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Minnesota businesses confront opioid crisis
September 18, 2018 - 8:47pm
ST. PAUL — The opioid crisis has gotten so bad that some employers are struggling to find sober workers. "The drug-testing challenge is...
North Dakota, Minnesota ranked in top 10 for women's equality while South Dakota ranks 37th
August 21, 2018 - 10:49am
According to an article by Wallethub.com, Minnesota and North Dakota were second and eighth, respectively, in U.S. women's equality. South Dakota...
INSIGHTS & INTUITION: What's the best way for an HR professional to keep up with changes in employment law?
June 29, 2018 - 12:35am
The best way for an HR professional to keep up with changes in employment law is to join a professional association such as the Society for Human...
For entrepreneurs, failure can lead to success
June 28, 2018 - 12:33pm
Editor's note: For this story, Prairie Business asked the CEOs of four successful area startups for their take on failure. Their answer: They...
ESOPs, a Heartland specialty, turn workers into owners
June 28, 2018 - 11:45am
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – For Hal Gershman, the problem was one of succession: what to do with the North Dakota business that his father, “Happy”...
Minn. employers add more than 10,000 jobs
June 14, 2018 - 5:46pm
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.1 percent as employers added 10,200 jobs in May. The seasonally adjusted rate is less...
In honor of her late father, local Bell Bank employee uses 'Pay it Forward' to fund veterans' skydiving trips
June 14, 2018 - 2:52pm
WEST FARGO-- The skies were clear, and the wind was perfect for a evening of skydiving. Sheila Carter was out there to enjoy skydiving for the...
Insights & Intuition: What books on business – both recent and classic – have you found especially useful, and why?
June 5, 2018 - 12:00pm
One of my favorite principles from “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is “Never criticize, condemn, or complain.” In order to...
Construction corner: First International Bank and Trust’s new building leverages next-gen technology
June 5, 2018 - 11:39am
BISMARCK, N.D. – It’s a bank. In a building. But there the resemblance between a traditional bank and 1st International Bank & Trust’s...
Robo-build: Automation streamlines the region's construction sites
June 5, 2018 - 11:31am
Forget blue collar, when it comes to the construction industry. Think Nanotex collar instead. Or maybe smart-fabric collar, in honor of the...
Innovation spaces: Advancements transform region's new and renovated offices
June 5, 2018 - 11:11am
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- This is the rare story that can be summed up in a single word. The word is, “Better.” And the usefulness of the word...
Editor's note: The Age of Automation dawns
June 5, 2018 - 10:43am
My Econ 101 text in college started off with a great idea: “12 Ideas for Beyond the Final Exam.” These were 12 insights from economics –...
Minnesota jobless rate remains steady
May 17, 2018 - 3:53pm
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s unemployment rate remained at 3.2 percent in April despite there being 3,200 fewer jobs, according to latest figures...
Minnesota gains 2,900 jobs in March
April 19, 2018 - 5:31pm
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's unemployment rate remained steady at 3.2 percent as the state's employers added 2,900 jobs in March. The state's seasonally...
Insights & Intuition: What social media tools has your company's HR department found to be especially useful?
February 26, 2018 - 5:40pm
Essentia Health has incorporated social media platforms such as LinkedIn as a way to engage with prospective employees and present opportunities....