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When Carol Rogne left a career in banking to start her own company 26 years ago, she intended to provide investment, accounting and tax services.RELATED CONTENT
Robert Potts has withdrawn from the search for the next North Dakota University System chancellor.
State’s lignite mines up output by 1 million tons, producers add facilitiesRELATED CONTENT
Fergus Falls, Minn., boasts a vibrant, supportive business community with dedicated leadershipRELATED CONTENT
Businesses tap into fast-growing adventure tourism marketRELATED CONTENT
JLG Architects grows from small firm to regional powerhouseRELATED CONTENT
Worthington, Minn.-based Fullerton Building Systems sees growing demand for panelized buildingsRELATED CONTENT
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with a middle school class in Fargo about how writers and editors apply the four “C”s - creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking - in our daily workRELATED CONTENT
At the end of 2014, Video Guidance, one of the nation’s premier video conferencing companies, merged with London-based BCS Global Networks Inc.RELATED CONTENT
It’s no secret: High-quality future employees and leaders come from engaged students.RELATED CONTENT
In 2001, when the Homestake Mine in Lead closed, South Dakota lost one of its iconic businesses.RELATED CONTENT
To continuously grow a business, an organization often must approach and take on business that is outside the normal or standard business which has traditionally been it’s prime area of focus and sales.RELATED CONTENT
GROVE CITY, Minn. — The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District is investing in a 25-year solar energy contract for its Cosmos Learning Center and Atwater Elementary School buildings.
Mitchell, S.D., has added enough multi-family housing to meet demand and has left room for growth, according to a new study released this week.
BISMARCK – House lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that could spoil a recently signed deal with Sanford Health Plan to provide health insurance coverage for more than 66,000 public employees in North Dakota – though a bill sponsor said that’s not the intent.
AARP and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will present workshops in five North Dakota cities to help individuals ages 50 and older thinking about starting their own business.
FARGO, N.D. – The March 24 bid opening for the final phase of the West Fargo Main Avenue Project did not yield any bids.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — There is a bounty of healthy vegetables, fruits and meats raised on small farms in western Minnesota, but they are more often destined for restaurants and homes in the metropolitan area than kitchens close to home.RELATED CONTENT
PAYNESVILLE — Matt Brauchler knew there was a problem when his young daughter gave him a big pout and pleaded with him to stop playing a game on his cell phone and instead come play with her.RELATED CONTENT
Nobody wants to finish the Corn Palace construction project more than Dave Epp.RELATED CONTENT
Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday approved the expansion of a military bombing training area, the final step for the project that spans across the Northern Plains.RELATED CONTENT
Submissions for a new UND nickname should be accepted throughout April, the university's new nickname committee decided Wednesday.
WILLISTON, N.D. - Business and community leaders in North Dakota's western oil patch have launched an aggressive campaign to convince more manufacturers to set up shop locally, part of a push to expand the area's economy beyond crude production and slash costs.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO -- The climate is changing and agriculture producers are going to have to change with it, said Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota Extension climatologist and professor.
ST. PAUL - Just a year after hiking Minnesota’s statewide minimum wage from one of the nation’s lowest to one of the highest, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is pushing for another hike.
FARGO – Fargo-Moorhead’s steady population growth is propelled by a youthful vigor.RELATED CONTENT
Wells Fargo & Co, the fourth-largest U.S. bank by assets, said it will cut 1,000 jobs and close its home-lending servicing office in Milwaukee, Wis.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. - North Dakota's drilling rig count dipped below 100 on Wednesday, a level not seen for more than five years and one that state officials expect will not be enough to maintain existing oil production of 1.2 million barrels per day.
FARGO – A committee guiding development of the new City Hall building has recommended this morning that the projects be rebid so architects can redesign and bring costs down.
During an informal meeting with the Dickinson city administrator, three taxi owners and one shuttle bus driver asked for stricter regulations to be put on their companies.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday approved a transfer of more than half a million dollars from its revolving loan fund to the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp., acting as a Local Development Organization.
BISMARCK -- They always said rules are made to be broken.
WASHINGTON - E-commerce power Amazon.com blasted federal regulators on Tuesday for being slow to approve commercial drone testing, saying the United States is falling behind other countries in the potentially lucrative area of unmanned aviation technology.
WILLISTON, N.D. – As Williston prepares for another year of record births, Mercy Medical Center celebrated Tuesday the completion of a new Women’s Health Clinic.RELATED CONTENT
MINOT, N.D. – Halliburton will suspend operations in Minot starting April 1 and close the facility, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.
FARGO -- Numbers told a big part of the story when the United Way of Cass Clay held its annual meeting Tuesday in Fargo.RELATED CONTENT
Kraft Foods Group Inc, the maker of Velveeta cheese, will merge with ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co, owned by 3G Capital and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, to form North America's third-largest food and beverage company.
BISMARCK – The state of North Dakota may sue the federal government over its new rules regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal lands in the state.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. – While a new economic impact study shows that the oil and gas industry contributed $43 billion to North Dakota’s economy in 2013, it also highlights that several billion dollars left the state.
BISMARCK – Lawmakers crafting North Dakota’s budget for the next two years are sharpening their knives and shooting for a $200 million cushion in the general fund in case a revenue forecast adopted Tuesday proves to be too rosy.
