May 16 2018
Gov. Doug Burgum says the city of Mandan has some of the best bones he’s seen.
“Some communities have lost some of (those) historic structure(s) because they’ve been torn down or there’s not enough left and they're kind of starting over, but Mandan's got a chance to do some really interesting infill projects, which they’ve already done, as well as doing historic renovation in combination of those two things,” the governor said after a roundtable discussion Wednesday with Mandan government and business leaders.Read More
May 16 2018
Grand Forks City Council members Monday unanimously approved tax increment financing incentives for two proposed downtown development projects, including a mixed apartment and commercial development and the renovation of a historic building.Read More
May 15 2018
Now that the snow has melted people can start dusting off their fishing poles and fueling up their boats.
The North Dakota Department of Game and Fish is doing their part to make the season even more enjoyable for anglers.
The department is pulling catfish out of Lake Sakakawea in Dunn Center and depositing them at community fisheries in the Southwest region like the Dickinson Dike.Read More
May 14 2018
It was Mandan's 2nd tour of the downtown area -- it's purpose -- to encourage downtown development.
Last year the tour had around 40 people -- this year over 100.
That means your opinion is highly involved in the growing scene in Mandan.
Residential living, office spaces, and retail and restaurants -- all what Mandan is looking for -- that's what officials say -- but for long-time residents it gives a better variety.
Tyler Huck, Mandan Resident, says, "There's more options. To have fun and entertain and do a show of Mandan."Read More
May 10 2018
Hayden Kemp and his colleagues had a few things to say to Gov. Doug Burgum while he was in town for the Main Street roundtable discussion.
Kemp is a Williston High School student, and he was among youths invited to participate in the high level discussion, which also featured many community and business leaders sharing their thoughts on Williston and its challenges.Read More
April 30 2018
Beautiful scenery, friendly people and great job opportunities — North Dakota has it all.
Called the “Legendary State” for a reason, North Dakota is a serene prairie paradise full of nature.Read More
April 30 2018
What makes a great place to live and how do we decide that? For starters, we don’t decide.
We poll the nation each year to find out what matters most in communities throughout the U.S. Is health care most important, or affordable housing? Which matters more, commute times or climate? We then source the best public and private data available to find the small to mid-sized cities, towns and villages that meet your standards of a Best Place to Live.Read More
April 26 2018
A panel of 18 people including high schoolers, college students and young professionals on Tuesday night at the University of Jamestown told an audience of less than a dozen community members what Jamestown needs to do to attract and keep young people.Read More
April 26 2018
If you haven’t looked at North Dakota for your next business venture, you should reconsider doing so now. According to a new infographic based on research conducted by PlayUSA, the state gets high marks.
The infographic, “The States With The Best Economic Prospects” asks which states you should gamble on when making your decision to set up your life. PlayUSA researched the 10 Best US States for Young Pioneers based on key metrics to determine the best prospects for young entrepreneurs.Read More
April 21 2018
Grand Forks students can win up to $5,000 — plus other aid — to support community-boosting work through a new opportunity announced this week.
Dubbed the "Main Street Grand Forks Challenge," the contest was announced by Evolve Grand Forks and UND, and offered cash and support — like campus housing, UND scholarships and a membership at a downtown Grand Forks coworking space — for students who pursue projects that "address social issues and spur civic engagement at a grassroots level," per the announcement.Read More
April 20 2018
Gathering Place for the Community: Killdeer resident makes coffee shop, photography studio out of old pharmacy building
The Killdeer community will soon have a place to hang out and get coffee this summer.
By Zak Wellerman
Jenny Dobitz is working to renovate the old Killdeer pharmacy building into a coffee shop and photography studio called Old Crow Corner, LLC. She said the business is set to open in June. Dobitz said she always wanted to start a coffee shop and this will give the community somewhere to hang out. “The community has been really good to us,” she said.
April 20 2018
Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday designated 25 areas in North Dakota, including several in Burleigh and Morton counties, as Opportunity Zones as part of a federal community development incentive program.
Opportunity Zones were established by Congress’ Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. They give tax incentives for investors, should they choose, to pool money in Opportunity Funds to invest in projects in the designated areas.Read More
April 18 2018
In January, city officials and the head of the state Department of Transportation posed this question to a group of sixth-graders in Bismarck: How do you envision Bismarck in 2030?
About three months later, the results have been presented. Powering the city through synthetic leaves, delivery drones and solar-powered sidewalks were just some of the ideas the sixth-grade students envisioned.Read More
April 16 2018
When it comes to the best small cities in the nation to start a business, North Dakota ranks 8th.
That's according to personal finance Web site WalletHub, which released its annual survey today.
WalletHub compared more than 1,200 small cities using 18 economic measurements.
Bismarck ranks above the national average in investment accessibility, startups per capita, average revenue per business, industry variety and workforce educational attainment.Read More
April 16 2018
The Minot Area Development Corporation (MADC) continues to have a prominent role in the progression of Minot’s economy. MADC achieved immense milestones within the last year and is making history for the Magic City. With various projects underway in 2017, MADC focused in on creating new opportunities for Minot as well as growing existing developments, such as the MAGIC Sky Initiative.Read More
April 16 2018
Entrepreneurial engagement is surging in Bismarck-Mandan.
Any given Wednesday morning at Dakota Stage in Bismarck, 85 to 90 people gather for the weekly edition of 1 Million Cups, an event aimed at supporting startup companies in the community and state. When the event started five years ago, it attracted about 20 attendees.Read More
April 09 2018
With an unemployment rate of just 2% compared to the national average of 4.1%, Hawaii also holds one of the lowest labor force participation rates at just 62.3%. Comparatively, North Dakota, ranked second, has an unemployment rate of 2.6%, but a much higher labor force participation of 70% - the highest of any US state.Read More
April 06 2018
I’ve had the good fortune to be involved in a number of community initiatives in a few different cities over the years. Recently, we’ve paid special attention to elevating the presence of young people in project development. And not surprisingly, when we ask them to be involved, we never get turned down. It seems students are craving community engagement at much younger ages today. Maybe it’s because they have easier access to information on what’s happening in their communities. Maybe it’s because they’re seeing things they don’t like. Maybe it’s a little of both.Read More
April 05 2018
JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – The Jamestown Arts Center received a $10,000 grant earlier this year to host a weekly event at the park to help promote downtown.
Jamestown Arts Center Executive Director Larry Kopp says the grant from North Dakota Tourism was distributed with the hope of growing downtown’s of several communities. Kopp says this was inspired by Governor Burgum.Read More
April 05 2018
Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford toured Dickinson on Wednesday.
As part of the governor's Main Street ND Initiative, the Downtown Dickinson Association and city of Dickinson hosted Burgum and Sanford as they visited Dickinson State University, enjoyed a walking tour of the city's downtown and held a listening session at Dickinson Public Library.
Burgum said he enjoyed the experience.Read More
April 03 2018
Mandan is about to see big changes. An old lot sitting empty for years is being transformed into an entertainment center: The Railyard.
The name says a lot about the city's history.
Mandan City Administrator Jim Neubauer says, "Mandan is a railyard town, there's no getting around it. We've got the tracks going right through the center of town. You know, they've been a big part of this community ever since it was created."Read More