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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News: Law makers, officials seek solution over Red River water supply project McClusky Canal hurdle

The proposed (and partially funded) Red River water supply project draws water from the McClusky Canal. But in years of extreme drought, the Corp of Engineers is proposing to lower the operating level of Lake Audubon. That puts the water supply in jeopardy. What are the solutions? Lawmakers and project officials are looking for them.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Fargo couple serves up craft soda, tonic at downtown farmers market

You’ve no doubt heard about the craft beer revolution; it’s been happening around us for the last decade. But what about the craft soda revolution? Perhaps it’s only just begun? There’s no doubt about the answer to that for one Fargo couple who’ve cornered the Fargo farmer’s market with a unique North Dakota flavor. Quick Commentary: It seems nearly everything in The Minot Voice news feed these days...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Paddlers promote ‘positive trace ethic’ by cleaning up litter along Minnesota, St. Croix and Mississippi rivers

News: Paddlers promote ‘positive trace ethic’ by cleaning up litter along Minnesota, St. Croix and Mississippi rivers

The old mantra for the environmentally minded heading into the wilderness was, “take only pictures, leave only footprints”. But for a few, it seems that’s not good enough. The concept is called adventure stewardship, and the goal is to go out and have the fun recreationally but leave the environment better as a result. In other words, clean as you go. Check out the article on the concept...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: The Fargo area is short on workers. A new coordinated effort is trying to change that

A collaborative effort between the Fargo Chamber and the North Dakota State School of Science is intended to help solve the area’s ongoing worker shortage problems. One goal of the program will be to better integrate high school students and coursework with post-secondary education offered through the State School of Sciences and other associate degree programs.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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