FARGO – If you live in south Fargo, you might have already received a letter from Midcontinent Communications. If not, yours is coming.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – House Republicans on Tuesday denied a request to reconsider a failed bill that would have required the North Dakota Department of Transportation to report on rail safety issues to a legislative committee.RELATED CONTENT
RICHARDTON, N.D. — Mayor Frank Kirschenheiter said Richardtonians look at the growth in their town a certain way.
FARGO, N.D. — With the prices depressed for competing commodities, demand has rebounded for shares of sugar beet cooperative stock, and more farmers want to grow beets in shares owned by joint venture partners.RELATED CONTENT
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- High school senior Julia Jones spent part of her class time last week getting paid to work at electronic components distributor Digi-Key.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- House Republicans want to cut Minnesotans' taxes $2 billion and increase state spending $1.5 billion in the next two years.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Ziegler CAT, of Bloomington, has announced the company will open a new sales and parts facility April 20 in Willmar.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK - Programs, employees, pay raises and a variety of other essential services would be on the chopping block at the University of North Dakota if lawmakers move forward with the higher education funding bill as it is.
BISMARCK – With his husband standing nearby, Bernie Erickson told North Dakota lawmakers on Monday that it was wrong the first two times the Legislature voted down bills to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.RELATED CONTENT
If you’re looking to diversify your farming operation or add value to it, Steve Zwinger has a suggestion: local grains.
Join Editor Kris Bevill for highlights from the April issue.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota House passed a bill Monday night that would allow employers to pay a lower wage to workers who make more than $4 per hour in tips.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – It was meant to put Fargo-Moorhead on the map, a cultural center built into a bridge linking the two downtowns.RELATED CONTENT
Fargo - When Kristin Nelsen talks about the birth of her son Birk six years ago, she can still recall the anxiety she felt for her little boy who has Down syndrome.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. - Whiting Petroleum Corp., the largest North Dakota oil producer, said on Monday it would sell 35 million shares of common stock to help pare debt from its December buyout of rival Kodiak Oil & Gas.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – The Sanford Health Plan has secured office space here for staff to handle added volume, including members covered by the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System.RELATED CONTENT
BEMIDJI -- The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday on whether to recommend approval of a new hotel planned for the south side of Bemidji.RELATED CONTENT
JACKSON, Minn. — As District 23 Sen. Julie Rosen stood perched upon the steps of a Challenger tractor Friday afternoon inside AGCO’s Intivity Center, she looked out on a sea of women dressed in red as the company celebrated the forming of the first Minnesota chapter of Women In Manufacturing.RELATED CONTENT
LUTSEN, Minn. — The warm March days of late helped wake sugar maple trees up from their winter naps in northern Minnesota, starting a process that has yielded sweet sensations for centuries.RELATED CONTENT
One of the owners of Dunn Bros. Coffee in Dickinson pulled a container of lightly roasted coffee beans from a low-leveled shelf, pulled open the plastic top and inhaled.RELATED CONTENT
HETTINGER — Started as a small dairy operation built in 1909, the North Dakota State University Hettinger Research Extension Center in far south North Dakota, has grown to include four different research areas, several additional buildings and sheep.RELATED CONTENT
Haley Kujava is a sophomore at Northland Community and Technical College but as a massage therapist she makes almost $50 an hour, works about two days each week and gets to make her own schedule, all thanks to enrolling in her school's massage program.
Valley Sporting Goods is closing its doors after 27 years of business in West Fargo.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration plans to unveil new steps soon to make it easier for companies to use drone aircraft for specific business operations, according to people with knowledge of the matter.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL - Legislative Republicans say they can fund all 607 Minnesota road and bridge projects Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton proposes, but without tax increases.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – The Sanford Health Plan has secured office space here for staff to handle added volume, including members covered by the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – On one hand, Bakken oil producers are being told to quit flaring so much gas and, on the other, to start generating more gas.RELATED CONTENT
Fargo - Last construction season was a busy one here, with work on 25th Street, Main Avenue and 19th Avenue North.RELATED CONTENT
Williston State College is partnering with
PIERRE, S.D. -- Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill to lower the minimum wage for youth in South Dakota to $7.50 per hour, his office announced Friday.
Growing up in Rolla, N.D., hours away from shopping centers in the state's larger cities, Heather McAtee had limited options for buying clothes outside of the Internet.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – Money to start construction sooner than later on a project designed to keep the taps running here in times of severe drought could be evaporating because of the plunge in oil prices.
Fewer North Dakota students classified as economically disadvantaged graduated high school in 2012-2013, an ongoing trend the state Department of Public Instruction cannot explain.
Local planners want to examine how any increased rail traffic associated with a planned fertilizer plant and other industries will affect vehicle traffic in Grand Forks.
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Friday unveiled its first major standards for oil companies that frack on federal lands, including beefed-up safety measures to protect groundwater, prompting industry complaints they will be a barrier to growth.RELATED CONTENT
BEMIDJI -- Larry Diffley was all about reaching for new heights.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL — Minnesota employers added 11,800 jobs in February and the state jobless rate stayed steady at 3.7 percent, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
Jamestown Regional Airport has a new record for passenger boardings in a month.
