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 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…]

Save our Country in November: It’s Up to You

As we are bombarded this summer by political ads and robo-calls, it’s tempting to tune it all out and ignore politics altogether. After all, we have more important things to do, don’t we? The answer to that question is “No!” There is nothing more important than finding out which candidates support conservative causes and convincing… [More…]

August 2012: Around the State

Mercy Medical Center Receives Grant to Expand Patient Access; Disability Health Project Receives Three-Year Federal Grant; Companies Develop Plans for New Refineries; Housing Agency Pledges $4.25 Million to Incentive Fund Projects; Target Logistics Completes Stanley Hotel; BenchMark Energy Corporation Extends Research Agreement with UND; North Dakota State University Receives Endowment from Gate City Bank; Valley City State University’s Online Master of Education Program Ranked “Best Buy” [More…]

Healthcare Reform: Choosing What’s Best for Your Business

In 2014, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will require companies who employ more than 50 full-time equivalent employees to make a choice regarding health insurance coverage. Business owners have several options: to provide health insurance coverage, send employees to an Exchange and pay a penalty of $2,000 per employee per year (excluding… [More…]

Bakken Provides Opportunities and Challenges

With oil production on a steady upswing, opportunities to grow North Dakota’s economy, attract new businesses and expand existing businesses are abundant. However, with these new opportunities come challenges. It is now more important than ever for state and local officials to work together to capitalize on this growth, meet these new challenges, and create… [More…]

Showing You the Money: North Dakota’s Treasurer Speaks Out

It is no secret; the Office of State Treasurer is all about finances.  We manage the state’s checkbook to ensure the availability of sufficient funds while optimizing investment returns.  We invest in North Dakota through our BidND program, keeping our dollars in North Dakota helps our communities.  We distribute over 31 tax distributions to our… [More…]

Telecommunications

Meet Mike Steffan, General Manager/CEO, Northwest Communications Cooperative (NCC); Steve Lysne, General Manager/CEO, SRT Communications Inc.; and Jeff Wilson, General Manager, Dickey Rural Networks [More…]

August 2012: Business Indicators

The national economy continues to languish between recovery and recession. Employment is stable, but lacks the robust growth needed to move the economy forward into recovery. Unemployment is down from a year ago, but remains above 8 percent. Consumer confidence is lacking. Retail sales are up modestly over a year ago, but down in recent… [More…]

What’s your favorite gadget or app?

Six executives share their answers:

Brad Haugeberg • General Manager, Sun Prairie Grain; Jane P. Priebe • Economic Development Director, Wahpeton Economic Development; Wendy Howe • Execuitve Director, Minot Convention and Visitors Bureau; Ellen Huber • Business Development & Communications Director, City of Mandan; Reed Reyman • President/CEO, St. Joseph’s Hospital & Health Center; Marci Seamples • Executive Director, Williston Area Chamber of Commerce [More…]

Connecting North Dakota

Welcome to the inaugural edition of North Dakota Business Magazine. Designed to connect decision makers throughout the state, the magazine already has a readership of 82,000. Its pro-business, conservative platform emulates its sister publication, Nevada Business Magazine, which has been published monthly for the past 27 years and remains that state’s only business magazine covering… [More…]

Around the State: July 2012

Rasmussen College Expands Bachelor Completer Programs Rasmussen College has expanded its online Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program with North Dakota. The program is designed to help adult students with previous college credit earn a degree in one of seven programs in as few as 18 months. The programs are available at the college’s Fargo and… [More…]

Buying Out Your Partner: Creating a Successful Exit Plan

MMS, Inc., a computer service business, had survived recent industry turbulence through the persistent efforts of its owners, Ralph McMillan and Janet Shaw. In fact, MMS had enjoyed good cash flow for the past three years and its future looked rosy. Successfully meeting these challenges made Ralph (age 59) more anxious than ever to leave… [More…]

Hospital CEOs

Meet Matt Grimshaw, President & CEO, Mercy Medical Center, Williston; Gary Miller, CEO, St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck; Todd Hudspeth, President & CEO, Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Jamestown [More…]

Secretary of State’s Office: Combatitive sports, elections, bill filings, business registrations, contractor’s licenses and so much more.

While it isn’t an everyday thought, have you ever wondered?  That is, what does the Secretary of State and that office do?  It is a simple question and not unusual.  But, be prepared for a long answer because the office has over forty different and widely varied duties. As a starting point, most people are… [More…]

Determining Oil and Gas Rights Ownership

Along the shoreline of the waters of the Missouri River in Western North Dakota, a titanic battle is being litigated between the North Dakota State Land Department and riparian citizen land owners, as to who owns the oil and gas rights along the shoreline of the river. The State claims a sovereign right to the… [More…]