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West Fargo appoints Scott as city engineer WEST FARGO, N.D. – The West Fargo City Commission has appointed Dustin Scott as West Fargo’s first-ever city engineer. Scott was selected out of a field of 13 applicants. Scott, a native of West Fargo and graduate of the University of North Dakota, has provided the city with municipal engineering services for the past 10 years through his employment with Moore Engineering.
Warne named director of Master of Public Health Program at UND GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Dr. Donald Warne has been named the new director of the Master of Public Health Program at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Warne fills the role previously held by the program’s founding director, Raymond Goldsteen, who retired in June.
Bismarck architecture/engineering firm appoints new principal/co-owner BISMARCK, N.D. – EngTech Engineers-Architects-Forensic Experts has appointed Trevor Huffaker as principal and co-owner. Huffaker previously had served as an associate principal and architectural department manager at KPE Engineers-Architects-Forensic Experts in Omaha, Neb., and Des Moines, Iowa.
Representing our company well to our clients and business partners is an important part of our culture and brand. Twenty-five years ago, a shirt-and-tie was the everyday expectation. Today, the dress code is influenced by the person's role in the organization, and business casual attire is an important part of that.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Time was, a student could graduate from high school on Sunday, then wake up on Monday to the promise of a good-paying job. And a big part of people’s yearning for the Good Old Days is the memory of those jobs. But in the energy industry (among other fields) in the Prairie Business region, these are the good old days. With one key difference: today, the graduation likely must be from technical school.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – A columnist from Pennsylvania has a message that people in the Dakotas and Minnesota should hear. It’s this: Today’s oil-and-gas job “isn’t the same petroleum job your grandfather or your father would have applied for,” wrote Pittsburgh native Salena Zito in August. “It not only attracts computer scientists, software engineers, mathematicians, and geologists,” but it also “provides careers for locals who thought those good jobs left for good.”
FARGO, N.D. – “Here's why I was impressed with the Alerus Center,” wrote Grand Forks Herald columnist Ryan Bakken back in 2001, talking about Grand Forks’ then-new city-owned arena. “It's nice. “It isn't too nice.” The building is attractive and functional. And that’s good, because it’s important that visitors come away impressed. “But not too impressed,” Bakken wrote.
Editor's note: MineralTracker is a Watford City, N.D.- based startup whose software lets mineral owners track and audit their royalty income. In this Q&A, Prairie Business talks with Jeff Kummer, MineralTracker founder and president. * * * * Q. Let’s start with your product. Tell us about MineralTracker.
Editor’s note: Brent Sanford, former mayor of Watford City, N.D., is the lieutenant governor of North Dakota. In this Q&A with Prairie Business, he talks in detail about the No.1 problem holding back economic growth in the state: the workforce shortage. Q. You’ve spent months talking with North Dakota employers about the workforce shortage. What have you learned?
“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 phrase. You may have to take a pay cut to live here, the thinking went. But the good schools, safe streets and strong neighborhoods will make up for it. Of course, neither regions nor cities nor neighborhoods are static. And now it’s time to revise the saying, in our view.