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ALBANY, NY/NEW YORK - New York state will ban hydraulic fracturing after a long-awaited report concluded that the oil and gas extraction method poses health risks, Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration said on Wednesday.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Two female University of North Dakota students who were raped at gunpoint by a stranger at their off-campus apartment in Grand Forks last year were not counted in university crime statistics.RELATED CONTENT
SIOUX FALLS — This is exactly the boost needed for Mitchell Technical Institute and the state's other three technical schools.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission voted Wednesday to appoint its newest member, Julie Fedorchak, as chairwoman of the three-member regulatory panel for the next two years.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission has scheduled a public hearing for a proposed natural gas processing plant in McKenzie County that would be the largest of its kind in the state.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- More than $663,000 in state grants have been temporarily withheld from Dickinson State University because of the ongoing problems at the DSU Foundation.
DICKINSON, N.D. - Dickinson could soon see higher density housing and more single-family options after the Planning and Zoning Commission approved several amendments to the city's comprehensive plan.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. – Sales tax revenue in North Dakota – especially in western North Dakota – continues to grow.
FARGO, N.D. - Some in the Upper Midwest will recall the King Leo’s chain of restaurants that began with a burger and fries joint in 1960 at 1833 S. University Drive in Fargo, at a time when fast-food names like McDonald’s were still a rarity in the Midwest.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - Jodee Bock calls herself a “solo-preneur.” Her company, Bock’s Office, offers consulting and training to individuals and companies.RELATED CONTENT
NDON - Brent crude oil traded below $60 a barrel on Wednesday, near 5-1/2-year lows, as major oil producers signaled that they would maintain output despite a supply glut and faltering demand in Russia and Europe.
LONDON - OPEC members which backed an output cut at the group's meeting last month are coming around to the view of Saudi Arabia that they need to focus on market share, further reducing the chance of any action to defend prices.
FARGO, N.D. – Consumers shopping for health insurance through the online marketplace have more options but many also are likely to face higher premiums, according to surveys.
BISMARCK – State utility regulators approved a permit for a $240 million wind farm in western North Dakota on Wednesday.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – A state matching grant created to spur philanthropic gifts for colleges and universities is about to end, setting off a race to claim the leftover dollars.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – The president and general manager of the nation’s only state-owned mill will receive a $61,857 bonus after a prosperous year in which the mill generated nearly $13.4 million in profits, the second highest in its 92-year history.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. — Officials say an agreement to normalize diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba could lead to improved trade possibilities and important opportunities for agriculture in the Upper Midwest.
WASHINGTON — A bill that would allow farmers, ranchers and other small businesses to expense equipment to run their operations is on its way to President Barack Obama’s desk.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. — Dirt is moving at the future site of LeafLine Labs’ medical marijuana manufacturing facility in the Cottage Grove Business Park.
LONDON -- Oil prices have now fallen to an unsustainable low level. Futures contracts for Brent and WTI have fallen below $60 and $55 per barrel respectively but many crude producers are receiving much lower prices.
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced Tuesday that a total of $56 million in public and private funds will be invested in four rail projects across the state that should provide farmers better access to the marketplace.
FARGO, N.D. – When Lynn Sanborn bought the candy shop in the West Acres mall in 2003, she renamed the store Jillybeans in honor of her daughter, Jill Liebelt, who manages the store and operates it alongside her mother.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a Fargo-based owner of multiple hotels, arguing he owes $200,000 in back pay and damages for depriving almost 200 employees of fair wages over a two-year period.
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. - The Belle Fourche, S.D., Economic Development Corp. is planning an $8.4 million terminal to load and unload rail cars in the city’s new industrial park.
NEW YORK - Brent crude futures fell for a fifth straight day on Tuesday to end below $60 a barrel while U.S. crude finished a volatile session slightly higher as trading of expiring options helped defend the price above $55.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - On a warm day last May, about 100 people marched in protest through the University of North Dakota's campus at the Walk for Change. Many were unhappy with what they considered university inaction after two incidents involving students were deemed racially offensive by some.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota's nickname task force has started drafting its plan to pick a permanent nickname online where the public can watch the progress, but there have been a few technological obstacles.
FARGO, N.D. – Several motions have been filed in a lawsuit against the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North Dakota stands to lose billions in revenue if oil prices continue to slip, Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley said Tuesday at a meeting of the Highway 2 West Manufacturers' Association in Grand Forks.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON -- The new Republican-controlled U.S. Senate's first act in January will be approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.RELATED CONTENT
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - An emotional meeting about an unpaid $510,000 economic development loan ended Tuesday with no formal action from the East Grand Forks City Council.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR, Minn. — The board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission has approved a strategic plan for 2015, with goals that range from increasing countywide business development to enhancing the county’s broadband infrastructure.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- No action by the Willmar City Council means the Municipal Utilities’ proposed purchase agreement with Jennie-O Turkey Store to buy nearly 48 acres of land for an electric substation at Priam will go forward.
FRYBURG, N.D. — Despite a predicted downturn in oil drilling, developers, whose proposed project was rejected earlier this year, are back with a scaled-down plan to turn the former Fryburg school into housing for oil workers.
DICKINSON, N.D. - As plans for the 6,100-acre plot west of Dickinson continue to take shape, local business leaders are concerned new industries and developers will be hesitant to come to the area, saying the proposed land use might scare businesses away.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON - Minnesota's attorney general has expressed concern about the merger of food distribution giants Sysco Corp. and US Foods, saying it was questionable whether any divestiture could restore competition lost to the transaction.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health has no plans to oblige the Dakota Resource Council’s request Monday to schedule six additional public meetings across the state to take input on proposed rules that would allow for the disposal of radioactive oilfield waste in the state.
COLFAX, N.D. – A grain elevator here that was badly damaged by a Dec. 6 fire will be rebuilt.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – Fewer Powerball jackpots and player fatigue contributed to lottery ticket sales dropping more than $900,000 in fiscal year 2014, North Dakota Lottery Director Randy Miller said Monday.
ST. PAUL - Minnesotans will have an extra five days to shop for coverage effective Jan. 1 on the state’s health insurance exchange.
FARGO, N.D. – Owners of some 50,000 North Dakota properties will vote on financing the flood diversion early next year, including those who might be harmed by the project, according to a diversion official.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Lottery has shelved plans to add a sixth multistate draw game after Friday’s announcement that 23 states will temporarily halt ticket sales for the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club game later this month because of a lack of player interest.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A Canadian-based company is seeking U.S. investors for a proposed nitrogen fertilizer plant near Regina, Saskatchewan. It would supply farmers in both Canada and the U.S.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - University of North Dakota graduate student Alma Torres spends part of her day meeting with students to talk about careers, but as graduation draws near, she's spending more time thinking about her own job hunt.RELATED CONTENT
MITCHELL, S.D. - There have been more hunters but fewer planes landing at the Mitchell Municipal Airport for pheasant hunting season so far this year, according to Mike Scherschligt, the airport's manager.RELATED CONTENT
After leading the U.S. economic recovery out of recession, some of the nation's top oil states are showing early signs of a slowdown as a result of the plunge in crude prices.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Two Minnesota environmental groups filed suit in state district court Friday, asking for a broader environmental review for the proposed Enbridge Energy Sandpiper oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.
BAKER, Mont. — Russell Burdick had been interested in aeronautics for years, but it wasn’t until he was in his 70s, after his wife had passed away, that he learned to pilot a plane.RELATED CONTENT
HOUSTON/NEW YORK - Enterprise Products Partners on Friday shelved plans to build the first crude pipeline from North Dakota to the storage hub in Cushing, Okla., likely hindered by competition from other shippers and lower oil prices.
HILLSBORO, N.D. - The Our Town bakery in Hillboro has a new owner.
FARGO, N.D. - After meeting artist Paul Allen in his downtown studio, Terry West asked if she could build him a website.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - Like the clothes she sells, the future looks bright for 18-year-old Emilee Mahar of Fargo.RELATED CONTENT
GARDNER, N.D.- When Gene Schobinger couldn’t repair a farmer’s broken cast iron weather vane, he made a new one out of steel.
FARGO, N.D. – It’s not every day that a business invites competitors to come learn about new trends and master the technique of the industry.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - Most of North Dakota State University’s capital project requests didn’t make it into the governor’s budget, including funds to replace a 50-year-old chemistry building that has had two fires in the past four years.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK -- With oil prices on a steep downward slump, 2015 could be a tough year for oil producers, North Dakota’s lead regulator for the industry.
Antonina Kuznetsov took an interest in the beauty products she was using at an early age.
ST. PAUL - In December 2011, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and Community Action of Minneapolis CEO Bill Davis stood side-by-side at a press conference to plead for more federal money to help low-income people pay their heating bills.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Over the past 20-plus years, Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services (AE2S) has had a hand in some of the largest water-related infrastructure projects in the state.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A search committee has been named to begin the search for the University of North Dakota's new ombuds.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. – When months of rail traffic delays cost farmers, coal companies, utilities, grain businesses and others hundreds of millions of dollars, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and other carriers blamed the delays on unexpected heavy shipping demand and bad weather.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Moham Mitchell spends a lot of money on lottery tickets here every week at the Orton’s gas station near the first exit off Interstate 94 past the state line.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - A new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report portrays North Dakota as being ahead of the curve in banning the use of electronic cigarettes indoors, but also as one lagging behind by allowing sales of e-cigarettes to minors.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON — Top transportation officials from Canada and the U.S. are due to meet next week to hash out differences about safety regulations for trains that carry oil, sources said Thursday.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. lawmakers gave a preview on Thursday of a looming fight next year on lifting the ban on crude exports with supporters saying it would sustain the drilling boom and others questioning its impacts on industry and fuel prices.
