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February 2015

North Dakota Named Best Run State in Nation for Third Consecutive Year

North Dakota was credited with being the best run state in the nation for a third consecutive year, according to a 24/7 Wall Street study released. The study looks at data on financial health, standard of living and government services by the state to determine how well each state is managed.

North Dakota Named Best Run State in Nation for Third Consecutive Year - 24/7 Wall Street

North Dakota Becoming Broadband Leader

North Dakota broadband leaders released a state broadband report highlighting substantial investments to make North Dakota number one in the country for providing high-speed fiber optic access. Through the efforts of telecommunication providers, fiber optic cable has been installed to most homes and businesses in the state.

“DCN and its 15 owner telecommunications companies have put 40,000 miles of fiber optics in the ground to extend ultra-high-speed broadband capabilities to every corner of the state,” said Seth Arndorfer, Dakota Carrier Network CEO. “Our network is bringing gigabit-capable broadband services to hundreds of business locations.”

North Dakota Becoming Broadband Leader - USDA Rural Development

Allete Division Minnesota Power Completes Latest Phase of Bison Wind Energy Center

Minnesota Power, a division of Allete, Inc., has completed commissioning on the latest phase of the Bison Wind Energy Center in North Dakota. The 205MW Bison 4 expansion features 64 Siemens turbines and output is delivered to the utility’s customers through a 465-mile direct current transmission line linking with Duluth. The almost 500MW produced by Bison’s total of 165 turbines now rank it as North Dakota’s largest wind farm. The project is located near New Salem, ND. The total Bison Wind Energy Center project will generate enough energy to power 92,000 homes.

Gallup Does Feature Story on RDO Equipment

"To be successful today, you've got to convince customers that you'll take care of them when they're down -- and you've got to walk the walk, you can't just talk it. You've got to prove it time and time again." So says Ron Offutt, founder of RDO Equipment Co., one of the largest John Deere dealers in North America. He is also the founder of R.D. Offutt Company, the largest potato grower in the U.S.

For more than 45 years, Ron has been building an empire on lifelong relationships with agriculture and construction equipment customers by adhering to three simple principles: maintain a sense of core values, understand your stakeholders' ever-shifting needs and deliver the finest service. His family business grew steadily, got big, went public and then was taken private again, and the equipment side became a $2 billion business.

Building a Giant in the Heavy-Equipment Industry - Gallup

North Dakota Lands UAS Manufacturing Venture

Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined executives from ComDel Innovation, Inc. and Altavian in announcing the companies’ agreement to manufacture unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and UAS components at ComDel’s high-tech manufacturing plant in Wahpeton.

Based in Gainesville, Fla., Altavian provides unmanned aerial systems and associated data collection services with applications in the fields of precision agriculture, infrastructure analysis, natural resource management and conservation for government, commercial and research-based customers.

North Dakota Lands UAS Manufacturing Venture - ND Governor's Office

FAA Announces Expanded UAS Airspace in North Dakota

The Northern Plains (UAS) Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site in collaboration with the Federal Aviation npuasts_bat.jpgAdministration (FAA) announced the approval to expand operations throughout the state of North Dakota. This authorization, granted under the FAA’s Certification of Authorization (COA) process, allows the industry more efficient access to airspace for collaborative research. The FAA was able to approve this COA application based on maturity and the demonstrated safety and operational processes used by the Northern Plains UAS Test Site.

FAA Announces Expanded UAS Airspace in North Dakota -

North Dakota's Population Reaches an All-Time High

North Dakota’s population has reached an all-time high of 739,482 residents, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. The state’s latest population estimate is an increase of 15,625 residents from last year’s count.

North Dakota's Population Reaches an All-Time High - ND Governor's Office

UND Students Win International Competition with UAS

A team of University of North Dakota engineering students recently won a major international competition, nailing down the lead with an impressive unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that they designed and built from scratch. Eighteen teams of student engineers competed for the world championship at the 22nd annual ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Student Design Competition finals, held in Montreal as part of at this year's International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exhibition.

UND Students Win International Competition with UAS - University of North Dakota


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