Budgeting process a question as counties form ‘human service zones’

Human services in North Dakota will transition from a county-by-county approach to a regional approach as a result of action by the legislature this past session. But getting there will take some planning and coordinating. Jack Dura with the Bismarck Tribune has the full story on how the future of social services is unfolding.

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Walmart wants into your house, literally. Promises to help organize your fridge

The big retailers Walmart and Amazon are fighting for your money, and they’re taking different approaches to get it. Amazon wants to wow you with speedy drone deliveries. Walmart is betting on your desire to do less, but they’ll need access to your home so they can unpack your groceries while you’re at work. Of

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2020 Census likely to change North Dakota’s political landscape

North Dakota’s population has both grown and shifted over the past 10 years, and when the dust settles following the 2020 count, the political landscape will look different. Rob Port with Say Anything Blog has speculation on where it seems likely more political power is moving to.

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New opportunities for old coal plants?

There aren’t many days that go by that there isn’t a story about a new coal-fired power plant being decommissioned. We lost one in North Dakota last year; yesterday, there was a story out of Estevan on final dates for their plants. Since 2010, nearly 300 of these plants have closed across the country? Political

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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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