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TALK OF THE TOWN: City of change

TALK OF THE TOWN: City of change

Minot, N.D., continues to expand, adapt to new size, demands...

HIGHER EDUCATION: Show and Tell

HIGHER EDUCATION: Show and Tell

Tour helps manufacturers highlight workforce woes, opportunities for educators ...

HEALTH CARE: Keeping it Local

HEALTH CARE: Keeping it Local

Independent health care organizations stress collaboration, local participation for continued success...

Getting in the GigaZone

Getting in the GigaZone

Bemidji’s Paul Bunyan Communications to install massive high-speed internet network...

Alco stores closing in ND, Minn.

Alco stores closing in ND, Minn.

All 198 Alco stores, including several in the upper Red River Valley, are going out of business, the company announced last week.

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Minnesota West Foundation receives $12,000 AT&T donation for new college course

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.

Manufacturing training available to SW Minn. businesses, workers

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.

Quality of SD's roads declining

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.

MDU eyes Minot area for second diesel refinery

MDU eyes Minot area for second diesel refinery

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.

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Report: Oil, gas methane rules to help meet climate targets

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.

Ranch, Stockmen’s post reward for stolen cattle

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.

EPA rule on ethanol in gasoline pushed back to 2015

BISMARCK — A federal agency is delaying its finalization of a rule that would impact the ethanol industry.

Huff Hills ski resort has earliest opener ever

MANDAN, N.D. — For the first time ever, Huff Hills has opened before Thanksgiving thanks to the recent streak of frigid weather.

Former workers’ comp insider says agency sacrificing workers to save employers money

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.

DSU Foundation's nonprofit’s status could be revoked

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.

With Baker Hughes, Halliburton cements leading ND oil role

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.

Twenty Below Coffee opens in Fargo and more biz news

FARGO, N.D. - Twenty Below Coffee Co. has opened in Fargo as an online seller of coffee beans and products associated with brewing coffee.

Changing names can be a risky step for businesses

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.

Concordia College event lets shoppers buy local foods for Thanksgiving dinner

Concordia College event  lets shoppers buy local foods for Thanksgiving dinner

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.

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Some national retailers promote decision to stay closed on Thanksgiving

Some national retailers promote decision to stay closed on Thanksgiving

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The term “Black Friday” is slowly becoming a misnomer as more retailers begin opening their doors on Thursday.

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Call center adding jobs downtown GF and more biz news

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 Mountain Recreation Area reopens after $8.5M renovation

Detroit Mountain Recreation Area reopens after $8.5M renovation

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.

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Dangers, benefits of self-diagnosis via online sources such as WebMD

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Feeling fatigued? Maybe it’s cancer, anemia, diabetes or imminent death. Or maybe it’s not.

St. Paul among locations where Walmart workers announce Black Friday protests

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.

Prairie Business December issue highlights

Prairie Business December issue highlights

Editor Kris Bevill with highlights from the December issue.

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Bids awarded for Rice Hospital project

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.

Council takes steps to release federal funding for Willmar airport

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.

SD's CTE program increases students awareness of higher education opportunities

BURKE — Cole McCarty is pretty sure what he wants to study when he goes to college.

ND landowners want pipeline info center

ND landowners want pipeline info center

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.

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Sunbutter gains in popularity

FARGO, N.D. - Dan Hofland once drove around to area grocery stores with cases of Sunbutter in the back of his pickup.

NDSU push to run its own email withdrawn after chancellor's opposition

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.

US Thanksgiving meal costs barely rise as price of turkey slips

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.

Altru receives grant to expand care

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.

Scan Design celebrates 10 years in business

Scan Design celebrates 10 years in business

FARGO, N.D. - Scan Design in downtown Fargo is throwing a birthday party and everyone’s invited.

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Grand Forks CEO wins state economic development award

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.

ND SBHE has nothing to say on record about DSU problems

ND SBHE has nothing to say on record about DSU problems

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.

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ND SBHE receives some constructive criticism

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.