ASHLEY, N.D. — Changes to the plans for the Merricourt Wind Farm prompted a hearing by the North Dakota Public Service Commission Thursday.RELATED CONTENT
After several profitable years, dairy farmers are seeing their bull market crash.RELATED CONTENT
WEST FARGO – The late Fargo mayor, Dennis Walaker, was remembered Thursday during the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau’s annual awards and appreciation luncheon.RELATED CONTENT
The foyer at Northland Community and Technical College was filled with smiles Thursday as the school's president-elect took the podium.RELATED CONTENT
MINOT, N.D. - U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., announced Thursday that the federal government has approved a 34 percent pay increase for 160 civilian federal employees at Minot Air Force Base and across western North Dakota.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – A bill that would relax an 83-year-old law to allow non-family corporations to own dairy and swine operations in North Dakota is on its way to Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s desk.
FARGO – North Dakota will not host the 2018 Special Olympics USA games.
MOORHEAD – It’s been a good fundraising year for Minnesota State University Moorhead – “by far our best year ever,” said President Anne Blackhurst.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. - Like so many before them, Terra Green and Jeff Williamson came to North Dakota's oil country seeking a better life. They just came too late.RELATED CONTENT
SEATTLE - Amazon.com Inc has won approval from U.S. federal regulators to test a delivery drone outdoors, as the e-commerce company pursues its goal of sending packages to customers by air, even as it faces public concern about safety and privacy.
ST. PAUL -- State officials estimate that 326,170 Minnesotans live within a half mile of railroad tracks that carry crude oil, a distance often known as the danger zone.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – The North Dakota University System has received 19 applicants for its top position, including one who’s already held the role and left amid heated controversy with the president of North Dakota State University.RELATED CONTENT
Detroit Lakes, Minn. - Lakeside Tavern is conjuring up an unprecedented expansion project in Detroit Lakes.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR, Minn. — Kandiyohi County business owners see the local quality of life as one of the county’s greatest assets.
After nearly two years of discussions, a development company presented a rezoning petition to the Dickinson Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday morning.
MANNING — A push to reinstate into the Dunn County land code a requirement that 60 percent of landowners within a half-mile of a landfill approve it has been tabled as county commissioners consider the legality of the provision.RELATED CONTENT
TAYLOR — A wind farm could be coming to Stark County in western North Dakota and with it concerns on how it will affect neighboring landowners.
ST. PAUL -- Everyone involved admits it remains an impossible task, but several members of an interagency team presented the most comprehensive report to date on oil pipelines in Minnesota to the state’s Environmental Quality Board on Wednesday.
Fargo - Turnout was healthy Tuesday for an all-day cyber security conference held at North Dakota State University.
Target Corp next month will raise the minimum wage for all of its workers to $9 an hour, matching moves made by rivals including Wal-Mart Stores Inc and TJX Cos, a source familiar with the matter said.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – When bids for the new City Hall building came in higher than expected Tuesday, the architect blamed it on high labor costs.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. – The company responsible for the largest saltwater pipeline spill in North Dakota’s history answered questions Wednesday about lessons learned as it proposes to build new crude oil pipelines in the state.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- The prime Senate advocate of MNsure becoming a state agency says his legislation follows recommendations in a report critical of the health insurance exchange.
BISMARCK – North Dakota’s oil tax revenues took another nearly $1 billion hit in an updated revenue forecast released Wednesday, but the picture for general fund revenues was nearly $131 million rosier than in January, leaving some lawmakers scratching their heads as they pointed to slumping oil prices and a drop in drilling activity.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – It seems to be widely accepted that Fargo is enjoying a boom in startups. But it’s not so easy to quantify the boom. That’s why CoCo, Fargo’s first coworking space, along with Emerging Prairie and the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation (GMFEDC) are teaming up to conduct a survey of the area’s startups.
Lifting a 40-year-old U.S. ban on crude exports would create a wide range of jobs in the oil drilling supply chain and broader economy even in states that produce little or no oil, according to a report released on Tuesday.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Belt-tightening at Target Corp. takes many forms, including those free vacation trips on the corporate jet.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton proposed hundreds of millions of dollars in new spending for education and families Tuesday, leaving some senior citizens' advocates disappointed with what they said is a too-small increase.RELATED CONTENT
UND's Energy and Environmental Research Center still had a budget deficit at the end of 2014.
The city of Devils Lake will spend up to $100,000 toward a proposed $465,000 project to build handicap-accessible parking and fishing piers or docks at three locations around Devils Lake.RELATED CONTENT
SAN FRANCISCO - Google was wrong to let expectations about its Glass wearable gadget get overheated, the head of the Google X research lab said on Tuesday.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – The director of a nonprofit here has been awarded a Bush Foundation grant to develop his idea for improving health care services for the rural elderly.
MOORHEAD – A poultry farm near Hawley, Minn., was given approval Tuesday by the Clay County Planning Commission to build a new barn and manure storage building that will allow the addition of 200,000 birds.
FARGO – Live horse racing may not return here after the North Dakota Racing Commission decided Tuesday not to allow a 2015 race meet at the North Dakota Horse Park, citing the park’s heavy debt to the city of Fargo.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – The lowest bid Tuesday for construction of the new City Hall building was $30.4 million, at least 10 percent higher than officials expected though it’s a lot more than has been reported.RELATED CONTENT
OLIVIA, Minn. — With the right teacher, brushes, paints and canvas, anyone can learn to create art.
BEMIDJI -- Paul Bunyan Communications announced Monday it has expanded its “GigaZone” Internet service to the Park Rapids area.