DICKINSON, N.D. - Josh Zellers has been piloting airplanes out of Dickinson for eight of the past nine years.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. — Oasis Petroleum expects to cut 2015 spending 50 percent amid plunging oil prices.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- A Williston-based energy company has plans to roll out at least four plants in the Bakken region that would refine crude into diesel and strip natural gas liquids from oil.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – More tax relief for businesses, strengthening the state’s workforce and flood protection are among likely legislative priorities for the Greater North Dakota Chamber.
FARGO, N.D. – Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota continues to operate in the black as it approaches year-end following last year’s financially bruising loss.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. — A federal jury has found former Northwood, N.D., potato farming brothers Aaron and Derek Johnson guilty of all felony counts of crop insurance fraud brought against them.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Though the first half of the growing season next year in the Upper Midwest should be favorable, the second half could bring challenges, including the possibility of "one of the hottest summers on record," according to an area weather expert.
BISMARCK – Oilfield waste with elevated levels of radioactivity could be dumped in North Dakota’s landfills instead of having to be trucked out of state, under proposed rules being announced today by the state Department of Health.
BISMARCK -- Tribal governments will now be able to legalize marijuana on their lands, if they follow federal guidelines in place for other states who in the past few years have seen voters approve measures.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – Gassing up to head to grandma’s house for Christmas will be cheaper this year.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON - Declines in oil and gas severance taxes contributed to large drops in overall revenues for Alaska and North Dakota in the third quarter, a public policy research group reported on Thursday.
FARGO, N.D. – Bob Gogel jokes that he and Hector International Airport are good friends.
WEST FARGO – For almost half a century, a business in West Fargo has been supplying select meat and seafood products to regional restaurants and grocery stores.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – A clinical drug research company headed by the founder of PRACS Institute is moving into the former PRACS building in south Fargo.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - Gina Gould, former owner of the 3 Chicks Boutique at Baker Nursery, has opened Eloise Boutique and Flowers in the popular SoMA, or “South of Main Avenue,” neighborhood in downtown Fargo.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON - The U.S. military should invest more in longer-range, stealthy weapons, and especially unmanned vehicles, to leverage current advantages and stay ahead of rapid advances by China, Russia and other potential foes, a Washington think tank said Tuesday.RELATED CONTENT
LONDON - Global demand for OPEC crude in 2015 is expected to fall to the lowest level in more than a decade and far below current output, the group said on Wednesday, pointing to a hefty supply surplus without OPEC output cuts or a slowdown in the U.S. shale boom.
LONDON - BP will cut thousands of jobs cut across its global oil and gas business by the end of next year in a $1 billion restructuring program announced on Wednesday following steep falls in oil prices.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – A proposal to have a private company build the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion may still leave room for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has concerns about design standards for critical components of the project.
FARGO, N.D. - Gas prices are hitting four-year lows, and it doesn’t look like the price fall will stop any time soon.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – North Dakota lawmakers outlined legislative proposals Wednesday to begin filling serious gaps in the state’s mental health services that are especially dire in the west.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Sue Jeno started to cry when she was asked whether she thought the University of North Dakota should pick a new nickname.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is one polar vortex away from a winter energy crisis.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Dogs, massage chairs and ice cream replaced notebooks, laptops and study guides Wednesday as students relaxed during the University of North Dakota's DeStress Fest in the Memorial Union.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR, Minn. — For 42 students on Ridgewater College’s Willmar campus, the path to finishing school is a little clearer now.RELATED CONTENT
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — Montevideo is rallying the troops for another run at winning state support to build a 90-bed veterans’ nursing home in the community.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR, Minn. - Constraints on the rail system and support for a proposed railroad bypass in Willmar were raised Monday as the Minnesota Department of Transportation hosted an open house-style meeting on a 2015 state rail plan now in the worksRELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK — North Dakota regulators foisted a new set of standards on the oil industry Tuesday aimed at further separating volatile gases from Bakken crude oil to make it safer for rail transport in the wake of several explosive train derailments.
DICKINSON, N.D. - Drivers in Dickinson should expect to see more digital billboards dotting the skyline, as several of the large advertising display signs have already popped up about six months after city officials revised an ordinance to allow them within city limits.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – The State Board of Higher Education paved the way for North Dakota’s public universities to raise room and board costs at its meeting here on Tuesday.It’s a figure that’s been climbing steadily on all 11 campuses in the North Dakota University System.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - A collaborative effort launched more than a year ago that aims to grow prosperity in the region is poised to put plans into action.RELATED CONTENT
TOKYO - Oil prices were knocked again on Wednesday, with Asian shares and the dollar also pulling back as global growth concerns and political uncertainty in Greece prompting a flight to safety.
FARGO, N.D. — Shareholders of Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative of Wahpeton, N.D., can expect a low sugar beet payment at $36.86 per ton for their 2014 crop, with an additional $3 per ton contingency to be paid out if processing goes well.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The State Board of Higher Education delegated authority to a select few to continue defining what they want from the system's next chancellor, but the group discussed the issue at length with the entire board at a special meeting Tuesday in Bismarck.
DULUTH, Minn. - A pair of miniature horses drew a big crowd Tuesday on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - High costs, limited capacity and a growing population are among several factors driving child care needs in Grand Forks.
ANTLER, N.D. -- As state officials met in Bismarck to approve new oil conditioning standards and to discuss the drop in crude oil prices, landowners from the oil patch gathered at a separate meeting to review a different side of the Bakken oil boom -- spills, soil contamination and landowner rights.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Valley Eldercare Center is in need of seven full-time nurses and is willing to pay a $10,000 signing bonus to get them.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK - The North Dakota Industrial Commission today adopted new conditioning standards to improve the safety of Bakken crude oil for transport.
LONDON - If prices had not crashed over the past five months, the oil market would have moved into a substantial surplus in the first half of 2015, according to a review of drilling and production statistics from major shale plays in the United States.
ST. PAUL — Stories of Minnesota manufacturers finding it difficult to fill jobs abound around rural Minnesota, and some state senators are looking at ways to help.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. - St. Joseph’s move is finally complete.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – The last time Dan Fisher went to Canada, he couldn’t use several of the cards in his wallet.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education's Budget and Finance Committee approved university fee structures for the coming year Monday at its meeting.RELATED CONTENT
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - Members of the East Grand Forks Economic Development and Housing Authority board interviewed candidates for the vacant director position Monday night, including one of their own.
MANNING, N.D. — The Dunn County seat in the oil-booming Bakken still has dirt streets, and its unofficial mayor says it’s time to change that.
BISMARCK – Oil companies are urging North Dakota regulators to scale back proposed standards for treating crude oil to make it safer for shipment, warning the rules could increase natural gas flaring and emissions, damage equipment and add costs that could threaten some operations.
FARGO, N.D. – Construction on an $18 million business park near the Main Avenue Interstate 29 ramp will begin this spring, according to developer Paul Hyde.
FARGO, N.D. – If lawmakers don’t approve an exemption to open records laws for reviews of university presidents – a proposal Gov. Jack Dalrymple recently criticized – the board that oversees the university system likely won’t do more thorough “360” reviews.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A large number of people are in favor of choosing a new nickname for the University of North Dakota quickly and think alumni should have the biggest stake in that process, according to survey data discussed by UND’s new nickname task force Monday.
Wheat Growers is building a $3.2 million Innovation and Equipment Modification Center near Bath, S.D.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Rehabilitation of the Sorlie Bridge connecting downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks is being considered for next summer.RELATED CONTENT
NEW YORK — Oklahoma’s energy-related revenues are feeling the squeeze from lower oil prices and if the price remains low, it could hit income and sales tax revenues if energy workers have less money to spend, the state’s treasurer said on Friday.
Proven crude oil and lease-condensate reserves in the United States increased 9.3 percent to 36.5 billion barrels in 2013, up from 33.4 billion barrels in 2012, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a report Thursday.
FARGO, N.D. — New leadership, a string of resignations and key employees claiming they were demoted without cause.
STANLEY, N.D. -- While the Bakken oil formation has made North Dakota the second largest oil-producing state in the country, some residents are concerned about the longterm effects of the oil boom.RELATED CONTENT
WATFORD CITY, N.D. – Mauricio Gomez drove a truck more than 1,500 miles from Houston hauling pipe to North Dakota’s oil patch only to find the bridge on a main traffic route closed, creating a detour that added another 100 miles to his trip.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s motion to move the Dickinson State University Foundation into receivership has left students, donors, investors and the surrounding community questioning how it got to this point.
FARGO, N.D. – Fifteen years ago, downtown was a wasteland with empty store fronts and decrepit buildings on their way to becoming more decrepit, Bruce Furness recalled. He was mayor then and nothing his administration did to change the situation worked.
LONDON - In the next few months, everyone in the oil market will be intently watching the volume of new drilling activity in the shale plays of the United States for any signs of a slowdown in response to the fall in oil prices.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - Maple View, a new retirement community exclusively for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory impairments, has opened in south Fargo.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Amid south Grand Forks' rapid growth, portions of some major city corridors still remain undeveloped.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's $1 billion budget surplus, which some say really is not a surplus, is attracting drools from organizations thinking there may be money available.RELATED CONTENT
NEW YORK - Global oil prices slid further on Friday, with Brent on track for the first weekly close below $70 a barrel since 2010, as strong U.S. employment data did little to lift the oil market's bearish mood a day after Saudi Arabia cut official selling prices.
