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BUSINESS INSIDER: Building communities in mind and infrastructure

BUSINESS INSIDER: Building communities in mind and infrastructure

KLJ leader Niles Hushka takes active role in community ...

CONSTRUCTION CORNER: Much-needed upgrade

CONSTRUCTION CORNER: Much-needed upgrade

Century-old South Dakota veteran’s home gets replaced with modernized facility...

ENERGY: Turning out turbines

ENERGY: Turning out turbines

Family-owned Dakota Turbines targets small producers with innovative...

TRANSPORTATION: Keeping Progress Moving

TRANSPORTATION: Keeping Progress Moving

Officials, industry prepare for another busy year of highway construction...

HEALTH CARE: Here comes HERO

HEALTH CARE: Here comes HERO

Nonprofit Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization expands ability to collect, distribute supplies, eyes regional growth...

Avian flu confirmed in second North Dakota flock

BISMARCK -- A positive test for avian influenza may impact more than 70,000 birds in a commercial flock in LaMoure County.

MTI named semi-finalist for national award

MTI named semi-finalist for national award

Mitchell Technical Institute is one step closer to a national award in ACT's third National College and Career Readiness campaign. Four two-year schools from across the United States were notified Thursday that they have been selected as exemplar semi-finalists.

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Worthington mall developer hosts contest to name new complex

WORTHINGTON — Brian Pellowski, owner of PBK Investments, is within weeks of acquiring the Northland Mall property from its current owner.

Minnesota declares state of emergency over bird flu

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency Thursday as the number of poultry dead from an avian flu outbreak edges toward 3 million.

Ranchers from drought states turn to northern states for cattle

BILLINGS, Mont. - It was only a matter of time before ranchers began replacing the 4.3 million American cattle lost to drought since 2012. Now, they’re filling the void with livestock from the northern states.

ND Senate approves lowering oil tax

BISMARCK — Senate lawmakers voted 32-15 late Thursday in favor of lowering the oil extraction tax and removing price-based tax breaks after three hours of vigorous debate.

Small Business Center in Moorhead earns honors

MOORHEAD—The West Central Regional Office of the Minnesota Small Business Development Center at Concordia College has been named the Minnesota Small Business Development Center of Excellence and Innovation of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Craft beer movement creates opportunity for specialists

Craft beer movement creates opportunity for specialists

Andrea Williams gets paid to drink beer.

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TRANSPORTATION: Keeping Progress Moving

TRANSPORTATION: Keeping Progress Moving

Officials, industry prepare for another busy year of highway construction

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ENERGY: Turning out turbines

ENERGY: Turning out turbines

Family-owned Dakota Turbines targets small producers with innovative

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HEALTH CARE: Here comes HERO

HEALTH CARE: Here comes HERO

Nonprofit Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization expands ability to collect, distribute supplies, eyes regional growth

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BUSINESS INSIDER: Building communities in mind and infrastructure

BUSINESS INSIDER: Building communities in mind and infrastructure

KLJ leader Niles Hushka takes active role in community

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SDSU research shows benefit of redesigned bridge component

SDSU research shows benefit of redesigned bridge component

A simple modification to precast girder design will add decades to the lifetime of new short-span bridges on secondary roads, according to research conducted in the Jerome J. Lohr Structures Lab at South Dakota State University.

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CONSTRUCTION CORNER: Much-needed upgrade

CONSTRUCTION CORNER: Much-needed upgrade

Century-old South Dakota veteran’s home gets replaced with modernized facility

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North Dakota’s second season

North Dakota’s second season

As the saying goes, North Dakota has two seasons: winter and construction.

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AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: New guidance delays small business ACA penalties

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: New guidance delays small business ACA penalties

The rules surrounding the Affordable Care Act are continually changing.

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Software asset value

Software asset value

Every business has the need for some assets (inventory, furniture, computers, software, etc.) in order to support the enterprise.

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Cooperative long-term care

Cooperative long-term care

According to the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services, the demand for long-term care services will increase significantly in the next 30 years.

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ND Senate kills bill aimed at contract between NDPERS and Sanford Health Plan

BISMARCK – State senators sent a strong message to the House on Thursday that lawmakers shouldn’t be meddling in the recently awarded contract that will make Sanford Health Plan the insurance carrier for the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System on July 1.

Eco-friendly greenhouse grows produce year-round in Bemidji

Eco-friendly greenhouse grows produce year-round in Bemidji

BEMIDJI-- Staff at Root Value, Lueken’s Village Foods’ new aquaponics greenhouse, gave a tour of the state-of-the-art facility on Wednesday.

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Whiting Petroleum works to mitigate fire losses

Whiting Petroleum works to mitigate fire losses

RURAL KEENE, N.D. — Thousands of acres of scorched earth northwest of Keene are evidence of how quickly an oil well flare fire can damage ranch grass and miles of fence line.

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ND Legislature increases oil tax revenue share for Bakken

BISMARCK – Senate and House lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a bill designed to send a greater share of oil tax revenue to areas of western North Dakota strained by the impacts of oil development.

Grand Forks business preparing to move into new space after fire

Grand Forks business preparing to move into new space after fire

Debra Thompson remembers leaving work for the day at Welcome Home By Design without any notion that anything was wrong.

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Home space designer moves into its own new space

Home space designer moves into its own new space

FARGO—Smart Spaces, a business that specializes in custom closets and organization systems, has a new 4,500-square-foot space of its own in south Fargo. The company moved into its new showroom in March, just in time for the busy spring season.

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Google rolls out new wireless service

NEW YORK - Google Inc on Wednesday launched a new U.S. wireless service that switches between Wi-Fi and cellular networks to curb data use and keep phone bills low.

UND Student Government, President Kelley make plans to move past controversy

UND Student Government, President Kelley make plans to move past controversy

GRAND FORKS—A controversy over tuition models seemed to come to a close Wednesday night when the University of North Dakota Student Senate took no action on a resolution of no confidence aimed at President Robert Kelley and three administrators.

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Concordia College reduces workforce to avoid deficit

MOORHEAD—To avoid an impending deficit created by low student enrollment, Concordia College is cutting 5 percent of its workforce, or 31 full-time equivalencies.

Bird flu detected at Minnesota chicken farm

Bird flu detected at Minnesota chicken farm

LAKE PARK, Minn. — A test indicates some birds in a Baer Poultry Co. chicken barn have the deadly avian flu virus—a result that could mean the destruction of up to 300,000 chickens.

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ND lawmakers introduce compromise in oil tax debate

BISMARCK – Senators introduced a bipartisan compromise Wednesday in the ongoing oil tax debate, proposing to change the overall tax rate to 10 percent unless oil prices average above $90 a barrel.

Mitchell committee recommends TIF for new business complex

Mitchell committee recommends TIF for new business complex

A committee said Tuesday a proposed tax increment financing district at the site of the former Happy Chef in Mitchell would meet the city's guidelines.

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Tribal chairman proposes amendments to oil tax rate change

Tribal chairman proposes amendments to oil tax rate change

BISMARCK – The chairman of the tribes whose lands produce 30 percent of North Dakota’s oil proposed changes Tuesday to a late-session bill that would lower the state’s oil extraction tax by 30 percent and scrap two tax breaks designed to keep oil companies drilling through low crude prices.

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East Grand Forks construction firm to pay feds $1.85M

A long-time East Grand Forks construction firm has agreed to pay $1.85 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging it cheated a partner company and defrauded the federal government.

North Dakota Industrial Commission grants flaring exemption

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Industrial Commission granted relief Tuesday from its natural gas flaring policy after a pipeline project failed to move forward and the alternative will take another year to construct.

May issue highlights

May issue highlights

Editor Kris Bevill offers highlights from the May issue of Prairie Business magazine.

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Craft beer with cult following subject of illegal sales investigation in Minnesota

Craft beer with cult following subject of illegal sales investigation in Minnesota

HUDSON, Wis. -- “Hudson beer runs” are a staple of drinking in the Twin Cities, as the Wisconsin town on the banks of the St. Croix River is the closest town on Interstate 94 for those finding themselves short on libations on Sundays.

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South Dakota unveils new workforce development campaign

PIERRE, S.D. – After months of research and planning, the state officially launched its workforce development campaign at the Governor’s Economic Development conference held last week in Sioux Falls.

Sanford, Essentia strike deal on NDPERS health insurance

FARGO — Sanford Health Plan and Essentia Health have reached an agreement that lets Essentia keep providing in-network care to 65,000 people in the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System.

ND Dems say $6B at risk in oil tax cuts

BISMARCK – Democratic leaders said Tuesday a bill to reform North Dakota oil taxes could cost the state more than $6 billion over the next decade.

Dalrymple signs bill to enhance pipeline safety

BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed legislation Monday that will strengthen the state’s regulatory oversight of gathering pipelines.

Dakota Spirit AgEnergy taking in corn

Dakota Spirit AgEnergy taking in corn

FARGO, N.D.—It's been a long time, coming, but Mike Clemens of Wimbledon, N.D., says he was proud to be one of the first farmers in line to deliver corn at the Dakota Spirit AgEnergy ethanol plant at Spiritwood, N.D., earlier this month.

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NDSU team succeeds in new pacemaker technology

NDSU team succeeds in new pacemaker technology

FARGO--An eclectic team of medical personnel, animal experts and electrical engineering professors and graduate students recently gathered on the North Dakota State University campus to test a prototype for a cardiac pacemaker that works without wires or batteries.

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Turkey hunters asked to take precautions amid bird flu outbreak

Turkey hunters asked to take precautions amid bird flu outbreak

ST PAUL — While avian influenza has not yet been found in wild turkeys, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is suggesting that hunters take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Hormel says turkey sales to be reduced by avian flu outbreak

AUSTIN — Hormel Foods Corporation said Monday that its Jennie-O Turkey Store segment will sell less turkey and related products due to the developing bird flu outbreak.

Minnesota's Leech Lake Tribe breaks ground on new facilities

Minnesota's Leech Lake Tribe breaks ground on new facilities

CASS LAKE -- Two new additions were committed to Cass Lake’s changing cityscape Monday morning as ground was broken for a new Tribal Justice Center and a new Leech Lake Care Facility.

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Minnesota GOP rolls out $2 billion tax-cut plan

Minnesota GOP rolls out $2 billion tax-cut plan

ST. PAUL — Minnesotans deserve a $2 billion tax break, House Republicans say, while admitting they will not get their way.

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ND House approves new formula lowering oil extraction tax

BISMARCK – House lawmakers voted 57-32 Monday to eliminate price-based oil tax breaks and set a lower tax on oil extraction, sending the last-minute bill to the Senate Tuesday where contentious debate is expected to continue.

UND president responds to student concerns over proposed tuition hikes

UND President Robert Kelley is promising more communication from his administration on student issues after UND Student Government officials called for a vote of no confidence last week.

ND legislators debate oil tax cuts

BISMARCK – A House committee took three hours of testimony Monday on a bill that would eliminate price-based oil tax breaks and set a lower flat tax on oil extraction.

Fargo's Blueprint IT expanding services

Fargo's Blueprint IT expanding services

FARGO—After four years in business, Fargo-based Blueprint IT Services is boasting an ever-growing footprint in the world of technology.

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Finalists named for Dakota State University presidency

Finalists named for Dakota State University presidency

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Regents announced today four candidates who are finalists to become the next president at Dakota State University.

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Rice Hospital sees gradual strengthening of finances

WILLMAR — Rice Memorial Hospital worked through a series of financial challenges last year, ending the year with a balance sheet that shows signs of improving health.

Dickinson airport boardings down slightly

BISMARCK - The Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport’s 2015 boardings remain about 3 percent lower than last year, according to figures released Friday by the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission.

Businesses come together to revitalize downtown Dickinson

Businesses come together to revitalize downtown Dickinson

One of the first signs that things were changing in downtown Dickinson was — well, a sign.

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Taxable sales data highlights ups, downs in Jamestown economy

Jamestown restaurants, hotels and service industries had a good year in 2014, according to information included in the taxable sales and purchases reports issued by the North Dakota Office of the State Tax Commissioner.

UND provost's office seeks UAS director

UND is hiring another administrator.

MN GOP adds $8M for broadband after rural objections

ST. PAUL -- A week of intense criticism about lack of broadband funding in a House funding bill ended Friday with $8 million being set aside for high-speed Internet development.

Portion of US workforce holding multiple jobs declines

Portion of US workforce holding multiple jobs declines

Depending on the time or day, Said Mohamed can be seen either working in the kitchen of Sanders 1907, baking bread at Amazing Grains, or slinging coffee at Urban Stampede.

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Committee will propose downtown ice rink in Fargo

FARGO—When winter comes around, Fargoans may be able to ice skate downtown.

'Outside the Grid' wins ND Women's Startup contest

'Outside the Grid' wins ND Women's Startup contest

FARGO—Three young Fargo women are working to build a community of "Gridders" one adventure at a time.

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New hotel is legal, ethical wasp's nest for Detroit Lakes officials

New hotel is legal, ethical wasp's nest for Detroit Lakes officials

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Who would have thought it would be so controversial for the city of Detroit Lakes to follow its long-range plan?

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Small towns eye Renaissance Zone program to support development

Small towns eye Renaissance Zone program to support development

CAVALIER, N.D.—Bryan McCoy has a straightforward goal for the new Cavalier Renaissance Zone Program.

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Conference explores diversity in the workplace

Conference explores diversity in the workplace

MOORHEAD—A conference here on Friday highlighted seemingly contradictory realities about the area's employment picture: Many businesses are decrying a lack of qualified workers, while at the same time many workers, particularly when it comes to new Americans, despair of finding a job.

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Shark Tank seeks North Dakota entrepreneurs

FARGO—A popular reality TV show featuring aspiring entrepreneurs is looking for North Dakota contestants.

AT&T cites ND investment

FARGO—AT&T recently released figures showing how much the company has invested in North Dakota in recent years.

MN DNR gives $420K for Bemidji shooting sports park

BEMIDJI -- The proposed shooting sports park northwest of Bemidji snagged a six-figure grant Thursday.

California imports of Bakken crude by barge sets record in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO - California imports of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota on barges totaled a record 1.5 million barrels last year, 27 percent greater than the amount that reached the state by rail, the California Energy Commission told Reuters on Thursday.

ND state vet urges biosecurity among poultry owners to limit bird flu

Hobbyists and small-scale poultry growers are being urged to be vigilant and practice biosecurity to help limit the spread of avian flu, according to Susan Keller, state veterinarian.

