Health care, higher ed, and happy Thanksgiving

Prairie Business editor's note for November 2022.

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What do you get when you cross health care and higher education?

Answer: topics in this month’s issue of Prairie Business .

One of the stories is about a new robotics knee-replacement system that Essentia Health has adopted; the other highlights research that a group of scientists at North Dakota State University is conducting to help those with diabetes.

I don’t want to give any secrets away here – you’ll have to read the stories to learn more about these topics – but it was exciting to speak with sources about these innovations and what role they will play in the future of health care and its patients.

There also are stories about new adopted technology in the biology lab at Dakota Wesleyan University, in Mitchell, South Dakota, and how NextBlue of North Dakota keeps expanding its Medicare Advantage offerings across the state.


Outside of health care and higher ed, architecture and engineering experts share what they are doing to stay on top of their game in a tight labor market. Some of the professionals Prairie Business tapped also remark about the trends they are noticing what may be on the horizon.

There’s more within these pages, of course, and we hope you enjoy the read.

And speaking of what’s on the horizon, Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

We don’t need a holiday to thank our loyal readers and business partners, but it seems fitting to express that gratitude now.

Prairie Business couldn’t do what it has done for the past two decades without the support from our partners and readers and sources – and we thank you, one and all, for being a part of the business community and the work you do within it. And thank you for supporting this magazine and its mission to highlight trends and bring industry news to people across the region.

All of us at Prairie Business wish you a happy Thanksgiving, and we hope you enjoy this month’s issue of the magazine.

Happy reading!

Andrew Weeks
Andrew Weeks

Andrew Weeks is an award-winning journalist who has reported for a number of newspapers and magazines. He currently is the editor of Prairie Business, the premier business magazine of the northern plains. The magazine covers various industries and business topics in the Dakotas and western Minnesota.
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