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COVER STORY: Promising Young Professionals

COVER STORY: Promising Young Professionals

Every December, Prairie Business magazine recognizes some of the most inspiring young business people in the northern Plains with a list of the top 40...

TALK OF THE TOWN: Workforce front and center in Fargo

TALK OF THE TOWN: Workforce front and center in Fargo

Workforce front and center in Fargo Strong, diversified economy challenged by lack of labor...

CONSTRUCTION: Building a better project

CONSTRUCTION: Building a better project

Temperatures hovered around zero in late November and the blustery too-soon-for-this wind made it feel even colder for construction workers as they fi...

ENERGY: Dakota Prairie Refining prepares finishing touches

ENERGY: Dakota Prairie Refining prepares finishing touches

Completion of MDU-Calumet project marks first US greenfield refinery in 30 years ...

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Mining for engineers

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Mining for engineers

Career fairs, internships, co-ops vital to recruitment in tight labor market ...

NY bans fracking after report concludes method poses health risks

NY bans fracking after report concludes method poses health risks

ALBANY, NY/NEW YORK - New York state will ban hydraulic fracturing after a long-awaited report concluded that the oil and gas extraction method poses health risks, Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration said on Wednesday.

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Campus sexual assault is sparking public discourse

Campus sexual assault is sparking public discourse

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Two female University of North Dakota students who were raped at gunpoint by a stranger at their off-campus apartment in Grand Forks last year were not counted in university crime statistics.

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SD partners with Sanford to provide $50M in scholarships

SD partners with Sanford to provide $50M in scholarships

SIOUX FALLS — This is exactly the boost needed for Mitchell Technical Institute and the state's other three technical schools.

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Fedorchak to chair ND PSC

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission voted Wednesday to appoint its newest member, Julie Fedorchak, as chairwoman of the three-member regulatory panel for the next two years.

Hearing set on proposed ONEOK natural gas plant in ND

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission has scheduled a public hearing for a proposed natural gas processing plant in McKenzie County that would be the largest of its kind in the state.

State grant money withheld from DSU

DICKINSON, N.D. -- More than $663,000 in state grants have been temporarily withheld from Dickinson State University because of the ongoing problems at the DSU Foundation.

Dickinson zoning commission passes amendments to city housing plan

Dickinson zoning commission passes amendments to city housing plan

DICKINSON, N.D. - Dickinson could soon see higher density housing and more single-family options after the Planning and Zoning Commission approved several amendments to the city's comprehensive plan.

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ND tax revenues continue to climb

DICKINSON, N.D. – Sales tax revenue in North Dakota – especially in western North Dakota – continues to grow.

King Leo’s burger restaurant roaring back into Fargo

King Leo’s burger restaurant roaring back into Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - Some in the Upper Midwest will recall the King Leo’s chain of restaurants that began with a burger and fries joint in 1960 at 1833 S. University Drive in Fargo, at a time when fast-food names like McDonald’s were still a rarity in the Midwest.

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CoCo home to software developers, business trainers, pastor

CoCo home to software developers, business trainers, pastor

FARGO, N.D. - Jodee Bock calls herself a “solo-preneur.” Her company, Bock’s Office, offers consulting and training to individuals and companies.

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Oil holds below $60 as OPEC, Russia keep pumping

NDON - Brent crude oil traded below $60 a barrel on Wednesday, near 5-1/2-year lows, as major oil producers signaled that they would maintain output despite a supply glut and faltering demand in Russia and Europe.

OPEC hawks come round to merits of riding out oil slump, despite pain

LONDON - OPEC members which backed an output cut at the group's meeting last month are coming around to the view of Saudi Arabia that they need to focus on market share, further reducing the chance of any action to defend prices.

Health insurance shoppers have more options; higher premiums

FARGO, N.D. – Consumers shopping for health insurance through the online marketplace have more options but many also are likely to face higher premiums, according to surveys.

ND regulators approve $240M wind farm

ND regulators approve $240M wind farm

BISMARCK – State utility regulators approved a permit for a $240 million wind farm in western North Dakota on Wednesday.

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Matching grant for ND colleges about to end

Matching grant for ND colleges about to end

BISMARCK – A state matching grant created to spur philanthropic gifts for colleges and universities is about to end, setting off a race to claim the leftover dollars.

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ND mill president to receive $62K bonus

ND mill president to receive $62K bonus

BISMARCK – The president and general manager of the nation’s only state-owned mill will receive a $61,857 bonus after a prosperous year in which the mill generated nearly $13.4 million in profits, the second highest in its 92-year history.

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Easing of Cuba restrictions creates opportunity for ag

FARGO, N.D. — Officials say an agreement to normalize diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba could lead to improved trade possibilities and important opportunities for agriculture in the Upper Midwest.

Senate passes bill to allow ranchers, farmers to expense equipment purchased in 2014

WASHINGTON — A bill that would allow farmers, ranchers and other small businesses to expense equipment to run their operations is on its way to President Barack Obama’s desk.

Medical marijuana facility construction begins in Cottage Grove

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. — Dirt is moving at the future site of LeafLine Labs’ medical marijuana manufacturing facility in the Cottage Grove Business Park.

Kemp: Oil prices are now unsustainably low

LONDON -- Oil prices have now fallen to an unsustainable low level. Futures contracts for Brent and WTI have fallen below $60 and $55 per barrel respectively but many crude producers are receiving much lower prices.

P3 project to provide $56M for SD railway system

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced Tuesday that a total of $56 million in public and private funds will be invested in four rail projects across the state that should provide farmers better access to the marketplace.

Jillybeans candy shop closing

Jillybeans candy shop closing

FARGO, N.D. – When Lynn Sanborn bought the candy shop in the West Acres mall in 2003, she renamed the store Jillybeans in honor of her daughter, Jill Liebelt, who manages the store and operates it alongside her mother.

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Feds sue Fargo-based hotel owner over wage violations

FARGO, N.D. – The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a Fargo-based owner of multiple hotels, arguing he owes $200,000 in back pay and damages for depriving almost 200 employees of fair wages over a two-year period.

Belle Fourche, SD, to build $8.4M grain terminal

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. - The Belle Fourche, S.D., Economic Development Corp. is planning an $8.4 million terminal to load and unload rail cars in the city’s new industrial park.

Oil drops below $60 for first time since 2009

Oil drops below $60 for first time since 2009

NEW YORK - Brent crude futures fell for a fifth straight day on Tuesday to end below $60 a barrel while U.S. crude finished a volatile session slightly higher as trading of expiring options helped defend the price above $55.

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New administrator addresses diversity at UND

New administrator addresses diversity at UND

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - On a warm day last May, about 100 people marched in protest through the University of North Dakota's campus at the Walk for Change. Many were unhappy with what they considered university inaction after two incidents involving students were deemed racially offensive by some.

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UND nickname task force posts work online

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota's nickname task force has started drafting its plan to pick a permanent nickname online where the public can watch the progress, but there have been a few technological obstacles.

Several motions filed in lawsuit against F-M diversion project

FARGO, N.D. – Several motions have been filed in a lawsuit against the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project.

ND could lose billions in oil tax revenue if low oil prices persist

ND could lose billions in oil tax revenue if low oil prices persist

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North Dakota stands to lose billions in revenue if oil prices continue to slip, Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley said Tuesday at a meeting of the Highway 2 West Manufacturers' Association in Grand Forks.

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First job for new Republican Senate is Keystone XL

First job for new Republican Senate is Keystone XL

WASHINGTON -- The new Republican-controlled U.S. Senate's first act in January will be approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Emotions flare in EGF meeting over unpaid loan

Emotions flare in EGF meeting over unpaid loan

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - An emotional meeting about an unpaid $510,000 economic development loan ended Tuesday with no formal action from the East Grand Forks City Council.

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Kandiyohi County, Willmar EDC endorses strategic plan

WILLMAR, Minn. — The board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission has approved a strategic plan for 2015, with goals that range from increasing countywide business development to enhancing the county’s broadband infrastructure.

Willmar City Council allows land purchase by Municipal Utilities for substation

WILLMAR, Minn. -- No action by the Willmar City Council means the Municipal Utilities’ proposed purchase agreement with Jennie-O Turkey Store to buy nearly 48 acres of land for an electric substation at Priam will go forward.

Developers to take another shot at Fryburg, ND, housing project

FRYBURG, N.D. — Despite a predicted downturn in oil drilling, developers, whose proposed project was rejected earlier this year, are back with a scaled-down plan to turn the former Fryburg school into housing for oil workers.

Dickinson expansion plan raises concerns

Dickinson expansion plan raises concerns

DICKINSON, N.D. - As plans for the 6,100-acre plot west of Dickinson continue to take shape, local business leaders are concerned new industries and developers will be hesitant to come to the area, saying the proposed land use might scare businesses away.

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Minn. AG concerned about Sysco, US Foods merger

WASHINGTON - Minnesota's attorney general has expressed concern about the merger of food distribution giants Sysco Corp. and US Foods, saying it was questionable whether any divestiture could restore competition lost to the transaction.

ND Health Department: no more meetings on radioactive oilfield waste

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health has no plans to oblige the Dakota Resource Council’s request Monday to schedule six additional public meetings across the state to take input on proposed rules that would allow for the disposal of radioactive oilfield waste in the state.

Colfax, ND, grain elevator to be rebuilt after fire

Colfax, ND, grain elevator to be rebuilt after fire

COLFAX, N.D. – A grain elevator here that was badly damaged by a Dec. 6 fire will be rebuilt.

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ND Lottery ticket sales down $900,000 from previous year

BISMARCK – Fewer Powerball jackpots and player fatigue contributed to lottery ticket sales dropping more than $900,000 in fiscal year 2014, North Dakota Lottery Director Randy Miller said Monday.

MNsure extends enrollment deadline to Saturday

ST. PAUL - Minnesotans will have an extra five days to shop for coverage effective Jan. 1 on the state’s health insurance exchange.

Property owners to vote on F-M diversion special assessment

Property owners to vote on F-M diversion special assessment

FARGO, N.D. – Owners of some 50,000 North Dakota properties will vote on financing the flood diversion early next year, including those who might be harmed by the project, according to a diversion official.

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ND lottery shelves Monopoly Millionaires’ Club game

ND lottery shelves Monopoly Millionaires’ Club game

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Lottery has shelved plans to add a sixth multistate draw game after Friday’s announcement that 23 states will temporarily halt ticket sales for the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club game later this month because of a lack of player interest.

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Canadian company seeks US investors to build $1.7B fertilizer plant

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A Canadian-based company is seeking U.S. investors for a proposed nitrogen fertilizer plant near Regina, Saskatchewan. It would supply farmers in both Canada and the U.S.

Experts say college graduates will enter favorable market

Experts say college graduates will enter favorable market

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - University of North Dakota graduate student Alma Torres spends part of her day meeting with students to talk about careers, but as graduation draws near, she's spending more time thinking about her own job hunt.

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More pheasant hunters, fewer planes at airport

More pheasant hunters, fewer planes at airport

MITCHELL, S.D. - There have been more hunters but fewer planes landing at the Mitchell Municipal Airport for pheasant hunting season so far this year, according to Mike Scherschligt, the airport's manager.

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Early slowdown signs emerge for US oil states after crude slide

After leading the U.S. economic recovery out of recession, some of the nation's top oil states are showing early signs of a slowdown as a result of the plunge in crude prices.

Groups file lawsuit for broader review of Sandpiper project

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Two Minnesota environmental groups filed suit in state district court Friday, asking for a broader environmental review for the proposed Enbridge Energy Sandpiper oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

Aviators, airport managers oppose new Air Force training space

Aviators, airport managers oppose new Air Force training space

BAKER, Mont. — Russell Burdick had been interested in aeronautics for years, but it wasn’t until he was in his 70s, after his wife had passed away, that he learned to pilot a plane.

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Enterprise shelves massive Bakken pipeline project

HOUSTON/NEW YORK - Enterprise Products Partners on Friday shelved plans to build the first crude pipeline from North Dakota to the storage hub in Cushing, Okla., likely hindered by competition from other shippers and lower oil prices.

Hillsboro bakery under new ownership and more biz news

HILLSBORO, N.D. - The Our Town bakery in Hillboro has a new owner.

F-M art community seeks ways to combine creativity, business

F-M art community seeks ways to combine creativity, business

FARGO, N.D. - After meeting artist Paul Allen in his downtown studio, Terry West asked if she could build him a website.

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Fargo teen starts own online tie-dye apparel company

Fargo teen starts own online tie-dye apparel company

FARGO, N.D. - Like the clothes she sells, the future looks bright for 18-year-old Emilee Mahar of Fargo.

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West Fargo company's metal creations shipped to 35 countries

GARDNER, N.D.- When Gene Schobinger couldn’t repair a farmer’s broken cast iron weather vane, he made a new one out of steel.

First barista jam aims to build ND coffee community

First barista jam aims to build ND coffee community

FARGO, N.D. – It’s not every day that a business invites competitors to come learn about new trends and master the technique of the industry.

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Gov.'s budget doesn't fund 50-year-old NDSU building

Gov.'s budget doesn't fund 50-year-old NDSU building

FARGO, N.D. - Most of North Dakota State University’s capital project requests didn’t make it into the governor’s budget, including funds to replace a 50-year-old chemistry building that has had two fires in the past four years.

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With prices slumping 2015 could be tough for oil

BISMARCK -- With oil prices on a steep downward slump, 2015 could be a tough year for oil producers, North Dakota’s lead regulator for the industry.

Fosston teen launches beauty product line and more biz news

Antonina Kuznetsov took an interest in the beauty products she was using at an early age.

Despite warnings, Minn. kept cash flowing to controversial nonprofit

ST. PAUL - In December 2011, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and Community Action of Minneapolis CEO Bill Davis stood side-by-side at a press conference to plead for more federal money to help low-income people pay their heating bills.

Grand Forks-based AE2S adding jobs

Grand Forks-based AE2S adding jobs

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Over the past 20-plus years, Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services (AE2S) has had a hand in some of the largest water-related infrastructure projects in the state.

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UND begins search for next ombuds

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A search committee has been named to begin the search for the University of North Dakota's new ombuds.

