Katie Beedy

A "LEAP" forward for NDSU professor, RFID technology

For close to five years, Dr. Val Marinov worked quietly alongside students and faculty at the NDSU Research and Technology Park to develop cutting-edge technology for microelectronics assembly. The technology, known as Laser Enabled Advanced Packaging (LEAP), makes it possible to embed ultrathin radio frequency identification (RFID) chips on flexible substrates, such as paper. RFID-enabled paper already existed at the time, but…

WalkSmart: how three friends are bringing the personalized data revolution to physical therapy

Healthy walking habits have repeatedly been shown to improve both physical and mental health-related quality of life. So when both of their grandmothers fell around the same time and were forced to rely on walking aids, best friends Peter Chamberlain and Nick MacKinnon knew they needed to do something. Serendipitously, the two University of Portland mechanical engineering students happened to be looking for…

'Not' like the rest: Fergus Falls company makes snacks for everybody

For Rob Fuglie, inventor of Nots! Snacks, the recipe for success starts with four simple ingredients and a severe food allergy. Fuglie’s young son suffers from anaphylaxis, a serious allergic to reaction that is most commonly brought on by foods, insect stings, medications and latex. If he comes in contact with peanuts or tree nuts and does not…

Fargo brewer Chris Anderson is crafting the future of malt production

In 2015, the craft beer industry brought in more than $22 billion– a 16% growth in sales from the year prior. Small breweries are big business nowadays, and few know the business better than Fargo Brewing Company co-founder Chris Anderson. “We still represent a very small part of the overall market share, and I think there’s still…

Edfiniti: how Fargo teachers are changing the culture of schools

In today’s special education classrooms, the method of monitoring and intervening in problematic behaviors is still predominantly paper-and-pencil. It is subjective, inconsistent, and time-consuming– making it all-too easy for students to slip through the cracks. Matthew Myrold and Fredrick Weiss know this problem well. Weiss is beginning his second year as a special educator at Liberty Middle School in West…

South Dakota startup helping elderly population live with ease

Travis Kiefer likes to do things a little differently. Upon graduating from Groton High School in 2006, he enrolled at Stanford and became the first from his small-town South Dakota school to get into an Ivy League university. After his junior year, he took time off to fundraise for a nonprofit of his own creation and become the youngest American…

Fargo e-commerce startup gives kids the courage to stand up to fears

In the United States, 80 percent of kids with a diagnosable anxiety disorder and 60 percent of kids with diagnosable depression do not recieve the treatment they need— numbers which, to clinical psychologist Dr. Renae Reinardy, are just not acceptable. “Childhood mental health is the most important thing,” she said. “If you don’t have your mental health, and…

The future of fashion: how Vanity Clothing uses tech to keep up with trends

Mickey Quinn is no stranger to the ever-shifting tides of the fashion industry. Working in the retail operations department at Coldwater Creek in the late 90s and early 2000s, she watched as the women’s clothing line grew from the pages of a catalogue to a nationwide chain of more than 400 stores. “Retail was the black sheep of…

It's Startup Day Across America, here's how we're celebrating

Happy Startup Day! Startup Day began in 2013, when Representatives Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) 
and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) launched the first annual Startup Day Across America as part of a bipartisan, bicameral effort to connect local entrepreneurs with their representatives. The goal was to create a day to celebrate the intellectual and economic impact startups can have across the country. On Startup…

Emerging Prairie announces new board members

Emerging Prairie just keeps growing. Last February, we welcomed Edie Ramstad of Weave Got Maille and Premier Anodizing to our Board of Directors. This week, we added three more of Fargo’s finest to the team. Get to know them here: “We’re happy to increase the size of our board and add new expertise from folks that care deeply about our…