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: 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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Commentary: A Quiet, Country Life in the Middle of the City?

A home in the country — it’s a long-standing commonly held goal among many of us. We want the peace, tranquility, privacy. But it’s a desire in conflict with another common goal — vibrant, engaged, communities. It’s hard to have both. But in Savannah, Georgia, a set of colliding circumstances created a place that captures both. Is there a model here worth copying? Have a read at Strong...  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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News: How to change your mind

In this edition of Brain Pickings, Maria Popova dives into Michael Pollan’s recent work titled ‘How to Change Your Mind’. His work dives into new studies and neuroscience exploring the benefits of treating depression, addiction, and iminent mortality with a rediscovered catylst that’s proven effective and rewiring our perspectives.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Sioux Falls adopts city flag

Have you noticed the trend? The national pride in America that we hold so dearly and defend is trickling down. Not only are we proud of our country, but we’re increasingly wearing and flying our pride in state and city. Want proof? The Bismarck Tribune has it. Coincidentally, it seems Minot is in front of this curve; we unveiled our City flag at our February State of the...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Public engagement in local decisions evolving rapidly on the shoulders of technology

How do we awaken citizens from their apathy and get them engaged with the decisions being made in their communities? One town in Colorado made an investment in technology, trashed the traditional model that only allowed input at live meetings, and catered to the lives of their citizens. The result is a cross-section of public engagement that is actually representative of the community.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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