Survey shows signs of peaked cropland prices in ND

Farmland rental rates and values are both rising and falling across North Dakota — a good sign that farmland prices have peaked, an agricultural economist said.

3 advance in NDUS chancellor search

BISMARCK — Three candidates for the next chancellor of the North Dakota University System have agreed to move forward and one has withdrawn.

Dickinson residents, city assessor spar over property values

Residents and business owners from around the city expressed their concerns about an increase in assessed property values in front of the Dickinson Board of Equalization on Thursday evening.

Grand Forks likely to receive fewer state dollars for water treatment plant

As North Dakota's legislative session nears its end, it appears Grand Forks will receive $30 million for a new water treatment plant—less money than the city expected—leaving some city leaders frustrated while others are still hopeful, they said.

Canadians benefit from ND tax exemption

Canadians benefit from ND tax exemption

As taxpayers across the country made a last dash to submit their tax returns this week, another constituency has been seeking tax refunds from the state of North Dakota: Canadian citizens.

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All Finish Concrete to build new facility in West Fargo

WEST FARGO—A local concrete construction contractor has plans to build a new facility here and add about 15 jobs a year for the next five years.

Obama administration to remove hurdle to workplace wellness program penalties

NEW YORK - In what would be a significant and hard-fought victory for U.S. businesses, the Obama administration said on Thursday it will propose new rules for workplace wellness programs that would treat as voluntary even plans that penalize workers thousands of dollars for not participating.

Fargo consultants favor parking-office-retail complex in north end of downtown

Fargo consultants favor parking-office-retail complex in north end of downtown

FARGO — The best site for a new downtown parking ramp is not the city-owned lot on NP Avenue, the longtime favorite, but the block where Schumacher Goodyear is located, consultants told the Parking Commission on Thursday.

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Dayton considers state aid for turkey producers battling bird flu

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said no one knows how much it will cost to respond to a flu that has killed 1.5 million Minnesota turkeys.

Dickinson approves tax exemption for city's tallest building

Dickinson approves tax exemption for city's tallest building

The Dickinson Planning and Zoning Commission approved a five-year tax exemption for proposed renovations on the city’s tallest downtown building -- once known as the Ivanhoe Inn and, more recently, the Jordheim Plaza building.

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Slowdown impacts Bakken product show, but exhibitors keep making connections

The slowdown of oil production and drilling in the Bakken Oil Patch is apparent even in the sales and trade areas.

Jamestown Airport Authority seeks to boost boardings

The Jamestown Regional Airport Authority’s Commercial Air Service Committee has set a goal of averaging 800 passenger boardings a month for June through August.

PolyMet CEO says copper may help waning mining industry

DULUTH, Minn. -- A person could certainly understand why the mood might be dour at the annual Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration conference in Duluth this week.

Mayo Clinic hiring means nursing shortage for other Minnesota facilities

Mayo Clinic hiring means nursing shortage for other Minnesota facilities

For 30 years, Bobbi Jo Funke has worked some form of nursing job.

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Target settles data breach lawsuit with MasterCard

Target Corp. said it had agreed to reimburse about $19 million to financial institutions who had issued MasterCard-branded cards that were a part of the massive data breach at the retailer in 2013.

Business women start families, expand retail presence simultaneously

Business women start families, expand retail presence simultaneously

Fargo - When Brittany Beauchene and Nicole Gruchow opened their second Broadway Shoe Company location in West Acres mall last month, they likely did not mark the occasion with a champagne toast.

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South Dakota SBDC celebrates 30 years

An experienced network of business advisers across South Dakota is celebrating its 30th anniversary by encouraging business people and entrepreneurs to check with one of the organization’s regional offices for free help.

Despite DNR lawsuit threat, Detroit Lakes approves hotel project

DETROIT LAKES -- A controversial hotel, condominium and restaurant project at the corner of West Lake Drive and Washington Avenue was approved by the Detroit Lakes City Council Tuesday night — despite threatened litigation by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Non-profit aims to build Fargo campus for single moms in college

Non-profit aims to build Fargo campus for single moms in college

MOORHEAD—Adara Thomas was on the brink in 2011 and about to give up her pursuit of a college degree, even though she came from a family that put a high emphasis on education.

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Avera to close hospitality house in Mitchell

Avera Queen of Peace will no longer offer a hospitality house due to declining usage.

US crude oil output to soar till 2020 despite price rout

NEW YORK, April 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday forecast domestic crude production will rise even more than expected a year ago, undeterred by the worst price rout since the financial crisis.

Northrop Grumman signs Grand Sky lease

Northrop Grumman signs Grand Sky lease

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Northrop Grumman has made it official.

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Hearing set for Dickinson wind farm

BISMARCK - The sure-to-be contentious hearings on a proposed wind farm east of Dickinson have been set by the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

Minnesota officials: Bird flu threat could last years

Minnesota officials: Bird flu threat could last years

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota officials say they’re doing everything possible to stop the spread of bird flu and stress that the disease poses no threat to food safety or the general public as eight more cases were reported this week.

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Four semifinalists for ND higher ed chancellor selected

BISMARCK - Four of seven candidates for chancellor of higher education are advancing as semifinalists.

CEO pay up 13 percent in 2014

U.S. chief executives' median compensation rose nearly 13 percent in 2014, mainly driven by increases in pension value, according to advisory firm ISS.

$7.8 million rec center planned for 'heart' of West Fargo

$7.8 million rec center planned for 'heart' of West Fargo

The West Fargo Park Board will award bids today for a roughly $7.8 million recreational facility and park that will house new park district offices, activity spaces and an indoor track south of Interstate 94.

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North Dakota oil production drops in Feb.

North Dakota oil production drops in Feb.

WILLISTON, N.D. – Low oil prices prompted North Dakota oil production to drop 1.2 percent in February to just under 1.18 million barrels per day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Tuesday.

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Anonymous donor gives $1.5M to MSUM

MOORHEAD—An anonymous donor is giving $1.5 million to Minnesota State University Moorhead for business scholarships, according to a Tuesday news release.

Mitchell school board awards fine arts center bid

Mitchell school board awards fine arts center bid

It’s official: Mitchell School District is building a fine arts center.

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Apartment vacancies up as oil patch slows down

Apartment vacancies up as oil patch slows down

DICKINSON, N.D. -- Large signs posted on the sides of apartment buildings or staked on patches of grass, reading "rooms available" and "for rent," are prevalent at many Dickinson complexes.

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UND to house NCTC students

Northland Community and Technical College students are going to have a new place to call home.

Obama to deliver commencement at LATI

Obama to deliver commencement at LATI

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama will next month visit South Dakota, the only state he has not visited since taking office in 2009, to deliver the commencement speech at a technical institute, KSFY television reported on Monday.

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Minnesota DNR threatens lawsuit over Detroit Lakes hotel development

Minnesota DNR threatens lawsuit over Detroit Lakes hotel development

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Concerned about runoff into Little Detroit Lake and other zoning issues, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is threatening legal action against Detroit Lakes if the city council approves the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Hotel project near the beach.

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Demolition could be in store for Fargo Civic Center

Demolition could be in store for Fargo Civic Center

FARGO — Consultants the city hired to find out if the Civic Center can be turned into a performance center asked city officials Monday if they are willing to go as far as demolishing the half-century old building.

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Increasing school enrollment shows Moorhead in growth mode

MOORHEAD - The Moorhead School District is growing, and unless there's a major economic slowdown, that growth will continue for at least a decade, demographer Hazel Reinhardt told the School Board on Monday.

Fargo salon and spa to build 20,000 square foot facility

Fargo salon and spa to build 20,000 square foot facility

FARGO — The owners of Hair Success Salons and Day Spas hope to break ground this spring or summer on a new 20,000-square-foot facility at the intersection of 45th Street and 32nd Avenue South.

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Concordia plans $45 million science center

Concordia plans $45 million science center

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Concordia College is planning its largest capital project yet: a $45 million integrated science complex.

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Telemedicine aids in stroke care at Willmar hospital

Telemedicine aids in stroke care at Willmar hospital

WILLMAR — Barely a week after launching a new telemedicine program early in March for diagnosing and treating stroke, Rice Memorial Hospital used the service for the first time with a patient suspected of having a stroke.

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Finalists named in Minnesota West president search

WORTHINGTON — Two semifinalists have been named in the search for a new president at Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

Avian influenza cases in SD increase

ABERDEEN, S.D—Two more farms with avian influenza have been discovered in South Dakota, bringing the total there to four flocks, according to the United State Department of Agriculture.

Curing ND doctor shortage will take time

DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—Dr. Heidi Bittner and her colleagues at the Altru Health Clinic here have been chronically short-staffed from the scarcity of primary care doctors in rural settings.

What's Next? When out of a job, the choice to stay or leave

For about 6 months after moving to Dickinson in August, Djorboah Mensah had good work at a Dickinson motel, cleaning rooms often filled with oilfield workers by the block.

Investment along Lake Sakakawea spurs development

MANDAN — Moritz Sport & Marine in Mandan is the highest-selling dealer of Ranger Boats in the country.

Oil communities adjust to slowdown

Oil communities adjust to slowdown

DICKINSON, ND.-- As oil production wanes and prices fall, communities across the country are feeling the effects -- either directly or indirectly -- of the latest industry slowdown.

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US cuts poultry export forecast as deadly bird flu spreads

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Thursday reduced its forecasts for poultry exports by nearly 6 percent from last month due partly to an accelerating outbreak of bird flu that has triggered wider-than-expected trade restrictions.

Grand Forks' total property value reaches $4.1 billion

Property values in Grand Forks increased about 7.5 percent as a whole from last year to this year, mostly due to new construction, City Assessor Paul Houdek said.

Medical staff embrace teamwork in face of physician shortage

Medical staff embrace teamwork in face of physician shortage

FARGO -- Dr. Jennifer Raum sometimes joins Sanford Health colleagues to meet groups of patients battling chronic illness at a wellness center for healthy lifestyle coaching and activities.

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Business owners get creative as Bakken drilling slows

Business owners get creative as Bakken drilling slows

FORTUNA, N.D. — When an Arizona couple opened up a bar and dorm-style lodging for oilfield workers last year in far northwest North Dakota, the bar was packed and the rooms were booked solid.

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Man camp for large construction project likely in Grand Forks

Man camp for large construction project likely in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – While the man camps in the Oil Patch are just 330 miles west of Grand Forks, they seem like part of a different world to many people in eastern North Dakota.

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Low crop prices weigh on farm spending

FARGO—Not long ago, farmers in the region were flush with cash and sales of tractors and pickup trucks were booming.

ND taxable sales jump despite oil decline

BISMARCK—Taxable sales jumped in North Dakota in the fourth quarter of 2014, despite falling oil prices that are hurting the state's energy sector, according to North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger.

Equipment malfunction blamed for oil tank explosion near Killdeer

KILLDEER, N.D. -- An oil tank explosion near Kildeer last month that was felt from miles away was caused by an equipment malfunction, operator Marathon Oil found in its investigation.

Researchers fear avian flu may be here to stay

The avian flu outbreak that has killed poultry in 10 states, including Minnesota, is unprecedented in this country. In the past five months two highly-pathogenic strains of bird flu have been detected in two dozen domestic flocks, killing hundreds of thousands of birds.

OPEC's no-cut strategy is not working, Iran says

OPEC's no-cut strategy is not working, Iran says

BEIJING (Reuters) - OPEC's strategy of holding output steady is not working and the group's members should discuss production levels before its next meeting in June, Iran's oil minister said, a sign of the pain lower prices are causing OPEC's less wealthy producers.

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Job listings illustrate oil downturn's impact in North Dakota

BISMARCK — The latest online job openings report shows thousands of jobs still available in North Dakota, but also a regional shift with the downturn in oil prices.

Arctic Cat considering expansion of Thief River Falls plant

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. – Arctic Cat, the maker of snowmobiles and ATVs, is considering expanding its Thief River Falls plant with the help of the local taxing authorities.

Dayton sticks to education and transportation, but eases up on buffers

Dayton sticks to education and transportation, but eases up on buffers

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton stuck to his tried-and-true themes during his Thursday night State of the State speech, but rural lawmakers said they felt he showed a willingness to ease a controversial proposal to require 50-foot buffer strips around all water.

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Tile company opens showroom to attract residential customers

Tile company opens showroom to attract residential customers

FARGO — About 85 percent of McArthur Tile Co.'s sales traditionally have come from commercial construction or remodeling jobs. But part-owner Renae McArthur recently saw an opportunity to boost residential sales.

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Rapid City 3D printer maker dials in on small business sector

Rapid City 3D printer maker dials in on small business sector

3D printing hasn't been known to be affordable for smaller companies. With his design, however, Black Hills-based B9Creations CEO Mike Joyce is making it a goal to fix that – and it's working.

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Impact Dakota to host lean product development workshops

BISMARCK, N.D. – Impact Dakota will host two lean product development workshops May 4 at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo.

Minnesota school teacher takes 3D printer fundraiser online

WILLMAR — Janelle Field fairly bubbles with ideas about what students in the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa School District could do with a 3D printer.

Avian flu infects Meeker County flock of 310,000

LITCHFIELD, Minn. — Meeker County is now host to the ninth confirmed infection of a commercial turkey flock in Minnesota by the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza, this time in a Jennie-O-Turkey Store-owned facility.

PSC approves 2 pipelines in western ND

BISMARCK - The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved siting permits for two pipelines in McKenzie County, one for oil and one for natural gas liquids.

Nabors hit with $97K fine over oilfield death

The nation’s workforce safety agency issued a rare “willful” violation, among others, to Nabors Completion and Production Services Co. over the death of a welder last fall in Williston.

Eighth Minnesota turkey flock tests positive for avian influenza

WILLMAR — The highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has struck a second flock in Kandiyohi County.

Uber regulations pass North Dakota Senate

BISMARCK--Another bill regulating ride-hailing companies such as Uber has been approved by both chambers of the North Dakota Legislature.

MSUM event highlights global opportunities for business students

MSUM event highlights global opportunities for business students

MOORHEAD — Anyone sitting on the fence about whether to travel to China would probably pull the trigger after hearing from Sherry Carlsrud.

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Schneider stepping down from ND's USDA Rural Development director role

Schneider stepping down from ND's USDA Rural Development director role

Bismarck, N.D. – Jasper Schneider announced today that he will be stepping down from USDA on April 19, after serving five and a half years in office.