Documents cast doubt on BNSF reasons for shipping delays

WORTHINGTON, Minn. – When months of rail traffic delays cost farmers, coal companies, utilities, grain businesses and others hundreds of millions of dollars, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and other carriers blamed the delays on unexpected heavy shipping demand and bad weather.

ND remains only a dabbler in the lottery business

ND remains only a dabbler in the lottery business

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Moham Mitchell spends a lot of money on lottery tickets here every week at the Orton’s gas station near the first exit off Interstate 94 past the state line.

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ND earns praise for banning e-cigarettes indoors

ND earns praise for banning e-cigarettes indoors

FARGO, N.D. - A new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report portrays North Dakota as being ahead of the curve in banning the use of electronic cigarettes indoors, but also as one lagging behind by allowing sales of e-cigarettes to minors.

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US, Canada transport chiefs to meet on oil train safety

WASHINGTON — Top transportation officials from Canada and the U.S. are due to meet next week to hash out differences about safety regulations for trains that carry oil, sources said Thursday.

US lawmakers give preview of coming oil export fight

WASHINGTON -- U.S. lawmakers gave a preview on Thursday of a looming fight next year on lifting the ban on crude exports with supporters saying it would sustain the drilling boom and others questioning its impacts on industry and fuel prices.

Sanford AirMed ready to take off in Dickinson

Sanford AirMed ready to take off in Dickinson

DICKINSON, N.D. - Josh Zellers has been piloting airplanes out of Dickinson for eight of the past nine years.

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Oasis Petroleum expects to cut next year's spending 50 percent

WILLISTON, N.D. — Oasis Petroleum expects to cut 2015 spending 50 percent amid plunging oil prices.

Company plans diesel, natural gas plants in ND, Mont.

WILLISTON, N.D. -- A Williston-based energy company has plans to roll out at least four plants in the Bakken region that would refine crude into diesel and strip natural gas liquids from oil.

ND state chamber sets legislative priorities

MOORHEAD, Minn. – More tax relief for businesses, strengthening the state’s workforce and flood protection are among likely legislative priorities for the Greater North Dakota Chamber.

BCBS of ND continues to run in financial black

BCBS of ND continues to run in financial black

FARGO, N.D. – Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota continues to operate in the black as it approaches year-end following last year’s financially bruising loss.

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Jury convicts ND potato farmers on all counts in crop insurance fraud case

FARGO, N.D. — A federal jury has found former Northwood, N.D., potato farming brothers Aaron and Derek Johnson guilty of all felony counts of crop insurance fraud brought against them.

Mixed bag predicted for 2015 growing season

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Though the first half of the growing season next year in the Upper Midwest should be favorable, the second half could bring challenges, including the possibility of "one of the hottest summers on record," according to an area weather expert.

Proposal would allow ND landfills to accept more radioactivity in oilfield waste

BISMARCK – Oilfield waste with elevated levels of radioactivity could be dumped in North Dakota’s landfills instead of having to be trucked out of state, under proposed rules being announced today by the state Department of Health.

US won't stop tribal governments from legalizing marijuana

US won't stop tribal governments from legalizing marijuana

BISMARCK -- Tribal governments will now be able to legalize marijuana on their lands, if they follow federal guidelines in place for other states who in the past few years have seen voters approve measures.

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Low gas prices set to go even lower

Low gas prices set to go even lower

FARGO, N.D. – Gassing up to head to grandma’s house for Christmas will be cheaper this year.

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Oil and gas tax declines hurt ND, Alaska revenues

WASHINGTON - Declines in oil and gas severance taxes contributed to large drops in overall revenues for Alaska and North Dakota in the third quarter, a public policy research group reported on Thursday.

Integreon CEO sees potential in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. – Bob Gogel jokes that he and Hector International Airport are good friends.

West Fargo's Quality Meats and Seafood keeps local grocery counters stocked

West Fargo's Quality Meats and Seafood keeps local grocery counters stocked

WEST FARGO – For almost half a century, a business in West Fargo has been supplying select meat and seafood products to regional restaurants and grocery stores.

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New drug-testing company opening in Fargo

New drug-testing company opening in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. – A clinical drug research company headed by the founder of PRACS Institute is moving into the former PRACS building in south Fargo.

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Eloise Boutique and Flowers opens in Fargo

Eloise Boutique and Flowers opens in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - Gina Gould, former owner of the 3 Chicks Boutique at Baker Nursery, has opened Eloise Boutique and Flowers in the popular SoMA, or “South of Main Avenue,” neighborhood in downtown Fargo.

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Think tank: US needs longer-range, stealthy drones

Think tank: US needs longer-range, stealthy drones

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military should invest more in longer-range, stealthy weapons, and especially unmanned vehicles, to leverage current advantages and stay ahead of rapid advances by China, Russia and other potential foes, a Washington think tank said Tuesday.

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OPEC cuts 2015 demand for its oil, says low prices may slow shale

LONDON - Global demand for OPEC crude in 2015 is expected to fall to the lowest level in more than a decade and far below current output, the group said on Wednesday, pointing to a hefty supply surplus without OPEC output cuts or a slowdown in the U.S. shale boom.

BP to spend $1B on thousands of job cuts

BP to spend $1B on thousands of job cuts

LONDON - BP will cut thousands of jobs cut across its global oil and gas business by the end of next year in a $1 billion restructuring program announced on Wednesday following steep falls in oil prices.

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Plan to have private company build F-M diversion may leave room for corps' help

FARGO, N.D. – A proposal to have a private company build the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion may still leave room for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has concerns about design standards for critical components of the project.

Gas prices hitting four-year lows, could go lower

FARGO, N.D. - Gas prices are hitting four-year lows, and it doesn’t look like the price fall will stop any time soon.

ND lawmakers outline plan to close gap in mental health care

MOORHEAD, Minn. – North Dakota lawmakers outlined legislative proposals Wednesday to begin filling serious gaps in the state’s mental health services that are especially dire in the west.

Task force outlines plan to pick new UND nickname

Task force outlines plan to pick new UND nickname

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Sue Jeno started to cry when she was asked whether she thought the University of North Dakota should pick a new nickname.

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Minn. is one polar vortex away from energy crisis

Minn. is one polar vortex away from energy crisis

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is one polar vortex away from a winter energy crisis.

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UND hosts DeStress Fest for students studying for finals

UND hosts DeStress Fest for students studying for finals

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Dogs, massage chairs and ice cream replaced notebooks, laptops and study guides Wednesday as students relaxed during the University of North Dakota's DeStress Fest in the Memorial Union.

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Ridgewater students get scholarships Otto Bremer Foundation

Ridgewater students get scholarships Otto Bremer Foundation

WILLMAR, Minn. — For 42 students on Ridgewater College’s Willmar campus, the path to finishing school is a little clearer now.

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Montevideo rallies troops to build $33M veterans' nursing home

Montevideo rallies troops to build $33M veterans' nursing home

MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — Montevideo is rallying the troops for another run at winning state support to build a 90-bed veterans’ nursing home in the community.

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MNDOT holds meeting in Willmar to discuss rail system

MNDOT holds meeting in Willmar to discuss rail system

WILLMAR, Minn. - Constraints on the rail system and support for a proposed railroad bypass in Willmar were raised Monday as the Minnesota Department of Transportation hosted an open house-style meeting on a 2015 state rail plan now in the works

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ND regulators order oil industry to further separate volatile gases from crude

BISMARCK — North Dakota regulators foisted a new set of standards on the oil industry Tuesday aimed at further separating volatile gases from Bakken crude oil to make it safer for rail transport in the wake of several explosive train derailments.

Billboards go digital in Dickinson city limits

Billboards go digital in Dickinson city limits

DICKINSON, N.D. - Drivers in Dickinson should expect to see more digital billboards dotting the skyline, as several of the large advertising display signs have already popped up about six months after city officials revised an ordinance to allow them within city limits.

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ND SBHE sets guidelines for campuses to raise room and board rates

ND SBHE sets guidelines for campuses to raise room and board rates

BISMARCK – The State Board of Higher Education paved the way for North Dakota’s public universities to raise room and board costs at its meeting here on Tuesday.It’s a figure that’s been climbing steadily on all 11 campuses in the North Dakota University System.

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Valley prosperity initiative makes strides in first year

Valley prosperity initiative makes strides in first year

FARGO, N.D. - A collaborative effort launched more than a year ago that aims to grow prosperity in the region is poised to put plans into action.

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Oil hits five-year low, feeding investor rout in markets

TOKYO - Oil prices were knocked again on Wednesday, with Asian shares and the dollar also pulling back as global growth concerns and political uncertainty in Greece prompting a flight to safety.

Minn-Dak projects brighter days once Mexican sugar issue resolved

FARGO, N.D. — Shareholders of Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative of Wahpeton, N.D., can expect a low sugar beet payment at $36.86 per ton for their 2014 crop, with an additional $3 per ton contingency to be paid out if processing goes well.

SBHE moves forward with choosing next chancellor

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The State Board of Higher Education delegated authority to a select few to continue defining what they want from the system's next chancellor, but the group discussed the issue at length with the entire board at a special meeting Tuesday in Bismarck.

Small horses help stressed students on U of M Duluth campus

Small horses help stressed students on U of M Duluth campus

DULUTH, Minn. - A pair of miniature horses drew a big crowd Tuesday on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus.

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Social infrastructure commission approves child care recommendations

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - High costs, limited capacity and a growing population are among several factors driving child care needs in Grand Forks.

Oil patch landowners believe state is bowing to oil companies

Oil patch landowners believe state is bowing to oil companies

ANTLER, N.D. -- As state officials met in Bismarck to approve new oil conditioning standards and to discuss the drop in crude oil prices, landowners from the oil patch gathered at a separate meeting to review a different side of the Bakken oil boom -- spills, soil contamination and landowner rights.

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Demand for nurses leads to recruitment bonuses and other benefits

Demand for nurses leads to recruitment bonuses and other benefits

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Valley Eldercare Center is in need of seven full-time nurses and is willing to pay a $10,000 signing bonus to get them.

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ND Industrial Commision adopts conditioning standards for Bakken crude

BISMARCK - The North Dakota Industrial Commission today adopted new conditioning standards to improve the safety of Bakken crude oil for transport.

Column: Texas drilling frenzy made oil crash inevitable

LONDON - If prices had not crashed over the past five months, the oil market would have moved into a substantial surplus in the first half of 2015, according to a review of drilling and production statistics from major shale plays in the United States.

Minn. looks for workforce advice

Minn. looks for workforce advice

ST. PAUL — Stories of Minnesota manufacturers finding it difficult to fill jobs abound around rural Minnesota, and some state senators are looking at ways to help.

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St. Joseph's completes move to new facility

St. Joseph's completes move to new facility

DICKINSON, N.D. - St. Joseph’s move is finally complete.

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More secure credit, debit cards are coming to region

More secure credit, debit cards are coming to region

FARGO, N.D. – The last time Dan Fisher went to Canada, he couldn’t use several of the cards in his wallet.

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SBHE committee approves fee guidelines

SBHE committee approves fee guidelines

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education's Budget and Finance Committee approved university fee structures for the coming year Monday at its meeting.

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East Grand Forks interviews economic director candidates

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - Members of the East Grand Forks Economic Development and Housing Authority board interviewed candidates for the vacant director position Monday night, including one of their own.

Western ND town's new streets would cost $8.1M

MANNING, N.D. — The Dunn County seat in the oil-booming Bakken still has dirt streets, and its unofficial mayor says it’s time to change that.

ND Industrial Commission to decide on oil conditioning standards

BISMARCK – Oil companies are urging North Dakota regulators to scale back proposed standards for treating crude oil to make it safer for shipment, warning the rules could increase natural gas flaring and emissions, damage equipment and add costs that could threaten some operations.

Fargo OKs $2.2M in tax incentives for business park

FARGO, N.D. – Construction on an $18 million business park near the Main Avenue Interstate 29 ramp will begin this spring, according to developer Paul Hyde.

ND governor criticizes plan to close reviews of university presidents

ND governor criticizes plan to close reviews of university presidents

FARGO, N.D. – If lawmakers don’t approve an exemption to open records laws for reviews of university presidents – a proposal Gov. Jack Dalrymple recently criticized – the board that oversees the university system likely won’t do more thorough “360” reviews.

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30 percent in favor of new UND nickname

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A large number of people are in favor of choosing a new nickname for the University of North Dakota quickly and think alumni should have the biggest stake in that process, according to survey data discussed by UND’s new nickname task force Monday.

Wheat Growers building in SD

Wheat Growers is building a $3.2 million Innovation and Equipment Modification Center near Bath, S.D.

Sorlie Bridge construction likely set for next year

Sorlie Bridge construction likely set for next year

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Rehabilitation of the Sorlie Bridge connecting downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks is being considered for next summer.

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Lower oil prices impact Okla. state revenues

NEW YORK — Oklahoma’s energy-related revenues are feeling the squeeze from lower oil prices and if the price remains low, it could hit income and sales tax revenues if energy workers have less money to spend, the state’s treasurer said on Friday.

Crude oil, natural gas reserves rose more than 9 percent in 2013

Proven crude oil and lease-condensate reserves in the United States increased 9.3 percent to 36.5 billion barrels in 2013, up from 33.4 billion barrels in 2012, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a report Thursday.

NDSU Foundation grappling with employment issues

FARGO, N.D. — New leadership, a string of resignations and key employees claiming they were demoted without cause.

Western ND landowners discuss cost of oil development

Western ND landowners discuss cost of oil development

STANLEY, N.D. -- While the Bakken oil formation has made North Dakota the second largest oil-producing state in the country, some residents are concerned about the longterm effects of the oil boom.

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Western ND bridges taking a beating

Western ND bridges taking a beating

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – Mauricio Gomez drove a truck more than 1,500 miles from Houston hauling pipe to North Dakota’s oil patch only to find the bridge on a main traffic route closed, creating a detour that added another 100 miles to his trip.

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DSU Foundation’s primary purpose changed nearly a decade ago

DICKINSON, N.D. — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s motion to move the Dickinson State University Foundation into receivership has left students, donors, investors and the surrounding community questioning how it got to this point.