UND nickname task force still collecting, crunching data

UND nickname task force still collecting, crunching data

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.

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Fargo company creates app to monitor drones

Fargo company creates app to monitor drones

FARGO, N.D. - The news clip about a drone entering busy airspace and nearly colliding with an aircraft caught Shawn Muehler’s eye.

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Admission requirements to rise at NDSU, UND

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.

AGCO Jackson reduces workforce

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 to pay brokers $7.4M to settle bonus lawsuit

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 group has major plans for downtown

Williston group has major plans for downtown

WILLISTON, N.D. — With an influx of new stores, the growing Williston Downtowners Association has big plans.

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Barons rezone permit tabled indefinitely

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.

ND average gas prices drop below $3 per gallon

ND average gas prices drop below $3 per gallon

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.

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AgCountry eyes land near interstate in Grand Forks

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.

UAS experts look to capitalize on growing industry

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.

1st-year UND students will be required to live on campus

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.

Film professor 11th MSUM professor to win national award

Film professor 11th MSUM professor to win national award

MOORHEAD, Minn. – A film professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead became the school’s 11th Minnesota Professor of the Year on Thursday.

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New UND dean of nursing ready to meet need for health care workers

New UND dean of nursing ready to meet need for health care workers

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.

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Oil boom, pipeline safety put Enbridge on the spot

Oil boom, pipeline safety put Enbridge on the spot

MOORHEAD, Minn. - Plans for a new oil pipeline across northern Minnesota are bringing increased scrutiny to Enbridge, the company that wants to build it.

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Tax abatement approved for Oil-Air Products to move to Willmar

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 City Council delays land purchase agreement for Priam substation

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 gets help from Blandin to increase Internet access

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.

Draft audit details DSU Foundation’s debt issues

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 tribal leader seeks partnerships to solve oil issues

New tribal leader seeks partnerships to solve oil issues

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.

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Appareo signs joint venture to develop advanced machine control systems

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.

Cable One switching to all digital

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 based AE2S to add 50 jobs in next year

Grand Forks based AE2S to add 50 jobs in next year

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks-based Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services plans to hire more than 50 new employees in 2015.

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NDUS compliance officer refutes accusations of poor job performance after being put on leave

NDUS compliance officer refutes accusations of poor job performance after being put on leave

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.

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EGF Riverwalk Centre to be sold for $950,000

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - The East Grand Forks City Council voted Tuesday to sell the Riverwalk Centre for $950,000.

Grafton uses housing incentive to stem population decline, stabilize community

Grafton uses housing incentive to stem population decline, stabilize community

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.

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Keystone XL pipeline bill fails to pass by one vote in Senate

Keystone XL pipeline bill fails to pass by one vote in Senate

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.

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SD pheasant opener to be featured on NBC Sports Network

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.

Keystone XL chances dim in U.S. Senate as King says 'no'

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.

Groundwater study: no contamination in Bakken, Three Forks formations

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.

Automated CPR machine adds health care hand

Automated CPR machine adds health care hand

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.

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UND takes nickname debate to 5 ND cities

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.

F-M area cities hiring more to keep up with growth

F-M area cities hiring more to keep up with growth

FARGO, N.D. – Pierre Freeman walked briskly around the convenience store, his eyes scanning the floors, the shelves, the counters.

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Keystone U.S. Senate vote hangs in balance after Obama remarks

Keystone U.S. Senate vote hangs in balance after Obama remarks

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.

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ND Lawmakers question extra money for state employees in oil patch

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.

Family that set up scholarship with DSU-foundation questions where money went

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.

Health care reform still causing uncertainty

Health care reform still causing uncertainty

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The new head of the largest health insurance provider in North Dakota is optimistic about its financial performance in 2014.

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Ag shippers request service arbitration

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.

Simplot GMO potato approved

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.

ND eyes dairy turnaround

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North Dakota officials are fine-tuning plans for an upcoming conference on revitalizing the state’s long-declining dairy industry.

