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Corn market pops Corn prices burst higher last week, reaching levels not seen since last summer. Prices have been climbing consistently for almost two months as concerns mount about weather problems in South America affecting the upcoming corn harvest in Brazil and Argentina. On Thursday, ...

The most and least affordable places to buy a home

Whether you can afford a home depends — a lot — on the city you want to call home. A modest income can go a long way in Cumberland, Maryland, the metropolitan area with the nation's most affordable houses. In contrast, the least affordable homes are in the San Jose, California, metropolitan ...

‘Trump slump’ in gun sales continues despite control debate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gun store owners called it the "Trump slump." Sales of firearms slowed dramatically after the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016 allayed fears of a Democratic crackdown on gun owners. That trend has continued in recent weeks even with talk of gun control in ...

NERDWALLET: When a tax refund is a lifeline, not a windfall

The typical advice about what people should do with their tax refunds — save for retirement! pay off debt! — ignores how little wiggle room many families have with their finances. Tax refunds averaged $2,895 last year, and were the largest single cash infusion received all year by 40 ...

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Trump tariffs tank markets On Thursday, President Trump shocked global markets by announcing steep tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. The president cited national security concerns and a desire to support domestic industries as the driving forces behind the tariffs. The affected metals ...

New community resource coordinator at Trinity Health

Shanda Cool, a Minot business woman with extensive experience in patient relations, marketing, insurance, and banking, has joined Trinity Health as Community Resource Coordinator. Cool works with families and individuals who are patients of Trinity Health, assisting them in accessing public ...

Chitolie a new agent at Elite Real Estate

Jamie Chitolie is new to the real estate industry, beginning his career in February. He will soon be graduating from Minot state University with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice and a minor in political science. Before joining Elite Real Estate in Minot as an agent, Chitolie ...

How to buy a house that hasn’t been built yet

Trisha and Dennis Rawlings, a couple in their early 30s, are moving to suburban Chicago and leaving their over-60-year-old first home in the St. Louis area behind. "We were looking at potentially buying a house," Trisha says. But in the area where they want to live, the options within their ...

You received your credit score: Do you know which one?

Many agencies offer a free credit score. However, did you know that these scores might not be the scores a lender is using? In fact, besides the three Fair Isaac Corp. credit scores, an additional six are used widely. FICO developed the credit score most lenders use to determine your credit ...

Megan Hiatt promoted at Minot’s United Community Bank

United Community Bank has announced that Megan Hiatt has been promoted to financial services specialist at the Minot location. Hiatt began her employment with United Community Bank in 2015 as a customer service representative and has most recently served as the front desk receptionist. In her ...

February recipients of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Eagle Award Program

Dr. Jennifer Hunter, Trinity Health; Sue Wilson, Trinity Health; Carolyn Steen, Trinity Health; Hanna Hall, Ryan Nissan; Patti Eisenzimmer, Ward County Tax Equalization Department; Alaina Anderson, Walmart Supercenter; Rodney Ritz, Marketplace Foods; Heather Thorson, Inner Reflection Holistic ...

Tracy Dachs receives CENTURY 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award

Dorothy Martwick, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 Action Realtors, announced that Century 21 recently honored sales affiliate Tracy Dachs with the Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award. The annual award is based on results from the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Survey which is e-mailed to consumers ...

New provider at Sanford in Minot

Abby Harris, a family medicine physician, recently joined Sanford Health Highway 2 Clinic in Minot. As a family medicine provider, Harris provides care to all members of the family for common illnesses and injuries, preventative health, chronic disease management, women’s health and well ...

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Bitter outlook for cocoa Cocoa prices are heating up, with the market steaming to a four-month high last week. Futures are climbing on concerns about dry weather hurting the crop in Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer of cocoa beans. Seventy percent of the world’s cocoa comes from ...

Minot Center for Pediatric Therapy moves to southwest Minot

The Minot Center for Pediatric Therapy, originally located in the Main Medical Building at 315 South Main, has recently moved to a new location in southwest Minot. MCPT joins a growing list of businesses moving out of the downtown area and following the outward development of Minot. Minot ...

Annual Home and Garden Show March 2-3

The Minot Association of Builders is set to present the 2018 Home and Garden Show. The show will be held March 2-3 at the North Dakota State Fair Center’s Magic Place Room. Family events are planned, like the Ready Builders Lego Competition, Silver Springs Garden Art, the Chalks and ...

Keller full time at Ackerman-Estvold

Emma Keller has joined the Ackerman-Estvold Minot office as a full-time civil engineer. Keller earned associates of science and arts degrees from Williston State College and a bachelor of science in civil engineering from North Dakota State University. She has worked in the Minot office as a ...

Odney’s Goettle now a partner within the company

BISMARCK – Odney has welcomed a new partner and familiar face to the ownership side of the business, Shane Goettle. As a six-year veteran of the company, Goettle is proud to be making the next step by being part of the management decisions at Odney as a minority owner. “Odney is filled ...

Brock is provider at new Minot pain therapy office

Achieve Therapy LLC is proud to announce the opening of an office in Minot. The Achieve Therapy office is located at 2010 4th Ave. NW, west of the fourth Avenue Dairy Queen. Achieve Therapy is a North Dakota corporation with headquarters in Grand Forks. Achieve Therapy has 10 locations with ...

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Inflation stokes gold buying New data out last week showed that prices across the U.S. economy have been rising faster than expected, news that enabled gold investors to generate huge profits. The Consumer Price Index rose by 0.5% in January, indicating widespread rises in fuel, food, ...