Giant Snacks Inc., of Wahpeton, N.D., is expanding from its sunflower business and is starting to produce a “toasted corn snack.” The company calls it an announcement “of importance similar to when the firm launched its Giant Sunflower brand.”
Lloyd Wieland of rural Dazey, N.D., says he understands the company’s explanations that the recession affected their markets for meat, but he also says he was “shocked” to realize the company could be in such financial crisis, considering the pillars of North Dakota agriculture who were involved.
Xcel Energy and enXco Development Corp. of San Diego had planned to build a 150-megawatt wind farm named Merricourt in southeastern North Dakota last year until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the project could harm nearby plovers and whooping cranes, both protected species.
Minneapolis-based Xcel pulled out of the project and enXco and Xcel sued one another.
If you ever imagined what the future of agriculture looks like — driverless tractors crawling across the vast Red River Valley farming landscape — then meet Terry M. Anderson. He says he’s going to make it happen in 2012 and 2013. Anderson, 69, whose official address is Spearfish, S.D., has tested a half-scale model of such a tractor near a second home in Texas. He has sets of teams of experts working on the machine at St. Michael, Minn., near Minneapolis.
Noodles by Leonardo, a pasta mill and processor started in 1980 in Cando, N.D., and later expanded to Devils Lake, is consolidating. Noodles will move its Devils Lake production to Cando over the next several months, according to Jay Janssen, plant manager.
John Cowles Jr., former publisher and chairman of the Star Tribune newspapers and a philanthropist who helped shape the cultural community of the Twin Cities by pushing for facilities like the Guthrie Theater and the Metrodome, has died. He was 82.
It’s no secret Grand Forks is an aviation mecca, of sorts, with a renowned flight school, Air Force base and one of the busiest commercial airports in the country. The surge of oil-related activity in western North Dakota is beginning to fuel increased activity for GFK Flight Support, Varian said. And with the increase in local companies providing services out west, GFK Flight Support has begun working to help coordinate private flights.
North Dakotans likely will be voting on two important issues in the June primary. The first is property taxation, its limitations and unfairness. If Measure 2 is not adopted in the election, then changes will come in the legislative session. One way or another, the state will have to get serious about the problems of property taxation. This issue will not go away until changes occur. The second issue is academic freedom, which is coming to a head through the Legislature’s absurd effort to require UND to use a particular nickname for its sports teams.
Mayo Clinic is launching a nationwide cancer treatment network that will give various health systems access to its physicians. Its recently created clinic care network includes Altru Health System, based in Grand Forks.
Minnesota, Michigan and North Carolina are the latest fronts in a spreading legislative campaign to reserve the swirling poles for barbers. The proposals, which often include fines for offenders, are driving a new wedge in a trade where gender lines have long run deep.
Packed planes and a high volume of carry-ons are forcing airlines to expand the space above passenger's heads. United and Delta are the latest airlines to replace or upgrade bins so they hold more luggage. And engineers at Boeing are designing jet interiors with today's bulkier luggage in mind.
Plant, under new ownership, would turn sugar beets into fuel as early as fall Energae LP, an energy investment group based in Clear Lake, Iowa, has signed a purchase agreement to buy the mothballed Grafton facility from Northeast Energy LLC, according to Jerry Krause, a general partner in Energae. The company expects to launch a search for North Dakota investors within the next couple of weeks, he said.
While 99 percent of U.S. companies with 200 or more employees offered health insurance in 2011, just 57 percent of those with fewer than 50 workers offered benefits, according to research from the Kaiser Family Foundation. But in certain industries, health insurance is already essential to attract good employees. That forces entrepreneurs to figure out ways to afford coverage.
The owner of Minnesota's two nuclear power plants says it is preparing to spend $20 million to $50 million on safety upgrades and studies based on the lessons of the nuclear catastrophe in Japan a year ago this month. Some U.S. nuclear critics question whether the actions are sufficient,
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