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UND Vice President for University and Public Affairs Susan Walton interviewed for an administrator position at a university in Indiana, but the search has since been suspended.
MITCHELL, S.D. -- The last five years at the Corn Palace have not been kind to Mitchell's budget, and Mayor Jerry Toomey hopes to reverse that trend.
FARGO -- A group of North Dakotans recently returned from a trade mission that was the first of its kind.
BISMARCK – Researchers will descend on Rugby next week hoping to break through layers of distrust about a 3-mile-deep drilling project designed to test whether crystalline rock formations that underlie much of the continent are suitable for storing radioactive waste.
MINNEAPOLIS -- With applicants down by half since 2010, the University of Minnesota Law School has been buying out faculty, soliciting more donations and accepting cash transfers from the U to cover operating deficits.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. -- With the upcoming Minnesota legislative session less than a month away, lobbyists are calling on legislators to act on a number of issues cities outside the Twin Cities area face.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota will outsource the search for its next athletics director after all.
ST. PAUL -- The man who led Minnesota's fight against bird flu last year is retiring.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. -- It has been more than 20 years since John Frawley worked as a zookeeper at the Minnesota Zoo. Now the former Minnesotan is coming home to lead it.RELATED CONTENT
HUDSON, Wis. -- Hudson-based SSG Corporation, which has operated convenience stores under the Auto Stop and Holiday brand names, has been sold to CrossAmerica Partners.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Thursday rejected a proposal by Minnesota Power that would have cut electric rates for taconite plants and paper mills while raising them for residential customers and other businesses.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's 2017 budget could have big implications for both farmers and taxpayers in South Dakota.
BISMARCK – Backers of a proposed ballot measure to legalize marijuana in North Dakota made an error in their petition submitted Wednesday, and the state’s chief law enforcement officer said their proposal to legalize pot-related synthetic drugs also is a big mistake.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa regulators concluded four days of deliberation Thursday without reaching a decision on a permit for a Bakken oil pipeline.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - A swath of unsold city-owned lots on the north end of East Grand Forks has the city's Economic Development Authority brainstorming ideas to convince potential residents to move there.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Donations to local nonprofit organizations have ebbed in light of the recent economic situation.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved a crude oil pipeline in Mountrail County and set a public hearing for another proposed by the same company in McKenzie County.
Montana PSC grills MDU over double-digit rate increase for state’s share of upgrades to three-state system
GLENDIVE, MONT. — Montana Dakota Utilities has scaled back a 21.1 percent electricity rate increase it had been requesting in Montana, but that didn’t stem the tide of questions the company faced at a public hearing that started Tuesday in Glendive.
Despite the UND Alumni Association and Foundation completing a $324 million fundraising campaign in recent years, the nonprofit can't ride in and save the day as UND faces cutting about $9 million from its 2015-17 budget.
An innovative pilot program will provide new Minnesota State Community and Technical College students with another option for a tuition-free or low-cost college education.
DETROIT - Nearly one in five vehicles on U.S. roads is in need of repair of a safety issue serious enough to be involved in a federal government recall, according to used-car history provider Carfax.
FARGO — After interviewing three developers for new downtown parking ramps Wednesday, the Parking Commission said it favors Kilbourne Group.RELATED CONTENT
BAUDETTE, Minn. -- A Baudette woman charged with stealing from a GoFundMe account she set up to help the families of three men who went missing on Lake of the Woods has been hospitalized, according to law enforcement.
FARGO, N.D. -- Businesses are used to the time and money it takes to get effective testimonials for products or services.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. -- Eric Olson wants North Dakotans to vote on legalizing pot. "There's not really any justification for banning marijuana in the first place, and I think the majority of the population realizes that at this point," the 32-year-old from Fargo said. "But our legislators are very slow to do anything about it."
BISMARCK, N.D. – Consumer complaints against the three investor-owned electric companies in North Dakota were down slightly last year, the state’s Public Service Commission said Wednesday.
SIBLEY, Iowa — After a lengthy debate, the Osceola County Board of Supervisors made a pledge to go green during Tuesday morning’s regular meeting.
SAN FRANCISCO/SHANGHAI -- Amazon.com Inc is aggressively expanding its logistics operations in China as part of a broader effort to control the rising cost of shipping billions of packages.
CALGARY, Alberta -- Faced with record low prices for heavy crude, Canadian energy companies are sacrificing other parts of their business to keep higher-cost oil sands production going and safeguard the billions already invested in these multi-decade projects.RELATED CONTENT
BRUSSELS -- When Iran and the United States sealed the implementation of a deal to curb Tehran's nuclear program with a prisoner exchange last month, Siamak Namazi was among the detainees some expected to be freed by the Iranian authorities.
BANGKOK -- Pornsak Bowornsrisuk pulls an umbrella towards him to shield his head of thick gray hair from the blazing sunshine at the Bangkok bus terminal he manages.RELATED CONTENT
ND officials praise SCOTUS decision blocking Clean Power Plan; work on state compliance plan to stop immediately
BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota’s lignite coal industry, congressional delegation and state officials are praising a U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday blocking the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan rules from taking effect until legal challenges are resolved.
FARGO, N.D. — Does the offer of unlimited vacation and sick time seem too good to be true? Not for employees of companies that provide flex time off like Netflix and Virgin.RELATED CONTENT
For Brian Schill, the library of the future isn't the one at 2110 Library Circle.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate changes.RELATED CONTENT
What budget cuts will look like at UND became clearer Tuesday when interim President Ed Schafer announced several cost-cutting initiatives aimed at tackling a $9 million budget cut.
Construction along DeMers Avenue won't begin before 2017, but Grand Forks leaders are getting ready for it now.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Some of North Dakota’s seven coal-fired power plants will be forced to shut down unless the Obama administration’s stricter new standards for carbon dioxide emissions undergo significant changes, an industry official said Tuesday.
Seth Murphy knows next to nothing about running a restaurant. But he knows what he likes: great food, a place he can both bring his family and conduct business, and a venue that can be used to give back to the community.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – A former interim president of North Dakota State University was one of a dozen people who expressed interest last year in becoming the NDSU foundation's president and CEO, according to newly released records.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON - Monsanto will pay $80 million to settle civil accounting violations after it allegedly misstated its earnings in connection with its top-selling Roundup product, securities regulators said on Tuesday.
One semi-finalist has dropped out of the running to become UND's next president.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Former UND head football coach Dale Lennon has accepted an administrative position as director of public affairs at the University of Mary.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. -- A Fargo startup called ZulaFly has thrown its hat into the real-time locating software ring.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- A Hennepin County judge has removed a legal obstacle to a state lawsuit against the 3M Corp., clearing the way for potentially one of the biggest environmental actions in state history.
BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger has approved the ballot language for a June 14 referendum on a law that would allow non-family corporations to own dairy and swine operations in the state.
CONRAD, Mont. -- When David Oien applied for a farm loan nearly three decades ago, the bank asked him two questions: what is a lentil and what does organic mean?
CROOKS, S.D. -- South Dakota has recently seen a rise in acres farmed with no-till production methods.
FARGO, N.D. -- China is a fast-growing, major market for Upper Midwest soybeans, but the world environment of cheap oil is "flipping around world logistics" and taking away the region's advantage of shipping soybeans through the Pacific Northwest.RELATED CONTENT
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Two men with strong connections to the Red River Valley, who headed companies seeking biofuels investors and sold tax credits in North Dakota, have been indicted for federal tax violations in Iowa.RELATED CONTENT
OTTERTAIL, Minn. – Thumper Pond representatives recently announced plans to rebuild the resort's popular water park following the roof collapse last April.RELATED CONTENT
Chipotle Mexican Grill stores were shut for four hours on Monday for a nationwide all-staff meeting on food safety that was prompted by recent outbreaks of food-borne illnesses linked to the burrito chain.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO — Mike Holm was born to be a salesman. He loves people and he loves to talk. The former golf pro was looking for a new career opportunity when a friend told him about an opening at Tubs of Fun two years ago. He applied, and has been with the company ever since.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The 2015 growing season cooperated with Upper Midwest farmers, allowing them to enjoy strong yields overall. Daryl Ritchison is optimistic the 2016 growing season will be a good one, too.RELATED CONTENT
PERHAM, Minn. – After months of construction and social media excitement, Disgruntled Brewing is set to open its craft brewery and public taproom in Perham.
From Alaska to Oklahoma, crowded classes, suspended art programs and longer school commutes give students and parents a taste of the downside of cheap gas as oil-producing states scramble to plug budget holes blown by tumbling crude prices.
A former UND department chairman charged in federal court with distributing and collecting child pornography entered a plea deal Feb. 2 and will plead guilty, according to the agreement.RELATED CONTENT
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- The long-term care industry is waiting and worrying about a cut to the state budget and how it will impact nursing home reimbursements in North Dakota, according to Craig Christianson, administrator at the Sheyenne Care Center in Valley City and chairman of the board of directors for the North Dakota Long Term Care Association. The association is a trade group of nursing homes and basic care facilities in the state.RELATED CONTENT
WINDOM, Minn. — The former PM Beef processing plant in Windom is being purchased by a group of business partners that includes Minnesota billionaire Glen Taylor.RELATED CONTENT
Glencore, the largest investor in the proposed PolyMet copper mine near Hoyt Lakes in northern Minnesota and the company widely viewed as the mine's possible owner and operator, has been downgraded by another financial ratings company.
WOODBURY, Minn. -- Another iconic Minnesota restaurant has shut its doors one final time after Old Country Buffet employees arrived at the scene of a U-Haul truck parked outside of the Woodbury restaurant.
BELFIELD, N.D. -- A Belfield-based oil and gas company has been named in a federal lawsuit that alledges racketeering, conspiracy and fraud in the sale of a pipeline in Oklahoma.
PAYNESVILLE, Minn. -- As soon as the January sun popped out from behind the clouds, the green computer-generated graph line at Louis Industries soared up in a sharp peak.
DICKINSON, N.D.--Though contractors are still constructing speculative homes for market, Dickinson's housing boom has largely tapered off. With that slackening of a once-surefire sector goes at least one source of city revenue.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO -- Ardis Brandl is paid to hold people's hands. "Sometimes I go home feeling pretty lucky with my life," she said. Brandl works as a patient sitter for Essentia Health in Fargo. She sits with patients who are dying, combative, suicidal, a fall risk or might otherwise need supervision, such as young children whose parents can't stay with them. Sometimes she talks with people, cuddles children and holds patients' hands.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- It's unclear how much the University of North Dakota president search will cost when it wraps up this spring but recent searches at other schools in the state have cost on average about as much as a 2016 Porsche Panamera 4.
FARGO -- When President Dean Bresciani flies domestically, North Dakota State University always pays for a coach-level seat. But that doesn't mean he always ends up in coach.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Facing a three-month wait to get fillings at another dental practice, Carolyn Reigstad found herself at Aspen Dental in Grand Forks Friday morning.RELATED CONTENT
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. -- The numbers are in and donations were up this past year for the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.
WASHINGTON -- A series of sewage collection systems costing millions of dollars each and aimed at keeping untreated sewage out of lakes in Voyageurs National Park has gained support from Minnesota lawmakers in Washington.RELATED CONTENT
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- When Concordia College administrators recently announced they'd be cutting nine majors, including French and German, they said it was due to a lack of student interest. At Concordia Language Villages, however, Francais and Deutsch continue to thrive.RELATED CONTENT
HAZEN, N.D. -- Even as western North Dakota watches nervously while its once-booming oil industry wallows in the doldrums, a massive construction project centered around coal is quietly hitting its stride.RELATED CONTENT
BUFFALO, N.D. -- Roy and Sheila Thompson bought a farmstead out in the country for the fresh air and solitude away from the bustle of the city.RELATED CONTENT
EAGAN, Minn. -- Since its founding in 1997, a half-million patients and their caregivers have created a CaringBridge web site to share details of their medical journey with friends and loved ones. This month, founder Sona Mehring steps aside as CEO of the Eagan nonprofit to be replaced by Liwanag Ojala, who joined CaringBridge as chief operating officer in 2014.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- If someone tries to sell you a Minnesota banana, watch out. There is no such thing.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- A local-food revolution is happening on your dinner plate. “Demand for local food is going off the charts,” said Steve Shrump, master grower at J&J Distributing of St. Paul, a leader in the new local-food movement.RELATED CONTENT
KILLDEER, N.D. -- A newly married couple in Killdeer bought a piece of land in 1950. They had a family and built a life together. And it was all centered around one thing: a rust-colored breed of cow with a white face.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Ed Schafer didn't mince words at a Rotary Club meeting Tuesday when he laid out his plan to address problems at the University of North Dakota and said open records laws should be altered to improve the quality of applicants for high-level positions.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON -- North Dakota's Congressional delegation is both laughing off and expressing unbridled disgust over President Barack Obama's bid to impose a $10-a-barrel tax on crude oil.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- University of North Dakota faculty and staff discussed several hot-button items at a University Senate meeting Thursday, with one faculty member calling for the school to cease logo development while addressing a budget shortfall.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Ed O'Hara said he is keenly aware of the passion supporters feel for the University of North Dakota, its athletic teams and its nickname.
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota broadband task force recommends increasing state Internet speed guidelines even as many rural Minnesotans lack service at current, slower standards.RELATED CONTENT
ELY, Minn. -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton hasn't finished wading through the state's first-ever copper mine controversy and he's already getting political pressure on the second one.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. -- MDU Resources Group Inc. earnings dropped $25 million from 2014 to 2015, including losses at its Dickinson diesel refinery.
CHRISTINE, N.D. -- Last year was a banner year for the bison industry, and it's expected to continue, said Dave Carter, National Bison Association executive director.RELATED CONTENT
The North Dakota Centers of Excellence Commission awarded almost $600,000 in research dollars to UND at a meeting Tuesday.
FARGO — Last year was a strong year for construction activity in the Fargo-Moorhead area, with the total number of building permits issued ranking the second highest ever.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved more than $2 billion in energy-related projects in 2015, the agency said this week.
FARGO -- International students are a boon to colleges in part because they tend to pay full out-of-state tuition, college leaders often say.
BISMARCK – Orders from Gov. Jack Dalrymple to cut state agency budgets by more than 4 percent and drain most of a reserve fund to cover a $1 billion revenue shortfall aren’t slowing down a $5 million project to replace the official governor’s residence.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Lt. Gov. Tina Smith encouraged Moorhead-area residents Wednesday to call on state lawmakers to support a $42 million underpass project near Moorhead High School.RELATED CONTENT
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith visited Bemidji on Wednesday to meet with business owners and find out what makes the city's economy run.
WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. -- At age 30, with a family of five to support but unable to continue working construction after an injury, Jacob Bernier enrolled at Century College in 2012.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- Enbridge Energy on Monday called an order by regulators in the Sandpiper pipeline permitting process "unlawful and unreasonable" and requested it be altered.
Altru Health System microbiologists are celebrating their big discovery of a very small thing.RELATED CONTENT
Dickinson State President Thomas Mitzel said Tuesday that the university isn't cutting positions or paychecks as it begins trimming about $1.1 million from its budget, as it was ordered to do Monday by Gov. Jack Dalrymple.
GRAND FORKS – A University of North Dakota committee has recommended a design firm to create a logo for the school's Fighting Hawks nickname.
