News: In Winnipeg, Buy local plan fails to gain traction

A proposal from the Winnipeg City Council requested the City develop a policy that gave an advantage to local firms seeking the opportunity to earn City business. But upon further review, the recommendation of an administrative report is to better communicate opportunities to local businesses, but not give them favor on contract terms. This issue has been considered by Minot City Council which makes it an outside perspective...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Push-Mowing to Preserve the Maah Daah Hey Trail

Are you one who dreads mowing your lawn? If so, what would you think about mowing a 150 miles of rugged wilderness trail while carrying your gasoline with you? Tim Olson has the story on a man who’s makes a big annual commitment to keeping the Maah Daah Hey Trail along the Little Missouri River a resource for all of us!  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Let’s Reconnect With Our Streets

Have we reached a point where we’re more likely to have a relationship with our car than our neighbors? Perhaps that’s because we’ve lost touch with our connection point — our streets. It used to be that these keystones of our community were places to come together, now they’re conveyances out of our neighborhoods to our places of work.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Teams searching for cheap way to stop algae blooms, with $10 million prize on the line

You have an efficient, cost-effective way to remove phosphorous from freshwater bodies? If so, you may want to enter it into an innovation competition sponsored The Everglades Foundation in Florida. The prize: $10,000,000. Whether North or South, algae blooms are an increasing problem and one of the primary contributors is phosphorus-rich runoff that feeds the algae growth.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Treating addiction in a rural area: Small town health center offers big city services

The challenges that come with addiction are not unique to Minot and through pushes from both Governor Burgum and Senator Heitkamp, many areas are organizing and searching out their localized solutions. One thing they’re discovering, there are advantages to the small-town model and the addiction challenges aren’t limited to opioids.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: On a changing Mississippi, tourism’s importance is growing

Rivers have long been the lifeblood of economic activity. They are both sources of natural resource and pathways to markets and customers. Nowhere is that more evident than along the Missippi River. But increasingly, tourism is carving out a bigger piece from the economic activity pie, and cities and towns are responding to that market pressure by catering and developing to the interests traveling adventurers.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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