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Spending down your FSA starts with the right payment card

If you have money left on your FSA debit card, now is a good time to put it in your wallet alongside your regular bank debit card. The end of the year is the annual deadline to spend your FSA funds. You probably have an FSA card if you have a flexible spending account, an employee benefit ...

Ideal Option offers treatment in Minot for substance abuse disorder

An out-patient clinic that opened last year to offer treatment for substance abuse disorder is making a difference for a number of Minot-area residents. Ideal Option provides medication-assisted treatment through prescriptions for buprenorphine, often sold as Suboxone. “It has been ...

Minot Area Chamber of Commerce announces December Eagle Awards

December recipients of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Eagle Award Program are: Loretta Duchsherer, Trinity NICU; Alexander Albright, Sherwin Williams; Bryan Korgel, Superior Auto Repair; Tiffany Brewer, Ryan Honda of Minot; Murray Greer, Ness Family Dentistry; Jenna Routledge, Thrifty ...

Quiz: How well did you keep up with business news in 2019?

NEW YORK (AP) — 2019 wound up being another big year for news from the business world. There was a leadership transition at Google's parent company, a huge IPO by Saudi Aramco, and more scrutiny for Facebook as the social media company alarmed users and regulators with plans to create a ...

Financial advisor at Edward Jones receives accreditation designation

Financial Advisor Tom Miller of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Minot has achieved the professional designation of Accredited Asset Management Specialist (SM). Miller successfully completed the Accredited Asset Management Specialist, or AAMS, Professional Education Program from ...

Minot Valvoline Instant Oil Change crowned King of Cars 2019

Minot’s Valvoline Instant Oil Change, owned by Jarid Lundeen, has been recognized nationally for a record-breaking 2019 by winning four awards for outstanding oil change volume and sales. Every year, the King of Cars award is presented to the Valvoline Instant Oil Change franchise location ...

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U.S. Mexico Canada trade deal closer with House passage Just a day after a raucous and divisive impeachment vote, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan vote to approve the updated NAFTA deal. Dubbed the “USMCA,” the new trade agreement is being hailed as a ...

Two staff members new to Ackerman-Estvold

Carrie Fraser has joined the Ackerman-Estvold Minot office as a full-time civil engineer. Fraser earned a master of science in civil engineering-transportation from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla. Fraser also holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from University of ...

Four new employees at First Western

First Western Bank & Trust has announced the hiring of four people in key roles. Marilou Strand has joined First Western Bank & Trust as a trust administrator. She has been involved in volunteering for Back Pack Buddies and The Great Plains Food Bank. Strand grew up in Rolette and ...

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Brits bolster Boris In their third vote in five years, British citizens came out in force on Thursday in favor of the Conservative Party, resoundingly keeping Prime Minister Boris Johnson in power. Johnson has been a staunch Brexiteer and his large majority in the British Parliament should ...

Hallmark draws criticism after pulling same-sex wedding ads

NEW YORK (AP) — The Hallmark Channel was facing some bitter criticism on social media Sunday over its decision to pull ads for a wedding-planning website that featured two brides kissing at the altar, following a complaint from a conservative advocacy group. The hashtag #BoycottHallmark was ...

The high-interest account you’ve never heard of

The average interest rate for traditional savings accounts today hovers around 0.09% — but consumers can earn 10 to 20 times more interest on their money by giving high-yield options a shot. While banking customers have likely heard of high-yield online savings accounts, less familiar is a ...

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 ...