After months of discussion and revisions, the Dickinson City Commission moved to approve the first reading of a rezoning petition for the 282-acre Barons Vista development on Monday evening.
WASHINGTON -- The rail industry is chiefly responsible for preventing oil train accidents and U.S. regulators must do more to keep trains on the tracks, a leading voice for the energy industry said on Monday.
BISMARCK -- Based upon the dwindling number of operational rigs, North Dakota oil workers could face 1,000 to 1,200 more layoffs as a national storage shortage threatens an already low crude oil price, according to North Dakota's top oil regulator.
FARGO, N.D. — It wouldn’t be the first time in history, but farmers and their advisers say it will be unusual if farmers start planting in March.RELATED CONTENT
As the weather warms up, more people looking for a new home will make their moves, despite Grand Forks' ongoing housing shortage.
BISMARCK – House lawmakers followed their Senate counterparts Monday in voting to relax North Dakota’s anti-corporate farming law, a landmark decision that could soon clear the way for non-family corporations to own dairy and swine operations for the first time in 83 years.RELATED CONTENT
Swarms of earthquakes have been rattling Oklahoma, Texas and other central states with a history of little or no seismic activity. The recent quakes, according to scientists, may be the fault of deep underground injections of wastewater left over from fracking.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Al Franken wants a study about the safety of carrying western North Dakota crude oil through Minnesota.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he plans to seek $500,000 to investigate the future of MNsure, which could result in a recommendation to abolish it.
MOORHEAD – Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday called for suspending major construction on the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion this year pending Minnesota’s environmental review of the project.
FARGO – R.D. Offutt Co. has acquired property in downtown Fargo, but whether that plays a role in a new headquarters for the company remains to be seen.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON – Addressing the needs of women and the role they play in America’s economy, the U.S. Small Business Administration has launched a nationwide competition for entrepreneurs who are developing products and services that will enhance the lives of women and their families.
MOORHEAD - Gov. Mark Dayton said his transportation improvement plan includes an underpass at Main Avenue and 21st Street to separate rail and street traffic as well as almost $660 million in annual funding for the city and county.RELATED CONTENT
Guy Moos, president of Baker Boy, attributes success the company has witnessed over the years to a rule he calls "Marvin’s Best."RELATED CONTENT
BELFIELD — Crews will break ground this spring on the first phase of the biggest development Belfield has ever seen.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON — A special waste landfill in far western North Dakota will seek to dispose of radioactive waste, if it becomes legal.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON — The “service population” utilizing Williston city infrastructure and other services has increased at 10 times the normal rate, according to estimates by Nancy Hodur, a researcher at North Dakota State University.
Imagine your workspace looked like a giant soup can lying on its side, and there was just a 2-by-3-foot opening to get into it with no windows, so you needed work lights.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Students at UND will now have to declare a major around the time they finish their sophomore year.
An office building that once hosted almost 150 workers in Grand Forks is getting new life as developers look to provide similar spaces in the area.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON - Rail operators are going to great lengths to prevent oil train derailments but the energy sector must do more to prevent accidents from becoming fiery disasters, the leading U.S. rail regulator said on Friday.RELATED CONTENT
A group of U.S. senators is renewing a push to allow states to collect sales tax from remote retailers that don’t have a physical presence in the state, a move they say would level the playing field between online and traditional retailers.
FARGO – Prairie St. John’s is preparing to open a specialized new unit to treat elderly patients who need psychiatric services.
GRAND FORKS – Alexy Kovalev knows his job doesn’t sound that exciting to the average person, but it’s obvious he loves it as he talks about how what he’s doing will have a real impact on the oil industry.
Fargo - Some steps along the path to healing begin on the drawing board.RELATED CONTENT
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Bob, one of North Dakota’s oldest residents, could be forced to leave the state soon due to money issues.RELATED CONTENT
MOORHEAD – A Moorhead institution is turning 40 years old this spring. The Moorhead Thrift Shop, among the first thrift stores in the Fargo-Moorhead area, opened its doors in 1975 in a downtown building at Main Avenue and Fifth Street South.RELATED CONTENT
Minneapolis-based Bill’s Gun Shop & Range, which has three locations in the Twin Cities area, is opening a Fargo location at 3500 12th Ave. N., near Interstate 29.
A take-and-bake shop in Fargo called Zing – Dinner in a Dash, which had been open for less than a year, is closed.
Minnesota set a record in 2014 for the value of exported goods the state’s companies sent abroad.
ST. PAUL — Laying the blame for many of the state’s polluted waters squarely at the feet of agriculture, Gov. Mark Dayton Thursday asked Minnesota farmers to “look into their souls” and support his proposal to buffer nearly every water in the state from row crops and their associated runoff.
The management company that ran Dickinson’s Hawks Point at its inception will soon be in charge once again.RELATED CONTENT
Affordable housing can be hard to find in Mitchell.
In the midst of devising a master plan, Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport commissioners met on Thursday to discuss professional revisions that were made to the document.
A $725,000 bank stabilization project is planned this spring at Stump Lake Park.
WILLISTON, N.D. – State officials are investigating about 100 filter socks that were improperly disposed of in north Williston, the Department of Mineral Resources said Thursday.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK — A North Dakota poll commissioned by two environmental watchdog groups finds that a majority of residents wants more stringent rules for flaring natural gas from oil wells.
BEMIDJI -- The University Heights development project that promises student apartments and commercial space across the street from Bemidji State University on Wednesday received final zoning approval.
