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Hub International acquires Bank of the West Insurance

Chicago-based global insurance brokerage Hub International Limited announced it has acquired BW Insurance Agency Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of the West. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Research proposals sought for ND grape, wine industry

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has been allocated $80,000 for the biennium to distribute for grape and wine industry-related research and promotion and is currently seeking grant proposals.

Tri-College University adds members

The Tri-College University, a collaboration among Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., Minnesota State University Moorhead and North Dakota State University, has expanded to include two two-year schools - Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State) and North Dakota State College of Science.

XTO Energy gives $5M to ND housing fund

XTO Energy Inc, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, has contributed $5 million to North Dakota’s Housing Incentive Fund to support affordable housing projects in western North Dakota. The donation is the single largest contribution to the fund since its inception.

Advance Health expands to SD

Virginia-based Advance Health has announced plans to expand to Ellsworth Air Force Base in Box Elder, S.D. It will be the home health care provider’s third location and the first one located outside of Virginia.

Sioux Falls doctors donate land to Avera

Sioux Falls Surgical Physicians LLC, a group of doctors and surgeons who own Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, has donated four properties to Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.

North Dakota takes the top in wheat production

North Dakota takes the top in wheat production

North Dakota produced 17.1 percent of the total wheat production in 2014, according to the USDA’s Agricultural Statistics Service. North Dakota produced 347 million bushels of wheat. Kansas, which previously held the top wheat-producer status, produced 246 million bushels last year. Drought was a contributing factor in the state’s lower production. Other top wheat producers in 2014 included Montana at 209 million bushels and South Dakota at 131 million bushels.

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Arvig acquires North Star Fiber

Perham, Minn.-based Arvig Enterprises has partnered with North Star Fiber, a Twin Cities-based venture with expertise in delivering gigabit Internet services to multi-dwelling buildings. The partnership will enhance Arvig’s services in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and Rochester areas.

Midco to deploy Cisco tech

Midcontinent Communications says it will deploy Cisco’s latest cable access platform throughout its network footprint as it prepares to offer gigabit-level Internet speeds throughout its network by the end of 2017.

Click Rain acquires second company this year

Click Rain has acquired Sioux Falls, S.D.-based web development and interactive storytelling firm Rive Immersive. The addition follows Click Rain’s acquisition of Paragon Videography earlier this year. Rive Immersive was formed in 2013 by Jordan Loftis and Paul Lexen, along with two other partners. In addition to the firm’s work with a variety of clients, it has developed an app and iBeacon technology called Localized, which Click Rain intends to bring to market and utilize for its clients.

First International Bank & Trust expands to Bismarck

First International Bank & Trust has opened its first Bismarck branch at a temporary location, 1533 North 12th Street. The bank intends to break ground on a permanent location later this year. David Mason has been named president of the Bismarck branch. The bank now operates 24 locations throughout North Dakota, Minnesota and Arizona.

Sanford opens Watford City clinic

Sanford Health has opened a 1,900-square-foot clinic in the resource-taxed Bakken community of Watford City, N.D. The clinic will offer cardiology, podiatry, orthopedics and free injury screenings. Physicians will travel from Bismarck and Dickinson, N.D., each month to see patients. Sanford Health also recently became the official sports medicine provider for Watford City’s public schools.

Spearfish couple launches tour business

Spearfish couple launches tour business

Spearfish, S.D., residents Jon and Mary Pochop have launched Spearfish Canyon Tours, a tour service focused on providing customers with a history of the city and surrounding area.

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NDSU, NDSCS form reverse transfer agreement

North Dakota State University and North Dakota State College of Science recently unveiled a reverse transfer agreement which will allow students to apply credits from both institutions toward an associate degree.

RMA sponsors inaugural credit analysis contest for business students

The North Central Chapter of the Risk Management Association recently held a credit analysis competition for students at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.

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