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Mitchell impresses Intelligent Community Forum co-founder

Mitchell impresses Intelligent Community Forum co-founder

Mitchell has left a pretty good impression on Louis Zacharilla in the past.

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Oil rallies on US data, bullish EIA monthly report

Oil rallies on US data, bullish EIA monthly report

NEW YORK - Oil futures rallied Tuesday and U.S. crude approached 2015 highs on strong jobs data and government forecasts for lower U.S. crude production growth and higher global demand for oil.

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Residents react strongly to proposed southwest ND wind farm

Residents react strongly to proposed southwest ND wind farm

A group of concerned residents packed into a Stark County Courthouse conference room Tuesday morning in Dickinson to express their disapproval of a proposed wind energy project.

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Clothing store coming to Columbia Mall

Zumiez, an apparel store focused on skaters, snowboarders and others, will open a store in Grand Forks' Columbia Mall this summer.

Cirrus Aircraft head credits Grand Forks for support during downturn

Cirrus Aircraft head credits Grand Forks for support during downturn

Cirrus Aircraft was flying high in September 2008 when the recession suddenly hit.

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Dayton, Minnesota GOP at odds on how much to spend

Dayton, Minnesota GOP at odds on how much to spend

ST. PAUL -- Hallock city officials in northwestern Minnesota want the state to borrow $255,000 to help replace a fire station, $360,000 to replace a swimming pool and $400,000 for sewage system improvements.

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Spectrum Aeromed to tour Asia with aircraft

FARGO — Spectrum Aeromed, a local company that designs and manufactures custom air medical and air ambulance equipment, will showcase its medical interior in a new Pilatus PC-12 NG on a tour of Asia.

Local professionals share tips for lining up the best references

Local professionals share tips for lining up the best references

FARGO — The saying goes "Resumes win interviews, but references win job offers."

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NDSU, NDSCS announce reverse transfer agreement

Fargo, N.D. – North Dakota State College of Science and North Dakota State University announced a new partnership that will give students an additional opportunity to use credits they have earned to complete a degree.

UPDATED: Williams County approves $500M development project

WILLISTON, N.D. - One of North Dakota's largest oil-producing counties has approved a $500 million development with new stores, apartments and an indoor water park.

Steiger family to be inducted into IDEA Hall of Fame

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Steiger Family will be inducted into the IDEA Hall of Fame on April 22 at the IDEA Competition Awards Banquet, to be held at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The award will be accepted by Douglass Steiger.

South Dakota business brings Old West to life for Japanese park

South Dakota business brings Old West to life for Japanese park

LETCHER, S.D. -- Children in Japan will soon experience what it was like to ride in a stagecoach in the Old West.

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Bird flu spreads to Minnesota's Kandiyohi County

WILLMAR, Minn. — The bird flu has hit the state’s top turkey-producing county.

ND Senate passes oil tax formula bill without local share amendment

BISMARCK — A bill designed to return a bigger share of oil tax revenue to counties, cities, schools and townships unanimously passed the Senate on Monday after Republicans rejected an amendment by Democrats to boost the local share if oil production increases.

Study to analyze impacts of reduced CO2 emissions

Study to analyze impacts of reduced CO2 emissions

BISMARCK - Federal officials will finalize regulations on coal power plants' carbon dioxide emissions in a few months.

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Barbershop a dream come true for family owners

Barbershop a dream come true for family owners

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Jessica Toscano always had trouble finding a barber to make her mohawk stand up.

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Effort to bring ND corporate farming bill to statewide vote moves forward

BISMARCK - North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved a petition Monday that would force a statewide vote on corporate dairy and swine farming.

NTSB calls for new oil rail cars

WASHINGTON - Requiring new train cars carrying some flammable liquids be equipped with protection systems meeting or exceeding current standards is one recommendation coming out of a federal safety study.

West Fargo will break up Main Avenue project, rebid this spring

WEST FARGO — Officials here hope breaking the third and final phase of the Main Avenue reconstruction into two will garner some bids the second time around and construction will still begin this year.

Twenty Below Coffee enjoying warm welcome in Fargo

Twenty Below  Coffee enjoying warm welcome in Fargo

FARGO — When Twenty Below Coffee recently embarked on a soft opening at its new shop in downtown Fargo, it received a distinctly warm reception.

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Fargo considers delaying City Hall project to reduce costs

FARGO — All options appear to be on the table for the new City Hall building, including an extensive redesign that pushes construction into next year, city officials said Monday.

ND Democrats ask Dalrymple to protect state employees from LGBT discrimination

BISMARCK – Democratic lawmakers asked Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday to use his executive power to protect state employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation, putting pressure on the governor to back up critical comments he made Thursday after the House GOP majority killed an anti-discrimination bill.

Grand Forks to spend $9.5 million in local funds on road projects

Grand Forks to spend $9.5 million in local funds on road projects

The city of Grand Forks plans to spend about $9.5 million in local funds on road projects this year—much more than any other year the past 10 years.

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Grand Forks brewery prepares to open

Grand Forks brewery prepares to open

Three truckloads of brewing equipment were delivered to the future home of the Rhombus Guys brewpub Monday morning.

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Capital campaign for hospital exceeds expectations

Capital campaign for hospital exceeds expectations

OLIVIA — Months before they make the move into it, health care providers at the RC Hospital and Clinics already know that the new Renville County health care center will be more than they ever expected.

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Steel, iron ore downturn defy booming economy

Steel, iron ore downturn defy booming economy

DULUTH — When Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith met with some of the hundreds of Iron Range Steelworkers who received layoff notices last week, she said the stress was evident on their faces.

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Cross-country ski shop closes after 26 years

Cross-country ski shop closes after 26 years

BEMIDJI -- John and Sue Tibstra are closing the cross-country ski shop they’ve called home for 26 years.

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Bemidji's Sanford Center trims deficit again in 2014, but tough road ahead

Bemidji's Sanford Center trims deficit again in 2014, but tough road ahead

BEMIDJI -- The Sanford Center has again trimmed its deficit in 2014 -- but not without hiccups, both behind and ahead of it.

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ND Democrats propose 'contingency' oil funding amendment

BISMARCK--Democrats will offer an amendment on the oil production tax distribution bill Monday that would increase the share oil-impacted political subdivisions get if production tops 1.2 million barrels a day.

Kilbourne Group buys another downtown Fargo building

FARGO — Kilbourne Group, a development company focused on revitalizing downtown Fargo, has reached an agreement to purchase property at 502 1st Ave. N.

West Fargo turbine plant lays off 37

WEST FARGO—The Trinity Containers manufacturing plant here recently announced that it is reducing its workforce by 37 employees.

Kragnes Family Farms CSA expands with help from local shareholders

Kragnes Family Farms CSA expands with help from local shareholders

Felton, Minn. – In 2010, Ben Kragnes and his girlfriend, Tyne Stormo, grew enough fresh produce on a plot of land near here to support eight shareholders – members who receive a share of the harvest in exchange for their financial support.

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Minnesota border cities want a better balance with the Dakotas

Minnesota border cities want a better balance with the Dakotas

GRAND FORKS -- Minnesota cities along the North Dakota border are hoping lawmakers will continue providing money to help retain and grow businesses on the east side of the Red River.

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Photography contest helps promote Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Photography contest helps promote Theodore Roosevelt National Park

MEDORA - More than 600,000 tourists visit the three units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park every year, which means there are a lot of clicks and flashes.

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NDSU says higher tuition won’t cost as much as it seems

FARGO – North Dakota State University students could be looking at tuition hikes of 6.5 percent or more this fall – twice as high as the 3 or 4 percent increases of recent years.

Layoffs hit oil industry veterans as well as newcomers

Layoffs hit oil industry veterans as well as newcomers

WILLISTON, N.D. – Jeff LeDosquet expected to celebrate 25 years in the oil industry last week. Instead, the 51-year-old is hunting for a new job after low oil prices caused him to be laid off six weeks before hitting that milestone.

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Family HealthCare recognized for providing 'medical home' for patients

FARGO – The Family HealthCare Center has been recognized for offering its patients a “medical home” with a doctor or other primary care provider coordinating services.

Fourth bird flu outbreak confirmed in Minnesota

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — A case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been detected in Nobles County.

DWU business students help local charity

DWU business students help local charity

A business class at Dakota Wesleyan University is giving back to the community.

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North Dakota oil producers complying with new treatment rules

North Dakota oil producers complying with new treatment rules

North Dakota's oil producers are complying with new safety standards that went into effect on Wednesday to remove as many volatile gases from crude as possible, state officials told Reuters.

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New ND hemp law pleases supporters

RAY, N.D. - Wayne Hauge says he's "mostly your typical northwest North Dakota farmer."

Five companies face restrictions after flaring too much gas

Five companies face restrictions after flaring too much gas

BISMARCK - The State Oil and Gas Division has taken action against five oil companies that are flaring more gas than is allowed under the state’s new gas flaring order and policies.

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Clock keeps ticking toward North Dakota oil tax break

The clock kept ticking in March on a potential $5.3 billion, two-year tax break for North Dakota's oil industry after a state-calculated average of the month's crude price fell below $52.59 per barrel.

Rig count cull eases, approaches low point

Rig count cull eases, approaches low point

NEW YORK — Two weeks of thin declines in the U.S. rig count have raised expectations that drilling activity is nearing a pivotal level that could dent production, bolster prices and coax idle rigs back to the field after a precipitous cull since October.

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Midcontinent Communications adding jobs, studio in West Fargo

A proposed $1.9 million addition to Midcontinent Communications in West Fargo will include a Midco Sports Network studio and add about 100 new jobs over five years.

Fargo RadioShack closing

FARGO – The RadioShack store in West Acres Shopping Center, which has been in the mall since about 1975, is closing.

ND House kills bill outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation

ND House kills bill outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation

BISMARCK – For the third time in six years, North Dakota lawmakers have killed legislation that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, despite warnings from some Democrats and Republicans that it could tarnish the growing state’s image and attract backlash similar to what Indiana and Arkansas have faced in recent days.

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Bemidji Brewing to launch ‘Community Pint Night’

BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Brewing Co. is starting a Community Pint Night program and the first will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday April 8 at the Bemidji Brewing Taproom, 401 Beltrami Ave. NW.

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village gets modern look

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village gets modern look

With a twist of irony, the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village has modernized to better celebrate the city's distant past.

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Southwest ND farmers slowly start spring planting

The spring planting season has begun in southwest North Dakota.

Secure Energy Services withdraws Dunn Co. landfill application

MANNING, N.D. - Secure Energy Services has withdrawn its application for a Dunn County special waste landfill, but landowners are not convinced they’ve seen the end of the project.

New rail data highlights how much ND crude heads east

New rail data highlights how much ND crude heads east

WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota sends more oil by rail to East Coast refineries than all other areas of the country combined, says new data from the Energy Information Administration.

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Pipeline leak affects Burke County wetland

POWERS LAKE, N.D. – A saltwater pipeline leak in Burke County spilled about 500 barrels, or 21,000 gallons, of brine and affected a wetland, the North Dakota Department of Health said Wednesday.

Bill doubling beef checkoff passes N.D. Legislature

BISMARCK – North Dakota lawmakers have approved a bill doubling the $1-per-head beef checkoff on cattle sold in the state.

North Dakota asserts sovereignty in diversion lawsuit

North Dakota asserts sovereignty in diversion lawsuit

FARGO – North Dakota’s sovereignty is at stake now that the state of Minnesota has joined the lawsuit over the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion, according to North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.

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Startup event breathes life into hotcake, home brewing concepts

Startup event breathes life into hotcake, home brewing concepts

FARGO -- A week ago, Fargo Hotcakes, a business concept that aims to use a cart to sell hot, delicious pancakes to a downtown crowd, did not exist.

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Apartment building opens on Kirkbride complex in Fergus Falls

Apartment building opens on Kirkbride complex in Fergus Falls

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – About 200 people shuffled in and out of apartments for rent here Friday on the grounds of the former Regional Treatment Center, some curious, some in support of its potential redevelopment and some who may soon live there.

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Hoeven seeking funds for facility focusing on intelligence and cyberwarfare

Hoeven seeking funds for facility focusing on intelligence and cyberwarfare

FARGO – Funding for a $7.3 million building at the Fargo Air National Guard base is being sought to support the 119th Air Wing’s intelligence targeting mission.

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California governor orders statewide mandatory water restrictions

California governor orders statewide mandatory water restrictions

SACRAMENTO - California Governor Jerry Brown, acting in the face of a devastating, multiyear drought, ordered the first statewide mandatory water restrictions on Wednesday, directing cities and communities to reduce usage by 25 percent.

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2014 saw new businesses, added population in Worthington

2014 saw new businesses, added population in Worthington

WORTHINGTON — Business was booming last year in Worthington, according to the 2014 building permit report and 2015 population estimate released by the city of Worthington in January.

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Corn forecast down for 2015

Corn forecast down for 2015

Corn, the star of Upper Midwest agriculture in recent years, won't shine quite so brightly in the 2015 growing season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts.

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Niobrara River sand considered for fracking

NIOBRARA, Neb. -- The problem of excess sedimentation in the Missouri River and Lewis and Clark Lake isn't going away soon. But some innovative ideas about what to do -- such as using sediment for fracking -- are being discussed.

Marred by recent spill, pipeline company outlines next project

Marred by recent spill, pipeline company outlines next project

CROSBY, N.D. – The Public Service Commission pressed a pipeline company for details Monday about how it would detect spills in a proposed crude oil pipeline in northwest North Dakota.

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North Dakota's new oil train safety checks seen missing risks

North Dakota's new oil train safety checks seen missing risks

WASHINGTON - New regulations to cap vapor pressure of North Dakota crude fail to account for how it behaves in transit, according to industry experts, raising doubts about whether the state's much-anticipated rules will make oil train shipments safer.

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University of Jamestown to add mechanical engineering program

University of Jamestown President Robert Badal has announced a search for the inaugural chair of a new Department of Engineering and Mathematics.

Energy beets slow to catch on in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — Development of energy beets in North Dakota is still nebulous, while projects in California are moving forward.

UND Center for Innovation receives $250K grant

The UND Center for Innovation has been awarded an Economic Development Administration Cluster Grant for $250,000.

Expert says some office pranks should be welcome in the workplace

FARGO -- If you get a call at work April 1st and someone asks: "Do you have Prince Albert in a can?" just play along.

Two Grand Forks-based cooperatives mark anniversaries

Two Grand Forks-based cooperatives mark anniversaries

Two Grand Forks-based energy cooperatives marked 75th anniversaries recently.

