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…]

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…]

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota sponsoring free Medicare workshops for seniors

FARGO – Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) will sponsor free Medicare workshops for seniors in four North Dakota cities this month along with Farmers Union Insurance. The workshops will be held in Grand Forks on Oct. 15, Bismarck on Oct. 17, Fargo on Oct. 18 and Minot on Oct. 23. The workshops… [More…]

North Dakota health care awards honor facilities for improved care coordination

FARGO — Ten North Dakota health care facilities have been presented with awards for their innovative and groundbreaking efforts to improve the coordination and quality of care delivered to patients, while simultaneously holding down health care costs. The organizations from throughout the state were honored for their work with an innovative statewide program introduced by… [More…]

Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Receives U.S. Department of Energy Award

The Audubon National Wildlife Refuge has received a 2012 Federal Energy and Water Management Award recognizing the central North Dakota building’s outstanding performance in energy efficiency and use of renewable energy. The building was certified LEED(r) Gold in 2011. Widseth Smith Nolting, Grand Forks, led the design team as the architect for the project and… [More…]