The marauding Vikings were also expert traders, craftsmen and farmers

If you’re a fan of vikings — our Scandinavian ancestors, not the football team — you might appreciate a trip to Minneapolis this summer to check out the traveling exhibit on display at the American Swedish Institute. “The Vikings Begin” is on display until the end of October, you’ll find artifacts and emerging theories on

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One source for innovation — ideas crossing over from other industries

What do serving cupcakes from an ATM machine and using Uber to track service call drivers have in common? They’re both examples of one industry stealing from or using another to innovate in their own sphere. And innovation matters because it earns businesses a competitive advantage, but it also grows the pie for everyone. From

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Plastic recycling: the scourge of cities becomes a resource

Recycling. It’s been a regular topic of conversation in Minot recently. People — this writer included — want to see us be better stewards of the environment. Others — this writer included — aren’t sure we should be making big public investments in an industry that’s being turned upside down. Where’s it all going to

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North Dakota walleye fisheries in great shape, you can help keep it that way!

North Dakota’s walleye fisheries — particularly those a part of the Missouri River system and Lake Sakakawea are in great shape. But that doesn’t just happen. The health of the fish resource is regularly monitored by North Dakota Game and Fish and policies and stocking practices are aligned to match needs. And it’s tagging studies

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Drinking coffee this way boosts work performance and happiness

Earlier this week, there was news that up to five cups is the magic number; we’re talking coffee amounts and what’s healthy. But there’s also evidence that suggests ‘how’ you drink your coffee impacts your health. It turns out if you want to maximize the health benefits of coffee, you should find someone to drink

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The story of creating North Dakota’s first National Park

Prairie Public’s Dakota Datebook has the story on the creation of North Dakota’s first national park. And here’s a hint — it’s not the one you think it is. Follow the link at the bottom for the full story, but here’s a teaser. “Conservation and rural life policies are really two sides to the same

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How well do electric vehicles perform in cold weather?

Winter’s over (hopefully) but if you’re thinking about a new car purchase and wondering about going electric, you’ll want to be extra mindful of our longest season. Why? We all know batteries don’t perform as well in winter, and electric cars have lots of batteries. Want to know how much performance your prone to to

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50 years later, what it was like if you zipped to Zap

It started as a casual suggestion, one that offered an alternative (and less expensive one, too) to the emerging tradition of a spring break on the beach. In the end, thousands came including the National Guard. Not everyone left happy. Jill Schramm with the Minot Daily News has the full story on a colorful event

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