Protecting the Nest Egg: Legislature to Debate Money Allocation

The three answers former speaker of the North Dakota house, Representative David Drovdal, gives when asked what the big issues coming down the pike in the upcoming legislative session are going to be don’t vary. They are: money, money and money. Who gets it, who doesn’t, and who pays for it. For the 63rd Legislative… [More…]

They’re Good Challenges to Have: Meeting the Needs of North Dakota’s Economic and Population Boom

“We are blessed in North Dakota, and oil and gas development is a big part of our good fortune,” said Governor Dalrymple in a statement. North Dakota is seeing growth in all its industries, including energy, technology, tourism, agriculture and manufacturing. According to news releases from the governor’s office, the state has kicked off the… [More…]

Getting the Goods: Stocking North Dakota’s Shelves

Getting goods to a landlocked rural state where population centers are widely scattered can always be considered a challenge. But given North Dakota’s rapid expansion of business and population, challenges have grown along with the state’s exponentially expanding industries and residents. When it comes to importing goods into the state, the goal is to have… [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…]

Banking on a Boom: North Dakota’s Banking Industry

Banks move in cycles just like any other business, flexing and changing with the boom and bust cycles of regional economies. North Dakota’s current boom economy with oil, natural gas, housing and construction is presenting banks with challenges – some of them quite welcome, some of them frustrating. The Banking Environment: “Hello, My Name Is” For… [More…]

Between Myth & Reality: Finding North Dakota’s Workforce

There’s a story making the rounds while North Dakota’s unemployment stands at the lowest in the country and the top three states with the highest unemployment figures – Nevada, Rhode Island and California –still have numbers in the double digits. It’s the one about the guy who, flat broke and out of options, takes his… [More…]