. – Aldevron, a local biotechnology firm with facilities in Madison, Wis., and Freiburg, Germany, is expanding its production facility here, a project that aims to create 43 new jobs in five years, according to company projections.

Gender pay gap bill advances in Minn. Legislature

ST. PAUL – Minnesota women on average are paid 80 percent of wages men receive, and women who own businesses earn just 60 percent of male entrepreneurs.

Amtrak's Empire Builder to return to St. Paul's Union Depot

Amtrak's Empire Builder to return to St. Paul's Union Depot

ST. PAUL - Trains are back on track at St. Paul’s Union Depot, albeit more than a year behind their original schedule.

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Mobile clinics illegal in Williston; city board could lift moratorium

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WILLISTON, N.D. – Sanford Health plans to bring two multimillion-dollar mobile clinics to the Bakken to meet health care needs, but right now they would not be legal in Williston.

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Marcus Theatres adds new seats, fresh paint to its F-M cinemas

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FARGO, N.D. - Two Fargo movie theaters are getting major makeovers.

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Senator says small change could get some US crude exports flowing

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department could help energy companies start to bypass a 40-year ban on most U.S. crude oil exports by allowing shipments of a type of petroleum that has become abundant during the energy boom, a key senator said on Wednesday.

Microsoft unveils voice assistant Cortana to rival Apple's Siri

SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday formally announced it has developed a voice activated phone assistant feature called Cortana, a direct rival to Apple Inc.'s Siri.

Investors pull $3.1B from Pimco's flagship fund

NEW YORK - Investors pulled another $3.1 billion from Pimco's flagship fund in March, the 11th straight month of outflows from the world's largest bond fund, and its performance on the month lagged 95 percent of its peers due to a spate of wrong calls by long-time manager Bill Gross.

Private-sector hiring breaks out of winter freeze

WASHINGTON - U.S. companies stepped up hiring in March for a second straight month, offering fresh evidence the economy was regaining momentum after a weather-driven lull over the winter.

Microsoft to offer Windows for free on phones, tablets

SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft Corp. said on Wednesday it will give away its Windows operating system to makers of smartphones and small tablets as it seeks to grab a toehold in those fast-growing markets.

Grand Forks County UAS park awaits cultural survey

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Development of the Grand Sky tech park for unmanned aircraft systems at Grand Forks Air Force Base is in the last few steps before construction can begin.

CHS puts ND nitrogen plant on hold

JAMESTOWN, N.D. — An anticipated announcement on the proposed CHS Inc. nitrogen fertilizer plant at Spiritwood, N.D., was delayed by the company Tuesday.

UPDATED: Consolidated reaches settlement with Viacom

DICKINSON, N.D. - The top telecommunication company in southwest North Dakota is unsure if Viacom will drop 15 major TV networks.

Meeting set to gather input on reducing gas flaring in ND

BISMARCK – A special hearing is set for April 22 to provide input on reducing natural gas flaring to the Oil and Gas Division of the state Department of Mineral Resources.

Distribution center project goes to GF planning commission

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks’ Planning and Zoning Commission will consider replatting a piece of business park land Wednesday to accommodate a proposed packaging and distribution center.

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor to buy Star Tribune

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor to buy Star Tribune

MINNEAPOLIS -- It looks like Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor will take over Minnesota’s biggest newspaper.

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ND ag commissioner endorsement to cap GOP state convention

BISMARCK – Like any good party planner, the North Dakota Republican Party has saved the biggest splash for the end of its state convention this weekend in Minot.

Drone bills likely grounded this year in Minn. Legislature

ST. PAUL - It looks like the Minnesota Legislature will not pass comprehensive drone privacy legislation this year.

Blizzard impacts some businesses' bottom lines

Blizzard impacts some businesses' bottom lines

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - It may be sunny and warm back in his home in Ohio, but on Tuesday, Daniel Frank was in the same boat as the rest of the Upper Red River Valley.

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Minn. companies have 60,400 open jobs

ST. PAUL - Jobs are available in Minnesota.

2 businesses take germs, foul odors out of sports equipment

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WEST FARGO, N.D. – Forget the bumps and bruises. Sometimes it’s the sports equipment that hurts a player.

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As deadline passes, MNsure exceeds sign-up goal

ST. PAUL - More than 169,200 Minnesotans signed up for health insurance through the online marketplace MNsure by a Monday deadline — roughly 35,000 more than its enrollment goal.

Author of nearly $1B Minn. House bonding bill calls it 'inadequate'

ST. PAUL – A nearly $1 billion proposal to fund state construction projects, ranging from trails to transit, launched Tuesday with its author calling it “inadequate” and a Republican who usually supports public works projects saying he could not vote for it.

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ND governor to pick two from 6 candidates for SBHE

BISMARCK - A screening committee has recommended six candidates for two seats on North Dakota’s State Board of Higher Education.

