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FARGO, N.D. - Job cuts were made at Fargo’s Microsoft campus today as the Redmond, Wash.-based company continues its restructuring.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR, Minn. — A proposal to construct a railroad bypass west of Willmar to divert possibly up to a third of the BNSF Railway trains in and out of the Willmar rail yard will not receive federal transportation funding this year, officials have learned.
DULUTH, Minn. — If the first wave of crisp autumn air has you thinking about buying your firewood load to burn this winter, think again.
FARGO, N.D. — One of the many governmental entities represented on the Fargo-Moorhead diversion authority is suing a Cass County landowner for road rights on their land under eminent domain.
DICKINSON, N.D. - The Koch Meadow Hills subdivision hit another snag Wednesday as city officials continue to review plans for the mixed-use development in north Dickinson.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Exclusive Aerospace LLC an affiliate of Fargo Jet Center, announced the expansion of its award winning services to the Minneapolis market through purchasing the assets of Premier Jet Center at Flying Cloud airport (KFCM) in Eden Prairie. Flying Cloud is one of the main corporate airports serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul market.
FARGO, N.D. – The chief executive officer of Fargo-based TMI Hospitality, which in June announced its acquisition by Starwood Capital Group, indicated Wednesday the deal was worth at least $1 billion.
FARGO, N.D. - The new Ashley Furniture HomeStore that opened recently on 45th Street in south Fargo is a big place, but just how big doesn’t become clear until you step into the warehouse space at the back of the store.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – Claudia Berg, a 33-year employee of the State Historical Society and coordinator of the nearly completed $51.7 million expansion of the North Dakota Heritage Center, was picked Wednesday to lead the agency after current Director Merl Paaverud retires Nov. 14.
FARGO, N.D. – A structure going up at 1555 44th St. S. in Fargo will become a restaurant by spring of 2015.RELATED CONTENT
WAHPETON, N.D. – North Dakota State College of Science leaders here confirmed Tuesday that campus police possess combat gear, but they’re planning to get rid of it.
FARGO, N.D. – Joanna Slominski sometimes thinks she fell into her chosen field of construction management.RELATED CONTENT
Apple Inc. is set to launch two new iPads and release the next version of its Mac operating system at its next event on Oct. 21, a Daily Dot report said, citing sources familiar with the matter.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Nonprofits in the Grand Forks area are not only helping those in need, they’re also generating more than $89 million that is being returned to the community through grants and wages, according to data compiled by the Nonprofit Business Alliance.
Americans racked up credit card debt in a big way in the past few months, according to a new report.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON - Obama administration officials are concerned about the legality of a ban on oil exports and have begun discussing how to deal with potential challenges from nations that want to buy U.S. crude, two sources said.
BISMARCK -- A group of western North Dakota Republican legislators on Wednesday proposed an $800 million “surge” fund for the state and, in a preview of a proposal to come next week, said it'd be the last such bill needed if a new oil tax formula is adopted this session.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – The interim chancellor of the North Dakota University System said on Wednesday that some legislators believe a consultant was referring to North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani when the consultant spoke of one or more unnamed college presidents challenging the leadership of the State Board of Higher Education.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences is on thin ice after a visit from an accrediting agency last spring.RELATED CONTENT
A North Dakota State University economist who prepared a rail study that was later withdrawn says he stands by the process he used and the numbers he came up with.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The state offers the exam annually in both February and July, and only 56 percent of University of North Dakota graduates who took the test for the first time this summer passed.
BISMARCK, N.D. - The Center for Technology & Business has been awarded a Bush Foundation Leadership Network Grant for expansion of its Women's Leadership program.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Farmers and landlords have a new resource to help them determine farmland rental rates.
WASHINGTON -- North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven and three other senators on Tuesday introduced an act they say would streamline energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL by eliminating the presidential permit requirement when crossing the Canadian or Mexican border, according to a release from Hoeven’s office.
BEACH, N.D. - Citing the absence of a council member, the Beach City Council tabled a rezoning decision regarding a proposed $7 million railroad expansion for the Beach Grain Cooperative following a public hearing at its regular meeting Monday night.
BISMARCK –- Four western North Dakota lawmakers have scheduled a press conference here Wednesday to discuss their plan to introduce an early funding bill in January that would give oil-impacted areas a head start on the 2015 construction season.
WASHINGTON - Pipeline operator TransCanada Corp is likely to haul Canadian oil sands crude by rail whether or not its embattled Keystone XL pipeline project is finally approved by Washington, the company's chief executive said on Tuesday.
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Marijuana growers want to open shop – legally – in Cottage Grove and Bemidji in Minnesota.
