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ENERGY: Williston wealth advisors get big city backers

ENERGY: Williston wealth advisors get big city backers

New York City’s Lebenthal enters market through local partnership ...

BYOD: Bring Your Own Device: Worth the Risk?

BYOD: Bring Your Own Device: Worth the Risk?

Growing trend of employee-owned devices in workplace presents challenges, benefits ...

CONSTRUCTION CORNER: Meeting the need for medical personnel

CONSTRUCTION CORNER: Meeting the need for medical personnel

UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences expands to train more future health care workers ...

HACKATHON: Fargo hackathon illustrates area’s growing tech industry

HACKATHON: Fargo hackathon illustrates area’s growing tech industry

AT&T-sponsored app development event likely to be first of many ...

OIL: Shift in Play

OIL: Shift in Play

Bakken production expected to shift in response to lower oil prices...

BUSINESS INSIDER: From music man to financial expert

BUSINESS INSIDER: From music man to financial expert

McGowan Capital Group founder exemplifies the power of positivity...

ENERGY STORAGE: Streamlining thin film  processing saves time, energy

ENERGY STORAGE: Streamlining thin film processing saves time, energy

Energy storage devices and computer screens may seem worlds apart, but they’re not. ...

Keystone XL bill passes in Senate, faces Obama veto

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate passed a bill on Thursday to approve the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite the White House saying earlier in the day that President Barack Obama would veto the measure.

North Dakota dairy industry needs a push

Restoring the dairy industry in North Dakota is not only Amber Boeshans’ job, it’s also her personal goal. Boeshans is the livestock development specialist at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the director of the state’s Dairy Coalition. But she’s been around cattle her whole life.

Ag auctioneer sees two big trends for 2015

Ag auctioneer sees two big trends for 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — One of the region’s most entrepreneurial auction marketers for agriculture says the cycles in the industry will be a major factor in his business in 2015 and beyond.

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Chocolate maker Hershey to enter meat snacks business

Hershey Co agreed to buy jerky maker Krave Pure Foods Inc for its first foray into meat snacks, a fast-growing market that is tempting health-conscious consumers away from chocolate.

Revised forecast predicts $4B drop in ND oil and gas tax revenue amid sagging oil prices

BISMARCK – A revised state revenue forecast presented Thursday to North Dakota lawmakers predicts the effects of sagging oil prices will cause oil and gas tax revenue to drop more than $4 billion over the next two years compared with the December forecast used in the governor’s budget.

Enrollment hits new high at MTI

Enrollment hits new high at MTI

With record-high enrollment for a second consecutive semester, Mitchell Technical Institute is capping the number of students it allows in certain programs.

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Sign changes could delay completion of Mitchell Corn Palace renovation

Sign changes could delay completion of Mitchell Corn Palace renovation

The Mitchell City Council asked Monday to have more details about costs before approving changes to the sign to be installed on the front of the Corn Palace during the ongoing renovation.

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Oil spill reported in Bottineau County

MOHALL, N.D. – A tank that leaked released about 260 barrels of oil, or 10,920 gallons, in Bottineau County about three miles north of Mohall, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Wednesday.

Jamestown-Stutsman Development Corp requests $500K county loan for energy park infrastructure

The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Executive Committee unanimously voted Wednesday to request a loan of $500,000 from Stutsman County.

ND lawmakers to unveil revised revenue forecast

BISMARCK -- North Dakota legislators on Thursday will issue a revised revenue forecast reflecting lower oil prices than those assumed by the governor’s budget recommendations for 2015-17.

Child care options continue to lag in North Dakota

Child care options continue to lag in North Dakota

After Amber Paulson has breakfast with her daughters each morning, she brings 4-year-old Phaedra to one day care and 2-year-old Briar Rae to another.

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Arctic Cat reports lower sales

Arctic Cat, the maker of snowmobiles and ATVs with a plant in Thief River Falls, reported Wednesday that its net sales dropped 14 percent in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014.

Minnesota considers loan forgiveness to attract medical, mental health professionals to rural areas

ST. PAUL -- Rural Minnesota is short of medical professionals, and many health advocates are lining up behind a proposal to partially forgive student loans of graduates who practice in rural areas.

'Brunch bill' would allow earlier Sunday alcohol sales in North Dakota

A North Dakota legislative committee gave a thumbs-up Wednesday to a bill that would allow bars and restaurants to serve alcohol an hour earlier -- 11 a.m. -- on Sundays.

UND nickname plan on its way to university president

GRAND FORKS – The plan the University of North Dakota could use to pick a new nickname will be in the hands of the university’s president by the end of the day Friday, after the school’s nickname task force signed off on it.

ND Industrial Commission calls for better pipeline monitoring

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Industrial Commission called Wednesday for better monitoring of pipelines and higher standards for those that cross major bodies of water as crews continue cleaning up two major pipeline spills that affected the state’s waterways.

Fargo wood design company turns bleachers into fast-selling NDSU memorabilia

Fargo wood design company turns bleachers into fast-selling NDSU memorabilia

WEST FARGO - Time is running out for fans hoping to buy memorabilia made from North Dakota State University’s Bison Sports Arena bleachers.

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Twin Cities construction firm McGough opens Fargo branch

Twin Cities construction firm McGough opens Fargo branch

Fargo - An empty storefront in the CityScapes Plaza building in downtown Fargo will soon be empty no more.

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Fed upbeat on U.S. economy despite global turmoil

Fed upbeat on U.S. economy despite global turmoil

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said the U.S. economy was expanding "at a solid pace" as it largely looked through weakness overseas in a signal that it remains on track to raise interest rates later this year.

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Deadlines approach for annual SD Governor's Giant Vision business competition

PIERRE, S.D. - Potential applicants are reminded that the deadline for entries to the 2015 Governor's Giant Vision Business Competition is Friday, Feb. 13 and Student Competition entries are due Friday, Feb. 20.

BBB releases Top 10 industries for consumer complaints

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota has compiled lists of the Top Ten industries for consumer complaints and inquiries, according to their final statistics for 2014.

Willmar manufacturer to expand to Watertown

WATERTOWN, S.D. — A Willmar, Minn., manufacturing and engineering company is expanding operations to Watertown.

Tanks overflow, cause oil spill near Williston

WILLISTON – Tanks that overflowed released nearly 40,000 gallons of oil and brine northwest of here, the North Dakota Department of Health said Wednesday.

US oil well shut-ins start as crude rout batters small producers

HOUSTON — Collapsing crude prices are confronting scores of smaller U.S. oil producers with the grim choice of either shutting older high-cost wells or burning through cash in the hope of riding out the downturn.

Polaris Industries 4Q sales sets company record

Polaris Industries, a manufacturer of recreational vehicles with a plant in Roseau, Minn., reported a record quarter of sales.

Hess cuts Bakken spending but no plans for layoffs

WILLISTON, N.D. – Hess Corp., one of North Dakota’s largest oil and gas producers, will cut spending and operate fewer rigs in the Bakken this year, but plans to drill almost as many wells as last year.

Enbridge official says alternative routes not feasible for Sandpiper pipeline

ST. PAUL - Regardless of environmental feasibility, the Sandpiper pipeline project might not happen if the originally proposed route is not followed.

TENORM public comment period extended to March 2

BISMARCK - The North Dakota Department of Health has extended the deadline for comment submissions on the proposed rule changes related to technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material, or TENORM, to March 2.

