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INSIGHTS AND INTUITION: How is employee performance management evolving?
August 3, 2019 - 3:14pm
How is employee performance management evolving? For example, are alternatives emerging to the traditional annual or biannual review? In...
Set Your Rent matches tenants with investors who’ll buy – and rent to the tenant – a home
August 3, 2019 - 2:45pm
Editor’s note: Adam Zach and Jon Enright are the co-founders of Set Your Rent, a Grand Forks and Fargo-based startup. In May, Set Your Rent...
New technology is doubling the capacity and improving the treatment at Fargo’s wastewater treatment plant
August 3, 2019 - 2:32pm
FARGO, N.D. – You heard it here first: A Fargo construction project that’s costing close to $150 million is poised to double the capacity...
At times it takes decades – not just years – to build significant water projects in the region
August 3, 2019 - 10:31am
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Diverting rivers, preventing floods and pumping an entire region’s water supply up and over a continental divide? That’s...
Manufacturers attract workers by walking the ‘servant leadership’ walk
August 1, 2019 - 9:43am
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Rick Trontvet knows the numbers: Half a million open jobs in manufacturing right now, and over the next decade in America,...
Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site helping unleash the UAS industry’s full potential
August 1, 2019 - 9:20am
Editor’s note: Nicholas Flom is executive director for the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site. The Grand Forks, N.D.-based...
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...
INSIGHTS & INTUITION: How does your organization keep remote employees engaged and active in culture initiatives?
July 2, 2019 - 3:19pm
Our primary efforts include frequent one-to-one, manager-to-employee conversations – whether face-to-face or via video or email – along with...
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...
Innovation in accounting: Why that’s not an oxymoron
July 2, 2019 - 3:05pm
Editor’s note: Ross Manson is chief innovation officer at Eide Bailly, the regional accounting and business advisory firm that is 102 years...
Varsity Blue Skies: How High Plains residents escape Ivy League admissions pressure
July 2, 2019 - 2:55pm
Editor’s note: I grew up in Rhode Island, and while I miss some elements of life on the East Coast, one thing that I do not miss at all is...
INSIGHTS & INTUITION: What key changes or trends in workforce training would you like Prairie Business readers to know about?
June 3, 2019 - 4:35pm
At Lake Region State College, an increasing number of students are seeking certificates in programs such as Wind Energy Technology. Students...
A chemistry degree, not a ‘weed degree': A look at Minot State's new major in medicinal plant chemistry
June 3, 2019 - 1:50pm
Editor’s note: In the fall, Minot State University in Minot, N.D., will start offering one of only two four-year medicinal plant chemistry...