MSUM presidential candidate imagines university in 2024

MSUM presidential candidate imagines university in 2024

MOORHEAD, Minn. – To share her vision for Minnesota State University Moor-head, Provost Anne Blackhurst, one of three finalists to be the school’s next president, asked the audience to fast-forward 10 years.

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Cass County emergency manager worries about derailment in Fargo

Cass County emergency manager worries about derailment in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. – What if the fiery Casselton, N.D., derailment on Dec. 30 had not happened a half-mile west of the small town but in the heart of downtown Fargo?

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Controversial north Fargo housing proposal gets initial OK

Controversial north Fargo housing proposal gets initial OK

FARGO, N.D. – A controversial north Fargo housing development received initial approval Tuesday from the city’s Planning Commission despite dozens of neighbors showing up to oppose the project, which one resident called an “incursion into our beautiful, serene neighborhood.”

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Owner of Black Building in Fargo faces possible arrest for boiler problems

Owner of Black Building in Fargo faces possible arrest for boiler problems

FARGO, N.D. – A Fargo city prosecutor says he may soon issue an arrest warrant for an owner of the historic downtown Black Building for allegedly failing to properly install a new boiler system in the 84-year-old building.

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US factory activity picks up

WASHINGTON - U.S. factory activity rose in March, with production posting its biggest increase since the recession ended in the latest indication the economy was regaining its footing after a brutal winter.

Column: US oil exports good for motorists, growth and jobs

LONDON - Lifting the ban on U.S. oil exports would cut gasoline and diesel prices for motorists, boost the national economy and create up to 300,000 new jobs, according to a study commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute.

DWU wellness center money comes from 34 donors

DWU wellness center money comes from 34 donors

MITCHELL, S.D. - Dakota Wesleyan University received money from 34 donors to raise the $10 million needed to pay for a new two-story, 90,000-square-foot health and wellness center, according to DWU President Amy Novak.

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Art gallery and supply store to open in Dickinson

Art gallery and supply store to open in Dickinson

DICKINSON, N.D. - Separately, Amanda Galster and Josh Hardin have always wanted to open their own business.

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NDSU, collaborators set ag drone research plan

FARGO, N.D. — Researchers at North Dakota State University in Fargo are calling their upcoming work a “proof-of-concept” study that will help determine whether and how drones might help farmers and ranchers in everyday business.

Wahpeton J.C. Penny marks 100 years

Wahpeton J.C. Penny marks 100 years

WAHPETON, N.D. – The J.C. Penney in Wahpeton celebrated its 100th birthday Tuesday, a milestone marking it as one of the oldest Penneys in the country, with the J.C. Penney brand itself only 12 years older.

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Unglued craft market shares new products, latest projects

Unglued craft market shares new products, latest projects

FARGO, N.D. – What started as a one-off modern craft fair turned into a full-time business for Unglued, an indie craft market offering a wide selection of handmade and local goods at 408 Broadway.

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Credit scores are easily seen but still confusing

FARGO, N.D. - Whenever Morgan Almer, a financial counselor at the Village Family Service Center, gives a presentation, the topic inevitably turns to credit scores.

ND Industrial Commission OKs oil field waste treatment facility in Dunn County

BISMARCK – Oil field waste treatment facilities like the one approved in Dunn County by the North Dakota Industrial Commission on Monday could face greater scrutiny in the future as county officials consider revising their zoning ordinance to address such projects.

ND legislator proposes to increase low-income scholarships

ND legislator proposes to increase low-income scholarships

FARGO, N.D. – As tuition at the state’s public colleges is set to rise, Sen. Tim Flakoll, R-Fargo, plans to introduce legislation that would boost scholarships for low-income students by $11 million.

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Perham officials fear dangerous results from rail traffic

Perham officials fear dangerous results from rail traffic

PERHAM, Minn. – Every day, as many as 10 oil trains a day leave North Dakota and six to eight travel through Minnesota.

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MOORHEAD, Minn. – Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper will greet fans and sign autographs from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the new Sam’s Club store in Moorhead.

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FARGO, N.D. – Citing concerns about railroad safety, Mayor Dennis Walaker was the lone vote Monday night against a proposed major rehabilitation of an old downtown building near the train tracks.

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BOWMAN, N.D. — Since opening in the fall of 2012, the Pifer’s Auction and Reality location here has been a busy place.

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Scranton Equity Exchange enters 100th year as independent cooperative

SCRANTON, N.D. — Mike Wedwick chuckles when asked about what this small town would be like without the Scranton Equity Exchange.

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Nadella shakes up Microsoft's senior ranks

SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft Corp. on Monday named three executives to its cloud, devices and Xbox gaming divisions in one of new Chief Executive Satya Nadella's first management shakeups.