Federal oil and gas leases in North Dakota net $4.2M

BILLINGS, Mont. - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has collected more than $4.2 million from the sale of oil and gas leases in North Dakota.

ND loses 800 jobs in December; employment grew 5.4 percent over year

GRAND FORKS – North Dakota lost 800 jobs in December, according to preliminary numbers released Tuesday by the North Dakota Job Service.

F-M building permit values soar in 2014

F-M building permit values soar in 2014

Fargo - The value of new construction in the Fargo-Moorhead area didn’t just set a new benchmark in 2014, it more than doubled the old record set in 2013, according to building permit numbers released Tuesday by the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead.

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Despite difficult industry, Midwest milk producers remain upbeat

Linda Hanson and her family are part of the Upper Midwest dairy industry and could play a larger role in what the industry hopes will be a bigger, better future.

Dayton releases budget plan with no general tax increases

Dayton releases budget plan with no general tax increases

ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton wants Minnesota to collect and spend more than $40 billion from state taxpayers in the next two years, without a general tax increase.

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Study suggests West Fargo may need more schools to accomodate growth

Study suggests West Fargo may need more schools to accomodate growth

WEST FARGO – The School District here may need to build new elementary schools and a third high school in the next five years to accommodate enrollment growth, despite opening a new elementary school each year for the past four years and a second high school this year.

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F-M 1 Million Cups celebrates 1 year

Fargo — This week, Fargo will celebrate its one-year anniversary of hosting 1 Million Cups, a weekly program to help educate, engage and connect local entrepreneurs.

Reporter turns entrepreneur with purchase of hometown Minnesota newspaper

Reporter turns entrepreneur with purchase of hometown Minnesota newspaper

BROOTEN, Minn. - In November, Randy Olson stopped in at the Bonanza Valley Voice in Brooten to see if he could do some freelance reporting for the weekly newspaper.

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Installation of ND pipeline that spilled 3 million gallons of saltwater had no state inspection

WILLISTON, N.D. – State oversight of more than 20,000 miles of underground pipelines has been “very, very minimal” as it struggles to hire qualified inspectors, a spokeswoman for the North Dakota Industrial Commission says.

U.S. Senate keeps Keystone XL pipeline bill from moving forward

WASHINGTON – Democrats in the U.S. Senate blocked the Keystone XL pipeline bill from moving forward on Monday, but supporters of the project vowed to push ahead and eventually get a vote on the measure.

Rural ND software firm aims to compete with offshore developers

Rural ND software firm aims to compete with offshore developers

Walhalla, N.D. - Nathan Smith left his native North Dakota for the Twin Cities about 14 years ago. There wasn’t much for software development jobs here at the time, he said.

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24/7 local helpline improves patient care, reduces hospital visits

24/7 local helpline improves patient care, reduces hospital visits

WILLMAR, Minn. — Once a week Shawn Franklin takes her turn as one of the after-hours phone triage nurses for Affiliated Community Medical Centers.

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Home builders aim to meet affordable housing demand in Mitchell

Home builders aim to meet affordable housing demand in Mitchell

Soon, the frames of new homes will start to rise from empty lots south of West Norway Avenue in Mitchell, S.D.

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Glendive drinking water gets green light after Yellowstone River oil spill

Residents of a Montana town whose water supply was tainted by an oil pipeline rupture last week got the all-clear on Friday to turn taps back on, though some reported brown or black material spurting from faucets even after their pipes were flushed.

Grand Forks potato growers sue BNSF over damaged spuds

A potato growing cooperative based in Grand Forks has sued BNSF Railway over damaged potatoes.

NDSU Foundation will form committee to examine past leadership issues

FARGO -- Before the fundraising arm of North Dakota State University takes steps toward hiring a new president and CEO, its leaders hope to answer the basic questions the search prompts.

National food co-op finds bounty of customers in rural northern Plains

National food co-op finds bounty of customers in rural northern Plains

A line of cars snaked through the parking lot of the East Grand Forks Senior Center and out into an alley Friday morning with drivers setting their eyes on the prize — boxes of frozen chicken.

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Fargodome’s busy 2014 concert season ‘bit of an abnormality’

Fargodome’s busy 2014 concert season ‘bit of an abnormality’

FARGO - The Fargodome had a “phenomenal” run of concerts in 2014, the general manager said.

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Eastern North Dakota businesses consider impacts of lower oil prices

Physical evidence of North Dakota's oil boom is hard to come by in Grand Forks.

Grand Forks accounting firms to merge

Two accounting firms with offices in Grand Forks are preparing to merge.

More indivisuals with developmental disabilities own, operate businesses

More indivisuals with developmental disabilities own, operate businesses

Fargo - Pride beams from Jay Sorum’s face when he talks about Jay’s Candy Creations.

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Devils Lake leaders encouraged by refinery due diligence report

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – Promoters of a proposed 20,000-barrel-per-day oil refinery near Devils Lake are encouraged by an in-depth report, released Friday, that explores the $200 million project.

NDSCS credits 100 percent placement to targeted degree offerings

WAHPETON, N.D. – Job placement statistics heralded by the North Dakota State College of Science are impressive.

Technical education consortium to focus on training high schoolers for in-demand careers

WEST FARGO – An education partnership has been launched to help high school students in West Fargo, Fargo and Northern Cass school districts prepare for college and 21st century technical careers.

Fargo, Valley City locations not affected by John Deere layoffs

Fargo, Valley City locations not affected by John Deere layoffs

CHICAGO - Deere & Co, the world's largest maker of farm equipment, will lay off more than 900 employees at plants in Iowa and Illinois in the latest round of job cuts spurred by a decline in grain prices that is hurting demand for agricultural machinery.

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Minnesota lawmakers consider tax breaks to encourage business growth

ST. PAUL — Improving the Minnesota economy will be difficult, a representative sponsoring the Republican House’s top priority says.

Paul Bunyan connects first GigaZone customer in Bemidji

Paul Bunyan connects first GigaZone customer in Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. - For a few moments Thursday, Mike Beard’s closet became the epicenter of a local technological revolution.

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Shifting ice on Yellowstone complicates oil recovery

Shifting ice on Yellowstone complicates oil recovery

GLENDIVE, Mont. — Constantly changing ice conditions on the Yellowstone River are complicating attempts to retrieve the 40,000 gallons of oil that leaked into the river near Glendive last Saturday.

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South Dakota residents question proposed Dakota Access oil pipeline

South Dakota residents question proposed Dakota Access oil pipeline

IROQUOIS, S.D. — In a town of about 250, roughly 100 people gathered inside Iroquois gym to hear why a Texas-based company which should build the 1,134 mile Dakota Access pipeline through farmland.

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R.D. Offutt executive takes over Fargo bar liquor license, new brewery approved

R.D. Offutt executive takes over Fargo bar liquor license, new brewery approved

FARGO – The Liquor Control Board on Wednesday approved the transfer of a downtown bar’s liquor license to an R.D. Offutt Co. executive, the latest step signaling that the company may be moving its headquarters to Broadway.

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SBA seeks investment fund managers for Early Stage Capital program

DENVER – The U.S. Small Business Administration is inviting experienced early stage investment fund managers to apply for licensing as part of SBA’s Early Stage Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program.

Kinder Morgan to buy Bakken pipeline company Hiland Partners for $3 billion

HOUSTON — Leading pipeline company Kinder Morgan Inc will buy Hiland Partners, a pipeline and logistics company founded by Continental Resources Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm, for $3 billion, the company said on Wednesday.