BISMARCK – The State Water Commission granted permission Friday for Grand Forks to pump additional water from its wastewater lagoons and the Red River to meet the needs of a proposed fertilizer plant and other industrial users.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Manufacturing is making a comeback.RELATED CONTENT
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - The city of East Grand Forks received word this week that an appraisal of the Boardwalk building has been completed, which will be used in coming discussions over an unpaid $510,000 economic development loan.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Falling oil prices are on the minds of many in North Dakota, where the industry has brought unprecedented wealth and state revenue.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Nearly a year ago, Nancy Roland was one of three people enrolled in Altru's new Weight Management Program, which provides nutrition counseling, exercise therapy and medical monitoring to help people achieve healthy weight loss.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – The folks at NBC North Dakota News have a “legendary” new way to promote the state’s recent ranking as the happiest in America – and it’s making waves online.RELATED CONTENT
Sue Ann Arnall, the ex-wife of Continental Resources Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Harold Hamm, has appealed a divorce judgment that awarded her around $1 billion from the Hamm marital estate, her lawyers said on Friday.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — The two companies chosen to produce medical cannabis in Minnesota will be opening eight distribution sites for patients, with six within an hour’s drive of most Twin Cities metropolitan residents.
BISMARCK – Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle likes his architecture the way he likes his music: classical.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – Fargo’s newest restaurant and bar, The Toasted Frog, opened quietly Thursday afternoon.RELATED CONTENT
MOORHEAD, Minn. – The renovation of a major building at Minnesota State University Moorhead has some students angered and worried about the future of their private meeting spaces.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL – The Minnesota state budget surplus sits at $1 billion, but not really.
FARGO, N.D. - A board-certified physician who has practiced family medicine in the area since 1999 has opened a new private practice where she will specialize in turning back the hands of time.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple defended North Dakota’s regulation of oil development and said recent New York Times coverage unfairly gave the impression the state is too cozy with the petroleum industry.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday in Stanley on a proposal to convert an existing crude oil gathering pipeline into a transmission line in western North Dakota.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A group of six people including university officials, a student and lawmakers gathered at the University of North Dakota’s Gorecki Alumni Center Thursday evening to voice their opinion on what they want from a North Dakota University System chancellor.
FARGO, N.D. — Most American Crystal Sugar Co. farmers will lose money on the 2014 crop at current price projections, but officials at the Moorhead, Minn.-based co-op say things will improve next year.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple outlined his proposed budget and its potential impact on the region in a visit to Grand Forks Thursday.RELATED CONTENT
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – There is plenty of passion behind the University of North Dakota nickname debate, even in Minnesota Golden Gopher territory.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The State Board of Higher Education has prefiled legislation to restrict some open records and meetings access, which varies from the original proposal discussed at the board’s last meeting in November.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - In the vibrant arts culture of Grand Forks, there are many places to see some of the area’s most prominent artists.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. - The Southwest District Court has approved a receiver to manage the Dickinson State University Foundation for the next six months.
Proven crude oil and lease-condensate reserves in the United States increased 9.3 percent to 36.5 billion barrels in 2013, up from 33.4 billion barrels in 2012, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a report Thursday.
FARGO, N.D. – Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota agreed today to pay fines totaling $60,000 for “systemic” violations uncovered in an examination by insurance regulators.
FARGO, N.D. — West Coast port disruptions are becoming a dire situation for U.S. agriculture. A coalition of 61 ag groups, including several with members in Minnesota and the Dakotas, have appealed to President Barack Obama to take decisive action to override a labor impasse.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota legislators and governor will have a bit more to spend in the next two years.
Sears Holdings Corp. reported a quarterly net loss of $548 million, slightly less than it had estimated last month, and the struggling retailer said it had nearly doubled its planned store closures to cut costs.RELATED CONTENT
MITCHELL, S.D. - The shortage of skilled workers remains the most important issue affecting businesses in South Dakota, David Owen, president of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said Wednesday.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – The city of Fargo is partnering with a St. Paul-based nonprofit group to put the power of personal computing into the hands of low-income residents in the Fargo-Moorhead, Minn., area.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - A long-vacant plot of land off South University Drive is becoming the headquarters for a longtime Fargo construction company.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Madison Berns didn’t go into college planning on majoring in philosophy, but now that she’s a junior, she’s glad she switched her major.RELATED CONTENT
CLEARBROOK, Minn. - Representatives from Canadian oil company Enbridge Energy met with residents in Clearbrook on Wednesday, the first in a series of open houses in December ahead of another planned massive pipeline project across northern Minnesota.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL -- The wraps are about to come off a top-secret report that lays the groundwork on what likely will be a $40-billion, two-year Minnesota state budget.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. -- An Illinois man has sued American Crystal Sugar Co. and a construction company after he was severely burned and disfigured while he said he was trapped under an umbrella-shaped spray of scalding beet juice coming from a 25,000-gallon container.RELATED CONTENT
CHICAGO - U.S. ethanol production is likely to continue at a record rate despite its rare premium to gasoline as cheap corn, high biofuel prices and even cool weather provide ideal conditions and strong profit margins.
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple proposed a two-year state budget on Wednesday that forecasts rebounding oil prices and a 23 percent jump in oil taxes, a tacit bet the state's energy boom will continue unabated.
WASHINGTON - U.S. economic activity continued to expand in October and November, with lower gasoline prices boosting consumer spending, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday.
Bismarck, N.D. – Garrett Moon, Start Bismarck steering committee member and founder of CoSchedule, and Matt Sagaser, Bobcat Co. director of the North American Acceleration Center in Bismarck, have announced a partnership for the first ever Startup Weekend event to be held in Bismarck. The event will take place Jan. 23-25, 2015.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Upper Midwest harvest is wrapping up, a sure sign that the Prairie Grains conference is nearing.
BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple outlined a two-year budget proposal Wednesday that continues to chip away at income and property taxes, pours $3 billion into roads and other infrastructure projects and carves out an additional $1 billion for western North Dakota counties seeking a bigger share of oil tax revenue.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR, Minn. — Willmar Municipal Utilities’ proposed Priam substation is in a holding pattern while City Council members consider the merits of the utilities’ land purchase agreement with Jennie-O Turkey Store for the substation site.RELATED CONTENT
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — The rumors are true: Jimmy John’s is coming to town, thanks to the Thomson family out of Primghar, Iowa.RELATED CONTENT
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday said because state revenues are mostly flat, he is proposing only a 2.5 percent or $49 million increase in spending.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota agricultural groups are putting the pressure on officials to eject conservation advocate organizations as contract helpers in U.S. Department of Agriculture offices that regulate wetland compliance issues.
BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple will present his two-year budget recommendation to the state Legislature on Wednesday, setting the stage for what one lawmaker predicted will likely be “one of the most momentous sessions in legislative history.”RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - The North Dakota University System is moving to exempt internal draft audits and presidential evaluations from the open records and public meetings law.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. — Jurors in a federal crop insurance fraud trial in Fargo were alerted that they’ll have to make a judgment on the credibility of a former hired hand in a case against farming brothers Aaron and Derek Johnson of Northwood, N.D.
FARGO, N.D. – If you want to see the future of farming, just look up.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A group of University of North Dakota students have their eyes on the sky.RELATED CONTENT
MITCHELL, S.D. - It's not uncommon for students -- or teachers, for that matter -- to be late for class at Mitchell Technical Institute.RELATED CONTENT
NEW YORK -- U.S. oil producers have been racing full-speed ahead to drill new shale wells in recent years, even in the face of lower oil prices. But new data suggests that the much-anticipated slowdown in shale country may have finally arrived.
DICKINSON, N.D. - The southwest corner of North Dakota may soon be booming, but it won't be because of oil drilling.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – Opening statements are set to begin today in the case of two brothers accused of intentionally damaging potatoes in order to collect crop insurance money.
FARGO, N.D. – City commissioners here got a look Monday at some options for better connecting downtown to the Red River, seen as a future focal point for recreation and entertainment.RELATED CONTENT
As many of us sat down to a Thanksgiving feast, a decision with large, long-term impacts was being made in Switzerland.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Maybe it’s the money you saved on Black Friday deals, what you didn’t spend online through Cyber Monday, or maybe you just feel like giving back to nonprofits this holiday season.RELATED CONTENT
COOPERSTOWN, N.D. - Griggs County will go to mediation with a Grand Forks contractor to settle a seven-month-old dispute over $600,000 in unpaid bills plus interest.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks City Council approved its 2015 special events budget with one condition regarding an annual racing event.
DRAYTON, N.D. — Santa Claus opened up his home at Rheault Farm in south Fargo on Saturday, and he brought with him two of his reindeer from up north.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL — Two companies will supply Minnesotans with certain ailments medical marijuana beginning next year, but some patients will be forced to drive hours if they want to take part in the new state program.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - Jim Bastian’s first invention should have made him a million dollars, he said.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL – Moorhead, Minn., will likely be one of eight Minnesota cities where medical marijuana will be sold to patients with certain ailments, starting as soon as July.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota Nickname and Logo Process Recommendation Task Force is holding a meeting in the Twin Cities.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks City Council members agreed Monday to help finance a local company’s expansion.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota officials today announced two companies that will grow marijuana and process it into medicine.RELATED CONTENT
BLUFFTON, Minn. – Emergency responders are on the scene of a 32-car train derailment near Highway 10 just northeast of Bluffton, law enforcement officials said Monday.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans only need to look at the first two counties on an alphabetical list to understand the Internet disparity between rural areas and those in big cities.
