News: Task force recommends three-board governance model for higher ed

The Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education has concluded their work. Their recommendation: a three-board governance models that tasks one board to each research university and one board to the regional and community college network throughout the state. Read the full news release from the Governor’s office below. — Official News Release, Office of Governor Burgum — BISMARCK, N.D. – Members of the Task Force for Higher Education Governance...

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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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News: Department of Health to open medical marijuana dispensary applications next week

The long road to medical marijuana may be drawing to an end, but for Minot, the wait will be longer. The Department of Health will begin accepting applications for local dispensaries starting July 10, but only for the Bismarck and Fargo regions. Applications for the Minot region are expected to open until 2019. The Bismarck Tribune has the story.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: First unmanned flight of medium altitude will cross the Atlantic and take off from Grand Forks

The reach of North Dakota’s UAS industry is going trans-Atlantic. The first unmanned flight across the Atlantic Ocean will depart from Grand Forks on July 10. It’s yet another example highlighting the potential of the industry which is being heavily pursued in many areas of North Dakota.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: N.D. State Sen. Grabinger running for Congress

A Jamestown area Democratic State Senator has entered the race for North Dakota’s lone House of Representatives seat. Inforum has the introductory article on John Grabinger. He’s the second Democrat to announce his intent to seek the Democratic nomination for the seat. Ben Hanson of Fargo has been declared for several months.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: New film urges action to protect Badlands from oil impacts

Teddy Roosevelt came to the North Dakota Badlands more than a 130 years ago, and the spirit of conservation was one of the ideals he took back to the East Coast and ultimately, the Presidency. And according to one group of North Dakota citizens, that same call to conservation is needed again in our state’s oil region. They’ve made a film encouraging action; Amy Dalrymple with the Bismarck Tribune...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Who’s Going to Capitalize on the North Dakota/NAFTA Talking Point?

Commentary: Who’s Going to Capitalize on the North Dakota/NAFTA Talking Point?

In November of 2017, two studies were made public regarding the effect of NAFTA (The North American Free Trade Agreement) were it to be repealed. One study was done by BMO Capital Markets and the other by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The third most vulnerable state were NAFTA to be repealed would be North Dakota. The two most vulnerable states are Michigan and Wisconsin. The other states...

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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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