U.S. jobless claims off seven-month high; oil layoffs watched

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week from a seven-month high, pointing to continued improvement in labor market conditions.

JLG Architects expands to Brookings

Grand Forks-based JLG Architects is expanding into South Dakota.

North Dakota PSC shuts down Grand Forks Bean Co.

FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Public Service Commission last week issued a cease and desist order against Grand Forks (N.D) Bean Co. on the grounds that it’s insolvent.

Proposed southwest MN solar project draws opposition from residents

Proposed southwest MN solar project draws opposition from residents

Marshall, Minn. -- Chuck Muller and his family have lived on about eight acres of land for more than 20 years. During that time, they've seen big changes, mainly the construction of energy installations near his home.

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Oil spill contaminating Yellowstone River makes daily life difficult for nearby residents

Oil spill contaminating Yellowstone River makes daily life difficult for nearby residents

GLENDIVE, Mont. -- When Ginger Mosley first detected the smell of oil in the water at her home on Dodge Street in Glendive, it didn’t take long for her 15-year-old son Tyler to fill up a glass, slosh it around and take a swig.

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Symmetry is focus of new Fargo yoga, massage studio

Symmetry is focus of new Fargo yoga, massage studio

Fargo - A person’s quality of life is directly tied to his or her ability to move, according to Jessica Grondahl, co-owner of Body Symmetry Yoga & Massage Therapy.

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Fargodome committee considers wide-ranging expansion possibilities

Fargodome committee considers wide-ranging expansion possibilities

FARGO – Members of a Fargodome committee peered into the future Wednesday when they reviewed expansion concepts ranging from the basic to the extravagant, with price tags reflecting the various options and amenities.

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Williams County brine spill could turn out to be one of the largest ever in ND

WILLISTON, N.D. – A spill earlier this month from a saltwater line not even a year old north of Williston has turned out to be the biggest spill of North Dakota’s current oil boom and may be one of the biggest ever.

Prairie Business February issue highlights

Prairie Business February issue highlights

Prairie Business magazine editor Kris Bevill offers highlights of the February issue.

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Kinder Morgan acquires Harold Hamm's pipeline business

HOUSTON — Kinder Morgan Inc. announced Jan. 21 a definitive agreement whereby KMI will acquire Hiland Partners from its founder, Harold Hamm, and certain Hamm family trusts, for a total purchase price of approximately $3 billion, including the assumption of debt.

USD announces entrepreneur-in-residence program

USD announces entrepreneur-in-residence program

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business launched its new Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) program this week with two serial entrepreneurs engaging with students and faculty to bring promising business ideas and innovations to market with commercial success.

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Grand Forks approves construction plan for major thoroughfare

Grand Forks approves construction plan for major thoroughfare

Grand Forks City Council approved plans Tuesday for construction this summer on South Columbia Road from 36th Avenue to 40th Avenue -- including fixing an intersection ranked in the state's top 50 most dangerous.

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Microsoft to give away Windows 10 as free upgrade

SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp will give away its upcoming Windows 10 operating system as a free upgrade to users of the most recent versions of Windows and Windows Phone, as the world's largest software company tries to hold onto customers in the new mobile era that has largely bypassed it.

Rural Minnesota groups announce funding wants

ST. PAUL — A pair of Greater Minnesota organizations seeks more than half of an expected $1 billion state budget surplus for their priorities.

MNsure hits 100,000 mark in enrollment for this year

ST. PAUL — MNsure hit the 100,000 mark of enrollees Tuesday as Minnesota continues to set state records for the percentage of people with health insurance coverage.

Dakota Wesleyan University joins effort to resolve teacher shortage

With fewer teachers for students in South Dakota's rural communities, lawmakers and educators are developing a plan to encourage other staff members at those schools to get teaching degrees.

Minnesota, New Hampshire top states in union, according to Politico

Minnesota, New Hampshire top states in union, according to Politico

ST. PAUL - In the midst of a Minnesota winter, it’s nice to know you’re No. 1.

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Industry, environmentalists weigh in at Williston TENORM hearing

Industry, environmentalists weigh in at Williston TENORM hearing

WILLISTON — Industry experts and environmentalists suggested changes Tuesday at a hearing on the North Dakota Department of Health’s proposed rules for increasing the amount of radioactive waste in the state.

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Agency says oil pipeline break that poured into Yellowstone River was below riverbed

GLENDIVE, Mont. -- The pipeline break that released an estimated 42,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River is beneath the river bed, a federal official said Tuesday.

Annual list of most popular passwords is unbelievably bad

When setting up a Twitter account, the website gives simple instructions for picking a password: “6 characters or more! Be tricky.”

Obama strikes defiant tone with Republicans in big speech

Obama strikes defiant tone with Republicans in big speech

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama greeted the new Republican-led Congress with defiance on Tuesday, calling for his opponents to end their resistance to raising taxes on the wealthy and threatening to veto any legislation they approve that would challenge his key decisions.

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Upscale wood-wrapped objects are popular corporate gifts

Upscale wood-wrapped objects are popular corporate gifts

MINNEAPOLIS - A few years ago, when Benjamin VandenWymelenberg was a University of Minnesota architecture student, he found himself toying with the wooden veneers that are among the raw materials for creating intricate scale models of buildings.

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Fargo-based company helps online sellers find sweet spot

Fargo-based company helps online sellers find sweet spot

FARGO – When James DeBoe had an online store that sold about 36,000 different items, he would spend days looking at his competitors trying to figure out how to price his products.

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Halliburton, Baker Hughes to lay off thousands as oil slumps

Halliburton, Baker Hughes to lay off thousands as oil slumps

(Reuters) - Oilfield service providers Baker Hughes Inc and Halliburton Co plan to cut thousands of jobs as drilling activity slows further due to a steep fall in crude oil prices.

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MTI president announces retirement

MTI president announces retirement

Greg Von Wald has no set plans for his retirement years.

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Entrepreneurs begin food delivery service in Dickinson

Entrepreneurs begin food delivery service in Dickinson

It all started out with one question: Who else in Dickinson delivers food besides pizza places?

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Fresh water being trucked into Glendive after Bakken crude spills into Yellowstone River

Fresh water being trucked into Glendive after Bakken crude spills into Yellowstone River

GLENDIVE, Mont. -- Truckloads of water are being brought into Glendive after a spill of close to 1,200 barrels of oil, roughly 50,000 gallons, has officials concerned about the town’s water supply.

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Fargo video game firm developing Wii U game

FARGO - A Fargo-based video game design company is making history. If Wicked Soul Studios gets its product released, it'll be the first North Dakota commercial product on a gaming console.

Hogue Clinics founder gets medical device patent

Hogue Clinics founder gets medical device patent

MOORHEAD - Roger Hogue, a doctor already well-known in this area since 2004 for his treatment of varicose veins and cosmetic surgery, now is making a name for himself in the field of regenerative medicine as well.

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ND Higher Ed board strikes conciliatory tone with lawmakers as budget talks begin

ND Higher Ed board strikes conciliatory tone with lawmakers as budget talks begin

BISMARCK – Five days after the president of the State Board of Higher Education resigned to avoid a distracting battle over her confirmation, state lawmakers started sifting through the North Dakota University System’s budget on Monday, saying they want specifics on how campuses plan to meet the system’s goals.

