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Steve Wegman, South Dakota Renewable Association: How South Dakota can let the sun shine in
September 30, 2018 - 2:44pm
PIERRE, S.D. – “Solar power in South Dakota has high potential but little practical application," Wikipedia notes. "The state ranked 50th...
Jeff Zueger, CEO, Midwest AgEnergy: Renewable fuels power region’s economy
September 30, 2018 - 2:34pm
UNDERWOOD, N.D. – The United States, more specifically North Dakota, is blessed with abundant natural resources. Sun, water, wind, minerals,...
Gregg Mast, Clean Energy Economy Minnesota: Renewable energy creates jobs, lowers costs – and deserves a fresh look
September 30, 2018 - 2:13pm
MINNEAPOLIS – Across the region, the adoption of energy efficiency and clean energy solutions is booming. Here’s why business and community...
Editor's note: Bullish on the Midwest
September 30, 2018 - 2:03pm
“It’s a great place to raise kids.” If you’ve lived in the Prairie Business region at any time in the past 30 years, you’ve heard that...
Prairie Business names 50 Best Places to Work
September 4, 2018 - 1:55pm
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The September issue of Prairie Business names and honors the 50 Best Places to Work in the northern Plains. Earlier this...
INSIGHTS & INTUITION: What effect do you foresee automation and robotics having on our regional workforce?
September 3, 2018 - 10:55pm
Automation is transforming the workplace by making many existing jobs obsolete, as it creates jobs that have not existed previously. Those already...
SD-based association helps businesses 'keep it in the family'
September 3, 2018 - 10:40pm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A company owned by a husband and wife, both of whom were getting on in years. An assortment of children and other relatives....
CEOs on college: Area chief executives talk about their college majors and experiences
September 3, 2018 - 10:13pm
Editor's note: In this Q&A, chief executive and chief operating officers from around the Prairie Business region talk about their college...
Coalition builder: A Q&A with Ron Johnson, president, Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities
September 3, 2018 - 9:08pm
Editor’s note: Earlier this summer, Bemidji City Councilor Ron Johnson was elected to serve as president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota...
Jean Voorhees, vice president for business development, WCCO Belting: Empowering women in manufacturing pays off
September 3, 2018 - 8:45pm
WAHPETON, N.D. – Attracting women to the manufacturing industry is critical due to the area’s shortage of skilled workers. As important,...
Matthew Mohr, CEO, Dacotah Paper Co.: Education matters, but skills matter more
September 3, 2018 - 8:37pm
FARGO, N.D. – Most studies of our society show a direct correlation between a person’s income and that person’s level of formal education....
Fieldwork summer: Science undergraduates such as NDSU's Kate Volk conduct research
August 1, 2018 - 12:41pm
Editor’s note: These days, more and more STEM undergraduates are conducting research. One of them is Kate Volk, a North Dakota State University...
Construction Corner: Essentia Health in Duluth plans Minnesota’s biggest medical expansion
August 1, 2018 - 12:32pm
DULUTH, Minn. – Three clinics, two hospitals and a rehab center, stairstepping five blocks down a steep hill, meaning that the complex’s...
Healing architecture: Health care architects use design to improve the hospital experience
August 1, 2018 - 12:24pm
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – When you’re talking about hospital architecture, there are a few words you don’t expect to hear. One of them is “Disney.”...
Makers: Manufacturing matters, and these three standout regional companies show why
August 1, 2018 - 12:04pm
Makers GRAND FORKS – Manufacturing is like the fuel injector of the engine of the region’s economy. It’s a comparatively small part that...