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Emerging Prairie Awarded Ecosystem Grant from the Bush Foundation

On October 8, 2018, Emerging Prairie was officially awarded the Ecosystem Grant from the Bush Foundation for the second time. The Ecosystem Grant is focused on providing general operating support for an ecosystem organization that, “…advance[s] the goal[s] of a [Bush] Foundation program or strategic initiative” (bushfoundation.org). The programs and initiatives included are; community innovation,…

Techstars facilitator Michael Norton bets on Fargo, moves into Startup House

Michael Norton has spent the past year of his life hop-skotching around the U.S. and Canada, facilitating Startup Weekends and observing the startup communities across the board. This summer, after visiting over 25 cities, he decided Fargo was the right place to be. “I’ve been to cities of 10,000, like Yankton, South Dakota, and I’ve…

Paul Singh's very honest tips for Midwest "tech hubs"

If anyone is qualified to offer advice to the so called tech hubs blooming across America, it is perhaps Paul Singh, the man who is taking three laps around America to study how these communities operate and grow. The venture capitalist with a portfolio of 1,600 companies globally, got sick of life on an airplane…

Celebrate every day: The story behind the National Day Calendar

It starts with popcorn. Like so many things. Marlo Anderson, Mandan native and the founder of the National Day Calendar, energy behind the Autonomous Friendly Corridor, and perhaps better known as the “Guru of Geek” on his tech podcast the Tech Ranch, ran into a major dilemma a few years ago, in early 2013. “I…

How CaringBridge founder Sona Mehring uses technology for good

Sona Mehring has long recognized the power of connecting through technology. Before Google, before Facebook, she developed social network CaringBridge based on that ability — to “connect the hearts behind the keyboards,” as she says. Today, a CaringBridge page is created every seven minutes. CaringBridge is a non-profit that allows people going through health crises…

NDSU team excels at NASA rover challenge

We’re hurtling through the NDSU campus parking lot when the driver, Chris, says, “This thing can handle a lot more, if you’re up for it!” I’m a bit frightened, it being my first time riding on a student-made martian rover created with 3D-print molded wheels and metal rods welded together. We’re both facing away from…

West Fargo highschooler builds plans for educational app

As a senior at West Fargo Highschool, Dieumerci “Chris” Christel is all too familiar with the frustrations of highschool life. Students often find topics difficult to learn, they get distracted by social media when studying, and they have no platform to connect with other students, Chris said. Not to mention the app the school provides…

A walk through Fargo's Startup House: Free housing for entrepreneurs

In late summer of 2014, a 4-bed 2-bath house in north Fargo opened its doors to local entrepreneurs with a promise of free housing. Zero rent, zero utilities, high power internet from 702 communications, and an environment of collaboration and innovation.  The House is a project of Miguel Danielson, a Harvard lawyer who grew up…

Digitizing the past: Online library preserves aircraft materials from WWII

Scrolling through AirCorps Library is like stepping out of a time machine. Drawings and documents pepper the site, reminiscent of 1940’s wartime: manuals for a B-25 Mitchell bomber, descriptions of landing gear installations, a World War II pilot’s booklet. The latter reads: “You have an important job — that of carrying airborne troops and equipment…

Locals plan website to teach people "How the F" you do life skills

The name of the team had the judges of Women’s Startup Weekend chuckling before they even heard the pitch. Team “How the F”, lead by Hannah Savoy, took first place out of the four presentations at North Dakota Women’s Startup Weekend with their idea to create a content site, designed around teaching people “How the…