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Turn your tax refund into a smooth move

Drops of sweat form at the temples. Pulses skip a beat. As April 15th nears, many taxpayers are scrambling to file their federal state and tax returns. But if you’re one of the nearly 80% of Americans who will receive a refund of hundreds—or even thousands—of dollars, you’re doing a happy dance. Now, the question is, what’s the best way ...

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Watford City sustains growth despite downturn

McKenzie County is still seeing growth, despite recent layoffs and budget cuts that have dominated recent news headlines. While drilling has indeed slowed, production holds steady. As a result: permanent jobs and a steady stream of economic growth in the region. People might not be flocking to the Bakken like they were two years ago, but population in McKenzie County ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

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BISMARCK, N.D. Minot Daily News, Minot, Jan. 28, 2016 Minot and the ‘vision thing’ There appear to be more and more of them around Minot. “Them” as in paved lots, partially constructed foundations and fading placards introducing a coming development of some sort. These are the vestiges of a boom that has now taken a downturn if not to “bust,” ...

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North Dakota “Great Recession” real estate crisis?

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The North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner recently reported a $63 million shortfall in anticipated sales tax collections in December of 2015. Sales tax collections have declined by over 50 percent in some oil patch cities. Even with a massive state investment program and projects that were financed prior to the recent decline in oil prices, sales tax revenues still collapsed. Plunging sales ...

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Houston Has Highest Chance of Home Price Declines

As a whole, U.S. real estate has a low chance of experiencing a drop in prices. But energy-dependent areas are more vulnerable. Across the entire country, there is a six percent likelihood that residential home prices will decline during the next two years. While the national risk level is low, Energy Patch states — those dependent on coal, oil or ...

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Four tips on finding your mortgage lender guru

Buying a house should be a collaboration throughout every part of the process. It’s one of the few major purchases and commitments you’ll ever make in a lifetime. That’s why it’s crucial to find the right professional who can meet any challenge that arises on the road to your next home. After all, you’ve done the leg work. You’ve talked ...

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Customers can buy panels and own their own power

Don’t want the chore of putting solar panels on your house? Black Hills Energy is now offering a way to solve that. The Pueblo-area electric utility cut the ribbon Thursday on a new 122-kilowatt “solar garden” east of town — a pilot project of 1,280 panels built by the Clean Energy Collective of Louisville. Those panels are up for sale ...

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Oil still drives development in Watford City

Even with the price of oil hovering around its 52-week lows, development in the Watford City, ND micropolitan area continues unabated. The vast majority of oil and gas produced in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale play is concentrated in four counties: Dunn, Mountrail, Williams and McKenzie counties. Seeking to maximize operational efficiency, the industry’s regional offices are tending to aggregate in, ...

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Housing development near Berthold ready for new homeowners

BERTHOLD, N.D. — Developers of a housing project near Berthold are looking for prospective homeowners. The Minot Daily News reports that the group managing the 240-lot Prairie Rose Estates plans to break ground for new homes this fall and build through the winter, The modular homes are built in Indiana to North Dakota and local building codes. They will be ...

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