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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 ...

When to donate rewards to charity and when to give cash

If you're looking to give to charity this holiday season but don't want to dip into your bank account, donating unused credit card rewards, hotel points and airline miles can be a helpful alternative. In some cases the charity can use the rewards for travel needs, and in other cases, the issuer ...

Business owners upbeat about vaccine, wary as virus spreads

NEW YORK (AP) — Promising news about a coronavirus vaccine has small business owners feeling more upbeat despite cases of the virus surging in many parts of the U.S. Owners hope consumers and businesses will be more relaxed about spending now that two drug companies, Pfizer and Moderna, ...

U.S. Chamber awards Minot Area Chamber of Commerce with 3-Star Accreditation

The Minot Area Chamber of Commerce was awarded 3-Star Accreditation by the United States Chamber of Commerce at its board meeting earlier this month. John MacMartin, president of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce, said the organization has had accredited status for at least the past 15 years ...

Virus playing part in booming ranch sales in US West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The coronavirus is one of the likely factors fueling a boom in large ranch sales in the U.S. West, real estate industry professionals said. Real estate brokers are experiencing high demand for ranches in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho and Washington, The Billings ...

Lauinger earns Certified Financial Planner designation

Cole Lauinger of the American Trust Center has earned a Certified Financial Planner designation. This designation requires experience, successful completion of seven unique courses, a demonstration of ethics and a formal education. Through the designation, Lauinger now has the fiduciary duty of ...

Kelly Hayhurst named to Raymond James Financial Services 2020 Executive Council

Kelly Hayhurst, branch manager of Hayhurst and Erickson LLC, a Raymond James branch located at 1111 31st Avenue SW in Minot, was recently named a member of the Raymond James Financial Services 2020 Executive Council, according to information provided by Hayhurst. This marks the seventh time ...