The North American ‘Amazon’ You’ve Never Heard Of—And Why It’s In Peril

Conservationists are sounding the alarm on enormous declines in bird populations — a loss of nearly 3 billion since the 1970s — and the key to turning the tide is an area as vital to North American as the Amazon is to South America. And it’s right here in North Dakota. It’s the prairie pothole

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Cognizant donates 37-Acre North Minot Campus to Minot Public Schools, School District intends to repurpose as 9-12 High School

Minot Public Schools has announced the acquisition of 37-acres in North Minot from Cognizant. The plan is to repurpose the buildings and campus for a second high school. The School District’s full news release follows below. — Official News Release, Minot Public Schools — Minot Public School District #1, in conjunction with Cognizant, is thrilled

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Minnesota river restoration project showing big results in a short time

What happens when you make an investment in a river with poor water quality, recurring algae blooms, and a history corrupted by human interests? North of Minneapolis they’ve been running just such an experiment, and the early going, the results are remarkable. Check the story linked below on the restoration of Rice Creek from the

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Little steps in the habitat restoration playbook

“We’re capable of destroying in minutes what it took mother nature eons to create.” In Minot, our loss of habitat is most acutely observed in the loss of our natural river channel and the stench of the — though natural — not flowing dead loops. What can be done about it? Nothing will come fast,

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Rural students often go unnoticed by colleges. Can virtual counseling put them on the map?

One perceived disadvantage we have in a rural place like North Dakota is that access to the best information, guidance, and practices is limited. In rural schools, this is often more than a perceived disadvantage, it’s an actual one. But what if schools provided these services in a virtual environment? Check out this story from

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Bear spotted in Divide County

It’s a pretty rare that a bear is spotted on the North Dakota prairie, but yesterday was one of those days. According to the Crosby Journal, a bear was spotted in Divide County. Authorities are asking people to stay away, and report sightings to the Sheriff’s office. See the Facebook post with pictures below.

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Oregon legislation to require Holocaust study in schools

When and where should state-level policy makers step in and mandate curriculum for students? It’s a question that’s being answered across the country in many forms and proposals, and one example out of Oregon is a requirement that schools deliver history lessons on the Holocaust. Get the full story from the Los Angeles Times.

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Bakken likely to see early dollars in state BVLOS investment

With an appropriation of $28 million coming out of the recent legislative session, the State of North Dakota will make a big investment building out a Beyond Visual Line of Sight network of the emerging UAS industry. But the question remains on where those investment dollars will focus first. Check out this article from the

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