Forecast shows improving finances for Willmar's Rice Hospital

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.

8,800-head dairy OKed for operation west of Willmar

PENNOCK, Minn. — Construction of an 8,800-animal-unit dairy operation will begin next spring west of Willmar, Minn.

Weather, pinch on supplies drive cattle prices up

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.

NDUS seeks company to manage data center

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The North Dakota University System’s new data center in Grand Forks is looking for a little outside help.

Possible conflicts of interest with DSU Foundation

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.

Despite low prices, companies keep investing in oil patch

Despite low prices, companies keep investing in oil patch

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.

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Longtime owner of lakes landmark gives up keys

Longtime owner of lakes landmark gives up keys

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.

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West Coast labor disputes hurt Minn. exporters

Every month, Brushvale Seed in Breckenridge, Minn., typically prepares to ship about 100 containers of specialty soybeans to overseas customers.

Western ND couple’s retail store risk pays off

Western ND couple’s retail store risk pays off

STANLEY, N.D. – In 1996, Ruth and Robert “Hod” Hysjulien took a risk despite a flat economy in their small western North Dakota town.

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Midcontinent bringing gigabit Internet access to ND

Midcontinent bringing gigabit Internet access to ND

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.

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Halliburton to buy Baker Hughes for about $35 billion

Halliburton to buy Baker Hughes for about $35 billion

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.

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Proposed ND meat plant to launch investor campaign

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.

Local couple tries national home-rental trend

Local couple tries national home-rental trend

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.

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Quantum drops Billings as site for refinery; but still has options in ND

BILLINGS, Mont. - Quantum Energy Inc. has apparently dropped a Billings, Mont., site from its plans to build refineries in Montana and North Dakota.

GF retailers reach customers through web stores

GF retailers reach customers through web stores

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.

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Cutting back flaring reduces ND new oil well completions

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.

Happy Harry’s unveils growler stations and more biz news

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops has added some new hardware for beer lovers in Grand Forks.

Lawmakers eye wind energy tax credit extension

Lawmakers eye wind energy tax credit extension

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.

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Duluth-based hotel chain puts together a package deal to sell properties

DULUTH, Minn. - Duluth-based ZMC Hotels, which owns and operates 28 hotels around the country, is putting its properties up for sale.

New Fargo hotel owners spending millions on renovations

New Fargo hotel owners spending millions on renovations

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.

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UND gets mixed reviews on teacher prep report

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.

U of M testing sulfate eating bacteria to clean up mine waste

U of M testing sulfate eating bacteria to clean up mine waste

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.

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Wis. has 1 of only 3 female head brewers in the state

Wis. has 1 of only 3 female head brewers  in the state

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.

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Democrats expect Obama to veto pipeline bill if it passes Senate

Democrats expect Obama to veto pipeline bill if it passes Senate

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.

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Great Northern Transmission Line route altered

Great Northern Transmission Line route altered

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A Duluth, Minn., power company is amending the route for a proposed transmission line in northwest Minnesota.

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US House votes to approve Keystone, Senate prospects remain unclear

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.

Hubbard Broadcasting to buy Northern MN radio network

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.

Baker Hughes says in preliminary merger talks with Halliburton

Baker Hughes says in preliminary merger talks with Halliburton

(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.

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Forbes: ND 2nd best state for business

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.

ND Legacy Fund could top $230B by 2060

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.

Officials anticipate smoother ride for 2015 Obamacare registrants

Officials anticipate smoother ride for 2015 Obamacare registrants

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.

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ND Industrial Commission considers oil conditioning standards

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.

More BNSF trains derail near site of fiery 2013 crash

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.

House Republicans push Keystone bill, Senate approval uncertain

House Republicans push Keystone bill, Senate approval uncertain

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.

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Polaris buys ATV accessory brand

Polaris Industries has purchased the Pro Armor brand of all terrain vehicle accessories, the company announced Wednesday.

Source: BNSF puts halt on adding oil cars

Source: BNSF puts halt on adding oil cars

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.

