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…]

Building the Roughrider State

The Bakken Continues to Develop North Dakota’s powerhouse economy, fueled by the millions of barrels of oil gushing out of the Bakken formation, is capturing the attention of the world. What is less obvious is the construction that has both spurred and resulted from the oil boom — and which is sorely needed to keep… [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 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…]

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…]

2020 & Beyond: Planning for the Future

It was, of course, the X-Files’ well-manicured man who famously said, “We predict the future — and the best way to predict the future is to invent it.” North Dakota is in the process of inventing its future, with the goal of making sure it’s at least as good as the present – a present… [More…]