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New rules take effect for Bakken crude

New rules take effect for Bakken crude

WILLISTON, N.D. – New rules for conditioning Bakken crude oil take effect today, but will they improve the safety of transporting crude by rail?

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North Dakota seeks to join Wyoming in fracking lawsuit

BISMARCK -- The state of North Dakota will join a lawsuit alleging overreach in the federal government new hydraulic fracturing regulations, the state Industrial Commission voted Tuesday.

700 Minnesota mining workers face layoffs

700 Minnesota mining workers face layoffs

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. - U.S. Steel on Tuesday announced it will “adjust operations” at its Minntac taconite iron ore facility in Mountain Iron, and Iron Range lawmakers said 700 Steelworkers will be laid off.

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ND House committee gives thumbs-down to bill outlawing sexual orientation discrimination

BISMARCK – A bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation in North Dakota received an unfavorable committee vote Tuesday.

Western ND leaders support oil tax formula bill, but say it won’t meet all needs

Western ND leaders support oil tax formula bill, but say it won’t meet all needs

BISMARCK – Western North Dakota officials lined up Monday behind legislation that would return a greater share of oil tax revenue to their counties, cities, schools and townships, even though it won’t meet all of their needs and could put them further behind, they said.

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Experts project 1M green jobs by 2030 in China, EU and US

ROME - Nearly one million new "green jobs" are expected to be created in China, the United States and the European Union by 2030 if the regions stick to their current pledges to curb global warming, scientists said on Tuesday.

UND mulls changing tuition model

UND mulls changing tuition model

UND is considering changing the tuition model as soon as the fall of 2016, according to documents obtained by Forum News Service.

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High-tech micro markets offer alternative to workplace vending machines

High-tech micro markets offer alternative to workplace vending machines

HASTINGS, Minn. -- Police officers dropping off detainees at the Dakota County Jail in the wee hours used to face a daunting challenge: getting something good, and fresh, to eat.

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MSUM’s ‘rock star’ president making strong impression

MSUM’s ‘rock star’ president making strong impression

MOORHEAD – Tweet by tweet, Minnesota State University Moorhead’s new president is trying to tear down the ivory tower.

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ND Farmers Union plans referendum on corporate farming

ND Farmers Union plans referendum on corporate farming

BISMARCK — Leaders of North Dakota's largest farm organization decided Friday to pursue a ballot measure asking voters to reject a recently signed bill that would relax the state's anti-corporate farming law for dairy and swine operations.

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BNSF announces plans to improve oil shipment safety measures

BNSF announces plans to improve oil shipment safety measures

BISMARCK -- One of the top rail companies in the U.S. has announced steps to improve rail safety in North Dakota.

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ND officials encourage truckers to utilize Bakken bypasses

ND officials encourage truckers to utilize Bakken bypasses

As western North Dakota boomtowns work to catch up to growing truck traffic with bypasses around city centers, they’re also working to make sure commercial truck drivers actually use the routes.

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Stockholders approve Halliburton, Baker Hughes merger

Stockholders approve Halliburton, Baker Hughes merger

DICKINSON, N.D. - Stockholders from both companies gave the green light on Friday for Halliburton Co. to acquire Baker Hughes Inc. for about $35 billion.

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XTO Energy seeks flaring exemptions for 140 wells

BISMARCK — North Dakota’s new policy for exempting oil wells from gas-flaring rules will soon be put to the test as XTO Energy is requesting exceptions for 140 oil wells in Dunn and McKenzie counties.

Minnesota a ‘critical part of the North American energy picture’

MINNEAPOLIS -- With a report on the Sandpiper pipeline project’s certificate of need coming in April, Enbridge CEO Al Monaco spoke on his company’s involvement in energy transportation in Minnesota here Friday.

Businesses cite workforce struggles in push for ND discrimination ban

BISMARCK, N.D. - As the North Dakota House prepares to consider a bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, some business owners are using a workforce development argument to push for its passage.

Eased drone restrictions lessen paperwork for new businesses

BISMARCK, N.D. - While they currently work at a marketing firm in Bismarck, Mike Mabin and Ed Sargeant are looking to unmanned aircraft to expand their business portfolio.

North Dakota no longer No. 1 in unemployment rate

North Dakota no longer No. 1 in unemployment rate

BISMARCK – North Dakota can no longer say it has the lowest unemployment rate.

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Local manufacturers see opportunity amid oil slowdown

Local manufacturers see opportunity amid oil slowdown

WILLISTON, N.D. — A product a North Dakota manufacturing company began making for one oil customer is now exported to several states.

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Bird flu strikes again in Minnesota

Bird flu strikes again in Minnesota

WILLMAR, Minn. – A commercial turkey flock in Stearns County has become the third in the state to be infected by the highly pathogenic avian influenza.

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Event technology firm fulfills vision of music, theater and other events in Fargo metro

Event technology firm fulfills vision of music, theater and other events in Fargo metro

Around the age of 13, most kids have no idea what they want to be when they grow up. Kent Kolstad, founder of Livewire Entertainment Media Services, was beginning a business that would sustain his life and passions 15 years later.

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New green-built hotel opens in West Fargo

New green-built hotel opens in West Fargo

WEST FARGO -- One of the area's first "green-built" hotels will take its first reservations this week.

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Critics press ND to make Bakken oil safer, despite costs

Critics press ND to make Bakken oil safer, despite costs

MOORHEAD, Minn. – North Dakota environmentalists want oil companies to reduce volatile gasses in Bakken crude. Regulators, however, say they’re taking a different tack that’s cheaper for the industry and still improves safety.

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Fargo businesswoman advises entrepreneurs to work hard, be open to new opportunities

Fargo businesswoman advises entrepreneurs to work hard, be open to new opportunities

When Carol Rogne left a career in banking to start her own company 26 years ago, she intended to provide investment, accounting and tax services.

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Potts withdraws from ND higher ed board chancellor search

Robert Potts has withdrawn from the search for the next North Dakota University System chancellor.

ENERGY: ND coal industry powers up

ENERGY: ND coal industry powers up

State’s lignite mines up output by 1 million tons, producers add facilities

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BUSINESS INSIDER: Community cheerleader

BUSINESS INSIDER: Community cheerleader

Fergus Falls, Minn., boasts a vibrant, supportive business community with dedicated leadership

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TOURISM: Ready for Adventure

TOURISM: Ready for Adventure

Businesses tap into fast-growing adventure tourism market

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ARCHITECTURE: Designing a Successful Expansion

ARCHITECTURE: Designing a Successful Expansion

JLG Architects grows from small firm to regional powerhouse

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CONSTRUCTION CORNER: Taking the paneled approach

CONSTRUCTION CORNER: Taking the paneled approach

Worthington, Minn.-based Fullerton Building Systems sees growing demand for panelized buildings

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Curious about adventure

EDITOR'S NOTE: Curious about adventure

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with a middle school class in Fargo about how writers and editors apply the four “C”s - creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking - in our daily work

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MERGERS: Making time for merging

MERGERS: Making time for merging

At the end of 2014, Video Guidance, one of the nation’s premier video conferencing companies, merged with London-based BCS Global Networks Inc.

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EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS:Shaping the Future: Tips for rewarding partnerships with schools

EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS:Shaping the Future: Tips for  rewarding partnerships with schools

It’s no secret: High-quality future employees and leaders come from engaged students.

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TECHNOLOGY: The future of the Sanford Underground Research Facility

TECHNOLOGY: The future of the Sanford Underground Research Facility

In 2001, when the Homestake Mine in Lead closed, South Dakota lost one of its iconic businesses.

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BUSINESS ADVICE: Marginal business

BUSINESS ADVICE: Marginal business

To continuously grow a business, an organization often must approach and take on business that is outside the normal or standard business which has traditionally been it’s prime area of focus and sales.

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Minnesota school signs up for solar power

GROVE CITY, Minn. — The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District is investing in a 25-year solar energy contract for its Cosmos Learning Center and Atwater Elementary School buildings.

Mitchell rental market catches up with demand

Mitchell, S.D., has added enough multi-family housing to meet demand and has left room for growth, according to a new study released this week.

ND House passes bill that could spoil health insurance deal with Sanford

BISMARCK – House lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that could spoil a recently signed deal with Sanford Health Plan to provide health insurance coverage for more than 66,000 public employees in North Dakota – though a bill sponsor said that’s not the intent.

North Dakota workshops planned for aspiring entrepreneurs 50+

AARP and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will present workshops in five North Dakota cities to help individuals ages 50 and older thinking about starting their own business.

West Fargo Main Avenue project yields no bids

FARGO, N.D. – The March 24 bid opening for the final phase of the West Fargo Main Avenue Project did not yield any bids.

Minnesota Food Charter discusses local market needs

Minnesota Food Charter discusses local market needs

GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — There is a bounty of healthy vegetables, fruits and meats raised on small farms in western Minnesota, but they are more often destined for restaurants and homes in the metropolitan area than kitchens close to home.

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Techies launch Kickstarter campaign to beat cell phone addiction

Techies launch Kickstarter campaign to beat cell phone addiction

PAYNESVILLE — Matt Brauchler knew there was a problem when his young daughter gave him a big pout and pleaded with him to stop playing a game on his cell phone and instead come play with her.

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Mitchell Corn Palace renovation nears completion

Mitchell Corn Palace renovation nears completion

Nobody wants to finish the Corn Palace construction project more than Dave Epp.

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FAA approves Powder River Training Complex expansion

FAA approves Powder River Training Complex expansion

Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday approved the expansion of a military bombing training area, the final step for the project that spans across the Northern Plains.

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Submissions for new UND nickname accepted throughout April

Submissions for a new UND nickname should be accepted throughout April, the university's new nickname committee decided Wednesday.

As oil prices slide, western ND sees manufacturing in its future

As oil prices slide, western ND sees manufacturing in its future

WILLISTON, N.D. - Business and community leaders in North Dakota's western oil patch have launched an aggressive campaign to convince more manufacturers to set up shop locally, part of a push to expand the area's economy beyond crude production and slash costs.

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Climate change leads to greater challenges for farmers

FARGO -- The climate is changing and agriculture producers are going to have to change with it, said Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota Extension climatologist and professor.

Dayton backs $10 minimum wage at international airport

ST. PAUL - Just a year after hiking Minnesota’s statewide minimum wage from one of the nation’s lowest to one of the highest, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is pushing for another hike.

North Dakota communities continue to be among fastest growing in nation

North Dakota communities continue to be among fastest growing in nation

FARGO – Fargo-Moorhead’s steady population growth is propelled by a youthful vigor.

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Wells Fargo to cut 1,000 positions, shut Milwaukee home-lending office

Wells Fargo to cut 1,000 positions, shut Milwaukee home-lending office

Wells Fargo & Co, the fourth-largest U.S. bank by assets, said it will cut 1,000 jobs and close its home-lending servicing office in Milwaukee, Wis.

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North Dakota drilling rig count falls below 100

WILLISTON, N.D. - North Dakota's drilling rig count dipped below 100 on Wednesday, a level not seen for more than five years and one that state officials expect will not be enough to maintain existing oil production of 1.2 million barrels per day.

University of Mary to host Bismarck's first TEDx event

BISMARCK, N.D.­­­­­­ — The University of Mary has partnered with TEDx as TEDxUMary to bring their first live event to campus and the Bismarck-Mandan area.

Committee recommends rebid of Fargo City Hall

FARGO – A committee guiding development of the new City Hall building has recommended this morning that the projects be rebid so architects can redesign and bring costs down.

Public transit owners ask Dickinson for stricter regulations

During an informal meeting with the Dickinson city administrator, three taxi owners and one shuttle bus driver asked for stricter regulations to be put on their companies.

Nobles County transfers funds to aid economic development efforts

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday approved a transfer of more than half a million dollars from its revolving loan fund to the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp., acting as a Local Development Organization.

ND officials clarify when oil companies are exempt from flaring rule

BISMARCK -- They always said rules are made to be broken.

Amazon blasts FAA for slowness on drone regulation

WASHINGTON - E-commerce power Amazon.com blasted federal regulators on Tuesday for being slow to approve commercial drone testing, saying the United States is falling behind other countries in the potentially lucrative area of unmanned aviation technology.

Williston expands women’s clinic after year of record births

Williston expands women’s clinic after year of record births

WILLISTON, N.D. – As Williston prepares for another year of record births, Mercy Medical Center celebrated Tuesday the completion of a new Women’s Health Clinic.

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Halliburton to close Minot facility

MINOT, N.D. – Halliburton will suspend operations in Minot starting April 1 and close the facility, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

United Way of Cass Clay outlines 2014 numbers at annual meeting

United Way of Cass Clay outlines 2014 numbers at annual meeting

FARGO -- Numbers told a big part of the story when the United Way of Cass Clay held its annual meeting Tuesday in Fargo.

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Kraft and Heinz to form North America's third largest food company

Kraft Foods Group Inc, the maker of Velveeta cheese, will merge with ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co, owned by 3G Capital and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, to form North America's third-largest food and beverage company.

North Dakota may sue feds over fracking rule

North Dakota may sue feds over fracking rule

BISMARCK – The state of North Dakota may sue the federal government over its new rules regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal lands in the state.

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Study highlights how oil money trickles out of North Dakota

WILLISTON, N.D. – While a new economic impact study shows that the oil and gas industry contributed $43 billion to North Dakota’s economy in 2013, it also highlights that several billion dollars left the state.

ND budget writers adopt less rosy revenue forecast, look to restrain spending

BISMARCK – Lawmakers crafting North Dakota’s budget for the next two years are sharpening their knives and shooting for a $200 million cushion in the general fund in case a revenue forecast adopted Tuesday proves to be too rosy.

Midcontinent continues to expand in Fargo

Midcontinent continues to expand in Fargo

FARGO – If you live in south Fargo, you might have already received a letter from Midcontinent Communications. If not, yours is coming.

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ND House refuses to reconsider bill for rail safety study

ND House refuses to reconsider bill for rail safety study

BISMARCK – House Republicans on Tuesday denied a request to reconsider a failed bill that would have required the North Dakota Department of Transportation to report on rail safety issues to a legislative committee.

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Oil Patch town residents move forward amid historic changes

RICHARDTON, N.D. — Mayor Frank Kirschenheiter said Richardtonians look at the growth in their town a certain way.