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Virtual success: Game designers build business with virtual reality video games

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 wind turbine plant to make larger blades

GRAND FORKS – LM Wind Power is remodeling its Grand Forks plant to accommodate the construction of longer wind turbine blades.

Farm groups, ag tech companies agree on data privacy standards

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.

Ex-wife of US oil baron to appeal $1 billion divorce award

Ex-wife of US oil baron to appeal $1 billion divorce award

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.

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Snow good news for some Minn. businesses

Snow good news for some Minn. businesses

WILLMAR, Minn. — Not everyone is cursing the foot of heavy, wet snow that fell this week in west central Minnesota.

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Fire forces temporary oil refinery evacuation

Fire forces temporary oil refinery evacuation

ST. PAUL PARK — A tower fire forced a temporary evacuation Tuesday at Northern Tier Energy’s oil refinery in St. Paul Park.

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US transportation boss tours SD

US transportation boss tours SD

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.

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Bakery opens in downtown Dickinson

Bakery opens in downtown Dickinson

DICKINSON, N.D. - Tennessee native Shannon Vaughn has realized her lifelong dream by opening a bakery.

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'Urgent' memo urges improvement at U.S. Wal-Mart stores

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.

Customers get a first look at the new aluminum-bodied truck

Customers get a first look at the new aluminum-bodied truck

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.

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Low crop prices could spell tougher times for Minn. farmers

WINDOM, Minn. – For southern Minnesota farmer Michael Wojahn, early November typically brings the sense of celebration that comes with a finished harvest.

Senate Democrats may vote on Keystone in lame duck session

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.

Low oil prices to bite into 2015 US shale growth

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.

Popular Fargo pizza parlor says hello to Happy Joe himself

Popular Fargo pizza parlor says hello to Happy Joe himself

FARGO, N.D. - You could say Tuesday was a happy day for Cheryl and Mike Post.

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Sanford hospital project to shift to enclosing structure's frame

Sanford hospital project to shift to enclosing structure's frame

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.

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Microsoft unveils first Lumia smartphone without Nokia name

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.

GF planners want to fill in holes of city's development

GF planners want to fill in holes of city's development

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.

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Moorhead faculty join vote of ‘no confidence’ in chancellor

Moorhead faculty join vote of ‘no confidence’ in chancellor

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.

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2 NDUS employees put on administrative leave

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Two upper level employees have been placed on paid administrative leave by the North Dakota University System.

GF company to submit proposal on how to treat Ebola

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 must face U.S. lawsuit over vanishing iPhone text messages

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.

Grocery store is Fargo entrepreneur’s latest venture

Grocery store is Fargo entrepreneur’s latest venture

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.

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Willmar Utilities Commission OKs land accord for Priam substation

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.

MTI adapting to new rules for reporting campus crime

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.

Crooked Crane Trail moves forward with 'master plan'

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.

Stark County Veterans Memorial faces construction delays

Stark County Veterans Memorial faces construction delays

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.

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More at the office opting to go chair-free

More at the office opting to go chair-free

FARGO, N.D. - Mid-afternoon can be a difficult time in the office.

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East Grand Forks council talks sale of Riverwalk Centre

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - East Grand Forks City Council members discussed the sale of the Riverwalk Centre behind closed doors Monday.

UND nickname task force to hold input meetings statewide

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.

NDSU students submit essays required by UND prank punishment

NDSU students submit essays required by UND prank punishment

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.

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F-M set to wow 2018 Special Olympics USA selection committee

F-M set to wow 2018 Special Olympics USA selection committee

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.

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BNSF says it will keep spending to fix rail car shortage

BNSF says it will keep spending to fix rail car shortage

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.

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Gas prices in northwestern Minn. drop as low as $2.73 in some cities

Gas prices in northwestern Minn. drop as low as $2.73 in some cities

CROOKSTON, Minn. — Gas pumps have been working overtime here lately, as fuel prices dipped to $2.77 per gallon.

