A breath of hope for America on North Dakota’s Enchanted Highway

News: A breath of hope for America on North Dakota’s Enchanted Highway

Extending South of Interstate 94 in Western North Dakota, you’ll find an oddity that is uniquely and inspiringly American. It is the Enchanted Highway, and with all the negativity that surrounds us these days, one journalist from Chicago sees it as a sign that our path out of the morass is in front of us. Read the full story on the Chicago Tribune. Image by Will Kincaid with...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: What *Is* Meat, Anyway?

In a just-arising question, the answer to which is sure to have implications for North Dakota ranchers, we’ve found ourselves at a point in history where we’re asking — almost philosophically — what is meat? The question is born from the emerging technology that allows us to grow animal tissue in a lab. WIRED has the story. Of note: it will be interesting to see how lobbying interests...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: We Need to Design the Learning Ecosystem of the Future

How do you train someone for a job that doesn’t exist yet? Whether educators know it or not, this is their job. The world is changing and pace that’s increasing exponentially, and our students will need the tools and the know how to retool on the fly. Michelle Weise writing for EdSurge shares her thoughts on the challenges ahead.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: EPA officials visit ND for Grain Growers Association’s 25th E-Tour | Agweek

What do you get when you put a bunch of common-sense North Dakota farmers on a bus with a bunch of Washington bureaucrats? No, this isn’t a set-up for a joke — it’s a real-life news story, and the meeting happened not-far from Minot. Agweek has the article on the meeting that’s the hopeful basis for better regulation.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: The economy keeps adding jobs, but filling them gets harder

Jobs, jobs, jobs — they aren’t hard to find. The tricky part is for the businesses that need qualified people to fill them. NPR has the story on the national trend, but there’s a message we’d do well to take note of here in Minot. We perpetually pursue jobs through economic development, but we already have a dangerously low unemployment rate. Perhaps we’d do better to pursue people?...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Lyft is buying legitimacy through its deal with bike-share company

Lyft is expanding it’s transportation network horizontally — at least in the economic sense. Horizontal integration means they’re attempting to capture another transportation avenue, and in this case, it’s through the nation’s most successful bike-share company. It’s a noteworthy development as we keep an eye on trends filtering out in the successful urban centers of our country.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Flood control funding approved in Cedar Rapids

Three years before Minot flooded, Cedar Rapids set the bar for community changing events. Since then, the fight for federal money has been ongoing. Now, ten years after the water receded, the federal money has been approved to flow in. The cost of the project to protect downtown Cedar Rapids is estimated at $750 million; the federal government is committing $117 million to the effort. The remainder will...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Opinion: Change makes sense for Corps of Engineers

Few places have had more experience with the Corps of Engineers and flood protection than Minot, but Southern Lousiana is one place that can probably make the claim. And with experience, comes the opportunity to be constructively critical. Check out this editorial from the Daily Comet calling for a reorganization of the Corps interior related water infrastructure work.  summary by: The Minot Voice

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News: Trade tariffs weigh heavy on big beer bottom lines

When tariffs on aluminum get tossed around as negotiating chips, America’s big beer makers get nervous. When you sell a lot of beer in aluminum cans, even a little tariff can have a big impact. Joe Deaux writing for Bloomberg has the story on the trade-offs that may result from fighting a trade war. It’s all the more reason to drink from growlers at filled at local breweries.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: The story on Minot is changing

A key to Minot’s success is what other people and other places are saying about us. Word of mouth works for communities the same way it does for businesses — it’s the reference that matters most. And the conversations about Minot taking place in other places are starting to change in a good way. This article from The Economist is evidence.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Learn, News: The epic bender to celebrate the newly finished U.S. Constitution

Writing the U.S. Constitution was hard, thirsty work, and upon finishing our nation’s founding fathers excused themselves to the City Tavern to avail themselves of some relief. What transpired is still worthy of a retelling more than 230 years later. Remember the evening with this article on the Fargo Forum.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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