Farmers look at joint ventures as commodities decline

Farmers look at joint ventures as commodities decline

FARGO, N.D. — With the prices depressed for competing commodities, demand has rebounded for shares of sugar beet cooperative stock, and more farmers want to grow beets in shares owned by joint venture partners.

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Digi-Key partners with Thief River Falls high school to train students

Digi-Key partners with Thief River Falls high school to train students

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- High school senior Julia Jones spent part of her class time last week getting paid to work at electronic components distributor Digi-Key.

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Minnesota GOP features $2B in tax cuts over next two years

ST. PAUL -- House Republicans want to cut Minnesotans' taxes $2 billion and increase state spending $1.5 billion in the next two years.

Ziegler CAT expands to Willmar

Ziegler CAT expands to Willmar

WILLMAR, Minn. — Ziegler CAT, of Bloomington, has announced the company will open a new sales and parts facility April 20 in Willmar.

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UND considers cuts

BISMARCK - Programs, employees, pay raises and a variety of other essential services would be on the chopping block at the University of North Dakota if lawmakers move forward with the higher education funding bill as it is.

ND House committee hears testimony on anti-discrimination bill

ND House committee hears testimony on anti-discrimination bill

BISMARCK – With his husband standing nearby, Bernie Erickson told North Dakota lawmakers on Monday that it was wrong the first two times the Legislature voted down bills to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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Local grains could be good option for some area farmers

If you’re looking to diversify your farming operation or add value to it, Steve Zwinger has a suggestion: local grains.

April issue highlights

April issue highlights

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Minn. House passes minimum wage curbs for tip-based workers

Minn. House passes minimum wage curbs for tip-based workers

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota House passed a bill Monday night that would allow employers to pay a lower wage to workers who make more than $4 per hour in tips.

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Famous architect’s bridge design 40 years ago among dashed hopes for Fargo’s core

Famous architect’s bridge design 40 years ago among dashed hopes for Fargo’s core

FARGO – It was meant to put Fargo-Moorhead on the map, a cultural center built into a bridge linking the two downtowns.

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GiGi's Playhouse to open Fargo site this summer

GiGi's Playhouse to open Fargo site this summer

Fargo - When Kristin Nelsen talks about the birth of her son Birk six years ago, she can still recall the anxiety she felt for her little boy who has Down syndrome.

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Largest ND oil producer offering 35 million shares to reduce debt

Largest ND oil producer offering 35 million shares to reduce debt

WILLISTON, N.D. - Whiting Petroleum Corp., the largest North Dakota oil producer, said on Monday it would sell 35 million shares of common stock to help pare debt from its December buyout of rival Kodiak Oil & Gas.

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Sanford Health Plan finds 'perfect building' in Fargo

Sanford Health Plan finds 'perfect building' in Fargo

FARGO – The Sanford Health Plan has secured office space here for staff to handle added volume, including members covered by the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System.

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Public hearing slated for proposed hotel in Bemidji

Public hearing slated for proposed hotel in Bemidji

BEMIDJI -- The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday on whether to recommend approval of a new hotel planned for the south side of Bemidji.

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AGCO celebrates formation of first Women in Manufacturing chapter in Minnesota

AGCO celebrates formation of first Women in Manufacturing chapter in Minnesota

JACKSON, Minn. — As District 23 Sen. Julie Rosen stood perched upon the steps of a Challenger tractor Friday afternoon inside AGCO’s Intivity Center, she looked out on a sea of women dressed in red as the company celebrated the forming of the first Minnesota chapter of Women In Manufacturing.

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Warm streak jumpstarts northern Minnesota's maple sap season

Warm streak jumpstarts northern Minnesota's maple sap season

LUTSEN, Minn. — The warm March days of late helped wake sugar maple trees up from their winter naps in northern Minnesota, starting a process that has yielded sweet sensations for centuries.

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Family makes coffee its business in Dickinson

Family makes coffee its business in Dickinson

One of the owners of Dunn Bros. Coffee in Dickinson pulled a container of lightly roasted coffee beans from a low-leveled shelf, pulled open the plastic top and inhaled.

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Hettinger Extension Center scientists try to determine what’s important to producers

Hettinger Extension Center scientists try to determine what’s important to producers

HETTINGER — Started as a small dairy operation built in 1909, the North Dakota State University Hettinger Research Extension Center in far south North Dakota, has grown to include four different research areas, several additional buildings and sheep.

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NCTC ends massage therapy, digital media programs

Haley Kujava is a sophomore at Northland Community and Technical College but as a massage therapist she makes almost $50 an hour, works about two days each week and gets to make her own schedule, all thanks to enrolling in her school's massage program.

West Fargo sporting goods store closing after 27 years

West Fargo sporting goods store closing after 27 years

Valley Sporting Goods is closing its doors after 27 years of business in West Fargo.

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FAA to ease commercial drone restrictions

FAA to ease commercial drone restrictions

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration plans to unveil new steps soon to make it easier for companies to use drone aircraft for specific business operations, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

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Minn. GOP pushes $7B transportation plan without gas tax increase

Minn. GOP pushes $7B transportation plan without gas tax increase

ST. PAUL - Legislative Republicans say they can fund all 607 Minnesota road and bridge projects Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton proposes, but without tax increases.

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Sanford Health Plan picks up new office space in Fargo

Sanford Health Plan picks up new office space in Fargo

FARGO – The Sanford Health Plan has secured office space here for staff to handle added volume, including members covered by the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System.

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Natural gas rules push, pull Bakken oil producers

Natural gas rules push, pull Bakken oil producers

BISMARCK – On one hand, Bakken oil producers are being told to quit flaring so much gas and, on the other, to start generating more gas.

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Fargo drivers to be spared from a busy construction season

Fargo drivers to be spared from a busy construction season

Fargo - Last construction season was a busy one here, with work on 25th Street, Main Avenue and 19th Avenue North.

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UND to house Williston State HR personnel

Williston State College is partnering with UND to house some back end financial aid and human resources employees as the oil field-based college struggles to find and keep its own workers.

Daugaard signs bill for lower South Dakota youth minimum wage

PIERRE, S.D. -- Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill to lower the minimum wage for youth in South Dakota to $7.50 per hour, his office announced Friday.

Grand Forks adds women’s clothing stores

Grand Forks adds women’s clothing stores

Growing up in Rolla, N.D., hours away from shopping centers in the state's larger cities, Heather McAtee had limited options for buying clothes outside of the Internet.

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Water supply for Fargo may have to wait for pipe to fertilizer plant first

FARGO – Money to start construction sooner than later on a project designed to keep the taps running here in times of severe drought could be evaporating because of the plunge in oil prices.

North Dakota graduating fewer economically disadvantaged students

Fewer North Dakota students classified as economically disadvantaged graduated high school in 2012-2013, an ongoing trend the state Department of Public Instruction cannot explain.

Study to examine rail traffic effects in Grand Forks

Local planners want to examine how any increased rail traffic associated with a planned fertilizer plant and other industries will affect vehicle traffic in Grand Forks.

US sets first major fracking rules on federal lands

US sets first major fracking rules on federal lands

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Friday unveiled its first major standards for oil companies that frack on federal lands, including beefed-up safety measures to protect groundwater, prompting industry complaints they will be a barrier to growth.

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Larry Diffley to be inducted into Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame

Larry Diffley to be inducted into Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame

BEMIDJI -- Larry Diffley was all about reaching for new heights.

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Minnesota continues to add jobs, with jobless rate steady

ST. PAUL — Minnesota employers added 11,800 jobs in February and the state jobless rate stayed steady at 3.7 percent, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Jamestown Airport sets boarding record

Jamestown Regional Airport has a new record for passenger boardings in a month.

ND PSC conducts hearing on Merricourt Wind Farm project

ND PSC conducts hearing on Merricourt Wind Farm project

ASHLEY, N.D. — Changes to the plans for the Merricourt Wind Farm prompted a hearing by the North Dakota Public Service Commission Thursday.

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Milk price drop has Minnesota dairy farmers worried

Milk price drop has Minnesota dairy farmers worried

After several profitable years, dairy farmers are seeing their bull market crash.

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Walaker posthumously honored for tourism work

Walaker posthumously honored for tourism work

WEST FARGO – The late Fargo mayor, Dennis Walaker, was remembered Thursday during the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau’s annual awards and appreciation luncheon.

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NCTC president-elect visits campus, receives warm welcome

NCTC president-elect visits campus, receives warm welcome

The foyer at Northland Community and Technical College was filled with smiles Thursday as the school's president-elect took the podium.

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Heitkamp announces federal worker pay hikes in western ND

Heitkamp announces federal worker pay hikes in western ND

MINOT, N.D. - U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., announced Thursday that the federal government has approved a 34 percent pay increase for 160 civilian federal employees at Minot Air Force Base and across western North Dakota.

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Bill allowing corporate-owned dairy, swine operations on way to Dalrymple's desk

BISMARCK – A bill that would relax an 83-year-old law to allow non-family corporations to own dairy and swine operations in North Dakota is on its way to Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s desk.

Fargo loses out to Seattle in bid to host 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

FARGO – North Dakota will not host the 2018 Special Olympics USA games.

‘By far our best year ever’: MSUM raises almost $9 million since July

‘By far our best year ever’: MSUM raises almost $9 million since July

MOORHEAD – It’s been a good fundraising year for Minnesota State University Moorhead – “by far our best year ever,” said President Anne Blackhurst.

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Price drop ends North Dakota's oil party for some workers

Price drop ends North Dakota's oil party for some workers

WILLISTON, N.D. - Like so many before them, Terra Green and Jeff Williamson came to North Dakota's oil country seeking a better life. They just came too late.

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Amazon gets go-ahead for drone tests

SEATTLE - Amazon.com Inc has won approval from U.S. federal regulators to test a delivery drone outdoors, as the e-commerce company pursues its goal of sending packages to customers by air, even as it faces public concern about safety and privacy.

326,170 Minnesotans live near oil train tracks

326,170 Minnesotans live near oil train tracks

ST. PAUL -- State officials estimate that 326,170 Minnesotans live within a half mile of railroad tracks that carry crude oil, a distance often known as the danger zone.

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Former ND higher ed chancellor who resigned amid controversy re-applies for job

Former ND higher ed chancellor who resigned amid controversy re-applies for job

BISMARCK – The North Dakota University System has received 19 applicants for its top position, including one who’s already held the role and left amid heated controversy with the president of North Dakota State University.

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Lakeside Tavern will become Detroit Lakes’ first brew pub

Lakeside Tavern will become Detroit Lakes’ first brew pub

Detroit Lakes, Minn. - Lakeside Tavern is conjuring up an unprecedented expansion project in Detroit Lakes.

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Survey takes pulse of Kandiyohi County business concerns

WILLMAR, Minn. — Kandiyohi County business owners see the local quality of life as one of the county’s greatest assets.

Roers Development requests industrial, truck hub site approval in Dickinson

After nearly two years of discussions, a development company presented a rezoning petition to the Dickinson Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday morning.

As residents oppose landfill, legality of Dunn County zoning text in question

As residents oppose landfill, legality of Dunn County zoning text in question

MANNING — A push to reinstate into the Dunn County land code a requirement that 60 percent of landowners within a half-mile of a landfill approve it has been tabled as county commissioners consider the legality of the provision.

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Wind farm proposed for North Dakota's Stark County, residents voice concerns

TAYLOR — A wind farm could be coming to Stark County in western North Dakota and with it concerns on how it will affect neighboring landowners.

State agencies analyze oil transportation in Minnesota

ST. PAUL -- Everyone involved admits it remains an impossible task, but several members of an interagency team presented the most comprehensive report to date on oil pipelines in Minnesota to the state’s Environmental Quality Board on Wednesday.

NDSU cyber security event logs mega turnout

Fargo - Turnout was healthy Tuesday for an all-day cyber security conference held at North Dakota State University.

Target to lift hourly minimum wage to $9, matching rivals

Target to lift hourly minimum wage to $9, matching rivals

Target Corp next month will raise the minimum wage for all of its workers to $9 an hour, matching moves made by rivals including Wal-Mart Stores Inc and TJX Cos, a source familiar with the matter said.

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New features, more space contribute to Fargo City Hall cost spike

New features, more space contribute to Fargo City Hall cost spike

FARGO – When bids for the new City Hall building came in higher than expected Tuesday, the architect blamed it on high labor costs.

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Company responsible for ND's largest saltwater spill proposes oil pipeline

Company responsible for ND's largest saltwater spill proposes oil pipeline

WILLISTON, N.D. – The company responsible for the largest saltwater pipeline spill in North Dakota’s history answered questions Wednesday about lessons learned as it proposes to build new crude oil pipelines in the state.

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MNsure reform advances

ST. PAUL -- The prime Senate advocate of MNsure becoming a state agency says his legislation follows recommendations in a report critical of the health insurance exchange.

Forecast drops ND oil tax revenue another $1 billion

Forecast drops ND oil tax revenue another $1 billion

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s oil tax revenues took another nearly $1 billion hit in an updated revenue forecast released Wednesday, but the picture for general fund revenues was nearly $131 million rosier than in January, leaving some lawmakers scratching their heads as they pointed to slumping oil prices and a drop in drilling activity.

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NDSU foundation, alumni association consider merger

NDSU foundation, alumni association consider merger

FARGO – Should North Dakota State University’s Development Foundation merge with its Alumni Association?

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FM groups launch survey to gauge startup activity

FARGO – It seems to be widely accepted that Fargo is enjoying a boom in startups. But it’s not so easy to quantify the boom. That’s why CoCo, Fargo’s first coworking space, along with Emerging Prairie and the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation (GMFEDC) are teaming up to conduct a survey of the area’s startups.

Report: Removing U.S. oil ban would create jobs beyond drilling

Lifting a 40-year-old U.S. ban on crude exports would create a wide range of jobs in the oil drilling supply chain and broader economy even in states that produce little or no oil, according to a report released on Tuesday.

Target clips wings (slightly) on CEO’s airplane perks

MINNEAPOLIS -- Belt-tightening at Target Corp. takes many forms, including those free vacation trips on the corporate jet.

Dayton focuses on education, not nursing homes, in budget tweak

Dayton focuses on education, not nursing homes, in budget tweak

ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton proposed hundreds of millions of dollars in new spending for education and families Tuesday, leaving some senior citizens' advocates disappointed with what they said is a too-small increase.

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Deficit reaches $2.7 million for UND's Energy and Environmental Research Center

UND's Energy and Environmental Research Center still had a budget deficit at the end of 2014.