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Experts: Apple iOS bug makes devices vulnerable to attack

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.

US Postal Service reports data breach affecting employees, call center

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.

Continental CEO Hamm ordered to pay $995M in divorce

Continental CEO Hamm ordered to pay $995M in divorce

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.

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WE Fest faces new chapter

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - For just the second time in its 32-year history, WE Fest is under new ownership.

UND nickname forums wrap up

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.

Agreement would send ag commodities from ND to Port of Vancouver

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 nonprofits eye unified center

Dickinson nonprofits eye unified center

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.

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Minnesota West now part of 'Charting the Future' effort

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.

BNSF finishes $400M in upgrades in ND

BNSF finishes $400M in upgrades in ND

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.

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Two promoted to VP positions at Forum Communications

Two promoted to VP positions at Forum Communications

FARGO, N.D. – Forum Communications Co. has promoted Matthew McMillan to vice president of newspapers and Mary Jo Hotzler to vice president of content.

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Hayloft Antiques closing shop, moving and more biz news

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.

Antlers horn their way into new markets

Antlers horn their way into new markets

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.

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F-M businesses honor vets with freebies

F-M businesses honor vets with freebies

FARGO, N.D. - They’ve served us. Now, area businesses are serving them.

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Shipping companies expand GF operations, prepare for holidays

Shipping companies expand GF operations, prepare for holidays

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Two shipping companies are preparing for a record holiday season while they expand their Grand Forks operations.

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Ferguson Books adds movie rentals and more biz news

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.

ND's Volden Farm Bed and Breakfast is 'a piece of artwork'

ND's Volden Farm Bed and Breakfast is 'a piece of artwork'

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.

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After win, ND pharmacists are still wary Measure 7 issue will resurface

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.

Minn. company restores a fabled aviation masterpiece

Minn. company restores a fabled aviation masterpiece

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.

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UND students, faculty build interactive state map

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.

As oil prices fall, ND budget officials mull impact

As oil prices fall, ND budget officials mull impact

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.

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2014 value of construction in Jamestown 3 times higher than 2013

2014 value of construction in Jamestown 3 times higher than 2013

It has been a very good year for construction in Jamestown, according to Gary Klundt, building inspector.

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Dignitaries tour new Dickinson hospital

Dignitaries tour new Dickinson hospital

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.

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Biofuels industry waits for EPA’s final ruling on mandated use

GRAND FORKS — An upcoming government ruling on biofuels mandates is important to the industry’s future, said David Ripplinger, a biofuels economist.

Despite service woes, BNSF posts strong earnings

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.

Business loan fund gets $1.1 million from feds

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.

ND wind farm project revived after lawsuit concerning endangered birds

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.

MnSCU, faculty to go to mediation to resolve dispute over system's future

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 says 53 million more email addresses stolen

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.

Going out on a limb, North Dakota oil titan scraps hedges

Going out on a limb, North Dakota oil titan scraps hedges

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.

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Longtime leader of NDSU alumni group resigns

Longtime leader of NDSU alumni group resigns

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.

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PurNet breaks ground in Worthington

PurNet breaks ground in Worthington

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.

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Davison County approves golf course TIF boundaries

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.

Avera Queen of Peace Hospital to offer dialysis services

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.

6 Minn. towns give Sunday liquor a thumbs-up

WILLMAR, Minn. – It may be easier to get a drink on Sundays in a half-dozen west central Minnesota cities.

ONEOK to host DHS student seminars

DICKINSON, N.D. - Representatives from a Sidney, Mont., natural gas gathering and processing facility are coming to Dickinson High School in Dickinson, N.D.

Company plans 126-unit Killdeer apartment complex

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.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park set to increase fees

DICKINSON, N.D. - As part of a national initiative, Theodore Roosevelt National Park has proposed increasing entrance and camping fees for park-goers.

Clubhouse Hotel and Suites taking shape in south Fargo

Clubhouse Hotel and Suites taking shape in south Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - A new four-story hotel is rising in south Fargo.

