‘America First’ may be last hope for these cattle ranchers

The pressure on the ranching business is coming from every direction. You may have previously read about competition from a new product line. In the story linked below, you’ll find a challenge of a more political nature. David Lynch with the Washing Post has the story on the impacts of world trade — and the

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Biologists alarmed by rate of dolphin deaths near Mississippi River

Does our environment speak to us when things are going astray? According to biologists in Louisiana, yes. And the message that’s being sent is as sad as it is gruesome — dolphins dying at alarming rates. Check out this canary in the coal mine story from the mouth of the Mississippi River. And why does

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Getting Real About Rural America — a New York Times opinion

It’s always dangerous casting an opinion on a wide swath of America. And few are wider than what might be described as ‘rural’. Still, economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman takes a crack at it. Perhaps he shouldn’t lump us all together, but not everything he writes should be discounted, either. Here’s the

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North Dakota man has been named director of BIA

Darryl LaCounte, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, has been appointed Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Mr. LaCounte has been acting in that role for the past year. The Bismarck Tribune has more on the story.

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Washington Just Passed a Bill to Become The First US State to Legalise Human Composting

Last week you may have caught a quick Minot Voice story about the future of funerals. They’re changing because what we want at that last ritual is changing. If that article didn’t convince you, here’s another: Washington has become the first state to legalize human composting. In other words, if you really want to push

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The unintended side of tough immigration policy

If you want to start an argument, bring up immigration as it relates to the Southern border. If you want to start a conversation about immigration and immigration policy, start with this article from Quartz. The unintended consequences of policy often reach farther than we realize. In this case, tightening one immigration program is leading

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U.S. launches four-state study to find ways to reduce opioid overdose deaths

The opioid addiction epidemic that’s sweeping the country has finally gotten the notable attention of federal government. The response: a $350 million appropriation going to research sites in four states — Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, and Ohio — with the hopes of developing solutions at the local level.

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US facial recognition will cover nearly everyone departing a U.S. airport

The rollout is already started, but completion is expected to take about four more years, At that point, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security expects to capture facial recognition data on ~97% of all departing passengers. The goal is to keep track of who is coming and going and one benefit of that is a

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A breath of hope for America on North Dakota’s Enchanted Highway

Extending South of Interstate 94 in Western North Dakota, you’ll find an oddity that is uniquely and inspiringly American. It is the Enchanted Highway, and with all the negativity that surrounds us these days, one journalist from Chicago sees it as a sign that our path out of the morass is in front of us.

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What *Is* Meat, Anyway?

In a just-arising question, the answer to which is sure to have implications for North Dakota ranchers, we’ve found ourselves at a point in history where we’re asking — almost philosophically — what is meat? The question is born from the emerging technology that allows us to grow animal tissue in a lab. WIRED has

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The Rise and Fall of the Family-Vacation Road Trip

Things change. Sometimes they change so slowly we don’t see them happening. Such is the fate with a former staple of the American experience — the family road trip. Ashley Fetters with the Atlantic has the story on a new book and the author’s thoughts on what happened.

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We Need to Design the Learning Ecosystem of the Future

How do you train someone for a job that doesn’t exist yet? Whether educators know it or not, this is their job. The world is changing and pace that’s increasing exponentially, and our students will need the tools and the know how to retool on the fly. Michelle Weise writing for EdSurge shares her thoughts

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EPA officials visit ND for Grain Growers Association’s 25th E-Tour | Agweek

What do you get when you put a bunch of common-sense North Dakota farmers on a bus with a bunch of Washington bureaucrats? No, this isn’t a set-up for a joke — it’s a real-life news story, and the meeting happened not-far from Minot. Agweek has the article on the meeting that’s the hopeful basis

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The economy keeps adding jobs, but filling them gets harder

Jobs, jobs, jobs — they aren’t hard to find. The tricky part is for the businesses that need qualified people to fill them. NPR has the story on the national trend, but there’s a message we’d do well to take note of here in Minot. We perpetually pursue jobs through economic development, but we already

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Lyft is buying legitimacy through its deal with bike-share company

Lyft is expanding it’s transportation network horizontally — at least in the economic sense. Horizontal integration means they’re attempting to capture another transportation avenue, and in this case, it’s through the nation’s most successful bike-share company. It’s a noteworthy development as we keep an eye on trends filtering out in the successful urban centers of

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Flood control funding approved in Cedar Rapids

Three years before Minot flooded, Cedar Rapids set the bar for community changing events. Since then, the fight for federal money has been ongoing. Now, ten years after the water receded, the federal money has been approved to flow in. The cost of the project to protect downtown Cedar Rapids is estimated at $750 million;

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