Devils Lake to request grant for fishing piers

Devils Lake to request grant for fishing piers

The city of Devils Lake will spend up to $100,000 toward a proposed $465,000 project to build handicap-accessible parking and fishing piers or docks at three locations around Devils Lake.

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Google boss: 'too much attention' doomed Glass gadget

Google boss: 'too much attention' doomed Glass gadget

SAN FRANCISCO - Google was wrong to let expectations about its Glass wearable gadget get overheated, the head of the Google X research lab said on Tuesday.

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Director of Fargo-based nonprofit awarded $100K grant for rural elderly care study

FARGO – The director of a nonprofit here has been awarded a Bush Foundation grant to develop his idea for improving health care services for the rural elderly.

Clay planners allow poultry farm near Hawley, Minn. to expand

MOORHEAD – A poultry farm near Hawley, Minn., was given approval Tuesday by the Clay County Planning Commission to build a new barn and manure storage building that will allow the addition of 200,000 birds.

Horse racing in Fargo may have reached the finish line

Horse racing in Fargo may have reached the finish line

FARGO – Live horse racing may not return here after the North Dakota Racing Commission decided Tuesday not to allow a 2015 race meet at the North Dakota Horse Park, citing the park’s heavy debt to the city of Fargo.

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Fargo City Hall bids come in over budget

Fargo City Hall bids come in over budget

FARGO – The lowest bid Tuesday for construction of the new City Hall building was $30.4 million, at least 10 percent higher than officials expected though it’s a lot more than has been reported.

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Art studio owner takes classes on the road

OLIVIA, Minn. — With the right teacher, brushes, paints and canvas, anyone can learn to create art.

Paul Bunyan Communications expands “GigaZone” to Park Rapids area

BEMIDJI -- Paul Bunyan Communications announced Monday it has expanded its “GigaZone” Internet service to the Park Rapids area.

Barons Vista development in Dickinson one step closer to approval

After months of discussion and revisions, the Dickinson City Commission moved to approve the first reading of a rezoning petition for the 282-acre Barons Vista development on Monday evening.

Energy industry leader says railroads must answer for oil train mishaps

WASHINGTON -- The rail industry is chiefly responsible for preventing oil train accidents and U.S. regulators must do more to keep trains on the tracks, a leading voice for the energy industry said on Monday.

Oil storage may hit critical in 2 months

BISMARCK -- Based upon the dwindling number of operational rigs, North Dakota oil workers could face 1,000 to 1,200 more layoffs as a national storage shortage threatens an already low crude oil price, according to North Dakota's top oil regulator.

Planting preparations get underway in region

Planting preparations get underway in region

FARGO, N.D. — It wouldn’t be the first time in history, but farmers and their advisers say it will be unusual if farmers start planting in March.

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Shortages linger in Grand Forks housing market

As the weather warms up, more people looking for a new home will make their moves, despite Grand Forks' ongoing housing shortage.

ND House votes to lift corporate farming ban for dairy, swine

ND House votes to lift corporate farming ban for dairy, swine

BISMARCK – House lawmakers followed their Senate counterparts Monday in voting to relax North Dakota’s anti-corporate farming law, a landmark decision that could soon clear the way for non-family corporations to own dairy and swine operations for the first time in 83 years.

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Seismic activity lacking in ND compared to other oil states

Seismic activity lacking in ND compared to other oil states

Swarms of earthquakes have been rattling Oklahoma, Texas and other central states with a history of little or no seismic activity. The recent quakes, according to scientists, may be the fault of deep underground injections of wastewater left over from fracking.

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Franken calls for oil safety study

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Al Franken wants a study about the safety of carrying western North Dakota crude oil through Minnesota.

Dayton wants MNsure task force to study its future

ST. PAUL - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he plans to seek $500,000 to investigate the future of MNsure, which could result in a recommendation to abolish it.

Dayton calls for freeze on major F-M diversion work this year

MOORHEAD – Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday called for suspending major construction on the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion this year pending Minnesota’s environmental review of the project.

R.D. Offutt buys downtown Fargo building

R.D. Offutt buys downtown Fargo building

FARGO – R.D. Offutt Co. has acquired property in downtown Fargo, but whether that plays a role in a new headquarters for the company remains to be seen.

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SBA launches InnovateHER business challenge

WASHINGTON – Addressing the needs of women and the role they play in America’s economy, the U.S. Small Business Administration has launched a nationwide competition for entrepreneurs who are developing products and services that will enhance the lives of women and their families.

Dayton touts transportation proposal during Moorhead stop

Dayton touts transportation proposal during Moorhead stop

MOORHEAD - Gov. Mark Dayton said his transportation improvement plan includes an underpass at Main Avenue and 21st Street to separate rail and street traffic as well as almost $660 million in annual funding for the city and county.

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Baker Boy watches dough and business rise

Baker Boy watches dough and business rise

Guy Moos, president of Baker Boy, attributes success the company has witnessed over the years to a rule he calls "Marvin’s Best."

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Construction to start soon on largest development in Belfield, ND history

Construction to start soon on largest development in Belfield, ND history

BELFIELD — Crews will break ground this spring on the first phase of the biggest development Belfield has ever seen.

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Landfill company seeks to allow radioactive waste at western ND site

Landfill company seeks to allow radioactive waste at western ND site

WILLISTON — A special waste landfill in far western North Dakota will seek to dispose of radioactive waste, if it becomes legal.

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Research shows Williston population grew 20 percent from 2012 to 2014

WILLISTON — The “service population” utilizing Williston city infrastructure and other services has increased at 10 times the normal rate, according to estimates by Nancy Hodur, a researcher at North Dakota State University.

Sandblasting company expands to meet oil industry's tank demands

Sandblasting company expands to meet oil industry's tank demands

Imagine your workspace looked like a giant soup can lying on its side, and there was just a 2-by-3-foot opening to get into it with no windows, so you needed work lights.

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UND requires students declare a major

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Students at UND will now have to declare a major around the time they finish their sophomore year.

Developers see need for more Grand Forks office space

Developers see need for more Grand Forks office space

An office building that once hosted almost 150 workers in Grand Forks is getting new life as developers look to provide similar spaces in the area.

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Regulator: Oil industry must join railroads to boost safety

Regulator: Oil industry must join railroads to boost safety

WASHINGTON - Rail operators are going to great lengths to prevent oil train derailments but the energy sector must do more to prevent accidents from becoming fiery disasters, the leading U.S. rail regulator said on Friday.

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ND senators push for online sales tax collection

A group of U.S. senators is renewing a push to allow states to collect sales tax from remote retailers that don’t have a physical presence in the state, a move they say would level the playing field between online and traditional retailers.

Mental health facility expands to serve older patients

FARGO – Prairie St. John’s is preparing to open a specialized new unit to treat elderly patients who need psychiatric services.

Petroleum engineers remain in demand despite oil price fluctuations

GRAND FORKS – Alexy Kovalev knows his job doesn’t sound that exciting to the average person, but it’s obvious he loves it as he talks about how what he’s doing will have a real impact on the oil industry.

Local hospitals say better design means better care

Local hospitals say better design means better care

Fargo - Some steps along the path to healing begin on the drawing board.

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What about Bob? ND triceratops has money issues

What about Bob? ND triceratops has money issues

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Bob, one of North Dakota’s oldest residents, could be forced to leave the state soon due to money issues.

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Moorhead thrift store marks 40 years in business

Moorhead thrift store marks 40 years in business

MOORHEAD – A Moorhead institution is turning 40 years old this spring. The Moorhead Thrift Shop, among the first thrift stores in the Fargo-Moorhead area, opened its doors in 1975 in a downtown building at Main Avenue and Fifth Street South.

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New shooting range planned for Fargo

Minneapolis-based Bill’s Gun Shop & Range, which has three locations in the Twin Cities area, is opening a Fargo location at 3500 12th Ave. N., near Interstate 29.

Take-and-bake shop closes in Fargo

A take-and-bake shop in Fargo called Zing – Dinner in a Dash, which had been open for less than a year, is closed.

Minnesota exports break record

Minnesota set a record in 2014 for the value of exported goods the state’s companies sent abroad.

Dayton challenges Minnesota farmers to support buffer plan

ST. PAUL — Laying the blame for many of the state’s polluted waters squarely at the feet of agriculture, Gov. Mark Dayton Thursday asked Minnesota farmers to “look into their souls” and support his proposal to buffer nearly every water in the state from row crops and their associated runoff.

Senior living at Dickinson State University gets new management

Senior living at Dickinson State University gets new management

The management company that ran Dickinson’s Hawks Point at its inception will soon be in charge once again.

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Housing progress on Mitchell's edges shows outward growth

Affordable housing can be hard to find in Mitchell.

Dickinson airport discusses master plan

In the midst of devising a master plan, Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport commissioners met on Thursday to discuss professional revisions that were made to the document.

$725K bank stabilization project planned for ND's Stump Lake Park

A $725,000 bank stabilization project is planned this spring at Stump Lake Park.

State investigates improper disposal of oilfield waste in Williston

State investigates improper disposal of oilfield waste in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. – State officials are investigating about 100 filter socks that were improperly disposed of in north Williston, the Department of Mineral Resources said Thursday.

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Poll finds North Dakota residents support tougher flaring rules

BISMARCK — A North Dakota poll commissioned by two environmental watchdog groups finds that a majority of residents wants more stringent rules for flaring natural gas from oil wells.

Bemidji planning board approves student housing project

BEMIDJI -- The University Heights development project that promises student apartments and commercial space across the street from Bemidji State University on Wednesday received final zoning approval.

Grand Forks institution Italian Moon has new owner

Grand Forks institution Italian Moon has new owner

Like many who have grown up in Grand Forks, Scott Purpur has fond memories of the Italian Moon.

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Job landscape in ND shifting from Big Oil

Job landscape in ND shifting from Big Oil

WILLISTON, N.D. - Halliburton Co, Schlumberger NV and other large energy companies were conspicuously absent from a major North Dakota job fair this week, a telling sign as employers in the No. 2 U.S. oil-producing state grapple with sliding crude prices.

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Low prices to blame for 3 percent drop in ND oil production

Low prices to blame for 3 percent drop in ND oil production

BISMARCK – North Dakota oil production declined 3 percent in January to just shy of 1.2 million barrels per day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Thursday.

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Report projects when women in each state will achieve equal pay

Washington, D.C. — The first release from Status of Women in the States: 2015, a project of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), finds that, if current trends in narrowing the pay gap in the states continue, the date when women in the United States will achieve equal pay is 2058.

South Dakota dairy cooperative in business for more than 80 years

South Dakota dairy cooperative in business for more than 80 years

DIMOCK, S.D. -- At 5:30 a.m., Paul Voelker has already been at it for a while.

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Wild temperature swings cause some headaches for feedlot operators

Cattle are still maintaining performance, handling the thermometer as it’s peaked near 60 and dipped down into the negative teens while Mother Nature has flaunted her temperamental side this winter.

Oil Patch developments reflect changing housing market

KILLDEER, N.D. — A change to a planned multi-use development shows the changing housing market in this Oil Patch town.

ND airport boardings down slightly in February

BISMARCK -- Airplane boardings at three major airports are slightly down from February of last year.

MNsure bets people will buy health insurance to avoid fines

As the outreach program manager at Portico Healthnet, a nonprofit that helps people obtain health care coverage, Rebecca Lozano's job is to match as many people with insurance plans as she can.

Low oil prices mean lots of applicants at Williston job fair

Low oil prices mean lots of applicants at Williston job fair

WILLISTON, N.D. – Employers at a two-day job fair in Williston are finding there is an upside to low oil prices.

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New estimate puts East Grand Forks pool renovation at $2.2 million

New estimate puts East Grand Forks pool renovation at $2.2 million

The years haven't been kind to the 52-year-old East Grand Forks swimming pool.

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Berkshire's BNSF railroad revamps service with billions, fewer cars

Berkshire's BNSF railroad revamps service with billions, fewer cars

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stung by customer backlash over last winter's patchy service, Berkshire Hathaway's BNSF Railways invested billions in shoring up its operations.

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Titan Machinery reducing workforce by 14 percent

WEST FARGO – Titan Machinery, which has its headquarters here, is closing three of its stores and reducing its workforce by 14 percent in response to declining agriculture revenues and other pressures.

ND budget forecast fluctuates with flow of oil tax revenue

ND budget forecast fluctuates with flow of oil tax revenue

BISMARCK - With a week to go before the release of an updated North Dakota revenue forecast, a working budget group was still trying to determine the final numbers to plug into its formula during a Wednesday meeting at the Capitol.

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Target plays catch-up in technology-driven retail world

Target plays catch-up in technology-driven retail world

MINNEAPOLIS – Smart, stylish young people have long been drawn to Target Corp. headquarters, eager to join the buying teams and marketing groups that made the company famous for cheap-chic.

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Kirkbride redevelopment efforts in Fergus Falls gain new life

Kirkbride redevelopment efforts in Fergus Falls gain new life

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - It may be time for city leaders and a preservationist of old buildings to pull the trigger on redeveloping the historic Kirkbride building here.

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Natural Grocers to open Fargo store

Natural Grocers to open Fargo store

FARGO – A Natural Grocers is coming to Fargo.

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New Harley-Davidson shop to open in West Fargo

New Harley-Davidson shop to open in West Fargo

West Fargo - Drivers on Interstate 94 near here have probably noticed the large building taking shape near Sheyenne Street.

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Feds award $1.1M to Red River Corridor Fund for small business support

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Treasury Department today announced that North Dakota’s Red River Corridor Fund has received $1,167,461 in State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funds to help small businesses access the capital they need to grow and create jobs.

Minn. medical marijuana manufacturers prepare for business

Minnesota medical marijuana manufacturers have lined up several dispensary sites throughout state and are set to have the first harvest over the next few weeks.

Grim day at Target as 1,700 Twin Cities jobs are cut

MINNEAPOLIS — The young Target Corp. employee was told to come to a meeting. The elevator was filled with co-workers crying. That’s when she knew her job was gone.

MN district judge retires to join son's legal practice

MN district judge retires to join son's legal practice

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — After a 31-year hiatus from practicing law, former district court judge Jeff Flynn will again be offering his services and professional expertise as a Worthington attorney.

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Landowners crowd Dunn County meeting to reinstate zoning rule

Landowners crowd Dunn County meeting to reinstate zoning rule

MANNING, N.D. — A Dunn County planning and zoning meeting Tuesday evening caused a traffic jam on Highway 22.