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Braaten Cabinets marks 40 years

Braaten Cabinets marks 40 years

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.

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Pasta prices on the boil after global durum crop disappoints

CHICAGO/LONDON - Pasta lovers are not savoring the lowest wheat prices in years.

CHS posts $1.1B in earnings, second highest in history

CHS posts $1.1B in earnings, second highest in history

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.

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Texas city bans fracking in its birthplace, court battles loom

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.

Sportsman’s Warehouse coming to Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. - Sportsman’s Warehouse will open a location in Williston’s newest retail shopping area in 2015.

MDU plans to sell oil production company, add 2nd refinery in ND

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.

In oil baron's divorce, company lawyer plays star role

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.

TSA PreCheck lane opens at Fargo airport

TSA PreCheck lane opens at Fargo airport

FARGO, N.D. – The Transportation Security Administration has opened a TSA PreCheck lane at Hector International Airport.

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Emboldened Republicans to strike early on Keystone pipeline approval

Emboldened Republicans to strike early on Keystone pipeline approval

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.

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NCTC issues layoff notices

NCTC issues layoff notices

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.

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Athletes, faculty weigh in on UND nickname

Athletes, faculty weigh in on UND nickname

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.

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Search for new NDUS chancellor begins Thursday

BISMARCK – The State Board of Higher Education will take initial steps Thursday toward selecting a new chancellor.

Raven Industries acquires Integra Plastics for $48M

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.

ND voters reject conservation fund supported by oil tax money

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.

North Dakotans say ‘no’ to pharmacy measure

North Dakotans say ‘no’ to pharmacy measure

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.

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Minn. county OKs revolving loan funds for PurNet expansion

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.

SD minimum wage measure takes lead early

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.

Former Palace director's home searched; affidavit shows $1K in mishandled gift cards

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.

Hoeven believes Keystone XL can now get 60 votes

Hoeven believes Keystone XL can now get 60 votes

A big night for U.S. Senate Republicans could mean big things for the nation’s energy industry, Sen. John Hoeven said late Tuesday.

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Stretcher used in Ebola transports made in Fargo

Stretcher used in Ebola transports made in Fargo

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.

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Freight trains in Devils Lake to pick up speed

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Freight trains will travel a little faster through Devils Lake beginning Wednesday.

Target to close 11 stores nationwide

MINNEAPOLIS -- Target said it will close 11 stores nationwide by February, including its store in Austin, Minn.

ND SBHE governing board remains same after voters reject Measure 3

BISMARCK -- Voters have decided to stick with North Dakota’s current higher education governance system.

Case plant in Fargo will lay off 40 by end of year

FARGO, N.D. – The metro area’s largest manufacturing plant announced a round of layoffs today.

Exterior tile approved for Corn Palace

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 City Council gives TIF consent for golf course

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 City Council pursues $8 million pool option

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.

Paradise Dry Cleaners plans to open Nov. 10

DICKINSON, N.D. - After more than two years without one, Dickinson will have a professional dry cleaning and laundry service.

McKenzie County housing development receives funding

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.

Can MHA tribal chair candidates slow an oil boom?

Can MHA tribal chair candidates slow an oil boom?

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.

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Sprint cuts 2000 jobs, more leadership changes to come

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.

Friends of the Kirkbride makes 11th-hour proposal to save Fergus Falls landmark

Friends of the Kirkbride makes 11th-hour proposal to save Fergus Falls landmark

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.

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F-M veterans groups raising funds for $5M shared headquarters

F-M veterans groups raising funds for $5M shared headquarters

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.

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UND nickname task force seeks more forum attendees

UND nickname task force seeks more forum attendees

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.

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GF City Council approves grant funding plan for local projects

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 Metals selling copper interests to Chilean mining giant for $85M

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 OKs funding $3.6M industrial park project

WILLMAR, Minn. — Willmar City Council members Monday night resolved a possible funding problem for a proposed $3.6 million industrial park improvement project.

