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Low prices, trade weigh on the minds of farmers at Minnesota Farmfest
August 13, 2018 - 10:08pm
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — The pouring rain on the first day of Minnesota Farmfest didn't keep people from pouring through the gates of the...
North Dakota woman's all-natural rodent, pest repellent business finds major investor
August 12, 2018 - 8:35am
BISMARCK—A Bismarck-based all-natural pest repellent startup is in the midst of a major business expansion, having secured a $10 million...
Minnesota looking to attract 'mass timber' producers as alternative to steel for building construction
August 7, 2018 - 7:54am
DULUTH — A burgeoning industry based on a relatively new type of material may be coming to Minnesota. Known as mass timber, the material...
Mixed reactions to $12 billion trade compensation package
August 6, 2018 - 7:36am
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Trump Administration has announced a $12 billion trade compensation package to make up for farmers' market losses...
Fargo cidery asking North Dakotans for apples to comply with state law
August 6, 2018 - 7:22am
FARGO — For Ethan and Breezee Hennings, opening a cidery in North Dakota was something they had hoped to do since moving back to the area...
A closer look at how tariffs work
August 6, 2018 - 7:08am
Like many of you, I first learned about tariffs and the impacts on international trade and global economies from my history books. Now, one of...
'Not built to be a stay-at-home mom': Women's ag roles expand
August 6, 2018 - 7:08am
Women have been essential to Upper Midwest agriculture since the first homesteaders arrived. They've tended livestock, driven tractors, kept...
Foreign ag workers fill empty positions in rural North Dakota
August 5, 2018 - 9:01am
GRAND FORKS—For 15 years, Dale Zahradka has put advertisements in the local newspaper looking for help on his farm. For 15 years, he has...
Construction Corner: Essentia Health in Duluth plans Minnesota’s biggest medical expansion
August 1, 2018 - 12:32pm
DULUTH, Minn. – Three clinics, two hospitals and a rehab center, stairstepping five blocks down a steep hill, meaning that the complex’s...
Healing architecture: Health care architects use design to improve the hospital experience
August 1, 2018 - 12:24pm
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – When you’re talking about hospital architecture, there are a few words you don’t expect to hear. One of them is “Disney.”...
Makers: Manufacturing matters, and these three standout regional companies show why
August 1, 2018 - 12:04pm
Makers GRAND FORKS – Manufacturing is like the fuel injector of the engine of the region’s economy. It’s a comparatively small part that...
Keeping water and energy flowing: A Q&A with Paul Kennedy, Dakota Supply Group's new CEO
August 1, 2018 - 11:35am
Editor’s note: Paul Kennedy is the new CEO of Dakota Supply Group, a Fargo, N.D.-based distributor of products and services serving the plumbing,...
Wahpeton's GIANT Snacks joins NASA, Lockheed Martin at Made in America showcase in Washington
July 27, 2018 - 10:42am
WAHPETON, N.D.—GIANT Snacks, Inc. lived up to its name this week in Washington, D.C. On Monday, July 23, GIANT Snacks represented North...
Not 'a big whopper' in area wheat: Annual tour indicates no bumper this year
July 26, 2018 - 4:21pm
FARGO, N.D. — Many Upper Midwest wheat farmers have been hoping that good-looking wheat fields will produce record or near-record yields...
Twin Cities-based grocery retailer Supervalu to be acquired in $2.9 billion deal
July 26, 2018 - 8:12am
Eden Prairie, Minn.-based grocery retailer Supervalu is selling itself to United Natural Foods in a $2.9 billion deal that also includes debt,...