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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.

Spectrum Aeromed earns air ambulance supplier of year award

Fargo-based Spectrum Aeromed was recently named China’s Air Ambulance (Interior) Provider of the Year. Representatives of the company also toured Asia April 14-16 and displayed its products at the Asian Business Aviation Convention & Expo in Shanghai.

South Dakota SBDC turns 30

The South Dakota Small Business Development is celebrating its 30th anniversary by reminding entrepreneurs and business people to check with the organization’s offices for no-cost business advice.

IDEA Competition winners named

IDEA Competition winners named

The IDEA competition, created in 2009 to assist entrepreneurs in northwest Minnesota commercialize their products, announced its 2015 round of winners during a banquet held April 22 at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

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Optivation wins grant to develop program for Bemidji grocer

Optivation wins grant to develop program for Bemidji grocer

Optivation, a custom college and outreach training program jointly operated by Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College, has been awarded a nearly $50,000 grant from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership program to develop a series of employee training programs for Bemidji-based Lueken’s Inc. Lueken’s recently added an aquaponics farm to its south-side Bemidji grocery store, which allows the store to grow plants and some fish on site. Training will help the store’s staff develop sustainable, economically viable strategies for maintaining the aquaponics farm. In partnership with BSU’s Sustainability Office, Optivation’s training will also help Lueken’s develop programs to educate local residents about aquaponically grown food.

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Krohmer Plumbing named contractor of the year

Krohmer Plumbing Inc. of Mitchell and Sioux Falls, S.D., has been named the 2015 Contractor of the Year by the South Dakota Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors. The award is given annually to contractor who shows commitment to the organization and industry at large, according to SDAPHCC. Krohmer Plumbing is a family-owned plumbing, heating and excavation contractor that provides services in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.

RTI breaks ground on clinical research building in Brookings

RTI breaks ground on clinical research building in Brookings

Bioscience startup RTI LLC broke ground April 20 on a 20,000-square-foot facility in Brookings, S.D. The building will be used for veterinary research and environmental and food safety testing.

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SBA honors Moorhead SBDC office

The West Central Regional office of the Minnesota Small Business Development Center, (WC SBDC) located at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., has been named the Minnesota SBDC Center of Excellence and Innovation of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Winners announced in annual Giant Vision contest

Winners of the Governor’s Giant Vision Business Competition, an annual contest hosted by the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development to encourage entrepreneurial activity throughout the state, were announced April 15.

SDSMT establishes Hardrocker Heritage award

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has established a program to offer in-state tuition and fees to first-time, full-time nonresident freshman who have at least one parent or legal guardian who holds a SDSMT degree. The Hardrocker Heritage award was created to attract exceptional students to South Dakota in areas of critical need, according to the school. By applying only to students who have a parent/guardian with a degree from the school, the award focuses on students that have a connection to the state and are more easily recruited to the region.

NDSU symposium focuses on role of interdisciplinary collaboration in Sanford Medical Center project

NDSU symposium focuses on role of interdisciplinary collaboration in Sanford Medical Center project

Professionals leading the construction of Sanford Health’s $494 million Fargo medical center spoke to students in architecture, construction management, engineering and nursing at North Dakota State University April 21 about how they are collaborating to achieve Sanford Health’s objectives for the project.

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Northland Kart Kountry to reopen this weekend

Northland Kart Kountry to reopen this weekend

BRAINERD, Minn.-Following intense restoration, Northland Kart Kountry between Nisswa and Brainerd is set to reopen this weekend after years of vacancy.

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U.S. labor secretary touts parental leave, free community college during Twin Cities visit

ST. PAUL — U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said Tuesday paid parental-leave policies will be instituted from the “bottom up,” led by cities, state agencies and private-sector employers, as the need to retain workers increases in Minnesota and throughout the country.

Roundtable highlights unmanned aircraft business potential in North Dakota

Roundtable highlights unmanned aircraft business potential in North Dakota

GRAND FORKS-Encouraging unmanned aircraft systems-related businesses to settle in North Dakota was among priorities discussed Tuesday at a Chamber of Commerce roundtable in Grand Forks.

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