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…]

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…]

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: 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…]

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…]

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…]

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: 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…]

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…]

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…]

Land Issues: Developing the Amber Waves of Grain

It was Will Rogers who famously recommended that people invest in land because “they ain’t makin’ any more.” Well, they ain’t makin’ any more in North Dakota, either, which is why legislators and residents are grappling with a variety of issues relating to its limited supply of what is, in many cases, highly profitable land.… [More…]