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Understand – and better identify – infrastructure ‘wants’ vs. ‘needs’
August 1, 2019 - 9:11am
BISMARCK, N.D. – When it comes to municipal water rates, “fairness” now seems to mean “perpetually subsidized to be kept as low as possible.”...
The secret ingredients of successful franchising
August 1, 2019 - 8:31am
WEST FARGO, N.D. – Recently, I had the pleasure of opening a third Buffalo Wings & Rings restaurant in my home state of North Dakota. There’s...
EDITOR'S NOTE: Fair winds and following seas
August 1, 2019 - 8:27am
I grew up on college campuses. My mom was a professor, and my dad was a college administrator. So I guess it was inevitable that I’d wind up...
Port: Public servants who won’t explain themselves shouldn’t get to be public servants
July 14, 2019 - 6:00am
MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota has very strong open records laws, and the foundation of that strength is a presumption that all records kept by...
EDITOR'S NOTE: Schooled for success
July 2, 2019 - 3:07pm
Two interests of mine come together in this issue. The first is the region’s remarkable economy and the leaders who’ve helped it grow. In...
McFeely: Pelican Rapids newspaper pushes back on bigotry
June 17, 2019 - 8:39pm
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — To be clear, it was one bigot who prompted the Pelican Rapids Press and managing editor Louis Hoglund to respond with...
Zander Mabin, CEO and founder, InnovatAR: Augmented reality is shaping the future of business
June 3, 2019 - 12:45pm
BISMARCK, N.D. – Augmented reality was once an expensive, elaborate technology that only global industry leaders could harness as part of their...
Matt Dunlevy, president and CEO, SkySkopes: ND remains the Silicon Valley of drones
June 3, 2019 - 12:33pm
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The state of North Dakota really has the complete picture of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and more pieces of the drone...
Shaw: It's time for doctors to get on board with medical marijuana
June 2, 2019 - 10:00am
FARGO — Medical marijuana is now available around here. Many of those receiving it are delighted by the results. Wayne Roisum, 75, of Erhard,...
Matthew Mohr, CEO, Dacotah Paper: For optimal performance, ‘measure the right things the right way’
May 2, 2019 - 5:01pm
FARGO – Most organizations have a set of criteria which they use to measure progress toward achieving specific goals. Today, industries have...
Steve Kinsella, attorney, Fredrikson & Byron: Financing farming during hard times
May 2, 2019 - 4:35pm
MINNEAPOLIS – The ag industry has always experienced business cycles of boom and bust. The recent increases in the number of agricultural-related...
Port: North Dakota lets felons vote and that’s as it should be
April 28, 2019 - 7:05am
MINOT, N.D. -- Sen. Bernie Sanders, a socialist from Vermont who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, thinks felons should...
Bender: The liberals fight back
April 24, 2019 - 11:01am
Progressives gathered on 4/20 in a smoke-filled backroom at an undisclosed location that for sure wasn't Leonardo DiCaprio's home. Actually,...
Bender: God is angry with North Dakota
April 17, 2019 - 10:58am
Last week, as we dug out from yet another “bomb cyclone,” I wondered why it's been such a brutal winter. I know, you think because I'm a...
McFeely: Heidi Heitkamp the obvious best choice for next UND president
April 16, 2019 - 8:20pm
It's comical to hear North Dakota Republicans and their media friends lament that Colorado's selection process for university presidents is so...