Heritage Bank launches employee stock ownership plan

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.

BOE ships 1,000 crude oil trains in 3 years

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.

GF based JLG Architects expands into Dickinson

GF based JLG Architects expands into Dickinson

DICKINSON, N.D. — Rob Remark is a lonely soul. At least for the time being.

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LRSC students study ag potential of UAS

LRSC students study ag potential of UAS

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.

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The Venue pulls the plug on concerts

The Venue pulls the plug on concerts

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.

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WE Fest sold to East Coast media company

WE Fest sold to East Coast media company

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.

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City to conduct structural assessment on Worthington's Northland Mall

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.

Minn.'s Round Lake Vineyards expanding

Minn.'s Round Lake Vineyards expanding

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.

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Minn. adds initiatives to boost small business growth

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.

Building a sense of community on Mitchell's Main Street

Building a sense of community on Mitchell's Main Street

MITCHELL, S.D. - Kari Kirchmeyer said she's ready to work.

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Easement dispute keeps couple from water, electricity

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.

Man chosen as Palace director previously charged with felonies, withdraws name

Man chosen as Palace director previously charged with felonies, withdraws name

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.

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New curriculum sponsored by oil companies doesn’t address environment

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 gets 18 EDA director applications

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - Eighteen people have applied to be East Grand Forks’ new Economic Development Authority director.

Sandwich store closes, pub to open and more biz news

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A commercial space on South Washington Street is up for grabs after sandwich restaurant Quiznos closed there last month.

Rail delays also hitting construction industry hard

Rail delays also hitting construction industry hard

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.

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Federal funding fuels progress at Turtle Mountain

Federal funding fuels progress at Turtle Mountain

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.

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UND’s digital press publishes its first book

UND’s digital press publishes its first book

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - On the surface, punk rock music and Mediterranean archaeology have little in common.

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Accessing heart via wrist to clear blockages becoming more common practice

Accessing heart via wrist to clear blockages becoming more common practice

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- It was about 5 a.m. on Thanksgiving 2012 when Kendall Jensen awoke with some discomfort in his shoulder.

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Faces of the boom: Carving a sweet niche

Faces of the boom: Carving a sweet niche

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.

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Give it a swirl: Gigi’s Cupcakes opens in Fargo

Give it a swirl: Gigi’s Cupcakes opens in Fargo

Fargo - Gigi’s Cupcakes are known for their signature frosting “swirl.”

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Lucy's restaurant expands and other biz news

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

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.

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Audit: Culture of insecurity led to NDUS security breach

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 doesn't expect to add stabilizers to Bakken oil operation

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 area farmers disappointed in crop yields

Worthington area farmers disappointed in crop yields

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.

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Oil price declines have small-cap shale investors scrambling

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.

Report: ND business tax structure 25th in nation

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.

Halloween packs an economic punch

Halloween packs an economic punch

Here are some Halloween factoids from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Retail Federation:

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Microsoft cuts 'small number' of jobs in Fargo

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 reps pull out of MnSCU's restructuring effort

Faculty union representatives have condemned Minnesota’s system-wide higher education restructuring efforts, citing issues with transparency.

Young siblings learn as they go after taking over family farm

Young siblings learn as they go after taking over family farm

HILLSBORO, N.D. - Jon Bertsch and his sister, Allison Lee, didn’t plan on becoming farmers.

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Sugar alliance praises US, Mexican agreement

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.

Enbridge denied request to not explore alternate pipeline routes

ST. PAUL -- The Sandpiper pipeline will remain in limbo until the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission can review all outstanding petitions, the body decided Thursday.

3rd complaint filed in Minard Hall collapse, this time against NDSU

3rd complaint filed in Minard Hall collapse, this time against NDSU

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.

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Many businesses okay with employees dressing up for Halloween

Many businesses okay with employees dressing up for Halloween

FARGO, N.D. - Halloween is a time for light-hearted fun, handing out treats and letting alter egos run free.

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