Fargo’s Renaissance Zone expires this month; city wants to renew it

FARGO, N.D. – Fifteen years ago, downtown was a wasteland with empty store fronts and decrepit buildings on their way to becoming more decrepit, Bruce Furness recalled. He was mayor then and nothing his administration did to change the situation worked.

Kemp column: Watching for a drilling slowdown in ND

Kemp column: Watching for a drilling slowdown in ND

LONDON - In the next few months, everyone in the oil market will be intently watching the volume of new drilling activity in the shale plays of the United States for any signs of a slowdown in response to the fall in oil prices.

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Fargo facility offers services to people with Alzheimer’s, dementia

Fargo facility offers  services to people with Alzheimer’s, dementia

FARGO, N.D. - Maple View, a new retirement community exclusively for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory impairments, has opened in south Fargo.

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Business growth expected in south Grand Forks

Business growth expected in south Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Amid south Grand Forks' rapid growth, portions of some major city corridors still remain undeveloped.

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Organizations come sniffing at Minn.'s state budget surplus

Organizations come sniffing at Minn.'s state budget surplus

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's $1 billion budget surplus, which some say really is not a surplus, is attracting drools from organizations thinking there may be money available.

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Global oil prices continue to slide

NEW YORK - Global oil prices slid further on Friday, with Brent on track for the first weekly close below $70 a barrel since 2010, as strong U.S. employment data did little to lift the oil market's bearish mood a day after Saudi Arabia cut official selling prices.

State OKs water permits for proposed ND fertilizer plant

BISMARCK – The State Water Commission granted permission Friday for Grand Forks to pump additional water from its wastewater lagoons and the Red River to meet the needs of a proposed fertilizer plant and other industrial users.

Manufacturers add thousands of jobs

Manufacturers add thousands of jobs

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Manufacturing is making a comeback.

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Appraisal of EGF Boardwalk building complete

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - The city of East Grand Forks received word this week that an appraisal of the Boardwalk building has been completed, which will be used in coming discussions over an unpaid $510,000 economic development loan.

Lower oil prices a concern in ND

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Falling oil prices are on the minds of many in North Dakota, where the industry has brought unprecedented wealth and state revenue.

GF community partners launch initiative to promote healthier living

GF community partners launch initiative to promote healthier living

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Nearly a year ago, Nancy Roland was one of three people enrolled in Altru's new Weight Management Program, which provides nutrition counseling, exercise therapy and medical monitoring to help people achieve healthy weight loss.

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Legendary ND TV station ad featuring "Happy" song

Legendary ND TV station ad featuring 'Happy' song

BISMARCK – The folks at NBC North Dakota News have a “legendary” new way to promote the state’s recent ranking as the happiest in America – and it’s making waves online.

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Ex-wife of oil magnate Harold Hamm appeals $1B divorce ruling

Sue Ann Arnall, the ex-wife of Continental Resources Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Harold Hamm, has appealed a divorce judgment that awarded her around $1 billion from the Hamm marital estate, her lawyers said on Friday.

SW Minn. will have no medical cannabis distribution site

MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — The two companies chosen to produce medical cannabis in Minnesota will be opening eight distribution sites for patients, with six within an hour’s drive of most Twin Cities metropolitan residents.

ND governor’s budget has $40M plan for new Supreme Court digs

ND governor’s budget has $40M plan for new Supreme Court digs

BISMARCK – Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle likes his architecture the way he likes his music: classical.

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Toasted Frog holds soft opening in downtown Fargo

Toasted Frog holds soft opening in downtown Fargo

FARGO, N.D. – Fargo’s newest restaurant and bar, The Toasted Frog, opened quietly Thursday afternoon.

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MSUM Memorial Union renovation plan angers students

MSUM Memorial Union renovation plan angers students

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The renovation of a major building at Minnesota State University Moorhead has some students angered and worried about the future of their private meeting spaces.

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Inflation expected to eat away at $1 billion Minn. budget surplus

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota state budget surplus sits at $1 billion, but not really.

Fargo doctor opens new cosmetic medicine practice

Fargo doctor opens new cosmetic medicine practice

FARGO, N.D. - A board-certified physician who has practiced family medicine in the area since 1999 has opened a new private practice where she will specialize in turning back the hands of time.

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ND governor questions fairness of New York Times report on regulation of oil in state

FARGO, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple defended North Dakota’s regulation of oil development and said recent New York Times coverage unfairly gave the impression the state is too cozy with the petroleum industry.

Public hearing set on western ND pipeline project

BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday in Stanley on a proposal to convert an existing crude oil gathering pipeline into a transmission line in western North Dakota.

ND SBHE hears from GF and UND about new chancellor concerns

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A group of six people including university officials, a student and lawmakers gathered at the University of North Dakota’s Gorecki Alumni Center Thursday evening to voice their opinion on what they want from a North Dakota University System chancellor.

Most American Crystal growers set to lose money this year

Most American Crystal growers set to lose money this year

FARGO, N.D. — Most American Crystal Sugar Co. farmers will lose money on the 2014 crop at current price projections, but officials at the Moorhead, Minn.-based co-op say things will improve next year.

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ND governor highlights GF needs in budget

ND governor highlights GF needs in budget

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple outlined his proposed budget and its potential impact on the region in a visit to Grand Forks Thursday.

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Twin Cities stakeholders chime in on UND nickname transition

Twin Cities stakeholders chime in on UND nickname transition

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – There is plenty of passion behind the University of North Dakota nickname debate, even in Minnesota Golden Gopher territory.

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ND SBHE prefiles legislation to restrict some open records

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The State Board of Higher Education has prefiled legislation to restrict some open records and meetings access, which varies from the original proposal discussed at the board’s last meeting in November.

2 business owners collaborate to open art gallery in GF

2 business owners collaborate to open art gallery in GF

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - In the vibrant arts culture of Grand Forks, there are many places to see some of the area’s most prominent artists.

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Receiver appointed to manage DSU Foundation

DICKINSON, N.D. - The Southwest District Court has approved a receiver to manage the Dickinson State University Foundation for the next six months.

US oil, natural gas reserves rose over 9 percent in 2013

Proven crude oil and lease-condensate reserves in the United States increased 9.3 percent to 36.5 billion barrels in 2013, up from 33.4 billion barrels in 2012, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a report Thursday.

ND insurance regulators fine BCBS $60K for violations

FARGO, N.D. – Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota agreed today to pay fines totaling $60,000 for “systemic” violations uncovered in an examination by insurance regulators.

Ag groups want to end port disruptions

FARGO, N.D. — West Coast port disruptions are becoming a dire situation for U.S. agriculture. A coalition of 61 ag groups, including several with members in Minnesota and the Dakotas, have appealed to President Barack Obama to take decisive action to override a labor impasse.

Minn. budget surplus predicted at $1B

ST. PAUL - Minnesota legislators and governor will have a bit more to spend in the next two years.

Posting $548M loss, Sears plans to double store closings

Posting $548M loss, Sears plans to double store closings

Sears Holdings Corp. reported a quarterly net loss of $548 million, slightly less than it had estimated last month, and the struggling retailer said it had nearly doubled its planned store closures to cut costs.

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Workforce shortage still top issue for SD

Workforce shortage still top issue for SD

MITCHELL, S.D. - The shortage of skilled workers remains the most important issue affecting businesses in South Dakota, David Owen, president of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said Wednesday.

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Fargo works with PCs for People to bridge digital divide in F-M

Fargo works with PCs for People to bridge digital divide in F-M

FARGO, N.D. – The city of Fargo is partnering with a St. Paul-based nonprofit group to put the power of personal computing into the hands of low-income residents in the Fargo-Moorhead, Minn., area.

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Fargo construction company building new headquarters

Fargo construction company building new headquarters

FARGO, N.D. - A long-vacant plot of land off South University Drive is becoming the headquarters for a longtime Fargo construction company.

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UND's Department of Philosophy and Religion looks to spur more interest in major

UND's Department of Philosophy and Religion looks to spur more interest in major

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Madison Berns didn’t go into college planning on majoring in philosophy, but now that she’s a junior, she’s glad she switched her major.

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Enbridge paving the way for $7.5B pipeline project

Enbridge paving the way for $7.5B pipeline project

CLEARBROOK, Minn. - Representatives from Canadian oil company Enbridge Energy met with residents in Clearbrook on Wednesday, the first in a series of open houses in December ahead of another planned massive pipeline project across northern Minnesota.

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Minn. revenue report due out today; $40B budget expected

ST. PAUL -- The wraps are about to come off a top-secret report that lays the groundwork on what likely will be a $40-billion, two-year Minnesota state budget.

Man sues for $2.5M over burn accident at American Crystal

Man sues for $2.5M over burn accident at American Crystal

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. -- An Illinois man has sued American Crystal Sugar Co. and a construction company after he was severely burned and disfigured while he said he was trapped under an umbrella-shaped spray of scalding beet juice coming from a 25,000-gallon container.

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US ethanol makers at record rate despite rare gas premium

CHICAGO - U.S. ethanol production is likely to continue at a record rate despite its rare premium to gasoline as cheap corn, high biofuel prices and even cool weather provide ideal conditions and strong profit margins.

ND governor's budget bets on oil price rebound

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple proposed a two-year state budget on Wednesday that forecasts rebounding oil prices and a 23 percent jump in oil taxes, a tacit bet the state's energy boom will continue unabated.

Fed says US economy expanding, shale production steady

WASHINGTON - U.S. economic activity continued to expand in October and November, with lower gasoline prices boosting consumer spending, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday.

Start Bismarck, Bobcat partner for Startup Weekend

Start Bismarck, Bobcat partner for Startup Weekend

Bismarck, N.D. – Garrett Moon, Start Bismarck steering committee member and founder of CoSchedule, and Matt Sagaser, Bobcat Co. director of the North American Acceleration Center in Bismarck, have announced a partnership for the first ever Startup Weekend event to be held in Bismarck. The event will take place Jan. 23-25, 2015.

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Annual Prairie Grains conference caters to many interests

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Upper Midwest harvest is wrapping up, a sure sign that the Prairie Grains conference is nearing.

ND budget would include tax relief, more money for oil counties and a general fund increase

ND budget would include tax relief, more money for oil counties and a general fund increase

BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple outlined a two-year budget proposal Wednesday that continues to chip away at income and property taxes, pours $3 billion into roads and other infrastructure projects and carves out an additional $1 billion for western North Dakota counties seeking a bigger share of oil tax revenue.

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Willmar City Council reviews purchase of land from Jennie-O

Willmar City Council reviews purchase of land from Jennie-O

WILLMAR, Minn. — Willmar Municipal Utilities’ proposed Priam substation is in a holding pattern while City Council members consider the merits of the utilities’ land purchase agreement with Jennie-O Turkey Store for the substation site.

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Jimmy John’s opening in Worthington

Jimmy John’s opening in Worthington

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — The rumors are true: Jimmy John’s is coming to town, thanks to the Thomson family out of Primghar, Iowa.

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SD governor outlines cautious budget

SD governor outlines cautious budget

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday said because state revenues are mostly flat, he is proposing only a 2.5 percent or $49 million increase in spending.

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Ag groups act to limit conservation groups

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota agricultural groups are putting the pressure on officials to eject conservation advocate organizations as contract helpers in U.S. Department of Agriculture offices that regulate wetland compliance issues.

ND governor to deliver budget address Wednesday

ND governor to deliver budget address Wednesday

BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple will present his two-year budget recommendation to the state Legislature on Wednesday, setting the stage for what one lawmaker predicted will likely be “one of the most momentous sessions in legislative history.”

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University officials want to block some records from being open to the public

University officials want to block some records from being open to the public

FARGO, N.D. - The North Dakota University System is moving to exempt internal draft audits and presidential evaluations from the open records and public meetings law.

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Opening statements begin in federal crop insurance fraud case in ND

FARGO, N.D. — Jurors in a federal crop insurance fraud trial in Fargo were alerted that they’ll have to make a judgment on the credibility of a former hired hand in a case against farming brothers Aaron and Derek Johnson of Northwood, N.D.

Ag expert says drones are the future for helping farmers

Ag expert says drones are the future for helping farmers

FARGO, N.D. – If you want to see the future of farming, just look up.

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UND students enter rocket in NASA competition against 27 other teams

UND students enter rocket in NASA competition against 27 other teams

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A group of University of North Dakota students have their eyes on the sky.

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MTI battles issue of having 1 route in, out of campus

MTI battles issue of having 1 route in, out of campus

MITCHELL, S.D. - It's not uncommon for students -- or teachers, for that matter -- to be late for class at Mitchell Technical Institute.

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October US oil shale permits drop

NEW YORK -- U.S. oil producers have been racing full-speed ahead to drill new shale wells in recent years, even in the face of lower oil prices. But new data suggests that the much-anticipated slowdown in shale country may have finally arrived.

Air Force approves training zone over southwest ND

Air Force approves training zone over southwest ND

DICKINSON, N.D. - The southwest corner of North Dakota may soon be booming, but it won't be because of oil drilling.

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Trial for ND farmers accused of intentionally damaging potatoes underway

FARGO, N.D. – Opening statements are set to begin today in the case of two brothers accused of intentionally damaging potatoes in order to collect crop insurance money.

Fargo officials to reconsider connecting downtown with river, possibly with bridge over floodwall

Fargo officials to reconsider connecting downtown with river, possibly with bridge over floodwall

FARGO, N.D. – City commissioners here got a look Monday at some options for better connecting downtown to the Red River, seen as a future focal point for recreation and entertainment.

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Renewable accounts: The new normal?

Renewable accounts: The new normal?

As many of us sat down to a Thanksgiving feast, a decision with large, long-term impacts was being made in Switzerland.

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Local groups participate in nationwide effort to give back to nonprofits

Local groups participate in nationwide effort to give back to nonprofits

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Maybe it’s the money you saved on Black Friday deals, what you didn’t spend online through Cyber Monday, or maybe you just feel like giving back to nonprofits this holiday season.

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Griggs County, contractor head to mediation to settle unpaid bills

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. - Griggs County will go to mediation with a Grand Forks contractor to settle a seven-month-old dispute over $600,000 in unpaid bills plus interest.

GF council approves 2015 special events budget of about $127,000

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks City Council approved its 2015 special events budget with one condition regarding an annual racing event.

