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Alexandria ranks in ‘Top 10 Best Small Towns in America’

July 11, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

We knew it, now it’s out for everyone else to discover Alexandria is a great place to live.
Alexandria is ranked seventh on the list of “America’s Top Small Towns.”
Livability.com, a website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America’s small and mid-sized cities, revealed the list on July 2. Continue Reading

Dickinson No. 1 on list of top small towns

July 6, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Many country songs have been written about life in a small town. Television shows have been set in charming small towns. And if you live in Dickinson, you live in the best small town of 2013, or so say the experts at Livability.com. Continue Reading

ND, Minn., workers rank high in education

June 19, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS North Dakotans and Minnesotans are among the states with the highest educational attainment in the country, according to a report by a private foundation focused on education. Continue Reading

North Dakota is No. 1

November 28, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS Just months ago, North Dakota was ranked as one of the most corrupt states, with failing grades in legislative accountability, political finance and ethics enforcement agencies. Continue Reading

Fargo country’s No. 12 college town

November 9, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO With about 30,000 college students in the community and several schools to choose from, Fargo is one of the country’s top college towns, according to new rankings from the American Institute for Economic Research. Continue Reading

Mississippi tips scale as nation’s fattest state for 7th year in a row

July 7, 2011 in West Central Tribune

WASHINGTON Rural Mississippi is the country’s fattest state for the seventh year in a row, according to an annual obesity report issued Thursday. Colorado, a playground for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, is the nation’s thinnest.
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OUR OPINION: A No. 1 ranking to (almost) ignore

September 9, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

When a national organization ranks North Dakota No. 1, that’s usually reason for North Dakotans to celebrate.
Usually. But in the case of the state’s recent No. 1 ranking in a survey of highway performance and cost effectiveness, the score probably should be taken with a pickup-truck load of highway salt. Continue Reading