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Inside Business: Entrepreneurial tour coming to Fargo

YANKTON, S.D. – Think 29 will launch the first Think 29 Tour on Aug. 6-7. The tour will travel from Fargo to Sioux City, Iowa, stopping in Watertown, Brookings, Sioux Falls and Yankton, S.D. Each city will host an event promoting entrepreneurship.

Think 29 is a media and events company based in Yankton that aims to connect entrepreneurs, investors and innovators of the greater I-29 corridor.

Eleven riders from seven cities will be on board the Think 29 tour bus, including Sarah English of Fargo. The riders will blog about their experiences.

The first event will be Aug. 6 in Fargo at the weekly 1 Million Cups presentation at The Stage at Island Park.

For more information, visit

Health Care Summit planned for Tuesday

FARGO – The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber is hosting a health care event Tuesday featuring nationally recognized health care policy expert Betsy McCaughey.

The event runs 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, Fargo.

McCaughey will provide an inside-the-beltway perspective on the Affordable Care Act and the ramifications of the law on health care.

Tuesday’s event will also feature breakout sessions by local industry experts about topics such as worksite wellness, understanding the health insurance landscape and complying with the law for both large and small businesses, as well as a panel discussion about the future of health care and medicine.

Cost is $59 for Chamber members, $69 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, visit

Minnesota gains 8,500 jobs in June

ST. PAUL – Minnesota gained 8,500 jobs in June, and its unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

The state has 10,700 net job gains for the calendar year. Its annual growth rate is 1.9 percent, matching the U.S. growth rate for the last 12 months.

Forum staff reports

The biggest job gains were seen in government, education and health services, and trade, transportation and utilities. Manufacturing, leisure and hospitality and construction were down.