FARGO – A naming rights deal could be reached in the near future for North Dakota State University's new science, technology, engineering and math building.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS – The president of a community college on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation said Tuesday she hasn't decided if she will file a lawsuit after being excluded from the search for UND's president.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- After two days of interviews, seven of 16 applicants to be UND’s new president will be invited for on-campus visits over the next month.RELATED CONTENT
STANLEY, N.D. – Pipeline spills should become a smaller problem in North Dakota after new regulations are developed, a state official said Tuesday.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK -- The Pierce County Commission has placed a moratorium on deep bore hole drilling, temporarily blocking a federal project to drill into the county’s crystalline rock basement in a nuclear waste disposal test.
TAMARACK, Minn. -- Kennecott is adding more exploration for copper deposits on 27 sites near Tamarack where the state owns the mineral rights.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Twin Cities entrepreneurs have developed a new premium-pour vodka made entirely from beet sugar produced here in the Red River Valley. BET (pronounced "beet") Vodka is expected to hit liquor store shelves here within the next few weeks.RELATED CONTENT
HALLOCK, Minn. -- Fargo’s Far North Spirits, a craft distillery based near Hallock, Minn., has expanded its distribution network to include California.
MOORHEAD, Minn. - Under financial stress, Concordia College says it plans to discontinue nine majors and one concentration, including several languages.
One might not believe lying in bed for weeks at a time would be of any scientific merit, but Ronita Cromwell would beg to differ.RELATED CONTENT
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—Nine candidates met with UND's presidential search committee Monday to share their views on the university's challenges and how they would hope to shape it as its leader.RELATED CONTENT
A UND committee is listening to oral presentations this morning from three firms competing to design the school’s Fighting Hawks logo.
NDSU to cut $6.4 million from budget by delaying research initiative, possibly not filling open jobs
FARGO -- North Dakota State University will trim $6.4 million from its budget over the next 10 days, in part by delaying funding for a key research initiative and possibly not filling some open positions, the provost said in an email to employees on Monday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- University of North Dakota interim President Ed Schafer relayed an optimistic message to campus Monday after North Dakota’s governor announced cuts to the state’s budget, but he also said “every dollar” at the university would be examined.
BISMARCK – As news of North Dakota’s $1 billion revenue shortfall and 4.05 percent budget cuts for state agencies sank in Monday, some elected officials predicted the appetite for tapping into the state’s $3.5 billion trust fund for oil taxes will grow when lawmakers convene next January.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday ordered most state agencies to slash their budgets by just over 4 percent to help cover an unprecedented $1 billion revenue shortfall blamed on slumping oil and farm commodity prices.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- MNsure enrolled 85,390 people in private insurance through the end of its annual open enrollment period Sunday night.
FARGO -- If you have a business that makes, installs or designs something, there may be a tax credit out there just waiting to save you money, says Kent Busek, a partner at Busek Olson & Associates, which advises businesses on tax matters.
Construction to start in fall on Kilbourne's new downtown Fargo tower; RDO to be part-owner and main office tenant
FARGO -- Kilbourne Group says construction may begin this fall on a downtown tower that could cost more than $100 million, and serve as the new corporate headquarters of RDO Equipment Co.RELATED CONTENT
Members of the United Steelworkers union have ratified a new three-year contract with U.S. Steel that covers 18,000 workers at more than a dozen facilities across the United States, including the Minntac and Keetac operations on Minnesota's Iron Range.
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- A decline in commodity prices has its effect on all of agriculture, but organic producers are hopeful for a profitable 2016 in their higher-valued niche market -- if only they don't have to deal with too many imports from elsewhere in the world.
MADISON, S.D. -- Charlie Johnson of Madison, S.D., a former president of the Northern Plains Sustainable Agricultural Society, sees a strong future for organics, and that's because of the rise of organic meat demand in America.RELATED CONTENT
ND Ag Commissioner sees a growing world demand for food, but 'federal overreach' in regulatory issues
MINOT, N.D. -- North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring sees both opportunity and challenge.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Ryan Riesinger's interest in aviation started early.RELATED CONTENT
North Dakota leaders flew to the Middle East last week for a trade mission that included the discussion of a large-scale research project involving unmanned aircraft.
FARGO—Construction is expected to start this fall on a new downtown office, hotel and residential complex roughly the height of Fargo's largest building.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A candidate for the University of North Dakota's president position is getting a second look after her application was dismissed last week.
FARGO -- Joe Kortes is working as a registered nurse while getting help from his employer to earn a higher degree that would help him take his career to a higher level.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. – With less competition for employees, some state agencies are beginning to reduce or phase out extra pay for western North Dakota employees.
FARGO -- The bathroom's speckled countertops, frosted-glass doors and ceramic tile the color of milky coffee all give the impression that you're in a hotel or at a home improvement show.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday ordered most state agencies to slash their budgets by just over 4 percent to cover an unprecedented $1 billion revenue shortfall caused largely by slumping oil and farm commodity prices.
ST. PAUL -- The baby-boomer retirement wave has begun. And for millennials and Generation X-, Y- and Zers, and every other post-boomer micro-generation looking for work, that’s a very good thing. They will likely enter a labor market unseen since the 1990s — perhaps even better.
BISMARCK – The number of active business registrations in North Dakota climbed to nearly 117,000 last year and is up more than 35 percent since 2011, but filings have begun to level off with the economic slowdown driven by depressed oil and farm commodity prices, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- Commercial airline service is approaching cruising altitude in Devils Lake, but it remains all but grounded in Thief River Falls, Minn., where the community continues to struggle with airline reliability.
Regional vacancy listing to be assembled to help house nearly 700 workers for urea plant construction
HAZEN, N.D. -- Though housing is more accessible now than during the peak of the oil boom, an influx of short-term workers could find some difficulty when looking for lodging.
VIRGINIA, Minn. -- Virginia Mayor Larry Cuffe Jr. said his city just hired a lobbyist for the first time in its history, to his knowledge.
ST. PAUL -- Plans for a public high-speed passenger line in southeastern Minnesota are coming to a halt, clearing the way for a potential project by the private sector.
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The electric bills of customers could rise $178 a year to improve Montana Dakota Utilities’ coal-fired power plants. But, MDU is being asked whether the plan makes sense with new pollution regulations coming.
MITCHELL, S.D. -- South Dakota could become the first state in the nation to establish a wetland mitigation credit system directed solely at farmers.RELATED CONTENT
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Midco is bringing all of its Rapid City, S.D., operations into one centralized location.
FARGO — CNH Industrial America workers in Fargo are facing a new round of layoffs.RELATED CONTENT
Gas prices in Fargo and Grand Forks have hit 12-year lows.
Name: Pam Matchie Position: Corporate trainer, keynote speaker, artist and hypnotist. Matchie refers to herself as the "chief inspiration officer." Her story: Matchie is in the midst of an exciting second act. The Jamestown, N.D., native spent nearly 30 years working for Qwest, her last eight as a lobbyist at the Minnesota State Capitol. In 2011, she chose to pursue a different dream.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – A fund that provides grants to local agencies impacted by oil and gas development in western North Dakota is on track to collect less than half of the nearly $140 million that lawmakers appropriated for 2015-17, forcing officials to consider scaling back the program.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A University of North Dakota committee announced Thursday it has selected three firms to make a case in person about why they should be picked to design the school's Fighting Hawks logo.
NEW YORK -- You'll be seeing quite a bit more of actor and North Dakota native Josh Duhamel, thanks to a new campaign North Dakota Tourism officials launched Thursday starring Duhamel promoting travel to the state he calls the nation's best-kept secret.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- The Red Rock Corridor Commission has doubled down on its vision for a bus rapid transit system in South Washington County.
ST. PAUL -- More than 80,000 Minnesotans enrolled in public health programs for which they weren’t eligible last year, an estimated cost to taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars.
RED WING, Minn. — Compliance with new Minnesota Pollution Control Agency river standards could potentially cost the city of Red Wing up to $40 million — an expenditure Deputy Public Works Director Bob Stark says would result from scientifically dubious criteria and would have little to no effect on the water quality of the Mississippi River.
FARGO -- Ford Baldwin painted a bleak picture of weed control at a recent workshop in Fargo exploring the future of ag production.
ST. PAUL– Minnesota ranks first in the nation in job creation, according to the 2015 Job Creation Index report just released by the Gallup Inc. polling company.
BISMARCK -- After taking a tumble in 2014, the well-being of North Dakotans is on the mend, according to new state rankings released Thursday.
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The Affordable Care Act has a profound impact on society. This law not only affects businesses of all sizes, but also employees and their families.RELATED CONTENT
As many individuals scramble to organize and complete their personal income taxes in time for our government April filing deadline, one should also consider what can and should be done to be better prepared for next year.RELATED CONTENT
Regional Health’s new chief operating officer weighs patient needs in all decisionsRELATED CONTENT
Workplace culture is a term that often comes up in conversation in any industry. It’s what defines an organization, but it can be difficult to define.RELATED CONTENT
The widespread shortage of candidates for open jobs pushes companies to get creative with recruiting and retaining workersRELATED CONTENT
Minnkota Power is building an entirely new Grand Forks, N.D., campusRELATED CONTENT
A strong culture brings life and vitality to a company.RELATED CONTENT
A $4.7 million remodeling project is nearing completion at Northland Community & Technical College’s Aerospace Site.RELATED CONTENT
Officials raise ‘deep concern’ that proposed drilling project near Rugby could lead to nuclear waste disposal in N.D.
BISMARCK – Plans to drill a 3-mile-deep hole near Rugby, N.D., to test whether certain rock formations are suitable for storing radioactive waste bumped into a thick layer of skepticism Thursday from state and county officials who fear North Dakota is being groomed to become a nuclear waste disposal site.
CHICAGO - In the two weeks since bird flu reappeared in Indiana, veterinarians have swabbed the mouths of chickens and turkeys across the country, racing to uncover any more infections and contain the virus before it causes mass death and damage like last year.
A 16th candidate will interview for the UND president's position.
Three firms have been selected to make their case in person on why they should be picked to design UND's Fighting Hawks logo.
BOULDER, Colo. - R. Waidler & Associates P.C. of Boulder, Colo., will become part of Eide Bailly LLP, a regional certified public accounting and business advisory firm, effective Feb. 1.
NEW YORK -- Companies that supply drilling rigs, fracking sand and other necessary tools to the U.S. oil industry are finding themselves stuck with a choice between losing customers or making further price cuts that could wipe out their profits altogether.
FRYBURG, N.D. -- If a Houston-based development company wants to move dirt on a new refinery site in the next 60 days, it’ll need quick cooperation from the Billings County Planning and Zoning Commission.
FARGO -- Officials on Wednesday urged North Dakotans who haven't yet enrolled for coverage this year under the Affordable Care Act not to wait until the Sunday deadline to sign up.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota’s latest tourism campaign hopes to cash in on some native star power.RELATED CONTENT
MEDORA, N.D. -- A federal district court judge said Wednesday he will not stop a gravel mine operation on the former Ebert’s ranch overlooking the historic Theodore Roosevelt National Park Elkhorn Ranch unit.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Dickinson is one of two cities in North Dakota being studied in order to ascertain how access to public transportation impacts quality of life in rural areas.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s largest higher-education system is looking to make major changes as enrollment continues to fall and more institutions fail financial stress tests.
FARGO -- Steve Burian was a graduate student at the University of North Dakota in 1991 when he and a business partner, Charlie Vein, formed Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services.RELATED CONTENT
EVELETH, Minn. -- Cliffs Natural Resources had a terrible 2015, losing money and slashing production, but the company expects demand for its taconite iron ore to tick up in 2016 and vows to reopen idled operations once sales increase.
HOYT LAKES, Minn. -- PolyMet Mining Corp. late Wednesday announced it has received a new $11 million loan from Glencore, the Swiss-based commodities company that has previously invested in PolyMet.
FARGO, N.D. -- North Dakota cropland values declined about 9 percent in 2015, and pasture land and rental rates came down, but not as much.
University of North Dakota Provost Thomas DiLorenzo is seeking nominations for interim dean of the College of Education and Human Development.
FARGO, N.D. -- A free symposium Feb. 5 will bring together top officials from the four largest seed and chemical companies concerned with weed resistance.
The city of Grand Forks has spent more than $200,000 for consultants in the development of the Northern Plains Nitrogen fertilizer plant since 2014, a figure that city staff and some City Council members described as the cost of doing necessary due diligence on an "infrastructure-heavy" project that could be in the community for decades.
FARGO, N.D. -- North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani won't be commenting on the controversy over his recent business-class flight to India.
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Electric cooperatives will likely share in a $5 billion bill to comply with the federal Clean Power Plan, officials said recently.
With two facilities already in operation, Grand Forks city and economic development officials are examining the future of the city's business park on the west side of Interstate 29.
Another person has applied to be UND's next president.
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday and said it was "closely monitoring" global economic and financial developments, but maintained an otherwise upbeat view of the U.S. economy.
FARGO, N.D. - Eide Bailly, a regional certified public accounting and business advisory firm, has announced it has become a sponsor of LPGA golfer Amy Anderson.
UND Provost Thomas DiLorenzo is seeking nominations for interim dean of the College of Education and Human Development.
FARGO — Brian Bestge believes the future of online video is live content. Consider the popularity of Periscope, a live video streaming app available to anyone with an Android or iOS device. Or Twitch, a popular platform that live-streams its members playing video games.RELATED CONTENT
The yearly Grand Forks, N.D., sales tax numbers are in, and they show a steady increase in income for the city. The city received just more than $21 million from February 2015 through this month, which is the tax’s fiscal year. That’s a 3.4 percent jump from last year’s sales tax revenue of $20.35 million.
WASHINGTON - New U.S. single-family home sales surged in December to their highest level in 10 months, the latest indication that the housing sector remains on a firmer footing despite a massive stock market sell-off and slowing economic growth.
The finishing touches on the remodel of the East Grand Forks (Minn.) Civic Center have begun to add up for the city.
St. Michael's Catholic Parish in Grand Forks is gaining some breathing room with expansion into a historic Near North Neighborhood building.
Minot State University President Steven Shirley has applied to be UND's next president.
ST. PAUL -- A Halstad woman is suing her employer in federal court here after she claimed Essentia Health and its employee insurance program refused to pay for her teenage son's health care during his transition from female to male.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. – The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold two public hearings on Feb. 9 in Watford City on separate pipeline proposals.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- While a short-term solution for this fiscal year is in sight, a state budget forecast means those at University of North Dakota have an even larger task in front of them to balance the school's budget in coming years.
Chancellor: NDSU president's ticket upgrade on India trip an 'embarrassment,' will spark new requirement for coach-class flights only
FARGO -- The head of the university system said Tuesday it's an "embarrassment" that the president of North Dakota State University flew business class to India earlier this month, and in response, he plans to change the system's travel policy to require presidents to fly in coach.
RED WING, Minn. --The proposed publicly funded Zip Rail high-speed passenger line from the Twin Cities to Rochester may have hit a dead end.RELATED CONTENT
DULUTH, Minn. -- Opposition is mounting against a proposed shift in electric costs for customers of Minnesota Power that would increase rates for homeowners in order to lower rates for taconite plants and paper mills.
ST. PAUL -- Health care for Minnesotans with chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, kidney failure and heart disease costs eight times more than for people without them.RELATED CONTENT
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota has named Bryan Nermoe its new president. Nermoe has served as interim president since November when former president Dan Olson took on a new role as vice president of the Sanford Health Network.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans have only a few days left to sign up through the state’s MnSure -- its health insurance service.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota's unemployment rate remained the lowest in the nation in December, but its labor force shrank slightly over the past year.