BISMARCK – A member of the State Historical Board said she’s “challenged to reconcile” how a search committee that was directed to forward three finalists for interviews for director of the State Historical Society ended up advancing only two finalists – both internal candidates – despite more than 40 applicants for the position.
FARGO, N.D. – Cheryl Swenson is nearing the end of 30 appointments with a machine that bombards her body with precise beams of radiation.
BARNESVILLE, Minn. - Turn down most any street here and you’ll see crews boring into the pavement. They’re working on two projects that will bring natural gas and fiber optics to the community – something Karen Lauer, executive director of Barnesville’s Economic Development Authority, believes will make the city more attractive to new businesses.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - About 150 young professionals from the three-state region will attend a summit at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks this week.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Preservation was Earl Westereng’s No. 1 goal when he bought the old Williston High School in 2005.RELATED CONTENT
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- Planning is underway for a development including two hotels, a convention center, apartments, restaurants and retail space in Jamestown.
ST. PAUL - The largest and lowest-cost provider of private health plans on the MNsure system is pulling out for next year, saying it’s “not sustainable” to continue.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks continues to grow, city officials are looking west of Interstate 29 for the next hot spots in housing and business development.RELATED CONTENT
PIERRE, S.D. – A $1 million community incentive match program recently announced by Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give communities across the state the opportunity to take an active role in addressing their own workforce issues.
BROOKINGS, S.D. - The South Dakota State University Construction and Operations Management Department will hold the 2014 I-29 Manufacturer's Conference at the Swiftel Center in Brookings Oct. 2.
CWB is building another grain elevator, its third new facility, and is looking for people to work in them.
Northwood, N.D., will receive more than $200,000 in federal funding for improvements to its municipal airport.
MADISON, Minn. — Cargill announced this week it will invest $17 million to upgrade and expand its grain elevator in Madison in western Minnesota.
WILLMAR, Minn. — The Willmar City Council voted 6-2 Monday night to table a proposed ordinance amendment that would permit downtown businesses such as cafes and restaurants to use the public sidewalk for commercial purposes seven days a week.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Two Willmar businessmen are finding success in offering clean, quiet and safe short-term housing to students, construction workers and others looking to live month by month.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s push to raise the minimum wage, which has largely found success in liberal-leaning coastal states to date, could make headway in the conservative heartland in the November elections.
FARGO, N.D. – The first restaurant in the newly constructed Prairie Stone Center opens Tuesday, with another opening planned for Wednesday.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Two McKenzie County businesses have been charged in Northwest District Court with Class B misdemeanor operating without a license.
BISMARCK – The largest single appropriation of state funding for the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project was released Monday with a unanimous vote of the State Water Commission.
FARGO, N.D. – A dairy processing plant here has agreed to pay a $57,000 fine to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violating its policies, the EPA said in a statement Monday.
FARGO, N.D. - The reason Jeremiah Johnson got into the flooring business really boils down to his name.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - WDAZ TV in Grand Forks won an Upper Midwest Emmy for Team Coverage at the awards gala held Saturday in Minneapolis.RELATED CONTENT
ROSEAU, Minn. - A $325,000 state grant will help fund a 30-unit housing complex in Roseau.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Tulsa, Okla.-based ONEOK was on the hot seat Monday when rancher Terry Watson took it to task during a North Dakota Public Service Commission public hearing on a proposed pipeline in western North Dakota.
WASHINGTON — U.S. rail operators must put investment ahead of profits to clear the way for grain, automotive and chemical shipments now clogging the tracks, lawmakers said at a congressional hearing Sept. 10 about the health of the rail grid.RELATED CONTENT
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji may host an indoor medical cannabis farm as soon as summer if a potential application is approved by the state.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton welcomes concessions offered by the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority chairman but said future actions will speak louder than words in settling differences over the project.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON -- Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport is one of seven airports across North Dakota to receive a total of $6.2 million in federal funds for improvements and updates.
FARGO,N.D. – Bowties and neckties aren’t just simple accessories at AENDEE.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR, Minn. — The Community-Owned Grocery in Willmar, Minn., has reached its final stage before construction and is kicking off a capital investment campaign to receive more financial support from member-owners before breaking ground.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Early every Monday morning, four twin-engine airplanes carrying from six to eight construction workers each take off from Willmar Municipal Airport in Willmar, Minn., bound for western North Dakota.RELATED CONTENT
BIRD ISLAND, Minn. – Kyle VanOverbeke logs a flight pattern on a laptop computer and prepares to launch the latest weapon in agricultural production – a fixed-wing drone.RELATED CONTENT
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL — Rural Minnesota is acutely impacted by the collision of a rapidly aging population and a shortage of nurses in senior care. Ecumen, a nonprofit senior housing and services organization that operates in many rural Minnesota communities, and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will collaborate to help address that problem through a new workforce development initiative called Ecumen Scholars.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Marco Inc., a leading technology services provider in the United States, has announced its purchase of Northeast Photocopy Company Inc. (NEP), a copier and printer company located in Appleton and Green Bay, Wis. The 38 employees from NEP have joined the Marco team.
