Consider the Kindle. Wait, scratch that: Consider the Rocket eBook, an earlier handheld e-reader, released by NuvoMedia in 1998. Never heard of it? Neither had we. And that’s the point.
These are not your father’s activity bracelets. Heck, they’re not even your older sister’s activity bracelets. Wearable medical devices have come so far, so fast, that health care professionals already are testing a device that will mimic a core function of an entire organ. The artificial pancreas will link a blood-sugar monitor with an insulin pump, creating a system that will deliver insulin automatically when blood-sugar levels require it.
Prairie Business stories are labeled according to industry – “Health care,” “Higher education,” “Banking & finance” and so on. But this month – as happens many months – I’m tempted to add to these labels three more words: Health care and the Internet. Higher education and the Internet. Banking & finance and the Internet.
President Kashkari, thank you for answering these questions from Prairie Business magazine. Our questions will center on the "workforce shortage" that so many in the Dakotas and western Minnesota say is their No. 1 barrier to growth. When you spoke to the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Rotary in August, some Rotarians complained about a workforce shortage, and you told them, "If you're not raising wages, then it just sounds like whining. ... Are any of you planning to raise wages in the next year or two? Or are you just complaining that you can't find workers?"
Editor’s note: This year marks the 50th anniversary of EAPC Architects Engineers, a Grand Forks-based firm that now employs close to 140 people. To commemorate the occasion, we posed five questions to the firm, and asked each of EAPC’s five partners to answer one of the questions. How did EAPC come to be?
A key goal of Prairie Business magazine is not just to inform readers of what’s going on, but also to teach. That’s the goal we kept in mind as we put together this month’s issue. Start with Neel Kashkari, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, whose Q&A expounds on a valuable lesson of economics. That lesson is this: If a shortage of workers is the problem, raising wages is a big part of the answer, Kashkari suggests. Read his Q&A for more.
When you finish reading this story about fracking and you turn the page, Prairie Business hopes you remember three things: Five percent. One hundred percent. And Julian Simon.
When you’re an executive holding the blueprints to your new factory, and you’re out inspecting your building site in the middle of a North Dakota prairie, you’re probably not thinking about the U.S. Navy.
“Multiple pathways for student success.” That’s a common edu-jargon phrase. And in many districts, it might get bandied about at school-board meetings before it gets roundly ignored. In many districts. But not in the Sioux Falls, S.D., district, which not only talks about the multiple-pathways model but also practices what the board and administration preach.
This is an Only in America story, and it starts with the late Leona Helmsley, the hotel-chain owner whom millions of Americans knew as “the Queen of Mean.” It ends with … what? Maybe “the Queen of Dreams.” To Greg Kotschwar, the new nickname for Helmsley would be appropriate, because the Nebraska deputy sheriff is among some hundreds of Midwesterners who are alive today likely because of the charity Helmsley endowed in her will.