FARGO--The Fargodome is committed to spending $9.5 million on new video boards at the arena.
Tim and Angie Allen like to greet their guests in the driveway of their Congdon Park bed-and-breakfast inn to add a personal touch to the visit.RELATED CONTENT
WILMINGTON, Del. - Verso Corp., a leading U.S. producer of printing and specialty papers and owner of the paper mill in West Duluth, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Tuesday to cut its debt in the face of falling demand for catalogs and magazines and cheaper imports.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR — Ridgewater College President Douglas Allen said Monday that he is proud of the college’s success in recent years.RELATED CONTENT
ROSEAU, Minn. -- Polaris, a manufacturer of snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles, said Tuesday it laid off less than 10 people in its Roseau, Minn., plant this week despite posting record sales in 2015.
FARGO—The recently announced sale of Swanson Health Products to a private equity firm will mean few changes for the Fargo-based company, a Swanson official said Monday.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO—It's the time of year again when many college students are preoccupied with planning where to spend spring break. Instead, they might be wise to turn their attention to securing a summer internship.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – Contenders to provide yet another sizable jolt to the recent flurry of development downtown were unveiled Monday, plans that would all add new dimensions to the city's skyline.RELATED CONTENT
WEST FARGO – The West Fargo School Board got its first look Monday at design plans for a new aquatic center that will start construction this spring as part of the $98.1 million bond referendum passed in November. Zerr Berg Architects hopes to bid out construction on the Hulbert Family Aquatic Center by March 14 so a contract can be awarded by April 11.
MOORHEAD – City officials voted unanimously Monday to soften a law regulating Uber after Uber criticized it.
FARGO – The taxi fares the city regulates have gone unchanged for nearly eight years, so the owners of Lucky Seven Taxi Service have asked the city to raise them.RELATED CONTENT
MOORHEAD – Concordia College, which has been plagued in recent years by declining enrollment, is offering a year of base salary to faculty age 55 and up who are willing to retire early, the college president announced Monday.RELATED CONTENT
Canada's northern oil hub Fort McMurray is learning the hard way that there is no such thing as simply going back to normal after a long boom that got cut short by the collapse in crude prices.RELATED CONTENT
HARROLD, S.D. -- South Dakota Pulse Processors LLC is on track to start processing both yellow peas and red lentils by this year's harvest.RELATED CONTENT
LANCASTER, Minn. -- Donnie Schmiedeberg stares at the pile of hay, which belongs to a neighbor. Elk gnawed and ripped apart a once-good bale, leaving their waste in what's now a useless mess.
Crop and livestock prices rise and fall, but the KMOT Ag Expo doesn't miss a beat.
The South Dakota State University wheat breeding program and research is dedicated to developing new varieties for South Dakota producers, made possible by a licensing agreement with the South Dakota Crop Improvement Association.
FARGO--The price at the gas pump is falling within reach of a low last seen in December 2008, and analysts expect low prices to continue.RELATED CONTENT
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- Opponents of proposed Enbridge Energy pipelines across northern Minnesota chanted and performed Native American drum songs in front of the company's Superior office on Monday afternoon.RELATED CONTENT
NEW YORK -- In 2012, Plains All American bought a shuttered Virginia refinery for $300 million to use as a terminal and storage hub, betting that East Coast refiners would need to look beyond their own rail yards to satisfy their thirst for cut-price inland crude in coming years.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO — Three companies are competing to construct new parking ramps and buildings on now vacant city land downtown near the corner of Second Avenue North and Roberts Street.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK—North Dakota State University's fundraising agency violated state open records law last year by refusing to release names of all applicants for its president and CEO, the state attorney general ruled in an opinion issued Monday.
FARGO -- North Dakota State University faculty will conduct research that could make wind power more widespread, reliable and efficient.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. -- Cottage Grove is warming up to solar power.
FARGO -- The 9,000-hog farm planned in rural Cass County is allowed under current laws, but advocates contend large livestock operations will mushroom unless voters reject newly passed exemptions in a law restricting corporate farming.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota’s budget shortfall may soon become even larger -- up from $5 million to $11 million.
FARGO -- Swanson Health Products is being sold to Swander Pace Capital, an out-of-state private equity firm, according to a memo given to employees Friday.RELATED CONTENT
HORACE, N.D.--Three years ago, Renee Clasen and Carolyn Keller inherited seven bags of sweaters and fabric from a woman going out of business.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK -- The Agricultural Products Utilization Commission started in 1979 as an ethanol incentive plan. Over time, legislators thought it would be the perfect program to promote value-added agriculture.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Dairy Coalition is seeking state funding to research the possibility of a new milk processing plant in the region.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON -- In its latest move to combat climate change, the Obama administration on Friday said it will overhaul 30-year-old regulations for oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands to limit the "wasteful release" of natural gas and curb methane emissions.
BISMARCK – With budget cuts for state agencies all but certain, an advisory group took a conservative approach Friday in predicting how slumping oil prices, production and drilling activity will affect state revenues over the next 18 months.RELATED CONTENT
MINNEAPOLIS -- If a Wisconsin Dells resort and the Mall of America had a baby, it might look something like what's being proposed in the Minneapolis-area city of Albertville.
FARGO -- The Prairie Den attracted a lot of attention last year when it took over the downtown coworking space launched by Minneapolis-based CoCo just months earlier. Some may be surprised to learn it was not the first shared workspace model to operate here.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Despite being based in Grand Forks for almost 20 years and constructing dozens of projects elsewhere, Edgewood Group hasn't built a senior living facility in the city.
BISMARCK -- Major fashion retailer H&M is making Bismarck home to its first North Dakota location.RELATED CONTENT
BEULAH, N.D. — A notice sent to Beulah city hall spells out the final working days for most of the miners and staff at Dakota Westmoreland coal mine south of town.
FARGO -- Edible bean growers are facing some bearish market factors for this year's pricing, and growers hope lackluster corn and soybean prices won't drive too many farmers into their crops.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- If a farmer's equipment collects and shares data, should he be concerned that he could get in trouble if the government uses the data to find he was over-applying fertilizer or using the wrong chemical?RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Grand Forks County landowners have filed an appeal to the North Dakota Supreme Court in an eminent domain dispute with a company seeking to build a crude oil pipeline.
A committee in charge of recommending who will design UND's Fighting Hawks logo said it needs more information before it narrows down a list of 15 companies that applied for the job.
Almost 300,000 owners of small unmanned aircraft registered their devices with the Federal Aviation Administration in the first 30 days of its online registration system going live.
FARGO — Kilbourne Group has an agreement with Swanson Properties to buy a slate of notable downtown buildings, including sites of the former Avalon and Metro Drug as well as those that house Moxie Java, Subway and King House Buffet.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – With budget cuts for state agencies looming in the background, an advisory group took a conservative approach Friday in predicting how slumping oil prices, production and drilling activity will affect state revenues over the next 18 months.
FARGO -- Work on the new $494 million Sanford Medical Center remains "on budget, on track" for opening in summer 2017 as crews continue with interior construction.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. -- An environmental organization, western North Dakota Native Americans and a taxpayer watchdog group are all calling on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to create stricter rules for capturing natural gas during oil production on federal and tribal lands.
A U.S. senator from North Dakota is urging colleagues to override a presidential veto of a congressional resolution of disapproval over a federal water rule.
VALLEY CITY, N.D.--Allegations of sexual and other criminal misconduct against several city officials in Valley City burst into the open Thursday when those same officials issued a statement through their lawyer that they were the victims of a "shameful" smear campaign.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- The Fergus Falls City Council approved this week moving forward with a project to repair and preserve the former and historic Regional Treatment Center after receiving an updated report from Stantec Consulting Services.
ST. PAUL -- After Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and House Speaker Kurt Daudt met Thursday morning to reach a final answer on whether the Legislature should have a special session, Daudt said he is still unsure if one is needed.
FARGO -- Sanford Health is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court here by a former employee in Fargo who says she was discriminated against during her employment while she was transitioning from male to female.
Low gas prices may save drivers at the pump, but ultimately cost farmers.RELATED CONTENT
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- Howard Dahl of Amity Technology says precision agriculture will allow farmers to do things they've never done before.RELATED CONTENT
PIERRE, S.D. -- A study has found that South Dakota ranks 49th in its state and local tax burden, with only Alaska behind it.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota employers added 9,100 jobs in December, and the unemployment rate dropped a notch, according to seasonally adjusted figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A Canadian diplomat told students and faculty Thursday that Canada is the United States’ largest trading partner with annual numbers at about $19.4 billion with nearly 80 percent of North Dakota's exports going to Canada in 2014.RELATED CONTENT
RUGBY, N.D. -- Scientists want to go to the middle of the continent near Rugby to peer deep where few have looked before.
Malika Carter, the director of Multicultural Student Services at UND, left her position Wednesday after being at the university for about three years.
FARGO — About 200 women and a handful of men talked about their vulnerability, fears and what it takes to be brave at a women's leadership conference here Wednesday.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – A representative from one of Fargo’s major employers, Swanson Health Products, says the company is talking to interested buyers around the country, WDAY-TV reported Wednesday.
Radisson hotels owner Carlson Cos. Inc. is exploring strategic alternatives for its hotel business, including a sale, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
SOCORRO, N.M. -- Two of the 15 candidates selected to move forward in the UND presidential search are also finalists in the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology presidential search.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Toxic tap water has stricken the residents of Flint, Mich., and the catastrophe has hit home for two Williston businessmen, Chris Duell and Dan Provost, who believe they have the responsibility to try to do something about it.RELATED CONTENT
MANNING, N.D.--Target Logistics is temporarily closing its massive crew camp in southern Dunn County, the company said Wednesday.
FARGO -- The chancellor of the university system plans to investigate whether North Dakota State University's president was out of line when he flew business class to India on Friday for a recruiting trip.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Fifteen candidates are moving on to the next phase of the search for the University of North Dakota’s new president.
GRAFTON, N.D.--Job Service North Dakota in Grafton is open for the first time in two weeks, but only temporarily.
BISMARCK – North Dakota utility regulators set a public hearing Wednesday for a proposed wind farm in Stark County, as the developer behind the project formally applied to build a companion wind farm in bordering Hettinger County.
BISMARCK – North Dakota suffered its worst revenue shortfall of the current biennium so far in December, with tax revenues arriving more than $63 million below forecast and further darkening the state’s budget picture as an advisory group prepares to meet Friday to discuss a new forecast.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Five colorful benches surround a fire pit and face a wooded area. Although in the general neighborhood of a mall, the spot looks quiet and peaceful in the January snow.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- Students' iPads and other technology devices may provide personal data that companies can use to target advertising at the youth.RELATED CONTENT
WHITE EARTH, Minn. -- Erma Vizenor said fierce political opposition left her with "no option" but to resign Wednesday as leader of the White Earth Nation.
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection confiscated more than $600,000 in counterfeit merchandise -- including more than 1,600 hoverboards -- from a rail container at the Ranier border crossing on the Minnesota-Canadian border earlier this month.
MINNEAPOLIS -- After decades of courting suburban soccer moms, Target Corp. has set its sights on city-dwelling millennials. And so over the past year, the retailer has been adding jobs in technology, following a massive corporate downsizing last year in Minneapolis.
FARGO -- Lunch ladies in the Fargo and West Fargo school districts are raising their ladles in salute to proposed changes in federal law that would give schools across the country more leeway on whole grains and sodium limits.
BISMARCK – Famed college football coach Lou Holtz will deliver the keynote address at the 2016 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck in May, organizers announced Wednesday.
ST. PAUL, Minn.— During one of the final weekends of the 2016 open enrollment period, MNsure enrollment centers statewide will host special weekend hours on Saturday and Sunday, in an effort to help any Minnesotans who have not yet enrolled in health insurance coverage.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- A former Minnesota State University Moorhead professor is suing the university, alleging university officials denied her a new professorship in the Women's and Gender Studies program based on her age, instead giving it to what the lawsuit claims was a younger, less qualified candidate.
Opponents of the Obama administration's efforts to regulate small bodies of water and streams pledge to continue fighting.
FARGO -- North Dakota edged up another two spots to rank 18th among the states in millionaire households per capita, according to a new wealth ranking.
BISMARCK – North Dakota regulators granted a route permit Wednesday for what will be the largest crude oil pipeline out of the state’s fruitful Bakken oil field, leaving Iowa as the only state left to approve the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline.RELATED CONTENT
Fifteen candidates are moving on to the next phase of the search for UND's next president.
BEMIDJI -- A new Sanford Bemidji cancer center is set to open in 2018, named after Joe Lueken, the late grocery store owner who died of cancer in 2014.RELATED CONTENT
An estimated 45,000 farmers across the United States received a drone or unmanned aerial system for Christmas, according to Kris Poulson, vice president of agriculture for Sentera.
Unseasonably warm weather and rising supply will keep the crude oil market oversupplied until at least late 2016 and could push the price below its current 12-year lows, the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday.RELATED CONTENT
Things might not look optimistic at the moment for oil prices, but North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms argued Tuesday at Dickinson’s State of the City luncheon that redemption was likely somewhere in the future.
The selloff since the start of the year continued on Wall Street on Wednesday, led by energy stocks, as crude oil prices fell to new lows and on deepening fears of slowing global growth.
FARGO – Downtown Fargo is doing a good job of creating an interesting place for people to live, work and play, but the city should take steps to maintain and protect downtown's growing appeal.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – Downtown's Black Building and its neighbor, the Scan Design building, got the OK for a package of property tax exemptions estimated to be worth about $400,000 from the City Commission on Tuesday night.
BISMARCK – North Dakota regulators unanimously granted a route permit Wednesday for what will be the largest crude oil pipeline out of the state’s fruitful Bakken oil field, leaving Iowa as the only state left to approve the 1,168-mile Dakota Access Pipeline.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- When Sima Noghanian got into a cab in New York City and told her driver she was attending an antenna conference, he laughed and said the technology was outdated.
WILLISTON, N.D. – Oil prices in North Dakota have reached historic lows, but not quite as low as some national headlines portrayed this weekend.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Asked whether he would reopen the contentious University of North Dakota nickname selection process, the university's interim President Ed Schafer used a metaphor from an unlikely source: the 1976 movie "The Gumball Rally."
MINOT, N.D. -- Minot, devastated by flooding in 2011, has been awarded $74.3 million in federal funds for cities or states hit by major natural disasters in recent years.
FARGO -- North Dakota's population should continue to grow steadily despite the oil slowdown and could flirt with the 1 million mark by 2040 under a range of new population projections.
BISMARCK -- In wake of the shooting threat that sent Bismarck State College into a lockdown last week, school officials are evaluating campus security.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- Staffing issues at MNsure’s call center contributed to hour-long wait times late last month, and at least one lawmaker wants the state-run health exchange to get a refund for the disruption.
MINNEAPOLIS -- University of Minnesota faculty soon could vote on whether to form a union in the Twin Cities after a year and a half of labor organizing by the Service Employees International Union.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Board of Teaching plans to appeal a judge’s order to immediately reinstate a teacher licensing system that allows candidates to prove their qualifications with a portfolio of their past work and training.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- After a year of record revenue, the Minnesota State Fair is looking to build its first new neighborhood in decades.