BISMARCK — Oil and gas production in North Dakota continued setting records in July, with oil up 18,000 barrels a day from June and a 3 percent increase in gas production.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A consulting firm is recommending the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center become a more integrated part of the university after the school fired the center’s director, who fought for the Grand Forks center’s independence for decades.
BISMARCK — A late planting and a harvest held up by wet weather have increased the chance for disease and a reduced-quality small grains crop.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Mayor Howard Klug said ridding Williston of its two strip clubs would be best for the city in North Dakota oil country.
LOS ANGELES - Unprecedented demand for Apple's larger-screen iPhone 6 andiPhone Plus drove more than 4 million orders for the new smartphones in the first 24 hours -- a record that depleted its inventory, the tech giant said Monday.
Boulevard Square retail center is growing.
ROLLAG, Minn. – The 32 wind turbines and their broad, whirling blades stand tall on heights of land that once defined the shores of glacial Lake Agassiz.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – When North Dakota employers need workers, they often turn to staffing agencies to find the right talent to fill their jobs.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – Chronic heartburn, which increases the risk of esophageal cancer, afflicts one in five people and is commonly treated with medications.
FARGO, N.D. – CoCo has come. The co-working and collaboration space called CoCo Fargo officially opens for business today.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. - A Texas-based company is looking to enter the Bakken crude oil shipping business.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - It’s a story Matt Winjum has told many times before.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Highlander Bottle Shop and Lounge in Grand Forks is for sale.
FARGO, N.D. - Web development jobs pay well and are in high demand, but not many women are applying.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK - Douglas Kadrmas' lifelong dream of working for NASA became a reality when he was awarded an internship at the government agency.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Susan Larson first began making clothes nine years ago for her 1-year-old granddaughter. When friends of Larson’s daughter-in-law began asking about where she got the baby clothes, Larson began taking orders and making dresses, embroidered onesies and matching doll clothes for other little boys and girls.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks business leaders are getting a better idea of how local employers are using interns.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Two years ago, a housing shortage gripped Grand Forks.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The highly debated restructuring of North Dakota’s higher education governance system will be placed in the hands of voters this November after years of tension between lawmakers and the State Board of Higher Education.
FARGO, N.D. – On a mild, breezy November day nearly four years ago, more than 20 employees and executives at Ulteig Engineers called it quits at the same time and left to form a rival firm.
HICKSON, N.D. - Mike Bice hadn’t planned on becoming a bar owner. But when the Knickerbocker Liquor Locker went on the market in 2003, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON — U.S. corn and soybean production in 2014, already pegged at record highs, will be higher than expected a month ago and somewhat above trade expectations, the U.S. government said on Thursday, triggering a swift drop in Chicago grain markets.
DICKINSON, N.D. - Dickinson State University has returned to the U.S. News & World Report’s list of the Best Public Regional Colleges in the Midwest.
North Dakota’s Congressional delegation announced six grants worth nearly $1.3 million in airport improvement funding for North Dakota small-town airports on Thursday.
WASHINGTON — Forty-seven U.S. senators, including North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven, sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Thursday asking for a 60-day extension for comments on the agency’s proposed from on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has updated when an employer must notify the agency if an employee suffers a job-related hospital stay, amputation or loss of an eye.
RICHARDTON, N.D. — The City of Richardton’s Planning Commission recommended approval of a Halliburton frack sand plant after tabling it at its last meeting over landowner concerns.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — One of the only things Judy Korsmo didn’t like about her weekday commute from Northwood, N.D., to Grand Forks was the amount she spent on gas.RELATED CONTENT
MINNEAPOLIS -- University of Minnesota leaders want to maintain a 2012 tuition freeze for another two years, but they want state lawmakers to chip in more taxpayer money to pay for it.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. rail operators must put investment ahead of profits to clear the way for grain, automotive and chemical shipments now clogging the tracks, lawmakers said at a congressional hearing Wednesday about the health of the rail grid.
Troubled electronics retailer RadioShack Corp. said it may need to file for bankruptcy protection if its cash situation worsens, after reporting its tenth straight quarterly loss.