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ND at risk of losing millions in tax revenue if flaring, oil conditioning orders are voided

BISMARCK – North Dakota stands to lose more than $112 million in tax revenue every two years if lawmakers pass a bill that could void recent regulatory orders aimed at reducing the flaring of natural gas and volatility of Bakken crude oil before transport, a committee heard Monday.

Fargo to draft different rules for taxis, ride-hailing companies

Fargo to draft different rules for taxis, ride-hailing companies

FARGO – City commissioners alarmed that new taxi laws might block Uber or Lyft from the local market directed staff Monday to write separate laws for the ride-hailing companies.

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Liquor license transfer may signal Offutt headquarters in downtown Fargo

Liquor license transfer may signal Offutt headquarters in downtown Fargo

FARGO – A liquor license transfer request may speak volumes about R.D. Offutt Co. and the likelihood it will build a new headquarters in downtown Fargo.

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Beltrami County has recovered from recession in key measures, study says

BEMIDJI, Minn. - By more than one measure, Beltrami County has recovered from the late 2000s recession.

Western ND leaders make case for ‘surge’ funding

Western ND leaders make case for ‘surge’ funding

BISMARCK – Dozens of officials from western North Dakota pleaded with lawmakers Friday to fast-track more than $800 million in emergency funding to fix roads, build housing and tackle other infrastructure projects stemming from oil-related growth and development.

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ND family puts money down on beef feedlots

ELGIN, N.D. - When Blaine Ottmar's two sons moved their families back to their hometown of Elgin, he had to find a way for the family farm to support the new additions, which included six grandsons.

Drop in dairy discouraging: Some say corporations should be allowed to own dairy operations in ND

Drop in dairy discouraging: Some say corporations should be allowed to own dairy operations in ND

BISMARCK -- A drop in the number of North Dakota dairy farms -- from 350 in 2000 to 91 today -- has led to scrutiny of a state law that allows only family members to form farming corporations.

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Fargo facility freezing stem cells in hopes of future medical advances to treat diseases

Fargo facility freezing stem cells in hopes of future medical advances to treat diseases

FARGO – Joanne Herbranson decided to take out an unusual form of insurance. It required a small investment of her own flesh and blood.

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Schlumberger to slash 9,000 jobs as oil prices plunge

Jan 15 (Reuters) - Schlumberger Ltd, the world's No.1 oilfield services provider, said it will cut 9,000 jobs, or about 7 percent of its workforce, as it focuses on controlling costs amid plummeting oil prices.

Fergus Falls enjoys artisan explosion

Fergus Falls enjoys artisan explosion

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - Something is going on here and it smells like fresh bread and warm chocolate.

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Developer seeks tax break for north Fargo apartment project

Developer seeks tax break for north Fargo apartment project

FARGO – A developer is seeking a tax break as part of a proposed 16-unit apartment building that would be constructed on the site of a defunct convenience store in north Fargo.

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Independent butcher shops rare in Minnesota

Independent butcher shops rare in Minnesota

NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. – In days gone by, the independent butcher shop was a common fixture in Minnesota towns. But that is no longer the case.

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Sunday liquor sales debate bubbles up again in Minnesota

Sunday liquor sales debate bubbles up again in Minnesota

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. – Minnesota legislators are preparing to debate repealing the ban on Sunday liquor sales in the state. Again.

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eFargo initiative urges residents to save energy

FARGO – Keeping up with the Joneses could take a different twist over the next 12 months with neighbors and whole neighborhoods competing to see who in the city can save the most energy.

Entrepreneur sees opportunity with West Fargo coffee kiosk

Entrepreneur sees opportunity with West Fargo coffee kiosk

West Fargo - Hissing latte steam and the crunching of ground coffee beans has brought new life to a former West Fargo coffee kiosk.

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Mitchell Technical Institute adds industrial maintenance program

With approval Thursday from the state Board of Education, Mitchell Technical Institute will now offer a two-year Industrial Maintenance Technology program.

Mitchell City Council scrutinizes budget process, priorities

Priorities. That's what the Mitchell City Council decided it needs to nail down for the city, and those priorities should be informed by a more thorough and data-driven budget process, council members agreed.

OPEC sees 2015 supply surplus rising, even as oil slump slows shale boom

LONDON (Reuters) - The collapse in oil prices is starting to slow growth in U.S. output, OPEC said on Thursday, although the slowdown will not prevent an increasing global surplus in 2015 and demand for the exporter group's oil falling to its lowest in a decade.

North Dakota job market remains strong despite decrease in oil drilling

Even with the decrease in rigs drilling in the state, the overall job numbers in North Dakota remain strong.

Dollars at stake on both sides of UND's nickname debate

It's going to cost money whether UND picks a new nickname or not.

Doosan, Bobcat give NDSU $3M for STEM-student scholarships

Doosan, Bobcat give NDSU $3M for STEM-student scholarships

FARGO – Touted as the single largest scholarship endowment contribution in its history, North Dakota State University announced Thursday that a private gift will offer aid to students entering fields in science, technology, engineering and math.

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Workforce tops flood protection as main concern among Fargo area leaders

Workforce tops flood protection as main concern among Fargo area leaders

FARGO – Concerns over flood protection is lessening compared to concerns over the challenges of growth if the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce's annual state-of-the-cities address Thursday is anything to go by.

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ND Democrats urge backup budgeting to guard against oil price swings

BISMARCK – Uncertainty over the price of crude oil and “sobering” projections for North Dakota’s oil tax revenues over the next two years spurred Democratic lawmakers Thursday to call for backup budgeting and a study of the state’s volatility in tax collections.

Proposed new Fargo taxi laws could shut out Uber, Lyft

Proposed new Fargo taxi laws could shut out Uber, Lyft

FARGO – The rise of tech-fueled taxi companies such as Uber and Lyft is prompting the city here to rewrite its taxi regulations.

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'Variety meats,' other beef byproducts at record-high values

FARGO – The values of beef byproducts – parts such as livers, hearts, tongues, stomachs and hides – have been increasing and are at record-high values, according to Tim Petry, North Dakota State University Extension Livestock Marketing Economist.

Report highlights income disparity between metro, rural Minnesotans

Report highlights income disparity between metro, rural Minnesotans

ST. PAUL - Rural Minnesota has some striking differences with Minneapolis and St. Paul, but also some surprising similarities.

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Fargo woman opens coffee bar in honor of father

Fargo woman opens coffee bar in honor of father

Heidi Holland, known as “Beans” to family and friends, recently fulfilled a dream she has had since her father, Don Larson, died 10 years ago.

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NMF issues RFP for Women's Fund grants, scholarships

The Northwest Minnesota Women’s Fund is calling for funding proposals for programs and services that benefit women and girls within the twelve county Northwest Minnesota Foundation service area. Counties served by NMF are Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau.

Fargo's AmericInn picked as North Dakota's best hotel

Fargo's AmericInn picked as North Dakota's best hotel

FARGO - A Fargo hotel has been named the best hotel in the state by MSN.com.

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Mitchell Corn Palace construction expected to be compete in April

Mitchell Corn Palace construction expected to be compete in April

Mitchell Mayor Ken Tracy expects the ongoing construction at the Corn Palace to be complete by the week of April 20, and that includes the installation of the new LED light-up domes.

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Fergus Falls Business Summit set for March 18

Fergus Falls, Minn. - What Fergus Falls has known as a Business & Community Expo is being repackaged, retooled and re-launched as The Fergus Falls Business Summit.

