Farm Group Asks FTC to Investigate Egg Price Collusion

If you’ve been to the grocery store in the past few months, you’ve likely noticed the price of eggs. In a short period of time, the price of a dozen ‘Grade A’s has skyrocketed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture blames the avian flu, but a national farmers’ advocacy group wants an FTC investigation into possible

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Jamestown’s Loyal to Local Passport Program Tracks More Than $130,000 in Sales

The idea is simple. When dollars are spent at local businesses, they continue to circulate in the local economy and get spent again and again. It’s a program and idea common across small towns and cities. In Jamestown, the program is called ‘Loyal to Local’; it’s run through the Chamber of Commerce, and they’re doing

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North Dakota Airline Boardings Returning to Pre-COVID Levels

North Dakota’s commercial service airports finished calendar year 2022 with a statewide total of 1,028,159 airline passenger boardings. This is a growth of 141,350 passengers and a 16% overall increase from calendar year 2021. All eight commercial service airports were able to provide services to more passengers in 2022 than they did in the previous

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North Dakota rancher creates leatherwork ranging from functional to fashionable for clients across U.S.

A SW North Dakota rancher has turned a passion for working leather into a successful side business. It’s a story of quality workmanship, the use of new technology to reach an audience wider than the one in Bowman County and embracing product ideas outside the norms. Get the full story on a small business making

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North Dakota Development Fund approves $870K for Q4 2022

The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced today that two companies were approved for a total of $870,000 in loan funds through the North Dakota Development Fund (NDDF) during the fourth quarter of 2022. “Businesses across North Dakota continue to thrive due to the state’s favorable business climate, which not only encourages start-ups and expansions

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Magrum’s Feud with Gov. Burgum puts North Dakota’s economic wellbeing at risk

Senator Jeff Magrum filed several bills earlier this week related to the Summit Carbon pipeline; the bills, largely related to eminent domain and property rights, got more than a little media attention around the state. But Rob Port speculates that it may not be a purely political move. From his perspective, it looks personal. He

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Bills aimed at speeding up construction in Montana see little opposition in Senate committee

The Montana legislature may be budging in on the local development and building approval process. The state is facing a housing shortage, and lawmakers are looking to get bureaucracy out of the way of construction. Two bills, one to allow local jurisdictions to combine forces in the planning and approval phase, and another to force

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Gerdau Is Shaping A More Collaborative, Inclusive, Sustainable Future — Plus they have Metal Recycling in Minot

Recycling is in the Minot news and wind recently. The City of Minot is gearing up to launch its curbside program this coming July, but in the meantime, there’s another place to recycle in Minot you might not know about. Gerdau Ameristeel is on East Burdick and they’ll pay you for your aluminum cans and

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To Get Off Fossil Fuels, America Is Going to Need a Lot More Electricians

This story may get eyebrow furrows in a place like North Dakota where we’re less in a hurry to get off fossil fuels. After all, we produce a lot of reliable energy with them. But this isn’t a story about climate change, it’s about hedging bets and acknowledging the wave that’s on the horizon. America

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Rare earth minerals deposit found in Sweden

Our Scandinavian friends in Sweden have made a big discovery — a significant deposit of neodymium and praseodymium. They’re rare earth elements that go into making magnets. Why does it matter in Minot? Because like it or not, we are members of a global community, and in the geopolitics of rare earth elements, China has

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Build Montana program receives national recognition as it continues to grow

What do you do if you’ve got a demand for a particular skill but not enough people to do it? If you’re the Montana Equipment Dealer’s Association, you partner with private companies and a public school district and start training kids. In this case, the pilot project was for heavy equipment operators, and the success

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Sports Betting Resolution Passes North Dakota House 

A bill to let the voters decide on sports betting in North Dakota has passed in the House. Lydia Hoverson writing for The Dakotan has the story that includes quotes from two Minot legislators. If the bill is passed in the Senate and signed by the governor, the measure would be placed on the ballot

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North Dakota lawmakers look to boost immigration as labor shortage hampers economy

North Dakota is short of workers. You don’t need the news to tell you, step into any local business or restaurant and you’re likely to experience it firsthand. But what can lawmakers do about the problem? Well, Tim Mattern, a Fargo-area Democrat has some ideas. He’s sponsored two bills that would put the state squarely

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‘Brain drain’: International medical grads in Saskatchewan struggle to become doctors

What if you left your home country, completed your education and professional training abroad, and then returned home only to discover you couldn’t get a license to work? What if, at the same time, there was a labor shortage of the expertise you hold? Well, that’s the problem Canada is having with medical doctors, and,

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Following Fufeng uproar, bill would bar foreign governments from buying ag land in North Dakota

A Bismarck legislator introduced a bill to prevent foreign governments from purchasing and holding agricultural land in North Dakota. It’s the latest in the Fufeng saga. Fufeng announced its intentions to build a corn milling plan in Grand Forks in late 2021, and opposition quickly arrose out of national security concerns related to a Chinese-owned

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East Grand Forks Theater maintains strong employee retention and satisfaction amid tight labor market

It’s heard everywhere these days — young people don’t want to work; employees are impossible to find and keep. But for one East Grand Forks business, the River City Cinema, owner Penny Stai has found success in keeping employees by being flexible, offering perks, and creating a fun business culture. It’s a lesson every struggling

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