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DSG promotes Metzger to branch manager FARGO, N.D. – Dakota Supply Group has promoted Don Metzger to branch manager of its waterworks location in Bismarck, N.D. Metzger will be responsible for leading DSG’s Bismarck waterworks team and overseeing all day-to-day branch operations.
AE2S names Meyer as CEO GRAND FORKS, N.D. – AE2S has announced its new CEO, the company reports. Grant Meyer has worked for AE2S for more than 20 years and is credited with strategic initiatives and growth in his time as business development director and chief development officer, as well as bringing the environmental engineering consulting firm into the Twin Cities and Minnesota market by establishing an office in Maple Grove, Minn.
The ways we communicate and interact with others are soft skills that are needed in almost any job. An applicant who has the knowledge and ability to do the job, yet lacks the skills to communicate and interact with his or her fellow team members is not going to do well in the job. I look for accurate and effective communication in the application and resume, as well as membership in associations or activities that foster the development of these soft skills through interaction and communication.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The remarkable thing about the ethanol industry is not how big it is today. It’s how fast it has grown. Think 500 percent increase since 2003, and you’ll get the idea. In Prairie Business’ circulation area, that growth has been somewhat overshadowed by the dramatic growth in Bakken oil, another energy sector. And that’s too bad, because the ethanol industry’s expansion merits attention as major rural development news.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – For a reporter, you know you’ve discovered a good trend when companies say it’s so hot, they can’t talk to you about it. In December, that happened to this reporter on the topic of artificial intelligence and the law. Yes, we’re working with AI programs to improve our practice, said a spokesperson for a Minnesota-based law firm.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Consider the insulin pump. To develop a modern insulin pump, professionals from several disciplines must work together, said Les Olive, director of campus planning at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. The task needs physicians to set dosages, mechanical engineers to build a pump, electrical engineers to power that pump and computer engineers to etch the unit’s controls onto a chip.w
Editor’s note: In a recent interview with Prairie Business, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum talked about two business-related proposals that he’s making for the 2019 legislative session: career academies (which are meant to help solve the workforce shortage), and the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library, a tourism boost. Here is a transcript of the governor’s remarks in our interview. The transcript has been edited for clarity and length.
FARGO, N.D. – “It’s getting increasingly easier to attract top talent here.” “There is such an amazing vibe and so many young people in the downtown.” “We’d have to say there is tremendous growth in the local economy.”
“Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist,” wrote John Maynard Keynes. Well, I wouldn’t call myself a slave, nor would I refer to my favorite economist as being defunct. But I’m happy to profess my admiration for him. He’s Julian Simon, the late professor of business administration at the University of Maryland. And I’m impressed by his thinking because time and again, he has been proven right.
West Plains Engineering announces leadership changes SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – West Plains Engineering recently announced two leadership changes. Marty Christensen has assumed the role of Building Services Division manager, while Mike Fisher has been promoted to office manager in Sioux Falls.