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March 27 2019

From India to North Dakota

Dr. Ravindra Joshi has treated more than 110,000 patients in the course of a career spanning 30 years across three continents.

Now he is at the heart of an effort to create a network of orthopedic services across rural North Dakota, including Tioga.

“The goal of that program is to bring all the rural health clinics and critical access hospitals around here, bring them together under a common flag and help patients,” said Sam Perry, Director of Operations for McKenzie County Healthcare Systems, Joshi’s employer.

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December 21 2018

Jamestown Listed to Receive Main Street Development Funding

JAMESTOWN, N.D. ( – Governor Doug Burgum has announced funding for 15 projects in North Dakota aimed at Main Street development, public facilities, and services.

The program is funded by federal Community Development Block Grant dollars that focus on long-term community development within cities’ Main Street areas. The announcement was made in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

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December 03 2018

Living the Dream: I’m a Florist

Welcome to Living the Dream, a series about people who made their big dreams a reality - and the places and communities that made it possible.  Today we're talking to Christy, a florist in Fargo, ND. Read Christy's complete story!

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November 29 2018

Commerce Renews Renaissance Zone for Wahpeton

Bismarck, N.D. -- The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced today it has renewed the Renaissance Zone Program for the city of Wahpeton for five additional years. The Renaissance Zone Program is a tool for community redevelopment and economic investment that incorporates tax incentives to business and residential properties.

Wahpeton started utilizing the Renaissance Zone Program in 2003 and has had 55 approved projects. Recent projects include Tractor Supply Company in 2017, Brew 2 Inc. in 2017, Grippers Sports in 2017 and Dakota Coffee Company in 2016.

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November 20 2018

WFPS Getting First Electric Bus with Assistance from Regional Agencies

WFPS Getting First Electric Bus with Assistance from Regional Agencies WEST FARGO, ND – (November 15, 2018) – At last night’s meeting, the School Board awarded bids to Hartley’s School Buses for the purchase of one Bluebird electric school bus for a net amount of $314,200. This will be the first all-electric school bus for the West Fargo School District and the state of North Dakota.

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October 12 2018

Winners Named in 2018 Governor's Photo Contest

BISMARCK, N.D. – Steve Silseth's photo “Pintail” has been named Best in Show in the 15th annual North Dakota Governor's Photo Contest.

Gov. Doug Burgum recognized the winning photographs and honorable mentions in a ceremony October 10, 2018, in Memorial Hall of the North Dakota Capitol.

Joining Burgum for the presentation were North Dakota Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman and North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) Executive Director Kim Konikow.

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September 21 2018

Governor challenges companies to invest in communities' quality of life

When more than 500 human resources professionals were asked if their company had a job opening, hands went up all over a conference room in Bismarck.

North Dakota Job Service reports 14,500 online open job postings in the state. Gov. Doug Burgum estimated that number is closer to 30,000 as he wrapped up the Governor’s Workforce and Human Resources Conference this week.

Filling those jobs requires companies pitching candidates on why they should want to live in their communities in addition to why they should want to work for their company, according to Burgum.

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September 19 2018

Governor Burgum Proclaims September Suicide Prevention Month

For Immediate Release:                                             
September 10, 2018    

For More Information, Contact:         
Alison Traynor                                     
Division of Injury and Violence Prevention
Phone: 701.328.4580


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September 18 2018

Burgum announces community development funds to improve main streets, public facilities and services

BISMARCK, N.D. (Sept. 17, 2018) – Gov. Doug Burgum, in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Commerce, has announced an expanded community development program aimed at improving main streets, public facilities and services.

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September 17 2018

'We're not just some greasy oil town'

The city of Belfield received special recognition from Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday during the North Dakota League of Cities Annual Conference being held Sept. 13-15, in Grand Forks.

Gov. Burgum announced Belfield as the 2018 Main Street Revitalizer Award winner for their downtown revitalization efforts.

"Belfield has worked diligently to differentiate and enhance the quality of life for their residents, present and future," Burgum said. "It's with great pleasure and gratitude that we recognize them with this award for efforts to enhance their vibrant community."

