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HIGHER EDUCATION: Elevating entrepreneurship

HIGHER EDUCATION: Elevating entrepreneurship

UND becomes one of first public universities to establish School of Entrepreneurship...

COWORKING: Collaboration Central

COWORKING: Collaboration Central

Coworking spaces encourage entrepreneurial collaborations...

ENERGY: Pushing for more pipe

ENERGY: Pushing for more pipe

Pipeline projects pile up as Bakken crude, gas production increases...

TALK OF THE TOWN: Booming all by itself

TALK OF THE TOWN: Booming all by itself

Sioux Falls experiences boomtown feel without energy production...

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Innovative Incubator

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Innovative Incubator

Fargo Startup House offers free room, board to aspiring tech-preneurs...

TOURISM: Outdoor recreation still plentiful in western North Dakota

TOURISM: Outdoor recreation still plentiful in western North Dakota

Did you know there is more to western North Dakota than oil, gas, trucks, pipelines and booked-up hotels?...

BNSF to move forward with doubling train speeds in Devils Lake

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Ed Fischer isn’t surprised that Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway balked Monday at postponing Friday’s scheduled doubling of speeds — from 30 to 60 mph — of some freight trains traveling through town to consider local safety concerns.

Essentia Health in Fargo acknowledges 'breach of patient information'

FARGO, N.D. – About 430 Essentia Health patients recently received notice of a “breach of patient information” resulting from a marketing firm’s involvement in promoting an education seminar for patients.

ND ranchers say mineral rights get too much emphasis

ND ranchers say mineral rights get too much emphasis

BELFIELD, N.D. - Byron Richard’s pickup bounces up and down over the washboard gravel road. He clutches the wheel with one hand and points with the other as he passes dozens of oil wells on land where once crops grew and cattle grazed. A few of the wells are decades old; most are new or under construction. Oil field vehicles of assorted shapes and sizes clog the road in places and kick up thick clouds of dust.

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Willmar approves permit for medical pot dispensary

WILLMAR, Minn. — The Willmar Planning Commission has approved a conditional use permit for retired veterinarian Dr. Marshall Brinton of Spicer to allow a medical marijuana production lab/dispensary at laboratory facilities he owns at 208 Lakeland Dr. S.E.

Businesses who work with WAM-BC continue to succeed

WILLMAR, Minn. — Using solid business practices, one-on-one relationships and cultural understanding has translated into growing success for the Willmar Area Multicultural Business Center in downtown Willmar.

Worthington mall may see big changes

WORTHINGTO, Minn. — It appears new life may be coming to the long-dormant Northland Mall site in Worthington.

Acme's investment in its future

Acme's investment in its future

FARGO, N.D. - Acme Tools, a company that celebrated 65 years in business last year, has recently made some big investments in its future.

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Kraus-Anderson to open Bismarck office

BISMARCK, N.D. – To meet the demands of increased regional development and the energy boom from the Bakken oil fields in western North Dakota, Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. (KA) today announced that it will open an office in Bismarck, N.D.

Minn.'s MVTV continuing its regional growth

WORTHINGTON, MInn. - MVTV Wireless is a small, local wireless phone, Internet and television provider serving a large portion of southwest and central Minnesota — a combined area of more than 20,000 square miles — and well over 6,000 customers. To add to that, the company is always looking to expand.

Minn. lawmaker: Move Sandpiper line to the south

BRAINERD, Minn. — U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan voiced opposition Thursday to Enbridge Energy’s proposed Sandpiper pipeline route, which would cut across northern Minnesota.

NDSU research program seeks solutions for dust impacts in Bakken

FARGO - Clouds of dust carried by prairie winds can impact everything from soil to crops, animals, humans, and the environment.

Lawmakers to take a tour of oil patch

Lawmakers to take a tour of oil patch

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford says it’s time to shift the focus on why the oil patch is important to the entire state.

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Biofuel groups: Ethanol needs separate treatment in rail rules

WASHINGTON — The U.S. ethanol industry pushed back on Wednesday against what they called a “one size fits all” approach to proposed federal rules for shipping fuel by rail, saying regulators must distinguish between the often corn-based biofuel and crude oil.

Group canoes to protest against Enbridge pipeline

Group canoes to protest against Enbridge pipeline

BEMIDJI, Minn. — An environmental group took to the water Friday to protest a proposed oil pipeline in northern Minnesota.

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Teens spend summer starting an auto detailing business

Teens spend summer starting an auto detailing business

DICKINSON, N.D. - In the middle of a Dickinson industrial park is a renovated building, fully equipped with niceties and necessities, and above its door is a professionally designed sign for a new business that already has so much business the owners often work 12-hour days, they say.

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Railcar maker: 2-year timeline to retire older railcars is aggressive, but doable

Railcar maker: 2-year timeline to retire older railcars is aggressive, but doable

HOUSTON — A top U.S. railcar maker, The Greenbrier Companies Inc., said on Wednesday a two-year timeline to retire older railcars that carry dangerous flammable liquids, including North Dakota Bakken crude, is “aggressive” but can be done.

