Brad Gibbens grew up in Cando, N.D., where a single hospital provided care for people up to 50 miles away. That distance may seem unsettling, but in rural North Dakota that's the norm, said Gibbens, now the deputy director of the Center for Rural Health at UND. "I grew up in rural North Dakota in a town with a hospital; it basically means everything," Gibbens said. "It is an access point to care, but also a big part of economic development." But, according to Gibbens, rural health care could be jeopardized as many rural hospitals struggle to turn a profit.
MINTO, N.D. — A group of men stand outside around a large boiling pot of oil, many wearing shirts with the word "Polska" emblazoned across the chest. "This is the best sausage we've made yet," one of them remarks. This is Minto's Polish Food Fest. The Polish National Alliance held its 14th annual festival in the Minto Community Center on Saturday. Nearly 600 people turned up to eat and celebrate, some coming from as far as Milwaukee. Jeff Jankowski, who came all the way from Wisconsin, said this was his second Polish Food Fest.
A group in Devils Lake is taking a national shortage of skilled trade workers into their own hands. Forward Devils Lake Corporation is partnering with area businesses to encourage high school seniors to stay local and recruit people from out of town to the area, calling it the 20 by 20 program. "We're trying to stop the bleeding of our high school youth," said Brad Barth, executive director of the Forward Devils Lake Corporation. Barth has been working to recruit high school seniors and match them with local employers.
As the craft beer market has exploded, craft spirits also have been gaining traction. One craft spirit made with ingredients found right here in the Red River Valley now is carried at Hugo's Wine and Spirits and Happy Harry's. BĒT Vodka (pronounced BEET) is sold in more than 400 liquor stores throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin. It is made from American Crystal Sugar Company sugar beets. Minnesota native Ben Brueshoff and his wife, Rochelle, own the business.
A local recycling company will expand its services, thanks to a loan from the city of Grand Forks. The Grand Forks Jobs Development Authority on Monday approved a $14,051 FlexPACE loan to Countrywide Sanitation Company. Countrywide Sanitation will use the loan to purchase two new trucks. The company provides recycling and refuse services to businesses and homeowners in Grand Forks and within a 120-mile radius of the city. Countrywide Sanitation says these new trucks would increase the overall amount of recycling done in the region.
Favorable melt conditions will continue this week, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will hover in the mid- to upper-30s and warm up to 40s by the weekend, the NWS said in its spring thaw update. At night, temperatures are dropping below freezing, slowing the thaw. NWS Service Hydrologist Amanda Lee said the weather this week is ideal.
Opening a business takes a leap of faith. Especially opening a business unique in its community. "That was absolutely terrifying," said Mary Burd, owner of the Voxxy boutique in downtown Grand Forks. Voxxy styles sizes 12 through 22, a market Burd says was underserved in the area. The boutique opened in 2015. The Herald talked with Burd about what it was like to open a shop that serves women of all shapes and sizes: Q: What makes Voxxy different from other clothing stores in Grand Forks?
From getting the silent treatment to the general undermining of work, a bad boss can make a great job miserable. At some point, everyone probably will encounter a bad boss, but experts say there are ways to keep your job and sanity. Michelle Duffy is the Vernon Heath chair at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. She says there are several ways to think about bad bosses. What makes a bad boss?
HALLOCK, Minn.—The Gateway Motel and Museum in Hallock has 10 rooms. During pipeline construction, each room is filled and the workers are outside on the patio between the motel and museum grilling food bought from the grocery store, talking with locals or drinking a beer at the bar down the block. Mikey Totleben is the owner of the motel. He said he caters to construction workers and was depending on the work on the pipeline coming through town this summer.
Because of the incoming severe weather, Xcel Energy has released a list of winter weather safety tips. "We understand how inconvenient it can be to lose power, and that's why we monitor the forecast," said Troy Browen, senior director of control center operations for Xcel in a release. In the release, Xcel advises customers to stay away from downed power lines, build a home emergency kit and to use a space heater with caution. Never leave a space heater unattended, the release said. Other tips in the release include: