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REDEVELOPMENT: Reviving the Heart
Downtowns are being redeveloped into unique community cores...
TALK OF THE TOWN: Coming into its own
West Fargo expects to continue rapid growth for foreseeable future...
ARCHITECTURE/ENGINEERING: Making a difference
Why 3D printing is growing in popularity among region’s architects, engineers ...
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DAIRY: Got Milk?
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WASHINGTON -- The head of the Federal Aviation Administration is coming to North Dakota, the state’s senators announced Thursday.
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.
DAWSON, Minn. — A “help wanted” sign has replaced the “for sale” sign on the former American Milk Producers Inc. facility in Dawson.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
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.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Byron Dorgan enjoyed his time in Congress, but is staying busy in his time away from the institution as well.RELATED CONTENT
MOORHEAD Minn. - Melissa Rademacher loves a challenge. She describes herself as someone who hits the ground running when given a new project.
WEST FARGO, N.D. - As the housing market rebounds, doors are opening at a local fiberglass window and door manufacturer.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL – “Only in Minnesota” doesn’t refer just to snow in mid-April.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL – An American Indian environmental group led by nationally known Winona LaDuke is fighting a northern Minnesota oil pipeline.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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 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.
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.
Editor Kris Bevill previews the May issue of Prairie Business magazine.
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.
FARMINGTON, Minn. — A Farmington intersection may soon look different if a proposed project is approved next week by the City Council.
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 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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
A federal regulatory agency on Tuesday ordered two major railroads to report their plans to ensure fertilizer shipments for spring planting.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
WEST CHESTER, Pa. — The backbreaking life of a roughneck, the iconic worker bees of oil field drilling rigs, is getting a little easier.
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
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.
FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota added 2,472 new hotel rooms last year. That was through 28 new properties across 15 cities.RELATED CONTENT
Fargo, N.D. - As the way we work changes, so have our work spaces.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
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.
DICKINSON, N.D. - Seth Murphy is one of the most successful entrepreneurs under 30 years old in North Dakota.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. — Agricultural equipment exporters to Ukraine say they are not counting on selling much in that country in 2014.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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 morningRELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - A bill that would allow limited Sunday sales of alcohol in Minnesota is in jeopardy.
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.RELATED CONTENT
CLIFFORD, N.D. – The delivery went smoothly, and both mother and newly born bull calf are doing well.RELATED CONTENT
WINDSOR, N.D. - Hannah Sargent and Jonathon Moser didn’t intend to be farmers.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s minimum wage is about to rise.
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.RELATED CONTENT
"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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's minimum wage is about to rise.
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.
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.
FARGO, N.D. – Bertrosa’s, a fixture in the lower level of the Black Building in downtown Fargo for many years, is closing.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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, 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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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."
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.”
FARGO, N.D. – Bethany Retirement Living has plans to develop a new campus south of Fargo.
FARGO, N.D. – People driving by a construction project at 1013 45th St. S., in Fargo, may be curious about what it is about.RELATED CONTENT
Moorhead, Minn. -- As a provider of custom apparel and gear, First Avenue Promotional Products tries to help businesses with its identity.RELATED CONTENT
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, 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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL – Supporters of raising the state minimum wage say a bill senators passed Wednesday would boost 357,000 Minnesotans’ pay.
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.
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.
FARGO, N.D. – A Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews is planned for south Fargo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
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.
DICKINSON, N.D. - A controversial railport proposed for Beach, N.D., has gotten over its first governmental hurdle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
Fargo, N.D. -- For many small-business owners, there isn’t much to “like” about Facebook’s recent News Feed algorithm change.RELATED CONTENT
MINOT, N.D. – Darwin Peterson is the third member of what he hopes is a fifth-generation farm.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL – Minnesota senators want to tack $209 million onto a $39 billion, two-year budget that state leaders enacted a year ago.
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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, N.D. - Dickinson is expected to be one big construction zone this summer.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
FARGO, N.D. – West Acres Shopping Center will host an outdoor farmers market this summer.
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.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – A new coffee franchise called Classic Rock Coffee is coming this summer to the Prairie Stone Center in Fargo.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – South Fargo is getting sweeter. Make that Sweeto.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR, Minn. — Finding people for jobs that are available in Kandiyohi County, Minn., will be theme of conference Thursday.
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, N.D. – A second gated community here was approved by the West Fargo City Commission.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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. — The Green Mill Restaurant reopened this week to rave reviews, according to its general manager.RELATED CONTENT
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.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Renewable energy was the main focus during Doug Berven’s presentation at the Worthington Bio Conference on Friday.RELATED CONTENT
MITCHELL, S.D. - After living in the dorms at Dakota Wesleyan University, Taylor Kinyon had no trouble finding her own place in Mitchell.