FARGO, N.D. – Retired Maj. Gens. Alexander “Mac” Macdonald and Darrol Schroeder have lived parallel lives, growing up just 3 miles from each other. Both developed a passion for aviation and pursued careers in the military.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL — It all started with a crayon.
FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State University staff confirms a preliminary study of rail shipment delays was withdrawn days after it was released, but the withdrawal only recently received attention.
FARGO, N.D. – Tim Mahoney announced Thursday he will leave his job as a surgeon at Essentia Health to devote more time to his role as the city’s deputy mayor.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – In these, the last days of the old Cardinal Muench Seminary, the student commons room looks like it’s been abused by vandals from hell.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota agriculture commissioner candidate Ryan Taylor proposed a fixed 1 percent interest rate for student loans at a news conference Thursday.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D.. - Considering the child care needs in Grand Forks, some community leaders say local businesses should explore offering on-site child care to their employees.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Dakota Wesleyan University is again experiencing record enrollment.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Three University of North Dakota students will experience the moon on Earth for 30 days next month. And they won’t have to leave Grand Forks.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Energy Department on Wednesday approved liquefied natural gas exports from two projects, as lawmakers pressed the administration to move quickly to clear a backlog of applications to ship gas abroad.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The owner of a landscaping firm in Grand Forks was convicted of deceptive writings in state district court in Grand Forks Tuesday after an employee discovered the owner had rented an apartment in his name without his knowledge.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks is among three airports in North Dakota that will receive a share of $4 million in federal funds given out by the Federal Aviation Administration, North Dakota congressional delegates announced Wednesday.
FARGO, N.D. – Arthur Ventures, a Fargo-based venture capital firm, has sold its stake in Preventice, a Rochester, Minn.-based company that is a leader in the area of systems such as wireless patient monitoring.
FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota faces the prospect of having to significantly expand its electricity generation at the same time the nation’s utilities are grappling with looming regulations to restrict coal-fired sources.
BISMARCK – The trend of North Dakotans being forced to leave their homes because of skyrocketing rents and the state’s lack of affordable housing – especially in oil-impacted areas – will get worse before it gets better, an attorney said Wednesday during a housing forum here.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has joined his counterparts in 38 other states in urging the Federal Communications Commission to allow phone carriers to use existing call-blocking technology to better protect their customers from unwanted telemarketing and scam calls.RELATED CONTENT
HORACE, N.D. – Horace Mayor Shane Walock grew up just north of the city and remembers hunting squirrels and gophers with a BB gun along the banks of the Sheyenne River.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – Within 15 minutes Monday, all 150 tickets for the Saturday brunch at Monte’s in Fargo were sold to fans eager for football and fine dining.RELATED CONTENT
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Friday’s announcement that CHS is proceeding with its nitrogen fertilizer plant at Spiritwood could bring a quick boom in construction here, according to City Engineer Reed Schwartzkopf.
This summer’s apartment vacancy rate for the Grand Forks area almost doubled since last summer due to a rise in apartment construction — but experts still aren’t sure how long the upward trend will continue.RELATED CONTENT
NEW YORK — A joint venture of GE and Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, along with Statoil, a leader in the oil and gas exploration and production industry, announced the planned expansion of a pilot project to capture flare gas and use it to power up to six of Statoil’s drill rigs and one frac fleet in North Dakota.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Presented with a set of recommendations, Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday committed to taking action to improve the pheasant population in South Dakota.RELATED CONTENT
One of Dickinson, N.D.'s few child care options has had to close its doors.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - The propane outlook for this winter is brighter than a year ago, when shortages nearly quadrupled the hearting fuel's price, but state officials urge poor Minnesotans to apply now for heating assistance if they think they will not be able to fill their tanks.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON - Verizon Communications will give subscribers who trade in an old iPhone a free iPhone 6 in exchange for a two-year contract, the country's largest wireless carrier announced hours after Apple Inc unveiled the widely anticipated device.
FARGO - Backed by the sounds of an electric guitar and a revving motorcycle, Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney took the stage Tuesday at the United Way of Cass Clay 2014 campaign kickoff at the Holiday Inn.RELATED CONTENT
WEST FARGO – The annual Big Iron Farm Show has operated among euphoric times with strong agricultural prices many times in the past. Not this year.
Stutsman County panel agrees to annual $3 million payment from CHS fertilizer plant in lieu of taxes for 20 years
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The planned CHS nitrogen fertilizer plant at Spiritwood will become the largest property taxpayer in North Dakota upon completion even though it is receiving a 20-year tax incentive.
WASHINGTON - U.S. studies of oil train dangers may have underestimated the perils of volatile vapor on the tracks and officials will in future use precision instruments for more thorough tests, a Transportation Department official said on Tuesday.