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September 14 2018

Burgum Presents Community Main Street Awards

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum has announced the recipients of the 2018 Main Street Awards honoring communities that show excellence in elevating the three pillars of the Main Street Initiative through local projects or other efforts.  

“We deeply appreciate the commitment and dedication of communities to differentiate and enhance the quality of life for their residents, present and future,” Burgum said. “It’s with great pleasure and gratitude that we recognize these communities for efforts to create vibrant communities poised to attract and retain a 21st century workforce.”

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September 13 2018

Can We Talk About How Cool Fargo Is?

When you think of hip cities on the rise, Fargo, ND might not instantly come to mind. Here's why it should. 

Is there anything to do in Fargo? Besides checking out the woodchipper homage to the Oscar-winning movie at the visitors center and listening for those famous accents?

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September 12 2018

Multi-agency North Dakota team wins national award for Main Street Community Dashboard

BISMARCK, N.D. (Sept. 12, 2018) – The multi-agency team that developed North Dakota’s Main Street Community Dashboard has won a national Government Experience Award from the Center for Digital Government.

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September 06 2018

Grand Forks community attends 'Longest Table'

About 750 people in the Grand Forks area were invited Wednesday night to talk about their community over dinner at the "Longest Table," so long the city had to close North Third Street to accommodate it.

Organizers set up a stretch of 90 dinner tables in downtown Grand Forks as part of the Longest Table event, a program launched two years ago in Tallahassee, Fla., where residents gather to meet their neighbors over free food.

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August 29 2018

Back in 2019

The Thursday Downtown Arts Market exceeded expectations as an event to draw people downtown to the new Hansen Arts Park, said Larry Kopp, executive director of the Arts Center.

The Hansen Arts Park, named for Charlotte and Gordon Hansen, former owners of The Jamestown Sun. It was designed to bring people downtown with a landscaped space with a permanent sculpture, an open bandshell and green space with floral gardens, benches and tiled walkways.

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August 17 2018

Bismarck natural pest control company poised for growth

A Bismarck-based all-natural pest repellent startup is in the midst of a major business expansion, having secured a $10 million growth equity investment.

EarthKind CEO Kari Warberg-Block started by selling produce and potpourri at farmers markets to get her idea for Fresh Cab, a scent-based rodent repellent, off the ground. On her own, she expanded her product line and grew EarthKind to more than $10 million in sales, a feat she said only 1 percent of female-owned businesses have accomplished.

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July 26 2018

Grand Forks, Buxton and Hettinger among 129 AARP Community Challenge Grantees

Hettinger, Buxton and Grand Forks are the recipients of a 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant. A total of $1.3 million will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages.

Nearly 1,600 applications, including 26 from North Dakota, were received from non-profits and government entities for the program, now in its second year.

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July 25 2018

2018’s Most & Least Stressed Cities in America

Bismarck ranked second best city in America for no stress.  Read the complete article provided by WalletHub.

Stress is inevitable. Everyone experiences some type and level of it. But it’s not always a bad thing. Certain kinds of stress can have positive effects on a person’s well-being, at least in the right doses. According to Psychology Today, “A little bit of stress, known as ‘acute stress,’ can be exciting—it keeps us active and alert.”

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July 18 2018

Development Fund Awards Funding Requests Totaling $1,469,000

Bismarck, N.D. -- The North Dakota Development Fund, a funding program within the North Dakota Department of Commerce, awarded funding for 11 projects totaling $1,469,000 at its board meeting held in July.

The North Dakota Development Fund was created in 1991 as an economic development tool. It provides flexible funding through debt and equity investments for new or expanding North Dakota primary sector businesses. The fund also manages a daycare loan program that the North Dakota Legislation created in 2009.

The following requests were funded:

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July 16 2018


​BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota was credited with having one of the best financial environments for millennials, according to a recent study from the Brookings Institution. The Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project compared wages, taxes and the cost of living for 320 unique occupations in about 380 U.S. metropolitan areas.

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July 16 2018

CVB recognizes leadership in tourism at annual meeting

The Williston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau held its annual meeting Tuesday, and presented awards to local organizations and individuals for the efforts to promote tourism within the Williston area.

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