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Paid parental leave becoming less common

FARGO, N.D. — It can be difficult for moms to return to work after the birth of a child.

Dickinson planning development on 6,100 acres

DICKINSON, N.D. - City officials are getting ready to study how to use approximately 6,100 acres of land west of Dickinson.

Dickinson Park Board to consider golf course feasibility study

DICKINSON, N.D. - The Dickinson Park Board will begin considering the possibility for an 18-hole golf course to be built in the city at its next meeting in August.

Amazon outlook darkens in the face of rising competition

Amazon.com Inc.'s heavy investment in new content and technology to fight off deep-pocketed rivals is proving expensive and analysts fear this will hurt operating earnings for some time.

Concerts mean big money for Fargodome

FARGO, N.D. – A stellar concert season so far this year has led to big profits for the Fargodome.

ND economic growth brings more deposits, diversification away from ag

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - It’s no secret that North Dakota has been experiencing rapid growth since the Bakken oil boom began about eight years ago.

With low jobless rate in ND, businesses say there aren’t enough vets to hire

With low jobless rate in ND, businesses say there aren’t enough vets to hire

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Bob Mullen is looking for a few good veterans.

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Upgrades for Grand Forks’ S. Columbia Road

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The city of Grand Forks is planning to upgrade a section of South Columbia Road that city staff doesn’t have enough capacity to serve the growing south end.

Sorlie Bridge, Demers Ave. to see construction in 2017

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Part of DeMers Avenue could be reconstructed in 2017, along with possibly raising the Sorlie Bridge, according to a report being presented to Grand Forks City Council members Tuesday.

Newspaper says GFAFB is 6th best in US

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grand Forks Air Force Base is the sixth best base for airmen, according to the Air Force Times newspaper.

So-called ‘microbreaks’ good if kept in check, experts say

FARGO, N.D. - Texting with a friend, playing a quick game of Candy Crush or checking Facebook. Many employers see personal smartphones as a temptation and distraction in the workplace.

Uncorked moving to south Fargo location

FARGO, N.D. - Uncorked, a do-it-yourself winery in downtown Fargo, is moving from its home at 12 Broadway to a new location at 1700 32nd Ave. South.

Alerus Center projects higher profits than Fargodome

Alerus Center projects higher profits than Fargodome

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Projected 2014 profits for the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D., are well over what the staff expected, and they’re higher than the expected profit at the Fargodome in Fargo.

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Software firm sees bright future in Barnesville

BARNESVILLE, Minn. - For now, a trio of rented downtown apartments forms the company headquarters for Stoneridge Software.

Canadian Pacific Railway under pressure for 2013 delays

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – With pressure already on Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to put a stop to delays of grain shipments in North Dakota, attention now shifts to Canadian Pacific Railway.

Oil boom causes high prices, housing shortage in Stanley, ND

Oil boom causes high prices, housing shortage in Stanley, ND

STANLEY, N.D. — For Dorothy Lantto, the price is finally right. Lantto, 69, of Stanley sat watching “The Price is Right,” a popular TV game show, in her new income-based one-bedroom apartment here at Southside Apartments, which is where she has been since May 1 thanks to the help of Mountrail County Social Services.

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NDSU buildings need major work

NDSU buildings need major work

FARGO, N.D. – When Jane Schuh was a graduate student at North Dakota State University in Fargo in the 1990s, she sometimes had to stop her research because the power had failed in her building.

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Group to protest Sandpiper oil pipeline Friday in Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Environmentalist group Honor the Earth will hold a canoe rally Friday in Bemidji against the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline.

TargetExpress store in Dinkytown tests appeal of sparser urban sites

TargetExpress store in Dinkytown tests appeal of sparser urban sites

MINNEAPOLIS – University of Minnesota senior Kendal Shell lives in the urban heart of Dinkytown, but when it’s time for a big grocery run, he and his girlfriend have been trekking to the suburbs.

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Devils Lake VA clinic sets opening date

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - The long-awaited Devils Lake veterans clinic will open Aug. 19 at Mercy Hospital.

F-M Diversion Authority group wants judge to order landowners to grant access

FARGO, N.D. – One of the many governmental entities represented on the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority is asking a Cass County judge to order some landowners in the county to give them access to their land for surveying purposes.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Innovative Incubator

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Innovative Incubator

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Daktronics to upgrade Xcel Energy Center tech

Daktronics to upgrade Xcel Energy Center tech

Brookings, S.D.-based Daktronics has partnered with the Minnesota Wild to upgrade the technology at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.

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TALK OF THE TOWN: Booming all by itself

TALK OF THE TOWN: Booming all by itself

Sioux Falls experiences boomtown feel without energy production

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ENERGY: Pushing for more pipe

ENERGY: Pushing for more pipe

Pipeline projects pile up as Bakken crude, gas production increases

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HIGHER EDUCATION: Elevating entrepreneurship

HIGHER EDUCATION: Elevating entrepreneurship

UND becomes one of first public universities to establish School of Entrepreneurship

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OUTDOORS: Keeping Hunting on Target

OUTDOORS: Keeping Hunting on Target

Pheasant season is make-or-break for many SD communities

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MANAGEMENT MATTERS: What’s my password?