CUPERTINO, Calif. - Apple Inc. unveiled the "Apple Watch" alongside two new iPhones with sharper and larger displays on Tuesday, calling the wearable device the next chapter in its history.RELATED CONTENT
FORT PIERRE, S.D. — Josh Dykes was in charge of a crew that was removing hives filled with honey and putting on new boxes for added production in mid-August.RELATED CONTENT
APPLETON, Minn. — Imagine Ely without a single canoe outfitting business, and you can understand how Tim Rittenour viewed his hometown of Appleton.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR, Minn. — One of the take-home messages for Minnesota Sen. Torrey Westrom during a campaign visit Monday to Kandiyohi County came halfway through a tour of the MinnWest Technology Campus.RELATED CONTENT
MITCHELL, S.D. - Dakota Wesleyan University will celebrate the groundbreaking of its $10 million Sports and Wellness Complex during a special ceremony at 5 p.m. Sept. 18, at the site of the new building, on the south side of Norway Avenue, across from the football practice fields and L.B. Williams Elementary School in Mitchell.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Public Service Commission has set a public hearing on a $6 million, 8-inch-wide natural gas liquids pipeline proposed for McKenzie County.
BISMARCK - A report on the impacts of oil and gas activity and the funding solutions for western North Dakota will be released Sept. 18, the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties announced Monday.
FARGO, N.D. - V.J. Smith wants the world to know about Aaron “Marty” Martinson and Monday he shared Martinson’s story at the North Dakota Grocers Association convention in Fargo.RELATED CONTENT
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. – Lester Hall, of Beaumont, Texas, and Bill Shearer, of Grand Junction, Mich., are old friends who only see each other about one month a year.
FARGO, N.D. – The chairman of the Flood Diversion Authority has written Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to offer what he called his “commitments” to address Minnesota’s concerns about the project.
WEST FARGO, N.D. — Unmanned aircraft systems might be the hottest topic in production agriculture right now, and the annual Big Iron Farm Show will offer both UAS demonstrations and classes.
SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco Superior Court judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit brought by environmental groups against Kinder Morgan’s Richmond, Calif., rail terminal, which quietly began unloading crude oil from trains this year, saying the plaintiffs waited too long to file their complaint.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- The process of creating fertilizer out of natural gas could literally be described as pulling nitrogen out of the air.RELATED CONTENT
Home improvement retailer Home Depot on Monday confirmed its payment systems were breached, potentially impacting customers using payment cards at its U.S. and Canadian stores.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – When Kyle and Kristin Jameson decided to set up an online Etsy store last December, coming up with a name was the easy part – Made by Mama & Papa.RELATED CONTENT
WEST FARGO, N.D. - When Clay Dietrich started out in the home building business in 1975, a fancy house was a 1,400-square-foot rambler with a two-stall garage and maybe, if you were lucky, a three-quarter bath off the master bedroom. It would run you about $85,000.RELATED CONTENT
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Sept. 1 marked the beginning of the seventh year of the IDEA competition. In the past six years, more than $300,000 has been awarded to northwest Minnesota entrepreneurs.
RICHARDTON - It's no New York City, but North Dakota, along with its upper midwest neighbors, is slowly gaining prominence as a popular international tourist destination.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. Debbie Conneran was on a hiring spree of sorts.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A grocery store specializing in foods from across the Asian continent is coming to a strip mall on South Columbia Road in Grand Forks.
FARGO, N.D. – Chris and Jamie Zink fit the definition of the “brain drain” – young, college-educated North Dakotans who left the state for job opportunities elsewhere.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. In a few weeks, the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team will move into a brand new team area in the basement of Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.RELATED CONTENT
MOORHEAD, Minn. - Junkyard Brewing Co. is tapping the Kickstarter website in its efforts to finance new and bigger brewing equipment.
FARGO, N.D. - The notion that a four-year degree is the best way to ensure job security, good pay and overall job satisfaction has taken a hit in recent years.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – A former senior vice president of Pixar and Walt Disney, a former creative leader at 20th Century Fox and Mattel, a senior writer for Fast Company and the inspiration for Jason Biggs’ character on “Orange is the New Black” will all be in Fargo Friday.RELATED CONTENT
WEST FARGO, N.D. - Farm machinery is getting so big and sophisticated that the Big Iron Farm Show is looking at adjusting the doors of an exhibit building to get equipment in and out, the show’s director said.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Following the lead of college campuses around the country, Concordia College at Moorhead is now fully tobacco-free.
FARGO, N.D. – The scheme involved dozens of mail boxes for phantom medical clinics around the country and phony bills for health services never provided.
