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FARGO, N.D. -- The young professionals downing drinks and nibbling small plates at Fargo’s fine dining establishments always have confounded me.
It’s a rare occasion I splurge on a $9 martini or an artisan cheese plate. I couldn’t understand how peers could afford to do so regularly.
Then it hit me: They can’t.
They might argue with me. “Sure, I can afford it. I have $40 right here.”
But do you have money in an emergency fund?
Do you save 10 to 15 percent for retirement?
Is your credit card completely paid off?
A “no” to any of those means no, you can’t afford it.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- When a North Dakota University System server containing the personal information of more than 290,000 people was hacked last week, it was merely the latest incident in a constant battle for online security.
So, is anyone’s information safe anymore?
Director of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, Parrell Grossman, said while people should take precautions to protect their information, there is no guarantee any of it will work.
“You can never completely control whether you’ll become the victim of identity theft, but you can try to minimize your risk by managing your personal information cautiously,” he said.
Snow melt can cause roof leaks, experts say
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The snow is melting, and spring may finally be here. But while you’re enjoying the warmer weather, your roof may be on the verge of leaking.
Experts say there are a couple of common roof problems that can be caused by the spring snow melt — and both problems point to poor insulation or ventilation.
When roofs aren’t properly insulated, the heat can be unevenly distributed on the roof, causing snow to melt faster in some spots and slower in others, said Willie Huot, North Dakota State University extension agent for Grand Forks County.
Dalrymple talks about potential short-term fixes, including new BND loan program
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Monday he expects to decide sometime in April whether to call the state Legislature into special session to address pressing needs facing cities and counties affected by western North Dakota’s oil bonanza.
And while he wouldn’t say which way he’s leaning, the Republican governor highlighted several short-term fixes – including a new program providing millions in loans from the state-owned Bank of North Dakota – that could avert having to call lawmakers back to Bismarck as requested by Democratic-NPL Party lawmakers.
WILLISTON, N.D. – A ferry to float vehicles across Lake Sakakawea could relieve traffic on overburdened Oil Patch highways, says a group working to plan western North Dakota’s future.
Members of the Vision West ND Consortium voted this week to fund a study to explore the feasibility of a ferry that could transport cars and small trucks across the lake.
A proposed marine highway system would connect Twin Buttes to Elbow Woods Bay, which is south of Parshall, giving motorists an alternative to driving around the lake.
“It was a little dream that now turns into an adventure we’re going to study,” said Daryl Dukart, chairman of the consortium, which has been holding strategic planning sessions for the 19 oil and gas producing counties.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Growing up on the prairie, where some of the tallest buildings are grain elevators, Dickinson native Douglas Hanson dreamed of something bigger.
His designs for what will be one of the tallest buildings in downtown Los Angeles are in the reviewing stages with the city -- the second building he has designed that will influence the skyline.
“I have one 30-story building that was finished about three, four years ago that’s near the Staples Center,” Hanson said. “That was my first high-rise in downtown LA.”
Who is Thomas Sander?
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Thomas Sander had been working toward becoming a principal for a while.
So when he got that job at Trinity High School in Dickinson last summer, he emailed some academic contacts, telling them the good news.
“He told me he got this principalship at a Catholic school,” adviser Blaine Ward said, “which I thought was pretty much his aim or his goal.
“He was excited about it.”
Those contacts didn’t hear much from him after he shared his news. And like many others, they were shocked to hear what happened next.
Sander is being held at the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center, awaiting further court proceedings. He’s charged with arson and endangerment by fire, both Class B felonies, after allegedly trying to burn down his school March 2.
The school terminated his employment last week.
Sarah Warner spent her first 10 years in Mott as a stay-at-home pastor’s wife, raising James, who is now 18, and later Alora, now 13. In 2006, she was hired as the administrative assistant in the Hettinger County Sheriff’s Office. “By about March, the sheriff had asked if I would want to become a deputy,” Sarah said.
FARGO - An incident where a student was pulled unconscious from the Fargo South High School pool during a physical education class last month has area school districts re-evaluating their pool supervision standards.
DICKINSON, N.D. – Mark Amann has had his contractor’s license for 25 years.
So when he didn’t get his renewal when he thought he would, and with a bid coming up, Amann put a call in to the Secretary of State’s Office.
Katherine Lymn, Forum News Service
, March 09, 2014
A new program here is aiming to prevent the most common, yet difficult to pinpoint, form of physical abuse inflicted on babies and children.
The challenge in getting the message out, however, is determining to whom it should be targeted.
WILLMAR, Minn. — One day after hearing a former professional wrestler take the stand and deny all of the allegations of criminal sexual conduct against him, a Kandiyohi County jury returned guilty verdicts on all 12 counts against Eugene Otto Zumhofe.
The jury returned guilty verdicts to six first-degree charges of criminal sexual conduct and six third-degree charges Wednesday.
Zumhofe, 62, of Cyrus, was a pro wrestler known as “Buck Rock ’N’ Roll Zumhofe.’’ He was taken into custody after the verdicts were returned.
BISMARCK – A Bismarck-based engineering firm hired to study the future impacts of North Dakota’s oil and gas industry came under fire Tuesday from a Grand Forks Democrat who blasted the company for not sharing information with lawmakers.
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