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: Minnesota power company looks to study big battery concept in South Dakota

One of the downsides of wind energy is there are times when it produces power that it isn’t demanded. That creates a storage problem. A Minnesota-based power company is looking to store that energy by pumping Missouri River water uphill where it can later be released for hydro-electric power generation. The Fargo Forum has the story on an idea that is very early in the development process.  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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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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News: Closing the Loop in Agricultural Plastics Recycling

As farms get bigger, particularly dairy farms, the more plastic they use. And disposing of that plastic creates a crisis of both conscious and economics. In other words, it’s expensive and, in most cases currently, bad for the environment. But a company in Arkansas has found a profitable way to solve the problem. Collect the waste as a raw material and turn it into second-use plastic bags. The...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Fargo commission delays action on election reform proposals

With Minot’s city government reform recently in our rear view, it’s notable that other cities in North Dakota are taking up similar reform conversations. In Fargo, where the city is governed by a 5-member City Commission, the proposals being discussed include moving to a larger 7-member commission and moving to a primary/general election electoral process.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Small Montana firm lands Puerto Rico’s biggest contract to get the power back on

Weeks after Hurricane Maria’s landfall in Puerto Rico, much of the island is still without power. And the challenges that come with getting the grid up and running are daunting. The logistics and technical ability required by the work are significant which is why a few eyebrows were raised when a $300 million contract to do the work was recently awarded to a small Montana firm.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: F-M flood diversion proponents, opponents sound off at first task force meeting

Fargo’s flood protection plan is stuck in the courts because of a lack of permits from the State of Minnesota. Over the past few weeks, Governor Burgum initiated talks with Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to see if there’s a way forward. The result: it’s a committee formed quickly to take a look at possible resolutions. But after one meeting, it seems some of the basic assumptions of the overall...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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