News: : Norwegian ambassador to visit Grand Forks for job-creation seminar   source: Grand Forks Herald  

Here in Minot, we’re always looking to attract new businesses and industry. And one of the niches we’re actively looking to capture are businesses with roots tied to our Scandinavian heritage. But we’re not the only community working to attract these overseas businesses. Grand Forks has also identified the opportunity, and leaders there are also putting their plumage on display.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: : The U.S. Is Retreating from Religion   source: Scientific American  

The number of changes taking place in our culture and society are expansive and extraordinary. They’re not all good; they’re not all bad, either. But denying they’re happening would be a mistake. One change that’s certain to reshape our communities and our culture — the shift away from a citizenship who identify their religion as a primary personal influence. This article from Scientific American points to trends that are […]

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News: : Ward County Sherrif’s Deputy Alleges Sexual Harassment from State’s Attorney   source: Minot Daily News  

In a less-than-typical County Commission meeting, Ward County Sherrif’s deputy Tim Poston made public allegations of sexual harassment by State’s Attorney Roza Larson. Jill Schram with The Minot Daily News has the full coverage on what we know at this point. If there’s ever a time to read the full article and reserve judgment until the facts are collected and the investigation is complete, this would probably be […]

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News: : Breaking down UND numbers reveals enrollment trends   source: Grand Forks Herald  

Like Minot State, enrollment numbers at UND are down this year. But the total number doesn’t always tell the whole story. Andrew Haffner with the Grand Forks Herald interviews UND’s Director of Admissions for a deeper look at the numbers and the demographics and cultural shifts shaping them.

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News: : K-12 Policy Updates: Mandatory Fall Reading for Every Education Entrepreneur   source: EdSurge  

When it comes to Education directives handed down from on high (the feds), there’s a new Sheriff in town who goes by the name of Betsy Devos. Her confirmation was controversial, and the one thing that’s certain — there will be policy changes. How those impact us locally is yet to be determined, but the roadmap on how we negotiate them is coming into focus. Ben Watsky with […]

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News: : Theodore Roosevelt National Park holds bison roundup in South Unit   source: Bismarck Tribune  

The bison in Teddy Roosevelt National Park are a major attraction, but because the park is limited in size and fenced, it’s not able to support a bison population of unlimited size. That means bison management practices are required from time to time, and this fall is one of those occasions. Many of the animals rounded up will be distributed supplement area Native American controlled bison herds and […]

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News: : Continental Resources oil sale to China complex   source: AGWEEK  

One of North Dakota’s largest oil producers, Continental Resources, announced it has a deal in place to sell ~33,500 barrels per day of ND produced sweet crude to China. The deal creates logistics challenges in form of ensuring Continental oil isn’t comingled with other sources before being loaded and shipped, and it’s only possible because the ban on exporting U.S. oil was lifted in 2016.

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News: : World’s Most Intense Laser Is About to Get a Totally Insane Upgrade   source: Science Alert  

This is not a Minot story. But because the movies Star Wars and Real Genius are a part of our cultural heritage, the fact that they are approaching full realization is worth momentary call out. Check out this article from Science Alert on a really big laser that’s set to go full Death Star. Sort of.

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News: : Dakota Access increased ND tax revenue by $6M a month, state oil production up in August   source:   

In the early months of operation, the Dakota Access pipeline is proving to be a boon for North Dakota’s treasury. Because of lower costs getting oil to market, the price of North Dakota crude has gone up by about $2 per barrel since the line went operational. That equates to about $6 million per month in increased tax revenue.

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News: : In ‘This Blessed Earth,’ the outdated romance of the family farm   source: Minnesota Public Radio  

The farms and small towns of our parents and grandparents generation are less and less each season. New technology, out-migration, changing geopolitics — they’re all factors contributing to the ebb of the family farm culture. If the topic interests you, “This Blessed Earth” is a new book featured in this MPR article.

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News: : Fargo passes ‘inclusiveness’ resolution   source: Bismarck Tribune  

Following our Country’s summer of division and tension represented by racially-charged events in Charlottesville and other locations, the Fargo Human Relations Commission activated and asked the valley cities to pass a largely symbolic resolution on inclusiveness. While the resolution has no actual teeth, a quick google search of this article’s title indicates the distances at which the gesture was heard.

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