ADVANCING REGIONAL ISSUES

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North Dakota is a land of opportunity and it is our goal to share those opportunities and help you see them as well.

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Strengthen ND: Pioneering Solutions Since 2015

Strengthen ND: Pioneering Solutions Since 2015

When Strengthen ND was started in 2015, we didn’t have a lot. We had no money. We had no clients. No way to make payroll. But what did we have? A whole lot of ambition, optimism, and, most importantly, a willingness to listen and learn. Eventually, months into our...

Finding home 6,000 miles away from home

Finding home 6,000 miles away from home

(AGWEEK) DICKINSON, N.D. — Barnabas Nyaaba has called Dickinson home for the past five years. It’s a lengthy 6,000-mile jaunt from his native country of Ghana, Africa — a move he’s glad he made. “I’m pretty comfortable here. I do see myself staying,” he said. As a...

Kansas City couple builds better life in Bowman, North Dakota

Kansas City couple builds better life in Bowman, North Dakota

(AGWEEK) BOWMAN, N.D. — During the great recession in 2008, Melinda Padilla Lynch and her husband Matthew were facing challenging times in their hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. Jobs were few and far between, and getting by was becoming harder and harder for the...

Family and sense of home bring Idahoans to Ashley, ND

Family and sense of home bring Idahoans to Ashley, ND

(AGWEEK) ASHLEY, N.D. — Shane and Carley Peacock knew they wanted to start their own business; they’d been dreaming about it for a long time. But as residents of the fast-growing city of Boise, Idaho, the two knew it’d be an expensive, challenging and risky venture....

Hawaii native becomes ‘small-town treasure’ in rural North Dakota

Hawaii native becomes ‘small-town treasure’ in rural North Dakota

(AGWEEK) CROSBY, N.D. — North Dakota wasn’t where Jonathan Kauhako expected to live and work. “If you would have told me three years ago I’d be living in North Dakota, doing this, I’d be like sure, right, right,” said Jonathan Kauhako, owner of Hindsite Creations, a...

Pioneer spirit pulls Coloradan to a new life in North Dakota

Pioneer spirit pulls Coloradan to a new life in North Dakota

(AGWEEK) WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Like a modern-day pioneer, Sandy Rieker packed up her family and moved to the country to start a new life. But unlike the early settlers, Rieker and her family headed north, not west, 10 years ago, leaving her native Colorado and landing...

Rural Network Retreat

Rural Network Retreat

The Rural Network Retreat will be a gathering of community doers and enthusiasts from across rural North Dakota. This retreat won’t follow the typical lecture/presenter format - although, there will be a few informal speakers. We want this to be a productive day of...

Divide County Journal: Focus on Community

Divide County Journal: Focus on Community

June 1, 2021 - This is the first of a three-part report on a series of discussions held in Divide County to aid future planning and development work by the Divide County Economic Development Council.  Read the full article here.

KX News: Someone You Should Know

KX News: Someone You Should Know

April 2, 2021 - With small-town North Dakota roots, Warwick-native Megan Laudenschlager is passionate about improving her home state in any way she can.   “There’s nothing better than growing up on a farm and living in a small town, graduating with a class of five...