Drayton, ND, family brings reindeer to Santa in Fargo

Drayton, ND, family brings reindeer to Santa in Fargo

DRAYTON, N.D. — Santa Claus opened up his home at Rheault Farm in south Fargo on Saturday, and he brought with him two of his reindeer from up north.

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Companies could supply medical marijuana in July

Companies could supply medical marijuana in July

ST. PAUL — Two companies will supply Minnesotans with certain ailments medical marijuana beginning next year, but some patients will be forced to drive hours if they want to take part in the new state program.

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Fargo man's invention attaches cellphones to variety of surfaces

Fargo man's invention attaches cellphones to variety of surfaces

FARGO, N.D. - Jim Bastian’s first invention should have made him a million dollars, he said.

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Family lauds Moorhead's selection as medical marijuana distribution site

Family lauds Moorhead's selection as medical marijuana distribution site

ST. PAUL – Moorhead, Minn., will likely be one of eight Minnesota cities where medical marijuana will be sold to patients with certain ailments, starting as soon as July.

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UND nickname task force to hold Minneapolis town hall on Thursday

UND nickname task force to hold Minneapolis town hall on Thursday

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota Nickname and Logo Process Recommendation Task Force is holding a meeting in the Twin Cities.

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Grand Forks approves loan for AE2S expansion

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks City Council members agreed Monday to help finance a local company’s expansion.

Minn. picks medical marijuana makers

Minn. picks medical marijuana makers

ST. PAUL - Minnesota officials today announced two companies that will grow marijuana and process it into medicine.

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Train derails on BNSF Railway tracks near Bluffton, Minn.

Train derails on BNSF Railway tracks near Bluffton, Minn.

BLUFFTON, Minn. – Emergency responders are on the scene of a 32-car train derailment near Highway 10 just northeast of Bluffton, law enforcement officials said Monday.

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High-speed Internet service no guarantee in Minn.

ST. PAUL — Minnesotans only need to look at the first two counties on an alphabetical list to understand the Internet disparity between rural areas and those in big cities.

ND regulators slash $800K fine to $20K for company linked to Noonan waste dumping

BISMARCK — A company linked to the illegal stockpiling of oilfield waste inside an abandoned gas station in northwest North Dakota has reached a deal with state regulators that slashed the proposed $800,000 fine to $20,000, upsetting some local officials.

Enbridge wants southern route for Line 3

DULUTH, Minn. — Enbridge Energy has announced a series of public meetings in December to explain plans for its proposed reconstruction of a pipeline from Canada to Superior, including the company’s preferred route across northern Minnesota.

Activists call for probe into ND’s oil industry regulation

BISMARCK – Environmental activists called Friday for a state investigation into what they say is North Dakota’s failure to enforce state rules and regulations for the oil industry as identified in a New York Times report last weekend.

Familiar themes expected in ND’s budget address

Familiar themes expected in ND’s budget address

BISMARCK – North Dakota lawmakers can expect familiar themes from Gov. Jack Dalrymple when he delivers his executive budget address Wednesday, the final day of the Legislature’s three-day organizational session.

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Williston sells wastewater to oil company for fracking

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Williston City Commission approved a contract for the city’s wastewater to be sold to Oasis Petroleum for use as hydraulic fracturing water.

DSU says scholarships will be honored

DICKINSON, N.D. - Dickinson State University has made assurances to students that their scholarships will be available come spring semester, even if the DSU Foundation doesn’t reimburse the university for those costs.

Texas, ND shale oil booms have familiar tone

Texas, ND shale oil booms have familiar tone

CUERO, Texas — Robert Stoddard says the problems in the oil shale plays in North Dakota and Texas are interconnected.

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St. Joe’s staff prepares to move into new $100M facility

St. Joe’s staff prepares to move into new $100M facility

DICKINSON, N.D. - Janis Gartner has already been through one move with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center.

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Spicy Pie has 3 new locations in the works

Spicy Pie has 3 new locations in the works

FARGO, N.D. - The sign in front of the construction site on 52nd Avenue South lets passers-by know what’s in store. Spicy Pie hopes to open its new location at 2650 52nd Ave. S. sometime this spring.

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Moorhead liquor store expanding and more biz news

MOORHEAD, Minn. - The 99 Bottles liquor store is getting bigger. The business, which opened in 2010 at 924 Main Ave., Moorhead, recently broke ground on an addition that when completed will double the store’s floor space.

Fargo business owner switches careers to give back to community

Fargo business owner switches careers to give back to community

MOORHEAD, Minn. - It is the difficult times in life that sometimes make people all the more grateful for what they have. That was the case recently for Josh Humble of Moorhead.

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F-M health systems scramble to keep up with increase in demand

FARGO, N.D. – Medical centers here are coping with a spike in demand for health services that leave hospitals scrambling to add beds and staffing levels, even as major construction projects continue.

Minn.'s revenue green with no big changes foreseen

Minn.'s revenue green with no big changes foreseen

ST. PAUL – After a Thanksgiving holiday at his son’s home in San Francisco this weekend, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will return to his Capitol area office Monday to start working “full bore,” he said, on crafting what is likely to be a $40 billion-plus budget to submit to the Legislature in January.

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NDSU professor starts math group for high school students

NDSU professor starts math group for high school students

FARGO, N.D. - Trevor McGuire wants to welcome high school math lovers into his inner circle.

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GF has new video rental service and more biz news

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Another video rental service has popped up in Grand Forks as rental stores like Blockbuster become a thing of the past.

Grand Forks continues public art planning

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - As Grand Forks community leaders work toward a citywide public arts plan, they’re taking the first steps in what can be a challenging process, local and regional art experts say.

UAS industry predicted to take off

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - It’s been a big year for North Dakota’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry.

Downtown GF buildings fill up, signaling interest

Downtown GF buildings fill up, signaling interest

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A prominent downtown Grand Forks building is expected to be full for the first time in years, one milestone that local business officials say is a sign of the area’s increased vitality.

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New generation to carry on Cavalier Christmas tree business

New generation to carry on Cavalier Christmas tree business

CAVALIER, N.D. - Margaux Lindsay grew up helping her dad Michael “Skip” Kotchman on the family Christmas tree farm. She would help weed and mow during the summer and would show customers around the farm when they came to cut down trees in November.

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New ND business turns bison manure into bison compost

New ND business turns bison manure into bison compost

LEEDS, N.D. - Owners of a large bison ranch near here have partnered with another couple to sell what they refer to as “America’s original compost.”

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Unlike other university presidents, NDSU president employs a driver

Unlike other university presidents, NDSU president employs a driver

FARGO, N.D. -- North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani has a packed schedule, with back-to-back appointments from morning until night.

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FEMA rule could potentially raise cost of building a home in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. – Home builders here are watching the Federal Emergency Management Agency closely for a decision expected in the next month or so that they say could bump up the cost of area housing.

UND aims to improve healthy living options on campus

UND aims to improve healthy living options on campus

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks is one of the only Midwest schools signed on to participate in an initiative through the Partnership for a Healthier America, a national group endorsed by First Lady Michelle Obama that aims to keep America’s youth healthy.

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COVER STORY: Promising Young Professionals

COVER STORY: Promising Young Professionals

Every December, Prairie Business magazine recognizes some of the most inspiring young business people in the northern Plains with a list of the top 40 professionals under the age of 40. Please click on the 40 Under 40 Tab at the top the the homepage to read the story in its entirety.

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Mining for engineers

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Mining for engineers

Career fairs, internships, co-ops vital to recruitment in tight labor market

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CONSTRUCTION: Building a better project

CONSTRUCTION: Building a better project

Temperatures hovered around zero in late November and the blustery too-soon-for-this wind made it feel even colder for construction workers as they finished up as much work as they could before winter would made some of their jobs nearly impossible for a few months.

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TALK OF THE TOWN: Workforce front and center in Fargo

TALK OF THE TOWN: Workforce front and center in Fargo

Workforce front and center in Fargo Strong, diversified economy challenged by lack of labor

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ENERGY: Dakota Prairie Refining prepares finishing touches

ENERGY: Dakota Prairie Refining prepares finishing touches

Completion of MDU-Calumet project marks first US greenfield refinery in 30 years

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Workforce study under way

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Workforce study under way

On Oct. 24, the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp. partnered with the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau, United Way of Cass-Clay and the F-M Area Foundation in announcing a major workforce study.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Honoring the best of the biggest generation

EDITOR'S NOTE: Honoring the best of  the biggest generation

Some of you may have heard me joke over the past month or so that reviewing nominations for our annual 40 Under 40 list always makes me feel lazy.

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BUSINESS ADVICE: Cost containment

BUSINESS ADVICE: Cost containment

As the year comes to a close, it’s time to evaluate your actual expenditures for the year verses what your plan for the year was initially.

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MANAGEMENT MATTERS: Thanks for the memories

MANAGEMENT MATTERS: Thanks for the memories

A question that has haunted organizational leaders for decades is: Do we know what we know?

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FINANCE: Growing regulatory burden threatens small financial institutions

FINANCE: Growing regulatory burden threatens small financial institutions

Over the last few years, credit unions and community banks have faced a common and growing concern: the crisis of creeping complexity with respect to the regulatory burden

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RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY: Prepping the pipeline

RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY: Prepping the pipeline

North Dakota’s economic growth, driven by multiple market segments, receives global attention.

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Barrel O'Fun fined for wastewater violation

Barrel O'Fun fined for wastewater violation

PERHAM, Minn. -- Barrel O’Fun, which produces potato chips and other snack foods in this town of 3,000 and employs 900, has agreed to pay a $45,000 penalty for not effectively pre-treating wastewater from its production plant here before sending it to the now improved city treatment facility.

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MN utilities plan coal shortage stratgies as rail network struggles to keep up

DULUTH, Minn. -- Four northern Minnesota power units will be fired up again after a more than two-month shutdown in the face of difficulties obtaining shipments of coal by rail.

Trampoline park opens in Fargo

Trampoline park opens in Fargo

Winter has come to Fargo. But so has Sky Zone, a trampoline-based recreational facility that promises loads of springiness.

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NDSU researchers make degradable plastic breakthrough

FARGO – A team of North Dakota State University chemists has developed a new type of renewable and recyclable plastic that could aid North Dakota’s long-term economic stability.

Dickinson real estate company sues Detroit Lakes firm for trademark infringement

DICKINSON, N.D. – Two real estate companies are embroiled in a legal battle across state lines over whether their generic business names and logos are confusingly similar.

Retailers roll out red carpet for employees on Black Friday

FARGO – Before throngs of shoppers flooded the aisles of Target to scoop up Black Friday deals, employees hurled a frozen turkey down them.

CVS to open Bemidji location

BEMIDJI -- CVS Health is planning a pharmacy store in Bemidji to supplant what is now a strip mall at the intersection of Paul Bunyan Drive and Bemidji Avenue North as well as several private homes nearby.

Local retailers give employees Thanksgiving break

Local retailers give employees Thanksgiving break

West Fargo - For a growing number of retail workers, Black Friday is a commercial black hole inexorably nibbling away at their Thanksgiving holiday.

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Costly Target hack has little impact on consumers

ST. PAUL – One year later, the Target data breach has been a costly crime for everyone involved – everyone but consumers.

ND Attorney General bans Hillsboro business

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has banned two people associated with a Horace business accused of defrauding a customer from doing business in the state, according to a news release from Stenehjem’s office.

Social infrastructure commission releases child care recommendations for GF

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - After months of researching child care needs in Grand Forks, the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Social Infrastructure has released a list of preliminary recommendations.

UND researchers confirm presence of Lyme disease in area ticks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Lyme disease has been found in ticks in the Red River Valley by several researchers at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

GF city attorney proposes special assessment law change

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The city of Grand Forks may want the North Dakota Legislature to look at its law governing special assessments for funding infrastructure projects.

Enderlin, N.D., takes on CP banning train breaks longer than 10 minutes

Enderlin, N.D., takes on CP banning train breaks longer than 10 minutes

ENDERLIN, N.D. - After her shift at the TraXside Cafe in the southeast North Dakota hamlet of Enderlin, all Karla Souer wants to do is go home. Unfortunately for the 38-year-old waitress the commute, which should only last a minute or two, can take a half-an-hour. That's because, chances are, there's a Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. train blocking the tracks somewhere on her route.

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New faces, new space for Sears

New faces, new space for Sears

DICKINSON, N.D. - Kyle Gengler knows he is starting his job at a busy time. Not only is the Dickinson retail business booming, the holidays just happen to be right around the corner.

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DSU Foundation's problems impacting Hawks Point

DSU Foundation's problems impacting Hawks Point

DICKINSON, N.D. - The problems at the Dickinson State University Foundation have spilled over into Dickinson Investments LLC, the company that was set up to finance the construction of the Hawks Point assisted living facility on DSU’s campus.

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Minn. lawmaker says consultant should repay MNsure fee

ST. PAUL – A Minnesota state lawmaker is asking the state attorney general to pursue recovery of money paid to controversial economist Jonathan Gruber for work he did to help set up Minnesota’s health care exchange.

Vacant downtown Moorhead building to be redeveloped

MOORHEAD, Minn. – A downtown building that has been vacant for more than 20 years will be redeveloped into office space, Moorhead city leaders say.

Texas telemarketer ordered to stop operating in ND

BISMARCK – Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has banned a Texas telemarketer from doing business in North Dakota after he allegedly violated the state’s do-not-call laws.

Turkeys deliver $1B economic impact to Minn.

Turkeys deliver $1B economic impact to Minn.

ST. PAUL -- Everyone was all smiles Monday as Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton led a traditional celebration of Minnesota's role in Thanksgiving dinners across the country.

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Small town shoppers already mourning the loss of Alco

Small town shoppers already mourning the loss of Alco

MAYVILLE, N.D. – The Alco chain of department stores will close its stores after the holiday shopping season, somber news in area small towns where Alco is the main retailer.

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Administrator hired to oversee retooled UND facilities department

Administrator hired to oversee retooled UND facilities department

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Dave Chakraborty has been named the University of North Dakota’s new associate vice president for facilities.

