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Relief at the pump on the way Gasoline prices are finally coming down, dropping over 25 cents per gallon since the beginning of October. American refineries had been running near full capacity for months, converting crude oil into fuel at a record rate. As a result, U.S. gasoline ...

Mega Millions players ponder how to spend record $1.6B prize

CHICAGO (AP) — With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at a record $1.6 billion, people are snapping up tickets across the U.S. The Powerball jackpot also has climbed. It's up to an estimated $620 million for Wednesday's drawing. That would make it the fifth-largest jackpot in U.S. ...

Changing command

The Minot Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting is a time set for Chamber members to get together, thank the volunteer leadership that has been involved throughout the past year, recognize board members that are leaving and welcome the new member to the board. As of last week, the Chamber ...

Cyber crime – What it is and how it can be avoided

In an effort to increase understanding, the Department of Homeland Security has named October Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Now, more than ever, people are sharing sensitive personal information about themselves online. Technology allows us to connect to each other around the world, bank ...

Schell promoted at Town and Country Credit Union

Kalli Schell, senior vice president, chief operations officer has been promoted and is taking on additional roles and responsibilities within the Member Services division at Town and Country Credit Union. Originally from Watford City, Schell has been employed at Town and Country for nearly ...

Silverthorn appointed HR director at Town and Country

Stephanie Silverthorn has been promoted to human resources director at Town and Country Credit Union. Originally from Minot, Silverthorn is a graduate of Minot State University. She joined Town and Country in 2014. In 2017, she was promoted to HR generalist where she managed daily activities ...

Munyer hired at Watford City

AE2S Construction has hired Jaden Munyer as a instrumentation and control service technician in the firm’s Watford City construction office. He will work on programming and integrating controls for customer specific jobs. “Jaden is hardworking with great work ethic. He has a bright future ...

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Around the clock market turmoil The U.S. stock market suffered from a massive two-day sell-off which began last Wednesday morning and continued through Thursday’s close, spreading into the major markets of Europe and Asia as well. Most analysts attributed the tumble to fears that the ...

Single mom masterminds $700K swing from debt to savings

When Takiia Anderson graduated from Boston College Law School in 1999, she was a single mom with a 2-year-old child, nearly $100,000 in student loans and a new job as a government attorney that paid $34,102 a year. She didn't like that math. "People are talking about 20 years to pay off a ...

SuduWOK opens on Broadway

SuduWOK started serving up fast stir fry in Minot on Tuesday, with the opening of their location at 1416 S. Broadway. They offer fresh, flavorful and quality dishes with healthier options. Some of their dishes include rice bowls, noodle bowls, broth bowls and wraps. They also offer salads and a ...

Farm Credit announces latest local grants

Western North Dakota Communities Farm Credit organizations in western North Dakota recently announced 15 grants totaling $139,996 to worthy programs that will improve lives in local communities through the Rural Community Grant Fund. The fund was established as a partnership between Farm ...

Bickler awarded Medallion of Service

Mark Bickler of Brokers 12, Inc. has been inducted into the Omega Tau Rho Fraternity, by the North Dakota Association of REALTORS in recognition of his years of membership. Bickler was awarded a Medallion of Service as a token of the high esteem in which he is held by his fellow REALTORS, ...

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New trade deal – big fanfare, small gains Last Sunday, Canada joined the United States and Mexico in renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The new deal, dubbed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), maintains much of the old NAFTA with some new provisions that the ...

Home affordability watch: The 10 fastest-growing metro areas

NerdWallet calculated home affordability for the 10 metro areas that had the most population growth from mid-2016 to mid-2017, the latest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau. Among them, Atlanta had the most affordable home prices this spring and Seattle had the least ...

New name, unified brand

United Blood Services has a 75-year history as being North Dakota’s sole blood provider to nearly 70 hospitals in the tri-state area. Now, they are rebranding to be unified with 127 nationwide donation centers and 30,000 mobile blood drives as Vitalant. “The transition to Vitalant is ...

What should I do if my identity is stolen?

Let’s say you’ve done everything right — or maybe you’ve done everything wrong — and your identity gets stolen. What do you do? Identity thieves are always changing their game, but a quality identity theft protection program can help keep you from becoming a victim. If you’ve ...

Grocers association honors members

Keith Johanneson was honored as 2018 “Grocer of the Year” by the ND Grocers Association at the group’s annual convention and trade show in Fargo in early September. Johanneson owns and operates over 25 businesses employing more than 1,800 people in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin, ...

Capital RV Centers of Bismarck, Minot now part of Campers Inn RV

Jacksonville, Fla. – Campers Inn RV, the nation’s largest chain of family-operated RV dealerships, recently announced that Capital RV Centers Inc. is now part of the Campers Inn RV family. With the addition of both Capital RV Centers, Campers Inn RV now has over 20 locations across the U.S. ...