Xcel Energy plans to end coal use in Upper Midwest by 2030

One of Minnesota and North Dakota’s biggest energy suppliers is on the record with its plan to go greener. Xcel energy announced it will be ending dependence on coal in the Upper Midwest by the end of the next decade. Get the full story from the Bismarck Tribune.

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Survey says American churches are in trouble

If you were running a business and your customer base went from 70% of the population to 50% of the population, what would you do? That’s the environment churches find themselves in over the past 20 years. Lloyd Omdahl writing an opinion piece for Forum Communications has more on the topic.

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Amazon leasing space in vacant malls

From a garage 25-years ago to Bezos’s billions today; few companies have turned the world upside down like Amazon. Among the casualties, they’ve left or are leaving behind — vast tracks of under producing real estate we call malls. It’s that same economic disruption (and destruction) Amazon is capitalizing on to take its next step

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North Dakota funeral directors weigh in on the future of final disposition

In the funeral business, final disposition is the last place we end up. And the business is evolving to reflect the preferences of the people it’s accommodating. The changing nature of funerals was a recent #GoodTalkMinot episode featuring local funeral director Jeff Brose. Now, other local media sources are pursuing the same topic. Check out

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Minot, begin preparing for the loss of our trees and imagining their future

Loss. It’s a big part of Minot’s story — our story — in recent years. The flood took homes and retirements and schools and lives. Yes, lives. Though the official statistics don’t count them, we all know of someone who was lost due to the exhaustion and stress of the clean-up and rebuild. The rapid

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A wonderful send-off

My Gramma Brose lived in Broken Arrow, OK, when she died at the home of her daughter. She had lung problems and moved there from Minneapolis, MN, to get out of the cold, harsh winters. As her health deteriorated and it got to the point her son-in-law had to change her diaper, she decided that

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Two more murals finished in downtown Brandon

Small towns across the region are tapping local artists to add atmosphere and vibrancy to their communities. Here’s a confirmation story from North of the border. Art is among the keys to making our place in Minot unique, but clearly, we’re not the only place striving to create a unique identity. But the real question

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Congress Is Likely to Delay Flood Insurance Overhaul, Again

The National Flood Insurance Program is set to expire on May 31st. It’s the latest deadline in a long series of short-term extensions, but the clamor to overhaul the system is growing. Catch up with the full political picture in this article from Scientific American.

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