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BNSF commits to upgrades, more tests in Casselton area

WASHINGTON – BNSF Railway has agreed to reinforce tracks in and around Casselton, N.D., where several trains have derailed in recent years, according to an announcement from North Dakota Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and Rep. Kevin Cramer.

Willmar's former tech coordinator starts his own business

Willmar's former tech coordinator starts his own business

WILLMAR, Minn. — After 14 years with the city of Willmar, Mark Boeschen decided it was time to try something new.

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RS Fiber Coop moving forward with rural broadband network

WINTHROP, Minn. — The RS Fiber Cooperative broadband initiative is moving forward.

Fargo company offers digital ATM displays for ads

Fargo company offers digital ATM displays for ads

FARGO, N.D. - A new Fargo tech company is taking advantage of some underused real estate located about 65 inches off the floor in convenience stores, restaurants, bars and motels.

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MDU to purchase $200M wind farm near Hettinger

BISMARCK -- Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. announced Monday that it has agreed to purchase a wind farm to be developed outside of Hettinger, N.D., next year.

Devils Lake residents hear about plans for oil refinery

Devils Lake residents hear about plans for oil refinery

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A Canadian energy company unveiled plans Monday for a $200 million, 20,000-barrel-a-day clean fuels oil refinery that could be built near Devils Lake.

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Alco stores closing in ND, Minn.

Alco stores closing in ND, Minn.

All 198 Alco stores, including several in the upper Red River Valley, are going out of business, the company announced last week.

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Minnesota West Foundation receives $12,000 AT&T donation for new college course

GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — The Minnesota West Foundation has received a $12,000 AT&T donation to support a new course being offered next year at Minnesota West Community and Technical College during a check presentation on the Granite Falls campus.

Manufacturing training available to SW Minn. businesses, workers

MARSHALL, Minn. — The Southwest Minnesota Workforce Council, DEED, and the SW MN Private Industry Council are partnering with the Advanced Manufacturing Education (AME) Alliance to offer the opportunity for free college classes to manufacturing businesses and workers in southwest Minnesota. These courses are offered online, at no cost to the student or employer, other than books and supplies.

Quality of SD's roads declining

PLANKINTON, S.D - Paul Mayclin works inside his farm shop in rural Aurora County and hardly notices the cars and trucks rolling by right outside on U.S. Highway 281.

MDU eyes Minot area for second diesel refinery

MDU eyes Minot area for second diesel refinery

BISMARCK – Developers of a nearly completed diesel refinery near Dickinson, N.D., are eyeing the Minot, N.D., area as the potential site for a similar plant.

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Report: Oil, gas methane rules to help meet climate targets

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency can cut methane emissions from oil and gas production in half with new national standards, a move that could help the United States meet new pollution cutting targets pledged in a climate deal with China last week, according to a new report.

Ranch, Stockmen’s post reward for stolen cattle

NAPOLEON, N.D. — Chad Weigel is convinced that 20 calves were rustled from the family ranch pasture near Napoleon, and he hopes a $24,000 reward will entice someone to tell authorities who took them.

EPA rule on ethanol in gasoline pushed back to 2015

BISMARCK — A federal agency is delaying its finalization of a rule that would impact the ethanol industry.

Huff Hills ski resort has earliest opener ever

MANDAN, N.D. — For the first time ever, Huff Hills has opened before Thanksgiving thanks to the recent streak of frigid weather.

Former workers’ comp insider says agency sacrificing workers to save employers money

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota has broken its promise to injured workers who rely on workers’ compensation, according to a lawyer who knows the system as a former insider now on the outside.

DSU Foundation's nonprofit’s status could be revoked

DICKINSON, N.D. - A legal motion to move the Dickinson State University Foundation into receivership was filed in the Southwest Judicial District Court on Friday, laying out more allegations against the fundraising organization and possibly future problems for the university and the state government.

With Baker Hughes, Halliburton cements leading ND oil role

WILLISTON, N.D. - Halliburton Co's $35 billion takeover of Baker Hughes Inc will create an oilfield services powerhouse in North Dakota with more than half the cementing market and a leading position in fracking, according to data seen by Reuters.

Twenty Below Coffee opens in Fargo and more biz news

FARGO, N.D. - Twenty Below Coffee Co. has opened in Fargo as an online seller of coffee beans and products associated with brewing coffee.

Changing names can be a risky step for businesses

MOORHEAD, Minn. - After 20 years working at the same bank, the way Bruce Tellefson answers the phone changed this week. So did his business cards and letterhead.

Concordia College event lets shoppers buy local foods for Thanksgiving dinner

Concordia College event  lets shoppers buy local foods for Thanksgiving dinner

MOORHEAD, Minn. - Aside from green beans, there is not much shoppers won’t find at Tuesday’s 100-Mile Thanksgiving Market at Concordia College in Moorhead.

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Some national retailers promote decision to stay closed on Thanksgiving

Some national retailers promote decision to stay closed on Thanksgiving

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The term “Black Friday” is slowly becoming a misnomer as more retailers begin opening their doors on Thursday.

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Call center adding jobs downtown GF and more biz news

GRAND FORKS, N.D. A Winnipeg, Manitoba-based company could have as many as 100 employees in a prominent downtown Grand Forks building in two years.

Detroit Mountain Recreation Area reopens after $8.5M renovation

Detroit Mountain Recreation Area reopens after $8.5M renovation

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - As shoppers push and shove to buy Christmas presents on Black Friday, Dustin Bristlin will tear into something big and white and powdery he’s been waiting to get at for a decade.

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Dangers, benefits of self-diagnosis via online sources such as WebMD

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Feeling fatigued? Maybe it’s cancer, anemia, diabetes or imminent death. Or maybe it’s not.

St. Paul among locations where Walmart workers announce Black Friday protests

A pressure group pushing for higher wages at Walmart stores said employees would stage protests at 1,600 U.S. stores on Black Friday, including 60 in Washington, D.C.

Prairie Business December issue highlights

Prairie Business December issue highlights

Editor Kris Bevill with highlights from the December issue.

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Bids awarded for Rice Hospital project

WILLMAR, Minn. - Construction bids have been awarded for a $1.3 million project to create acuity-adaptable patient rooms at Rice Memorial Hospital and expand the hospital's inpatient behavioral health unit.

Council takes steps to release federal funding for Willmar airport

WILLMAR, Minn. -- The Willmar City Council has authorized legal steps be taken to bring the Municipal Airport into federal compliance and allow release of $600,000 in airport improvement program funds.

SD's CTE program increases students awareness of higher education opportunities

BURKE — Cole McCarty is pretty sure what he wants to study when he goes to college.

ND landowners want pipeline info center

ND landowners want pipeline info center

BISMARCK — Landowners trying to help smooth relations between pipeline companies and property owners say a new Easement Information Center launched Tuesday by the North Dakota Petroleum Council is a good first step.

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Sunbutter gains in popularity

FARGO, N.D. - Dan Hofland once drove around to area grocery stores with cases of Sunbutter in the back of his pickup.

NDSU push to run its own email withdrawn after chancellor's opposition

FARGO, N.D. – At its Thursday meeting in Fargo, the State Board of Higher Education was set to talk about North Dakota State University’s request to opt out of a system-wide email service due to concerns about who could read those emails.

US Thanksgiving meal costs barely rise as price of turkey slips

WASHINGTON - A small decline in turkey prices helped hold the increase in the cost of preparing a Thanksgiving meal for 10 to less than 1 percent this year, the country's largest farm group said on Thursday.

Altru receives grant to expand care

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development announced Thursday that Altru Health System will receive a $196,305 grant to expand health care in rural communities. The funding is administered through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program.

Scan Design celebrates 10 years in business

Scan Design celebrates 10 years in business

FARGO, N.D. - Scan Design in downtown Fargo is throwing a birthday party and everyone’s invited.

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Grand Forks CEO wins state economic development award

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Klaus Thiessen, the president and CEO of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp., was named the 2014 Governor’s Choice for Economic Developer of the Year Thursday.

ND SBHE has nothing to say on record about DSU problems

ND SBHE has nothing to say on record about DSU problems

FARGO, N.D. - The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education were publicly briefed on the Dickinson State University Foundation's problems Thursday, but they had nothing to say about the issue on the record in a meeting in Fargo.

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ND SBHE receives some constructive criticism

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education received a lot of constructive criticism, approved more stringent admission standards and addressed controversial issues at a meeting Thursday.

UND nickname task force still collecting, crunching data

UND nickname task force still collecting, crunching data

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota Nickname and Logo Process Recommendation Task Force is moving forward with starting to crunch the data they’ve received through surveys and meetings with the public.

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Fargo company creates app to monitor drones

Fargo company creates app to monitor drones

FARGO, N.D. - The news clip about a drone entering busy airspace and nearly colliding with an aircraft caught Shawn Muehler’s eye.

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Admission requirements to rise at NDSU, UND

FARGO, N.D. - The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education approved new admission standards for the system's two research institutions at its meeting Thursday morning.

AGCO Jackson reduces workforce

JACKSON, Minn. — On the heels of some shift realignments and a reduction in its temporary workforce earlier this year, AGCO Jackson Operations last week cut 43 employees from its workforce campus-wide.

Wells Fargo to pay brokers $7.4M to settle bonus lawsuit

Wells Fargo & Co. has agreed to pay $7.4 million to settle a class action claim that it unlawfully made brokers who left the firm forfeit bonuses that were deferred as part of their retirement plans, court documents show.

Williston group has major plans for downtown

Williston group has major plans for downtown

WILLISTON, N.D. — With an influx of new stores, the growing Williston Downtowners Association has big plans.

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Barons rezone permit tabled indefinitely

DICKINSON, N.D. - The Dickinson Planning and Zoning Commission has tabled a rezoning petition for the planned Barons Vista development in west Dickinson until developers can secure a second access route into the 262-acre plot.

ND average gas prices drop below $3 per gallon

ND average gas prices drop below $3 per gallon

DICKINSON, N.D. - For the first time in four years, the average price for gas in North Dakota has dropped below $3 per gallon, and that price could be here to stay, officials said.

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AgCountry eyes land near interstate in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - AgCountry Farm Credit Services is eyeing a piece of land near the intersection of 32nd Avenue South and Interstate 29 in Grand Forks for a new office building.

UAS experts look to capitalize on growing industry

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The developer of an unmanned aerial systems business park near Grand Forks said he wants to see aircraft in the sky as early as next year.

1st-year UND students will be required to live on campus

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Most first-year students attending the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks next fall will have to live in residence halls, but school administrators don’t think the change will have much of an impact.

Film professor 11th MSUM professor to win national award

Film professor 11th MSUM professor to win national award

MOORHEAD, Minn. – A film professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead became the school’s 11th Minnesota Professor of the Year on Thursday.

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New UND dean of nursing ready to meet need for health care workers

New UND dean of nursing ready to meet need for health care workers

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - As Anna Finanger and Sonora Robison stood in the University of North Dakota’s Clinical Research and Simulation Center explaining why they wanted to go into the health care field, the mannequin on the hospital bed beside them blinked.

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Oil boom, pipeline safety put Enbridge on the spot

Oil boom, pipeline safety put Enbridge on the spot

MOORHEAD, Minn. - Plans for a new oil pipeline across northern Minnesota are bringing increased scrutiny to Enbridge, the company that wants to build it.

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Tax abatement approved for Oil-Air Products to move to Willmar

WILLMAR, Minn. — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners approved an eight-year tax abatement plan for a Litchfield company that intends to move to Willmar early next year.

Willmar City Council delays land purchase agreement for Priam substation

WILLMAR, Minn. — Saying they want more information and possibly some renegotiation, Willmar City Council members voted 6-1 Monday night to extend their review period of a land purchase agreement between the Willmar Municipal Utilities and Jennie-O Turkey Store for the proposed Priam substation site.

Worthington gets help from Blandin to increase Internet access

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Nobles County Administrator Tom Johnson announced Tuesday that the county is one of 10 in Greater Minnesota selected by the Blandin Foundation to be part of a two-year broadband initiative.

Draft audit details DSU Foundation’s debt issues

DICKINSON, N.D. - The latest draft audit of the Dickinson State University Foundation shows the nonprofit has a serious amount of development-related debt hanging over its head and that the organization’s financial directors have misclassified restricted assets — endowment-related funds — as unrestricted money in the past.

New tribal leader seeks partnerships to solve oil issues

New tribal leader seeks partnerships to solve oil issues

NEW TOWN, N.D. — With just two weeks in office, newly elected Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox is seeking a partnership with state and federal governments to tackle issues facing the tribe, a strategy, he says, the previous administration was not apt to do.

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Appareo signs joint venture to develop advanced machine control systems

FARGO, N.D. – Fargo-based Appareo Systems earlier this month announced it has agreed to enter a joint venture with AGCO Corp. to develop technology for advanced machine control systems.

Cable One switching to all digital

FARGO, N.D. – Cable One is making the switch to digital, and local cable subscribers need to start getting ready now to be prepared for the change early next year.

Grand Forks based AE2S to add 50 jobs in next year

Grand Forks based AE2S to add 50 jobs in next year

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks-based Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services plans to hire more than 50 new employees in 2015.

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NDUS compliance officer refutes accusations of poor job performance after being put on leave

NDUS compliance officer refutes accusations of poor job performance after being put on leave

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - An upper level North Dakota University System employee is refuting claims she was untrustworthy and failed to perform the duties her job required.

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EGF Riverwalk Centre to be sold for $950,000

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - The East Grand Forks City Council voted Tuesday to sell the Riverwalk Centre for $950,000.

Grafton uses housing incentive to stem population decline, stabilize community

Grafton uses housing incentive to stem population decline, stabilize community

GRAFTON, N.D. — Mayor Chris West has a quick answer for anyone questioning the value of an eight-year-old Grow Grafton housing construction incentive program.

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Keystone XL pipeline bill fails to pass by one vote in Senate

Keystone XL pipeline bill fails to pass by one vote in Senate

WASHINGTON - A bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, sparing President Barack Obama from having to veto legislation that several fellow Democrats supported.

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SD pheasant opener to be featured on NBC Sports Network

MITCHELL, S.D. - An hour-long television program on NBC Sports Network shown tonight will feature the opening weekend of pheasant season in South Dakota.