BISMARCK — A company linked to the illegal stockpiling of oilfield waste inside an abandoned gas station in northwest North Dakota has reached a deal with state regulators that slashed the proposed $800,000 fine to $20,000, upsetting some local officials.
DULUTH, Minn. — Enbridge Energy has announced a series of public meetings in December to explain plans for its proposed reconstruction of a pipeline from Canada to Superior, including the company’s preferred route across northern Minnesota.
BISMARCK – Environmental activists called Friday for a state investigation into what they say is North Dakota’s failure to enforce state rules and regulations for the oil industry as identified in a New York Times report last weekend.
BISMARCK – North Dakota lawmakers can expect familiar themes from Gov. Jack Dalrymple when he delivers his executive budget address Wednesday, the final day of the Legislature’s three-day organizational session.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. — The Williston City Commission approved a contract for the city’s wastewater to be sold to Oasis Petroleum for use as hydraulic fracturing water.
DICKINSON, N.D. - Dickinson State University has made assurances to students that their scholarships will be available come spring semester, even if the DSU Foundation doesn’t reimburse the university for those costs.
CUERO, Texas — Robert Stoddard says the problems in the oil shale plays in North Dakota and Texas are interconnected.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. - Janis Gartner has already been through one move with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - The sign in front of the construction site on 52nd Avenue South lets passers-by know what’s in store. Spicy Pie hopes to open its new location at 2650 52nd Ave. S. sometime this spring.RELATED CONTENT
MOORHEAD, Minn. - The 99 Bottles liquor store is getting bigger. The business, which opened in 2010 at 924 Main Ave., Moorhead, recently broke ground on an addition that when completed will double the store’s floor space.
MOORHEAD, Minn. - It is the difficult times in life that sometimes make people all the more grateful for what they have. That was the case recently for Josh Humble of Moorhead.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – Medical centers here are coping with a spike in demand for health services that leave hospitals scrambling to add beds and staffing levels, even as major construction projects continue.
ST. PAUL – After a Thanksgiving holiday at his son’s home in San Francisco this weekend, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will return to his Capitol area office Monday to start working “full bore,” he said, on crafting what is likely to be a $40 billion-plus budget to submit to the Legislature in January.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - Trevor McGuire wants to welcome high school math lovers into his inner circle.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Another video rental service has popped up in Grand Forks as rental stores like Blockbuster become a thing of the past.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - As Grand Forks community leaders work toward a citywide public arts plan, they’re taking the first steps in what can be a challenging process, local and regional art experts say.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - It’s been a big year for North Dakota’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A prominent downtown Grand Forks building is expected to be full for the first time in years, one milestone that local business officials say is a sign of the area’s increased vitality.RELATED CONTENT
CAVALIER, N.D. - Margaux Lindsay grew up helping her dad Michael “Skip” Kotchman on the family Christmas tree farm. She would help weed and mow during the summer and would show customers around the farm when they came to cut down trees in November.RELATED CONTENT
LEEDS, N.D. - Owners of a large bison ranch near here have partnered with another couple to sell what they refer to as “America’s original compost.”RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. -- North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani has a packed schedule, with back-to-back appointments from morning until night.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – Home builders here are watching the Federal Emergency Management Agency closely for a decision expected in the next month or so that they say could bump up the cost of area housing.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks is one of the only Midwest schools signed on to participate in an initiative through the Partnership for a Healthier America, a national group endorsed by First Lady Michelle Obama that aims to keep America’s youth healthy.RELATED CONTENT
Every December, Prairie Business magazine recognizes some of the most inspiring young business people in the northern Plains with a list of the top 40 professionals under the age of 40. Please click on the 40 Under 40 Tab at the top the the homepage to read the story in its entirety.RELATED CONTENT
Career fairs, internships, co-ops vital to recruitment in tight labor marketRELATED CONTENT
Temperatures hovered around zero in late November and the blustery too-soon-for-this wind made it feel even colder for construction workers as they finished up as much work as they could before winter would made some of their jobs nearly impossible for a few months.RELATED CONTENT
Workforce front and center in Fargo Strong, diversified economy challenged by lack of laborRELATED CONTENT
Completion of MDU-Calumet project marks first US greenfield refinery in 30 yearsRELATED CONTENT
On Oct. 24, the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp. partnered with the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau, United Way of Cass-Clay and the F-M Area Foundation in announcing a major workforce study.RELATED CONTENT
Some of you may have heard me joke over the past month or so that reviewing nominations for our annual 40 Under 40 list always makes me feel lazy.RELATED CONTENT
As the year comes to a close, it’s time to evaluate your actual expenditures for the year verses what your plan for the year was initially.RELATED CONTENT
A question that has haunted organizational leaders for decades is: Do we know what we know?RELATED CONTENT
Over the last few years, credit unions and community banks have faced a common and growing concern: the crisis of creeping complexity with respect to the regulatory burdenRELATED CONTENT
North Dakota’s economic growth, driven by multiple market segments, receives global attention.RELATED CONTENT
PERHAM, Minn. -- Barrel O’Fun, which produces potato chips and other snack foods in this town of 3,000 and employs 900, has agreed to pay a $45,000 penalty for not effectively pre-treating wastewater from its production plant here before sending it to the now improved city treatment facility.RELATED CONTENT
DULUTH, Minn. -- Four northern Minnesota power units will be fired up again after a more than two-month shutdown in the face of difficulties obtaining shipments of coal by rail.
Winter has come to Fargo. But so has Sky Zone, a trampoline-based recreational facility that promises loads of springiness.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – A team of North Dakota State University chemists has developed a new type of renewable and recyclable plastic that could aid North Dakota’s long-term economic stability.
DICKINSON, N.D. – Two real estate companies are embroiled in a legal battle across state lines over whether their generic business names and logos are confusingly similar.
FARGO – Before throngs of shoppers flooded the aisles of Target to scoop up Black Friday deals, employees hurled a frozen turkey down them.
BEMIDJI -- CVS Health is planning a pharmacy store in Bemidji to supplant what is now a strip mall at the intersection of Paul Bunyan Drive and Bemidji Avenue North as well as several private homes nearby.
West Fargo - For a growing number of retail workers, Black Friday is a commercial black hole inexorably nibbling away at their Thanksgiving holiday.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL – One year later, the Target data breach has been a costly crime for everyone involved – everyone but consumers.
BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has banned two people associated with a Horace business accused of defrauding a customer from doing business in the state, according to a news release from Stenehjem’s office.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - After months of researching child care needs in Grand Forks, the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Social Infrastructure has released a list of preliminary recommendations.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Lyme disease has been found in ticks in the Red River Valley by several researchers at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The city of Grand Forks may want the North Dakota Legislature to look at its law governing special assessments for funding infrastructure projects.
ENDERLIN, N.D. - After her shift at the TraXside Cafe in the southeast North Dakota hamlet of Enderlin, all Karla Souer wants to do is go home. Unfortunately for the 38-year-old waitress the commute, which should only last a minute or two, can take a half-an-hour. That's because, chances are, there's a Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. train blocking the tracks somewhere on her route.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. - Kyle Gengler knows he is starting his job at a busy time. Not only is the Dickinson retail business booming, the holidays just happen to be right around the corner.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. - The problems at the Dickinson State University Foundation have spilled over into Dickinson Investments LLC, the company that was set up to finance the construction of the Hawks Point assisted living facility on DSU’s campus.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL – A Minnesota state lawmaker is asking the state attorney general to pursue recovery of money paid to controversial economist Jonathan Gruber for work he did to help set up Minnesota’s health care exchange.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – A downtown building that has been vacant for more than 20 years will be redeveloped into office space, Moorhead city leaders say.
BISMARCK – Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has banned a Texas telemarketer from doing business in North Dakota after he allegedly violated the state’s do-not-call laws.
ST. PAUL -- Everyone was all smiles Monday as Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton led a traditional celebration of Minnesota's role in Thanksgiving dinners across the country.RELATED CONTENT
MAYVILLE, N.D. – The Alco chain of department stores will close its stores after the holiday shopping season, somber news in area small towns where Alco is the main retailer.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Dave Chakraborty has been named the University of North Dakota’s new associate vice president for facilities.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON – BNSF Railway has agreed to reinforce tracks in and around Casselton, N.D., where several trains have derailed in recent years, according to an announcement from North Dakota Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and Rep. Kevin Cramer.
WILLMAR, Minn. — After 14 years with the city of Willmar, Mark Boeschen decided it was time to try something new.RELATED CONTENT
WINTHROP, Minn. — The RS Fiber Cooperative broadband initiative is moving forward.
FARGO, N.D. - A new Fargo tech company is taking advantage of some underused real estate located about 65 inches off the floor in convenience stores, restaurants, bars and motels.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK -- Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. announced Monday that it has agreed to purchase a wind farm to be developed outside of Hettinger, N.D., next year.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A Canadian energy company unveiled plans Monday for a $200 million, 20,000-barrel-a-day clean fuels oil refinery that could be built near Devils Lake.RELATED CONTENT
All 198 Alco stores, including several in the upper Red River Valley, are going out of business, the company announced last week.RELATED CONTENT
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — The Minnesota West Foundation has received a $12,000 AT&T donation to support a new course being offered next year at Minnesota West Community and Technical College during a check presentation on the Granite Falls campus.
MARSHALL, Minn. — The Southwest Minnesota Workforce Council, DEED, and the SW MN Private Industry Council are partnering with the Advanced Manufacturing Education (AME) Alliance to offer the opportunity for free college classes to manufacturing businesses and workers in southwest Minnesota. These courses are offered online, at no cost to the student or employer, other than books and supplies.