Measure aims to increase Minn. health spending

ST. PAUL - Home health care workers would receive a nearly 7.7 percent raise under a measure the Minnesota House Ways and Means Committee heard Monday.

Midwest Fire makes major changes

Midwest Fire makes major changes

LUVERNE, Minn. — Big changes have been taking place at Midwest Fire in Luverne.

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Steffes sells oil tank division

DICKINSON, N.D. - Steffes Corp. on Friday announced the sale of its Dickinson oil tank division to an Ohio-based company, according to a release sent out Friday afternoon.

Petroleum Council hires firm to study Bakken oil

DICKINSON, N.D. - Amid concerns from lawmakers and the public about oil transportation safety, North Dakota’s oil industry group has hired a firm to do an independent study of Bakken crude characteristics.

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Alliance Ag’s new facility in Regent serves area ag producers

REGENT, N.D. — As agriculture changes, so must suppliers.

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HEBRON, N.D. — Before there were barrels and barrels of oil coming out of North Dakota, there were amber waves of grain covering the prairie.

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ND ethanol plant in Richardton is going strong

RICHARDTON, N.D. — Instead of extracting oil from the ground, one energy business in western North Dakota is using corn grown atop it to produce fuel.

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ND may join states with oil rail inspectors

BISMARCK — North Dakota has almost singlehandedly driven massive crude-by-rail growth across the nation, but the state doesn’t employ its own inspectors to ensure the trains and tank cars leaving the Bakken oil fields are safe.

Regulators say oil sector is withholding info on rail cargoes

WASHINGTON — U.S. transport regulators on Friday scolded the oil industry for not sharing important information on the kinds of rail shipments that have been involved in a number of fiery train derailments.

'Plan B' would cut US out of Keystone XL project

'Plan B' would cut US out of Keystone XL project

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick — Keystone XL, a pipeline proposal to pump Canadian oil sands through the heart of America, has alarmed environmentalists and become one of the most contentious issues of the Obama presidency. But there is a “Plan B” to cut the United States out of the picture, and it is championed by one of Canada’s wealthiest business dynasties.

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Roy Olivarez is specific about the proper term for his new Grand Forks shop, Tio’s: It’s a taqueria.

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Building boom helps drive property valuations, assessor says

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Many more Grand Forks residents received notices of increased property value this year.

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ST. PAUL - Sign up for health insurance today? Or pay a tax penalty next year?

Issues that led to propane shortage remain unresolved

Issues that led to propane shortage remain unresolved

ST. PAUL -- When state lawmakers rushed to approve $20 million in emergency heating aid in February, there was lots of talk about coming back to address the deeper structural issues that contributed to the severe propane shortage and consequent price spike.

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Prompted by rail safety concerns, Grand Forks city leaders are in the early stages of possibly expanding the local first responders training center to have a wider, multi-state regional scope.

Program makes education grad students full-time teachers

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Valley Middle School teacher Natalie Young strolled around the classroom in the Grand Forks school Friday while her mentor sat in the back to observe.

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FARGO, N.D. – Situated between the airport and North Dakota State University, the location of Appareo Systems’ Fargo headquarters reflects its unique enterprise.

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New Williston rec center wows crowd

New Williston rec center wows crowd

WILLISTON, N.D. - More than 2,500 people checked out the new Williston Area Recreation Center on Friday during the first two hours it was open, from families with small children to oil field workers still in their coveralls.

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Council drops Medora airport idea

DICKINSON, N.D. - Medora will remain without an airport for now, Medora's mayor said Thursday.

US farmers to sow record soybean acres, scale back on corn

CHICAGO — High prices for soybeans should encourage U.S. farmers to sow the biggest ever area to the oilseed this spring while pulling back slightly on corn, analysts said ahead of a hotly anticipated U.S. government plantings report due on Monday.

2nd Grand Forks' Wal-Mart to open next week

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The new Wal-Mart on Grand Forks' north end will open Wednesday.

Grizzly’s prepares to open in Moorhead and more business news

Moorhead, Minn. -- The Grizzly’s Wood Fire Grill will soon open for business in Moorhead.

What does it take to lure national chains?

FARGO, N.D. - It’s a common refrain from area shoppers and diners: “Why can’t we get that here?”

Tech Mahindra to add 100 jobs in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. – Tech Mahindra, an India-based company with a technology support office in Fargo, will add 100 jobs in the next 12 months, a company official announced Friday.

ND to host national energy meeting

ND to host national energy meeting

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy has chosen North Dakota as a site for a nationwide meeting to examine critical energy issues, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced Friday.

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'LIFT'ing up Luverne: Community organization leads development goals

'LIFT'ing up Luverne: Community organization leads development goals

LUVERNE, Minn. — With two larger cities within a half-hour’s drive of Luverne, the community has long tried to position itself as a destination place with its historical buildings, quaint shops and prairie playground that is the Blue Mounds State Park.