Minnesota wind company files for bankruptcy

LUVERNE, Minn. — The 360 investors in a rural Rock County wind energy company stand to lose thousands of dollars after MinWind Energy, LLC., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week in Minnesota Bankruptcy Court.

Cliffs CEO wants to save Minnesota taconite mines

DULUTH — Cliffs Natural Resources is shedding its Canadian operations, selling U.S. coal mines and looking to get out of iron mining in Australia.

Bemidji considers 'tiny house' zoning allowance

Bemidji considers 'tiny house' zoning allowance

BEMIDJI -- The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board, which governs zoning in the Bemidji area, plans to consider adding language allowing for “tiny houses,” the miniature homes designed to leave the smallest environmental footprint possible that are gaining national popularity.

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Williston to shut down man camps for lack of compliance

WILLISTON — The Williston City Commission voted this week to close the doors on two man camps for not having proper fire sprinkler systems installed.

Target to pull out of Canada

TORONTO - Target Corp will abandon its ill-fated expansion into Canada less than two years after its launch, the U.S. discount retailer said on Thursday in a surprise full retreat that will put more than 17,000 employees out of work and cost the company billions in writedowns.

Grand Forks location among Wet Seal store closures

A teen clothing store has closed at the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks.

Grand Forks car audio store expands to meet growing demand for technology upgrades

Grand Forks car audio store expands to meet growing demand for technology upgrades

Without the Italian Moon restaurant as a reference point, it would be harder to tell people where Sound Decision is in Grand Forks.

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Helms: Low prices mean ND unlikely to maintain record oil production

Helms: Low prices mean ND unlikely to maintain record oil production

BISMARCK - November oil production in North Dakota barely hit an all-time high, but low oil prices could lead to too few rigs to maintain current production levels, the state's top oil regulator said Wednesday.

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Red Lake tribe approves study on medical marijuana, hemp

RED LAKE, Minn. - The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians Tribal Council unanimously approved this week a study on how medicinal marijuana and industrial hemp could benefit the Red Lake Nation’s economic development.

Obama to announce push for paid leave, sick time for workers

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will announce on Thursday a handful of initiatives to boost paid leave and sick time, White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said in a statement.

Hair salon owner helps medical equipment charity break fundraising record

Hair salon owner helps medical equipment charity break fundraising record

FARGO – HERO, a charity that provides medical equipment and supplies to the needy, raised a record $64,874 in a fund drive given a boost by donations from local hair salons.

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Fargo dental office expands south to follow suburban growth

Fargo dental office expands south to follow suburban growth

Fargo - Like a mouth with too many teeth, things are crowded at Cornerstone Dental’s South University Drive office.

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Continental CEO Hamm puts up company shares as personal loan collateral

Continental Resources Inc said Harold Hamm, its chief executive officer and majority shareholder, has pledged about one-fourth of the company shares he owns as collateral for a personal loan, according to a regulatory filing.

Fargo officials give new road contract to firm often penalized in 2014

FARGO – The city has agreed to let a firm it had penalized for delays on previous projects to take on a new project – but with strings attached.

Blue Daisy, Blue Steel stores cater to women, men

Fargo - Chris Myrvold remembers her grandma, a high school art teacher, painting daisies – always daisies.

Fed: Oil price drops bring pain to Texas, North Dakota

WASHINGTON - A plunge in energy prices is hitting America's oil and gas producers, leading some firms to lay off workers while others struggle to get loans, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday.

Google partners with auto suppliers on self-driving car

Google partners with auto suppliers on self-driving car

DETROIT (Reuters) - Internet company Google Inc has begun discussions with most of the world's top automakers and has assembled a team of traditional and nontraditional suppliers to speed up efforts to bring self-driving cars to market by 2020, a top Google executive said on Wednesday.

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Diederich resigns from ND higher ed board, cites controversy with lawmakers

Diederich resigns from ND higher ed board, cites controversy with lawmakers

FARGO – Citing discontent expressed by state legislators, the chairwoman of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education submitted her resignation to the governor Wednesday.

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Red River authority gets $12 million for floodwater retention

The Red River Retention Authority will receive a $12 million grant for water management and flood protection along the Red River.

Coming soon to a workplace near you: "wellness or else"

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. companies are increasingly penalizing workers who decline to join "wellness" programs, embracing an element of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that has raised questions about fairness in the workplace.

OPEC won't back down, UAE minister says as oil plunges

ABU DHABI, Jan 13 (Reuters) - OPEC will not cut its oil output to support prices but expects higher-cost producers to do so, the United Arab Emirates energy minister insisted on Tuesday as oil plunged near six-year lows.

ND lawmakers propose tax breaks for fertilizer, chemical plants

ND lawmakers propose tax breaks for fertilizer, chemical plants

A bill introduced in the North Dakota Legislature would provide incentives to construct new fertilizer or chemical processing plants in the state.

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Activists gather in Fargo, across Minnesota to protest Keystone XL pipeline

FARGO – Protesters here, in tandem with activists across the country, rallied Tuesday against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

ND bill could void new flaring, oil conditioning standards

ND bill could void new flaring, oil conditioning standards

BISMARCK – Contentious orders approved by North Dakota regulators to curb natural gas flaring and make Bakken crude oil safer for transport would be dragged back through a lengthy rulemaking process or become void under a bill sponsored by nine Republican lawmakers.

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U of M requests expanded tuition freeze

U of M requests expanded tuition freeze

ST. PAUL - Much of the higher education talk from Minnesota political leaders this year is about improving the workforce by training and retraining people in the state's two-year colleges and technical schools, but President Eric Kaler of the University of Minnesota reminds legislators that his school trains workers, too.

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Personal Touch Embroidery completes expansion, adds vehicle wrap services

Personal Touch Embroidery completes expansion, adds vehicle wrap services

Moorhead - Cheri Johnson struggles when people ask what her company, Personal Touch Embroidery, does.

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Report: Apple granted patent for GoPro-like cameras

Apple Inc has been granted a patent for a wearable camera that could possibly challenge action cameras made by GoPro Inc, intellectual property blog Patently Apple reported.

Jamestown Tourism plans for new year

The Jamestown Tourism board of directors reviewed what it accomplished in 2014 Monday and looked at possible goals for 2015.

JSDC Board approves sale of lots

The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. board of directors approved deeding seven lots within the I-94 Business Park to the city of Jamestown with the intent that the city sells the lots at auction.

Friends open 'simple' salon in Dickinson

Friends open 'simple' salon in Dickinson

Just Kuts is just about exactly what it sounds like.

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Bakken town residents voice safety concerns at mancamp meeting

Bakken town residents voice safety concerns at mancamp meeting

FRYBURG — The future of a proposed worker-housing development here is still unknown, and local residents who are opposed to the plan are not relenting.

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Plunging grain prices raises interest in diversifying farm operations

Plunging grain prices raises interest in diversifying farm operations

FOSSTON, Minn. — Like most area farmers who raise crops, the Landsverk family is hurt by falling grain prices. Unlike many of their fellow farmers, however, the Landsverks have a safety net.

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Slow corn market shifts rail demand

Slow corn market shifts rail demand

FARGO, N.D. — Demand for grain cars is shifting as corn markets continue to slump, delaying shipments until later in the winter or spring.

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Williams County brine spill reached Little Muddy River

WILLISTON, N.D. -- A brine leak from a pipeline in Williams County has spread from Blacktail Creek to the Little Muddy River.

