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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News: Treating addiction in a rural area: Small town health center offers big city services

The challenges that come with addiction are not unique to Minot and through pushes from both Governor Burgum and Senator Heitkamp, many areas are organizing and searching out their localized solutions. One thing they’re discovering, there are advantages to the small-town model and the addiction challenges aren’t limited to opioids.  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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News: New stats and a new plan for Grand Forks’ new Americans

In the greater Grand Forks area, there are more than 8,800 foreign-born residents living and working. And the manner in which those individuals are welcomed in and made to feel at home is the goal of a new ‘Welcoming City’ initiative spearheaded by the City of Grand Forks. Read more about it on The Grand Forks Herald.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: With legalization growing elsewhere, marijuana makes up half of North Dakota drug arrests

In North Dakota, more than 50% of drug arrests involve marijuana. Combine that with initiatives to fully legalize the drug and a patchwork of federal, state, and local laws that criminalize possession and what we have is a challenge for law enforcement and lawmakers. The Grand Forks Herald has a primer on the factors that will inform legalization efforts and the ripple effects through our governments and agencies.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Farmers, entrepreneurs pushing the bounds of what can be grown in a cold climate

Industrial hemp? Not surprising. Grapes? You’ve probably heard about a local vineyard. But shrimp? Yep, that’s on the list as well. What do they have in common? They’re not our widely grown crops, but more and more small¬†farmers are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit and taking risks on less-traditional ideas. Catch the story from the Grand Forks Herald.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: Why North Dakotans should welcome diversity

A couple months back, the Forum editorial staff took aim at the idea of diversity within our culture. The final paragraph, sums on a set of strong arguments. “Easy to overlook, these are reminders that we should celebrate our increasing ethnic and social diversity, not seek to wind back the clock and pretend that we don’t live in a world with increasing global connections, with a society that...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Grand Forks warily eyes once-dependable federal grant process

Elected officials in Grand Forks are opening their eyes to a new financial reality — funding from the federal government is coming more slowly and less regularly. It means many programs, particularly those that fall under the umbrella of Community Development Block Grants have a less secure future. It matters for Minot because local municipalities all answer to the same federal government.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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