Archives for September 2012

If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher.

Would you take a job that pays less than comparable positions, requires you to supervise unruly individuals without the authority to discipline them, and results in your being blamed when other people don’t take care of their responsibilities? And yet, that’s what teachers do, because they want to make sure that our children get the… [More…]

The State of Healthcare: Poised for Change

Though these are tumultuous times for the healthcare industry nationally, North Dakota finds itself, as in other sectors, uniquely positioned to weather — and even grow through — the challenges at hand. “In general, the state of healthcare in North Dakota is very good,” declares Paul von Ebers, the President and Chief Executive Officer of… [More…]

The Living Challenge: North Dakota’s Residential Market

There’s no place like home, and any kind of move underscores that sentiment. But having a roof over your head is part of fitting into a new community and in North Dakota the definition of just what that roof is, and how easy it will be to get under it, is changing. Crew camps, one… [More…]

Industry Focus: Agri-Business

Agriculture is North Dakota’s largest industry with nearly 90 percent of the state’s land area consisting of farms and ranches. The industry has seen a fair share of changes in recent times and is facing challenges in everything from regulation to staffing. Recently, executives representing agriculture met at the Bismarck offices of the North Dakota Department of Commerce to discuss these changes and the direction of the industry in the future:

Fred Helbling, North Dakota Stockmen’s Association; John McLean, Cargill Incorporated; Deana Wise, United States Durum Growers Association; John Mittleider, North Dakota Department of Commerce Agriculture and Bioenergy; Mitch Gardner, Cargill Malt; Eric Bartsch, United Pulse trading; Les Paulson, Paulson Premium Seed & Conditioning; Jim Hauge, Eide Bailey [More…]

Production Sustainability: The Leaps and Bounds

Oil production in North Dakota’s Bakken and Three Forks Formations is at record highs and growing, but is it sustainable at current levels? For how long? “Our growth has been extremely rapid. Technology and price have come together with the geology,” said Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, a 60-year-old organization that… [More…]

The People’s Lawyer

The Attorney General, one of twelve statewide elected officials in North Dakota, provides legal services and opinions to state officials, legislators, county state’s attorneys and city attorneys. The office also enforces the Open Meetings and Open Records laws, and issues opinions in response to complaints alleging violations of those laws. In addition to serving as… [More…]

September 2012: Face to Face

Meet Thomas Reichert CPA, Shareholder, Brady Martz & Associates, P. C.; Carl Kvanvig, Managing Partner/CEO, Capital Accounting; and Jerry Topp, Managing Partner/CEO, Eide Bailly, LLP [More…]

September 2012: Around the State

St. Alexius Announces Clinic Expansion in Mandan Due to increasing demands, St. Alexius is moving and expanding the healthcare organization’s Mandan operations.  The new 22,000 square foot healthcare facility is expected to open in 2014 and cost around $8 million to complete.  The clinic will offer of imaging, laboratory and select rehabilitation therapy services as… [More…]

September 2012: Business Indicators

North Dakota’s economic growth continues at an unprecedented pace. Our unemployment rate is the lowest in the nation at a mere 3 percent, compared to the national average of 8.1 percent. In some areas of North Dakota, specifically those impacted by booming oil development, a severe labor shortage exists. For example, in Williston, the unemployment… [More…]

What can have the greatest impact on North Dakota business?

Six decision makers share their answers:

Roger Thomas • Division Manager – Upper Midwest Division, Burke Construction Group, Inc.; Scott Louser • Owner/Broker, Preferred Minot Real Estate; Gaylon Baker • Executive Director, Stark Development Corporation; Randy Newman • President and CEO, Alerus Financial; Gary Fendich • Owner/Developer, Residential Commercial Development, LLC; Jeff Swenson • Managing Member, NDI Group, LLC [More…]