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Business owners upbeat about vaccine, wary as virus spreads

NEW YORK (AP) — Promising news about a coronavirus vaccine has small business owners feeling more upbeat despite cases of the virus surging in many parts of the U.S. Owners hope consumers and businesses will be more relaxed about spending now that two drug companies, Pfizer and Moderna, ...

U.S. Chamber awards Minot Area Chamber of Commerce with 3-Star Accreditation

The Minot Area Chamber of Commerce was awarded 3-Star Accreditation by the United States Chamber of Commerce at its board meeting earlier this month. John MacMartin, president of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce, said the organization has had accredited status for at least the past 15 years ...

Virus playing part in booming ranch sales in US West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The coronavirus is one of the likely factors fueling a boom in large ranch sales in the U.S. West, real estate industry professionals said. Real estate brokers are experiencing high demand for ranches in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho and Washington, The Billings ...

Lauinger earns Certified Financial Planner designation

Cole Lauinger of the American Trust Center has earned a Certified Financial Planner designation. This designation requires experience, successful completion of seven unique courses, a demonstration of ethics and a formal education. Through the designation, Lauinger now has the fiduciary duty of ...

Kelly Hayhurst named to Raymond James Financial Services 2020 Executive Council

Kelly Hayhurst, branch manager of Hayhurst and Erickson LLC, a Raymond James branch located at 1111 31st Avenue SW in Minot, was recently named a member of the Raymond James Financial Services 2020 Executive Council, according to information provided by Hayhurst. This marks the seventh time ...

Minot Area Chamber of Commerce announces Eagle Award recipients

November recipients of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Eagle Award Program are: Jean Schempp, Home Town Radio Group; Marvin Walhood, Connole & Somerville Plumbing Heating & AC Inc.; Karen Guttormson, Midco; Matt Sund, SRT Communications; Brandon Yabasaki, Charlie’s Main Street ...

Shuttle grain terminal project at Ryder on schedule

RYDER – A project is on schedule at Ryder where a shuttle grain terminal with loop track is being built, according to Chris Wetzell of Agrex Inc. Plaza-Makoti Equity Elevator merged with Max Farmers Elevator this past summer and TriGen Ag Partners LLC, a newly formed LLC, consists of Agrex ...

Play an Active Role in Preventing Fraud

Preventing fraud isn’t always easy, but knowing what to look for can help avoid becoming a target. Clever schemes are used to defraud millions of people every year. New technology is often combined with old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. Here are some ...

Trinity adds new surgeons

Trinity Health has added two surgeons to his medical staff. Both are located at Health Center - West in Minot. Robert Guttormson, MD, MHA, FACS, is a board-certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. A Minot native, he earned his medical degree from the ...

Strengthen ND receives USDA grant for tribal business development

USDA Rural Development, through the Rural Business Development Grant, has granted $64,188 to Strengthen ND to assist North Dakota’s Five Native Nations and tribal members with growing a sustainable and strong economy by starting and growing businesses and tribal capacity, both on and off ...

FUTURES FILE

COVID – Good News and Bad News Pfizer’s announcement that their COVID-19 vaccine tests indicated over 90% effectiveness opened the week with a flurry of buying in gasoline, diesel fuel, stock index futures, lumber, cattle, copper, and cocoa. “Risk on” trades benefited from optimism ...

First Western Bank & Trust to complete BlackRidgeBANK merger Nov. 16

It has taken more than a year for details to fall into place, but on Nov. 16, the merger between First Western Bank & Trust and BlackRidgeBANK will become official. Regulatory approval from the Federal Reserve came toward the end of 2019. Since then, Minot-based First Western and ...

Dakota Square announces holiday tenants

Dakota Square Mall management has announced its tenants for this holiday season. Vendor Village is a new addition this year as well as returning tenants Magic City Harley Davidson, Swenson RV Showroom and several others that will open throughout the months of November and December. Vendor ...

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch names program manager

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch recently promoted Anita Burns to the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility program manager on its Minot campus. In her new position, Burns will oversee the PRTF cottages, ensuring that all treatment plans and programming meet the specific needs of each child and ...

Town & Country Credit Union recognized with two awards

Town & Country Credit Union was recognized with two awards from the Dakota Credit Union Association, according to information provided by Town & Country Credit Union. The credit union received first place in the 2019 Marketing & Communications Award and second place in the 2019 Dora ...

GNDC announces new board members

Five new board members have been appointed to the Greater North Dakota Chamber’s board of directors. The new members are Peter Matthaeei, Dakota Specialty Milling; John Oncken, True North Equipment; Jeremy Rham, Otter Tail Power, Scott Staudinger, Cloverdale Foods, and Danette Welsch, ...

FUTURES FILE

Beans blast to four-year high Exports to China, very dry weather in South America and a tumbling U.S. dollar all contributed to record highs in soybean futures. There seems to be no end in sight to the drought in Argentina and Southern Brazil, a major soy-producing region which typically ...

Trinity Business Services suspends in-person service

Trinity Health Business Services will discontinue in-person service at its Town & Country offices effective Nov. 9, according to information provided by Trinity. The suspension is due to the steep rise in coronavirus cases linked to community transmission. Although doors will be closed to ...

Basin Electric hosts virtual 2020 annual meeting

Basin Electric Power Cooperative will host members and guests from a nine-state region at its first virtual Annual Meeting of the Membership today. This year’s theme is “Listen & Lead.” The livestreamed event will feature messages from Basin Electric representatives and keynote ...