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College Savings Month

In a study conducted by Edward Jones in 2018, only 29% of Americans are familiar with a 529 College Savings Plan. With college costs on the rise, parents have no idea what the cost of college will be when their child reaches college age; thus, they are not prepared for this considerable ...

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Pork market sizzling Hog prices are nearing the highest level for the year, trading over 68 cents per pound on Friday. The market has been rising as U.S. and Chinese demand for pork has been increasing over the last month, but prices skyrocketed this week on news that African swine fever ...

Minot’s Tollefson’s Furniture going strong for 95 years

After 95 years, four generations and a few different store locations, Tollefson’s Furniture is still going strong. From a single furniture store in Minot purchased in 1925 to today, the Tollefson’s retail group has grown to 22 locations in three states and has more than 200 ...

FUTURES FILES: China boosts pork & beans

Hog prices shot to a three-month high on Friday, trading over 60 cents per pound for the first time since May. Pork is getting pricier as foreign buyers, especially China, look to the U.S. to supply their meat demand. China lost millions of pigs last year to an epidemic, African swine fever, ...

Food truck events continue despite pandemic

It hasn’t been the summer that food vendors had been hoping for, but they and their customers have been making the best of a pandemic situation. The cancellation of many fairs and festivals due to the threat from COVID-19 limited the number of events that food truck vendors have been able to ...

Distance learning can fit into your back-to-school budget

(AP) — As the pandemic persists, the decision about whether to allow in-person learning or keep classrooms closed is coming down to the wire. The possibilities of distance learning are influencing how much families anticipate spending on back-to-school purchases. Parents with children in ...

What does Walmart see in TikTok? Millions of young shoppers

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart may be the world's largest retailer but it has mostly failed in its efforts to break Amazon's online dominance. Could TikTok, a fast-growing 3-year-old app filled with goofy videos, be the answer? TikTok's U.S. business appears up for grabs, with the Trump ...

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Soybeans sail Soybeans neared a one-year high on Friday, exceeding $9.47 per bushel. Prices are shooting higher on continued concerns that weather is too dry in much of the Midwest, especially Iowa and Illinois, the nation’s top two soybean-growing states. Meanwhile, China continues ...

Minot Coin & Bullion opens store in Minot

Since 2014, Minot Coin & Bullion has been setting up displays at coin shows and flea markets and doing private appointments with clients. Now, to meet increased demand, Minot Coin & Bullion has opened a storefront in the lower level of the South Broadway Plaza at 1809 South ...

Will you get a refund if COVID-19 closes your campus

(AP) — Many colleges are welcoming students back for in-person learning and dormitory living this fall semester. Looming over everything: Campuses could shut back down at any time. With COVID-19 cases still high, many colleges are developing shutdown contingency plans alongside their ...

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Volatility: a new normal? Commodities markets sprang to life this year, with unprecedented moves in crude oil, precious metals, lumber, and livestock prices. Although most of the initial volatility was directly related to coronavirus shutdowns, markets have continued wild action as global ...

Appeals court won’t step in for now on Trump tax records

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court said Friday it wouldn't step in right away to delay New York prosecutors’ effort to get President Donald Trump's tax records, potentially leaving the Supreme Court as his most promising option to block prosecutors' subpoena. The 2nd U.S. Circuit ...

Video Magic closes after 38 years in Minot

Rick and Jan Bonebrake’s decision to close Video Magic this month ends a long run of video enjoyment in Minot and leaves a hole in the community. Video Magic, in business for 38 years, was the last video store of its kind to operate in Minot and one of a vanishing breed. About 86% of ...

Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Eagle AwardS

August recipients of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Eagle Award Program are: Mark Roth, Thomas Family Funeral Home; Amanda Spoonemore, Panera Bread; Hannah Peterson, KeyCare Pharmacy; Chelce Detert, Creative Dimensions; Cody Landphere, Johnson Eyecare P.C.; Dr. Robert Thomas, Trinity ...

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Stormy season ahead This year’s Atlantic hurricane season continued breaking records after the 10th named storm, Josephine, formed on Thursday. This is the earliest arrival of the 10th storm of a season; typically, the J-named storm doesn’t arrive until mid-October. For now, the storm ...

What No Student Loan Payments Until 2021 Means for You

You don't have to make another federal student loan payment in 2020. Now is the time, though, to decide what to do before your bill arrives in January 2021. Federal student loan borrowers were already in an automatic interest-free pause on payments as part of the original coronavirus relief ...

Restaurant 28 Tastes and Taps opens doors in Minot

He wore 28 on his University of North Dakota football uniform. Now a 28 stands tall atop a sign in front of his restaurant. 28 Tastes and Taps opened it doors for customers little more than one week ago. The owner is Dan Lawson, a Bishop Ryan High School graduate and former strong safety for ...

Businesses invited to join environmental initiative

The Minot Environmental Policy Group is inviting local businesses to be a part of the Sustainable Minot initiative this year. “We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely difficult on businesses and has forced our community to change. As we work through this period, we believe ...

Local foundation and businesses team up to build sensory garden

After three years of planning, fundraising, and construction, the Kalix Sensory Garden is complete and being used on a daily basis. The outdoor space and sensory area was created to improve the quality of life for people who are aging and/or have a diagnosis of dementia along with a ...

Immigrants contribute to ND economy

North Dakota has a small but growing community of immigrants, with many hailing from the Philippines, according to the American Immigration Council. Immigrants comprised 6% of the state’s workforce in 2018, particularly in health care and social services, where they account for 8% of the ...