ST. PAUL - Anyone who walks into a Total Wine and More store like the one in Roseville will enter a store that might seem as big as a football field.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - CHS Inc., the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global agriculture and energy business, announced it will proceed with construction of a fertilizer manufacturing plant at Spiritwood, N.D.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – Lake Region Healthcare has broken ground on its new Fergus Falls main clinic on West Vernon Ave.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Freshman enrollment at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks was steady on the first day of classes this year, while overall enrollment was down.
FARGO, N.D. - In the long-running TV western “Gunsmoke,” Dodge City had Marshal Matt Dillon to keep the town clean.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – A conservation organization that has not had the best of luck purchasing land will appear before a state committee Monday to pitch its proposal to buy 160 acres in Grand Forks County.
Dalrymple tells Surface Transportation Board late shipments cost ND farmers 'hundreds of millions of dollars'
FARGO, N.D. - The U.S. Surface Transportation Board made history in North Dakota on Thursday, holding its first field hearing in the state, and packing in a crowd of testifiers and onlookers concerned about whether railroads can make the trains run on time.
FARGO, N.D. – The Sanford Medical Center Children’s Hospital announced Thursday that it has been designated as a high-level pediatric trauma center.
FARGO, N.D. – Longtime local radio talk show host Sandy Buttweiler announced Thursday on KFGO-AM that she resigned Tuesday to pursue a “new opportunity.”RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – Two construction projects planned for downtown Fargo will seek Renaissance Zone tax breaks from the city today.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A $1.85 billion nitrogen fertilizer plant is a few steps closer to opening north of Grand Forks.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Coordinated effort by business leaders, educators and government officials will be needed to address South Dakota's workforce shortage, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Wednesday in Mitchell.RELATED CONTENT
MEDORA, N.D. — The Billings County Commission upheld its zoning board’s recommendation Tuesday and denied an application for a 300-unit hotel in Fryburg, N.D.
BISMARCK – In a first for the state, the North Dakota Public Service Commission has required a wind farm owner to provide financial assurance that it can cover the future costs of reclaiming the site when the wind turbines reach the end of their lifespan.
Goodwill Industries said that none of its 44 Minnesota stores, nor any in the Upper Midwest, appear to have been involved in an 18-month-long data breach at some of its stores.
WASHINGTON - Telecommunications company Verizon Communications will pay $7.4 million to settle a consumer privacy investigation, the Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday.
FARGO, N.D. - Some drivers along a downtown corridor have wondered about the purpose behind traffic control devices that popped up this summer in Fargo.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – A Goodwill retail store has opened at 4325 13th Ave. S., Fargo, in the strip mall east of Olive Garden.
CHICAGO - Customer data could have been stolen from nearly all of Home Depot Inc's stores in the United States, according to new information released on Wednesday by security website KrebsonSecurity.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. – When he was just 13, Dan Kalil had a dream foreshadowing the changes triggered by western North Dakota’s oil boom.
BISMARCK – The state Board of Higher Education approved more than $135 million in capital project funding requests for North Dakota State University in Fargo on Wednesday.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – Wrestler, actor and historic building investor Rowdy Roddy Piper came to Fergus Falls on Tuesday with developer Ray Willey to look at the former Regional Treatment Center and propose revisions to the redevelopment project at the City Council meeting.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – Three years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished a feasibility study and environmental review of the proposed Fargo-Moorhead diversion project. Completing the exhaustive, nearly 600-page review was a huge step toward construction of the 36-mile flood channel.
FARGO, N.D. - Jay Baer’s hour-long keynote talk was witty, informative and engaging. But his message to marketers aiming to capitalize on the power of social media was summed up in a few words:RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Higher Learning Commission has issued a report stating North Dakota University System school accreditation could be at risk if voters approve Measure 3.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – At a standing-room-only meeting Wednesday in the chambers of the Moorhead City Council, Gov. Mark Dayton listened to the concerns of local leaders and residents about the metro area’s proposed flood diversion project.RELATED CONTENT
OLIVIA, Minn. — Renville County is looking north for its answer to a long-standing issue of meeting the housing needs of seasonal workers.
OLIVIA, Minn. — A $24 million project to build a new RC Hospital and Clinics facility on the eastern edge of Olivia along U.S. Highway 212 has caught the attention of lots of motorists, and a company with an interest in locating near it.
WILLMAR, Minn. — The Willmar City Council will hold a public hearing Sept. 15 on an ordinance amendment that would permit downtown businesses such as cafes and restaurants to use the public sidewalk for commercial purposes seven days a week.
MITCHELL, S.D. - The estimated cost of building the city's initial version of a new city hall was significantly more than the $3.2 million the city has set aside for the project, according to Mayor Ken Tracy.
