Pop-up construction to demonstrate downtown development ideas

What if there was a way to test the effectiveness of new traffic control structures and how they impact both drivers and pedestrians? What if you could do it without spending a bunch of money? With a little paint and labor, it can be done. And they’re doing it in Grand Forks. Check out this

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Grand Forks’ Alerus Center reports strong 2018

Grand Forks’ Alerus Center is a city-owned building, and in past years, there have been management and money problems. Last July, the City entered into a management agreement with Spectra, a national venue company, and in the first year, there is progress to report. Emily Allen has the story on getting a local event venue

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Treating addiction in a rural area: Small town health center offers big city services

The challenges that come with addiction are not unique to Minot and through pushes from both Governor Burgum and Senator Heitkamp, many areas are organizing and searching out their localized solutions. One thing they’re discovering, there are advantages to the small-town model and the addiction challenges aren’t limited to opioids.

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Are capricious state regulators contributing to ND’s child care shortage?

Childcare is and has been a continuing challenge in our communities. From a labor perspective, we’ve got a shortage of workers, and one key to entering the workforce is having confidence in where we leave our kids. In this commentary in the Grand Forks Herald, Rob Port argues that the State’s licensing and regulatory agency

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Duluth Traverse trail nearing completion

As recreation and quality of life become front-and-center issues for citizens, we’re seeing communities make investments in scratching that itch. In Duluth, that investment looks like a 40-mile mountain bike and walking trail that connects the entire city. And just like that, Duluth is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

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Mountain bike trail opens in Pembina Gorge in northeast North Dakota

Mountain bikes and outdoor recreation are making news in both North Dakota and Minnesota. Apparently, trails — both the terrestrial and water kind are good at attracting people. In the Pembina Gorge, their building one to entice the other into coming.

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Prairie Expedition Elm a disease-resistant, NDSU variety

A new variety of elm tree, the Prairie Expedition Elm, was discovered South of Fargo among a stand of trees taken by Dutch elm disease. The disease-resistant tree was cloned and is now being cultivated commercially. It grows tall, grows fast, and makes great shade. The Grand Forks Herald has the story.

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New stats and a new plan for Grand Forks’ new Americans

In the greater Grand Forks area, there are more than 8,800 foreign-born residents living and working. And the manner in which those individuals are welcomed in and made to feel at home is the goal of a new ‘Welcoming City’ initiative spearheaded by the City of Grand Forks. Read more about it on The Grand

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