HASTINGS, Minn. -- Randy Stenger, owner of Extreme Sandbox in Hastings, has always liked the ABC television show “Shark Tank.” On Jan. 5, Stenger watched himself pitch his own business to the “Sharks” and walk away with a $150,000 investor deal.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Neighboring eastern Montana has its first verified case of glyphosate-resistant Conyza Canadensis, more commonly known as horseweed or marestail.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Another late application has been submitted for the presidency at the University of North Dakota, bringing the total number of candidates to 40.
BISMARCK -- Former North Dakota tax commissioner Cory Fong is taking over as communications director for MDU Resources Group Inc.
A committee member and proposal will not be involved in deciding who will design UND's athletic logo.
A hotel developer is looking at Park River, N.D., as a potential site for a facility.
ST. PAUL -- Cory Robinson awoke with a start at 3 a.m. one night in 2010.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- St. Paul native Matthew Mogol has seen modest success with his retail computer accessory, a Kid Lid laptop cover that lets children use notebooks without wrecking the machines or their data contents.
Favorable weather helped Upper Midwest farmers produce some of their best crops ever last year, a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report says.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- In an era when unmanned aerial systems seem to be the inevitable future for agricultural data collection, one implement dealer has started offering a service of collecting data for customers with a Cessna airplane, flown by an actual pilot.RELATED CONTENT
A good thing -- the Whole Farm Revenue Protection program -- has gotten even better in 2016, crop insurance agents and others say.
FARGO, N.D. -- The "Sow What Now?" conference, an event that brings in some of the nation's experts on the issue of herbicide-resistant weeds, is quickly approaching. The event is free, privately-financed, and aimed directly at farmers.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Will the U.S. fuel industry get E30 fuel into the marketplace?
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- As the South Dakota Corn Growers Association marked its 30th annual meeting, the issues of ethanol and environmental regulation loomed large against a backdrop of corn marketing challenges.RELATED CONTENT
HAWLEY, Minn. -- A Hawley horse rescue operation will close this month because of "overwhelming negative publicity," its management said.
CHISHOLM, Minn. -- As business continues as normal on Chisholm City Hall's main floor, Jerry Seppala opens a door in the basement to an empty, cavernous space that once housed a hockey rink and a curling rink.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Ryan O’Hara did everything right when notified he needed to renew his MinnesotaCare health insurance.
PARK RIVER, N.D.--Three brothers and a cousin are distilling potato vodka in a still at their Park River family potato farm.RELATED CONTENT
RICHARDTON, N.D. -- Brent Bautz walks out of his office at Richardton-Taylor High School and points to the ceiling.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- For years the ground has provided the oil and crops that have fueled North Dakota's economy, but bets have been placed on an airborne industry joining those staples.
BISMARCK -- A Glendive, Montana, radioactive waste landfill operator thinks some “bad actors” in the oil fields are illegally disposing of radioactive waste and hiding it in North Dakota landfills and that it may be too late for the environment.RELATED CONTENT
DULUTH, Minn. -- Whether it's friends or family, people describe the changes they've seen in Jess Blake in almost the same words: They've got her back.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- A task force of health-care experts endorsed a plan to expand and reform Minnesota’s public health programs, but its bigger proposals face a doubtful future in the Republican-controlled House.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The recently fired president of Starkey Laboratories is suing the company, claiming he was wrongfully terminated and defamed after reporting wrongdoing by company founder William Austin and vice president Brandon Sawalich, Austin’s stepson.
FARGO--What started out as a birthday present for her husband has become a small business for Mindy Joneson.
FARGO -- Eric Gjellstad's vision had gotten so bad that he had to quit working and could no longer drive. His world suddenly receded and his outlook on life dimmed.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota oil production increased slightly in November, but companies are “running on empty” as they start the new year with plunging oil prices, the state’s top oil regulator said Friday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A dozen large, white boxes distributed Friday morning potentially contained a proposal from the future designer of the University of North Dakota's Fighting Hawks logo.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Ed Schafer feels right at home.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK -- North Dakota’s four coal mines sold 28.7 million tons of lignite coal in 2015, the same production level as 2014.
BISMARCK -- Reaction by North Dakota coal industry and political leaders to the Obama administration issuing a temporary moratorium on new leases for mining federal coal holdings was largely negative.
BISMARCK – New measures designed to catch fraudulent tax returns will mean slower refund processing times for taxpayers, North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said Friday.
BISMARCK -- The winners of Wednesday's record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot weren't the only ones sitting on a new pile of cash.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton wants to spend $1.4 billion on public works projects around Minnesota, one of the largest requests in history and a big target for Republicans who prefer spending much less.RELATED CONTENT
CIRCLE, Mont. -- Gil Gasper stopped short of emptying his milk jugs when he heard that farm-delivered, weatherized diesel had dropped to $1.73 a gallon.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO—Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media sites, there have never been more avenues for bloggers and marketing teams to promote their content. That's the good news.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota oil production held steady in November at nearly 1.18 million barrels per day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Friday.
CHICAGO - An Indiana turkey flock has been confirmed to be infected with a deadly type of bird flu, the first new infection of the disease in poultry since June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Without the benefit of a booming oil industry to market its diesel fuel to and with the agriculture industry at its seasonal low, Dakota Prairie Refinery has managed production to match a much lower demand.
FARGO -- It was likely the first time the phrases "ubiquitous automatic sensors" and "persuasive mobility and digital imagery" were used in a political announcement. Doug Burgum was again on the cutting edge Thursday.
FARGO--Doug Burgum, whose varied career has included business consultant, software executive and downtown developer, is making his first foray into statewide politics as a candidate for governor.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- The Dayton administration and legislators announced a new loan refinancing program Thursday to help Minnesotans tackle their student loan debt.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota cities, especially small rural ones, ask the state for money almost every year to improve their sewage treatment systems.RELATED CONTENT
GRAFTON, N.D. -- North Dakota-grown beans have been helping a Grafton woman with intellectual disabilities run her own business for the past 10 years.
MITCHELL, S.D. -- Mitchell may have found its next Corn Palace director.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO -- Doug Burgum, whose varied career has included business consultant, software executive and downtown developer, is making his first foray into politics as a candidate for governor.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK -- Bismarck State College went on lockdown at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, a spokesperson for the school confirmed.
Several UND faculty members are concerned plans to take several old buildings "offline" could lead to their demolition, but administrators say they haven't discussed if that will happen.
FARGO — The U.S. Census Bureau has chosen HERE, a major mapping and location technology company that has a location in Fargo, as one of the private companies the agency will partner with to conduct the 2020 U.S. Census, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced Wednesday.
FARGO — The idea of culture in the workplace has been around for a long time, but in the past it was usually the domain of human resource managers who handled whatever issues might come up.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS - On his final day on campus, outgoing University of North Dakota President Robert Kelley sent a message thanking the community for its support during his seven and a half years as the leader of the university.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – The company developing a massive drilling unit in Dunn County said Wednesday it plans to keep drilling until at least 2019 to develop 60 more wells.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota has received 16 applications from parties interested in designing a logo for the Fighting Hawks nickname.
BISMARCK – With falling oil prices dimming the state’s budget outlook, North Dakota lawmakers are taking their first in-depth look at whether the state should change or eliminate some tax incentives that have saved millions of dollars for businesses and investors.
MINNEAPOLIS -- It’s enough money that it has warranted its own game show. Why, then, is there a Minnesotan out there who hasn’t claimed a million dollar winner in the Minnesota Millionaire Raffle?
WOODBURY, Minn. -- There will be no appeal of a judge’s decision that a levy in the South Washington County school district narrowly passed, but the citizens’ groups that challenged the levy are not going away.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans expect carnival rides, games and concessions at a fair, but the attractions have been no-shows at some small fairs.
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota philosophy professor pleaded guilty on Wednesday to trafficking in rhinoceros horn and elephant ivory in violation of U.S. laws that protect endangered species, prosecutors said.
DULUTH, Minn. -- The signals of winter layup seem to be everywhere.
HURON, S.D. -- A 60-year-old Huron man convicted of bank fraud for defrauding one bank out of $1.8 million has been sentenced to five years of probation.
MITCHELL -- Kmart stores in Mitchell and Pierre will close their doors.
MUNICH, N.D. -- For one year, Munich Public School students couldn't take a technology class because the district couldn't find someone to teach it.RELATED CONTENT
AMES, Iowa — UND Vice President for Student Affairs Lori Reesor is a finalist for an executive position at Iowa State University.RELATED CONTENT
MITCHELL, S.D. - Mitchell's Kmart will close its doors in mid-April.
Ford Motor Co. said on Tuesday it was declaring a $1 billion supplemental cash dividend and that it expected to have pre-tax profit of at least $10 billion in 2016, roughly the same as its earnings in 2015.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. - The ethanol industry has a lot of product in storage right now, according to Garrett Brown, merchandiser for Dakota Spirit AgEnergy, an ethanol plant in Spiritwood Township.
BISMARCK – With falling oil prices dimming the state’s budget outlook, North Dakota lawmakers are taking their first in-depth look at whether the state should change or eliminate some tax incentives that have saved millions of dollars for businesses and investors.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - About a dozen people braved the cold Jan. 12 to watch a commemorative beam be placed on UND's Collaborative Energy Complex.
FARGO — Midcontinent Communications has officially shortened its name to Midco in a move that took effect Tuesday.
KILLDEER -- Dunn County is expected to see a new waste treatment facility that can handle radioactive material become operational in February.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Warren Logan’s first run at higher education didn’t last.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – Fargo businessman Doug Burgum has released details of Thursday’s announcement regarding his intentions in this year’s race for North Dakota governor, with multiple stops in Fargo and Bismarck that are sure to fuel speculation he’s running.
SCANDIA, Minn. -- Scandia Mayor Randall Simonson wants passers-by to see the new community solar garden being built in his city.
ST. PAUL -- Many Minnesota doctors question the use of medical marijuana.
ST. PAUL -- There is no surprise to what greater Minnesota cities want from the next Legislature: more state money.
BISMARCK -- High-quality farmland remains in demand in North Dakota but uncertainty over grain prices is making producers choosy.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The deadline was extended by one day for those who wanted to apply to design logos for UND's Fighting Hawks nickname.
VIRGINIA, Minn. -- Three Kmart stores in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan will close in mid-April, owner Sears Holdings announced Tuesday.
DULUTH, Minn. -- President Barack Obama focused on the positive aspects of the U.S. economy Tuesday night during his State of the Union address -- millions more Americans working, the lowest unemployment in years and the promise of better days ahead for the nation.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Monday sided with Enbridge Energy and rejoined the need and route permit proceedings for the proposed Sandpiper Pipeline after previously splitting them up.
NEW YORK, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Oil fell briefly below $30 a barrel on Tuesday, extending a relentless selloff that has wiped almost 20 percent off prices this year amid deepening concerns about fragile Chinese demand and the absence of output restraint.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Mitchell Technical Institute students can now chart a new career path through the creation of a new program.
Polaris, an off-road vehicle manufacturer, announced last week it has acquired a Washington-based maker of snowmobile helmets and goggles.
Three Grand Forks projects are among 158 finalists in the second annual Knight Cities Challenge, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
NEW YORK – A brutal new year selloff in oil markets quickened on Monday, with prices plunging 6 percent to new 12-year lows as further ructions in the Chinese stock market threatened to knock crude as low as $20 a barrel.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO — Richard Fiske has been setting up and operating rehabilitation hospitals for decades, and one thing he has learned is that a bed is about the worst place to spend time when someone is recovering from something like a stroke or other brain- or spine-related injury.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – Aartisan Home Design in Fargo is closing.RELATED CONTENT
WEST FARGO – School Board members here got their first look Monday at what will be the district's 13th elementary school, built as part of a $98.1 million bond referendum passed in November.RELATED CONTENT
MOORHEAD – The planned square footage of a new elementary school and a fifth- and sixth-grade addition to Horizon Middle School are growing, but the architects and construction manager for the projects told the School Board on Monday that they should be able to keep the projects on budget and have both buildings open in fall 2017.
BISMARCK - The North Dakota Public Service Commission moved one step closer Monday to approving what would be the largest crude oil pipeline in the Bakken, but one of the panel's three members said he won’t vote on it because the revised pipeline route crosses a relative's property.
WILLISTON, N.D. – The same man affected a year ago by the state’s largest pipeline spill discovered Monday that land he rents is now the site of a new cleanup operation.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Industrial Commission voted Monday to seize 800 barrels of illegally produced oil in what Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said is believed to be a first for the regulatory panel.
BISMARCK – Facing mounting criticism over the lowering of fines for oil and saltwater spills, North Dakota regulators were directed Monday to start providing written explanations of what oil companies must do in exchange for reduced fines.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO -- After a work injury in 2004, Tony Mora said he began to suffer crippling back pain and, at one point, it threatened to take away his ability to walk.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Senate building opened Monday with lots of Minnesota materials, put up mostly by Minnesota workers, and designed to work in concert with its neighbor across the street, the Minnesota Capitol building.RELATED CONTENT
STILLWATER, Minn. — Opponents of School District 833’s $96 million middle school bond measure are giving up their fight.
SEBEKA, Minn. -- Has a cattle industry tool lost its edge? Tim Nolte isn't surprised by the question.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Federal judges have awarded more than $550,000 to the clothing retailer Gap over a lease dispute with Grand Forks' Columbia Mall.
HIBBING, Minn. -- After flying into the new Range Regional Airport, passengers will follow the river to baggage claim.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- For now, Suite 188 sits empty in the University of North Dakota Center for Innovation, but Tero Heinonen has big plans for the small space.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. -- The Precision Ag Summit hovers into Jamestown, N.D., for its fifth annual appearance, with topics ranging from unmanned aircraft systems to "big data" and the financial returns for precision agricultural investments.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. -- The next leader of the Minnesota Zoo will likely be a state native who was once a zookeeper at the Apple Valley facility.
FARGO, N.D. -- Groups petitioning for an environmental review of a local potato grower's expansion into the pinelands of north-central Minnesota say they're willing to negotiate with the grower and state officials.
PERHAM, Minn. -- Mitch Barthel helps his cattlemen customers peer through a marketing windshield that is not always clear.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK -- The Bank of North Dakota reported record net income Monday, reaching levels that give the green light to the creation of a financial services center and money for an affordable housing fund.
MOORHEAD, Minn. - JLL Capital Markets has announced it has secured $7.6 million for the refinancing of River Pointe of Moorhead, a senior living community offering assisted living and memory care apartments.RELATED CONTENT
DULUTH, Minn. - More than three years after it closed, railroad cars will start traveling to and from the former Georgia-Pacific complex on Duluth’s industrial harborfront next week, new owner Jeff Foster said.RELATED CONTENT
Privately owned fitness centers in Mitchell (S.D.) question whether city's Rec Center is directly competing
MITCHELL, S.D. - As options increased, a Mitchell Main Street fitness center was forced to close due to fewer memberships.RELATED CONTENT
JAMESTOWN, N.D. - In recent years, the University of Jamestown has grown with projects that include a fine arts center, a building dedicated to technology and innovation and a wellness center.RELATED CONTENT
LONDON - Oil prices fell for a sixth session to trade near 12-year lows on Monday as concerns about China's economic slowdown, reflected in a renewed slide in its stock markets, weighed on the outlook for demand this year.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by Nestle SA, the world's largest food maker, and two other companies to throw out a lawsuit seeking to hold them liable for the use of child slaves to harvest cocoa in Ivory Coast.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A group of Grand Forks business leaders plans to meet later this month with incoming UND interim President Ed Schafer, and on the agenda is their desire to see UND's on-campus enrollment grow.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - If six of the highest-ranking Grand Forks city employees had all retired before Dec. 21, the city would have had to pay out $283,253.53 for their unused vacation time.