Dakota Plains Holdings Inc. said on Tuesday it would build a third, 90,000-barrel storage tank for Bakken crude oil at its Pioneer Rail Terminal in North Dakota.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration has provided $100,000 for economic development throughout North Dakota.
BISMARCK — A search committee reviewing applicants for the director’s job at the North Dakota Historical Society voted Tuesday to forward two internal finalists for interviews, after removing an outside finalist from the running because they didn’t think she’d get the job.
Canada’s Pembina Pipeline Corp. said it would buy the Vantage pipeline system, gaining access to the prolific Bakken shale field in North Dakota.
DICKINSON, N.D. - As Dickinson’s population has grown, so has its budget.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - The East Grand Forks City Council approved a preliminary tax levy of $3,218,586 at its Tuesday meeting, which is a 10 percent increase from 2014, according to City Administrator David Murphy.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks County taxpayers could see a slight increase in taxes next year, unless the county cuts about $136,000 from the preliminary 2015 budget.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The two candidates for North Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat disagree on the federal government’s role in spurring the wind energy industry, which accounts for hundreds of jobs in Grand Forks.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Ralph Engelstad Arena is a finalist to host the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.RELATED CONTENT
Dollar General Corp. raised its bid for Family Dollar Stores Inc. to $9.1 billion, and warned it may turn hostile and appeal directly to shareholders if the new offer was rejected.
FARGO, N.D. – Gray Television, the company that owns local NBC affiliate KVLY Valley News Live, has found a buyer for CBS affiliate KXJB Channel 4 in Fargo – Major Market Broadcasting Inc.
WEST FARGO, N.D. – A new Cash Wise Foods supermarket will open in the Oak Ridge development in West Fargo next year.
WEST FARGO, N.D. – City taxes in West Fargo will soon go down, even with additional city staff hired next year.
FARGO, N.D. – City commissioners signed off on a preliminary version of the city’s 2015 budget Tuesday, keeping the mill levy flat from this year.
FARGO, N.D. – In response to a complaint filed last year, the Higher Learning Commission has issued a favorable review of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education, the board announced Tuesday.RELATED CONTENT
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that railroads and oil companies “are going to have to take their share of financial responsibility” for the costs of keeping rail movement of oil from North Dakota’s oil patch and other regions safe as it moves through Minnesota.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – A small, on-street performance stage will soon be coming to downtown, for a limited time only.RELATED CONTENT
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton had strong words for the contentious $1.8 billion Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project at a meeting Tuesday with local and state officials that attracted a large public audience here.RELATED CONTENT
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. - The majority of independent restaurants go out of business within just a few years of opening.RELATED CONTENT
MOORHEAD, Minn. - The cost of attending Concordia College at Moorhead has risen in recent years, increases that have hit the school’s poorest students the hardest, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education.RELATED CONTENT
DULUTH, Minn. — In just two years, Locally Laid Egg Co. has gotten national attention and built a loyal following for its eggs from cage-free, pasture-raised hens.
NEW YORK — South Dakota-based Great Western Bancorp Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of National Australia Bank Ltd, filed with U.S. regulators on Thursday for an initial public offering.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Chandler Nelson walked into a job interview expecting a few extra credit points, but instead he took the first step toward a career.RELATED CONTENT
MCKENZIE, N.D. — Jerry Doan always figured his oldest son would return to the family farm and make agriculture his lifelong career. But the elder Doan was a bit surprised when his three other children said they wanted to come back, too.RELATED CONTENT
U.S. coal-burning power utilities are being forced to turn to barges and more expensive trucks to move coal, desperate to shore up stockpiles left dangerously low by the widespread bottlenecks on rail networks.
DICKINSON, N.D. - While the U.S. continues to lose cattle, North Dakota is moving up to the head of the herd.RELATED CONTENT
ARTHUR, N.D. -- An old barn on a Cass County, N.D., farmstead that's housed dances, country bands, rock musicians and wedding receptions for more than 60 years will be changing hands.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - Twin Cities business and political leaders are trying to drum up support — and cash — to bring a World's Fair to Minnesota in 2023.
BISMARCK – North Dakota is poised to collect nearly $9.8 billion in oil tax revenue during the next two years and $2.2 billion more than previously forecast for 2013-15, according to a new outlook released Friday that had elected leaders calling for additional tax relief, greater funding for western counties and more accurate forecasts.
gRAND FORKS, N.D. - BBI International is launching a new monthly magazine focused on the emerging unmanned aerial systems industry.
