By Eloise Ogden, Minot Daily News After co-authoring a recently released book about innovators and entrepreneurs, Bruce Gjovig is looking for more stories about people in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota who have built great businesses. Originally from Crosby in northwest North Dakota’s Divide County, Gjovig is CEO Emeritus of the University of North Dakota Center for Innovation Foundation in Grand Forks. He was the center’s founder, CEO and entrepreneur coach. Today he is a strategic adviser to Grand Sky, the nation’s first drone airport and drone tech park at Grand Forks Air Force Base.
Two experts on agriculture history and innovation and entrepreneurs have published a book about the impact of innovative entrepreneurs in North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota during the past 150 years. The book, Innovative Entrepreneurs of North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota: 150 Years of Impact!, was written by Dr. Hiram Drache, longtime historian-in-residence at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and Bruce Gjovig, CEO Emeritus of the University of North Dakota Center for Innovation Foundation, in Grand Forks. This is the 18th book written by Drache and the fifth by Gjovig. This 300-page book profiles 76 regional entrepreneurs in 65 chapters, covering the Dalrymple Bonanza farm of the 1870s to today’s technology innovators. The foreword was written by Former North Dakota First Lady Betsy Dalrymple.