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SkySkopes launches new oil and gas subsidiary

SkySkopes, one of the top five UAS flight operators in the UAS industry, has spun off a new company for UAS-related oilfield operations called SkySkopes Oil & Gas LLC. With a significant amount of UAS flight experience in the Bakken and Permian basins, SkySkopes launches this new division ...

Schoenrock named Visit Minot director

Visit Minot has named Stephanie Schoenrock as executive director. Schoenrock had been director of development and communication for the North Dakota State Fair for the past year. She has 20 years of experience in tourism and entertainment marketing. She spent 15 years with KK Bold, working ...

Trinity names Taylor Wilson as new Chief Financial Officer

Taylor Wilson, CPA, has been chosen as the new Chief Financial Officer at Trinity Health. He was chosen following a national search and interview process. “I am excited to announce Taylor Wilson as our new Chief Financial Officer,” said John Kutch, president and CEO of Trinity Health. ...

Holiday money-saving strategies that can backfire

Holiday marketers have your number, and they know how to entice you to spend. You try to rein it in. But two favorite strategies can lead to spending more, according to a 2018 survey by the Center for the New Middle Class, a research organization funded by Elevate, which lends to ...

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Chinese trade and politics don’t mix Trade war watchers got mixed signals again last week as U.S. politics muddied the potential for a trade deal. After Congress and President Trump passed a near-unanimous critique of China’s handling of Hong Kong’s democracy protests, China condemned ...

The Depot restored to its original glory

Originally built in 1912, the Soo Line Passenger Depot was a hub of transportation for downtown Minot. Over the years, the building has gone through a few phases and changes, but the Ackermans wanted to restore the building while bringing it up to code and opening it to the public for everyone ...

Benchmark Mortgage now in Minot

Benchmark Mortgage – Team ND is a local branch, though there are many Benchmark Mortgage branches across the U.S. Branch managers Steve Fennewald and Sarah Burckhard have been a mortgage lending team for over 10 years with more than 30 years combined lending experience. They said finding ...

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Hong Kong support sends grains tumbling On Wednesday, President Trump signed legislation in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protestors, a move that is angering mainland China. The Chinese government is accusing the United States of meddling in its domestic affairs. While the ...

Keeping It Local

BERTHOLD – When partners set out to open SandPro LLC, an oil-field service company, their goal was to keep it local now and into the future. “We’re a group of local individuals that got together and all of us worked with different corporations,” said Josh Blackaby, Health, Safety and ...

Bremer Financial files lawsuit over ‘hostile takeover’

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Bremer Financial Corp., the holding company for Bremer Bank, has announced that it has filed a lawsuit to “protect its employees, shareholders and customers, and other local stakeholders from the Otto Bremer Trust’s hostile takeover attempt.” On Oct. 28, the Otto ...

Walz hired as ag loan officer in Minot

United Community Bank announced the recent hire of Brian Walz as an ag loan officer within the Minot location. Walz brings over 22 years of banking experience with 15 years specifically in ag lending. He holds a bachelor’s degree in ag economics from North Dakota State University. ...

Sanford Health adds nurse practitioner

Danna Bossert, FNP, has joined the family medicine team at Sanford Health in Minot. As a family nurse practitioner, she cares for patients of all ages and specializes in preventive care and the diagnosis and management of chronic conditions. She will provide services such as annual and ...

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Slow Corn Harvest Midwestern corn farmers are hard at work harvesting this year’s corn crop, but they are still far behind schedule. As of last Sunday, only 76% of the U.S. corn crop had been harvested, well below the five-year average of 92%, and the slowest pace in a decade. This ...

Wipe out credit card debt by setting SMART goals

Shatoria Smith was tired of the $5,000 in credit card debt she felt was blocking her from reaching her financial goals. She couldn't see an easy path to being debt-free, so she drew herself a map by adapting a goal-setting framework she'd first heard about in a college business class: the SMART ...

ND oil & gas production declined slightly

North Dakota’s oil and gas production declined slightly compared to records set a month earlier. The state produced 1.44 million barrels of oil a day in September, according to the most recent information released on Tuesday. In August the state produced a record-setting 1.48 million barrels ...

Packulak hired as commercial loan officer at United Community Bank

United Community Bank has hired Stephen Packulak to join their team as a commercial loan officer at the Minot location. A native of Burlington, Packulak graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He brings with him a combined ...

Lee named store manager at Tires Plus

Tires Plus Total Car Care of Minot and Jarid Lundeen announced that David Lee has been promoted to Tires Plus Store Manager. As of Oct. 14, David has assumed management responsibilities of the Minot Tires Plus located at 1301 20th Avenue SW. Lee began working as assistant manager for Tire Plus ...

Attorney named to Superlawyers List

Randall Bakke of Bakke Grinolds Wiederholt of Bismarck has been named as a “Super Lawyer” in 2019 by the rating service Super Lawyers. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer every year since 2007. Bakke is board certified as a civil trial specialist and civil pretrial advocacy specialist ...

First UAS company joins ND Aviation Council

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Aviation Council welcomed SkySkopes as its first Unmanned Aircraft Systems company member. SkySkopes joins the council as an organizational member. Members include pilots, airport directors, fixed-base operations, aviation mechanics, educators and air ...