FARGO -- With a partner already interested in developing a hotel and office space at his proposed downtown high rise, developer Doug Burgum is still looking to partner with city hall.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - UND research expenditures continue to decrease while awards for sponsored research activities have climbed in recent years.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Robert Kelley is beginning his last week as president of UND.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Industrial Commission voted Monday to seize 800 barrels of illegally produced oil in what Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said is believed to be a first for the regulatory panel.
WASHINGTON - U.S. payrolls surged in December and the job count for the prior two months was revised sharply higher, showing the economy on solid ground despite a troubling international backdrop.
FARGO — Tucker Richardson and Mike Teryohin are starting a new company they hope will make the workaday world sit up and take notice.RELATED CONTENT
TORONTO - A northern Ontario bridge that is part of the Trans-Canada Highway has been closed indefinitely, police said on Sunday, after media reports it split because of extremely cold weather.
DULUTH, Minn. -- A new online database to be launched on Friday could provide new insight into Duluth, neighborhood by neighborhood.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Cirrus Aircraft’s new SF-50 Vision jet is still a few months away from receiving Federal Aviation Administration certification. But production of the groundbreaking small personal jet has been underway for some time.
FARGO--Amanda Brooks, an assistant professor in North Dakota State University's School of Pharmacy, is working with spiders on biomedical research.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – A company developing a controversial drilling mega-unit in Dunn County that initially had a January target for completion will give an update on the progress Wednesday during a hearing in Bismarck.
BISMARCK – Proposed fines against oil companies will get more scrutiny from the North Dakota Industrial Commission on Monday, but the discussion will occur behind closed doors.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- College campuses can typically mark a fresh beginning of sorts with each new semester. Dickinson State University, however, has a better claim than most.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The dean of the University of North Dakota’s aerospace school urged the university's administration to "take a stand in support" of the school last year over fears that a planned fertilizer plant would present a safety hazard to pilots in training, the results of a Grand Forks Herald open records request show.
DULUTH, Minn. -- An administrative law judge is recommending a permit be issued for Minnesota Power's preferred border crossing and route through northern Minnesota for its proposed Great Northern Transmission Line -- with the exception of a segment near the Itasca County community of Effie.
The Minnesota Board of Teaching is moving ahead with an overhaul of the state’s system for licensing educators from out of state in the wake of a missed legislative deadline and a bruising court ruling.
Trista Harris is a “philanthropic futurist.” The 38-year-old president of the Minnesota Council on Foundations was included in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s inaugural list published Jan. 5 of “40 Under 40.”RELATED CONTENT
NAPOLEON, N.D. -- Congress' year-end funding bill has stalled recent policy changes that would have forced anhydrous ammonia fertilizer retailers to comply with standards historically used for manufacturers.
WILLISTON, N.D. — If you’re planning to fly a drone in the Williston city limits, your first call had better be to airport manager Steven Kjergaard.
WILLISTON, N.D. – The company responsible for North Dakota's largest pipeline spill reported another leak on the same pipeline system Friday.
EDMORE, N.D.--When a spring storm ripped the roof from the local Johnson Store last May, locals worried they might lose their grocery store, the only one within nearly 30 miles.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The list of applicants who applied to be the University of North Dakota’s next president reflects a wide range of experience, though some have already dropped out of consideration.
BISMARCK -- Shoplifting in Bismarck — which has been on the rise for the past three years — hit a five-year high at the end of 2015. A recent compilation of Bismarck police records shows that shoplifting reports have jumped 24 percent.
ST. PAUL -- Stay tuned: Minnesota's governor and legislators will continue to talk about three potential topics of a special legislative session.
ST. PAUL -- Americans may board commercial airlines for at least two more years with state identification cards that do not meet new federal guidelines, but it was not clear after Friday's announcement if a rush to change Minnesota law will continue.
FARGO, N.D. – Downtown developer Doug Burgum has plans to pour $7.7 million into the Black Building and the adjacent Scan Design building, according to documents his firm has filed with the city.RELATED CONTENT
Thief River Falls Regional Airport Authority is searching for airlines that might be able to increase passenger air service to the region.
Grand Forks, N.D., resident Reanna McNeely is facing a $1,700 per month decision. That's how much it will cost to keep both of her young children, a 3-year-old and newborn, at All About Kids in Grand Forks. She will give birth in March.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. -- A laid-off steelworker, a Medal of Honor recipient, a digital-media entrepreneur, a leader in the Twin Cities Muslim community and the founder of an agency that helps runaway and homeless youth will watch President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday in Washington as guests of members of Congress who represent North Dakota and Minnesota.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota court system website was unavailable to the public for 10 days last month because of repeated hacker attacks from Asia and Canada, the Judicial Branch said in a memo to subscribers Friday.RELATED CONTENT
SINGAPORE - U.S. crude oil prices were down more than 2 percent in early trading on Monday as traders increasingly lose faith in a significant market recovery soon and bet on even lower prices.RELATED CONTENT
The Grand Forks (N.D.) Senior Center has decided not to build a second center, the board of directors announced today.
NASHWAUK, Minn. -- The saga of Essar Steel Minnesota's on-again, off-again taconite plant under construction in Nashwauk continued Friday when the company announced it has laid off several of its own employees as construction slows to a crawl.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- Crop insurance is always crucial in this part of the world. But it's even more important now that crop prices and farm profitability have plunged, a crop insurance agent saidRELATED CONTENT
CASS LAKE, Minn.--Homeless Native American veterans in northern Minnesota in Cass Lake and White Earth will be receiving help this winter to find housing.
ST. PAUL -- House Speaker Kurt Daudt wants an independent review of whether a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency employee acted inappropriately during the review process for the proposed Sandpiper Pipeline.
ST. PAUL -- State officials on Friday invited Minnesotans to take part in special events throughout the coming year as part of the 125th anniversary of Minnesota state parks and trails.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. - A $4.7 million remodeling project is nearing completion at Northland Community & Technical College’s Aerospace Site.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The list of 37 applicants who applied to be the next president of the University of North Dakota reflects a wide range of experience, though some have already dropped out of consideration.
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- Superior and Douglas County in far northwest Wisconsin face significant challenges when it comes to housing, according to a study by Maxfield Research and Consulting that assessed the city and county's housing market.
NEW YORK -- The New York Times’ travel editors have named Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota as one of its “52 Places To Go in 2016.”RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Officials at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University are downplaying new rankings showing the two schools on the same level for research activity, saying the data is irrelevant or is not a good measure of research.
BISMARCK – The biggest question in the race for North Dakota governor may finally be answered next week.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – Job Service North Dakota is slashing 60 jobs and closing seven of its 16 offices to cover a $4.1 million budget shortfall at a time of record filings for unemployment insurance benefits, Executive Director Cheri Geisen said Thursday.
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. -- Unfairly traded goods are coming from foreign countries, with those governments subsidizing an industry so they can "dump" their product below cost in the United States and undermine domestic producers.
ROLETTE, N.D. -- Sometimes when Apryl Lunde is creating skin care products, they don't turn out quite how she expected. But she can usually tweak them enough to make them work.
VERMILLION, S.D. - The University of South Dakota has chosen Daktronics, of Brookings, S.D., to design, manufacture and install LED video displays and scoreboards at athletics facilities on campus.RELATED CONTENT
Thirty-eight candidates have applied to be UND's next president, according to a university online newsletter.
CALGARY/WASHINGTON - TransCanada Corp. sued the U.S government on Wednesday to reverse President Barack Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, and also plans to seek $15 billion in damages from a trade tribunal.RELATED CONTENT
MOORHEAD — Across the U.S., more international students than ever were enrolled last school year in a college or university. It's a trend Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College are hoping to replicate here.RELATED CONTENT
STANTON, N.D. — The owner of empty oil patch man camp units has permission to bring them to a location between Hazen and Beulah to house workers building a urea fertilizer plant at a nearby energy complex.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota's oil industry significantly reduced flaring last year, but the decrease may not be as substantial as an industry leader portrayed it in Fargo this week.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO -- North Dakota State University is poised to begin its biggest dorm renovation to date: a $10 million update of the oldest residence hall on campus.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A University of North Dakota dean who resigned after claims he created an "atmosphere of fear" said he did the best he could for his college and that he is not a racist dictator.
BISMARCK – Depressed crude oil and farm commodity prices continued to drag on North Dakota’s economy as the state posted a double-digit loss in year-over-year taxable sales and purchases for the second straight quarter.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt exchanged fireballs Wednesday over a special legislative session, or lack of one.RELATED CONTENT
ADA, Minn. -- Mike Kolness sees a crisis looming ahead for education, particularly in northwestern Minnesota.RELATED CONTENT
HASTINGS, Minn. -- A Hastings business, Extreme Sandbox, fared well on ABC-TV’s hit show Shark Tank on Tuesday night.RELATED CONTENT
The American Iron and Steel Institute reported this week that U.S. steel mills are now running at just 60 percent of capacity, with the other 40 percent idled as foreign steel continues to trade into the domestic market.
EMERADO, N.D. -- A Wisconsin-based owner of land in Grand Forks County said Wednesday he still plans to appeal a decision to allow a crude oil pipeline to be built through his property.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday said he is deeply concerned that a state staffer working on pipeline issues may have “really crossed the line” into advocacy against one such project.
The list of applicants for the UND president position will be released by the State Board of Higher Education office Friday.
MOORHEAD — Low oil prices have North Dakota's energy industry in survival mode, but the situation is not shaping into a bust like the one the state suffered in the 1980s.
BISMARCK – North Dakota posted a double-digit percentage decrease in taxable sales and purchases for the second straight quarter as depressed oil prices continue to drag on the state’s economy.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Williams County Commissioners finalized a letter Tuesday asking the state to deny leniency to Summit’s Meadowlark Midstream for a 3 million gallon brine spill in the vicinity of Blacktail Creek.
BISMARCK -- Gas is the cheapest it's been since 2009 in North Dakota.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota taxpayers would not pay if the state Legislature approves extending unemployment benefits for laid-off miners.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Its role in the growing unmanned aircraft industry has earned a Grand Forks company a place in a small business documentary project.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Mills Fleet Farm has new ownership.RELATED CONTENT
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- Soybeans have been a fail-safe, fall-back option for many Upper Midwest farmers. Beans promised to be profitable in years when most other crops weren't.RELATED CONTENT
HETTINGER, N.D. -- ALLETE Clean Energy has sold a wind farm, located on 10,000 acres near Hettinger, to Montana-Dakota Utilities, after finishing construction on the project in December.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Eleven Minnesota highway projects, ranging from a short stretch of road to a new dairy farm to a major new interchange, will share in $32 million of grants.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved Tuesday a crude oil pipeline that will cross Lake Sakakawea.
The accounting firm Brady Martz will occupy more space in the city-owned Corporate Center in downtown Grand Forks.
FARGO – A request to raise taxi rates in the city has led city commissioners to rethink the way they regulate the industry in light of ride-hailing companies such as Uber.RELATED CONTENT
WEST FARGO — A local swim group has purchased the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials competition pool that will be built into the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., for the trials June 26-July 3.
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- For nearly two years, Dave Penney has tried to sell his family business, Twin Ports Auto Parts, in Superior. But as 2015 came to a close last week with no sale in sight, Penney did what he said he would do.RELATED CONTENT
Research projects at North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center are on the rise.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO -- After Katie and Patrick Lamb had their second child a few months ago, the Fargo couple began looking for a birth control option through their health insurance plan. She assumed that with passage of the Affordable Care Act, contraception would be covered by insurance. Lamb says she was shocked to hear that wasn't the case, because their particular Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota employer group benefit plan is "grandfathered," or exempt, from many of the required changes.
FARGO -- A variety of forces have driven consolidation in health care. One consequence is large salaries for executives running bigger organizations.
PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning consumers of an email hacking scam that targets personal email accounts in an attempt to obtain personal identifying information or money.
WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota has fewer than 60 drilling rigs operating in the state for the first time since 2009, about a third of what were operating a year ago.RELATED CONTENT
HALLIDAY, N.D. -- The owner of a mobile home park in Halliday says Mercer County should take existing investments into account before approving a man camp near Beulah.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO -- A proposed liquor license for movie theaters is still alive after the City Commission agreed Monday night to send it back to committee.
COOPERSTOWN, N.D. -- Southeast District Judge Jerod Tufte denied Griggs County’s request to terminate its lease with the Griggs County Building Authority last month.
BISMARCK – Halfway through the school year, more than 200 teaching jobs remain vacant in North Dakota’s public schools after a “community experts” pilot program aimed at easing the state’s teacher shortage failed to fill a single slot.
ST. PAUL -- More than twice as many people have signed up for health insurance through the state-run MNsure exchange as had done so at this time last year.
FARGO -- Many people have been forced to miss a funeral service at some point due to scheduling conflicts, distance or financial restraints, but Kyle Fogarty and Shane White of Fargo have come up with a solution: funeral webcasting.
FARGO -- A newly formed company based here aims to bring a new cash crop to North Dakota -- industrial hemp.
ATWATER, Minn. — In a few months, Marshall Korn and his wife, Melanie, will have milked cows for nearly a decade.
LAWTON, N.D. -- Justin Zahradka has always been curious. His curiosity, combined with a lot of hard work, has made him a star -- FFA's 2015 American Star in Agriscience recipient, that is.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR, Minn. - Minnesota turkey growers are putting the 2015 avian influenza outbreak behind them and going into 2016 with loads of caution and some guarded optimism.RELATED CONTENT
STANLEY, N.D. - The Northwest Landowners Association will host an event in February that aims to better inform the public about landowner issues related to oil development.
FARGO – A Republican state senator from Fargo who had been mentioned as a possible candidate for North Dakota insurance commissioner has announced he will seek that office in 2016.
SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. - A Sauk Rapids, Minnesota meat company is recalling some beef products that may be contaminated with wood.
LEONARD, Minn.--Tall clumps of yellow grass poke out of the snow, and it's hard to tell whether the white blanket covers a swamp or prairie. The mobile home that sits in this clearing looks forgotten, and the most notable thing about this place -- about 30 miles northwest of Bemidji and next to nothing in particular -- is underground.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- Retiring in Minnesota has benefits.
ST. PAUL -- By some standards -- in particular, those of AARP -- Minnesota is the best place to retire in the country.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's health and human services spending will be more than $700 million higher over the next two years than it was in 2014-15 -- and that's actually good news for the state budget.
HALLOCK, MINN. -- Residents of this small town can already boast that their corner of northwest Minnesota is home to a distillery that distributes spirits across the country, but soon they'll have a brewery to call their own as well.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Dave Gilbert said it's a natural leap for Stray Media Group to adopt using unmanned aircraft technology for shooting videos and pictures.
