SOCIAL SECURITY: INFORMATION & UPDATES Employers – remember SSA Business Services Online
Employers: You can still register for Social Security Business Services Online (BSO) and transmit your 2014 W-2 information electronically.
Once registered, you can also immediately verify the Social... Posted on 12/18/14 at 12:03 PM
STAFF BLOG OIL PATCH DISPATCH Cash Wise opens in Watford City
WATFORD CITY, N.D. Cash Wise Foods has opened in Watford City, the first tenant in a commercial development by Minneapolis-based Oppidan Investment Co.
The 130,000-square-foot development at highways... Posted on 7/25/13 at 1:06 PM
STAFF BLOG MONKE BUSINESS A look inside Wildcat Pizzeria
I got a first look inside the new Wildcat Pizzeria on March 20 thanks to owner Russell Meads.
What I got out of my im... Posted on 4/2/13 at 4:13 PM
NDAD INSIGHT NDAD adds chief operations officer
Don Santer has joined NDAD as chief operations officer, giving him oversight of the North Dakota nonprofit organizations entrepreneurial efforts.
Don will supervise the charitable gaming activities... Posted on 3/7/13 at 8:41 AM
MEDORA, N.D. -- The latest proposal to turn an old school in Fryburg into a crew camp has been tabled until early January by the Billings County Zoning Board.
Morgan Chase Management, a development company based in Jackson, Miss., presented its revised plan to build hundreds of rooms for oilfield workers on Thursday afternoon in a packed conference room at the Billings County Courthouse.
Fryburg is west of Dickinson, just off Interstate 94.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Minnesota power company official told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C., Thursday that they had substantial railroad coal delivery problems this past year, and although stockpiles have recovered as of this month, they still have concerns.
Because of it, consumers are paying more, too, officials told the federal regulators.
David McMillan, executive vice president of Duluth-based Minnesota Power, described how his company’s stockpiles of coal were nearly exhausted during last winter’s harsh weather. He said that in the face of unreliable service from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, the company’s coal reserves dwindled to a four-day supply at one point.
FARGO, N.D. – Mike Schmitz watched from Bismarck as the North Dakota State University Bison football team beat the Golden Gophers in 2007. “We should be at that game,” he thought.
In 2008, Schmitz started Midwest Sports Tours, bringing groups of fans to occasional Minnesota Vikings games, University of North Dakota hockey matches or concerts at the State Fair in Minot. He arranges the transportation, hotels and tailgating.
“The premise is, you get on, you don’t worry about anything,” said Schmitz, who is also general manager of the North Dakota Horse Park.
FARGO, N.D. -- Christi Offutt, chief executive officer of RDO Equipment Co., has been named to succeed her father, Ron Offutt, as chairperson of both Offutt family companies that operate in more than nine states with headquarters in Fargo.
She will assume the position effective Jan. 1. Ron Offutt will become chairman emeritus.
RDO Enterprise is comprised of R.D. Offutt Co. and RDO Equipment Co.
The U.S. railroad industry continues to evolve, and Upper Midwest agriculture needs to change with it, the president of a railroad consulting company said.
Strategies to consider include trucking products to other carriers if necessary and buying grain cars of your own, said Richard McGuire, president of Minneapolis-based EKN Rail Co., which offers a wide range of services to railroads and their customers.
McGuire spoke Dec. 11 at the annual Prairie Grains conference in Grand Forks, N.D. More than 700 people, most of them from eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota, attended the two-day event, which began Dec. 10. Eight Minnesota and North Dakota farm organizations sponsored the conference, which included presentations on 2015 weather, grain marketing, the 2014 farm bill, precision agriculture and new research into wheat and soybeans, among other topics.
McLEOD, N.D. - Four collector tractors Jim Haugen restored have found a home an ocean away in Norway.
“It’s pretty special,” said Haugen, who lives on a farm near McLeod. “That doesn’t happen every day.”
Haugen sold the tractors to a Norwegian buyer who had toured his farm a few times with Carrol Juven’s Fargo-based Norwegian Cultural Tours, which brings people from Norway on tours to the Fargo area. They visit museums, tractor shows and festivals all over the region, he said.
