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The Tipping Point for Safety

safety, fidget spinner

A tipping point is that moment in time where something goes from small to big in popularity or relevance.  This is sometimes referred to as “achieving critical mass,” or in the case of a virus, it’s the point when it spreads from a local outbreak to an epidemic.  Think of a craze like Pokémon Go, fidget spinners, or the now ...

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When a Good Drug Goes Bad

drug addition, workplace safety

“I’m going to prescribe a little something for your pain,” says the doctor following your workplace injury, your scheduled non- work-related surgery, or your nagging aching back that’s your fault because you abuse it. The prescription starts out with good intentions and with a purpose—to help manage your physical pain.  What transpires for some changes their lives forever—an addiction to ...

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Is it Better to be Good or Lucky?

safety, stop light, luck

The answer to that age-old question depends on the context.  My dad taught me how to play cribbage as a youngster, and I still believe that if you play regularly you develop enough skill in a few years to compete with the old-timers.  The rest, as they say, is the luck of the draw. Being “good” implies a consistent skill ...

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No, It’s Not Time To Increase The Gas Tax

gas tax

Earlier this week, a shocking headline was posted by an unlikely source. Rob Port of the SayAnythingBlog posted an article announcing his support of an increase in the gas tax. Port says: You may be wondering why a conservative with a preference for limited government is in favor of a tax hike. It’s an easy case to make… The best ...

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Commission On Initiated Measures Is Unconstitutional

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Commission On Initiated Measures Is Unconstitutional By Its Very Existence If the commission wants to follow the constitution, here are three suggestions. This legislative session, a bill was passed that is designed to “fix” the initiated measures process in North Dakota. While there are some things that can be done to that end, the overwhelming sense is that nothing good can ...

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Risky Business–A Little Something for Everyone

risky business

The concept of managing risk is quite simple.  Like many other safety applications, it’s about effectively guiding people and processes.  If it were only that easy.  We all manage risk every day but what gets us into trouble as a workforce is when we all come at risk from a different angle.  Because our risk thresholds vary what is considered ...

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ND Watchdog: Property taxes are going up

property taxes, housing, Williston

North Dakota League of Cities Spokesman Declares That Cities Will Have No Choice But To Raise Property Taxes Blames legislature even though the legislature never approved a direct buy down of city property taxes, which is a convenient distortion of reality. Earlier this week, the executive director (Blake Crosby) of the North Dakota League of Cities appeared on a Fargo ...

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Fargo Forum: ND property tax hikes are coming

new home, property tax

It took a couple weeks, but statewide media is finally catching on to the warnings we have been sending out: property taxes are going up! On Friday, the Fargo Forum published a story entitled “Property tax increases coming in ND after legislative changes, auditors say”. Cass County Auditor Michael Montplaisir predicted an 8.5 to 9 percent increase on residential property ...

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In the world of water, it’s wise to follow the money

WAWSA, North Dakota, Western Area Water Supply Authority

There’s an old saying in journalism – “follow the money.”  That phrase inserted itself into America’s lexicon and popular culture during the movie “All the President’s Men,” a film portraying the events of Watergate.  Since then, that phrase has been taught or talked about in most basic media classes. Following the money is a basic exercise that uncovers a sizable ...

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Safety With Purpose

purpose, safety, road, retirement

With retirement on the horizon I’ve been listening more intently to the advice offered from those that are there and those that help retirees prepare for their “golden years.”  Finances are a large part of the discussion and most importantly—“You don’t want outlive your money!” Traveling, volunteering, hobbies, and visiting family and friends are no doubt prime post-career activities. One ...

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