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BC-ND--North Dakota Weekend Exchange Digest, ND

September 26, 2018

AP-North Dakota stories for Sept. 29 and Oct. 1. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 701-223-8450.

For use Saturday, Sept. 29, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-STATE TECHNOLOGY

BISMARCK, N.D. — Information technology serving North Dakota state agencies totals more than 800 “legacy” IT systems and 160 websites, according to Gov. Doug Burgum. The former software executive who ran on a platform of innovation in government says users shouldn’t have to go to different state websites for separate functions. In the age of Amazon and Apple, the state should have a similar “single sign-on” experience, he said. Now about 14 months along, the state Information Technology Department’s “unification” project is building and phasing in a website platform that so far serves 26 state agencies. By Jack Dura, The Bismarck Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 718 words.

For use Monday, Oct. 1, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-MUSHROOM FARMERS

MINOT, N.D. — Jeff and Dan Coggins were looking for a niche when they decided to go into mushroom farming. It took a little while for the farmers market crowd to embrace this new commodity, but once they did, business mushroomed for the Coggins brothers. They grow five varieties of oyster mushrooms, a gourmet mushroom commonly used in restaurants. They have had buying interest from restaurants and groceries but so far have focused on farmers markets. By Jill Schramm, Minot Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 655 words.

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