Keystone XL chances dim in U.S. Senate as King says 'no'

WASHINGTON - Keystone XL supporters in the U.S. Senate faced tough odds for passing a bill to approve the oil pipeline from Canada on Tuesday after one lawmaker they hoped might be a "yes" said he would vote against the project.

Groundwater study: no contamination in Bakken, Three Forks formations

RESTON, Va. -- Random sampling of shallow groundwater in the Bakken and Three Forks formations in North Dakota and Montana shows no early evidence of contamination from the region’s energy development, according to a federal study.

Automated CPR machine adds health care hand

Automated CPR machine adds health care hand

WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. — The newest addition to the Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital emergency room is always at the ready. And its hospital colleagues know it will correctly do its job every time.

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UND takes nickname debate to 5 ND cities

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota’s New Nickname and Logo Task Force invited participants in five North Dakota cities and online viewers to a Monday night virtual town hall meeting.

F-M area cities hiring more to keep up with growth

F-M area cities hiring more to keep up with growth

FARGO, N.D. – Pierre Freeman walked briskly around the convenience store, his eyes scanning the floors, the shelves, the counters.

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Keystone U.S. Senate vote hangs in balance after Obama remarks

Keystone U.S. Senate vote hangs in balance after Obama remarks

WASHINGTON - Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate scrambled on Monday to gather one last vote to pass a bill that authorizes the project that would help send Canadian oil to the U.S. Gulf, a task made harder after President Barack Obama made his toughest comments yet on the topic.

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ND Lawmakers question extra money for state employees in oil patch

BISMARCK – A program that sends millions of dollars in temporary raises and rental assistance to state employees in western North Dakota’s Oil Patch continues to rankle some lawmakers who question if all of the payments are necessary and whether the state should instead boost base salaries.

Family that set up scholarship with DSU-foundation questions where money went

DICKINSON, N.D. - When Jared Burian died after June 5 accident, his family was devastated. They never would have imagined that his job as a Golden Valley County weed control officer would lead to him being killed in a tragic ATV rollover.

Health care reform still causing uncertainty

Health care reform still causing uncertainty

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The new head of the largest health insurance provider in North Dakota is optimistic about its financial performance in 2014.

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Ag shippers request service arbitration

FARGO, N.D. — Some agricultural shippers say North Dakota should institute a “service arbitration” to solve issues between grain shippers and the railroads in the state.

Simplot GMO potato approved

FARGO, N.D. — Twenty years after scientists at North Dakota State University were among the first to conduct genetically modified potato research trials in the U.S., J.R. Simplot Co. has received U.S. Department of Agriculture approval for deregulation of a GMO potato.

ND eyes dairy turnaround

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North Dakota officials are fine-tuning plans for an upcoming conference on revitalizing the state’s long-declining dairy industry.

Forecast shows improving finances for Willmar's Rice Hospital

WILLMAR, Minn. — The financial forecast for Rice Memorial Hospital next year shows some strengthening in the hospital’s financial performance, with a projected margin slightly above the break-even point.

8,800-head dairy OKed for operation west of Willmar

PENNOCK, Minn. — Construction of an 8,800-animal-unit dairy operation will begin next spring west of Willmar, Minn.

Weather, pinch on supplies drive cattle prices up

Prices for slaughter-ready or cash cattle in the U.S. Plains hit an all-time high on Friday, fueled by an early winter storm at a time of the smallest herd since the early 1950s.

NDUS seeks company to manage data center

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The North Dakota University System’s new data center in Grand Forks is looking for a little outside help.

Possible conflicts of interest with DSU Foundation

DICKINSON, N.D. - The most recent review of the Dickinson State University Foundation suggests the organization may have violated ethical standards and used millions of dollars in restricted funds to cover operating expenses, but a former board member says the report does not tell the full story.

Despite low prices, companies keep investing in oil patch

Despite low prices, companies keep investing in oil patch

WILLISTON, N.D. — Falling oil prices have spooked Wall Street and even parts of Texas. But in North Dakota’s booming oil patch, the crude-fueled party carries on.

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Longtime owner of lakes landmark gives up keys

Longtime owner of lakes landmark gives up keys

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - The Hotel Shoreham, a lakes country landmark for more than a century, has changed hands, but the business itself will remain much the same.

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West Coast labor disputes hurt Minn. exporters

Every month, Brushvale Seed in Breckenridge, Minn., typically prepares to ship about 100 containers of specialty soybeans to overseas customers.

Western ND couple’s retail store risk pays off

Western ND couple’s retail store risk pays off

STANLEY, N.D. – In 1996, Ruth and Robert “Hod” Hysjulien took a risk despite a flat economy in their small western North Dakota town.

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Midcontinent bringing gigabit Internet access to ND

Midcontinent bringing gigabit Internet access to ND

FARGO, N.D. – Midcontinent Communications unveiled a plan Monday morning to provide the option of gigabit Internet access to all of its service area in the Northern Plains, including North Dakota, by the end of 2017.

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Halliburton to buy Baker Hughes for about $35 billion

Halliburton to buy Baker Hughes for about $35 billion

Halliburton Co. said on Monday it will buy Baker Hughes Inc. for about $35 billion in cash and stock, creating an oilfield services behemoth to take on market leader Schlumberger NV as customers curb spending on falling oil prices.

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Proposed ND meat plant to launch investor campaign

CAVALIER, N.D. - A regional livestock producer group is about to launch a $1 million campaign to raise capital for a proposed $1.7 million multispecies animal slaughter and processing plant to be built in Cavalier.

Local couple tries national home-rental trend

Local couple tries national home-rental trend

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - When Philip and Kristin McKenzie traveled to Europe with their two daughters and Kristin’s mother this summer, they weren’t sure where to stay because most hotel rooms only accommodate four people.

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Quantum drops Billings as site for refinery; but still has options in ND

BILLINGS, Mont. - Quantum Energy Inc. has apparently dropped a Billings, Mont., site from its plans to build refineries in Montana and North Dakota.

GF retailers reach customers through web stores

GF retailers reach customers through web stores

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Sitting in the back office of the business he co-owns, Dalton Lilley brings up Living Sage’s online store on his desk computer.

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Cutting back flaring reduces ND new oil well completions

BISMARCK - North Dakota’s effort to reduce the amount of natural gas being burned away at wellsites is lengthening the time it takes to get new oil wells up and running, the state’s chief oil regulator said Friday.

Happy Harry’s unveils growler stations and more biz news

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops has added some new hardware for beer lovers in Grand Forks.

Lawmakers eye wind energy tax credit extension

Lawmakers eye wind energy tax credit extension

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The group representing the wind energy industry is “optimistic” Congress will renew a tax credit benefitting its members by the end of the year.

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Duluth-based hotel chain puts together a package deal to sell properties

DULUTH, Minn. - Duluth-based ZMC Hotels, which owns and operates 28 hotels around the country, is putting its properties up for sale.

New Fargo hotel owners spending millions on renovations

New Fargo hotel owners spending millions on renovations

FARGO, N.D. - New owners of the former Kelly Inn on Main Avenue in Fargo are spending upwards of $2 million to restore the hotel to its glory days of the 1960s and 1970s, when it was known as the Fargo Biltmore Motor Hotel.

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UND gets mixed reviews on teacher prep report

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota education majors learn robust strategies to teach secondary students but could use more support student teaching, according to recent report.

U of M testing sulfate eating bacteria to clean up mine waste

U of M testing sulfate eating bacteria to clean up mine waste

DULUTH, Minn. - University of Minnesota officials won’t say where Dave Hendrickson is overseeing research on whether bacteria can eat enough sulfate to clean up mining waste, calling it only an “undisclosed’’ flooded mine pit.

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Wis. has 1 of only 3 female head brewers in the state

Wis. has 1 of only 3 female head brewers  in the state

SUPERIOR, Wis. - Females have been brewing beer since the first drop fermented. Yeast, the agent that turns sugar water to alcohol, consists of mother cells that bud from daughter cells.

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Democrats expect Obama to veto pipeline bill if it passes Senate

Democrats expect Obama to veto pipeline bill if it passes Senate

WASHINGTON - A Democratic leader said on Sunday a single vote could determine the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate this week but that President Barack Obama was likely to veto the bill even if it passes.

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Great Northern Transmission Line route altered

Great Northern Transmission Line route altered

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A Duluth, Minn., power company is amending the route for a proposed transmission line in northwest Minnesota.

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US House votes to approve Keystone, Senate prospects remain unclear

WASHINGTON - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday that would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but prospects for the Senate approving the measure were uncertain.

Hubbard Broadcasting to buy Northern MN radio network

BEMIDJI -- Twin Cities-based Hubbard Broadcasting has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire Omni Broadcasting, a northern Minnesota-based radio station network that includes all of the Paul Bunyan Broadcasting stations in the Bemidji market.

Baker Hughes says in preliminary merger talks with Halliburton

Baker Hughes says in preliminary merger talks with Halliburton

(Reuters) - Oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Inc. said on Thursday it is in preliminary merger talks with its larger rival Halliburton Co., though any potential deal would likely face antitrust concerns.

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Forbes: ND 2nd best state for business

North Dakota ranks 2nd on Forbes annual Best States for Business list, holding it position from last year. The state ranked 2nd in growth prospects and 4th in economic climate.

ND Legacy Fund could top $230B by 2060

BISMARCK – A voter-approved trust fund that has socked away more than $2.4 billion in North Dakota oil and gas tax revenue since 2011 could balloon to $230 billion by 2060 under a scenario outlined Thursday by a group that spent the last year developing a road map for the fund.

Officials anticipate smoother ride for 2015 Obamacare registrants

Officials anticipate smoother ride for 2015 Obamacare registrants

FARGO – Those who want health insurance coverage next year through the new online marketplace should take note: The sign-up period begins Saturday and ends Feb. 15.

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ND Industrial Commission considers oil conditioning standards

BISMARCK – North Dakota oil regulators said Thursday they want more input before approving new standards for removing volatile gases from crude oil before it’s shipped by rail, a proposal an industry representative warned could devalue Bakken crude and contribute to more flaring at well sites.

More BNSF trains derail near site of fiery 2013 crash

CASSELTON, N.D. - The Cass County Sheriff demanded answers Thursday after two BNSF Railway trains derailed just west of here for the second time in under a year.

House Republicans push Keystone bill, Senate approval uncertain

House Republicans push Keystone bill, Senate approval uncertain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives prepared to vote on Friday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline that will help transport oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, but a companion bill in the Senate may lack votes to pass next week.

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Polaris buys ATV accessory brand

Polaris Industries has purchased the Pro Armor brand of all terrain vehicle accessories, the company announced Wednesday.

Source: BNSF puts halt on adding oil cars

Source: BNSF puts halt on adding oil cars

NEW YORK — BNSF Railroad, the Warren Buffett-owned company that has benefited most from the North Dakota shale boom, has told some customers that they cannot add new oil tank cars to its system until next year, according to two people familiar with the matter.

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Virtual success: Game designers build business with virtual reality video games

Fargo - Nick Wigtil was still a student in the digital design and animation program at Rasmussen College here when he started getting interest from industry giants like DreamWorks.

Grand Forks wind turbine plant to make larger blades

GRAND FORKS – LM Wind Power is remodeling its Grand Forks plant to accommodate the construction of longer wind turbine blades.

Farm groups, ag tech companies agree on data privacy standards

A consortium of farmer organizations and agriculture data technology providers on Thursday published a set of data privacy and security principles aimed at reassuring farmers that data they share with Big Data services providers will not be misused.

Ex-wife of US oil baron to appeal $1 billion divorce award

Ex-wife of US oil baron to appeal $1 billion divorce award

Sue Ann Hamm, the ex-wife of Oklahoma oil magnate Harold Hamm who was awarded cash and assets worth more than $1 billion in the couple's divorce this week, plans to appeal the judgment on grounds that it grossly undervalues the marital wealth she is entitled to.

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Snow good news for some Minn. businesses

Snow good news for some Minn. businesses

WILLMAR, Minn. — Not everyone is cursing the foot of heavy, wet snow that fell this week in west central Minnesota.

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Fire forces temporary oil refinery evacuation

Fire forces temporary oil refinery evacuation

ST. PAUL PARK — A tower fire forced a temporary evacuation Tuesday at Northern Tier Energy’s oil refinery in St. Paul Park.

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US transportation boss tours SD

US transportation boss tours SD

OACOMA, S.D. — After approving the grant funds earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx saw first-hand the impact improved rail service west of the Missouri River will make for farmers and residents in central South Dakota.

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Bakery opens in downtown Dickinson

Bakery opens in downtown Dickinson

DICKINSON, N.D. - Tennessee native Shannon Vaughn has realized her lifelong dream by opening a bakery.

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'Urgent' memo urges improvement at U.S. Wal-Mart stores

Wal-Mart stores Inc. issued an "urgent agenda" memo to its store managers across the United States last month, laying out guidelines to boost sales of "chilled and fresh" food, the New York Times reported.

Customers get a first look at the new aluminum-bodied truck

Customers get a first look at the new aluminum-bodied truck

FARGO, N.D. – Brothers Dell Ray and Steven Johnson came all the way from Fergus Falls, Minn., Tuesday to get a look at the new 2015 aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 truck at Luther Family Ford here.

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Low crop prices could spell tougher times for Minn. farmers

WINDOM, Minn. – For southern Minnesota farmer Michael Wojahn, early November typically brings the sense of celebration that comes with a finished harvest.

Senate Democrats may vote on Keystone in lame duck session

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate may hold a vote on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada when it returns from recess, largely to boost support for Democrat Mary Landrieu's run-off election to retain her Louisiana seat.

Low oil prices to bite into 2015 US shale growth

LONDON - Falling oil prices may cut investment in U.S. shale oil by 10 percent next year, the International Energy Agency said, slowing growth in a sector that has turned the United States to a major global producer.

Popular Fargo pizza parlor says hello to Happy Joe himself

Popular Fargo pizza parlor says hello to Happy Joe himself

FARGO, N.D. - You could say Tuesday was a happy day for Cheryl and Mike Post.

