We Are Blessed to Live in America Today

During the 2012 presidential campaign, both major parties competed to see who could paint the most negative picture of this country’s economy, society and future. This gave them a chance to blame their political enemies for the sorry state of affairs and show how their candidate was the only one who could pull us back… [More…]

North Dakota’s Steady Growth

Success doesn’t just happen by chance. As the Commerce Commissioner, I have the unique opportunity to compare our state’s amazing creation of new growth and prosperity with the past. During my short tenure as a state employee, having spent nearly 30 years of my life in the private sector, I have realized the success in… [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…]

January 2013: Business Indicators

The number of active oil drilling rigs in the state continues to decline as older, less efficient rigs are replaced. However, despite the declining rig count, oil production and the number of producing wells continues to climb. The number of wells increased nearly 30 percent in the past twelve months; the volume of oil produced… [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…]

Let them Eat … The Importance of Passing the 2012 Farm Bill Now

The Farm Bill is legislation that governs an array of agricultural and food programs. The importance of such a bill is evident to a state whose major industry is agriculture. The most recent farm bill, The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, was enacted in June of that year and is overdue for renewal.… [More…]

State Revenue and the Tax Department

The mission of the North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner is to fairly and effectively administer the tax laws of North Dakota. In other words, the Tax Department serves as the state’s primary revenue collection agency. For instance, during the 2009-2011 biennium, the State General Fund revenue from all sources was about $3.2 billion,… [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…]

November 2012: Business Indicators

The North Dakota economy continues to grow at a phenomenal pace. In sharp contrast with the rest of the nation, the North Dakota construction industry is booming – residential building permits are up nearly 40 percent from last year. The labor market remains the strongest in the nation. Personal income growth is outpacing the national… [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…]

Why Vote Against Obama? Eight Compelling Reasons

Barack Obama was elected in 2008 with a message of hope and change. Unfortunately, the change we got was for the worse. There is little hope left that the country can pull itself out of the recession anytime soon, and we’re left hoping that the Middle East won’t erupt into flames that will consume us… [More…]

Road to the Future

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) maintains over 8,400 miles of state highways across the state. We also license every driver and vehicle in North Dakota. Keeping the roadways and bridges in good condition and licensing the many people who walk through our door is a challenging task. NDDOT employees located across the state… [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…]

October 2012: Business Indicators

Oil production, an important driver of North Dakota’s economy, continues to climb. Although rig counts have dropped in recent months, production continues to reach new record levels. August production topped 700,000 barrels per day, an increase of nearly 60 percent in the past twelve months. The impact of the oil industry on the labor market… [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…]