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Minority-owned companies waited months for loans, data shows

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of minority-owned small businesses were at the end of the line in the government's coronavirus relief program as many struggled to find banks that would accept their applications or were disadvantaged by the terms of the program. Data from the Paycheck Protection ...

Cuts likely as Fiat Chrysler-PSA tie-up nears approval

MILAN (AP) — While running Nissan's North American operations from 2009 to 2011, Carlos Tavares had a reputation for closely watching costs with little tolerance for vehicles or ventures that didn't make money. Experts say that means Tavares, currently the head of PSA Group, is likely to ...

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Beans in the Teens! Super-hot soybeans continued their explosion topping $13 per bushel for the first time since August of 2014. Despite the settlement of the Argentine shippers’ strike, which had been the reason for price strength, investors and funds continued chasing prices higher as ...

Locally-owned pet store puts playful twist on product shopping

There’s something for just about every pet lover at a northwest Minot store that opened Dec. 18. Pet Supplies Plus, a locally owned franchise, has a goal to offer a hassle-free way for customers to find better products and celebrate the fun of pet ownership. It is located in the Marketplace ...

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2020, the Year to Remember In addition to an erratic and contentious election, 2020 rang the bell for record-smashing events. Huge market moves will undoubtedly remain in the minds of investors and commodity traders and will be memorialized in the history of economics for centuries. What ...

Millennial Money: How to discuss family finances in a crisis

With 10.7 million Americans out of work as of November 2020 (and 3.9 million of those workers unemployed for 27 weeks or more), many have been forced into having tough money conversations as a result of the pandemic. Whenever your life changes significantly, it's a good time to check back in ...

Ackerman-Estvold expands services to Fargo

Ackerman-Estvold has announced the opening of an office location in Fargo. The addition of the Fargo branch becomes the fourth location for the company. “A Fargo office provides us with the opportunity to service clients in all areas of North Dakota. The opening of this branch allows us to ...

Minot Area Chamber of Commerce announces Eagle Awards

December recipients of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Eagle Award Program are: Jonelle Fenner, Trinity Medical Center-Allergy Clinic; Doralee Buck, Charlie’s Main Street Cafe; Molly Burchett, Chico’s; Kyle Nelson, Creative Dimensions by Chelce; Madison Adams, Best Buy; Andrea Tracy, ...

Dr. Mattern certified in Lifestyle Medicine

Dr. Dawn Mattern, a family practice/sports medicine specialist with Trinity Health, has been certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine, according to information provided by Trinity. Lifestyle medicine is a medical specialty that employs evidence-based therapies such ...

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COVID lesson: Back to basics As we reflect on year-end conclusions, the pandemic has imposed a few harsh realities on investors, such as paying more for food, fuel, lumber, grains and cotton. Meanwhile, luxuries have either declined or been abandoned. Restaurant meals, bars, concerts, ...

Agronomist joins Hefty Seed of Mohall

Ryan Ellsworth has joined Hefty Seed Co. of Mohall as an agronomist. Ellsworth comes to Hefty with 21 years of local agronomy experience. A Maxbass native and a graduate of Newburg High School and Bismarck State College, Ellsworth lives on the family farm near Maxbass and serves as fire chief ...

US airport traffic rising despite holiday travel warnings

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — More than 1 million people have passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints in each of the past two days in a sign that public health pleas to avoid holiday travel are being ignored, despite an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases. It marks the first time U.S. ...

Harrom joins Visit Minot

The Minot Convention & Visitors Bureau has hired Alex Harrom as the Director of Team Events and Meetings. She will be responsible for assisting incoming team events, conferences, and conventions as well as curating and growing new events. Harrom joins Visit Minot with customer service ...

Despite promise, few in US adopting COVID-19 exposure apps

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Six months ago, Apple and Google introduced a new smartphone tool designed to notify people who might have been exposed to the coronavirus, without disclosing any personal information. But for the most part, Americans haven't been all that interested. Fewer than half of ...

COVID-19 accelerates no-exam trend in life insurance

Big data is playing a prominent role in life insurance this year. Interest in coverage has surged during the pandemic, but for many people, social distancing mandates took the life insurance medical exam off the table. As consumers look for quick, noninvasive ways to buy policies, insurers ...

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Platinum turns white hot Platinum prices have been skyrocketing for weeks and suddenly blasted even higher as realizations of new and increased uses for the white metal, as well as a relatively small stockpile, drew speculators and end users into a frantic buying spree. Platinum, ...

New Wiccan shop to launch in Minot in January

Selena Drake is launching “The Purple Door,” metaphysical shop online on Jan. 1. Drake, a practicing witch, said Fargo and Bismarck both have shops that sell Wiccan items but there isn’t currently one to be found within 100 miles of Minot, which leaves a lot of practitioners of the ...

New doctors at Trinity Health

Trinity Health has added two physicians in the specialties of pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation. William Sisa is a pediatrician dedicated to providing up-to-date, holistic care to children and adolescents. Reared in Ghana, he earned his medical degree from St. George’s ...

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Blinken, Yellen, and Kerry to serve key roles President-elect Joe Biden has chosen three key cabinet members who could play a major role in determining commodity production, consumption, trade, and, ultimately, impact the entire world’s economy. The incoming administration’s choices of ...