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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3M suspends operations in Venezuela, citing unrest

Corporate titan 3M says doing business in Venezuela is too risky; they’ve suspended operations at a cost of nearly $160 million. Get the full story from the Star Tribune in the link below, but it’s a story that matters in Minot for two reasons. First, it’s a reminder that the trust that binds our economies

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Retail sector creating big winners and big losers

With news yesterday of Dressbarn’s closing we have yet another example of how much the retail sector is changing. But not all retailers are struggling; those that are adapting to new shopping practices are thriving. One example is Target as illustrated in this article from the Star Tribune. And these types of stories invite the

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Minneapolis eases liquor license restrictions, restaurants flock to opportunity offering craft cocktail experiences

When it comes to liquor, the City of Minneapolis chose to take a step back and do a little deregulating. As a step of confirmation, they offered the idea to the citizens through a city charter change; the public supported it overwhelmingly (72% yes). And now, in the first season that restaurants were offered the

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How well do electric vehicles perform in cold weather?

Winter’s over (hopefully) but if you’re thinking about a new car purchase and wondering about going electric, you’ll want to be extra mindful of our longest season. Why? We all know batteries don’t perform as well in winter, and electric cars have lots of batteries. Want to know how much performance your prone to to

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St. Paul to steer charitable gambling revenue to low-income youth

Do you ever wonder where money from charitable gambling in Minot goes? Most gaming sites are located in bars, and all of them are sponsored by a non-profit organization in some form. Revenues from gaming go back to benefit that non-profit. It’s a revenue source that’s had a huge impact on how Minot looks today,

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Target Field seeing a big spike in home runs

The Twins are off to a fast start and the balls are flying out of Target Field at a record pace. And with baseball on the brain here in Minot, the article linked below from the Star Tribune is a fun read on the science of baseball and the thoughtful architecture of the classic ballpark.

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‘I wish I hadn’t waited so long to visit’: Badlands and history in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

On the list of states and sites to see, North Dakota rarely rises to the top, but for one East-coaster, that fact now holds a tinge of regret. Beth Harpaz made her first visit to the Badlands last fall and after seeing it first hand, the experience now rates as one worth putting higher on

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