Industry Focus: Tourism

Recently, executives representing tourism in North Dakota met at the Department of Commerce’s office in Bismarck to discuss issues the industry will face in the future.

Terry Harzinski, Bismark-Mandan Convention and Visitor Bureau; Jude Iverson, Garrison Area Community Foundation; Nicki Weissman, Harvey Area Economic Development Inc.; Nina Sneider, Buffalo City Toursim; Pam Fosse, Jamestown Civic Center;
Randy Hatzenbuhler, Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation; Douglas Hevenor, International Peace Garden; Charley Johnson, Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitor Bureau; Leona Odermann, Medora Area Convention and Visitor Bureau; Julie Rygg, Grand Forks Convention and Visitor Bureau; Wendy Howe, Minot Convention and Visitors Bureau; Terri Thiel, Dickinson Convention and Visitor Bureau; Suzie Kenner, Devils Lake Convention and Visitor Bureau; Sara Otte Coleman, North Dakota Department of Commerce [More…]

Eric Halverson, Black Gold Farms

Executive Vice President Grand Forks What is agriculture’s most significant change in the last decade? “Technology has certainly been a big key player. It’s been the adaption of different practices and systems that are now being utilized in agriculture. Cropping systems and grazing systems.. no-till and minimum-till … mapping of the genomes of plant species,… [More…]

Doug Goehring, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner

Bismarck What is agriculture’s most significant change in the last decade? In the last ten years we have seen a significant rise in the values of agriculture products.  The rise of the values of what we sell and the values of what we have to put into the crop has greatly increased the risk associated with… [More…]

Les Paulson, Paulson Premium Seed & Conditioning

President Bowman What is agriculture’s most significant change in the last decade? Roundup. It has completely changed farming techniques since its introduction. What is the best tool ever developed for agriculture? The internet has done amazing things for the agriculture industry. We can get research information, up to the minute markets, and basically any new… [More…]

January 2013: Around the State

University of Mary and Dickinson State University Form Partnership The University of Mary has partnered with Dickinson State University (DSU) to offer master’s-level degrees in education, business, nursing and counseling in Dickinson beginning in March of this year. In addition, the colleges have agreed to explore the possibility of a 4 + 1 accelerated module.… [More…]

What is the greatest lesson your parents ever taught you?

Six executives share their thoughts:

Ashley Alderson • Executive Director, Bowman County Economic Development Corporation; Cory Fong • Tax Commissioner, North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner; Denise Magness • COO, Warner and Company Insurance; Jennifer Feist • Director of Development, Valley City, Barnes County Development Corporation; Roger Reierson • Chairman and CEO, Flint Communications; Melanie Stillwell • President/CEO, Western Cooperative Credit Union [More…]

Rapid City Conference Highlights Opportunities in Bakken

RAPID CITY, S.D. ­­- Development of the Bakken oil patch is a long-term play, and it’s not too late for businesses to participate in the booming economic growth in western North Dakota, according to former Gov. Ed Schafer. Schafer, who was North Dakota’s chief executive from 1992 to 2000, serves on the Board of Directors… [More…]

Industry Focus: Bankers

Recently, executives representing banking interests from around the state met at the Bismarck offices of the North Dakota Department of Commerce to discuss the banking boom and its impact on the state.

Paul Rechlin, Lewis & Clark Regional Development Council; Dennis Rodin, USDA – Rural Development; Bob Humann, Bank of North Dakota; Craig Larson, Starion Financial; Tim Hennessy, U.S. Bank; Dean Reese, North Dakota Development Fund; Bon Wikenheiser, North Dakota Small Business Development Center; Robert J. Entringer, North Dakota Department of Financial Institutions; Steven Swiontek, Gate City Bank; Rob Landblom, Roosevelt Custer Regional Council for Development; Dale Pahlke, Dakota Community Bank; Jerry Hauff, Cornerstone Bank; Dale Van Eckhout, Small Business Administration North Dakota; Rick Clayburgh, North Dakota Bankers Association, Ernest Strube, Goose River Bank [More…]

Attorneys

Meet Randall Sickler, Ebeltoft, Sickler, Kolling, Grosz, Bouray; John Morrison, Partner, Crowley Fleck; and Jane Dynes, Managing Partner, Serkland Law Firm
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November 2012: Around the State

KKR to Develop Housing in Williston KKR & Co. has announced plans to develop a housing community in Williston. The company has teamed with Pfeffer Capital Advisers LP and CP Realty LLC to invest up to $150 million in the project. The development will cover 164 acres, including as many as 810 apartments and 737… [More…]

How has your business adapted to North Dakota’s changing business environment?

