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ENERGY: Realizing Potential

ENERGY: Realizing Potential

Major projects point toward growth in Dakotas’ wind power...

TECHNOLOGY: Securing the Bank

TECHNOLOGY: Securing the Bank

Tech firm’s research finds security flaw in finance industry...

TALK OF THE TOWN: Southern anchor

TALK OF THE TOWN: Southern anchor

Wahpeton drives home importance of community, collaboration...

ENERGY: Economic boom opens  doors for closing company

ENERGY: Economic boom opens doors for closing company

North Dakota Guaranty & Title Co. doubles staff in 3 years...

FINANCE: A New Approach

FINANCE: A New Approach

Finding funding in rural America can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. Will a federal investment fund help?...

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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Oil price declines have small-cap shale investors scrambling

NEW YORK — Plummeting oil prices are pushing some of the small-cap companies which flourished as part of the U.S. shale energy boom close to their breaking point, while also prompting some well-known fund managers to aggressively buy energy stocks.

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’

BISMARCK – State government leaders said they are finalizing comments urging two federal agencies to withdraw a proposed rule that Gov. Jack Dalrymple said would “drastically expand” federal authority over North Dakota waters.

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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HEALTH CARE: Keeping it Local

HEALTH CARE: Keeping it Local

Independent health care organizations stress collaboration, local participation for continued success

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HIGHER EDUCATION: Show and Tell

HIGHER EDUCATION: Show and Tell

Tour helps manufacturers highlight workforce woes, opportunities for educators

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Getting in the GigaZone

Getting in the GigaZone

Bemidji’s Paul Bunyan Communications to install massive high-speed internet network

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Proposed ‘surge’ funding means more business for Bakken

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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EDITOR'S NOTE: As vast as the prairie

EDITOR'S NOTE: As vast as the prairie

When putting together this issue, it struck me (again) how wide the area is we cover and how the topics we address each month can seem equally vast.

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BUSINESS ADVICE: Enterprise value

BUSINESS ADVICE: Enterprise value

Entrepreneurs create value through building a profitable ongoing business enterprise.

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MANAGEMENT MATTERS: The world is a library

MANAGEMENT MATTERS: The world is a library

I collect inspiring Native American proverbs.

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FINANCE: Local banks offer dedication, expertise to small business

FINANCE: Local banks offer dedication, expertise to small business

Jeff Plagge’s day job as a banker is to steer the ship as the president and CEO of Northwest Financial Corp. of Arnolds Park, Iowa.

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RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY: SD research parks develop regional presence

RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY: SD research parks develop regional presence

Developing strong partnerships provides key opportunities to economic growth. Economic development professionals work on local and regional collaborations.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Building with transportation in mind

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Building with transportation in mind

Businesses servicing the sustained growth in the Bakken oilfields are finding more and more just how important transportation decisions are in determining overall success.

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http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/3383/50/50/ PRAIRIE BUSINESS
Fergus Falls honors manufacturers with annual breakfast
City and business leaders in Fergus Falls, Minn., gathered for an early morning breakfast Oct. 30 to show their appreciation for the more than 30 manufacturers that have locations in the community. Th...
10/30/14 at 12:18 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2444/50/50/ MIKKELPATES.AG-AT-LARGE
Fact and fiction: Are the North Dakota Grain Growers in a "sinister" effort to promote corn, undermine conservation?
  I was fascinated to read Frank Carroll, a Rapid City Journal columnist, who this week took aim at the North Dakota Grain Growers. Carroll talks about a "sinister fight" where "360 million to...
10/30/14 at 11:51 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2443/50/50/ LIVING WITH WATER
Section 5: Making Policy For Water
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http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2445/50/50/ BBB BUZZ FROM THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU OF MINNESOTA AND NORTH DAKOTA
2014 BBB Torch Award for Ethics Winners Announced
This years winners of the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) Torch Awards for Ethics were named at a ceremony held today at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minn...
10/30/14 at 3:13 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2451/50/50/ THE DULLUM FILE
Back to High School
Honored to be asked to speak to the Northwest Minnesota District of Student Councils in East Grand Forks today. More than four hundred students took part. Thanks to Noah Thompson for the invitation an...
10/29/14 at 4:10 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2456/50/50/ BASIC BUSINESS
Lagging, Keeping, or Leading
Basic Business Cents A System for Enterprise Excellence Competition today comes not just from the competitor across town, across state, or even across the country. With the improvement and innovation ...
10/29/14 at 2:03 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2449/50/50/ GOOD PEOPLE, GOOD BUSINESS
Professional athletes, domestic violence, and due process
It has been kind of a rough time for fans of professional football. Game statistics and conversations about next weeks match-ups have so often been replaced by reports of players involved in domesti...
10/20/14 at 11:02 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2454/50/50/ SUNDOG: MARKETING + TECHNOLOGY
#DF14 BASECAMP: WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT (PART 2)
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