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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. The Blandin Broadband award will be made official today during a program in Brainerd.
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