PLANKINTON, S.D - Paul Mayclin works inside his farm shop in rural Aurora County and hardly notices the cars and trucks rolling by right outside on U.S. Highway 281.
BISMARCK – Developers of a nearly completed diesel refinery near Dickinson, N.D., are eyeing the Minot, N.D., area as the potential site for a similar plant.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency can cut methane emissions from oil and gas production in half with new national standards, a move that could help the United States meet new pollution cutting targets pledged in a climate deal with China last week, according to a new report.
NAPOLEON, N.D. — Chad Weigel is convinced that 20 calves were rustled from the family ranch pasture near Napoleon, and he hopes a $24,000 reward will entice someone to tell authorities who took them.
BISMARCK — A federal agency is delaying its finalization of a rule that would impact the ethanol industry.
MANDAN, N.D. — For the first time ever, Huff Hills has opened before Thanksgiving thanks to the recent streak of frigid weather.
FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota has broken its promise to injured workers who rely on workers’ compensation, according to a lawyer who knows the system as a former insider now on the outside.
DICKINSON, N.D. - A legal motion to move the Dickinson State University Foundation into receivership was filed in the Southwest Judicial District Court on Friday, laying out more allegations against the fundraising organization and possibly future problems for the university and the state government.
WILLISTON, N.D. - Halliburton Co's $35 billion takeover of Baker Hughes Inc will create an oilfield services powerhouse in North Dakota with more than half the cementing market and a leading position in fracking, according to data seen by Reuters.
FARGO, N.D. - Twenty Below Coffee Co. has opened in Fargo as an online seller of coffee beans and products associated with brewing coffee.
MOORHEAD, Minn. - After 20 years working at the same bank, the way Bruce Tellefson answers the phone changed this week. So did his business cards and letterhead.
MOORHEAD, Minn. - Aside from green beans, there is not much shoppers won’t find at Tuesday’s 100-Mile Thanksgiving Market at Concordia College in Moorhead.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The term “Black Friday” is slowly becoming a misnomer as more retailers begin opening their doors on Thursday.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. A Winnipeg, Manitoba-based company could have as many as 100 employees in a prominent downtown Grand Forks building in two years.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - As shoppers push and shove to buy Christmas presents on Black Friday, Dustin Bristlin will tear into something big and white and powdery he’s been waiting to get at for a decade.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Feeling fatigued? Maybe it’s cancer, anemia, diabetes or imminent death. Or maybe it’s not.
A pressure group pushing for higher wages at Walmart stores said employees would stage protests at 1,600 U.S. stores on Black Friday, including 60 in Washington, D.C.
Editor Kris Bevill with highlights from the December issue.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR, Minn. - Construction bids have been awarded for a $1.3 million project to create acuity-adaptable patient rooms at Rice Memorial Hospital and expand the hospital's inpatient behavioral health unit.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- The Willmar City Council has authorized legal steps be taken to bring the Municipal Airport into federal compliance and allow release of $600,000 in airport improvement program funds.
BURKE — Cole McCarty is pretty sure what he wants to study when he goes to college.
BISMARCK — Landowners trying to help smooth relations between pipeline companies and property owners say a new Easement Information Center launched Tuesday by the North Dakota Petroleum Council is a good first step.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - Dan Hofland once drove around to area grocery stores with cases of Sunbutter in the back of his pickup.
FARGO, N.D. – At its Thursday meeting in Fargo, the State Board of Higher Education was set to talk about North Dakota State University’s request to opt out of a system-wide email service due to concerns about who could read those emails.
WASHINGTON - A small decline in turkey prices helped hold the increase in the cost of preparing a Thanksgiving meal for 10 to less than 1 percent this year, the country's largest farm group said on Thursday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development announced Thursday that Altru Health System will receive a $196,305 grant to expand health care in rural communities. The funding is administered through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program.
FARGO, N.D. - Scan Design in downtown Fargo is throwing a birthday party and everyone’s invited.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Klaus Thiessen, the president and CEO of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp., was named the 2014 Governor’s Choice for Economic Developer of the Year Thursday.
FARGO, N.D. - The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education were publicly briefed on the Dickinson State University Foundation's problems Thursday, but they had nothing to say about the issue on the record in a meeting in Fargo.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education received a lot of constructive criticism, approved more stringent admission standards and addressed controversial issues at a meeting Thursday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota Nickname and Logo Process Recommendation Task Force is moving forward with starting to crunch the data they’ve received through surveys and meetings with the public.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - The news clip about a drone entering busy airspace and nearly colliding with an aircraft caught Shawn Muehler’s eye.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education approved new admission standards for the system's two research institutions at its meeting Thursday morning.
JACKSON, Minn. — On the heels of some shift realignments and a reduction in its temporary workforce earlier this year, AGCO Jackson Operations last week cut 43 employees from its workforce campus-wide.
Wells Fargo & Co. has agreed to pay $7.4 million to settle a class action claim that it unlawfully made brokers who left the firm forfeit bonuses that were deferred as part of their retirement plans, court documents show.
WILLISTON, N.D. — With an influx of new stores, the growing Williston Downtowners Association has big plans.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. - The Dickinson Planning and Zoning Commission has tabled a rezoning petition for the planned Barons Vista development in west Dickinson until developers can secure a second access route into the 262-acre plot.
DICKINSON, N.D. - For the first time in four years, the average price for gas in North Dakota has dropped below $3 per gallon, and that price could be here to stay, officials said.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - AgCountry Farm Credit Services is eyeing a piece of land near the intersection of 32nd Avenue South and Interstate 29 in Grand Forks for a new office building.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The developer of an unmanned aerial systems business park near Grand Forks said he wants to see aircraft in the sky as early as next year.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Most first-year students attending the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks next fall will have to live in residence halls, but school administrators don’t think the change will have much of an impact.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – A film professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead became the school’s 11th Minnesota Professor of the Year on Thursday.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - As Anna Finanger and Sonora Robison stood in the University of North Dakota’s Clinical Research and Simulation Center explaining why they wanted to go into the health care field, the mannequin on the hospital bed beside them blinked.RELATED CONTENT
MOORHEAD, Minn. - Plans for a new oil pipeline across northern Minnesota are bringing increased scrutiny to Enbridge, the company that wants to build it.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR, Minn. — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners approved an eight-year tax abatement plan for a Litchfield company that intends to move to Willmar early next year.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Saying they want more information and possibly some renegotiation, Willmar City Council members voted 6-1 Monday night to extend their review period of a land purchase agreement between the Willmar Municipal Utilities and Jennie-O Turkey Store for the proposed Priam substation site.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Nobles County Administrator Tom Johnson announced Tuesday that the county is one of 10 in Greater Minnesota selected by the Blandin Foundation to be part of a two-year broadband initiative.
DICKINSON, N.D. - The latest draft audit of the Dickinson State University Foundation shows the nonprofit has a serious amount of development-related debt hanging over its head and that the organization’s financial directors have misclassified restricted assets — endowment-related funds — as unrestricted money in the past.
NEW TOWN, N.D. — With just two weeks in office, newly elected Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox is seeking a partnership with state and federal governments to tackle issues facing the tribe, a strategy, he says, the previous administration was not apt to do.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – Fargo-based Appareo Systems earlier this month announced it has agreed to enter a joint venture with AGCO Corp. to develop technology for advanced machine control systems.
FARGO, N.D. – Cable One is making the switch to digital, and local cable subscribers need to start getting ready now to be prepared for the change early next year.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks-based Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services plans to hire more than 50 new employees in 2015.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - An upper level North Dakota University System employee is refuting claims she was untrustworthy and failed to perform the duties her job required.RELATED CONTENT
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - The East Grand Forks City Council voted Tuesday to sell the Riverwalk Centre for $950,000.
GRAFTON, N.D. — Mayor Chris West has a quick answer for anyone questioning the value of an eight-year-old Grow Grafton housing construction incentive program.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON - A bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, sparing President Barack Obama from having to veto legislation that several fellow Democrats supported.RELATED CONTENT
MITCHELL, S.D. - An hour-long television program on NBC Sports Network shown tonight will feature the opening weekend of pheasant season in South Dakota.
WASHINGTON - Keystone XL supporters in the U.S. Senate faced tough odds for passing a bill to approve the oil pipeline from Canada on Tuesday after one lawmaker they hoped might be a "yes" said he would vote against the project.
RESTON, Va. -- Random sampling of shallow groundwater in the Bakken and Three Forks formations in North Dakota and Montana shows no early evidence of contamination from the region’s energy development, according to a federal study.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. — The newest addition to the Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital emergency room is always at the ready. And its hospital colleagues know it will correctly do its job every time.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota’s New Nickname and Logo Task Force invited participants in five North Dakota cities and online viewers to a Monday night virtual town hall meeting.
FARGO, N.D. – Pierre Freeman walked briskly around the convenience store, his eyes scanning the floors, the shelves, the counters.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON - Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate scrambled on Monday to gather one last vote to pass a bill that authorizes the project that would help send Canadian oil to the U.S. Gulf, a task made harder after President Barack Obama made his toughest comments yet on the topic.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – A program that sends millions of dollars in temporary raises and rental assistance to state employees in western North Dakota’s Oil Patch continues to rankle some lawmakers who question if all of the payments are necessary and whether the state should instead boost base salaries.