Relationship building key to farmland rent agreements

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Willie Huot has spent years helping farmers and landlords develop farmland rental agreements and he’s reached this conclusion: “What you come up with has to benefit both parties. It needs to be a win-win situation,” says Huot, a veteran Grand Forks (N.D.) County extension agent.

Grand Forks arts plan places too much emphasis on 42nd Street, council members say

A citywide public arts plan presented to a Grand Forks City Council committee Monday focused too much on South 42nd Street, council members said.

New restaurants abound in Grand Forks, but residents are hungry for more

Consecutive weeks of minus 20-degree weather evoke the most basic survival instincts: eating and drinking.

United Airlines considers outsourcing jobs at 28 U.S. airports

United Airlines is assessing whether to outsource jobs at airports around the country in a cost-cutting effort that could impact some 2,000 workers.

Minnesota revenues up

ST. PAUL - Minnesotans paid more in taxes than expected the last two months, Minnesota Management and Budget reported Monday.

Fewer naysayers at Crookston Sandpiper hearing

CROOKSTON, Minn. - An uneven split between proponents and opponents of the proposed Sandpiper pipeline didn't keep either side from getting their voices heard Monday at public hearing here.

College administrators give Obama's free-tuition proposal thumbs up

FARGO – College administrators gave a warm reception to President Barack Obama’s proposal to provide free tuition for community college students who meet an academic performance standard.

Rejuv Skin & Laser Clinic marks 10th anniversary, plans expansion

Rejuv Skin & Laser Clinic marks 10th anniversary, plans expansion

Fargo - Rejuv Skin & Laser Clinic is celebrating 10 years of business in Fargo.

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Realtors say Fargo area's new flood plain creates market uncertainty

Realtors say Fargo area's new flood plain creates market uncertainty

FARGO – Large, many-gabled homes rise out of the prairie in the Eagle Pointe development here on the city’s southern limits.

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Microsoft, Google tangle over Windows 8.1 security patch

SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp has complained publicly about tech rival Google Inc revealing a security flaw in its Windows 8.1 system just days before Microsoft was scheduled to roll out a fix for the problem, potentially exposing users to hacking.

Hamm's ex-wife to pursue divorce appeal despite taking $975M check

NEW YORK - Sue Ann Arnall, the ex-wife of Oklahoma oil magnate Harold Hamm, vowed on Monday to press on with an appeal of her divorce case even after she cashed a $975 million check that Hamm provided her.

Oil tumbles 5 percent to new low

NEW YORK - Oil prices slumped more than 5 percent on Monday after an influential Wall Street bank cut its forecasts and Gulf producers showed no sign of being willing to curb output.

Enhanced Bakken supply chain initiative launches

Williston Economic Development has announced the Enhanced Bakken Supply Chain Initiative. The initiative aims to reduce costs and increase efficiencies for Bakken operators while expanding manufacturing and logistics business development in the Bakken region.

Divide County feels Bakken boom ebb away as oil falls

CROSBY, N.D., Jan 11 (Reuters) - Just over a decade ago, this sleepy farming community on the fringe of North Dakota's Bakken shale formation hosted the state's first horizontal oil well to be hydraulically fractured, or fracked, helping set in motion an economic revolution that shook the world.

Senate takes up Keystone XL bill as showdown with Obama looms

WASHINGTON - The Senate will start debate on Monday on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline as Republicans, who have made the project their first priority of the year, try to line up enough votes to overcome a potential veto by President Barack Obama.

West Acres announces newest food court tenant

West Acres announces newest food court tenant

FARGO - Johnny Rockets will soon zoom into West Acres.

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Kemp: Bakken oil wells and the Red Queen's revenge

LONDON - More than 22,000 wells have been drilled in North Dakota since oil was discovered in 1951, but over half of state production comes from around 4,000 wells drilled since the start of 2013.

Worthington, MN restaurant reopens after suffering extensive fire damage

Worthington, MN restaurant reopens after suffering extensive fire damage

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Ten months after a fire forced the closure of their restaurant, Zai Chen and his wife, Yong Li, are excited to reopen the doors of King’s Wok at 1305 Spring Ave., on the east side of Worthington.

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Bemidji location among 300 Deb's Stores to close nationwide

BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji Deb Junior and Plus retail clothing store inside the Paul Bunyan Mall will close as nearly 300 Deb Stores locations across the country are liquidated.

ND Industrial Commission announces latest round of Outdoor Heritage Fund projects

The North Dakota Industrial Commission has awarded millions of dollars to conservation projects across the state, including almost $1 million to help fund the construction of the revitalized Crooked Crane Trail.

Passenger numbers continue to grow at ND airports

While almost every North Dakota airport saw an increase of passengers in 2014, the Grand Forks International Airport did not.

Furniture store wins bet with customers on Bison

WEST FARGO – Saturday’s game between North Dakota State University and Illinois State decided more than a college football championship.

Bank of North Dakota breaks $100 million net income mark

BISMARCK - The Bank of North Dakota reported its 11th consecutive year of record net income Jan. 9 upon release of its fourth-quarter report.

ND legislator offers bill to allow driverless car testing in state

BISMARCK – Technology designed to ease traffic jams in California could find a new testing ground on North Dakota’s vast stretches of highway if state lawmakers approve a bill heard Friday that would set rules for testing self-driving vehicles.

Mobile apps put higher ed at students' fingertips

MOORHEAD – If Jeremy Johnson attended Minnesota State University Moorhead today instead of 15 years ago, he “absolutely” would want to download a mobile application the school is developing.

ND industries eye potential export deals with Cuba

ND industries eye potential export deals with Cuba

Ag producers and manufacturers are looking for new Cuban export opportunities following President Barack Obama’s announcement last month of his intent to restore diplomatic relations with the island nation 90 miles south of the U.S. border.

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Fargo software developer launches communications 'concierge' service

Fargo software developer launches communications 'concierge' service

Fargo - Josh Christy reached for the buzzing cellphone in his pocket. Across the dinner table, his wife gave him the look.

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New US well permits rise slightly after crude oil plunge

HOUSTON (Reuters) - New oil and gas well permits issued across the United States rose slightly in December and surged 72 percent in Colorado and Wyoming after falling sharply in November on tumbling crude prices.

Oil hits April 2009 low, then pares loss on U.S. oil rig data

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global oil prices resumed their slide on Friday after two days of relative calm, with Brent and U.S. crude hitting their lowest levels since April 2009, before paring losses on data showing a steep drop in U.S. oil drilling rigs.

Main Squeeze juice bar expands and other Fargo biz news

Fargo - A third Main Squeeze juice bar has opened in Fargo.

Obama's free community college plan has $60 billion price tag

Obama's free community college plan has $60 billion price tag

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - President Barack Obama's proposal to offer two years of free community college tuition to any student who keeps up their grades would cost the federal government about $60 billion over 10 years, the White House said on Friday.

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White House adviser: Keystone not major economic issue for U.S.; Nebraska approves pipeline route

WASHINGTON - The Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada is not a major issue for the U.S. economy, White House economic adviser Jason Furman said on Friday, adding that tax reform and infrastructure investment are more critical policy priorities.

JSDC committee recommends selling business park lots to city

The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. is looking to get out of the commercial real estate business.