HOWARD, S.D. — Working every angle he could, auctioneer Chuck Sutton couldn't move Maroney Commons in Howard on Friday.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks city staff received plans for two different auto parts stores in the past week and a half.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
MOORHEAD, Minn. – A fast-growing company that largely flies under the radar is celebrating a milestone this year.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
MITCHELL, S.D. - Bryan Hisel sees opportunities in South Dakota's workforce shortage.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – Donald L. Johnson’s medical odyssey began when he had a heart attack a little more than a year ago.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – WDAY-TV maintained its top spot among local news viewers, according to the most recent ratings period.
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.
An Arizona congressman went on the offensive against Minnesota's health insurance exchange during a Thursday U.S. House hearing in Washington.
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.
MITCHELL, S.D. - South Dakota's U.S. senators both said they believe Congress will extend the production tax credit for wind energy projects.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
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.
ST. PAUL - Trains are back on track at St. Paul’s Union Depot, albeit more than a year behind their original schedule.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - Two Fargo movie theaters are getting major makeovers.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — An anticipated announcement on the proposed CHS Inc. nitrogen fertilizer plant at Spiritwood, N.D., was delayed by the company Tuesday.
DICKINSON, N.D. - The top telecommunication company in southwest North Dakota is unsure if Viacom will drop 15 major TV networks.
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.
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.
MINNEAPOLIS -- It looks like Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor will take over Minnesota’s biggest newspaper.RELATED CONTENT
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.
ST. PAUL - It looks like the Minnesota Legislature will not pass comprehensive drone privacy legislation this year.
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.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - Jobs are available in Minnesota.
WEST FARGO, N.D. – Forget the bumps and bruises. Sometimes it’s the sports equipment that hurts a player.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK - A screening committee has recommended six candidates for two seats on North Dakota’s State Board of Higher Education.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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?RELATED CONTENT
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.”RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. - Separately, Amanda Galster and Josh Hardin have always wanted to open their own business.RELATED CONTENT
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, 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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
PERHAM, Minn. – Every day, as many as 10 oil trains a day leave North Dakota and six to eight travel through Minnesota.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
BOWMAN, N.D. — Since opening in the fall of 2012, the Pifer’s Auction and Reality location here has been a busy place.RELATED CONTENT
SCRANTON, N.D. — Mike Wedwick chuckles when asked about what this small town would be like without the Scranton Equity Exchange.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
LUVERNE, Minn. — Big changes have been taking place at Midwest Fire in Luverne.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
REGENT, N.D. — As agriculture changes, so must suppliers.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Roy Olivarez is specific about the proper term for his new Grand Forks shop, Tio’s: It’s a taqueria.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Many more Grand Forks residents received notices of increased property value this year.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - Sign up for health insurance today? Or pay a tax penalty next year?
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Even if you spend most of your workday at a desk, you can still incorporate some physical activity that’s good for your body, according to Jordan Erickson, a trainer at Anytime Fitness in Grand Forks.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – Situated between the airport and North Dakota State University, the location of Appareo Systems’ Fargo headquarters reflects its unique enterprise.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. – With some oil patch workers finding trouble receiving health care services because of various obstacles, Sanford Health may have discovered a solution.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. - Medora will remain without an airport for now, Medora's mayor said Thursday.
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.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The new Wal-Mart on Grand Forks' north end will open Wednesday.
Moorhead, Minn. -- The Grizzly’s Wood Fire Grill will soon open for business in Moorhead.
FARGO, N.D. - It’s a common refrain from area shoppers and diners: “Why can’t we get that here?”
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
MITCHELL, S.D. - Eight states in the nation don't have statewide programs supporting downtown revitalization, including South Dakota.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota ranks first for growth in number and economic clout of women-owned businesses in a new census-based report.
WEST FARGO, N.D. – Two new stores in West Fargo, HomeGoods and Marshalls, are set to open May 1.
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.
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.
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, 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.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL – The search committee for Minnesota State University Moorhead’s next president named three semifinalists Thursday.RELATED CONTENT
Downtowns are being redeveloped into unique community coresRELATED CONTENT
Ethanol maker says state use of E15 demonstrates commitment to industryRELATED CONTENT
Why 3D printing is growing in popularity among region’s architects, engineersRELATED CONTENT
West Fargo expects to continue rapid growth for foreseeable futureRELATED CONTENT
SD calls for more dairy producers to support growing industryRELATED CONTENT
In today’s commercial environment, if you are significantly behind in technology, you are likely to be in trouble.RELATED CONTENT
Gate City Bank embraces modern design and collaborative workspace to attract millennialsRELATED CONTENT
A diversified economy for a community and region is accessible with a well-thought-out plan.RELATED CONTENT
Proactive approach to shortages pays off for western ND manufacturerRELATED CONTENT
Over the past year, Fargo-Moorhead has witnessed dramatic entrepreneurial growth.RELATED CONTENT
Discovery could utilize ample U.S. natural gas, displace oil productsRELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
This issue’s cover feature takes a look at some of the redevelopment activities taking place in downtowns throughout our region.RELATED CONTENT
In February, the Obama administration announced the “Made in Rural America” export and investment initiative.RELATED CONTENT