DICKINSON, N.D. - When Jared Burian died after June 5 accident, his family was devastated. They never would have imagined that his job as a Golden Valley County weed control officer would lead to him being killed in a tragic ATV rollover.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The new head of the largest health insurance provider in North Dakota is optimistic about its financial performance in 2014.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. — Some agricultural shippers say North Dakota should institute a “service arbitration” to solve issues between grain shippers and the railroads in the state.
FARGO, N.D. — Twenty years after scientists at North Dakota State University were among the first to conduct genetically modified potato research trials in the U.S., J.R. Simplot Co. has received U.S. Department of Agriculture approval for deregulation of a GMO potato.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North Dakota officials are fine-tuning plans for an upcoming conference on revitalizing the state’s long-declining dairy industry.
WILLMAR, Minn. — The financial forecast for Rice Memorial Hospital next year shows some strengthening in the hospital’s financial performance, with a projected margin slightly above the break-even point.
PENNOCK, Minn. — Construction of an 8,800-animal-unit dairy operation will begin next spring west of Willmar, Minn.
Prices for slaughter-ready or cash cattle in the U.S. Plains hit an all-time high on Friday, fueled by an early winter storm at a time of the smallest herd since the early 1950s.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The North Dakota University System’s new data center in Grand Forks is looking for a little outside help.
DICKINSON, N.D. - The most recent review of the Dickinson State University Foundation suggests the organization may have violated ethical standards and used millions of dollars in restricted funds to cover operating expenses, but a former board member says the report does not tell the full story.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Falling oil prices have spooked Wall Street and even parts of Texas. But in North Dakota’s booming oil patch, the crude-fueled party carries on.RELATED CONTENT
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - The Hotel Shoreham, a lakes country landmark for more than a century, has changed hands, but the business itself will remain much the same.RELATED CONTENT
Every month, Brushvale Seed in Breckenridge, Minn., typically prepares to ship about 100 containers of specialty soybeans to overseas customers.
STANLEY, N.D. – In 1996, Ruth and Robert “Hod” Hysjulien took a risk despite a flat economy in their small western North Dakota town.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – Midcontinent Communications unveiled a plan Monday morning to provide the option of gigabit Internet access to all of its service area in the Northern Plains, including North Dakota, by the end of 2017.RELATED CONTENT
Halliburton Co. said on Monday it will buy Baker Hughes Inc. for about $35 billion in cash and stock, creating an oilfield services behemoth to take on market leader Schlumberger NV as customers curb spending on falling oil prices.RELATED CONTENT
CAVALIER, N.D. - A regional livestock producer group is about to launch a $1 million campaign to raise capital for a proposed $1.7 million multispecies animal slaughter and processing plant to be built in Cavalier.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - When Philip and Kristin McKenzie traveled to Europe with their two daughters and Kristin’s mother this summer, they weren’t sure where to stay because most hotel rooms only accommodate four people.RELATED CONTENT
BILLINGS, Mont. - Quantum Energy Inc. has apparently dropped a Billings, Mont., site from its plans to build refineries in Montana and North Dakota.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Sitting in the back office of the business he co-owns, Dalton Lilley brings up Living Sage’s online store on his desk computer.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK - North Dakota’s effort to reduce the amount of natural gas being burned away at wellsites is lengthening the time it takes to get new oil wells up and running, the state’s chief oil regulator said Friday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops has added some new hardware for beer lovers in Grand Forks.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The group representing the wind energy industry is “optimistic” Congress will renew a tax credit benefitting its members by the end of the year.RELATED CONTENT
DULUTH, Minn. - Duluth-based ZMC Hotels, which owns and operates 28 hotels around the country, is putting its properties up for sale.
FARGO, N.D. - New owners of the former Kelly Inn on Main Avenue in Fargo are spending upwards of $2 million to restore the hotel to its glory days of the 1960s and 1970s, when it was known as the Fargo Biltmore Motor Hotel.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota education majors learn robust strategies to teach secondary students but could use more support student teaching, according to recent report.
DULUTH, Minn. - University of Minnesota officials won’t say where Dave Hendrickson is overseeing research on whether bacteria can eat enough sulfate to clean up mining waste, calling it only an “undisclosed’’ flooded mine pit.RELATED CONTENT
SUPERIOR, Wis. - Females have been brewing beer since the first drop fermented. Yeast, the agent that turns sugar water to alcohol, consists of mother cells that bud from daughter cells.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON - A Democratic leader said on Sunday a single vote could determine the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate this week but that President Barack Obama was likely to veto the bill even if it passes.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A Duluth, Minn., power company is amending the route for a proposed transmission line in northwest Minnesota.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday that would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but prospects for the Senate approving the measure were uncertain.
BEMIDJI -- Twin Cities-based Hubbard Broadcasting has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire Omni Broadcasting, a northern Minnesota-based radio station network that includes all of the Paul Bunyan Broadcasting stations in the Bemidji market.
(Reuters) - Oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Inc. said on Thursday it is in preliminary merger talks with its larger rival Halliburton Co., though any potential deal would likely face antitrust concerns.RELATED CONTENT
North Dakota ranks 2nd on Forbes annual Best States for Business list, holding it position from last year. The state ranked 2nd in growth prospects and 4th in economic climate.
BISMARCK – A voter-approved trust fund that has socked away more than $2.4 billion in North Dakota oil and gas tax revenue since 2011 could balloon to $230 billion by 2060 under a scenario outlined Thursday by a group that spent the last year developing a road map for the fund.
FARGO – Those who want health insurance coverage next year through the new online marketplace should take note: The sign-up period begins Saturday and ends Feb. 15.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – North Dakota oil regulators said Thursday they want more input before approving new standards for removing volatile gases from crude oil before it’s shipped by rail, a proposal an industry representative warned could devalue Bakken crude and contribute to more flaring at well sites.
CASSELTON, N.D. - The Cass County Sheriff demanded answers Thursday after two BNSF Railway trains derailed just west of here for the second time in under a year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives prepared to vote on Friday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline that will help transport oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, but a companion bill in the Senate may lack votes to pass next week.RELATED CONTENT
Polaris Industries has purchased the Pro Armor brand of all terrain vehicle accessories, the company announced Wednesday.
NEW YORK — BNSF Railroad, the Warren Buffett-owned company that has benefited most from the North Dakota shale boom, has told some customers that they cannot add new oil tank cars to its system until next year, according to two people familiar with the matter.RELATED CONTENT
Fargo - Nick Wigtil was still a student in the digital design and animation program at Rasmussen College here when he started getting interest from industry giants like DreamWorks.
GRAND FORKS – LM Wind Power is remodeling its Grand Forks plant to accommodate the construction of longer wind turbine blades.
A consortium of farmer organizations and agriculture data technology providers on Thursday published a set of data privacy and security principles aimed at reassuring farmers that data they share with Big Data services providers will not be misused.
Sue Ann Hamm, the ex-wife of Oklahoma oil magnate Harold Hamm who was awarded cash and assets worth more than $1 billion in the couple's divorce this week, plans to appeal the judgment on grounds that it grossly undervalues the marital wealth she is entitled to.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR, Minn. — Not everyone is cursing the foot of heavy, wet snow that fell this week in west central Minnesota.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL PARK — A tower fire forced a temporary evacuation Tuesday at Northern Tier Energy’s oil refinery in St. Paul Park.RELATED CONTENT
OACOMA, S.D. — After approving the grant funds earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx saw first-hand the impact improved rail service west of the Missouri River will make for farmers and residents in central South Dakota.RELATED CONTENT
DICKINSON, N.D. - Tennessee native Shannon Vaughn has realized her lifelong dream by opening a bakery.RELATED CONTENT
Wal-Mart stores Inc. issued an "urgent agenda" memo to its store managers across the United States last month, laying out guidelines to boost sales of "chilled and fresh" food, the New York Times reported.
FARGO, N.D. – Brothers Dell Ray and Steven Johnson came all the way from Fergus Falls, Minn., Tuesday to get a look at the new 2015 aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 truck at Luther Family Ford here.RELATED CONTENT
WINDOM, Minn. – For southern Minnesota farmer Michael Wojahn, early November typically brings the sense of celebration that comes with a finished harvest.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate may hold a vote on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada when it returns from recess, largely to boost support for Democrat Mary Landrieu's run-off election to retain her Louisiana seat.
LONDON - Falling oil prices may cut investment in U.S. shale oil by 10 percent next year, the International Energy Agency said, slowing growth in a sector that has turned the United States to a major global producer.
FARGO, N.D. - You could say Tuesday was a happy day for Cheryl and Mike Post.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – A crane on Tuesday hoisted into place the highest cross beam in the steel skeleton for the new 11-story Sanford Medical Center dominating the city’s southwest skyline.RELATED CONTENT
Microsoft Corp. said it would roll out its Lumia 535 smartphone this month with an affordable price tag in its key markets, dropping the Nokia name just months after buying the Finnish company's handset business.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - As Grand Forks continues to grow, city planners want to fill in holes of the city’s development rather than just expand the city’s borders.RELATED CONTENT
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Citing faculty cuts and mismanagement, the Faculty Senate of Minnesota State University Moorhead cast a vote of “no confidence” in system Chancellor Steven Rosenstone on Tuesday.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Two upper level employees have been placed on paid administrative leave by the North Dakota University System.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks company that specializes in antibody technology has been asked to further explain to federal officials how it can help treat Ebola, according to the company’s chief operating officer.
Apple Inc. was ordered to face a U.S. federal lawsuit claiming it failed to tell consumers that its messaging system would block them from receiving text messages if they switched to Android-based smartphones from iPhones.