Like many who have grown up in Grand Forks, Scott Purpur has fond memories of the Italian Moon.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. - Halliburton Co, Schlumberger NV and other large energy companies were conspicuously absent from a major North Dakota job fair this week, a telling sign as employers in the No. 2 U.S. oil-producing state grapple with sliding crude prices.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – North Dakota oil production declined 3 percent in January to just shy of 1.2 million barrels per day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Thursday.RELATED CONTENT
Washington, D.C. — The first release from Status of Women in the States: 2015, a project of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), finds that, if current trends in narrowing the pay gap in the states continue, the date when women in the United States will achieve equal pay is 2058.
DIMOCK, S.D. -- At 5:30 a.m., Paul Voelker has already been at it for a while.RELATED CONTENT
Cattle are still maintaining performance, handling the thermometer as it’s peaked near 60 and dipped down into the negative teens while Mother Nature has flaunted her temperamental side this winter.
KILLDEER, N.D. — A change to a planned multi-use development shows the changing housing market in this Oil Patch town.
BISMARCK -- Airplane boardings at three major airports are slightly down from February of last year.
As the outreach program manager at Portico Healthnet, a nonprofit that helps people obtain health care coverage, Rebecca Lozano's job is to match as many people with insurance plans as she can.
WILLISTON, N.D. – Employers at a two-day job fair in Williston are finding there is an upside to low oil prices.RELATED CONTENT
The years haven't been kind to the 52-year-old East Grand Forks swimming pool.RELATED CONTENT
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stung by customer backlash over last winter's patchy service, Berkshire Hathaway's BNSF Railways invested billions in shoring up its operations.RELATED CONTENT
WEST FARGO – Titan Machinery, which has its headquarters here, is closing three of its stores and reducing its workforce by 14 percent in response to declining agriculture revenues and other pressures.
BISMARCK - With a week to go before the release of an updated North Dakota revenue forecast, a working budget group was still trying to determine the final numbers to plug into its formula during a Wednesday meeting at the Capitol.RELATED CONTENT
MINNEAPOLIS – Smart, stylish young people have long been drawn to Target Corp. headquarters, eager to join the buying teams and marketing groups that made the company famous for cheap-chic.RELATED CONTENT
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - It may be time for city leaders and a preservationist of old buildings to pull the trigger on redeveloping the historic Kirkbride building here.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – A Natural Grocers is coming to Fargo.RELATED CONTENT
West Fargo - Drivers on Interstate 94 near here have probably noticed the large building taking shape near Sheyenne Street.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Treasury Department today announced that North Dakota’s Red River Corridor Fund has received $1,167,461 in State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funds to help small businesses access the capital they need to grow and create jobs.
Minnesota medical marijuana manufacturers have lined up several dispensary sites throughout state and are set to have the first harvest over the next few weeks.
MINNEAPOLIS — The young Target Corp. employee was told to come to a meeting. The elevator was filled with co-workers crying. That’s when she knew her job was gone.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — After a 31-year hiatus from practicing law, former district court judge Jeff Flynn will again be offering his services and professional expertise as a Worthington attorney.RELATED CONTENT
MANNING, N.D. — A Dunn County planning and zoning meeting Tuesday evening caused a traffic jam on Highway 22.RELATED CONTENT
Known as one of the iconic symbols of the west, wild horses have inhabited the plains of North Dakota for hundreds of years.RELATED CONTENT
There is a correlation between the lack of housing in Jamestown and the high rate of job openings in Stutsman County, said David Klein, executive director of the Stutsman County Housing Authority.RELATED CONTENT
CHS officials hope to see construction begin this summer on its planned $3 billion nitrogen fertilizer plant at Spiritwood, according to Brian Schouvieller, senior vice president, ag business, for CHS.
The Jamestown, N.D., Arts Park Advisory Committee is planning to break ground on the Arts Park as soon the ground thaws, and bids could soon be advertised for the first phase of the project.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota nurses praise state House legislation that would require a minimum number of nurses to be on duty at hospitals.
UND's New Nickname Committee spent much of its first meeting discussing what kinds of attributes the school's new nickname and logo should have.RELATED CONTENT
An accounting issue contributed to a $510,000 economic development loan going unpaid for more than a decade in East Grand Forks, according to the city attorney.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – After a bill to legalize medical marijuana in North Dakota was snuffed out in the House last month, some lawmakers who still want to study the issue encountered a setback on Tuesday.
BISMARCK – Legislation aimed at ensuring that thousands of North Dakota public employees can keep the same health benefits and medical providers when their insurer changes July 1 will be introduced Wednesday, House Majority Leader Al Carlson said.
BISMARCK - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reported that 18,171 North Dakota residents selected health insurance plans for this year in the federal marketplace under the Affordable Care Act.
WILLMAR, Minn. — The findings are in and most of the analysis is complete.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Target said it plans to cut “several thousand” jobs at its Minneapolis corporate offices as the discounter tries to become leaner and more nimble.
WORTHINGTON — The Bio Science Park will be adding an additional 15,732 square-foot building to the site as the Worthington City Council approved during its Monday meeting the sale of more than five acres of land to Bioverse.
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are a hot ticket in Silicon Valley, but U.S. government dithering over regulations has given overseas companies a head-start in figuring out how best to exploit them.RELATED CONTENT
Airgas, the Pennsylvania-based gas distributor, is building a new facility in Grand Forks.
