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: 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: In Bismarck, expanding city results in expanding costs

When we need them, the fire department and our police officers show up, but it’s easy to take those services for granted. It’s even easier to forget that we have to pay for those services. And one of the first rules of municipal budgets, bigger cities, and more employees equals more costs. The Bismarck Tribune has a quick article on the realities of running municipal corporations.  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: Levee improvements planned for Heart River in Mandan

Flood protection is not a problem unique to Minot. FEMA is in the process of reviewing their flood-risk maps across North Dakota, and one of the steps that goes with that process is a look at the local levees. In Mandan, it looks like those levees will need about $36 million in improvements of which about $15 million is expected to be requested from the State Water Commission.  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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News: North Dakota’s first syringe exchange program tackles trust issues

Among the hard-to-measure longterm costs associated with the nation’s opioid epidemic — the future health care costs of former abusers who’ve contracted a disease through sharing needles. And while controversial, needle exchange programs have been shown to reduce the spread of infection, thereby lowering future healthcare costs and demands. North Dakota’s first program is getting off the ground, and the early challenge is establishing trust with addicts.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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