FARGO, N.D. - Saravana Rangaswamy, known to most as “Sam,” has become a one-man economic development engine since moving to Fargo from California in 2004.RELATED CONTENT
WILLMAR, Minn. — The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission voted 4-1 Monday to approve a purchase agreement with Jennie-O Turkey Store of Willmar to buy about 40 acres of land southwest of Willmar for the proposed Priam substation.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Mitchell Technical Institute is just one of the nation's thousands of schools that has had to adapt to new federal standards for reporting crime on college campuses and MTI President Greg Von Wald said he's not exactly onboard with all of the changes.
DICKINSON, N.D. - City leaders and community activists are looking for funds to push forward a completed "master plan" for renovations on the 17-mile Crooked Crane Trail circling Dickinson’s Patterson Lake.
DICKINSON, N.D. - Just a month before ground broke on the Stark County Veterans Memorial in July 2013, committee president Dave Logosz said the project could be completed by the fall.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - Mid-afternoon can be a difficult time in the office.RELATED CONTENT
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - East Grand Forks City Council members discussed the sale of the Riverwalk Centre behind closed doors Monday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota’s New Nickname and Logo Task force is hosting a town hall meeting with stakeholders across the state next week.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Two North Dakota State University students submitted two-page essays on an unlikely topic last month: Why the University of North Dakota is a good school.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota faces tough competition in its efforts to bring the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games to Fargo-Moorhead, but leaders are confident they can get it done.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – The chairman of BNSF Railway gave a renewed pledge Monday that record investments will continue to expand rail capacity to alleviate shipping delays caused by brimming grain bins and gushing oil fields.RELATED CONTENT
CROOKSTON, Minn. — Gas pumps have been working overtime here lately, as fuel prices dipped to $2.77 per gallon.RELATED CONTENT
Researchers have warned that a bug in Apple Inc's iOS operating system makes most iPhones and iPads vulnerable to cyber attacks by hackers seeking access to sensitive data and control of their devices.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service reported a data breach on Monday that may have compromised personal information about its 500,000 employees as well as data on customers who contacted its call center from January through mid-August.
An Oklahoma County judge has ordered and Continental Resources Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm to pay nearly $1 billion in a divorce judgment, according to a court filing made public on Monday.RELATED CONTENT
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - For just the second time in its 32-year history, WE Fest is under new ownership.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Attendees at the University of North Dakota’s Nickname and Logo Task Force forum had varied opinions on how the school’s new moniker should be chosen, but agreed the process should be thorough, transparent and inclusive.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The first shipments under a new agreement to send agricultural commodities from North Dakota to the West Coast arrived last week.
DICKINSON, N.D. - Tuesday, Nov. 4, away from the noise of Election Day, a dozen or so people quietly gathered around a table in the basement of Dickinson City Hall to continue a conversation that began six months ago.RELATED CONTENT
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Minnesota West Community and Technical College and other Minnesota state colleges and universities are engaged in a collaborative process to develop specific actions to better serve their 435,000 students and communities, strengthen their colleges and universities, and protect their unique character and autonomy.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — The last of 55 miles of new double railroad track was placed into service in northwestern North Dakota this past week by BNSF Railway, as the company works to ease the backlog of rail shipments that have plagued the state and region.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – Forum Communications Co. has promoted Matthew McMillan to vice president of newspapers and Mary Jo Hotzler to vice president of content.RELATED CONTENT
HAWLEY, Minn. - Hayloft Antiques, an antiques store located south of Hawley and about 12 miles east of Interstate 94 on Clay County Road 10, is moving.
AKELEY, Minn. – Antlers, long prized by hunters as a signature trophy of the hunt, are seeing uses that would seem incomprehensible to hunters of days gone by.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - They’ve served us. Now, area businesses are serving them.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Two shipping companies are preparing for a record holiday season while they expand their Grand Forks operations.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Ferguson Books and More has good news for those feeling nostalgic for the days of renting a physical movie in a brick-and-mortar building.
VERNE, N.D. - Frequent guest Bill Barr describes Volden Farm Bed and Breakfast 30 miles northeast of Valley City, N.D., as a piece of artwork designed by its owner JoAnne Wold.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – Measure 7, an initiated measure that aimed to repeal North Dakota’s pharmacy ownership law, went down in flames Tuesday, with voters deciding 59 percent to 41 percent to keep the law as is.
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Sierra Sue II has been both a warrior maiden in America's most epic conflict and a femme fatale in a detective story that spanned decades.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Students and faculty from a variety of departments at the University of North Dakota have come together to start creating an interactive online map of North Dakota in celebration of 125 years of statehood.
FARGO, N.D. – As North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple works on a budget for the next biennium, he’ll have to assume that less money will be going into state coffers because of falling oil prices.RELATED CONTENT
It has been a very good year for construction in Jamestown, according to Gary Klundt, building inspector.RELATED CONTENT
Local community members, politicians and religious leaders gathered at the new CHI St. Joseph’s Health facility Thursday for a blessing ceremony ahead of the hospital’s Dec. 1 opening date.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS — An upcoming government ruling on biofuels mandates is important to the industry’s future, said David Ripplinger, a biofuels economist.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe, the dominant freight railroad in Minnesota, has failed to haul a lot of grain, coal and other commodities on time this year, angering many customers.
The U.S. Treasury Department has awarded more than $1.1 million to the Red River Corridor Fund, North Dakota’s congressional delegation announced Thursday.
BISMARCK – A North Dakota wind farm proposed in the migration route of an endangered bird has been revived after the developer unsuccessfully sued Xcel Energy for pulling out of the project in 2011.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The faculty and leadership of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are headed for mediation to resolve a bitter dispute over the system’s future.
Home Depot Inc, the world's largest home improvement chain, said about 53 million more email addresses were taken during a recent breach of its payment data systems.
WILLISTON, N.D. - Harold Hamm, chief executive of Continental Resources Inc, stunned a bearish crude market by scrapping all of the North Dakota energy producer's oil hedges, betting that prices will recover soon after sinking 25 percent in recent months.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO – A longtime leader at the North Dakota State University Alumni Association and Development Foundation has resigned, the chairman of the alumni group’s board said Thursday.RELATED CONTENT
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Representatives from the city of Worthington, Nobles County, the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. joined officials from PurNet Inc., in breaking ground Wednesday on its new 10,000-square-foot facility in Worthington’s Industrial Park.RELATED CONTENT
MITCHELL, S.D. - For the second consecutive day, a local governing body signed off on the boundaries of a tax increment financing district proposal in Davison County as developers eye continued development near Wild Oak Golf Club.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Avera will offer dialysis services at Queen of Peace Hospital in a newly renovated and expanded space on the hospital's third floor.
WILLMAR, Minn. – It may be easier to get a drink on Sundays in a half-dozen west central Minnesota cities.
DICKINSON, N.D. - Representatives from a Sidney, Mont., natural gas gathering and processing facility are coming to Dickinson High School in Dickinson, N.D.
KILLDEER, N.D. — Minneapolis-based Oppidan Investment Co. has announced plans to develop an apartment development in Killdeer to serve the oil-related growth in the city.
DICKINSON, N.D. - As part of a national initiative, Theodore Roosevelt National Park has proposed increasing entrance and camping fees for park-goers.
FARGO, N.D. - A new four-story hotel is rising in south Fargo.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – Thanks to television networks like HGTV and the Internet, customers of Braaten Cabinets know so much more today about home design and remodeling than when the company was formed 40 years ago, according to co-owner Terry Braaten.RELATED CONTENT
CHICAGO/LONDON - Pasta lovers are not savoring the lowest wheat prices in years.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - CHS Inc., the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy grains and foods company, announced earnings for fiscal 2014 of $1.1 billion, the second highest in its history.RELATED CONTENT
DALLAS - Voters approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the north Texas town of Denton on Tuesday, making it the first city in the Lone Star State to outlaw the oil and gas extraction technique behind the U.S. energy boom.
WILLISTON, N.D. - Sportsman’s Warehouse will open a location in Williston’s newest retail shopping area in 2015.
BISMARCK - After a drop in earnings, MDU Resources Group announced it plans to get out of oil production and consider a second North Dakota diesel fuel refinery during its third-quarter earnings conference call Tuesday.
OKLAHOMA CITY - During the divorce trial of oil baron Harold Hamm and wife Sue Ann, an unusual relationship took shape in the Oklahoma courtroom as the marriage was being dismantled.
FARGO, N.D. – The Transportation Security Administration has opened a TSA PreCheck lane at Hector International Airport.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans will charge ahead early in 2015 with a bill to approve the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, a move that would back President Barack Obama into a corner and set the tone for how the party taking control of Congress will govern the next two years.RELATED CONTENT
Northland Community and Technical College has issued layoff notices to a handful of employees to compensate for a budget deficit in the coming fiscal year.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Student athletes at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks said they want their school’s new nickname to be unique and evoke a sense of pride.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – The State Board of Higher Education will take initial steps Thursday toward selecting a new chancellor.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Raven Industries Inc. announced Nov. 3 that its Engineered Films Division (EFD) has acquired Integra Plastics Inc. for approximately $48 million in cash and stock.
BISMARCK – North Dakota voters emphatically rejected a ballot measure Tuesday that would have dedicated millions and potentially billions of dollars in oil tax revenue for conservation projects over the next 25 years.
FARGO, N.D. – In incomplete and unofficial returns Tuesday night, North Dakota voters said “no” – in a big way – to initiated Measure 7, which aimed to change the state’s pharmacy ownership law.RELATED CONTENT
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Responding to the first request in about a decade, Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved awarding $446,120 from the county’s revolving loan fund to assist a Worthington business expansion project.