Epic divorce of U.S. oil baron may end after ex-wife deposits check

Epic divorce of U.S. oil baron may end after ex-wife deposits check

NEW YORK - Sue Ann Arnall, the ex-wife of Oklahoma oil magnate Harold Hamm, has deposited a handwritten $975 million divorce check, Hamm's lawyer said on Thursday, in a move that may end an epic divorce battle over a fortune worth billions.

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Fed bank president: Oil price drop good for US economy

The drop in oil prices is putting money in consumers’ pockets and is “a good thing, basically” for the U.S. economy, Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Narayana Kocherlakota said at a town hall at his bank’s headquarters.

Dickinson Airport unsure of funding for master plan

Members of the Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport commission have narrowed down options for expanding the facility’s runway and taxi area, but some new cultural findings and financial issues could produce challenges as its master plan moves forward.

Saltwater spill in Williams County affects creek

WILLISTON, N.D. - An undetermined amount of saltwater was released in Williams County, impacting nearby waters in Blacktail Creek, downstream from Blacktail Lake, the North Dakota Department of Health said.

High input costs expected to squeeze some ag producers in 2015

High input costs expected to squeeze some ag producers in 2015

CASSELTON, N.D. - For a group of farmers earlier this week, Andy Swenson was the bearer of bad news.

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A&W opens in Thief River Falls, Minnesota

An A&W Restaurant has opened in Thief River Falls.

National unemployment falls to 5.6 percent as payrolls rise

U.S. job growth increased briskly in December, positioning the economy for a sturdy pace of expansion this year and keeping the Federal Reserve on course to start raising interest rates.

Macy's to cut jobs, close stores to offset higher expenses

Macy's Inc said it would close 14 stores in early spring 2015 and cut some jobs to boost its investment in technology and offset higher expense expected in health care and retirement plans.

Keystone XL clears hurdle in Senate despite Obama veto threat

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Thursday advanced a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, their top priority in a new campaign to push back President Barack Obama's policies now that they fully control Congress.

Helms says lower oil prices spell gloom, not doom for ND

Helms says lower oil prices spell gloom, not doom for ND

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s top oil regulator told lawmakers who will craft the state’s budget for the next two years on Thursday that lower crude prices are spelling gloom but not doom for the nation’s second-leading oil producer.

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BBB lists top 10 schemes of 2014

Burnsville, Minn. - Scammers tried out some new tricks in 2014, but stuck with some old “classics,” as well. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) looks back on 2014 and offers an informal list of the Top Ten scams from last year.

Humane Society alleges cruelty at Minnesota chicken plant

BUTTERFIELD, Minn. — A southwest Minnesota food company denies allegations from an animal rights group that it scalded alive spent laying hens, and says there is no concern that the company will interrupt its production.

Dickinson's CHI St. Joe's receives technology grant

Dickinson’s Catholic hospital has received more than $8,000 in grant money.

Dickinson searching for new planning director

As the City of Dickinson searches for a replacement for former Community Development Director Ed Courton, it’s restructuring the department that has played a large role in overseeing the city’s growth over the past few years.

500 attend Sandpiper pipeline hearing in Bemidji

500 attend Sandpiper pipeline hearing in Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Roughly 500 people attended a hearing Wednesday, Jan. 7 in Bemidji that may help decide the fate of the Sandpiper crude oil pipeline planned to cross northern Minnesota.

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Wahpeton auto dealer expanding to West Fargo

Wahpeton auto dealer expanding to West Fargo

West Fargo - The weather needs to warm for a new business in Eagle Run to rev its engine.

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Robert Gibb & Sons marks 100 years in business

Robert Gibb & Sons marks 100 years in business

Fargo - Neither Bob nor Greg Gibb say they were pressured to join Robert Gibb & Sons, the plumbing, heating and electrical contracting business their grandfather founded in 1915.

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Enderlin backs off on train delays, as western ND town vows similar crackdown

ENDERLIN, N.D. – Faced with long wait times at rail crossings blocked by trains, one North Dakota town is getting aggressive with railroads even as another town has backed off.

Diversion board may hire consultant to study financing options

FARGO – A proposal to have parts of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion financed privately would get more scrutiny under a new recommendation from the diversion authority’s finance committee.

Sioux Falls Development Foundation invests $3M in biotech firm

Sioux Falls Development Foundation invests $3M in biotech firm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—The Sioux Falls Development Foundation is announcing a $3 million equity investment in Sioux Falls-based SAB Biotherapeutics to help grow its unique disease-fighting platform.

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Retailer Wet Seal closes 338 stores, Fargo store to remain open

Struggling apparel retailer Wet Seal Inc said it laid off about 3,700 full- and part-time employees on Wednesday as it went ahead with the closure of 338 stores.

Column: Bakken oil prices not far from 2008-09 lows

LONDON - Prices received by oil producers in North Dakota's Williston Basin have averaged less than $34 per barrel so far this month, according to the list of posted prices issued by Plains Marketing.

Slow, single-car service means higher interest costs in shipping

Slow, single-car service means higher interest costs in shipping

LEEDS, N.D. — Brian Engstrom is happy to report rail service for his dry edible bean processing plant is better today than it was two months ago.

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Beltrami County picks Development Grant winners

BEMIDJI -- Gardens won out over guns and road construction in the 2015 race for county development grant funding.

Town to ticket train engineers if they block tracks too long

BERTHOLD, N.D. -- The police chief in Berthold, a small Oil Patch town west of Minot, has new marching orders from city hall: Ticket the train engineer the next time a BNSF Railway train blocks both crossings in town for more than 20 minutes.

‘Upscale convenience store’ to open in Dickinson

‘Upscale convenience store’ to open in Dickinson

Positioned along one of the city’s busiest truck routes, The Hub truck stop and convenience store in north Dickinson will serve the expected clients: oilfield workers in need of a quick lunch and truck drivers stopping in to fill up on fuel and coffee.

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UPDATED: Plans approved for Elkhorn Ranch gravel pit

UPDATED: Plans approved for Elkhorn Ranch gravel pit

MEDORA, N.D. – A plan is moving forward to dig a gravel pit on a North Dakota Badlands ranch that once belonged to former President Theodore Roosevelt.

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Ulteig initiates leadership transition plan

Fargo-based Ulteig, one of the leading engineering firms in the upper Midwest, announced Jan. 7 that it has set in place a plan to identify a new CEO to succeed Eric Michel, its president and chief executive officer and a member of its board of directors, who has indicated his intent to transition out of his current responsibilities in 2015.

Oil baron Harold Hamm offers $975M divorce check; ex-wife rejects it

Oil baron Harold Hamm offers $975M divorce check; ex-wife rejects it

Harold Hamm, the chief executive of oil driller Continental Resources who is embroiled in a bitter divorce, offered to pay his former wife $974.8 million, but she rejected a hand-written check, lawyers for both sides said on Tuesday.

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Warehouse space in high demand in Fargo-Moorhead

Warehouse space in high demand in Fargo-Moorhead

Fargo - The Fargo-Moorhead area’s robust economy is generating booming demand for something you can’t even touch.

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Bison battle sales of unlicensed gear

Bison battle sales of unlicensed gear

FARGO - As the Bison continue to perform well, it becomes more difficult for North Dakota State University to keep up with individuals trying to sell unlicensed green and gold products.

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Essentia Health opens new sleep lab

FARGO – Essentia Health has opened a new sleep lab to diagnose and treat sleeping disorders.

Dalrymple says low oil prices may slow, not stop, ND growth

BISMARCK – North Dakota is “stronger than ever,” and depressed oil prices shouldn’t prevent the state from boosting tax relief and continuing the progress made on roads, housing and other priorities, Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Tuesday in his State of the State Address.