MANAGEMENT MATTERS: What’s my password?

Every month or so, there seems to be news of yet another large data breach.

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FINANCE: The importance of public/private partnerships

FINANCE: The importance of  public/private partnerships

The importance of public/private partnerships is never more apparent than in the process of research commercialization, and trying to establish and grow knowledge-based communities.

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CULTURE: The power of giving

CULTURE: The power of giving

During a casual meeting with a department of transportation, we discussed initiatives the safety director was leading and the challenges he faced.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Education a vital economic development partner

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Education a vital economic development partner

One of the reasons for the consistent growth of the Sioux Falls, S.D., regional economy, population base and business community has always been our effective partnerships.

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TOURISM: Outdoor recreation still plentiful in western North Dakota

TOURISM: Outdoor recreation still plentiful in western North Dakota

Did you know there is more to western North Dakota than oil, gas, trucks, pipelines and booked-up hotels?

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Reshaping the “workplace”

EDITOR'S NOTE: Reshaping the “workplace”

There is a revolution happening in the workplace today and it is redefining what it means to go to work.

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RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY: Incubator programs help entrepreneurs launch, grow

RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY: Incubator programs help entrepreneurs launch, grow

Over the past decade, the South Dakota communities of Sioux Falls, Brookings and Rapid City have developed business incubators to assist entrepreneurs in successfully launching and growing their businesses.

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BUSINESS ADVICE: Value of growth

BUSINESS ADVICE: Value of growth

Growing a business is generally very difficult, even during good times

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Lake Region Healthcare adds exercise tips to walking trail

Fergus Falls, Minn.-based Lake Region Healthcare recently opened a Be Fit Circuit on the Lake Alice walking path as part of its commitment to community wellness.

GrandStay Hotel to be built in Valley City

GrandStay Hospitality LLC recently signed a franchise agreement with VC Lodging LLC, a group of Valley City, N.D., residents, to develop a hotel in Valley City.

Fargo firm attracts $500M acquisition deal

Fargo-based Evolution1, a cloud-based technology and payment solutions provider for the health care industry, has agreed to be acquired by WEX Inc. for $532.5 million in cash.

NRHA names top 20 US critical access hospitals

The National Rural Health Association recently announced the top 20 critical access hospitals in the U.S., as determined by iVantage Health Analytics.

Arvig Enterprises expands again

In May, Perham, Minn.-based telecommunications provider Arvig Enterprises announced its intent to purchase the operations of the St. Olaf Telecom in Northfield, Minn., from St. Olaf College.

Cornerstone bank announces merger

Cornerstone Holding Co., a banking group with offices in Fargo and Grand Forks, N.D., has agreed to merge with New Town, N.D.-based Lakeside Bank Holding Co., effective in late 2014.

Eide Bailly acquires Colorado firm

Eide Bailly has acquired Fort Collins, Colo.-based Sample & Bailey CPAs, bringing the firm's number of employees to 1,449, including 211 partners.

VCSU Science Center earns LEED certification

VCSU Science Center earns LEED certification

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification to the L.D. Rhoades Science Center at Valley City (N.D.) State University.

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Kraus-Anderson, JLG win Watford City high school, event center project

Kraus-Anderson, JLG win Watford City high school, event center project

Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. will build a new district high school and adjoining event and recreation center in Watford City, N.D.

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United adds Williston-Houston flight

United adds Williston-Houston flight

United Airlines will begin offering United Express service from Williston, N.D., to Houston beginning Aug.

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Stanley Consultants selected for NDDOT signage project

Global consulting engineering firm Stanley Consultants has been selected by the North Dakota Department of Transportation to assess the condition of all regulatory and warning signs in the Bismarck District that are older than 10 years to determine if replacement is necessary.

Book offers tips to encourage entrepreneurialism

A book recently released by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship in Lincoln, Neb., offers tools and resources to help economic developers encourage entrepreneurial growth in their communities.

SDSMT reports 98 percent placement

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s Career and Professional Development Center has found that the average starting salary for its 2012-’13 graduates was just over $62,000, with a 98 percent placement rate.

BCBSND, Flint receive PR award

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and Flint Communications received a Silver Anvil award from the Public Relations Society of America during an awards ceremony held June 12 in New York City.

Avera announces building plan for Mitchell

Avera Health and Avera Queen of Peace Hospital announced in June plans to build a three-story medical office building in Mitchell, S.D., with expectations of also building a new hosptital and related facilities on the 30-acre property in the future.

Center for Innovation offers federal grant workshop

The University of North Dakota Center for Innovation has received a $90,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to encourage more North Dakota businesses to participate in the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The center will host a workshop Aug. 13 to explain the programs and provide advice on grant writing. For more information, email tyler@innovators.net.

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