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Sanford hospital project to shift to enclosing structure's frame

Sanford hospital project to shift to enclosing structure's frame

FARGO, N.D. – A crane on Tuesday hoisted into place the highest cross beam in the steel skeleton for the new 11-story Sanford Medical Center dominating the city’s southwest skyline.

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Microsoft unveils first Lumia smartphone without Nokia name

Microsoft Corp. said it would roll out its Lumia 535 smartphone this month with an affordable price tag in its key markets, dropping the Nokia name just months after buying the Finnish company's handset business.

GF planners want to fill in holes of city's development

GF planners want to fill in holes of city's development

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - As Grand Forks continues to grow, city planners want to fill in holes of the city’s development rather than just expand the city’s borders.

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Moorhead faculty join vote of ‘no confidence’ in chancellor

Moorhead faculty join vote of ‘no confidence’ in chancellor

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Citing faculty cuts and mismanagement, the Faculty Senate of Minnesota State University Moorhead cast a vote of “no confidence” in system Chancellor Steven Rosenstone on Tuesday.

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2 NDUS employees put on administrative leave

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Two upper level employees have been placed on paid administrative leave by the North Dakota University System.

GF company to submit proposal on how to treat Ebola

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks company that specializes in antibody technology has been asked to further explain to federal officials how it can help treat Ebola, according to the company’s chief operating officer.

Apple must face U.S. lawsuit over vanishing iPhone text messages

Apple Inc. was ordered to face a U.S. federal lawsuit claiming it failed to tell consumers that its messaging system would block them from receiving text messages if they switched to Android-based smartphones from iPhones.

Grocery store is Fargo entrepreneur’s latest venture

Grocery store is Fargo entrepreneur’s latest venture

FARGO, N.D. - Saravana Rangaswamy, known to most as “Sam,” has become a one-man economic development engine since moving to Fargo from California in 2004.

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Willmar Utilities Commission OKs land accord for Priam substation

WILLMAR, Minn. — The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission voted 4-1 Monday to approve a purchase agreement with Jennie-O Turkey Store of Willmar to buy about 40 acres of land southwest of Willmar for the proposed Priam substation.

MTI adapting to new rules for reporting campus crime

MITCHELL, S.D. - Mitchell Technical Institute is just one of the nation's thousands of schools that has had to adapt to new federal standards for reporting crime on college campuses and MTI President Greg Von Wald said he's not exactly onboard with all of the changes.

Crooked Crane Trail moves forward with 'master plan'

DICKINSON, N.D. - City leaders and community activists are looking for funds to push forward a completed "master plan" for renovations on the 17-mile Crooked Crane Trail circling Dickinson’s Patterson Lake.

Stark County Veterans Memorial faces construction delays

Stark County Veterans Memorial faces construction delays

DICKINSON, N.D. - Just a month before ground broke on the Stark County Veterans Memorial in July 2013, committee president Dave Logosz said the project could be completed by the fall.

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More at the office opting to go chair-free

More at the office opting to go chair-free

FARGO, N.D. - Mid-afternoon can be a difficult time in the office.

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East Grand Forks council talks sale of Riverwalk Centre

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - East Grand Forks City Council members discussed the sale of the Riverwalk Centre behind closed doors Monday.

UND nickname task force to hold input meetings statewide

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota’s New Nickname and Logo Task force is hosting a town hall meeting with stakeholders across the state next week.

NDSU students submit essays required by UND prank punishment

NDSU students submit essays required by UND prank punishment

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Two North Dakota State University students submitted two-page essays on an unlikely topic last month: Why the University of North Dakota is a good school.

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F-M set to wow 2018 Special Olympics USA selection committee

F-M set to wow 2018 Special Olympics USA selection committee

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota faces tough competition in its efforts to bring the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games to Fargo-Moorhead, but leaders are confident they can get it done.

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BNSF says it will keep spending to fix rail car shortage

BNSF says it will keep spending to fix rail car shortage

FARGO, N.D. – The chairman of BNSF Railway gave a renewed pledge Monday that record investments will continue to expand rail capacity to alleviate shipping delays caused by brimming grain bins and gushing oil fields.

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Gas prices in northwestern Minn. drop as low as $2.73 in some cities

Gas prices in northwestern Minn. drop as low as $2.73 in some cities

CROOKSTON, Minn. — Gas pumps have been working overtime here lately, as fuel prices dipped to $2.77 per gallon.

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Experts: Apple iOS bug makes devices vulnerable to attack

Researchers have warned that a bug in Apple Inc's iOS operating system makes most iPhones and iPads vulnerable to cyber attacks by hackers seeking access to sensitive data and control of their devices.

US Postal Service reports data breach affecting employees, call center

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service reported a data breach on Monday that may have compromised personal information about its 500,000 employees as well as data on customers who contacted its call center from January through mid-August.

Continental CEO Hamm ordered to pay $995M in divorce

Continental CEO Hamm ordered to pay $995M in divorce

An Oklahoma County judge has ordered and Continental Resources Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm to pay nearly $1 billion in a divorce judgment, according to a court filing made public on Monday.

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WE Fest faces new chapter

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - For just the second time in its 32-year history, WE Fest is under new ownership.

UND nickname forums wrap up

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Attendees at the University of North Dakota’s Nickname and Logo Task Force forum had varied opinions on how the school’s new moniker should be chosen, but agreed the process should be thorough, transparent and inclusive.

Agreement would send ag commodities from ND to Port of Vancouver

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The first shipments under a new agreement to send agricultural commodities from North Dakota to the West Coast arrived last week.

Dickinson nonprofits eye unified center

Dickinson nonprofits eye unified center

DICKINSON, N.D. - Tuesday, Nov. 4, away from the noise of Election Day, a dozen or so people quietly gathered around a table in the basement of Dickinson City Hall to continue a conversation that began six months ago.

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Minnesota West now part of 'Charting the Future' effort

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Minnesota West Community and Technical College and other Minnesota state colleges and universities are engaged in a collaborative process to develop specific actions to better serve their 435,000 students and communities, strengthen their colleges and universities, and protect their unique character and autonomy.

BNSF finishes $400M in upgrades in ND

BNSF finishes $400M in upgrades in ND

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — The last of 55 miles of new double railroad track was placed into service in northwestern North Dakota this past week by BNSF Railway, as the company works to ease the backlog of rail shipments that have plagued the state and region.

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Two promoted to VP positions at Forum Communications

Two promoted to VP positions at Forum Communications

FARGO, N.D. – Forum Communications Co. has promoted Matthew McMillan to vice president of newspapers and Mary Jo Hotzler to vice president of content.

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Hayloft Antiques closing shop, moving and more biz news

HAWLEY, Minn. - Hayloft Antiques, an antiques store located south of Hawley and about 12 miles east of Interstate 94 on Clay County Road 10, is moving.

Antlers horn their way into new markets

Antlers horn their way into new markets

AKELEY, Minn. – Antlers, long prized by hunters as a signature trophy of the hunt, are seeing uses that would seem incomprehensible to hunters of days gone by.

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F-M businesses honor vets with freebies

F-M businesses honor vets with freebies

FARGO, N.D. - They’ve served us. Now, area businesses are serving them.

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Shipping companies expand GF operations, prepare for holidays

Shipping companies expand GF operations, prepare for holidays

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Two shipping companies are preparing for a record holiday season while they expand their Grand Forks operations.

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Ferguson Books adds movie rentals and more biz news

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Ferguson Books and More has good news for those feeling nostalgic for the days of renting a physical movie in a brick-and-mortar building.

ND's Volden Farm Bed and Breakfast is 'a piece of artwork'

ND's Volden Farm Bed and Breakfast is 'a piece of artwork'

VERNE, N.D. - Frequent guest Bill Barr describes Volden Farm Bed and Breakfast 30 miles northeast of Valley City, N.D., as a piece of artwork designed by its owner JoAnne Wold.

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After win, ND pharmacists are still wary Measure 7 issue will resurface

FARGO, N.D. – Measure 7, an initiated measure that aimed to repeal North Dakota’s pharmacy ownership law, went down in flames Tuesday, with voters deciding 59 percent to 41 percent to keep the law as is.

Minn. company restores a fabled aviation masterpiece

Minn. company restores a fabled aviation masterpiece

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Sierra Sue II has been both a warrior maiden in America's most epic conflict and a femme fatale in a detective story that spanned decades.

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UND students, faculty build interactive state map

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Students and faculty from a variety of departments at the University of North Dakota have come together to start creating an interactive online map of North Dakota in celebration of 125 years of statehood.

As oil prices fall, ND budget officials mull impact

As oil prices fall, ND budget officials mull impact

FARGO, N.D. – As North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple works on a budget for the next biennium, he’ll have to assume that less money will be going into state coffers because of falling oil prices.

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2014 value of construction in Jamestown 3 times higher than 2013

2014 value of construction in Jamestown 3 times higher than 2013

It has been a very good year for construction in Jamestown, according to Gary Klundt, building inspector.

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Dignitaries tour new Dickinson hospital

Dignitaries tour new Dickinson hospital

Local community members, politicians and religious leaders gathered at the new CHI St. Joseph’s Health facility Thursday for a blessing ceremony ahead of the hospital’s Dec. 1 opening date.

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Biofuels industry waits for EPA’s final ruling on mandated use

GRAND FORKS — An upcoming government ruling on biofuels mandates is important to the industry’s future, said David Ripplinger, a biofuels economist.

Despite service woes, BNSF posts strong earnings

Burlington Northern Santa Fe, the dominant freight railroad in Minnesota, has failed to haul a lot of grain, coal and other commodities on time this year, angering many customers.

Business loan fund gets $1.1 million from feds

The U.S. Treasury Department has awarded more than $1.1 million to the Red River Corridor Fund, North Dakota’s congressional delegation announced Thursday.

ND wind farm project revived after lawsuit concerning endangered birds

BISMARCK – A North Dakota wind farm proposed in the migration route of an endangered bird has been revived after the developer unsuccessfully sued Xcel Energy for pulling out of the project in 2011.

MnSCU, faculty to go to mediation to resolve dispute over system's future

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The faculty and leadership of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are headed for mediation to resolve a bitter dispute over the system’s future.

Home Depot says 53 million more email addresses stolen

Home Depot Inc, the world's largest home improvement chain, said about 53 million more email addresses were taken during a recent breach of its payment data systems.

Going out on a limb, North Dakota oil titan scraps hedges

Going out on a limb, North Dakota oil titan scraps hedges

WILLISTON, N.D. - Harold Hamm, chief executive of Continental Resources Inc, stunned a bearish crude market by scrapping all of the North Dakota energy producer's oil hedges, betting that prices will recover soon after sinking 25 percent in recent months.

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Longtime leader of NDSU alumni group resigns

Longtime leader of NDSU alumni group resigns

FARGO – A longtime leader at the North Dakota State University Alumni Association and Development Foundation has resigned, the chairman of the alumni group’s board said Thursday.

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PurNet breaks ground in Worthington

PurNet breaks ground in Worthington

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Representatives from the city of Worthington, Nobles County, the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. joined officials from PurNet Inc., in breaking ground Wednesday on its new 10,000-square-foot facility in Worthington’s Industrial Park.

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Davison County approves golf course TIF boundaries

MITCHELL, S.D. - For the second consecutive day, a local governing body signed off on the boundaries of a tax increment financing district proposal in Davison County as developers eye continued development near Wild Oak Golf Club.

Avera Queen of Peace Hospital to offer dialysis services

MITCHELL, S.D. - Avera will offer dialysis services at Queen of Peace Hospital in a newly renovated and expanded space on the hospital's third floor.

6 Minn. towns give Sunday liquor a thumbs-up

WILLMAR, Minn. – It may be easier to get a drink on Sundays in a half-dozen west central Minnesota cities.

ONEOK to host DHS student seminars

DICKINSON, N.D. - Representatives from a Sidney, Mont., natural gas gathering and processing facility are coming to Dickinson High School in Dickinson, N.D.

Company plans 126-unit Killdeer apartment complex

KILLDEER, N.D. — Minneapolis-based Oppidan Investment Co. has announced plans to develop an apartment development in Killdeer to serve the oil-related growth in the city.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park set to increase fees

DICKINSON, N.D. - As part of a national initiative, Theodore Roosevelt National Park has proposed increasing entrance and camping fees for park-goers.

Clubhouse Hotel and Suites taking shape in south Fargo

Clubhouse Hotel and Suites taking shape in south Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - A new four-story hotel is rising in south Fargo.

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Braaten Cabinets marks 40 years

Braaten Cabinets marks 40 years

FARGO, N.D. – Thanks to television networks like HGTV and the Internet, customers of Braaten Cabinets know so much more today about home design and remodeling than when the company was formed 40 years ago, according to co-owner Terry Braaten.

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Pasta prices on the boil after global durum crop disappoints

CHICAGO/LONDON - Pasta lovers are not savoring the lowest wheat prices in years.

CHS posts $1.1B in earnings, second highest in history

CHS posts $1.1B in earnings, second highest in history

ST. PAUL, Minn. - CHS Inc., the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy grains and foods company, announced earnings for fiscal 2014 of $1.1 billion, the second highest in its history.

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Texas city bans fracking in its birthplace, court battles loom

DALLAS - Voters approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the north Texas town of Denton on Tuesday, making it the first city in the Lone Star State to outlaw the oil and gas extraction technique behind the U.S. energy boom.

Sportsman’s Warehouse coming to Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. - Sportsman’s Warehouse will open a location in Williston’s newest retail shopping area in 2015.

MDU plans to sell oil production company, add 2nd refinery in ND

BISMARCK - After a drop in earnings, MDU Resources Group announced it plans to get out of oil production and consider a second North Dakota diesel fuel refinery during its third-quarter earnings conference call Tuesday.

In oil baron's divorce, company lawyer plays star role

OKLAHOMA CITY - During the divorce trial of oil baron Harold Hamm and wife Sue Ann, an unusual relationship took shape in the Oklahoma courtroom as the marriage was being dismantled.

TSA PreCheck lane opens at Fargo airport

TSA PreCheck lane opens at Fargo airport

FARGO, N.D. – The Transportation Security Administration has opened a TSA PreCheck lane at Hector International Airport.

