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BIZ BUZZ: Grand Forks pawn shop closing

The Silver Dollar Pawn Shop in Grand Forks will close Wednesday after nearly 30 years, according to its co-owner. Jim Bassett said he and his wife, Fran, decided to close the store because they could not find someone to buy it.

Grand Forks Herald, 08/24/2013

Canadian Pacific railroad cutting jobs in Thief River Falls

Canadian Pacific railroad has furloughed approximately 30 workers in recent months from its operation in Thief River Falls, according to union officials. The job cuts are among roughly 90 furloughs at CP sites across Minnesota that the United Transportation Union has counted since October 2012.

Grand Forks Herald, 08/15/2013

NW Minnesota has rising share of people living in unaffordable housing

Housing is becoming harder for more Minnesotans to afford because of rising costs and falling incomes, increasing the share of people living in homes they cannot afford, according to a new study.

Grand Forks Herald, 08/13/2013

Federal Medicare settlement costs Altru $1.5 million

Altru Health System paid $1.5 million as part of a $34 million settlement that it and 54 other hospitals reached with the federal government over allegations that they used more expensive inpatient procedures rather than outpatient spinal surgeries to get bigger Medicare payments, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

Associated Press , 07/02/2013

N.D. utility: Climate plan has unknowns

According to one utility CEO, there are several questions about the climate change proposal President Barack Obama introduced this week, including how to power generators will reduce emissions and how much it will cost.

Grand Forks Herald, 06/28/2013

Letter raises questions over council member’s votes

A Grand Forks resident has asked for an investigation of his claims that a City Council member has voted on city business in which he has a professional stake.

Grand Forks Herald, 06/21/2013

CEO says fertilizer plant plan ‘a monstrous challenge’

The CEO of a group planning to build a $1.5 billion fertilizer manufacturing plant near Grand Forks said the venture is focusing on investment, engineering and its workforce in the early phases of the four-year project.

Grand Forks Herald, 05/13/2013

‘Perfect’ site nets fertilizer plant facility

The selection of 320 acres northwest of Grand Forks as the site of a proposed $1.5 billion fertilizer production plant came down to plentiful land and water, said developers, announcing the project Thursday.

Grand Forks Herald, 05/09/2013

Shirvani’s future up to N.D. higher education board

Following a legislative session that invested hundreds of millions in higher education and approved a new funding formula for colleges, Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he trusted the State Board of Higher Education’s ability to resolve questions hanging over the system’s chancellor.

Grand Forks Herald, 05/07/2013

Springfest goes off without a hitch at University Park in Grand Forks

An overcast sky and a 50-degree temperature offered a chilly day around University Park for Springfest revelers in Grand Forks on Saturday, but Mitch Coddington was happy to be there.

Grand Forks Herald, 05/04/2013

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