May 27, 2019
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Rare  white buffalo , Dakota Miracle, can be seen at the  National Buffalo Museum  in Jamestown.
North Dakota salaries

With graduations, a brand new crop of candidates will be hitting the job market. North Dakota is one of the states where employment opportunities are plentiful..."Those blue collar jobs are gaining steam in a sense in that you can essentially get them right out of college, you can have less student loan debt, you can own your own business and still have the opportunity to make a good living, and that's attractive to a lot of people," said Bismarck-Mandan Chamber President Brian Ritter.
City puts MAGIC dollars to work

A new business revolving loan fund will get an advance appropriation, while a selection committee will begin seeking marketing firms interested in branding Minot...The council approved spending up to $300,000 on a professional marketing consultant to assist in creating a one-brand strategy for Visit Minot, the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce and Minot Area Development Corp.
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Special Olympics South Dakota Summer Games Return To Vermillion

Duane Popham of Watertown, chairman of the South Dakota Special Olympics board of directors, stood quietly in the brisk breeze blowing across Lillibridge Track on the University of South Dakota campus Saturday morning, and simply took it all in...“We are so excited that you are here,” Nate Welch, president and CEO of the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company, told the Special Olympians during the event’s opening ceremony Thursday night, May 16, at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center on the University of South Dakota campus.
Communities in the Northern Hills unite to give kids in need a little comfort

More then 50 sewers from across the Northern Black Hills united together to give kids a little comfort in times of duress...This ambassador project is part of the Whitewood Chamber of Commerce who invited other community members to volunteer their time to do something good for all involved.
Businesses prepare for start of summer tourist season

The Memorial Day weekend means the start of the summer tourism season in Wisconsin, and businesses that cater to tourists say they are hoping for sunny skies this weekend. The Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau say last year the county saw an 11% increase in tourism related tax revenue, a trend they hope will continue this year. 
NNS Spotlight: ‘We want to be part of the conversation’: Group aims to elevate fellow Asian Pacific Americans

To mark  Asian Pacific American Heritage Month  in May two years ago, three Milwaukeeans of Asian descent launched a Facebook page that highlighted little-known facts about Asian American heritage, history and culture...“That’s how people started hearing about the movement we were trying to create,” said May yer Thao, executive director of the  Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce.
With Workers Hard To Find, Immigration Crackdown Leaves Iowa Town In A Bind

One morning a year ago, federal immigration agents swept into the Midwest Precast Concrete plant in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and arrested 32 men who were working there illegally...Kristi Ray, executive vice president of the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance, says last year's raid at Midwest Precast Concrete underscores how broken the nation's immigration system is.
Local lawmakers reflect on 2019 Legislative Session in Ames

As unrelenting wind and rain continued to sweep through Ames well into Tuesday night, local residents and public officials huddled in Alluvial Brewery to meet with local legislators to reflect on the 2019 Iowa Legislative Session...Drew Kamp, director of Public Policy for the Ames Chamber of Commerce. said the recently adjourned session was successful session for the city of Ames, one of the 11 growing cities in the state.
Duluth military, business leaders to travel to Washington, D.C., hope to bring F-35 joint strike fighter to 148th

Military and business leaders from Duluth are heading to our nation’s capitol Wednesday on an important mission. The Duluth Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee will be speaking with our Congressional delegates and military leaders, and hope to convince them to station the F-35 joint strike fighter in Duluth.
Faribault's Futures debuts reno of entrepreneurs' workspace

Since 1995, The Faribault’s Futures program has provided an opportunity for local leaders to engage emerging leaders, develop and broaden their knowledge of the community, and to motivate them to become leaders within Faribault. This program, hosted by the  Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce , has seen hundred of graduates through this journey.
Rural state senators lead move to block update of Nebraska's top business incentive program

Rural state senators kept their word Friday, leading a legislative blockade that sunk a major bill seeking to update the state’s top tax incentive program for business growth...“This a blow to our economic development process. It’s a blow to growth in our city,” said Steve Seline, who heads a public policy council for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce.
Kearney ranks #17 in best small cities to start a business

Kearney ranks number 17 on a list of best small cities in the nation to start a business and number one in the state of Nebraska, according to a  study done by Wallet Hub ...The Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce said people work really well together in Kearney and encourage each other by doing whatever they can to help make each business successful.
BRIGHTER FUTURE: Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project will create thousands of construction jobs and is based on safety and environmental protection, to which Audrey, a pipeliner for 20 years, encourages Native Americans like herself to get trained and find pipeline work.
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