Bruce Gjovig talks more innovation in the Bakken

Bruce Gjovig

Bruce Gjovig is no stranger to pioneering and innovation in business.  The founder of UND’s Center of Innovation joined MacTalk to discuss his latest writing project which chronicles agricultural innovation in northwest Minnesota and North Dakota.

While on the subject of innovation Bruce, a native of western North Dakota,  proudly recounts the petroleum extraction revolution that began in the Bakken which has made the United States an energy exporter and changed strategic equations for the nation. However, he’s most excited about current efforts underway in the Bakken to continue that extraction revolution by extracting a higher percentage of petroleum from the shale in the Bakken.

Pierre Paul Lamoureux joins the Fargo Force

Pierre Paul Lamoureux
Red Deer Rebels
Pierre Paul Lamoureux
Associate Head Coach
Fargo Force, USHL

Grand Forks native Pierre Paul Lamoureux is the new Associate Head Coach of the Fargo Force. He joined us to talk a bit of USHL hockey and to update us on his new job assisting Cary Eades with the Fargo Force.

With stops in Red Deer of the WHL, the University of Manitoba and the University of North Dakota; and fresh of getting married, we’ll catch up with Pierre Paul and get the latest news on the Fargo Force.

THE 11TH ANNUAL UAS SUMMIT & EXPO: Terry Sando

Terry Sando
Grand Forks EDC
Dir, UAS Sector Development

Terry Sando is the Director of UAS Sector Development at the Grand Forks Region Economic Development, he joined us to talk about the 11th Annual UAS Summit & Expo.

Terry also discusses the most exciting innovations in the world of UAS, especially in the area of agriculture and emergency operations.  The Summit takes place on August 21-23, 2017 at the Alerus Center.

2018 OLYMPIC TRAINING UPDATE & ESPN “THE BODY ISSUE”: Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson
US Women’s National Team

Grand Forks native and US Women’s National Team star forward Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson joined MacTalk to update us on National Team training for the 2018 Olympic Games, her personal post-Olympic plans and whether she’ll continue to play and what it was like to appear on ESPN’s “The Body” issue.

Always a gracious guest, Jocelyne is a national leader and star in the world of women’s hockey and a great guest.

PLAGUED BY POLITICAL GRIDLOCK, IS IT TIME TO CHANGE THE U.S. CONSTITUTION? Mark Jendrysik

Mark Jendrysik
Professor of Pol Sci
University of North Dakota

Mark Jendrysik, Professor of Political Science & Public Administration at the University of North Dakota joins us to talk about whether the nation has outgrown its need for political parties or if they still contribute to furthering the common good.
I THINK THEY SHOULD BE BANNED… THEY HAVE CLEARLY OUTLIVE THEIR USEFULNESS IF THEY EVER HAD ANY.  Jendrysick will weigh in on the subject.

THE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS, LEADERSHIP & GORDON “GINNY” CHRISTIAN: Brad Berry

Brad Berry
Head Coach
UND Hockey

Tuesday, June 13 2017, Hour 1: Brad Berry joined the program to talk about the just completed Stanley Cup Playoff, Carter Rowney’s path as an undrafted free agent  to becoming a Stanley Cup winner, leadership and the life of UND legend Gordon “Ginny” Christian who passed away last week in Warroad MN.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN GRAND FORKS: Brian Schill, VP at Praxis Strategy Group

Mark Schill
Vice President
Praxis Strategy Group

Grand Forks native and UND graduate Mark Schill, Vice President at Praxis Strategy Group joins us to talk development in Grand Forks.  We talk the following:

(1) Evolve Grand Forks update

(2) The influence of Bruce Gjovig on business development in Grand Forks

(3)  The importance the “downtown” of a city

(4)  Footnote the economic recovery of the Flood of 1997 (the Missile & Bomber Wings BOTH departed too!)

(5)  The Housing Task Force

(6)  Arbor Park

THE FOUNDER AND BUILDER OF UND’S CENTER FOR INNOVATION ISN’T DONE YET: Bruce Gjovig

UND Center for Innovation CEO Bruce Gjovig speaks to a packed room at the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center during a retirement celebration for Gjovig who’s retiring at the end of April. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Bruce Gjovig, the recently retired leader of UND’s Center for Innovation, joined MacTalk to discuss his career as the founder and builder of the Center and it’s noteworthy achievements over the course of over thirty years.

In an incredible interview, Bruce discusses Tom Clifford’s influence in the creation of the Center, its initial funding, the Flood of 1997, the creation of the Center’s Foundation and the role James Ray played in expanding the Center.

Bruce also discusses how was the Center for Innovation is funded, if he was asked to steer the Center in a new direction by the new UND Administration and how his termination was handled by the University.

From growing up on a farm/ranch near Crosby, ND to leading UND’s Center for Innovation for three decades, Bruce Gjovig built a self-sufficient organization with the soul of an entrepreneur.  He’s not done yet either.  A GREAT INTERVIEW.

 

 

BRIAN IDALSKI: The Next Step for the UND Women’s Hockey Program

Brian Idalski
UND Women’s Hockey
Head Coach

The Head Coach of the UND Women’s Hockey Team, Brian Idalski,  joined MacTalk to discuss the Team’s decision to fight UND President Mark Kennedy’s decision to terminate their program.

What’s at stake?  “If this goes away it’s not coming back and that’s a huge loss for not only the NCAA and the college hockey community, that’s a huge loss for youth players, that’s a huge loss for younger players who have aspirations of getting to this level.”

Were you shocked?  “We weren’t on the list in the fall to stand before a group and talk about these things and to say why our program is important to the University,” he continued “there was no discussion and I think that’s what’s made it hard  for our player to move on.”

What can you run the hockey program for?  “I really think I can operate a first class program at 1.3 (million dollars) .”  The Budget that UND released was $1.9 million dollars, Idalski said he didn’t really understand how UND arrived at that number.

The next step:  “That’s not my realm when it comes to finance or fundraising at that level.  I know some people have reached out and if we can make some headway and start making some gains and do that, perhaps we can sit at a table and have a conversation.”