Grand Forks City Administrator Todd Feland doesn’t normally describe city business as “fun” -- but that’s how he described a new city-organized initiative.RELATED CONTENT
Student loan debt is still a problem, but Janelle Kilgore is doing her best to counter national trends.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – When Jill Halvorson recently attended a trade show for convention organizers, she didn’t bring key chains, refrigerator magnets or any of the usual swag.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – The Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division, is working with fire officials in two counties to investigate the cause of two weekend fires at oil facilities.
BISMARCK – North Dakotans won’t be voting next year on whether to change how money is spent from the state’s nearly $3 billion Legacy Fund, after House lawmakers defeated a proposed constitutional amendment on Monday.
ST. PAUL - Don't look for Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to take a business-stealing trip to Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker on Monday signed a law that forbids unions from charging workers who are not union members.
MOORHEAD – The metro area’s first medical marijuana dispensary is expected to open here this summer.RELATED CONTENT
WEST FARGO – Renovations at West Fargo High School will likely cost more than school officials here anticipated because of the rising cost of construction and supplies.
FARGO – For her “Living On Your Own” course at Davies High School, instructor Patricia Romaine relies on field trips and guest speakers to provide students with insights on life after high school.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - Potato farming brothers Aaron Johnson of Northwood, N.D., and Derek Johnson of Vancouver, British Columbia, will spend time in federal prison in the Federal Prison Camp in Duluth, Minn., and are jointly responsible for restitution of nearly $1 million because of crop insurance fraud.
Housing costs are up in the area. That fact does not surprise a couple of the builders in Jamestown, although there is disagreement in what is causing the increase.RELATED CONTENT
The Polk County Commission has approved a plan that would develop a public use waterway, including public access to Crystal Lake, located southwest of Erskine, Minn.
LOS ANGELES - Apple TV will be the exclusive launch partner for HBO Now, the standalone subscription-based streaming service the pay cabler is rolling out as an attempt to court consumers that don't want to sign up for cable service.RELATED CONTENT
Fargo - A downtown Fargo eatery has closed but will soon open again with new owners, a new name and a new direction.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR –– Saying that money isn’t going to fall out of the “blue sky” to fix the state’s deteriorating transportation system, Gov. Mark Dayton reiterated his proposal Friday in Willmar to increase license tab fees and the wholesale gas tax to generate new revenue to fund 600 road and bridge projects in the next decade.RELATED CONTENT
Veterinarians and state health officials are keeping a close watch for any new outbreaks of a deadly avian flu virus that struck a Pope County turkey farm in late February.
With Jamestown’s population expected to increase and only 27 houses listed on the market in the city, the region is facing a housing shortage.RELATED CONTENT
Robert “Bob” Simmers remembers his father flying him around the family farm east of Jamestown as a young boy.RELATED CONTENT
KILLDEER, N.D. — Three oil tanks exploded at about 9 a.m. Saturday morning, causing a boom felt by houses in Killdeer, all the way from the oil well location 5 miles north.
LEEDS, N.D. — Never fear, fleischkuechle lovers: That juicy, doughy mainstay is back, coming to fans of German food everywhere from a new production venue.RELATED CONTENT
WATFORD CITY — With another massive construction season in Watford City this year — projected to be even bigger than last year — city and county leaders hope to make the city more attractive to the families of oil workers, who they hope will make the boomtown their permanent home.RELATED CONTENT
It was a dam quandary.RELATED CONTENT
ALEXANDER, N.D. — An explosion and fire at an oil and gas waste disposal site north of Alexander burned through the very early morning hours Saturday.RELATED CONTENT
A federal tax incentive that some see as critical to supporting the wind energy industry expired at the end of 2014, but some congressional lawmakers and advocates are pushing for its extension.
KILLDEER, N.D. -- Born-and-raised Killdeer resident Ben Murphy said he knows, when someone rents moving equipment, if an oilfield worker was getting laid off.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. -- It's hard to miss construction machinery rolling down the highway. Sometimes, on the side of these yellow giants, drivers can spot the familiar name Case.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – Breeanna Hook used to go home from her nursing shift on the critical care unit and dream of alarms going off and having to scramble frantically to respond.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. – Whiting Petroleum Corp., North Dakota’s largest oil producer, is seeking a possible buyer, according to the Wall Street Journal, but a person familiar with the board’s thinking told Reuters he was not aware of any such plan.
BISMARCK – State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt says the first $298 million of a $1.1 billion funding package was being distributed Friday to address critical road and infrastructure needs in North Dakota’s oil-producing region and the rest of the state.
Fargo - In most major U.S. cities, the cost for an MRI scan of internal organs and soft tissues ranges from $1,694 to $3,624, according to the website CompareMRICost.com.RELATED CONTENT
MOORHEAD – The Moorhead Business Association is looking for a new executive director following the retirement of Chuck Chadwick, the first person to hold the job.
MOORHEAD – When the League of Women Voters held a recent meeting at the Moorhead Center Mall here, some of the group’s members from Fargo told Mayor Del Rae Williams that they’d never been to the mall before.
BOSTON - Hundreds of millions of Windows PC users are vulnerable to attacks exploiting the recently uncovered "Freak" security vulnerability, which was initially believed to only threaten mobile devices and Mac computers, Microsoft Corp warned.