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Investors brew up a business venture in Luverne

Investors brew up a business venture in Luverne

LUVERNE, Minn. — What began with a few buddies shooting the breeze over coffee at McDonald’s one morning has turned into an entrepreneurial vision with more than 70 investors keen on brewing beer on East Main Street in Luverne.

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MTI gets grant to install safe access trails for students

PIERRE -- Mitchell Technical Institute is getting about $213,000 from a grant issued from the South Dakota Transportation Commission to install safe access trails for students.

Proposed $34M casino would make $55M impact on local economy

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. -- An economic report conducted as part of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe’s efforts to build a $34 million casino in Oacoma says the proposed facility would draw 300,000 visitors and make a $55 million impact on the local economy after its first year of operation.

DWU board authorizes wellness center project

DWU board authorizes wellness center project

MITCHELL, S.D. - Dakota Wesleyan University announced Thursday that it plans to break ground this fall on a new two-story, 90,000-square-foot health and wellness center to be built on the south side of the school’s campus in Mitchell.

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SD seeks downtown revitalization program

SD seeks downtown revitalization program

MITCHELL, S.D. - Eight states in the nation don't have statewide programs supporting downtown revitalization, including South Dakota.

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Minn. firms trim 100 jobs

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota employers cut 100 jobs in February, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reported Thursday, but the state still shows a better-than-average job growth.

As stores rushed to stock merchandise with Fighting Sioux nickname, logo, UND royalties spiked

As stores rushed to stock merchandise with Fighting Sioux nickname, logo, UND royalties spiked

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname and logo was retired more than a year ago, but T-shirts, water bottles and other merchandise bearing the controversial symbols still can be seen in stores around Grand Forks.

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IT official says NDUS servers' inability to detect intrusions is partially to blame for recent breach

IT official says NDUS servers' inability to detect intrusions is partially to blame for recent breach

An inability to detect intrusions was partially to blame for the North Dakota University System server breach that left the personal information of more than 290,000 former and current students, staff and faculty vulnerable, according to a system official.

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ND first in growth of women-owned firms

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota ranks first for growth in number and economic clout of women-owned businesses in a new census-based report.

HomeGoods, Marshalls set May 1 opening

WEST FARGO, N.D. – Two new stores in West Fargo, HomeGoods and Marshalls, are set to open May 1.

Lower corn prices dropped Minn. farm income in 2013

ST. PAUL – Minnesota’s farm income plunged in 2013 after breaking records the year before, due partly to much lower corn prices, a report out Thursday said.

SBHE OKs deal between NDSU, Sanford College of Nursing

BISMARCK – North Dakota State University got the green light Thursday to absorb the Sanford College of Nursing in Bismarck in a deal both sides said will benefit students and help address the ongoing shortage of nurses, particularly in western North Dakota.

ND SBHE approves tuition increase limits

BISMARCK – After lengthy discussion, the State Board of Higher Education approved tuition increase limits at the state’s 11 colleges and universities based on how much college presidents indicated they would need to raise tuition for the 2014-15 school year.

Williston, Dickinson are fastest-growing cities in US

Williston, Dickinson are fastest-growing cities in US

WILLISTON, N.D. – Several North Dakota cities are among the fastest-growing communities in the nation, with Williston leading the way as the fastest-growing micropolitan area, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday.

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MSUM presidential finalists named

MSUM presidential finalists named

ST. PAUL – The search committee for Minnesota State University Moorhead’s next president named three semifinalists Thursday.

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REDEVELOPMENT: Reviving the Heart

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ENERGY: SD to fuel state fleet with higher ethanol blend

Ethanol maker says state use of E15 demonstrates commitment to industry

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TALK OF THE TOWN: Coming into its own

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SD calls for more dairy producers to support growing industry

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In today’s commercial environment, if you are significantly behind in technology, you are likely to be in trouble.

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FINANCE: Evolving employee expectations prompt office redesign

Gate City Bank embraces modern design and collaborative workspace to attract millennials

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A diversified economy for a community and region is accessible with a well-thought-out plan.

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Company builds housing, funds daycare to keep workers

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FINANCE: Why entrepreneurial programming matters

Over the past year, Fargo-Moorhead has witnessed dramatic entrepreneurial growth.

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ENERGY: Scientists develop more efficient natural gas-to-fuels process

Discovery could utilize ample U.S. natural gas, displace oil products

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Building on a stable base

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Building on a stable base

You don’t need to consult one of the many “top ten” lists that North Dakota has appeared on recently to know that from the Bakken to the Red River Valley, our state’s economy is booming.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The heart of the matter

EDITOR'S NOTE: The heart of the matter

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MANAGEMENT MATTERS: Rethinking rural  economic development

In February, the Obama administration announced the “Made in Rural America” export and investment initiative.

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