Six executives share their answers:

Tanner Overland • Owner, Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor, Overland Aviation, LLC; John A. Brown • Executive Vice President, Independent Community Banks of North Dakota; Eric Ditter • Owner and President, White Dog Development Group; John Leach • Vice President, Loenbro; Joe Rothschiller • President and COO, Steffes Corporation; and Dave Bussard • Leader and General Manager, Staybridge Suites [More…]

BCBSND seeks champions of healthy activity across North Dakota as The Official Sponsor of Recess

2013 rural grants will stimulate new thinking and collaborative projects between rural providers and communities FARGO, N.D. — Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) wants to encourage rural health care providers to be champions of healthy activity in their communities. As part of the insurer’s role as The Official Sponsor of Recess, BCBSND… [More…]

Sanford Health Nears Top Level in Electronic Medical Record Model

Three sites recognized as Stage 6 in HIMSS EMR Adoption Model (Sioux Falls, SD) – Sanford USD Medical Center, Sanford Fargo Medical Center and Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center have earned a “Stage 6” status on the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model. The honor recognizes Sanford Health’s dedication to… [More…]

Home Builders Association’s third-quarter building permit report shows highest construction value ever

Fargo, N.D. – The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead released its 2012 third-quarter building permit report for Dilworth, Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo during a press conference Oct. 30. The construction industry in the Fargo-Moorhead area is at a record-setting pace so far. According to the report, total construction value is nearly $434 million, which… [More…]

Industry Focus: Economic Development

For many companies the opportunities available in the Roughrider State are easy to see. Even so, economic development agencies have their work cut out for them overcoming issues such as infrastructure and housing. Recently, executives representing several of economic development agencies across the state met at the Bismarck offices of the North Dakota Department of Commerce to discuss these issues:

Paul Lucy, North Dakota Department of Commerce; Ashley Alderson, Bowman County Development Corp.; Russ Staiger, Bismarck/Mandan Development Association; Kathy Stremick, Walhalla Economic Development Corp.; Chris Schilken, Forward Devils Lake Development Corp.; Deb Walworth, Prairie West Development Foundation; Tom Rolfstad, Williston Area Development Corp.; Bev Voller, Hazelton Development Corp.; John Phillips, Economic Development Association of North Dakota; Melissa Beach, Traill County Economic Development Commission; Gaylon Baker, Stark County Development Corp.; Ellen Huber, City of Mandan; Mark Vaux, City of West Fargo; Connie Ova, Jamestown/Stutsman County Job Development Corp [More…]

Elected Officials

Rick Berg Congressman (R) If you had the power to change one law, what would it be? The simple fact remains: the massive government takeover of healthcare that President Obama forced on the American people is not the right approach.  Obamacare raises taxes on small businesses that are vital job creators.  Seventy percent of North Dakotans did… [More…]

October 2012: Around the State

Target Logistics Launches Mobile Crew Camp Division Target Logistics has launched a brand of mobile crew camps. The crew facilities are designed for operations that relocate frequently and need rapidly deployed housing solutions. The units are self-contained, movable and easy to permit and are expected to result in greater productivity, lower attrition and fewer onsite… [More…]

What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?

Six executives share their answers:

Larry Medhurst • General Manager – Operations USA, Marquis Alliance; Julie Schaff Ellingson • Executive Vice President, North Dakota Stockmen’s Association; Dawn Riley • Executive Vice President, Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce; Julie Rygg • Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau; Brenda Wyland • Interim Executive Director, NDSU Research and Technology Park; Michael Chambers • President and CEO, Aldevron, LLC [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…]

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…]