News: N.D. farmers Vertically Integrating with Investments in East Coast Restaurants

How do you make a product or a company more profitable? There are lots of ways including reducing costs through innovative practices, creating a differentiated product that commands a higher price. And there’s also vertical integration — the method of getting control of the supply chain and middlemen that separate a raw product from the end user. Here’s a story from Philly.com about a couple ND farmers using...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Wild Turkey Fatigue Spreading as Urban Nuisance Claims Rise

Here in Minot, an ad hoc committee appointed by City Council is tackling the issue of how to better manage the populations of Minot’s in-town wildlife. Turkeys have been part of the conversation. And based on this article from the NY Times, it would seem as if Minot isn’t only community dealing with the challenge.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Sakakawea Salmon Spawning Complete

— Official News Release, ND Game & Fish Fisheries crews have completed their annual salmon spawning operation on the Missouri River System after collecting more than 2.5 million eggs. Dave Fryda, North Dakota Game and Fish Department Missouri River System supervisor, said crews easily collected enough eggs to stock the 400,000 smolts planned for Lake Sakakawea in 2018. The majority of eggs were collected from Lake Sakakawea, with...

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Video & Agenda: City of Minot Committee of the Whole

News: Video & Agenda: City of Minot Committee of the Whole

The City of Minot’s City Council Committee of the Whole met for their first of two regular monthly meetings yesterday. The agenda was lengthy with several informational items presented. Video is below, the agenda and supporting document follows. — As provided by the City of Minot 1. FINAL PAYMENT – 2017 WATERMAIN REPLACEMENT (PROJECT NUMBER 4251) Each year, the Water and Sewer Department budgets funds for water main...

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News: Diversifying an oil and gas economy in Carlsbad, NM

Carlsbad, New Mexico — it’s a city with more than a few similarities to Minot. Notably, it’s fortunes also rise and fall with the price of oil. It’s a cycle that’s led community leaders and business owners alike if there aren’t better ways to build a sustainable livelihood and economy. Sound familiar? As a solution, Carlsbad is turning towards hospitality and tourism, and another familiar theme here on...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Nobel Goes To American Richard Thaler For Work In Behavioral Economics

Economics is very much a scientific study of simplified, rational decision making. But there’s a problem, humans aren’t always rational decision makers. Sometimes we’re downright weird and inexplicable. Richard Thaler was among the first economists to consider our weirdness, and his work won him a Nobel Prize. NPR has the story.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Winnipeg talks trash — expects few problems with new garbage collectors

In ‘socialized’ Canada, we see an unexpected example of business-focused privatization. Here in North Dakota’s larger cities, municipal trash pick up is the exclusive territory of government. In Winnipeg, the model is the opposite. Trash pick-up is served by private contractors who provide services based on contracts let by the City. It’s a worthwhile perspective as here in Minot, our City Council will be considering a policy to...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: North Dakota’s Top Correction Officer Learns from Norwegian Example

It’s not often you’ll find a ‘Mother Jones’ article referenced on The Minot Voice. The reporting there makes many North Dakotan’s angry because we quickly draw adversarial lines opposed to their editorial positions. But occasionally, they cover a story that’s worthy of consideration. This is one of those examples. North Dakota’s top corrections officers took a trip to Norway to learn what they could about incarceration. The experience...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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