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Emboldened Republicans to strike early on Keystone pipeline approval

Emboldened Republicans to strike early on Keystone pipeline approval

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans will charge ahead early in 2015 with a bill to approve the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, a move that would back President Barack Obama into a corner and set the tone for how the party taking control of Congress will govern the next two years.

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NCTC issues layoff notices

NCTC issues layoff notices

Northland Community and Technical College has issued layoff notices to a handful of employees to compensate for a budget deficit in the coming fiscal year.

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Athletes, faculty weigh in on UND nickname

Athletes, faculty weigh in on UND nickname

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Student athletes at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks said they want their school’s new nickname to be unique and evoke a sense of pride.

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Search for new NDUS chancellor begins Thursday

BISMARCK – The State Board of Higher Education will take initial steps Thursday toward selecting a new chancellor.

Raven Industries acquires Integra Plastics for $48M

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Raven Industries Inc. announced Nov. 3 that its Engineered Films Division (EFD) has acquired Integra Plastics Inc. for approximately $48 million in cash and stock.

ND voters reject conservation fund supported by oil tax money

BISMARCK – North Dakota voters emphatically rejected a ballot measure Tuesday that would have dedicated millions and potentially billions of dollars in oil tax revenue for conservation projects over the next 25 years.

North Dakotans say ‘no’ to pharmacy measure

North Dakotans say ‘no’ to pharmacy measure

FARGO, N.D. – In incomplete and unofficial returns Tuesday night, North Dakota voters said “no” – in a big way – to initiated Measure 7, which aimed to change the state’s pharmacy ownership law.

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Minn. county OKs revolving loan funds for PurNet expansion

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Responding to the first request in about a decade, Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved awarding $446,120 from the county’s revolving loan fund to assist a Worthington business expansion project.

SD minimum wage measure takes lead early

MITCHELL, S.D. - As of late Tuesday night, the ballot measure to raise the minimum wage looked like it would pass, with most the state's votes counted.

Former Palace director's home searched; affidavit shows $1K in mishandled gift cards

MITCHELL, S.D. - Authorities searched the home of former Corn Palace Director Mark Schilling last week, and new details of the investigation have since emerged in court documents filed in conjunction with the search.

Hoeven believes Keystone XL can now get 60 votes

Hoeven believes Keystone XL can now get 60 votes

A big night for U.S. Senate Republicans could mean big things for the nation’s energy industry, Sen. John Hoeven said late Tuesday.

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Stretcher used in Ebola transports made in Fargo

Stretcher used in Ebola transports made in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - When Ebola patients are transported by air in various parts of the world, a medical stretcher made by Fargo-based Spectrum Aeromed is likely in the picture.

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Freight trains in Devils Lake to pick up speed

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Freight trains will travel a little faster through Devils Lake beginning Wednesday.

Target to close 11 stores nationwide

MINNEAPOLIS -- Target said it will close 11 stores nationwide by February, including its store in Austin, Minn.

ND SBHE governing board remains same after voters reject Measure 3

BISMARCK -- Voters have decided to stick with North Dakota’s current higher education governance system.

Case plant in Fargo will lay off 40 by end of year

FARGO, N.D. – The metro area’s largest manufacturing plant announced a round of layoffs today.

Exterior tile approved for Corn Palace

MITCHELL, S.D. - The Mitchell City Council approved on Monday a $283,000 purchase for the exterior of the Corn Palace, deciding on ceramic tile to replace the brick covering on the outside of the building currently.

Mitchell City Council gives TIF consent for golf course

MITCHELL, S.D. - though the decision won’t be the city’s, the Mitchell City Council gave its approval for setting the boundaries of a proposed tax increment financing (TIF) district in Davison County for Wild Oak Golf Club.

Mitchell City Council pursues $8 million pool option

MITCHELL, S.D. - Setting aside the location question for now, the Mitchell City Council decided Monday night to pursue the most expensive indoor pool option currently on the table with an estimated cost of $8 million.

Paradise Dry Cleaners plans to open Nov. 10

DICKINSON, N.D. - After more than two years without one, Dickinson will have a professional dry cleaning and laundry service.

McKenzie County housing development receives funding

BISMARCK - A Watford City apartment complex will receive about $1.25 million in development support from North Dakota’s Housing Incentive Fund, the state Industrial Commission announced Monday.

Can MHA tribal chair candidates slow an oil boom?

Can MHA tribal chair candidates slow an oil boom?

NEW TOWN, N.D. - A change in leadership at an American Indian reservation in North Dakota wouldn't normally get a whole lot of attention. But come Tuesday, the oil industry will be watching this dusty area of the state as two reformers vie to become tribal chairman, an office with outsized power over the course of the state's booming oil industry.

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Sprint cuts 2000 jobs, more leadership changes to come

WASHINGTON - Sprint announced on Monday it will fire 2,000 employees as the company attempts to cut costs and turn around several quarters of losses.

Friends of the Kirkbride makes 11th-hour proposal to save Fergus Falls landmark

Friends of the Kirkbride makes 11th-hour proposal to save Fergus Falls landmark

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – In the eleventh hour, Friends of the Kirkbride has apparently saved the effort to renovate the former regional treatment center and city landmark.

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F-M veterans groups raising funds for $5M shared headquarters

F-M veterans groups raising funds for $5M shared headquarters

FARGO, N.D. – When Orlyen Stensgard commanded the American Legion here in 1971, he and a friend in Veterans of Foreign Wars realized that, with interest in veterans groups declining, they had better stop competing so hard for members.

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UND nickname task force seeks more forum attendees

UND nickname task force seeks more forum attendees

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota Nickname and Logo Task Force plans to invite more people to its stakeholder input forums after a few people backed out after saying they could attend.

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GF City Council approves grant funding plan for local projects

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Federal grant funds will be awarded to housing, health care, emergency assistance and senior citizen-focused projects following a Monday decision by Grand Forks City Council.

Duluth Metals selling copper interests to Chilean mining giant for $85M

DULUTH, Minn. - Duluth Metals, the firm that's been pushing to build a copper-nickel mine in northeast Minnesota, said Monday it is selling is operations to Chilean mining giant Antofagasta PLC for about $85 million.

Willmar OKs funding $3.6M industrial park project

WILLMAR, Minn. — Willmar City Council members Monday night resolved a possible funding problem for a proposed $3.6 million industrial park improvement project.

Heritage Bank launches employee stock ownership plan

WILLMAR, Minn. — Heritage Bancshares Group Inc., the parent company of Heritage Bank N.A., will become an employee-owned company through an employee stock ownership plan, bank management announced Monday.

BOE ships 1,000 crude oil trains in 3 years

DICKINSON, N.D. - Bakken Oil Express, the rail terminal just southwest of Dickinson, recently shipped its 1,000th train unit mark, the company announced Monday.

GF based JLG Architects expands into Dickinson

GF based JLG Architects expands into Dickinson

DICKINSON, N.D. — Rob Remark is a lonely soul. At least for the time being.

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LRSC students study ag potential of UAS

LRSC students study ag potential of UAS

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Paul Gunderson gets excited when showing off equipment and talking about farming at Lake Region State College’s Precision Agriculture Center.

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The Venue pulls the plug on concerts

The Venue pulls the plug on concerts

FARGO, N.D. – Seven months after The Hub switched from a bar to an events center, the building’s concert hall, The Venue, will lower the curtain on live shows.

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WE Fest sold to East Coast media company

WE Fest sold to East Coast media company

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – WE Fest, one of the biggest country music festivals in the country, has been sold to Townsquare Media, a Connecticut-based media company.

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City to conduct structural assessment on Worthington's Northland Mall

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — A motion was granted by the Nobles County District Court on Friday to give the city authority to complete a structural assessment on the Northland Mall — similar to the one performed on the Kmart building.

Minn.'s Round Lake Vineyards expanding

Minn.'s Round Lake Vineyards expanding

ROUND LAKE, Minn. — An excavator and a dirt mover began clearing the way Thursday morning for a new, 5,000-square-foot reception hall and wine cellar on the grounds of Round Lake Vineyards & Winery.

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Minn. adds initiatives to boost small business growth

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has launched three new initiatives that offer assistance to help small businesses in Minnesota expand or improve their operations.

Building a sense of community on Mitchell's Main Street

Building a sense of community on Mitchell's Main Street

MITCHELL, S.D. - Kari Kirchmeyer said she's ready to work.

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Easement dispute keeps couple from water, electricity

PORCUPINE, N.D. — Douglas Skye said it’s a good thing he and his companion are such tough Indians, because if they weren’t, they’d be dead.

Man chosen as Palace director previously charged with felonies, withdraws name

Man chosen as Palace director previously charged with felonies, withdraws name

MITCHELL, S.D. - The man who until Friday morning was in line to become the next director of the Corn Palace once faced multiple felony charges for misappropriating funds while working for his family’s business.

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New curriculum sponsored by oil companies doesn’t address environment

BISMARCK — Energy companies working with state government recently launched an online curriculum for fourth- and eighth-graders about the state’s power sources: petroleum, natural gas, coal, wind, solar power and biofuels, to name a few.

East Grand Forks gets 18 EDA director applications

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - Eighteen people have applied to be East Grand Forks’ new Economic Development Authority director.

Sandwich store closes, pub to open and more biz news

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A commercial space on South Washington Street is up for grabs after sandwich restaurant Quiznos closed there last month.

Rail delays also hitting construction industry hard

Rail delays also hitting construction industry hard

FARGO, N.D. – Add the local construction industry to the list of those who say their business is being hurt by delays due to congestion on the railways.

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Federal funding fuels progress at Turtle Mountain

Federal funding fuels progress at Turtle Mountain

BELCOURT, N.D. — As Sam LaRocque drove his red pickup around the pastures of his family’s cattle ranch, he talked about life in seemingly the only area of North Dakota where opportunity is hard to come by.

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UND’s digital press publishes its first book

UND’s digital press publishes its first book

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - On the surface, punk rock music and Mediterranean archaeology have little in common.

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Accessing heart via wrist to clear blockages becoming more common practice

Accessing heart via wrist to clear blockages becoming more common practice

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- It was about 5 a.m. on Thanksgiving 2012 when Kendall Jensen awoke with some discomfort in his shoulder.

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Faces of the boom: Carving a sweet niche

Faces of the boom: Carving a sweet niche

WILLISTON, N.D. – After a lease dispute nearly sidelined their doughnut shop last year, Constance and Jeff Colburn are once again serving up their signature sweets in downtown Williston.

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Give it a swirl: Gigi’s Cupcakes opens in Fargo

Give it a swirl: Gigi’s Cupcakes opens in Fargo

Fargo - Gigi’s Cupcakes are known for their signature frosting “swirl.”

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Lucy's restaurant expands and other biz news

Fargo - Lucy’s North Chinese Cuisine has opened a second location in Fargo at 4323 45th St. S.

North Dakota's calling card: Pride of Dakota products adapt to appeal to out-of-staters, gift givers

North Dakota's calling card: Pride of Dakota products adapt to appeal to out-of-staters, gift givers

Fargo - Visitors seeking souvenirs at Hector International Airport typically ask for two things: “What is something local? What is something I’m not going to find in other airports I travel to?” said Kevin Clapp, gift shop manager.

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GRAND FORKS – An email a stranger sent to the North Dakota University System’s computer security officer on the morning of Feb. 7 was the first sign that there had been a security breach.

Tesoro doesn't expect to add stabilizers to Bakken oil operation

Tesoro Corp. doesn't expect to add stabilizers that remove flammable natural gas liquids from crude in North Dakota's prolific Bakken shale, where the company is expanding its pipeline infrastructure, Chief Executive Officer Greg Goff said on Friday.

Worthington area farmers disappointed in crop yields

Worthington area farmers disappointed in crop yields

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — As area farmers finish up the 2014 harvest, they have quickly learned that, like the weather, the crop yields have created a pattern of extremes.

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Report: ND business tax structure 25th in nation

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A new report ranks North Dakota’s business tax climate in the middle of pack, while Minnesota comes out near the bottom.

Halloween packs an economic punch

Halloween packs an economic punch

Here are some Halloween factoids from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Retail Federation:

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Microsoft cuts 'small number' of jobs in Fargo

SEATTLE – Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday it cut about 3,000 jobs, effectively completing its plan to reduce its workforce by 18,000, or 14 percent of total staff, announced in July.

Faculty union reps pull out of MnSCU's restructuring effort

Faculty union representatives have condemned Minnesota’s system-wide higher education restructuring efforts, citing issues with transparency.

Young siblings learn as they go after taking over family farm

Young siblings learn as they go after taking over family farm

HILLSBORO, N.D. - Jon Bertsch and his sister, Allison Lee, didn’t plan on becoming farmers.

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Sugar alliance praises US, Mexican agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Sugar Alliance has praised the tentative agreement between the Mexican and U.S. governments to place limits on Mexican sugar shipments to the U.S. and to suspend the antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of sugar from Mexico.

Enbridge denied request to not explore alternate pipeline routes

ST. PAUL -- The Sandpiper pipeline will remain in limbo until the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission can review all outstanding petitions, the body decided Thursday.

3rd complaint filed in Minard Hall collapse, this time against NDSU

3rd complaint filed in Minard Hall collapse, this time against NDSU

FARGO, N.D. – A mechanical contractor here filed a complaint against North Dakota State University and the State Board of Higher Education in August regarding the 2009 collapse of Minard Hall, according to court documents.

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Many businesses okay with employees dressing up for Halloween

Many businesses okay with employees dressing up for Halloween

FARGO, N.D. - Halloween is a time for light-hearted fun, handing out treats and letting alter egos run free.

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ND officials say EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is ‘unworkable’

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SBHE approves UND house purchase, IT strategic plan

SBHE approves UND house purchase, IT strategic plan

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks has acquired a house on University Avenue after the State Board of Higher Education gave their approval at a meeting Thursday.

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HIGHER EDUCATION: Show and Tell

Tour helps manufacturers highlight workforce woes, opportunities for educators

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Proposed ‘surge’ funding means more business for Bakken

Anticipated $800 million in state funds offers opportunity for infrastructure, support projects

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TALK OF THE TOWN: City of change

TALK OF THE TOWN: City of change

Minot, N.D., continues to expand, adapt to new size, demands

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