Month: October 2018

TeacherSpark brings teachers together to share ideas and set off classroom innovation

A small cohort of North Dakota teachers are hoping to foster education innovation with an app that marries the structure of dating apps to a professional development focus. The app, TeacherSpark, will connect teachers to other teachers, giving them the opportunity to exchange ideas and resources and to support each other in their careers. Sara…

"Happy Employees! Happy Customers!" are the bedrock of Bell Bank's success

Over a more than 50-year history, Bell Bank has developed from a single Fargo location to a powerhouse of independent banking, doing business in every state. The company is now the largest independently owned bank in the upper Midwest. Richrd Solberg, president of Bell Bank, presented on October 24th as part of 1 Million Cups…

Creativity and quality are calling cards of Fargo-based sporting goods giant Scheels

Fargoans new and old likely know Scheels as the enormous sporting goods emporium on 45th Street, so it may surprise many to learn the retail giant began life with the modest windfall of a year’s potato harvest. It all started 116 years ago, when Frederick Scheel bought what his great-grandson Steve D. Scheel describes as…

NDSU researchers study start-ups in Fargo

Since you’re reading this site, it’s likely no secret to you that Fargo has become a vibrant hub of entrepreneurial energy in recent years. The local start-up scene is remarkable enough that two NDSU professors have made Fargo’s economic ecosystem the subject of an academic study. Joshua Marineau and Onnolee Nordstrom are both professors of…

Living Legends Day at 1 Million Cups

Join us as we host our second annual Living Legends Day! At this special 1 Million Cups Fargo, we’ll be hearing from Steve D. Scheel of SCHEELS and Richard Solberg of Bell Bank, on October 24th at 9:15 am at the Stage at Island Park. Steve D. Scheel was the CEO of SCHEELS until his son,…

Raquib Hasan seeks to revolutionize treatment of infected joint replacements with Osteo-Fill

NDSU’s Pharmaceutical Sciences research has produced Osteo-Fill, a treatment that could dramatically change the way health care providers tackle infections following joint replacement surgeries. Osteo-Fill is a putty-like implant created through research completed by NDSU graduate student Raquib Hasan and his advisor. “The main vision was my advisor’s,” Hasan said. “We did different experiments and…

Jesse Riley teaches STEM and environmental stewardship while raising money for schools with SongBird Creations

SongBird Creations is putting an environmental spin on school fundraising. The start-up partners with schools to help students raise funds for STEM-oriented projects. How the process works is schools partner with SongBird for a fundraising effort, and students sell monthly subscription boxes to friends, family, and neighbors and community members. Money from the sales then…