Grand Forks trying to figure out how to connect UND to downtown

What impact do 10,000 college students have on a downtown shopping district and center of commerce? Probably a big one. And in Grand Forks, they’re trying to figure out how to make the college experience more closely tied to the urban living experience. Get the full story from the Grand Forks Herald. And ask the

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Grand Forks Commission may add county administrator

County government in Grand Forks is exploring some self-reform. The proposed change would add a County Administrator position that becomes — in essence — a chief operating officer for the county. Instead of department heads reporting to the County Commission independently, they’d report to the County Administrator who’d then report to the County Commission. There

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North Dakota Game and Fish changes record policy after walleye controversy

It’s official. As result of the controversy surrounding a recently caught largest-ever walleye, the North Dakota Game and Fish are changing their policy on determining records. In the future, when the biggest fish is caught, the Game and Fish will wait 2-weeks before formally declaring it a record. Mike McFeely writing at the Grand Forks

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Dressbarn to close all of its stores, Minot included

The latest casualty to our cultural retail reorganization — Dressbarn. The national retailer that operates 650 stores across the country announced it will be closing all stores. Minot’s store at Dakota Square Mall is included on that list. Get the full story from the Grand Forks Herald including comments from comments from the Grand Forks

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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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GF School Board team offers ‘unconventional’ contract

Across the state, school boards are in negotiations with teachers to secure contracts for the upcoming school year. And in Grand Forks, the school board put an offer on the table that included the district picking up 100% of the employee contribution to the retirement fund. Pamela Knudson with the Grand Forks Herald has the

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Josh Duhamel talks about North Dakota roots and Hollywood career

Minot-native Jush Duhamel was awarded an honorary degree by UND last weekend. As a part of the experience, he sat down with WDAY’s Matt Henson and talked about North Dakota and what it means to him to be from this place. Follow the link below to catch the 7-minute interview.

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Grand Forks plans to have bike share system soon

Minot’s bike and pedestrian infrastructure is a couple years from being a shining example, but the resources that we’re building as a part of flood protection are only noticed if people get out and use them. In Grand Forks, they’re taking the step to provide more localized transportation as well as a vehicle to excercise

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Grand Forks City Council revives alcohol discussion

How cities manage and regulate alcohol is a moving target; there’s no write answer — only what’s right for a place at that time based on the challenges they’re experiencing. As an example, Bismarck’s contemplating a license adjustment that would let more businesses into the game based on changing population. In Grand Forks, some Council

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Grand Forks base committee talks Global Hawk, D.C. trip

The work to inform and secure stronger missions for North Dakota’s Air Force bases is never-ending. And in Grand Forks, that work has led to the possible redesignation of the Grand Forks base’s mission to provide a larger role in the operation of various Global Hawks in service for the Air Force. Emily Allen with

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Grand Forks Macy’s deal falls through; broker wants city to buy the space

The challenge malls have in leasing large anchor tenant spaces is not unique to Minot. In Grand Forks, one idea that’s been floated is relocating the City Library into the former Macey’s space. The article from the Grand Forks Herald linked below has the full details on an idea the City of Grand Forks seems

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North Dakota Grain Growers Association votes to leave national association

In a political move that could be described as eyebrow-raising, the North Dakota Grain Growers Association has voted to part ways with its national organization. Citing examples that go back more than a decade, the NDGGA didn’t feel they were being represented at the national level to a degree in accordance with their dues; the

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