FARGO -- Monique Stelzer owes her job to a rabbit.RELATED CONTENT
Dakota Access LLC pipeline has filed 23 condemnation suits against 140 individuals, banks and a coal mine to gain easements through North Dakota.RELATED CONTENT
TIOGA, N.D. – As drilling and fracking have slowed in North Dakota, Rob Bertola with XTO Energy said he often gets asked if he’s still busy.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – A housing development fund that has allowed contributors to claim more than $33 million in income tax credits since 2011 could face more scrutiny as North Dakota’s tax revenues tumble with crude oil prices and the governor’s office changes hands next year.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- While filling up his Chevrolet Impala at a Grand Forks gas station on his way out of town for the holiday weekend, Mark Samuel said he couldn't help but notice a big difference between here and other stations in the area.
ST. PAUL -- Jody Reisch lives just a mile outside of the southwestern Minnesota city of Luverne but rented an office in town to do his work.
FARGO -- Losing weight and getting in shape continue to top the list of the most common New Year's resolutions. This year, many will receive help achieving those goals from their employer.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK -- Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox says there’s no deal for now on a revised oil tax agreement with the state because a new lower tax rate violates the terms.
BISMARCK -- Regular review of state economic development tax incentives became state policy during the last legislative session and lawmakers are beginning their first foray into studying which incentives have worked and which ones haven’t.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Attorney General in a Thursday opinion said communities can allow the sale of alcoholic beverages at 11 a.m. on Sundays at local bars and restaurants, clearing up concerns over conflicting language in state law.
ST. PAUL -- The new year brings new laws to Minnesota and new requirements to its leaders.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's economy is a study in contradictions.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- Essar Steel Minnesota has agreed to Gov. Mark Dayton's "final offer" to pay back $65.9 million that the company owes the state for breach of a 2008 economic development agreement, Dayton and Essar announced Thursday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Developers of a PepperJax Grill in south Grand Forks were dealt another blow this week when a district judge extended orders to halt the restaurant's construction.
FARGO -- Ron Zimprich says his job is kind of like being a farmer without the risks.RELATED CONTENT
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A Polk County District Court judge last week decided Anderson Seed Company Inc. of Mentor, Minn., owes $1.85 million to a CHS Inc. elevator in Pierre, S.D.
FRANKFURT - Volkswagen's emissions test-cheating scandal could kill nascent markets for diesel cars in North America, Japan and China, the chief executive of automotive supplier Continental has told a German newspaper.RELATED CONTENT
NEW YORK/LONDON- Oil prices steadied on Thursday but were still headed for a second year of steep declines after a race to pump by Middle East crude producers and U.S. shale oil drillers created an unprecedented global glut that may take through 2016 to clear.RELATED CONTENT
American Airlines Group Inc. said its unit U.S. Airways Group merged with the company, as part of efforts to integrate operations of the businesses following a merger in 2013.
MOORHEAD – Officials of Globe University have announced plans to close its Moorhead campus at the end of next year or early in 2017.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – The vacant building that once housed Wholesale Sports has reverted to the owner of the mortgage.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – A marketplace that will showcase international foods, products and services won't be opening here by the first of the year, as planned. A consultation with a city inspector Wednesday morning indicated the space that will house the International Market Plaza at 1345 Main Ave. isn't quite yet up to code.RELATED CONTENT
What some have called the “wild west” of U.S. recreational drone use is coming to an end.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- South Dakota’s minimum wage is rising by a nickel Friday.
BISMARCK -- Three Affiliated Tribes chairman Mark Fox says he’ll make a statement today on how the reservation will proceed with an oil tax compact between North Dakota and the tribes that evenly splits tax revenue from wells on the reservation.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Two members of a trio accused of a widespread fraud scheme using counterfeit travelers checks at various locations in North Dakota and Minnesota -- mostly at Wal-Marts -- are scheduled to possibly go to trial in January, but they wondered why they weren’t offered a plea-bargain at a hearing this week.
ST. PAUL -- Don’t expect the Minnesota Legislature to spend a ton of money on glitzy new buildings this year.
ST. PAUL -- A Brooklyn Park woman who pleaded guilty in 2010 to defrauding Minnesota’s Medical Assistance program is accused of again bilking the state out of millions of dollars in a similar scheme.
STANLEY, N.D. – The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing on Jan. 12 in Stanley for a proposed crude oil pipeline in Mountrail County.
NEW YORK - The year's top-performing U.S.-listed global equities fund as rated by Morningstar sees Asian and emerging market stocks as undervalued and primed to outperform in 2016.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Internet connection speeds have tripled over 3-1/2 years to keep up with consumer demands for streaming video and downloading content but the United States still lags many other countries.
KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Inc., a biotechnology company that fired Chief Executive Martin Shkreli earlier this month after his arrest on charges of securities fraud, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Tuesday.
WINNIPEG, Man. - Chicago corn and wheat slipped on Wednesday, as concerns about potential damage to winter wheat crops moved to the background in light year-end trading.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- While state officials have signaled they will likely back-track on a record $2.4 million fine for the state’s largest brine spill in history, county officials are saying not so fast.
WASHINGTON -- Local fire departments and emergency medical services face a Jan. 15 deadline to apply for federal grants for operations and safety improvements.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to expand Bemidji's outpatient clinic to make it more veteran-friendly.
Minnesota’s largest church has gotten a lot larger — thanks to a $17 million contribution.
BRAINERD, Minn. - The Brainerd Public Utilities Commission Tuesday accepted a wholesale power supply offer from American Electric Power, with the agreement starting in 2019.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — There may soon be a new place to sip whiskey in Alexandria — in the warehouse of a company that makes it, Panther Distillery.
Global commodities trader Cargill Inc. will sell its crop insurance business to the Silveus Insurance Group next month, the two companies said on Tuesday.
FARGO – Sanford Health is offering signing bonuses of up to $20,000 for qualified nurses in Fargo and Bismarck, as the company seeks to meet a dire need brought on by its growth this year, officials said Tuesday.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. - Dickinson State University received a $95,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service in November to improve its distance education technology, which allows it to offer online classes and satellite locations.
The Stark County Commission voted unanimously to stop accepting applications for wind farm conditional-use permits for a period of two years at a regular meeting Tuesday at Stark County Courthouse.
CASSELTON, N.D.--Two years after a fiery oil train derailment in the eastern North Dakota town of Casselton, federal investigators still have not released their final report on what caused it.RELATED CONTENT
MCLAUGHLIN, S.D. -- Teach for America has formed a partnership with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to recruit tribal members to become teachers in reservation schools.
Our nation took a new step forward on Dec. 18, when the Senate passed and the president approved the lifting of the oil-export ban.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The state's principal Small Business Development Center office has returned to UND.
FARGO — Talk about the Fargo-Moorhead business scene in 2015, and you'll hear the word "growth" a lot.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. -- A northwest North Dakota power company has just taken a big leap that positions it to to make a bigger mark on the nation’s energy map.RELATED CONTENT
HIBBING, Minn. -- Steelworker Dan Hill gave an emotional speech on the Iron Range last week when White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough was in Virginia to hear the plight of Minnesota taconite iron ore industry.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans who receive government-funded medical care can get free tobacco treatment beginning next month.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Slowing freight demand has prompted BNSF Railway to lay off several dozen employees in North Dakota and western Minnesota.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - Sanford Health is launching an 18-month sonography program at its Fargo medical center.RELATED CONTENT
MITCHELL, S.D. - As workers put the final touches on Dakota Wesleyan University's newest building, several rooms bear a simple request as you walk in: "This room has been final cleaned. Please do not make a mess."RELATED CONTENT
NEW YORK - With 69 straight months of job growth, unemployment at a seven-year low, the Dow Jones Industrial Average near all-time highs and the Federal Reserve confident enough to hike interest rates, you might think a sturdy U.S. economy has given everyone reason to cheer.
Stark County may soon see another diesel fuel refinery rise.
FARGO — The city of Casselton is suing a contractor for allegedly refusing to repay $116,500 that was overpaid.
FARGO — When word started getting around that a Natural Grocers was coming to Fargo, it seemed many could barely contain their eagerness to check it out.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – The number of North Dakota oil wells transferring to new owners has grown to more than 1,000, with state regulators getting more requests daily.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Dale Sandstrom will not seek re-election next year.RELATED CONTENT
WYNDMERE, N.D. - When you dial the number for Wyndmere City Hall, you get a message promising: "We will get back to you as soon as possible."RELATED CONTENT
HILLSBORO, N.D. - A Jan. 20 change of plea hearing has been set for the former Traill Rural Water District manager, who was charged earlier this year with a felony offense after investigators say he mismanaged more than $10,000 in funds related to a multimillion-dollar Traill County water project.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The first six months of medical marijuana in Minnesota have been a mix of ups and downs, stakeholders said this week.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. -- White Earth Chairwoman Erma Vizenor has been censured --essentially stripping her of her power to lead-- by the a committee of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.
The year began, and ended, with poor crop prices, leaving farmers struggling to make money in what some call the "low-price environment."
CARPENTER, S.D. -- Known for his attention to detail, precision and always going above and beyond to exceed customer expectations, Curtis Fick covers an average of 40,000 acres every year with Wheat Growers in the Carpenter, S.D., area.
Wolf livestock depredation is down in Montana because of the hunting and trapping season that continues to deter wolves from highly populated agricultural areas, experts say.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- Organizers of the annual Lake Region Extension Roundup always try to offer information on a wide range of topics. They might have outdone themselves this year.
BISMARCK – An alternative method for reducing the volatility of Bakken crude will be tested next year as state regulators report a “significant increase” in noncompliance with oil conditioning this winter.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- The dispute over a Detroit Lakes hotel project that bent Minnesota's environmental rules was resolved months ago.RELATED CONTENT
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Molly Larson has been fascinated by the brain since middle school.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK -- Officials think education could increase interest in a new type of crop insurance that also may give farmers who diversify a boost.RELATED CONTENT
GRAFTON, N.D.--Imagine a 27-year-old victim of a car crash who is confused and complaining of chest, hip and ankle pain.
Leaders in western North Dakota's Oil Patch cities say life didn't change as abruptly as many expected it to in 2015 as crude prices bottomed out, oil rigs disappeared from the landscape, and oilfield workers packed up and left the area in droves.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK -- Judging by key numbers, North Dakota’s oil patch had mostly a down year in 2015 compared to the year before.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – One of eight new laws taking effect Friday in North Dakota will close a loophole that kept property owners from receiving notice of significant property tax increases in certain cases.
FARGO – UND's nickname change has inspired a handful of parodies in the last few months.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Information Technology Department in May noticed unusual activity on a server. Forensic work revealed cyber attackers had compromised the server, which contained the personal information of workers and employers who filed incident reports or payroll reports online with North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance from 2006 to 2013.
FAIRDALE, N.D. -- Yes, Dustin McGregor has heard the jokes and stories about farmers in winter: They goof off, they sleep late every day, they lounge on Mexican beaches.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- On the far west side of South Dakota are the popular Mount Rushmore, Black Hills and Badlands. There’s even Wall Drug and its 5-cent coffee.RELATED CONTENT
WEST FARGO, N.D. -- Kia Adams Mikesh describes herself as a bit of a nerd.RELATED CONTENT
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – If there’s a poinsettia decorating your home this time of year, chances are it came from Bergen’s Greenhouses.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – Financial constraints on the oil industry have contributed to more problems with abandoned wells not being properly restored, state regulators say.
BISMARCK – An oil company facing two complaints of violating state oil and gas regulations could be deemed a repeat offender, forcing them to pay an additional $60,000 in fines for a previous violation.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- As many rush to finish their Christmas shopping, there's a good chance some of the last-minute gifts flying off the shelves today are unmanned aircraft.
BISMARCK – A fundraising committee needed just eight weeks to round up $500,000 in private donations required before construction can start on a new North Dakota governor’s residence to replace the existing 55-year-old home.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO -- More than 19,000 North Dakotans have signed up for health insurance through the marketplace established by Obamacare, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this week.
ST. PAUL -- Hope. That is what Minnesota Iron Range workers and state politicians said they have as the White House considers what it can do to save the steel industry.RELATED CONTENT
MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. -- There were two general schools of thought in the Mountain Iron-Buhl High School library on Tuesday afternoon.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO -- Some 1,500 passengers will fly out of Hector International Airport in Fargo on Christmas Eve Day if most of the seats are filled and, for those visiting family for Christmas, it might seem like an especially hectic time to fly.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — A federal judge has sided with Grand Rapids-based Magnetation in bankruptcy proceedings, ordering that a contract between the iron ore supplier and AK Steel must be honored.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday gave Essar Steel Minnesota a deadline to pay back the $65.9 million the company owes the state for breach of a 2008 economic development agreement.
Upper Midwest engineers, city officials and company managers work together on energy projectsRELATED CONTENT
Cybersecurity threats target the Midwest, but there are solutionsRELATED CONTENT
Midcontinent Communications’ expansion to Fargo, N.D., more than half finishedRELATED CONTENT
Efficiently managing IT infrastructure is critical as companies look for ways to execute business strategies faster and with greater cost effectivenessRELATED CONTENT
As a business closes the books on the previous year, it is of great importance to scrutinize the final income statement and balance sheet to ensure a business is being properly run and the numbers are accurate.RELATED CONTENT
The Northern Plains Nitrogen fertilizer production facility planned for Grand Forks, N.D., is moving forward.RELATED CONTENT
Beyond the gee-whiz factor, cool graphics and high-tech status, implementing 3-D technology in the construction industry brings many practical benefits.RELATED CONTENT
Kathleen Neset provides leadership in North Dakota’s oil and higher education industriesRELATED CONTENT
The UND College of Engineering and Mines and Schreiner University of Texas have partnered to offer an Engineering Distance Education Degree Program.
FARGO — The Fargo HERO store really can't be called conveniently located, but it gets lots of visitors anyway.RELATED CONTENT
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- Minnesotans with air travel plans shouldn't worry about the state being out of compliance with federal identification standards, a state representative said.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota violates federal identification card rules, and Minnesotans needing an ID to get into some federal facilities may be out of luck.
VIRGINIA, Minn. -- Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Tuesday he's hoping for a special legislative session in January to take action on three critical issues, including extending unemployment benefits for laid-off Iron Range steelworkers.
VIRGINIA, Minn. -- White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough got an earful Tuesday on the economic woes of the Iron Range, and about how the federal government must act fast to rescue the U.S. iron ore and steel industries and the communities that depend on them.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR, Minn. -- Just nine months after the first case of bird flu was reported in Minnesota, resulting in the loss of 9 million turkeys and chickens, ground was broken Monday on an $8.5 million expansion and remodeling project at the Minnesota Poultry Testing Lab in Willmar.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Andy Swenson has studied crop prices and farm profitability for decades. And for many years he's helped to prepare the annual North Dakota State University Extension Service Projected Crop Budgets, which estimate revenues and costs for selected crops in the coming year.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's population continued a slight uptick in the past year, but thousands continue to leave for other states and the day when senior citizens outnumber students draws close.
FARGO -- Justin Walden had a checklist involving quality of life amenities and city attributes that he weighed when considering a move to advance his college teaching career.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Sharper Shape Inc., the leading supplier of UAS-based infrastructure and utility asset management solutions, has opened its North American Technical and Operations Center at the Center for Innovation in Grand Forks, N.D.
WATSON — A project to restore Marsh Lake was part of the president’s budget and one of only four construction projects proposed as new starts nationwide for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.RELATED CONTENT
A man was injured Monday when he fell about 30 feet at a construction site on UND’s campus.
Both the Stark County Planning and Zoning Board and the County Commission approved a conditional use permit for a wind farm to be erected in southern Stark County on Tuesday morning during their respective regular and special meetings at the Stark County Courthouse.
