News: Pop-up construction to demonstrate downtown development ideas

What if there was a way to test the effectiveness of new traffic control structures and how they impact both drivers and pedestrians? What if you could do it without spending a bunch of money? With a little paint and labor, it can be done. And they’re doing it in Grand Forks. Check out this article with a video proving that testing before investing makes sense.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Grand Forks’ Alerus Center reports strong 2018

Grand Forks’ Alerus Center is a city-owned building, and in past years, there have been management and money problems. Last July, the City entered into a management agreement with Spectra, a national venue company, and in the first year, there is progress to report. Emily Allen has the story on getting a local event venue closer to self-supporting.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: Are capricious state regulators contributing to ND’s child care shortage?

Childcare is and has been a continuing challenge in our communities. From a labor perspective, we’ve got a shortage of workers, and one key to entering the workforce is having confidence in where we leave our kids. In this commentary in the Grand Forks Herald, Rob Port argues that the State’s licensing and regulatory agency for childcare providers is setting arbitrary standards that are bottlenecking access to childcare...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: How America Will Turn Itself Around?

While a growing minority of us pick which side of the line (on any given issue) to stand on, there’s another group of people losing trust in all of it. Perhaps instead of choosing sides and, thus, who to distrust, we start listening to those who are watching our larger trends? What they’re seeing is a renaissance in civic revival. If you want to hear more, listen here.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: In Bismarck, private developers are changing the conversation around land development practices

How does a community plan what type of expansion and development is appropriate? Should private property rights trump community interest? And how do we measure the balance between the two? These are simple questions, but the answers have big implications for the physical and financial health of our communities. In Bismarck, the private sector is leading the way in starting the conversations.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Greyhound exit from Canadian Prairie expected to spur innovation in transportation

A couple days ago, we called out an article from the Winnipeg Free Press noting a soon-to-be void in their transportation network because of the discontinuation of several Greyhound bus routes across the prairie. A few days before that, there was an article on how creating a void in a system fuels innovation. This article really ties the thread together.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Can Recreation Make Minot Stronger?

“A couple years ago, it would’ve been hard to find a tourist in Bentonville. Now there are people here from all over the world every weekend.” The quote is from an article on Strong Towns, and the sentiment is the result of a transformation that’s taken place over the past 10-years. The lesson worth evaluating here in Minot, public spending on recreation delivers return on investment. In Arkansas,...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Minot Fire Department managing turnover with new training

Minot’s Fire Department has a lot of new faces. From retirements to firefighters pursuing opportunities in other places, the turnover rate has been higher than wanted in recent years. And one solution to keeping Minot and our first-responders safe and satisfied with their work — increased training. KX News has the story on how the Fire Department’s leadership is responding to the challenge.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google

No, this isn’t the lead-in to an algebra joke. ‘X’ is the name of Google’s research and development factory — the place where the test out radical ideas to see if they can become viable companies. One of those, Loon, was the feature of a Minot Voice post long ago, and this article from WIRED captures the essence of their work. If you chase the article, you’ll notice one...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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