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park signs new deal to manage wild horse herd

 Theodore Roosevelt National Park signs new deal to manage wild horse herd

Known as one of the iconic symbols of the west, wild horses have inhabited the plains of North Dakota for hundreds of years.

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Housing shortage directly correlated to plentiful job openings

Housing shortage directly correlated to plentiful job openings

There is a correlation between the lack of housing in Jamestown and the high rate of job openings in Stutsman County, said David Klein, executive director of the Stutsman County Housing Authority.

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Water supply, final construction plan still in works for CHS fertilizer plant

CHS officials hope to see construction begin this summer on its planned $3 billion nitrogen fertilizer plant at Spiritwood, according to Brian Schouvieller, senior vice president, ag business, for CHS.

Jamestown Arts Park construction expected to begin soon

Jamestown Arts Park construction expected to begin soon

The Jamestown, N.D., Arts Park Advisory Committee is planning to break ground on the Arts Park as soon the ground thaws, and bids could soon be advertised for the first phase of the project.

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Bill sets nurse minimums in Minnesota

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota nurses praise state House legislation that would require a minimum number of nurses to be on duty at hospitals.

UND nickname committee talks priorities

UND nickname committee talks priorities

UND's New Nickname Committee spent much of its first meeting discussing what kinds of attributes the school's new nickname and logo should have.

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Accounting issue contributed to unpaid loan in East Grand Forks

Accounting issue contributed to unpaid loan in East Grand Forks

An accounting issue contributed to a $510,000 economic development loan going unpaid for more than a decade in East Grand Forks, according to the city attorney.

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Committee votes against study on legalizing medical marijuana in ND

BISMARCK – After a bill to legalize medical marijuana in North Dakota was snuffed out in the House last month, some lawmakers who still want to study the issue encountered a setback on Tuesday.

ND lawmakers to pitch bill requiring Sanford to match BCBSND coverage

BISMARCK – Legislation aimed at ensuring that thousands of North Dakota public employees can keep the same health benefits and medical providers when their insurer changes July 1 will be introduced Wednesday, House Majority Leader Al Carlson said.

More than 18K North Dakota residents sign up for health insurance plan

BISMARCK - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reported that 18,171 North Dakota residents selected health insurance plans for this year in the federal marketplace under the Affordable Care Act.

Kandiyohi County B2B survey data to be released next week

WILLMAR, Minn. — The findings are in and most of the analysis is complete.

Leaner Target has Minnesota worried

MINNEAPOLIS -- Target said it plans to cut “several thousand” jobs at its Minneapolis corporate offices as the discounter tries to become leaner and more nimble.

Worthington MN Bio Science Park expanding

WORTHINGTON — The Bio Science Park will be adding an additional 15,732 square-foot building to the site as the Worthington City Council approved during its Monday meeting the sale of more than five acres of land to Bioverse.

As U.S. dithers over drone regualtions, overseas rivals get a head start

As U.S. dithers over drone regualtions, overseas rivals get a head start

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are a hot ticket in Silicon Valley, but U.S. government dithering over regulations has given overseas companies a head-start in figuring out how best to exploit them.

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Airgas building new Grand Forks facility

Airgas, the Pennsylvania-based gas distributor, is building a new facility in Grand Forks.

Grand Forks starts ‘vibrancy initiative’ focusing on UND, downtown and arts

Grand Forks starts ‘vibrancy initiative’ focusing on UND, downtown and arts

Grand Forks City Administrator Todd Feland doesn’t normally describe city business as “fun” -- but that’s how he described a new city-organized initiative.

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Report: Student debt increases $31 million nationally

Report: Student debt increases $31 million nationally

Student loan debt is still a problem, but Janelle Kilgore is doing her best to counter national trends.

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Groups revive debate over regional identity

Groups revive debate over regional identity

FARGO – When Jill Halvorson recently attended a trade show for convention organizers, she didn’t bring key chains, refrigerator magnets or any of the usual swag.

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ND investigating oilfield fires, spills

BISMARCK – The Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division, is working with fire officials in two counties to investigate the cause of two weekend fires at oil facilities.

ND House rejects Legacy Fund transfer proposal

BISMARCK – North Dakotans won’t be voting next year on whether to change how money is spent from the state’s nearly $3 billion Legacy Fund, after House lawmakers defeated a proposed constitutional amendment on Monday.

Dayton says he won't recruit Wisconsin businesses

ST. PAUL - Don't look for Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to take a business-stealing trip to Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker on Monday signed a law that forbids unions from charging workers who are not union members.

Moorhead medical marijuana dispensary expected to open this summer

Moorhead medical marijuana dispensary expected to open this summer

MOORHEAD – The metro area’s first medical marijuana dispensary is expected to open here this summer.

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Rising construction costs expected to impact West Fargo high school renovation

WEST FARGO – Renovations at West Fargo High School will likely cost more than school officials here anticipated because of the rising cost of construction and supplies.

Startup founder shares insights with students

Startup founder shares insights with students

FARGO – For her “Living On Your Own” course at Davies High School, instructor Patricia Romaine relies on field trips and guest speakers to provide students with insights on life after high school.

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Potato farmers get federal prison for crop insurance fraud

FARGO, N.D. - Potato farming brothers Aaron Johnson of Northwood, N.D., and Derek Johnson of Vancouver, British Columbia, will spend time in federal prison in the Federal Prison Camp in Duluth, Minn., and are jointly responsible for restitution of nearly $1 million because of crop insurance fraud.

Construction, lot costs up in Jamestown area

Construction, lot costs up in Jamestown area

Housing costs are up in the area. That fact does not surprise a couple of the builders in Jamestown, although there is disagreement in what is causing the increase.

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Minnesota DNR to buy Polk County lake

The Polk County Commission has approved a plan that would develop a public use waterway, including public access to Crystal Lake, located southwest of Erskine, Minn.

HBO to launch standalone service with Apple in April

HBO to launch standalone service with Apple in April

LOS ANGELES - Apple TV will be the exclusive launch partner for HBO Now, the standalone subscription-based streaming service the pay cabler is rolling out as an attempt to court consumers that don't want to sign up for cable service.

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New restaurant taking over downtown Fargo's Beefsteak Club

New restaurant taking over downtown Fargo's Beefsteak Club

Fargo - A downtown Fargo eatery has closed but will soon open again with new owners, a new name and a new direction.

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Dayton promotes 600 transportation projects

Dayton promotes 600 transportation projects

WILLMAR –– Saying that money isn’t going to fall out of the “blue sky” to fix the state’s deteriorating transportation system, Gov. Mark Dayton reiterated his proposal Friday in Willmar to increase license tab fees and the wholesale gas tax to generate new revenue to fund 600 road and bridge projects in the next decade.

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Minnesota officials hopeful bird flu virus will be contained

Veterinarians and state health officials are keeping a close watch for any new outbreaks of a deadly avian flu virus that struck a Pope County turkey farm in late February.

Rising costs make housing development difficult

Rising costs make housing development difficult

With Jamestown’s population expected to increase and only 27 houses listed on the market in the city, the region is facing a housing shortage.

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Simmers inducted into N.D. Aviation Hall of Fame

Simmers inducted into N.D. Aviation Hall of Fame

Robert “Bob” Simmers remembers his father flying him around the family farm east of Jamestown as a young boy.

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Oil tanks explode near Killdeer

KILLDEER, N.D. — Three oil tanks exploded at about 9 a.m. Saturday morning, causing a boom felt by houses in Killdeer, all the way from the oil well location 5 miles north.

Fleischkuechle finds production home in Leeds ND

Fleischkuechle finds production home in Leeds ND

LEEDS, N.D. — Never fear, fleischkuechle lovers: That juicy, doughy mainstay is back, coming to fans of German food everywhere from a new production venue.

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Watford City looks to attract families with 2015 construction

Watford City looks to attract families with 2015 construction

WATFORD CITY — With another massive construction season in Watford City this year — projected to be even bigger than last year — city and county leaders hope to make the city more attractive to the families of oil workers, who they hope will make the boomtown their permanent home.

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Family's need for stock dams inspired earth-moving company

Family's need for stock dams inspired earth-moving company

It was a dam quandary.

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Oil waste disposal site explodes near Alexander

Oil waste disposal site explodes near Alexander

ALEXANDER, N.D. — An explosion and fire at an oil and gas waste disposal site north of Alexander burned through the very early morning hours Saturday.

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Wind industry aims for incentive extension

A federal tax incentive that some see as critical to supporting the wind energy industry expired at the end of 2014, but some congressional lawmakers and advocates are pushing for its extension.

As oil boom layoffs mount, U-Haul dealers gain customers

As oil boom layoffs mount, U-Haul dealers gain customers

KILLDEER, N.D. -- Born-and-raised Killdeer resident Ben Murphy said he knows, when someone rents moving equipment, if an oilfield worker was getting laid off.

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West Fargo's Titan Machinery becomes established major player in Bakken

West Fargo's Titan Machinery becomes established major player in Bakken

DICKINSON, N.D. -- It's hard to miss construction machinery rolling down the highway. Sometimes, on the side of these yellow giants, drivers can spot the familiar name Case.

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F-M hospitals seek cure for 'alarm fatigue'

F-M hospitals seek cure for 'alarm fatigue'

FARGO – Breeanna Hook used to go home from her nursing shift on the critical care unit and dream of alarms going off and having to scramble frantically to respond.

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WSJ reports ND's largest oil producer seeking possible buyer

WILLISTON, N.D. – Whiting Petroleum Corp., North Dakota’s largest oil producer, is seeking a possible buyer, according to the Wall Street Journal, but a person familiar with the board’s thinking told Reuters he was not aware of any such plan.

ND distributes first $298 million of 'surge' money

BISMARCK – State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt says the first $298 million of a $1.1 billion funding package was being distributed Friday to address critical road and infrastructure needs in North Dakota’s oil-producing region and the rest of the state.

Fargo business offers low-priced MRIs by cutting out middle man

Fargo business  offers low-priced MRIs by cutting out middle man

Fargo - In most major U.S. cities, the cost for an MRI scan of internal organs and soft tissues ranges from $1,694 to $3,624, according to the website CompareMRICost.com.

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Moorhead Business Association seeks new leader

MOORHEAD – The Moorhead Business Association is looking for a new executive director following the retirement of Chuck Chadwick, the first person to hold the job.

Proposed Moorhead mall-downtown Fargo shuttle met with uncertainty

MOORHEAD – When the League of Women Voters held a recent meeting at the Moorhead Center Mall here, some of the group’s members from Fargo told Mayor Del Rae Williams that they’d never been to the mall before.

Microsoft warns Windows PCs also vulnerable to 'Freak' attacks

BOSTON - Hundreds of millions of Windows PC users are vulnerable to attacks exploiting the recently uncovered "Freak" security vulnerability, which was initially believed to only threaten mobile devices and Mac computers, Microsoft Corp warned.

Fargo shoe store becomes SHU store and other biz news

Fargo - A family owned shoe store that has operated in the Fargo area for nearly a century is taking another big step.

Fargo's 92-year-old Quality Bakery to close

Fargo's 92-year-old Quality Bakery to close

FARGO – After 92 years in business, Quality Bakery will close its doors at the end of April.

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DWU bids most foreign languages adieu

DWU bids most foreign languages adieu

Tchau, adios, au revoir, arrivederci, auf wiedersehen, or in other words, goodbye to all but one of the languages offered at Dakota Wesleyan University.

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Rising apartment prices, tight availability put squeeze on Jamestown renters

Rising apartment prices, tight availability put squeeze on Jamestown renters

Toni Pirkl of Jamestown has been living in the same two-bedroom apartment for 12 years.

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Wisconsin representatives approve 'right-to-work' bill

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin lawmakers on Friday approved a bill to prohibit private-sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues when working under union contracts, a measure supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker.

ND potato farmers ask for leniency in crop insurance fraud case

FARGO — Two North Dakota farming brothers convicted of crop insurance fraud are asking a federal judge for leniency based on character and family responsibilities, while federal lawyers are asking for the maximum sentences.

ND House committee hears testimony on anti-corporate bill

ND House committee hears testimony on anti-corporate bill

BISMARCK — North Dakota’s House Agriculture Committee heard more than eight hours of testimony Thursday on a bill that would relax the state’s anti-corporate farming law to allow corporations to own swine and dairy operations.

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FBI to establish permanent office in Williston

WILLISTON -- A permanent Federal Bureau of Investigation office here will likely be operational later this year, the agency announced Thursday.

Pipeline leaks 450 barrels of brine in North Dakota

TIOGA, N.D. - State health and energy officials are working to clean up a pipeline leak that spilled approximately 450 barrels of brine in Divide County.

Statoil reaches $2M settlement with US for illegal drilling

Statoil Oil and Gas has reached an approximately $2 million settlement with the U.S. government after an investigation found it was drilling into unleased federal minerals in McKenzie County.

Ulteig engineer talks downtown development at Dickinson meeting

Mike Zimney believes there are good and bad ways to build cities.

Crew camp company files lawsuit against ND county

Crew camp company files lawsuit against ND county

MEDORA, N.D. — Billings County will face a lawsuit for denying a company permission to turn the Fryburg school building into a worker lodging facility.

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Fire alarm prompts temporary shut down at MN nuclear plant

RED WING, Minn. — The Prairie Island nuclear power plant in southeast Minnesota filed a notification of an “unusual event” after a fire alarm sounded on March 5 at 4:06 a.m.

Dayton plans Target meeting

ST. PAUL -- The leaders of Target Corp. and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, whose family founded Target, plan to meet next week about planned layoffs.

BNSF cars carrying crude oil derails, catches fire in Illinois

NEW YORK - A BNSF Railway train loaded with crude oil derailed and caught fire on Thursday afternoon in a rural area south of Galena, Illinois, according to local officials and the company.

Amish Furniture store coming to West Fargo

WEST FARGO – A vacant spot next to the Dairy Queen in the 13th Avenue South shopping area could soon be home to a furniture store.

NDHFA recognizes 'champions of affordable housing'

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota Housing Finance Agency recognized several of its housing partners as Champions of Affordable Housing during the 24th Annual Statewide Housing Conference.

Right-to-work debate heats up as Wisconsin considers adding law

MOORHEAD, Minn. – How much does it affect a business to straddle two states, one of which is a right-to-work state? Turns out, not that much.

Bird flu strikes Pope County turkey farm

Bird flu strikes Pope County turkey farm

GLENWOOD, Minn. - State health officials say a strain of bird flu that’s deadly to poultry has been discovered in Minnesota, after the population of a commercial turkey barn was decimated in a matter of days — from a flock of 15,000 to fewer than 100.