MITCHELL, S.D. - As of late Tuesday night, the ballot measure to raise the minimum wage looked like it would pass, with most the state's votes counted.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Authorities searched the home of former Corn Palace Director Mark Schilling last week, and new details of the investigation have since emerged in court documents filed in conjunction with the search.
A big night for U.S. Senate Republicans could mean big things for the nation’s energy industry, Sen. John Hoeven said late Tuesday.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - When Ebola patients are transported by air in various parts of the world, a medical stretcher made by Fargo-based Spectrum Aeromed is likely in the picture.RELATED CONTENT
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Freight trains will travel a little faster through Devils Lake beginning Wednesday.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Target said it will close 11 stores nationwide by February, including its store in Austin, Minn.
BISMARCK -- Voters have decided to stick with North Dakota’s current higher education governance system.
FARGO, N.D. – The metro area’s largest manufacturing plant announced a round of layoffs today.
MITCHELL, S.D. - The Mitchell City Council approved on Monday a $283,000 purchase for the exterior of the Corn Palace, deciding on ceramic tile to replace the brick covering on the outside of the building currently.
MITCHELL, S.D. - though the decision won’t be the city’s, the Mitchell City Council gave its approval for setting the boundaries of a proposed tax increment financing (TIF) district in Davison County for Wild Oak Golf Club.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Setting aside the location question for now, the Mitchell City Council decided Monday night to pursue the most expensive indoor pool option currently on the table with an estimated cost of $8 million.
DICKINSON, N.D. - After more than two years without one, Dickinson will have a professional dry cleaning and laundry service.
BISMARCK - A Watford City apartment complex will receive about $1.25 million in development support from North Dakota’s Housing Incentive Fund, the state Industrial Commission announced Monday.
NEW TOWN, N.D. - A change in leadership at an American Indian reservation in North Dakota wouldn't normally get a whole lot of attention. But come Tuesday, the oil industry will be watching this dusty area of the state as two reformers vie to become tribal chairman, an office with outsized power over the course of the state's booming oil industry.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON - Sprint announced on Monday it will fire 2,000 employees as the company attempts to cut costs and turn around several quarters of losses.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – In the eleventh hour, Friends of the Kirkbride has apparently saved the effort to renovate the former regional treatment center and city landmark.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – When Orlyen Stensgard commanded the American Legion here in 1971, he and a friend in Veterans of Foreign Wars realized that, with interest in veterans groups declining, they had better stop competing so hard for members.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota Nickname and Logo Task Force plans to invite more people to its stakeholder input forums after a few people backed out after saying they could attend.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Federal grant funds will be awarded to housing, health care, emergency assistance and senior citizen-focused projects following a Monday decision by Grand Forks City Council.
DULUTH, Minn. - Duluth Metals, the firm that's been pushing to build a copper-nickel mine in northeast Minnesota, said Monday it is selling is operations to Chilean mining giant Antofagasta PLC for about $85 million.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Willmar City Council members Monday night resolved a possible funding problem for a proposed $3.6 million industrial park improvement project.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Heritage Bancshares Group Inc., the parent company of Heritage Bank N.A., will become an employee-owned company through an employee stock ownership plan, bank management announced Monday.
DICKINSON, N.D. - Bakken Oil Express, the rail terminal just southwest of Dickinson, recently shipped its 1,000th train unit mark, the company announced Monday.
DICKINSON, N.D. — Rob Remark is a lonely soul. At least for the time being.RELATED CONTENT
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Paul Gunderson gets excited when showing off equipment and talking about farming at Lake Region State College’s Precision Agriculture Center.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – Seven months after The Hub switched from a bar to an events center, the building’s concert hall, The Venue, will lower the curtain on live shows.RELATED CONTENT
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – WE Fest, one of the biggest country music festivals in the country, has been sold to Townsquare Media, a Connecticut-based media company.RELATED CONTENT
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — A motion was granted by the Nobles County District Court on Friday to give the city authority to complete a structural assessment on the Northland Mall — similar to the one performed on the Kmart building.
ROUND LAKE, Minn. — An excavator and a dirt mover began clearing the way Thursday morning for a new, 5,000-square-foot reception hall and wine cellar on the grounds of Round Lake Vineyards & Winery.RELATED CONTENT
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has launched three new initiatives that offer assistance to help small businesses in Minnesota expand or improve their operations.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Kari Kirchmeyer said she's ready to work.RELATED CONTENT
PORCUPINE, N.D. — Douglas Skye said it’s a good thing he and his companion are such tough Indians, because if they weren’t, they’d be dead.
MITCHELL, S.D. - The man who until Friday morning was in line to become the next director of the Corn Palace once faced multiple felony charges for misappropriating funds while working for his family’s business.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK — Energy companies working with state government recently launched an online curriculum for fourth- and eighth-graders about the state’s power sources: petroleum, natural gas, coal, wind, solar power and biofuels, to name a few.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - Eighteen people have applied to be East Grand Forks’ new Economic Development Authority director.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A commercial space on South Washington Street is up for grabs after sandwich restaurant Quiznos closed there last month.
FARGO, N.D. – Add the local construction industry to the list of those who say their business is being hurt by delays due to congestion on the railways.RELATED CONTENT
BELCOURT, N.D. — As Sam LaRocque drove his red pickup around the pastures of his family’s cattle ranch, he talked about life in seemingly the only area of North Dakota where opportunity is hard to come by.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - On the surface, punk rock music and Mediterranean archaeology have little in common.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- It was about 5 a.m. on Thanksgiving 2012 when Kendall Jensen awoke with some discomfort in his shoulder.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. – After a lease dispute nearly sidelined their doughnut shop last year, Constance and Jeff Colburn are once again serving up their signature sweets in downtown Williston.RELATED CONTENT
Fargo - Gigi’s Cupcakes are known for their signature frosting “swirl.”RELATED CONTENT
Fargo - Lucy’s North Chinese Cuisine has opened a second location in Fargo at 4323 45th St. S.
North Dakota's calling card: Pride of Dakota products adapt to appeal to out-of-staters, gift givers
Fargo - Visitors seeking souvenirs at Hector International Airport typically ask for two things: “What is something local? What is something I’m not going to find in other airports I travel to?” said Kevin Clapp, gift shop manager.RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS – An email a stranger sent to the North Dakota University System’s computer security officer on the morning of Feb. 7 was the first sign that there had been a security breach.
Tesoro Corp. doesn't expect to add stabilizers that remove flammable natural gas liquids from crude in North Dakota's prolific Bakken shale, where the company is expanding its pipeline infrastructure, Chief Executive Officer Greg Goff said on Friday.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — As area farmers finish up the 2014 harvest, they have quickly learned that, like the weather, the crop yields have created a pattern of extremes.RELATED CONTENT
NEW YORK — Plummeting oil prices are pushing some of the small-cap companies which flourished as part of the U.S. shale energy boom close to their breaking point, while also prompting some well-known fund managers to aggressively buy energy stocks.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A new report ranks North Dakota’s business tax climate in the middle of pack, while Minnesota comes out near the bottom.
Here are some Halloween factoids from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Retail Federation:RELATED CONTENT
SEATTLE – Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday it cut about 3,000 jobs, effectively completing its plan to reduce its workforce by 18,000, or 14 percent of total staff, announced in July.
Faculty union representatives have condemned Minnesota’s system-wide higher education restructuring efforts, citing issues with transparency.
HILLSBORO, N.D. - Jon Bertsch and his sister, Allison Lee, didn’t plan on becoming farmers.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Sugar Alliance has praised the tentative agreement between the Mexican and U.S. governments to place limits on Mexican sugar shipments to the U.S. and to suspend the antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of sugar from Mexico.
ST. PAUL -- The Sandpiper pipeline will remain in limbo until the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission can review all outstanding petitions, the body decided Thursday.
FARGO, N.D. – A mechanical contractor here filed a complaint against North Dakota State University and the State Board of Higher Education in August regarding the 2009 collapse of Minard Hall, according to court documents.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. - Halloween is a time for light-hearted fun, handing out treats and letting alter egos run free.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK – State government leaders said they are finalizing comments urging two federal agencies to withdraw a proposed rule that Gov. Jack Dalrymple said would “drastically expand” federal authority over North Dakota waters.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks has acquired a house on University Avenue after the State Board of Higher Education gave their approval at a meeting Thursday.RELATED CONTENT
Independent health care organizations stress collaboration, local participation for continued successRELATED CONTENT
Tour helps manufacturers highlight workforce woes, opportunities for educatorsRELATED CONTENT
Bemidji’s Paul Bunyan Communications to install massive high-speed internet networkRELATED CONTENT
Anticipated $800 million in state funds offers opportunity for infrastructure, support projectsRELATED CONTENT
Minot, N.D., continues to expand, adapt to new size, demandsRELATED CONTENT
When putting together this issue, it struck me (again) how wide the area is we cover and how the topics we address each month can seem equally vast.RELATED CONTENT
Entrepreneurs create value through building a profitable ongoing business enterprise.RELATED CONTENT
I collect inspiring Native American proverbs.RELATED CONTENT
Jeff Plagge’s day job as a banker is to steer the ship as the president and CEO of Northwest Financial Corp. of Arnolds Park, Iowa.RELATED CONTENT
Developing strong partnerships provides key opportunities to economic growth. Economic development professionals work on local and regional collaborations.RELATED CONTENT
Businesses servicing the sustained growth in the Bakken oilfields are finding more and more just how important transportation decisions are in determining overall success.RELATED CONTENT