Fargo - A family owned shoe store that has operated in the Fargo area for nearly a century is taking another big step.
FARGO – After 92 years in business, Quality Bakery will close its doors at the end of April.RELATED CONTENT
Tchau, adios, au revoir, arrivederci, auf wiedersehen, or in other words, goodbye to all but one of the languages offered at Dakota Wesleyan University.RELATED CONTENT
Toni Pirkl of Jamestown has been living in the same two-bedroom apartment for 12 years.RELATED CONTENT
MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin lawmakers on Friday approved a bill to prohibit private-sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues when working under union contracts, a measure supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker.
FARGO — Two North Dakota farming brothers convicted of crop insurance fraud are asking a federal judge for leniency based on character and family responsibilities, while federal lawyers are asking for the maximum sentences.
BISMARCK — North Dakota’s House Agriculture Committee heard more than eight hours of testimony Thursday on a bill that would relax the state’s anti-corporate farming law to allow corporations to own swine and dairy operations.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON -- A permanent Federal Bureau of Investigation office here will likely be operational later this year, the agency announced Thursday.
TIOGA, N.D. - State health and energy officials are working to clean up a pipeline leak that spilled approximately 450 barrels of brine in Divide County.
Statoil Oil and Gas has reached an approximately $2 million settlement with the U.S. government after an investigation found it was drilling into unleased federal minerals in McKenzie County.
Mike Zimney believes there are good and bad ways to build cities.
MEDORA, N.D. — Billings County will face a lawsuit for denying a company permission to turn the Fryburg school building into a worker lodging facility.RELATED CONTENT
RED WING, Minn. — The Prairie Island nuclear power plant in southeast Minnesota filed a notification of an “unusual event” after a fire alarm sounded on March 5 at 4:06 a.m.
ST. PAUL -- The leaders of Target Corp. and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, whose family founded Target, plan to meet next week about planned layoffs.
NEW YORK - A BNSF Railway train loaded with crude oil derailed and caught fire on Thursday afternoon in a rural area south of Galena, Illinois, according to local officials and the company.
WEST FARGO – A vacant spot next to the Dairy Queen in the 13th Avenue South shopping area could soon be home to a furniture store.
BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota Housing Finance Agency recognized several of its housing partners as Champions of Affordable Housing during the 24th Annual Statewide Housing Conference.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – How much does it affect a business to straddle two states, one of which is a right-to-work state? Turns out, not that much.
GLENWOOD, Minn. - State health officials say a strain of bird flu that’s deadly to poultry has been discovered in Minnesota, after the population of a commercial turkey barn was decimated in a matter of days — from a flock of 15,000 to fewer than 100.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration weighed national standards to control explosive gas in oil trains last year but rejected the move, deciding instead to leave new rules to North Dakota alone.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – A bone-chilling wind blew through town all day as the small crew of workers installed docking stations for a new bike sharing service.RELATED CONTENT
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Twin Cities-based Hubbard Broadcasting announced Wednesday it had closed on a deal to buy 16 radio stations in northern Minnesota, including five in Bemidji and six in Brainerd.
PARKSTON, S.D. — In a business where there's never much time to waste, efficiency is a priority. And by all measures, officials say improvements being made at Avera St. Benedict's Health Center in Parkston are making the hospital more efficient.RELATED CONTENT
SACRED HEART, Minn. — Last summer the long vacant Sacred Heart Hotel building was just a few days away from being sold on a tax forfeiture sale, with many expecting it would soon be razed.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL — Few streams or lakes in the far southwest corner of Minnesota are fishable or swimmable, according to the latest study of water bodies in that area by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
West Fargo - A large building taking shape here will soon be home to the West Fargo Animal Hospital.RELATED CONTENT
Fargo - A customer tried the doors to Mehl’s Gluten-Free Bakery on Wednesday, hours before owners Mark and Matthew Mehl were ready to open.RELATED CONTENT
Reuters - A plan by McDonald's Corp to phase out chicken raised with certain kinds of antibiotics at its 14,000 U.S. restaurants will put additional pressure on an already-stressed supply chain.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – Essentia Health has not yet joined the provider network for the health insurance plan that will cover an estimated 65,000 North Dakota public employees, retirees and their family members starting July 1.
MANNING, N.D. - None of Marathon Oil Company’s rigs are currently operating in the Dunn County area, an attorney for the company said Wednesday.
Frustrated East Grand Forks residents lashed out Tuesday at their City Council before it voted to hold off on taking action to collect on a $510,000 city loan that has gone unpaid for more than a decade.
ST. PAUL – The owner of Minnesota’s nuclear power plants has no plans to build a new one, but wants flexibility to do it if needed.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Board of Higher Education approved Dickinson State University’s proposal to seek revenue bonds to purchase three residential apartments from the Dickinson State University Foundation.
FARGO – Executives and managers at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Dakota weren’t awarded incentive pay last year in light of large financial losses and other performance shortfalls.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it.
U.S. retailer Target Corp on Tuesday said it planned to cut several thousand jobs, mainly from headquarters locations, as part of a restructuring that will cut $2 billion in costs over two years.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Jeff Broin says if farmers want corn prices back at a profitable level, they need to get involved in politics and get engaged to keep the ethanol industry strong.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR, Minn. — Spicer, Minn., Dairy Queen store owners Dan and Jennifer Goetzman are grateful for the opportunity to buy Willmar’s two Dairy Queen stores from longtime owners Fred and Candy Anderson.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO - A medical company here is accused of making a mistake that cost at least $20 million to fix.