DICKINSON, N.D. - State Rep. Vicky Steiner, R-Dickinson, visited the commission Monday to present an upcoming study of Oil Patch cities intended to provide data to help shape the next state budget and inform some interim legislative committees.RELATED CONTENT
A long-term development plan for downtown Dickinson could include the installation of a pedestrian plaza, a large event center and an updated urban parking system.
HASTINGS, Minn. -- A Minnesota entrepreneur has landed a spot on ABC-TV’s “Shark Tank.”RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's population grew somewhat slower than the national average in the past year, but three times faster than Midwestern states overall.
FARGO -- After its initial proposal to allow alcohol in Fargo movie theaters faced opposition from the City Commission, Marcus Theatres' attorney has signaled the company's willingness to compromise.
JASPER, Minn. — Brian Sievert leads a family soybean feed processing manufacturing business that has been in his family since 1985, but is constantly evolving.RELATED CONTENT
ROSEAU, Minn. -- Richard Magnusson is all too familiar with difficult planting conditions. So the Roseau, Minn., farmer is intrigued by Kernza, an obscure-for-now wheatgrass that could cut input costs, help the environment and make planting a little easier.RELATED CONTENT
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Farmers at the annual South Dakota Soy AgOutlook meeting Dec. 10 heard from two generations of climatological experts about what they'll likely face for weather in 2016.RELATED CONTENT
LANGDON, N.D. -- The long-dormant U.S. industrial hemp industry is enjoying a resurgence — and results from a Langdon, N.D., test plot could spur more interest in the crop.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Michael Uhrich, aka "the beer economist," said the numbers are adding up for the beer industry.
BISMARCK – North Dakota’s population has reached an all-time high of 756,927, an increase of 16,887 residents since last year’s U.S. Census Bureau count.
BISMARCK—Donors gave over $50,000 in 30 days to back finalizing a documentary about the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo saga at UND.RELATED CONTENT
Target Corp is in the early stages of developing its own mobile wallet, three people familiar with the matter said, joining Wal-Mart Stores Inc in posing a threat to recent entrants like Apple Pay.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - As Sarah Horak's footsteps echoed on the floor of 7 N. Third St., she stepped past the bare wooden frameworks where unoccupied apartments sat for decades.RELATED CONTENT
The Chester Fritz Library could look drastically different inside if everything goes as planned at UND.RELATED CONTENT
HOPE, N.D. – An electrical contractor headquartered in a small town 66 miles northwest of Fargo has found a successful niche in the automation of facilities such as grain elevators, and seed and fertilizer plants.
MOORHEAD – Moorhead officials think they've found their next economic development leader.
DULUTH, Minn. -- As a professional organizer Kim Schlichting often helps people declutter their homes and run them more efficiently.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO -- After seven years delivering TV newscasts here, Stephanie Goetz says she is ready for a change.RELATED CONTENT
BEULAH, N.D. -- A man camp between Hazen and Beulah to house workers building a $500 million urea fertilizer plant in the area has preliminary approval.
HILLSBORO, N.D. -- It appears construction for a proposed Hillsboro School District outdoor sports complex will proceed.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Duluth's often-lengthy winters, combined with a shortage of indoor sports space, can make it difficult to host tournaments or expand sports opportunities for young Duluth athletes.
ST. PAUL -- The MNsure health exchange has gotten a lot better this year, but it still has a bad case of the Mondays.
COHASSET, Minn. -- A three-year, $260 million emissions-reduction project is now complete at Minnesota Power's Boswell Energy Center in Cohasset.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Bob Becklund doesn't have to go far to see the future of unmanned aircraft.RELATED CONTENT
MITCHELL, S.D. -- The good news keeps flowing for Dakota Access LLC, but not so much for opponents.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK -- Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he expects the final executive budget proposal he submits before leaving office to be in line with past budgets, despite the current revenue downturn and potential for cuts in the upcoming biennium.
ST. PAUL -- Had the Minnesota State Lottery director not quit Friday, Gov. Mark Dayton said that he would have asked him to leave.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- Shoppers at Wonderful Life Foods in downtown Crookston will find plenty to stock their kitchen, including bread, cheese, pasta, soup and desserts.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Buried inside the massive 3,009-page federal budget for 2016, the $1.1 trillion bill passed by Congress on Friday to keep the government afloat through September, are a handful of provisions aimed at helping the nation's beleaguered iron and steel industries.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate passed sweeping fiscal legislation on Friday averting a government shutdown, locking in billions of dollars of tax breaks and scrapping a 40-year-old ban on the export of U.S. oil.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO — The Federal Aviation Administration has reprimanded Allegiant Air for an emergency landing this summer at the Fargo airport minutes before the Blue Angels began practicing for the Fargo AirSho.
BISMARCK – An appeal being considered by the North Dakota Supreme Court could pave the way for class action lawsuits against oil companies over flared natural gas.
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D.--A rehabilitation project on the railroad between Chamberlain and Presho is about 50 percent completed, officials said Thursday.RELATED CONTENT
Illinois has become the second state to approve a controversial interstate crude oil pipeline that is proposed to run from North Dakota to Illinois.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.--The highest number of students ever have graduated from Lake Region State College's regional Peace Officer Training Program in 2015.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A University of North Dakota dean has resigned from his position after an investigation found he engaged in unwelcome behavior toward women and failed to comply with the school's Code of Conduct.
ST. PAUL -- The newly unionized adjunct faculty at Hamline University will get raises of 15 percent to 25 percent under their first collectively bargained contract.
ST. PAUL -- Hip fractures can spell doom for the elderly. Nasty injuries in and of themselves, they’ll often trigger a cascading series of maladies that can, in many cases, even lead to an early death.
FARGO -- As a ninth-generation farmer, Laura Rutherford said she's passionate about food quality, safety and nutrition.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR, Minn. -- The fortunes of agricultural economics come and go, but the one thing that must go on is the soil and soil health.
BISMARCK -- Kevin D. Mowbray, former publisher of the Bismarck Tribune, will become president and CEO of Lee Enterprises.
ST. PAUL -- Now that the potential for a Minnesota Supreme Court showdown is out of the question, two proposed Enbridge oil pipelines will resume their trips through the regulatory approval journey.
WASHINGTON - Companies would have to disclose publicly whether they have anyone on their board who is a “cybersecurity expert” under legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - The United States and Cuba have agreed to restore scheduled commercial airline service for the first time in more than five decades in a deal allowing 110 round-trip flights a day between the former Cold War foes.
The Dickinson State University Heritage Foundation has filled the position that will serve as the organization’s chief liaison with the university.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - UND administrators discussed research, diversity and campus initiatives at a meeting Wednesday.
FARGO – Simply Made Apps, a young tech company based in downtown Fargo, has been wrestling with an issue many startups would envy – too much business.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – State lawmakers Wednesday denied $240,000 in emergency funds designed to keep Job Service North Dakota fully staffed through an expected jump in unemployment insurance claims in January as the agency struggles with federal budget cuts.
BISMARCK – North Dakota lawmakers on Wednesday postponed action on $1 million that was withheld from the state Board of Higher Education’s budget for 2015-17, saying they want a new state revenue forecast before releasing the funds.
BISMARCK – Two high-ranking Republican lawmakers called Wednesday for deeper cuts to state agency budgets before tapping reserve funds to compensate for a revenue slide that’s already $152 million below forecast just five months into the biennium.
HOYT LAKES, Minn. -- PolyMet Mining Corp. on Wednesday said it has spent nearly $250 million so far to develop its NorthMet copper mine project near Hoyt Lakes as it moves into 2016, likely a pivotal year in determining the project's future.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO -- Among the many interesting things about Fargo resident Faye Seidler is that more Americans report having seen a ghost than having met a transgender person like Seidler.RELATED CONTENT
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. -- The parent company of Le Cordon Bleu culinary colleges says it will begin the process of closing its 16 campuses across the country, including the one in Mendota Heights, after attempts to sell the group fell through.
BISMARCK -- CHI St. Joseph’s Health in Dickinson is getting around $2.1 million in an oil-impact grant -- the largest one -- as part of the state Land Board’s funding for critical access hospitals.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The wind energy industry welcomed a congressional deal announced this week that would extend federal tax credits for wind projects.
OTSEGO, Minn. -- A new strain of marijuana plant could slash costs for medical cannabis users in Minnesota.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON – While Sen. Heidi Heitkamp called lifting a ban on crude oil exports a “huge win” for North Dakota, the Democrat tempered that by saying she doesn't want to overstate its short-term impact.
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve hiked interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade on Wednesday, signaling faith that the U.S. economy had largely overcome the wounds of the 2007-2009 financial crisis.RELATED CONTENT
Provost Thomas DiLorenzo announced Wednesday that Dean Robert Hill of the UND College of Education and Human Development will not be returning to his post as dean.RELATED CONTENT
OTSEGO, Minn. -- A new strain of marijuana plant could slash costs for medical cannabis users in Minnesota.
WASHINGTON — Animal-nutritionist John Goihl knows Minnesota farmers who feed the remains of dead baby pigs to hogs used for breeding in attempts to ward off infections of a deadly virus in offspring.RELATED CONTENT
MITCHELL, S.D. - The decision to approve or deny a wind farm in Davison County was blown back to February.RELATED CONTENT
MITCHELL, S.D. - Mitchell Parks and Recreation Director Dusty Rodiek has resigned.RELATED CONTENT
JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Jamestown officials were considering terminating City Engineer Reed Schwartzkopf at least a year ago, according to information in his personnel file.
MANDAN, N.D. -- Should the deal go through, Tesoro will add capacity to pump roughly 65,000 barrels of oil per day out of the Bakken.
Halliburton and Baker Hughes said U.S. antitrust officials were not satisfied with the concessions they offered to win approval for their proposed merger, and that officials said they would assess further proposals.
BISMARCK – State officials and leaders of the Three Affiliated Tribes left a two-hour meeting Tuesday without reaching agreement on updates to an oil tax compact that allows them to share revenues.
BISMARCK – In October, mixed in with the heap of oil production numbers the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources churns out every month, was an important footnote: Oil production on the Fort Berthold Reservation had been grossly overstated as far back as 2012.RELATED CONTENT
The Jamestown City Council unanimously accepted the resignation of its city engineer at a special meeting today.
SINGAPORE - Even with a global glut in oil supplies set to last well into 2017, indications are emerging that a recovery in prices could get underway sooner rather than later.
ST. PAUL--The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a request for review by Enbridge Energy and state regulators of a lower court's ruling in September that the proposed Sandpiper crude oil pipeline requires further environmental study.RELATED CONTENT
Alexander Bertsch is only a sophomore at UND, but he said he knows how hard it can be to keep a newspaper afloat.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – Tim Hortons and Charleys Philly Steak are the latest restaurants to open in the Petro Travel Center's food court. They join Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in the space that was formerly home to the Iron Skillet. A fourth restaurant, The Dolly Down, opened in Petro's former movie and arcade area in September.RELATED CONTENT
BROOKINGS, S.D. -- The president of South Dakota State University will step down next year.
FARGO – The North Dakota State University Development Foundation and Alumni Association has settled with two former employees who were threatening legal action after they resigned due to alleged retaliation by the group's former president and CEO.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – Lawmakers say they expect a major debate next session over the use of dollars from a multibillion oil tax dollar trust fund, as the governor says he may consider using some of the earnings from the fund in his 2017-19 budget.
FARGO – Leaders of the North Dakota State University Development Foundation and Alumni Association voted Tuesday to purchase four properties near campus for just over $610,000.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON – A provision to lift the U.S. ban on oil exports is included in a government spending bill, giving North Dakota’s congressional delegation hope the 40-year-old ban could be lifted later this year.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A Sioux Falls man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for wire fraud for defrauding investors in a real estate scheme and stealing money from a disabled person’s trust.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Parking rates will be increasing at the Bismarck Airport for the first time in eight years on Jan. 1.
BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election in November 2016.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Board of Animal Health Tuesday lifted the final quarantines on farms affected by bird flu earlier this year.
ROCHESTER, Minn. --- A suspect in a bank robbery in Rochester on Monday apparently returned and robbed the same bank again Tuesday -- and the scene was caught on a live television report.
FARGO, N.D. -- Gasoline prices that continue to fall are giving consumers a present whenever they fill their tank, thanks to a supply glut.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A registration system required for small unmanned aircraft used for hobby and recreational purposes will go live next week, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday.
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota Vikings official refused to open up about how much sponsors are paying the team for naming rights at a new stadium, but Monday was eager to discuss how much money the Vikings are adding to their stadium contribution.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO -- When Congress passed, and President Barack Obama recently signed, legislation reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank of the United States, you could almost hear a collective sigh of relief from many small businesses in North Dakota.RELATED CONTENT
After months of drafting, Grand Forks' public arts master plan has arrived. A $60,000 path forward for the area's public art installations, the more than 100-page document proposes a list of spaces where public art could shine and gives city leaders a blueprint for how to start seeking, placing and maintaining it.RELATED CONTENT
A recent Moody’s Analytics report warns North Dakota could be headed for “full-blown recession,” but a UND economics professor dampened any dire predictions about the state’s economy.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- Ground will be broken next week on an $8.5 million expansion and renovation of the Minnesota poultry testing lab in Willmar.RELATED CONTENT
BRAINERD, Minn. -- An increasing demand for locally grown foods is leading some in the Brainerd lakes area community to consider the potential positive economic impact of indoor food production.RELATED CONTENT
KEENE, N.D. – Crews are cleaning up a spill of 990 barrels, or 41,580 gallons, of freshwater mixed with bentonite clay that was being used for a pipeline installation, the North Dakota Department of Health said Monday.
BATTLE LAKE, Minn. -- Temperatures are expected to dip this week during what's been an exceptionally warm December for the region, but the forecast is doing little to comfort Ryan Draeger, owner of Barky's Resort on Otter Tail Lake.RELATED CONTENT
With increasingly complex issues facing agriculture, being informed on up-to-date information is more important than ever. South Dakota State University Extension iGrow started Contours for that reason. Contours is a series of video episodes that discuss issues in the agriculture industry and the state.
It would seem simple: Crop prices and farm profitability have plunged, so the rent that farmers pay for cropland will plunge, too, right? The reality is more complicated.
WASHINGTON - U.S. consumers showed some muscle in November at the start of the holiday shopping season, suggesting enough momentum in the economy for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next week for the first time in nearly a decade.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Emily Wright stood Dec. 8 in a nearly finished duplex on Cottonwood Street, cans of paint and sawhorses dotting what soon will be a finished kitchen and living room. Snow blanketed the yard, overlooked by the bright, unvarnished wooden porch railing.RELATED CONTENT
Grand Forks Downtown Development Association leaders told city officials Monday they're just fine with the upcoming sunset on their financial support from the city.