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White House could have controlled explosive gas on oil trains

White House could have controlled explosive gas on oil trains

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration weighed national standards to control explosive gas in oil trains last year but rejected the move, deciding instead to leave new rules to North Dakota alone.

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Bike sharing service arrives in Fargo

Bike sharing service arrives in Fargo

FARGO – A bone-chilling wind blew through town all day as the small crew of workers installed docking stations for a new bike sharing service.

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Hubbard finalizes deal to buy 16 Minnesota radio stations

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Twin Cities-based Hubbard Broadcasting announced Wednesday it had closed on a deal to buy 16 radio stations in northern Minnesota, including five in Bemidji and six in Brainerd.

Avera updates, expands Parkston SD health center

Avera updates, expands Parkston SD health center

PARKSTON, S.D. — In a business where there's never much time to waste, efficiency is a priority. And by all measures, officials say improvements being made at Avera St. Benedict's Health Center in Parkston are making the hospital more efficient.

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Historical group gets grant to revive Sacred Heart Hotel in Minnesota

Historical group gets grant to revive Sacred Heart Hotel in Minnesota

SACRED HEART, Minn. — Last summer the long vacant Sacred Heart Hotel building was just a few days away from being sold on a tax forfeiture sale, with many expecting it would soon be razed.

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Report shows few streams, lakes swimmable in southwest Minnesota

ST. PAUL — Few streams or lakes in the far southwest corner of Minnesota are fishable or swimmable, according to the latest study of water bodies in that area by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

New animal hospital going up in West Fargo

New animal hospital going up in West Fargo

West Fargo - A large building taking shape here will soon be home to the West Fargo Animal Hospital.

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Gluten-free bakery opens in Fargo

Gluten-free bakery opens in Fargo

Fargo - A customer tried the doors to Mehl’s Gluten-Free Bakery on Wednesday, hours before owners Mark and Matthew Mehl were ready to open.

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McDonald's antibiotic-free move could prompt U.S. chicken squeeze

McDonald's antibiotic-free move could prompt U.S. chicken squeeze

Reuters - A plan by McDonald's Corp to phase out chicken raised with certain kinds of antibiotics at its 14,000 U.S. restaurants will put additional pressure on an already-stressed supply chain.

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Essentia in talks to join Sanford Health Plan

FARGO – Essentia Health has not yet joined the provider network for the health insurance plan that will cover an estimated 65,000 North Dakota public employees, retirees and their family members starting July 1.

Marathon pulls rigs from Dunn County

MANNING, N.D. - None of Marathon Oil Company’s rigs are currently operating in the Dunn County area, an attorney for the company said Wednesday.

Frustration boils over with unpaid city loan in East Grand Forks

Frustrated East Grand Forks residents lashed out Tuesday at their City Council before it voted to hold off on taking action to collect on a $510,000 city loan that has gone unpaid for more than a decade.

Nuclear power debate returns; bill would end Minnesota moratorium

ST. PAUL – The owner of Minnesota’s nuclear power plants has no plans to build a new one, but wants flexibility to do it if needed.

ND higher ed board approves sale of Foundation apartments to Dickinson State University

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Board of Higher Education approved Dickinson State University’s proposal to seek revenue bonds to purchase three residential apartments from the Dickinson State University Foundation.

Performance shortfalls mean no incentive pay for BCBSND execs

Performance shortfalls mean no incentive pay for BCBSND execs

FARGO – Executives and managers at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Dakota weren’t awarded incentive pay last year in light of large financial losses and other performance shortfalls.

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Senate fails to override Obama's veto of Keystone XL

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it.

Target to cut thousands of jobs as it restructures

U.S. retailer Target Corp on Tuesday said it planned to cut several thousand jobs, mainly from headquarters locations, as part of a restructuring that will cut $2 billion in costs over two years.

Ethanol industry and farmers should work together, Poet exec says

Ethanol industry and farmers should work together, Poet exec says

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Jeff Broin says if farmers want corn prices back at a profitable level, they need to get involved in politics and get engaged to keep the ethanol industry strong.

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Willmar DQs change hands, retain family-oriented business tradition

Willmar DQs change hands, retain family-oriented business tradition

WILLMAR, Minn. — Spicer, Minn., Dairy Queen store owners Dan and Jennifer Goetzman are grateful for the opportunity to buy Willmar’s two Dairy Queen stores from longtime owners Fred and Candy Anderson.

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Lawsuit claims Fargo medical company to blame for $20M mistake

FARGO - A medical company here is accused of making a mistake that cost at least $20 million to fix.

Minnesota bill allows options for rural ambulance services

ST. PAUL - Rural volunteer ambulance services that have trouble getting personnel to respond to calls would have a couple options under a bill the Minnesota House passed 130-0 Monday and is making progress in Senate committees.

Fargo waxing salons offer specialized service

Fargo waxing salons offer specialized service

Fargo - Just in time to cash in on residents wanting to get swimsuit ready for spring break, European Wax Center has opened in the Prairie Stone Center on 45th Street South.

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Fargo awards contracts for water treatment plant expansion, saves $13M

Fargo awards contracts for water treatment plant expansion, saves $13M

FARGO – The cost of expanding the water treatment plant to handle lower-quality water has dropped by more than $13 million since the city sought bids from contractors in September.

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Arctic Cat acquires technical riding gear company Motorfist

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. – Arctic Cat, the maker of snowmobiles and other off-road vehicles in Thief River Falls, announced Monday that it has acquired an Idaho-based technical riding gear company.

Livability ranks Fargo's downtown among 10 best in US

Livability ranks Fargo's downtown among 10 best in US

FARGO – It’s walkable, it’s affordable, it’s brimming with restaurants. And now, Fargo’s downtown can boast that it’s the seventh-best in the country, according to a study released Monday by research website Livability.

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M State, MP Technologies team to train new gas industry workers

WADENA, Minn. – A new Minnesota State Community and Technical College program will help fill a “huge” need for trained employees in the gas industry, according to Ward Westphal of MP Technologies, which contracts to provide new construction and maintenance services to a wide range of private and public utilities and power companies.

Rent drops in North Dakota's pricey apartment market

Rent drops in North Dakota's pricey apartment market

WILLISTON, N.D. - It is getting cheaper to rent an apartment in North Dakota's oil patch.

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Jamestown's Buffalo Mall up for sale

The Buffalo Mall is for sale, according to the mall's owner, Investors Real Estate Trust Properties.

Unincorporated Manning, the small seat of Dunn County, not immune to oil boom growth

Unincorporated Manning, the small seat of Dunn County, not immune to oil boom growth

MANNING, N.D. — Over the hills and through the Oil Patch sits a small town that, until a few years ago, hadn’t seen much change.

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Rural ND family becomes one of nation's top horse tack sellers

Rural ND family becomes one of nation's top horse tack sellers

RURAL KILLDEER, N.D. — Up north, the Entzel family ranch in the wide open spaces south of Killdeer is quite a ways away from a lot of things.

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TEAM Industries partners with more Minnesota schools for machine trades training

PARK RAPIDS, Minn. - Bagley, Minn.-based TEAM Industries announced this week that it is providing equipment and training resources to schools in Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes, Lake Park Audubon and Bagley, as well as apprenticeships, internships and scholarships in the machines trade program for CNC, or computer numerical control.

Hardware store owners sell punch cards to fund grocery store startup

Hardware store owners sell punch cards to fund grocery store startup

NEW LONDON, Minn. – Ever since the grocery store in New London closed six years ago, community residents have been bemoaning its absence and begging for a return of a full-service grocery store.

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Businesses recruited onto Grand Forks Air Force Base

Businesses recruited onto Grand Forks Air Force Base

Sue Dahl was on a mission. She cut 2,400 roses at her flower and gift shop at Grand Forks Air Force Base in preparation for Valentine's Day. Dahl was hoping to save a trip for customers who may live on the base, which is about 20 miles away from the area's commercial hub of Grand Forks.

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Development projects in tiny Bakken town could top $20 million this year

Development projects in tiny Bakken town could top $20 million this year

KILLDEER, N.D. — For the first 14 years as building inspector for the city of Killdeer, Ron Fettig worked part time. But for the past three years, he has been full time — and his days are truly full.

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Plume impacts being examined at Northern Plains Nitrogen plant site

The city of Grand Forks and other stakeholders are examining if any plumes coming from a proposed nitrogen fertilizer plant near the city could affect the Grand Forks International Airport.

CNH Industrial, F-M's largest manufacturer, to lay off 80 workers

CNH Industrial, F-M's largest manufacturer, to lay off 80 workers

FARGO – CNH Industrial, the largest manufacturing concern in the area, has plans to soon lay off 80 full-time workers.

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Pipeline company didn’t use remote sensors before leak

Pipeline company didn’t use remote sensors before leak

WILLISTON, N.D. – The pipeline that ruptured and spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater, contaminating a nearby creek and two rivers near Williston, could have been monitored remotely but the system wasn’t turned on, a regulator said last week.

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U-Save rental sees booming business in Fargo-Moorhead

U-Save rental sees booming business in Fargo-Moorhead

Fargo - Maybe you’re going on vacation and you could use a bigger vehicle to haul the family to the Grand Canyon.

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Two planes slide off Williston taxiway; new equipment ordered

WILLISTON, N.D. — After two airplanes slid off the taxiway at Sloulin Field International Airport under icy conditions earlier this week, the Williston City Commission has approved buying more than $51,000 in anti-ice equipment.

Former Hewlett Packard executive using experience to grow Fargo Packet Digital

Former Hewlett Packard executive using experience to grow Fargo Packet Digital

Moorhead native and North Dakota State University grad Dan Olsen said he felt like he had won the lottery when he landed a job at Hewlett-Packard in 1994.

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TOP 25 WOMEN IN BUSINESS: Breaking the Mold

TOP 25 WOMEN IN BUSINESS: Breaking the Mold

The northern Plains’ top 25 women in business

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CULTURE: The value of values

CULTURE: The value of values

To me, there are three kinds of companies when it comes to the importance of core values: 1) companies that haven’t defined any values, 2) companies that have values but they are just wall decorations in a conference room and 3) companies that incorporate their core values in everything they do.

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CONSTRUCTION CORNER: Jumpstarting downtown Williston

CONSTRUCTION CORNER: Jumpstarting downtown Williston

Women-led development firm goes big with $15M multi-use project in downtown Boomtown

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ENERGY: Conference to focus on enhancing Bakken’s supply chain

ENERGY: Conference to focus on  enhancing Bakken’s supply chain

Williston Economic Development, DAWA Solutions team to connect manufacturers, energy producers

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Work like a woman

EDITOR'S NOTE: Work like a woman

In my constant quest to consume information, I recently stumbled across an article on the disparities between the salaries of male and female actors that included a tweet someone had sent to a female celebrity, requesting advice on how to respond to her father, who had told his daughter she couldn’t become an engineer because she was a girl.

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CONSTRUCTION: Wellness center puts community on new path

CONSTRUCTION: Wellness center puts community on new path

With state-of-the-art amenities including an aquatic center, multi-purpose gym, running track, racquetball courts, weight room, cardio equipment, whirlpool and sauna, Wadena, Minn.’s new wellness center could give many a trendy urban health club a run for their money.

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BUSINESS ADVICE: Target markets and products

BUSINESS ADVICE: Target markets and products

Upon reviewing results for the previous year it is usually helpful to determine which products succeeded and failed along with what customer segments provided growth and which contracted.

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BUSINESS INSIDER: Champion for women

BUSINESS INSIDER: Champion for women

Deb Eslinger devotes career to helping female entrepreneurs succeed

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AGRIBUSINESS: The importance of women in agriculture

AGRIBUSINESS: The importance of women in agriculture

An image that many who grew up on a family farm have burned in to memory is dad walking through the door of the house, covered in dirt from a long day in the field, or covered in something else from a long day in the barn, and mom working tirelessly around the house, supporting children, putting food on the table, and generally managing every other aspect of the operation.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Finding a business mentor

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Finding a  business mentor

Finding a great mentor is one of the smartest moves an entrepreneur can make to boost their chances of success.

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AGRIBUSINESS: Set to Launch

AGRIBUSINESS: Set to Launch

North Dakota’s advancing UAS industry holds promise for ag, other industries

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Beijing: Great spot for World Potato Congress in July
  Here's a photo I took of Ron D. Offutt of Fargo, attending a potato field day at the World Potato Congress in Boise, Idaho, in 2006. At right is Gary Secor, a North Dakota State University...
4/7/15 at 9:17 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/3383/50/50/ PRAIRIE BUSINESS
Work like a woman
In my constant quest to consume information, I recently stumbled across an article on the disparities between the salaries of male and female actors that included a tweet someone had sent to a female ...
3/2/15 at 4:07 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2443/50/50/ LIVING WITH WATER
Section 5: Making Policy For Water
Join us for the fifth section of the Living With Water project: Making Policy For Water. ...
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http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2454/50/50/ SUNDOG: MARKETING + TECHNOLOGY
5 TIPS: HOLISTIC APPROACH TO PAID MEDIA
Media has become fragmented and complex. But the good news? That actually can work in your favor. Long gone are the days of pouring marketing dollars over masses of unsegmented audiences and bud...
4/23/15 at 2:38 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2451/50/50/ THE DULLUM FILE
Ellen and Abel
Congratulations to Ellen McNamara of KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities. She begins work Monday as new co-anchor of the 5, 6, 6:30, 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts on KCTV-TV in Kansas City. (That's a lot of anchori...
4/23/15 at 8:29 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2450/50/50/ RENEW ND
How to best build our city? Love it
  This Strong Towns article could have been written about yesterdays efargo, Alley Fair, and The Hotel DonaldsonEarth Day love yesterday. efargo launch, 2 hours of 50 people cleaning alleys and ...
4/23/15 at 7:43 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2445/50/50/ BBB BUZZ FROM THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU OF MINNESOTA AND NORTH DAKOTA
BBB Calls for 2015 Torch Award for Ethics Nominations
Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is once again calling for nominations for the premier award in business ethics BBBs Torch Award for Ethics. BBB Torch Awards for Ethics rec...
4/9/15 at 9:38 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2456/50/50/ BASIC BUSINESS
The Job Interview
Basic Business Cents The purpose of a job interview is to see if there is a fit between the job applicant and the open position, plain and simple. The applicant wants a job and the employer wants to ...
3/26/15 at 2:41 PM

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