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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.
Hagen joins Hospice of the Red River Valley as development officer FARGO, N.D. – Hospice of the Red River Valley recently hired Erin Hagen as a development officer. In her role, Hagen will build and maintain relationships with individuals, businesses and organizations that are interested in supporting Hospice of the Red River Valley, the organization reported.
Sanford Health hires eight new providers FARGO, N.D. – Eight new providers recently joined Sanford Health’s Fargo region. Dr. Nandakishore Akula received his medical degree from Kurngol Medical College in India. He specializes as an internal medicine hospitalist at Sanford Medical Center Fargo. He is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Essentia Health hires nurse practitioner in Fargo FARGO, N.D. – Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Henry has joined the Family Medicine Department at the Essentia Health-South University Clinic in Fargo Henry works in the Transitions of Care Clinic, where patients go to follow-up with a caregiver after they are discharged from the hospital.
BCBSND’s CEO Huckle to retire; Conrad named as executive VP and CEO-elect FARGO, N.D. – After nearly 33 years of service, Tim Huckle announced his plans to retire in January 2020 as president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.
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Editor's note: As part of our Generation Next feature, Prairie Business today interviews Kelley Criddle, a senior at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. Criddle is majoring in network and security administration and minoring in cyber forensics, and in this interview, she talks about what drew her to the IT-related fields. Q. Were you interested in cybersecurity in high school?