BISMARCK – A major oil pipeline that would cross the Missouri River twice in North Dakota as it carries crude from the Bakken oilfields to Illinois faces a fight from activists in Iowa but so far has largely flown under the radar here.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks manufacturer PS Doors is planning an expansion that would nearly double the size of its facility and increase its workforce by more than 50 percent, thanks to a strong demand for its safety and flood protection products.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Oh, to be a fly on the wall at The Bakken Club.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR, Minn. -- Leah Schueler grew up on the Iron Range, then moved to the Twin Cities, where she spent almost a decade living and working in the inner city.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – The North Dakota State University football game wasn’t the only big event Fargoans experienced Saturday, as the area’s first Sonic Drive-in opened with some early fanfare.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - Walls have come tumbling down in workplaces everywhere. Open floor plans have replaced individual offices, encouraging collaboration and maximizing square footage.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - The Kelly Inn at 3800 Main Ave. in Fargo has changed its name to The Biltmore Hotel and Suites, a moniker that recalls the building’s origins in the early 1960s.
FARGO, N.D. - A novel way to market a new home is starting the next chapter.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON - A senior U.S. Congressman from Texas has come out in full support of the United States lifting the 40-year old ban on crude oil exports, putting him at odds with fellow House Republicans wary of weighing in on the controversial issue.
McDonald's line cooks, Burger King cashiers and other fast-food restaurant workers across the U.S. plan to walk off the job on Thursday in an ongoing battle with their employers to gain a $15 hourly wage, organizers said on Monday.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — Sheets of plastic film covering second-floor windows provide a hint to passersby that the historic Union Building in downtown Crookston is coming back to life.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. - Ken Molitor was a college-educated rancher and farmer and known in part for his ability to train cattle dogs, heelers that ended up all over the country. But he also worked long hours in the oilfields to keep the family farm afloat.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Ground Up Adventures, a local nonprofit that promotes outdoor activities for youth, is pushing back the opening date to rent watercraft from the new boathouse on the Red River in Grand Forks.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - When somebody is considering moving to Grand Forks from outside the region for work, they often ask about the weather — specifically the wintery kind. And while employers try not to sugarcoat it, they also point to a number of other assets that they hope will appeal to potential employees.
BARNESVILLE, MINN. – Winners in the inaugural Spark Your Startup Business Pitch Contest here have been announced and each received a cash prize.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – As the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks moves to implement sweeping changes in its campus security, the three colleges in the Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead area continue to make improvements at a somewhat slower pace.
FARGO, N.D. – KVLY-TV made gains in the metro area to win the ratings race with its 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, but WDAY remains the most watched news in the Red River Valley.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – After using traditional textbooks for more than 30 years, Professor Teresa Tande at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, N.D., is one of the first in the state to commit to using a free online textbook for one of her classes.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Dakota’s lone member of the House of Representatives is accusing a government agency of keeping secret maps of wetlands and waters with no intention of releasing them to the public.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - One of farmers’ longstanding complaints is that they’re often blamed unfairly for rising food prices. Now, two separate reports from the U.S. government show consumers are paying more for food, even as farmers receive less for what they produce.
FARGO, N.D. - Just shy of its 40th year in business, the Nordic Needle has new owners.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – A new forecast released Friday gives a clearer picture of how much of North Dakota’s oil tax revenue would go into a proposed conservation fund on the November ballot.
DRAPER, S.D. — Scott Dowling is one of many farmers piling wheat on the ground and stuffing it into bags.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation criticized Canadian Pacific Railway on Thursday for its new system of ordering train cars for agricultural shipments.
Fargo - A group of former North Dakota State University sports stars are making the move from athletics to an eatery.RELATED CONTENT
Company culture determines its likeability among employeesRELATED CONTENT
Survey shows salary, benefits not always top priorityRELATED CONTENT
Jamestown plays up its role as a regional hubRELATED CONTENT
Bakken real estate market continues to go globalRELATED CONTENT
In South Dakota, our manufacturers play a vital role in our state’s overall economic health.RELATED CONTENT
Manufacturing businesses have been the anchor of driving growth in the region for decades.RELATED CONTENT
Experts offer tips on strategies to stand out from the clutterRELATED CONTENT
Like every other business in North Dakota, Mortenson Construction is looking for good talent to move to the state to build “what’s next” for the company.RELATED CONTENT
This issue includes the results of our first Best Places to Work contest.RELATED CONTENT
Generations ago, changes often occurred during the contract negotiations process which were not clearly explained or identified before signing.RELATED CONTENT
In the 2.0 world in which we work, live and communicate, does email still matter?RELATED CONTENT
What should entrepreneurs be aware of before they decide to devote a considerable amount of time, effort and resources to a small business startup?RELATED CONTENT