News: Minot’s Hobbyist Model Airplane and UAS Pilots Find Growing Interest   source: Minot Daily News  

There’s little doubt that the UAS industry is growing and full of potential, but where do people in the business get there start? In all likelihood, it’s on their own, through a friend, or perhaps through a grassroots group of like-minded enthusiasts. And it turns out, Minot has just such a community.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

Commentary, News: Help Grand Forks streets pass ‘Coffee Cup Test’   source: Grand Forks Herald  

Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown has taken up the general mission of ‘doing it better’, and one of the first places he’s starting is on the roads in Grand Forks. And an accidentally created litmus test is his newest tool. It’s one part of a larger commentary where Mayor Brown provides a little direct communication to the Grand Forks citizens on his efforts as Mayor.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: An arcane American law protected by powerful interests is causing insane traffic jams   source: Quartz  

What does a hundred-year-old law that forces goods transported between American ports to use American-made ships have to do with traffic and L.A. and possibly our economy in North Dakota? Erik Olson asks the question (about the Traffic in L.A. part) and provides the analysis of the trickle down regulatory effect and the unintended consequences. This law is so ingrained in our culture we may have forgotten we can […]

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News: Pickle beer and Red Bull slushies among new brews at Minnesota State Fair   source: Star Tribune  

The 2017 North Dakota State Fair is in the books, and at first blush, the numbers seem pretty good; attendance was up nearly six thousand visitors compared to last year. But in order to stay competitive, we should always be looking around at how others are doing the ‘fair’ game. One stark difference between Minnesota’s fair and North Dakota’s — the way we treat beer. In Minnesota, they’re […]

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News: Drug experts see confluence of factors behind opioid crisis   source: Grand Forks Herald  

In Minot, the Mayor’s Committee on Addiction met this week. When it comes to dealing with the effects of the opioid and larger addiction problem, they’re going to divide and hopefully conquer. They’ll be splitting into several sub-committees to deal with different arms of the larger animal. It’s important work, but the method also invites the larger question, how do we prevent the problem before it starts? That […]

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News: Optimistic investors pumping $75 million into meatless burgers   source: Quartz  

There are two companies chasing the concept of the meatless burger, and before you dismiss the idea with some picture of a bean patty or veggie burger, the goal is a burger that looks and tastes like real beef, and they’re closer than you realize. It may seem far-fetched or impossible, but the impacts on ranchers will likely be real as a more environmentally-focused food consumer comes of age. […]

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News: The Gulf Of Mexico’s Dead Zone Is The Biggest Ever Seen   source: NPR  

When agricultural producers use too much fertilizer, the surplus that isn’t absorbed into the land and plants runs off into the water shed. When it gets to the end of the downstream line, it dumps into the ocean or a lake. In North Dakota’s case, one of those end-of-the-line watershed deposits is the Gulf of Mexico. The environmental damage that’s done is hard to see, particularly from 2,000 miles […]

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News: EPA chief to discuss water regulations during visit to state   source: Williston Herald  

Scott Pruitt, the EPA’s top administrator, will be visiting North Dakota next week, and the Waters of the U.S. rule making is expected to be a hot topic of conversation. Between agricultural and energy industries and our cultural disposition toward property rights, environmental regulations and rules have big impacts on North Dakota, and it sounds like those are some of the messages that will be carried to Mr. […]

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News: North Dakota initiated measure study commission holds first meeting   source: Bismarck Tribune  

The process by which North Dakota citizens and organizations bring issues to the ballot for consideration is going up for a review. The initiated measure process of petition carrying and signature gathering that allows a form of direct citizen legislation has been criticized in recent years. One of the arguments against, issues like the recently voter approved victim’s rights law can be brought forward by wealthy activists with […]

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News: State sees lots of interest in business side of medical marijuana industry   source: Grand Forks Herald  

The response could be described as a lot of interest. Earlier in July, the ND Department of Health asked for a letter of intent for parties interested in participating in the business side of the state’s medical marijuana industry. That request drew letters from 97 different parties. The formal application process is expected to open later this month. John Hageman with Forum News Services has the details on […]

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News: Regina to Estevan Passing lanes draw criticism from committees   source: Estevan Mercury  

Our Canadian neighbors have been discussing a dramatic improvement to the road that connects Estevan to Regina. In Canada, the improvement is call twinning, here in the states, we’d call it four-laning. Whatever the language, and improvement to the road would solidify Minot’s position on an important trade corridor. But it seems the Canadians are thinking twice about the twinning plans and are now consider a smaller project […]

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