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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What can Minot look like 20-years from now?

What’s the vision and how do we get there? These are the central questions of any town or place in transformation, and in Minot, we’re very much in the process of asking them. For us, both answers are in flux, but if there’s a common thread in all the competing answers it’s ‘prosperity’; each idea

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Homegrown innovation spaces are transforming cities

What does it take for a place to support small businesses and start-ups? Many cities are finding that physical space is a key ingredient. The most common forms are as incubators and co-working spaces, but some places are implementing innovation districts as well. Get the full story on the factors fueling the Midwest’s startup scenes

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Both people and investors trust small businesses more

Are we in the midst of a small business Renaissance? When change is taking place around us, it’s often hard to identify, but research suggests that both consumers and investors are trending towards more support of small businesses. The reason — trust. Get the full story from Forbes.

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Are the Internet decks stacked against the Minot’s ‘shop local’ message?

Shop local! It’s the mantra preached, spoken, sung, by community-minded people across the world. It makes sense — dollars that stay have a bigger impact than those that drive away. And there’s plenty of evidence that suggests these small changes in behavior have big impacts on places. But in a global market place where local

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Who Is Creating Jobs In America?

Did you catch the report last week that unemployment in the U.S. is at the lowest level in a half century? It’s one sign that the larger American economy is showing strong signs, but what if we want to distill this information into something meaningful for Minot? We might ask who is creating those jobs?

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Shoe retailer Payless files for bankruptcy; hundreds of stores expected to close

Another day and another story of a major national retailing filing for bankruptcy. The economic disruption caused by the Internet and online retailers like Amazon is just starting to ripple through our communities in a manner we can see and touch. No word yet on if Minot’s Payless ShoeSource will be among the 400 stores

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Forbes: ND among best states for business

North Dakota is a good state for business. Forbes ranks states annually on factors like costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, and others, and it has put North Dakota in the eighth spot on the list.

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