FARGO – Midcontinent Communications has completed 60 percent of the infrastructure installation necessary to provide Internet, cable TV and phone services here.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO—The TGI Friday's restaurant located near West Acres has closed, according to Alissa Adams, senior vice president of marketing and business development for the shopping center.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration, responding to heightened concerns about rogue drone flights near airports, unveiled a pre-Christmas rule on Monday requiring drone hobbyists as young as 13 years old to register their unmanned aircraft.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – More than 20,000 miles of gathering pipelines in North Dakota have operated with little regulation, but the supervisor of a new pipeline program says that’s changing.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. – When researchers looking into pipeline spills talked to people in the field about what causes spills, they heard about poor workmanship with few inspections and equipment striking the lines.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Grand Forks leaders are back from a trip to Washington, D.C., where they met with top Department of Defense officials to show what Grand Forks Air Force Base has to offer.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota has filed paperwork in its search for a logo designer to accompany the new Fighting Hawks nickname in hopes the image can be ready for next year's athletic teams.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Bennett Brien said he would love a chance to design a new logo to accompany the University of North Dakota's new Fighting Hawks nickname because, as the artist who created the old Fighting Sioux logo, he would work some of the old, popular logo into a new one.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- The deadline for enrolling in Minnesota's health insurance exchange for coverage starting Jan. 1 has been extended.
RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- The students came ready to deliver. Dressed in professional business attire, the Chippewa Valley Community Technical College students made their first pitches and fielded their first hardballs last week with area employers during a mock interview.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK -- A longstanding oil tax compact between the Three Affiliated Tribes and North Dakota needs updating, but the tribes appear to be in no hurry to sign on the dotted line.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Williams County has made the most use of a new pipeline reclamation assistance program to help landowners who have been affected, according to figures released by the new pilot program.
WILLISTON, N.D. – The operator of a saltwater pipeline that ruptured and contaminated a Missouri River tributary is facing more than $2.4 million in fines after an investigation showed the pipeline had been leaking for more than three months before it was discovered.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A lot of work has to be done in a short amount of time for the University of North Dakota to finalize the first phase of a master plan.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. -- Bob the triceratops is about to leave North Dakota for the first time in 65 million years. And despite efforts to keep him in the state, he probably won't be coming back.
FARGO -- Kelli Sem knew she would face obstacles in pursuing her dream to become a pharmacist. Cerebral palsy requires her to use a motorized wheelchair and hampers her dexterity.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – North Dakota’s budget director ordered a new revenue forecast Friday after state tax revenues fell $40 million short of projections in November, bringing them to $152 million below forecast since July and making it “very likely” state agencies will see across-the-board budget cuts.
WOODBURY, Minn. -- Woodbury’s Bielenberg Sports Center -- part of what was originally built to house a professional soccer team’s practice facility -- will have a new tenant for the massive facility in a few weeks, thanks to a lease agreement between the City of Woodbury and Summit Orthopedics.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk has steered the North Dakota National Guard through the global war on terrorism, intense flood fights and dangerous overseas deployments, but he now faces what may be his greatest challenge: trying to keep up with his 2-year-old grandson.RELATED CONTENT
BRAINERD, Minn. - Pete Mohs has been named the new publisher of the Brainerd Dispatch, Forum Communications Co. announced Friday.RELATED CONTENT
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation was on hand as Jefferson Lines' opened its newest bus station in Billings.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Board of Animal Health has lifted a ban on moving birds that was imposed in April to protect the state’s poultry industry from a nationwide outbreak of avian influenza.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - International clothing retailer Gap is seeking more than $500,000 after a federal judge ruled this fall Grand Forks’ Columbia Mall violated its lease agreement by wrongfully collecting heating, ventilation, air conditioning and maintenance expenses.
FARGO – A Seattle-based startup company called TINYpulse has announced it has raised $6 million from a group of investors led by Arthur Ventures, a Fargo-based venture capital firm of which Fargo businessman and entrepreneur Doug Burgum is a founding partner.
FARGO - An Australian-based software company with strong connections to Fargo businessman Doug Burgum made a splash on Wall Street Thursday with an initial public offering that blew away expectations.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – North Dakota’s budget director ordered a new revenue forecast Friday after state tax revenues fell $40 million short of projections in November, contributing to an overall $152 million shortfall since July that makes it “very likely” state agencies will see across-the-board budget cuts.
FARGO -- North Dakota State University is poised to open a new facility that officials say will revolutionize the school's instruction in science, technology, engineering and math.
FARGO--The North Dakota University System has plans to reboot its foundation, which has laid dormant in recent years.
FARGO -- Members of the State Board of Higher Education grilled a North Dakota State University vice president at the board's meeting here Thursday morning, putting her on the spot for more than an hour to answer questions about a decision to dissolve NDSU's acclaimed nanoscience center.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- Rural residents using propane or heating oil to heat their homes could save more than 25 percent on their heating costs this winter, according to Tim Hess, a petroleum market analyst for the Energy Information Agency.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota's partnership with an organization promising to boost a college readiness program in high schools will be funded through a $13 million investment from an ExxonMobil subsidiary.
FARGO -- Regulators have signed off on a $45 million settlement between a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and the state of Maryland over a botched health insurance exchange.
BRAINERD, Minn. - Buyout firm KKR & Co. is in the lead to acquire U.S. outdoor retailer Mills Fleet Farm for more than $1.2 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter, defying a slowdown in private equity dealmaking.
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service has agreed to a change that will make life a little easier for many small businesses and family farms and ranches. Attention shifts now to another proposed tax law change that agriculturalists, farm equipment manufacturers and ag groups support.
FARGO -- No barley, no beer. It's a slogan Steve Edwardson, executive administrator of the North Dakota Barley Council, mentioned a few times as he talked about industry changes.RELATED CONTENT
PIERRE, S.D. -- In a world of volatile prices and regulation, the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association is working to make sure the environment is friendly to beef producers.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – Workers affected by the oil industry’s slowdown are eligible to apply for a new scholarship announced Thursday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A possible arson attack reported Tuesday at a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks has triggered an FBI investigation, but the business’ owners are determined to rebuild.
NEW YORK - When health insurer Humana Inc. reported worse-than-expected quarterly earnings in late 2014 – including a 21 percent drop in net income – it softened the blow by immediately telling investors it would make a $500 million share repurchase.RELATED CONTENT
Atlassian Corp. brought some cheer at the end of a dour year for technology public offerings on Thursday with a 33-percent pop on its Wall Street debut.RELATED CONTENT
SAO PAULO - Monsanto Co., the world's largest seed company, is open to acquisitions in Brazil, where assets have become cheaper as the local currency tumbled, its top executive in the country said on Thursday.
DEARBORN, Mich. - Ford Motor Co. wants to develop ride hailing services that could compete with existing providers such as Uber or Lyft, the company's head of research said on Thursday.RELATED CONTENT
Wal-Mart Stores Inc launched its own mobile payment service 'Walmart Pay' on Thursday, dealing a sharp blow to the ambitions of CurrentC, a beta-stage mobile wallet the company had been co-developing with a consortium of retailers.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS - The UND Presidential Search Committee will use a non-traditional voting method to move candidates forward without giving them a sense one is prefered over another.
Xcel Energy, the Minneapolis-based utility, acquired a wind turbine farm operation in Rolette County on North Dakota's northern border earlier this month.
FARGO — A new hotel, Four Points by Sheraton, opens today at 5064 23rd Ave. S. in Fargo.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The Motley Crue concert originally schedule for Grand Forks this month was moved to Minneapolis because ticket sales were poor, an Alerus Center executive said Wednesday.
WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota oil producers are now selling off wells to stay active in the Bakken as low oil prices are projected to continue through the first half of 2016.RELATED CONTENT
MINNEAPOLIS -- A federal judge in Minneapolis ruled today that the district court doesn't have the authority to stop a plan by Enbridge Energy to increase flow of oil across the U.S.-Canada border.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- To keep the Kirkbride Building from deteriorating any further over the next decade, Fergus Falls would need to spend nearly $4 million to mothball it, according to a study presented to the City Council on Monday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The creator of Chippers, the iconic Red River Valley chocolate-covered potato chip, has died.RELATED CONTENT
LANGDON, N.D. -- Bryan Hanson remembers when canola was a little-known Canadian import. He remembers research in the 1980s at the Langdon (N.D.) Research Extension Center, where he works, that investigated whether the crop could play a useful role in northern North Dakota.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. -- The region's beet farmers don't want to hear it, but leaders of co-ops are spending time preparing them to imagine a world without Roundup Ready sugar beets, even while fighting to keep the technology.RELATED CONTENT
DENVER - Four Bakken charities will receive $62,000 in grants from XTO Energy, the subsidiary of Exxon Mobil announced Wednesday.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Digi-Key Electronics, a global electronic components distributor, recently shipped its 50 millionth package.
NEW YORK - The U.S. Agriculture Department on Wednesday cut its forecast for domestic sugar supplies in the 2015/16 marketing year on lower imports from Mexico and higher demand.
FARGO – A trustee for the North Dakota State University foundation thinks the public response to the university's ambitious enrollment plan has been negative and wants to change that.
GRAND FORKS – Representatives of the newest grocery store here were in court Tuesday over a commercial lease dispute with its landlord.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. - North Dakota oil production had a slight uptick in October to 1.17 million barrels per day, but figures released Wednesday continue to reflect an ongoing slowdown in the industry.RELATED CONTENT
PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard called for a possible expansion of Medicaid for poorer residents, support for a boost in teacher pay and a tuition freeze for university and technical institute students in his annual budget address Tuesday.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Richard Estabrook, a petroleum engineer for the Bureau of Land Management, said its Onshore Orders regulations are a “very unique thing in federal government.”
WILLISTON, N.D. -- A multitude of rigs may be stacked in the weeds right now, but pipeline companies are still laying big bets on a big oil future in the Bakken. Two of those multi-billion-dollar bets were recently laid in southwestern Williams County.
BISMARCK – The state Emergency Commission narrowly granted a $240,000 request Tuesday so that Job Service North Dakota can remain fully staffed through an expected spike in unemployment insurance claims in January, but cuts are looming after that, the agency’s director said.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- After Jamestown resident Harold Rene was diagnosed with preleukemia in January, he and his wife, Karen, found themselves traveling to Fargo often for chemotherapy treatments, sometimes in treacherous weather conditions.RELATED CONTENT
MINNEAPOLIS -- An independent, external review of Minnesota’s athletics department found no evidence of a “climate of sexual harassment or inappropriate sexual conduct” and that there was no way for the school to have suspected that former athletics director Norwood Teague would sexually harass two peers during a university retreat.
DULUTH, Minn. -- A top University of Minnesota Duluth administrator, Andrea Schokker, resigned Monday, days before the faculty union was expected to ask for a vote of no confidence in her and Chancellor Lendley Black.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn.-- Successful businesses know how to find a need in the market and fill it.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO -- As senior design projects go, this one will have people standing in line.RELATED CONTENT
EDINA, Minn. -- Small-town coffee shops. State commission hearings. The Minnesota Court of Appeals. Two Enbridge pipeline projects that would traverse northern Minnesota have been discussed in just about every venue in the state -- and there’s still so much more to do before the Sandpiper and Line 3 replacement pipelines can be built.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK -- With the sale of its oil company, MDU Resources is cutting costs, including employee layoffs.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- What if everyone in Grand Forks voted at the Alerus Center? It's a far cry from the system City Council members voted into effect at their Monday night meeting, which set polling locations at 12 sites across the city through the end of 2016.RELATED CONTENT
Though investigators have “no idea” what motivated the deliberate torching of a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks, community members believe the fire was a hate crime, with the fire ignited days after a Nazi-like symbol was spray-painted on the restaurant.
MOORHEAD, Minn. - Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Doing Business in China Program has been named a winner of the 2015 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Academic and Student Affairs Awards for Innovation in Global Education.RELATED CONTENT
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A team of faculty and administrators from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has been selected to participate in a national program designed to help institutions fully incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship into undergraduate engineering education.RELATED CONTENT
City of Sioux Falls announces construction manager and design team for mixed-use parking ramp project
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The city of Sioux Falls continues to move forward with its new mixed-use parking ramp project.RELATED CONTENT
A $15,000 donation to Northland Community & Technical College in East Grand Forks, Minn., will go toward scholarships and an endowment fund for the school’s Construction Electricity program. The money, donated for the second year in a row, comes from the Dakotas Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.RELATED CONTENT
Grand Forks City Council members approved a $163,500 economic development loan Monday from the city to Ideal Aerosmith.RELATED CONTENT
LARIMORE, N.D. — A proposed redesign of a U.S. Highway 2 intersection north of Larimore is stirring emotions prior to Wednesday's public meeting hosted by the North Dakota Department of Transportation.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – Special waste landfills in North Dakota can start applying next month to accept radioactive oilfield waste, after a committee Monday adopted new disposal rules over warnings from opponents of a potential lawsuit and dangers to the environment and public health.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – A decision on the North Dakota route of the Dakota Access Pipeline could come in January as the Public Service Commission continues to discuss unresolved issues on the Bakken crude oil pipeline.
BEULAH, N.D. -- Yet another man camp operator from the Oil Patch expressed hopes of opening a facility in North Dakota’s coal country for workers building a $500 million urea plant at the Dakota Gasification Co. site northwest of Beulah.
FARGO -- A liquor license for cinemas in Fargo will have a difficult time passing if it passes at all, given hostile reaction on the City Commission Monday night.
FARGO -- The prolonged slump in oil prices and the resulting slide in state revenues have prompted a new revenue forecast to see if North Dakota's state budget should be trimmed by up to 2½ percent, or $106.8 million.
WINDOM, Minn. – Fifty years after the Minnesota Highway 60 Action Corporation was established to draw attention to the need of a four-lane highway and corridor of commerce in southwest Minnesota, the group pushing for progress will finally see the end.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton has decided not to conduct a human health assessment of the proposed PolyMet copper mine project after all, agreeing with state regulatory officials that the study isn't needed.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Representatives of the Great Lakes Aquarium hope to insert a straw into surplus tourism taxes collected by the city of Duluth in 2015.RELATED CONTENT
NORTHWOOD, N.D. -- Marissa Schiller is a business of one.
Adam Varenhorst is always happy to help farmers. But he'd rather do it before problems develop than after.RELATED CONTENT
JUD, N.D. -- Jeremy Nitschke says he fills out a lot of federal agricultural surveys and responds to government surveys, but says a National Agricultural Statistics Survey that failed in his county shouldn't have cost him $30,000.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- The University of Minnesota Crookston's agricultural judging team is a dynasty, a powerhouse.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. -- Traffic was nearly normal Dec. 1, at the Northern Ag Expo, but thousands of farmers and crop specialists made it to the show after an eight-inch snowfall on the first day of the show.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. -- The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council has downsized its staff, including eliminating the office manager post held by a veteran state legislator.
DOUGLAS, N.D. -- Daryl Lies is settling into his new job as the 15th president of the North Dakota Farm Bureau.RELATED CONTENT
CANOVA, S.D. -- Zens Herefords has been named the South Dakota Seedstock Producer of the Year, marking the culmination of more than 60 years of the farm's efforts in raising and breeding cattle.RELATED CONTENT
Just in time for holiday shopping, an entire South Dakota ghost town, complete with its own watering hole, is on sale for $250,000, a real estate agent said on Monday.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Facing a nearly $5 million verdict, six lawsuits and a dozen additional claims stemming from child sexual abuse cases, the Diocese of Duluth on Monday filed for bankruptcy protection.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – The financial news and opinion website 24/7 Wall St. has named North Dakota as the nation’s best-run state for the fourth consecutive year, but this year’s top ranking comes with a cautionary note.
ST. PAUL -- More than $4 billion for transportation projects is headed from Washington to Minnesota in the next five years, but money is not the big news for state officials.
North Dakota's drilling rig count is expected to fall further after OPEC failed to agree on a unified output cap on Friday, the state's oil regulator said.RELATED CONTENT