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Make a home down payment without wrecking your finances

Maximizing a home down payment can make sense: The bigger the down payment, the lower the monthly mortgage bill and the better the chance of building equity more quickly. But putting too much down could leave you without enough cash for home maintenance — or anything else. Pinpointing the ...

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Oil gushes & drops Oil prices shot to a six-month high last week amidst ongoing concerns about global supply shortages. The United States has imposed economic sanctions against Iran and Venezuela due to political concerns in both nations, curtailing supply from the world’s 5th- and ...

Bourgault suspends Minot manufacturing due to market conditions

A number of Minot workers with Bourgault Industries have been laid off due to market conditions in the agriculture sector. The Canadian-based company announced in March that it issued layoff notices to about 9 percent of its workforce. Those layoffs became effective in mid-April. It included ...

Join the hunt

National Coin Week is a time for numismatists and coin enthusiasts to come together and share their hobby of collecting coins, medals and paper money with others. New to 2019, there is a Great American Coin Hunt to coincide with the week, which will see the participation from Minot Coin and ...

How to get the most out of online reviews

In the world of online shopping , often buyers will purchase an item only after they see that other people also like it. And the easiest way to find out consumer sentiment? You guessed it: reviews. Many online purchases are based on careful consideration of star ratings and product reviews ...

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Cheap Eggs, Pricey Ham As Americans prepared for the Easter holiday, they may have had a hard time finding bargain hams due to the ongoing run up in pork prices. Hogs are nearing a five-year high as the African Swine Fever epidemic continues to ravage Chinese hog herds. Although the ...

Millennial Money: Ask your folks about their financial plans

Parents are often more than happy to offer financial advice to their kids. They like to feel needed and want to make sure you're on solid financial ground. But it's important to turn the tables and ask about their financial plans, too. Are they saving for retirement? Have they updated their ...

Millenial Money: Capture savings on professional photos

There's almost always a reason for photographs — an engagement , wedding, graduation, pregnancy, you name it. For many of these occasions, you'll want a professional on hand who can do more than add a fancy filter to an ordinary snapshot. But hiring a photographer to capture life's ...

Block joins Houston Engineering

Kyle Block joins Houston Engineering Inc.’s Minot team as a Technician I. He will serve on construction projects as a resident project representative on a variety of project types, serving as a liaison with contractors, and providing construction observation services. A Minot native, Block ...

Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Eagle Award winners

April recipients of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Eagle Award Program are: Natalia Boyko, Longhorn Steakhouse; Miranda Sherman, Kroll’s Diner; Lisa Laib, Panera Bread; Taaz Allen, Community Ambulance; Mark Bolinske, Ritter Family Dentistry; Shereen Vanatta, Trinity Health; Kayla Otto, ...

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April blizzard wreaks havoc A massive storm brought snow to much of the Great Plains, dropping up to two feet of snow in some places. The storm shut down airports and roads, but the worst damage could come from more flooding in areas still recovering from last months’ floods. For farmers, ...

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Oil gushes skyward Crude oil prices popped near a five-month high last week as oil supplies are threatened worldwide. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is continuing to maintain a production cut that was implemented last year to intentionally raise prices, while a series ...

What students can learn from the days before college loans

College tuition was less than what today's students pay for textbooks when Caron and Jack Knopoff attended Chicago's Wright Junior College in the mid-1960s. Tuition at what is now Wilbur Wright College was $24 per credit hour, Caron Knopoff says. To cover this cost, the couple, who were ...

Hiring rebounds as US employers add a solid 196,000 jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring in the United States rebounded in March as U.S. employers added a solid 196,000 jobs, up sharply from February's scant gain and evidence that many businesses still want to hire despite signs that the economy is slowing. The unemployment rate remained at 3.8%, near ...

Jobs rebound drives US stocks higher for another weekly gain

Wall Street closed out another solid week of gains Friday as the stock market hit its longest winning streak in a year and a half. Health care, energy and technology companies accounted for much of the broad rally, which extended the S&P 500's consecutive run of gains to seven days. The ...

US mortgage rates move little after big drop; 30-year 4.08%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates moved little this week after the key 30-year loan rate marked its steepest weekly drop in a decade the week before. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage ticked up to 4.08% from 4.06% — ...

Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 49-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level since late 1969, a sign that employers are holding onto their workers despite signs of a slowing economy. Weekly applications for jobless aid fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 202,000, the ...

US stock indexes finish mostly higher after a wobbly day

Another wobbly day of trading on Wall Street ended Thursday with modest gains, nudging the market's winning streak to a sixth straight day. Banks, big retailers and communication services companies accounted for much of the market's gains as a late-afternoon flurry of buying drove stocks ...

High prices, interest rates push 1Q US auto sales down 2%

DETROIT (AP) — Automobile sales in the U.S. fell 2% in the first quarter, another sign the nation's economy is starting to slow. Automakers sold just over 4 million vehicles from January through March, according to Ward's Automotive Intelligence, and industry analysts blame the decline on ...