Fargo renaissance zone extended 5 years

FARGO – Fargo’s renaissance zone has been extended for five years, according to the city.

Hoeven introduces Keystone bill

Hoeven introduces Keystone bill

WASHINGTON - Republican senators this week made good on a campaign promise and kicked off the new Congress with a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, saying if President Barack Obama vetoes it, they have a plan to pass the measure later in the year.

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White House quiet on potential Keystone veto

WASHINGTON - The White House said on Monday that U.S. President Barack Obama believes the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would have little impact on U.S. gas prices but a spokesman would not say whether he would veto Republican legislation related to the project.

ND tax office releases ‘Red Book’ guide

BISMARCK – The latest edition of a publication that explains North Dakota’s state and local taxes and how they compare to taxes in other states is now available online, state Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger announced Monday.

Cleanup at well blowout site nearing completion

KEENE, N.D. - An environmental cleanup at the site of a well blowout that spilled 600 barrels of oil and saltwater over a large area 1 mile northwest of Keene in McKenzie County is nearing completion.

At inaugural address Dayton urges unity among Minnesota lawmakers

At inaugural address Dayton urges unity among Minnesota lawmakers

ST. PAUL - Uniting Minnesota is one of Gov. Mark Dayton's goals as he begins his second, and final, term as the state's chief executive.

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Lack of federal rules keeps North Dakota's UAS industry grounded

Lack of federal rules keeps North Dakota's UAS industry grounded

Hundreds of companies have contacted North Dakota's unmanned aircraft test site over the past year hoping to test drones, cameras or other technology.

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First public hearing draws strong support from both sides of Sandpiper argument

ST. PAUL - The first public hearing of a weeklong tour of the state regarding the proposed Sandpiper pipeline Monday afternoon had a very different feel to it than past Minnesota Public Utilities Commission meetings on the subject.

Minnesota DNR says retention projects can't achieve F-M diversion goals

MOORHEAD – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has concluded that widespread retention projects in the Red River basin would not offer a viable alternative to the proposed flood protection diversion.

Contractor penalized for delays on Fargo 19th Street project submits low bid on new project

FARGO – A firm recently penalized by the city for lengthy delays on the 19th Avenue North project is the low bidder on another street project, prompting concerns from city leaders.

Amid tumbling oil prices, ND legislators prep for 'unique' session

BISMARCK – As the domestic price of crude oil hovered around $50 a barrel on Monday, North Dakota legislators began rolling into the Capitol’s House and Senate chambers to prep for Tuesday’s launch of what one longtime lawmaker expects to be a “very unique” session.

Wrigley talks oil prices, upcoming state budget at FMWF Chamber event

Wrigley talks oil prices, upcoming state budget at FMWF Chamber event

Fargo - Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley peered through a borrowed pair of reading glasses and ticked off the price of oil over the past several months.

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Grand Forks employers jump into new job shadow program

Whether or not Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on Groundhog Day next month, companies in Grand Forks will be welcoming a different kind of shadow.

Analysis: Revamped US oil hedges may test OPEC's patience

NEW YORK - As a war of nerves between U.S. shale producers and Gulf powerhouses intensifies, OPEC's biggest members are counting down the months until their upstart rivals lose the one thing shielding them from crashing oil prices - hedges.

Oil falls below $50 for first time since 2009

The selloff in oil continued with little pause into the new year with U.S. crude futures tumbling below $50 a barrel on Monday for the first time since April 2009 on fears of a global supply glut.

Dakota Wesleyan University grows online programs

It's not just business as usual for Dakota Wesleyan University.

In Bakken, motel managers battle prostitution with rental restrictions

In Bakken, motel managers battle prostitution with rental restrictions

Garnet Finchum’s face says without words that she doesn’t have time for nonsense.

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King Leo's plans to return and other Grand Forks biz news

Two businessmen who are bringing back King Leo's burger restaurant to Fargo are planning to do the same in Grand Forks.

Building permit activity continues to climb in Grand Forks

The number and value of building permits in Grand Forks grew again in 2014, a year that saw construction begin on a new medical school and the production of townhomes accelerate.

Renaissance Zone program benefits ND cities, small and large

Renaissance Zone program benefits ND cities, small and large

CASSELTON, N.D. — When First State Bank of North Dakota opened an office here 15 years ago, it wanted to be a major presence in the city’s downtown core.

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UAS industry anxiously awaits FAA proposed rules

GRAND FORKS — The year 2014 came and went without the Federal Aviation Administration releasing its proposed rules for small unmanned aircraft — a draft North Dakota officials have been anxiously awaiting.

U.S. Senate panel to introduce Keystone XL bill Thursday

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Senate energy committee plans to introduce a bill next week to force approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, though the full chamber faces a battle in obtaining needed votes to overcome any veto by President Barack Obama.

Blowout releases 600 barrels of oil in McKenzie County

KEENE, N.D. – An oil well blowout released more than 25,000 gallons of crude oil at a site in McKenzie County, and state health officials said they were still evaluating whether any of it reached a tributary of the Missouri River.

Sandford mobileMed unit brings health care help to Bakken

Sandford mobileMed unit brings health care help to Bakken

WATFORD CITY — The finely tuned trio of health care workers on board a rig here provide medical services on the front lines in North Dakota’s oilfields.

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Concordia alumna to end Rasmussen College dynasty

Concordia alumna to end Rasmussen College dynasty

MINNEAPOLIS – When Kristi Waite retires in March, it will end 115 years that her family has led Rasmussen College.

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Local aviators oppose expanded Air Force training space

Local aviators oppose expanded Air Force training space

BAKER, Mont. – Russell Burdick had been interested in aeronautics for years, but it wasn’t until he was in his ’70s, after his wife had passed away, that he learned to pilot a plane.

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Big spending is planned this year for F-M diversion

FARGO – Spending on the Fargo-Moorhead flood-diversion project is expected to accelerate this fiscal year to an amount nearly three times larger than what’s been spent so far.

Furniture store faces big payout if Bison win 4th national title

Furniture store faces big payout if Bison win 4th national title

Fargo - In recent weeks, Darrell Hansen was the poster child of mixed emotions as he watched North Dakota State University battle its way to the NCAA Division I FCS football championship game.

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SBA training series now offered in Fargo

The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched its 2015 Emerging Leaders executive-level training series in 48 cities and communities across the country.

Forum deputy editor named director of Agweek

Forum deputy editor named director of Agweek

GRAND FORKS – The deputy editor of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead has been hired as director of Agweek, a Grand Forks-based agricultural publication that’s expanding its weekly magazine content to broadcast television.

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Infrastructure for Fargo entrepreneurs grows

Infrastructure for Fargo entrepreneurs grows

Fargo - Courtny Evanson began 2014 as a single mom with an idea. She ended it with a provisional patent, refined product sketches and grant funding.

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Izumi Sushi and Hibachi opens and other Fargo biz news

Fargo - Izumi Sushi and Hibachi has opened at 5675 26th Ave. S., in Fargo.

Ag opens doors for West Fargo business

WEST FARGO - The sliding door to Larry Wieers’ pole shed used to be a “big hassle,” he said.

Grand Forks used bookstore gets new owners

Grand Forks used bookstore gets new owners

Eliot Glassheim was almost joking when he asked Corey Mock to buy his bookstore.

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