FARGO, N.D. – Consumers shopping for health insurance through the online marketplace have more options but many also are likely to face higher premiums, according to surveys.
In North Dakota, the three insurers selling through the marketplace – which is necessary to obtain tax credits for premium subsidies for those who are eligible – have increased the number of insurance plans from 21 last year to 30.
Similarly, the numbers of participating insurers dropped in Minnesota from five to four, but consumers still have more insurance plans to choose from.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- This is exactly the boost needed for Mitchell Technical Institute and South Dakota’s three other technical schools.
That's what MTI President Greg Von Wald said about the announced partnership between South Dakota and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford for $50 million in scholarships for workforce development. The announcement was made by Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Wednesday in Sioux Falls.
Von Wald said it was too early to know exactly how the funding will impact MTI, but said it will make a key difference for the school.
In a normal year, many Upper Midwest farmers and landlords already would have agreed on 2015 rental rates for cropland and pasture. In a normal year, agricultural producers, bankers and economists would have a pretty good handle on rate trends for the new year.
This isn’t a normal year.
A Canadian-based company is seeking U.S. investors for a proposed nitrogen fertilizer plant near Regina, Saskatchewan. It would supply farmers in both Canada and the U.S.
If all goes well, construction of the $1.7 billion plant known as Project N, could begin in 2016 or 2017, says Terry Drabiuk, vice president of business development for AgraCity, which is part of Farmers North America.
“Our mission is all about maximizing farm profitability,” and a farmer-owned nitrogen fertilizer plant would help achieve that goal, he says.
Drabiuk spoke Dec. 11 at the Prairie Grains Conference in Grand Forks, N.D., where he was seeking investors for the project.
Container capacity possible in the future
The Belle Fourche, S.D., Economic Development Corp. is planning an $8.4 million terminal to load and unload rail cars in the city’s new industrial park. Ryan Kavan, city engineer, says the facility initially will be able to load gondolas or boxcars and bulk shipping of agricultural products from South Dakota and North Dakota.
The project includes 15,000 feet of track and a covered warehouse for crane-loading and unloading, Mayor Gary Hendrickson said. The nearest similar transload facilities are in western North Dakota, western Manitoba and Nebraska. The initial phase wouldn’t allow container shipping, but it is possible down the line, Kavan says.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Though the first half of the Upper Midwest 2015 growing season should be favorable, the second half could bring challenges, including the possibility of “one of the hottest summers on record,” according to an area weather expert.
“We have some encouraging things to look forward to, but there are some things we need to be aware of that could be potential challenges as we move forward,” said Leon Osborne with the Regional Weather Information Center at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.
Osborne spoke Dec. 11 at the annual Prairie Grains Conference in Grand Forks. The two-day event, which began Dec. 10, was sponsored by eight Minnesota and North Dakota agricultural organizations and attracted more than 700 people, most of them from northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.
BISMARCK, N.D. – The president and general manager of the nation’s only state-owned mill will receive a $61,857 bonus after a prosperous year in which the mill generated nearly $13.4 million in profits, the second highest in its 92-year history.
The state Industrial Commission unanimously approved the bonus Wednesday for North Dakota Mill President Vance Taylor, whose base salary for fiscal year 2014 was $208,272.
Taylor’s contract provides for an annual bonus of up to 30 percent of his base salary. The maximum bonus he could have received was $62,482.
Industry remains cautiously optimistic
FARGO, N.D. — Officials say an agreement to normalize diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba could lead to improved trade possibilities and important opportunities for agriculture in the Upper Midwest.
U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said the reopening of an embassy in Havana and easing of some travel and commerce restrictions are the beginning of things to come.
“It's going to go a long way toward making agricultural trade with Cuba more streamlined and accessible,” Heitkamp said. She said the most important change is that traders “can go bank-to-bank and don't have to jump through Canada or somewhere to do business” with Cuba.
McConnell: First job for new Senate is to approve controversial pipeline
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The new Republican-controlled U.S. Senate's first act in January will be approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters the bill would be based on a measure that failed in the Senate last month that was co-sponsored by Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Mary Landrieu, D-La.
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