News: Viking, elves, trolls gather in new Manitoba park

Icelandic tradition runs strong on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Gimli, Manitoba has been celebrating their Icelandic heritage with Islendingadagurinn for more than 85 years, but it’s only more recently that mythical creatures from Icelandic folklore have been given homes in a City park. Viking Park in Gimli has embraced the old stories by creating homes for elves and trolls. To get a sense of the effort, follow this...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Schools around the world are now teaching kids to spot fake news

In the information age, the great irony of our time is that we seem to be less and less trustful of information. And so it would seem one of the great skills that we’re in need of quickly developing is the ability to properly evaluate news and information we’re asked to consider as we make determinations about the world around us. That’s exactly the goal of one profit...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Farmers, entrepreneurs pushing the bounds of what can be grown in a cold climate

Industrial hemp? Not surprising. Grapes? You’ve probably heard about a local vineyard. But shrimp? Yep, that’s on the list as well. What do they have in common? They’re not our widely grown crops, but more and more small farmers are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit and taking risks on less-traditional ideas. Catch the story from the Grand Forks Herald.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Engulfed in Opioid Deaths, Ohio Turns to Science

A huge contributor to the opioid epidemic is the over-prescription of pain medication. In other words, a big percentage of those addicted get their start at the doctor’s office. And that fact is driving a number of research-based pain reduction techniques and technologies. The idea: if we have alternative pain treatment methods, we don’t have to risk writing the original prescription. Ohio is leading the way, this article from...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Mining the magic: MN Industry leftovers reinvented by influx of silent sports

How do you take a once scarred landscape filled abandoned ore mines and turn it into something positive? One method: by embracing silent sports like mountain biking, hiking, trout fishing, and kayaking. A two-hour drive from the twin cities, you’ll find the Cayuna State Recreation Area, home to a then-radical idea hatched 30-years ago that is paying big dividends for a once economically stricken area.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Learn, News: The cult of productivity has a counterproductive flaw

Imagine you figure out a new way to do something at work, saving you five hours each week. Over a year, you’ll save 260 hours. Now suppose you spent 10 hours teaching this work hack to 10 of your colleagues. At the end of the year, your productivity would be 4% lower (you’d only save 250 hours in total). But your 10 coworkers would save a combined 2,600...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: More Colleges Are Offering Microcredentials—And Developing Them The Way Businesses Make New Products

In the recent past, Governor Burgum formed a task force to look at revamping the way education is delivered in North Dakota. And if trends from some of the country’s most prestigious universities are an indicator, he’s on the right path. This article is a harbinger of changing times and the manner in which some colleges are adapting.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Learn: The simple step parents can take to teach their kids persistence and grit

If at first you don’t succeed, then what? Phrased in a way that will matter to every parent, if at first your child doesn’t succeed, then what? Dealing with failure and adversity has everything to do with how kids are taught persistence and grit. And it starts at a young age. Check out this article from Quartz for more on the topic.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Closing the Loop in Agricultural Plastics Recycling

As farms get bigger, particularly dairy farms, the more plastic they use. And disposing of that plastic creates a crisis of both conscious and economics. In other words, it’s expensive and, in most cases currently, bad for the environment. But a company in Arkansas has found a profitable way to solve the problem. Collect the waste as a raw material and turn it into second-use plastic bags. The...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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The role of bucking the trend in building a resilient culture

Commentary: The role of bucking the trend in building a resilient culture

Here in Minot, we’ve received an enormous investment from the federal government to improve our resilience in the face of natural disasters. And in the wake of 2011, it’s clear we are each of us resilient individuals. But what about our culture? How do we ensure the less tangible qualities of the Minot community develop resilience? Here’s a management concept that may be relevant. It’s framed in the...

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News: Minnesota planners begin to envision driverless future

We can resist it however we want, the world we live in is going to change around us. One change that’s virtually guaranteed, driverless cars. They’ll be safer, more efficient, and more convenient, and that will equal adoption by consumers. So if they’re coming, perhaps we should be planning for them? In Minnesota, they are. Minot should be following Minnesota’s lead on this.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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