ST. PAUL - Rural volunteer ambulance services that have trouble getting personnel to respond to calls would have a couple options under a bill the Minnesota House passed 130-0 Monday and is making progress in Senate committees.
Fargo - Just in time to cash in on residents wanting to get swimsuit ready for spring break, European Wax Center has opened in the Prairie Stone Center on 45th Street South.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – The cost of expanding the water treatment plant to handle lower-quality water has dropped by more than $13 million since the city sought bids from contractors in September.RELATED CONTENT
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. – Arctic Cat, the maker of snowmobiles and other off-road vehicles in Thief River Falls, announced Monday that it has acquired an Idaho-based technical riding gear company.
FARGO – It’s walkable, it’s affordable, it’s brimming with restaurants. And now, Fargo’s downtown can boast that it’s the seventh-best in the country, according to a study released Monday by research website Livability.RELATED CONTENT
WADENA, Minn. – A new Minnesota State Community and Technical College program will help fill a “huge” need for trained employees in the gas industry, according to Ward Westphal of MP Technologies, which contracts to provide new construction and maintenance services to a wide range of private and public utilities and power companies.
WILLISTON, N.D. - It is getting cheaper to rent an apartment in North Dakota's oil patch.RELATED CONTENT
The Buffalo Mall is for sale, according to the mall's owner, Investors Real Estate Trust Properties.
MANNING, N.D. — Over the hills and through the Oil Patch sits a small town that, until a few years ago, hadn’t seen much change.RELATED CONTENT
RURAL KILLDEER, N.D. — Up north, the Entzel family ranch in the wide open spaces south of Killdeer is quite a ways away from a lot of things.RELATED CONTENT
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. - Bagley, Minn.-based TEAM Industries announced this week that it is providing equipment and training resources to schools in Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes, Lake Park Audubon and Bagley, as well as apprenticeships, internships and scholarships in the machines trade program for CNC, or computer numerical control.
NEW LONDON, Minn. – Ever since the grocery store in New London closed six years ago, community residents have been bemoaning its absence and begging for a return of a full-service grocery store.RELATED CONTENT
Sue Dahl was on a mission. She cut 2,400 roses at her flower and gift shop at Grand Forks Air Force Base in preparation for Valentine's Day. Dahl was hoping to save a trip for customers who may live on the base, which is about 20 miles away from the area's commercial hub of Grand Forks.RELATED CONTENT
KILLDEER, N.D. — For the first 14 years as building inspector for the city of Killdeer, Ron Fettig worked part time. But for the past three years, he has been full time — and his days are truly full.RELATED CONTENT
The city of Grand Forks and other stakeholders are examining if any plumes coming from a proposed nitrogen fertilizer plant near the city could affect the Grand Forks International Airport.
FARGO – CNH Industrial, the largest manufacturing concern in the area, has plans to soon lay off 80 full-time workers.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. – The pipeline that ruptured and spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater, contaminating a nearby creek and two rivers near Williston, could have been monitored remotely but the system wasn’t turned on, a regulator said last week.RELATED CONTENT
Fargo - Maybe you’re going on vacation and you could use a bigger vehicle to haul the family to the Grand Canyon.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. — After two airplanes slid off the taxiway at Sloulin Field International Airport under icy conditions earlier this week, the Williston City Commission has approved buying more than $51,000 in anti-ice equipment.
Moorhead native and North Dakota State University grad Dan Olsen said he felt like he had won the lottery when he landed a job at Hewlett-Packard in 1994.RELATED CONTENT
The northern Plains’ top 25 women in businessRELATED CONTENT
To me, there are three kinds of companies when it comes to the importance of core values: 1) companies that haven’t defined any values, 2) companies that have values but they are just wall decorations in a conference room and 3) companies that incorporate their core values in everything they do.RELATED CONTENT
Women-led development firm goes big with $15M multi-use project in downtown BoomtownRELATED CONTENT
Williston Economic Development, DAWA Solutions team to connect manufacturers, energy producersRELATED CONTENT
In my constant quest to consume information, I recently stumbled across an article on the disparities between the salaries of male and female actors that included a tweet someone had sent to a female celebrity, requesting advice on how to respond to her father, who had told his daughter she couldn’t become an engineer because she was a girl.RELATED CONTENT
With state-of-the-art amenities including an aquatic center, multi-purpose gym, running track, racquetball courts, weight room, cardio equipment, whirlpool and sauna, Wadena, Minn.’s new wellness center could give many a trendy urban health club a run for their money.RELATED CONTENT
Upon reviewing results for the previous year it is usually helpful to determine which products succeeded and failed along with what customer segments provided growth and which contracted.RELATED CONTENT
Deb Eslinger devotes career to helping female entrepreneurs succeedRELATED CONTENT
An image that many who grew up on a family farm have burned in to memory is dad walking through the door of the house, covered in dirt from a long day in the field, or covered in something else from a long day in the barn, and mom working tirelessly around the house, supporting children, putting food on the table, and generally managing every other aspect of the operation.RELATED CONTENT
Finding a great mentor is one of the smartest moves an entrepreneur can make to boost their chances of success.RELATED CONTENT
North Dakota’s advancing UAS industry holds promise for ag, other industriesRELATED CONTENT