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Minnesota Lt. Gov. Smith talks workforce with Bemidji business leaders

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith visited Bemidji on Wednesday to meet with business owners and find out what makes the city's economy run.

Twin Cities entrepreneurs debut vodka made from Red River Valley sugar beets

Twin Cities entrepreneurs debut vodka made from Red River Valley sugar beets

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Twin Cities entrepreneurs have developed a new premium-pour vodka made entirely from beet sugar produced here in the Red River Valley. BET (pronounced "beet") Vodka is expected to hit liquor store shelves here within the next few weeks.

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Hallock brewery expands distribution

HALLOCK, Minn. -- Fargo’s Far North Spirits, a craft distillery based near Hallock, Minn., has expanded its distribution network to include California.

Revenue shortfall to put pressure on oil tax trust fund

BISMARCK – As news of North Dakota’s $1 billion revenue shortfall and 4.05 percent budget cuts for state agencies sank in Monday, some elected officials predicted the appetite for tapping into the state’s $3.5 billion trust fund for oil taxes will grow when lawmakers convene next January.

Facing $1 billion shortfall, Dalrymple orders agencies to slash 4 percent from budgets

Facing $1 billion shortfall, Dalrymple orders agencies to slash 4 percent from budgets

BISMARCK – North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday ordered most state agencies to slash their budgets by just over 4 percent to help cover an unprecedented $1 billion revenue shortfall blamed on slumping oil and farm commodity prices.

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Expert: businesses may be missing out on valuable tax credits

FARGO -- If you have a business that makes, installs or designs something, there may be a tax credit out there just waiting to save you money, says Kent Busek, a partner at Busek Olson & Associates, which advises businesses on tax matters.

ND leaders visit Israel for trade mission, meet with major unmanned aircraft manufacturer

North Dakota leaders flew to the Middle East last week for a trade mission that included the discussion of a large-scale research project involving unmanned aircraft.

State agencies phasing out Oil Patch stipends

WILLISTON, N.D. – With less competition for employees, some state agencies are beginning to reduce or phase out extra pay for western North Dakota employees.

Facing $1 billion shortfall, Dalrymple orders agencies to slash 4 percent from budgets

BISMARCK – North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday ordered most state agencies to slash their budgets by just over 4 percent to cover an unprecedented $1 billion revenue shortfall caused largely by slumping oil and farm commodity prices.

Minnesota’s retirement population is about to explode. Are we ready?

ST. PAUL -- The baby-boomer retirement wave has begun. And for millennials and Generation X-, Y- and Zers, and every other post-boomer micro-generation looking for work, that’s a very good thing. They will likely enter a labor market unseen since the 1990s — perhaps even better.

ND business registrations up 35 percent since 2011 but leveling off

BISMARCK – The number of active business registrations in North Dakota climbed to nearly 117,000 last year and is up more than 35 percent since 2011, but filings have begun to level off with the economic slowdown driven by depressed oil and farm commodity prices, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said.

'Chief inspiration officer' helps companies define culture

'Chief inspiration officer' helps companies define culture

Name: Pam Matchie Position: Corporate trainer, keynote speaker, artist and hypnotist. Matchie refers to herself as the "chief inspiration officer." Her story: Matchie is in the midst of an exciting second act. The Jamestown, N.D., native spent nearly 30 years working for Qwest, her last eight as a lobbyist at the Minnesota State Capitol. In 2011, she chose to pursue a different dream.

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Big cuts to oil impact grants loom for ND agencies

BISMARCK – A fund that provides grants to local agencies impacted by oil and gas development in western North Dakota is on track to collect less than half of the nearly $140 million that lawmakers appropriated for 2015-17, forcing officials to consider scaling back the program.

Minnesota's new water regulations could come with $40 million price tag for city of Red Wing

RED WING, Minn. — Compliance with new Minnesota Pollution Control Agency river standards could potentially cost the city of Red Wing up to $40 million — an expenditure Deputy Public Works Director Bob Stark says would result from scientifically dubious criteria and would have little to no effect on the water quality of the Mississippi River.

Minnesota wins first place in Gallup job creation index

ST. PAUL– Minnesota ranks first in the nation in job creation, according to the 2015 Job Creation Index report just released by the Gallup Inc. polling company.

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