News: In Winnipeg, Buy local plan fails to gain traction

A proposal from the Winnipeg City Council requested the City develop a policy that gave an advantage to local firms seeking the opportunity to earn City business. But upon further review, the recommendation of an administrative report is to better communicate opportunities to local businesses, but not give them favor on contract terms. This issue has been considered by Minot City Council which makes it an outside perspective...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Greyhound exit from Canadian Prairie expected to spur innovation in transportation

A couple days ago, we called out an article from the Winnipeg Free Press noting a soon-to-be void in their transportation network because of the discontinuation of several Greyhound bus routes across the prairie. A few days before that, there was an article on how creating a void in a system fuels innovation. This article really ties the thread together.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: In Winnipeg, ash borer battle is in full swing

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive species that slowly kills ash trees, and in Winnipeg, they’re expecting to spend $90 million (not a typo) in the next ten years. Minot has a bit of geographical buffer, the problem is on the way. We’d do well to watch these other area efforts unfold as we begin building our strategy.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Winnipeg talks trash — expects few problems with new garbage collectors

In ‘socialized’ Canada, we see an unexpected example of business-focused privatization. Here in North Dakota’s larger cities, municipal trash pick up is the exclusive territory of government. In Winnipeg, the model is the opposite. Trash pick-up is served by private contractors who provide services based on contracts let by the City. It’s a worthwhile perspective as here in Minot, our City Council will be considering a policy to...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Endangered butterfly shows trouble is waiting in the wings

The thing about losing a species — no matter how seemingly small and insignificant — is it’s a signal that something in the system is going awry. And when one of those species plays the role of a pollinator, the cascade effect becomes harder to quantify. The northern prairies are home to several endangered butterflies; this article from the Winnipeg Free Press features one of them.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Winnipeg: City hall committee shows its spirits, gives downtown distillery a green light

When it comes to alcohol, consumer trends are outpacing regulator’s ability to keep a handle on the new and emerging business models. One example is the emergence of boutique local distillers, a business type that’s hard to fit in many cities licensing policies. But in Winnipeg, they made room. Patent 5 Distillery is expected to open in February with gin, vodka, and whiskey distilled from local agricultural products.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Winnipeg economic development agency holding Railside Promenade ideas competition

In Winnipeg, The Forks Renewal Corporation, the city’s economic development agency, is looking to spur redevelopment in a neighborhood dominated by wide roads and parking lots. And how are they going about doing it? They’re holding a design competition. They’ve set basic goals of what they want to accomplish and the terms of what’s required to apply, and now they’re asking teams of designers including architects and developers...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Canadian Federal Government Sets Deadline for Provincial Marijuana Legalization

By July 1, 2018, marijuana will be legal North of the border. The interesting part, it’s the federal government in Canada that is setting the deadline. And if the provinces don’t put a framework in place for legalization, citizens seeking the product will be able to mail order it directly from the federal government. It’s newsworthy because of the extraordinary differences in the U.S. and Canadian federal governments...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Winnipeg’s “Go to the Waterfront” Campaign Opens Trail

News: Winnipeg’s “Go to the Waterfront” Campaign Opens Trail

The City of Winnipeg is working to make their neighborhoods stronger and more resilient, encouraging people and families to get out and be active through the “Go to the Waterfront” initiative. Here’s the direct quote from the Winnipeg¬†Free Press article on the ribbon cutting of for a new waterfront trail. The Go to the Waterfront vision is a 20-year plan to strengthen and connect neighbourhoods to each other...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Red’s crest ends threat in city; flood focus along Assiniboine, other areas

Though the threat is relatively low in Minot this spring, the water from our basin continues downstream until it joins the Assiniboine which keeps going on to Winnipeg where it joins with the Red River before flowing into Lake Winnipeg. So, though we appear in the clear, the threat remains for our Manitoba neighbors.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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