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Fargo Forum: ND property tax hikes are coming

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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

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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

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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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WAWS Official Publication Touts Support For The Water (Royalty) Tax As Its Official Governmental-Entity Position

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In a shockingly bad public relations decision, the Western Area Water Supply has published an official public support position of the Water (Royalty) Tax in House Bill 1020. WAWS Goes Political Here is what WAWS is now saying about the provisions in HB 1020 to tax private frack water sales: A water royalty clause was also introduced in HB1020. As ...

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What are the long term effects of the Dakota Access showdown?

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The standoff at the site of the Dakota Access pipeline is still fresh. It represents a moment in North Dakota history that won’t easily fade. The manner in which the situation played out could have farther reaching impacts than we ever thought possible. Hart Energy’s Political Sidetrack Podcast features Troy Eid, an experienced attorney on Native American consultations for energy and ...

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Crude oil: Are we seeing a short term low?

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Today’s Market Quick take from Eugene Graner at Heartland Investor Services gives us a quick 4 1/2 minute update on the crude oil markets and short term outlook. Inside this 4 ½ minute video, he shows how oil might bounce from some support before the second shoe drops. Today’s low of $47.70 shows a price decline, despite a projection that EIA data ...

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Eugene Graner: Did oil top in January? [video]

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A “winter rally high” in January showed oil at a high around $55 per barrel. Eugene Graner, from Heartland Investor Services, walks us through crude oil prices and what he thinks the market will do next, including a discussion of OPEC and crude oil inventories. Visit Heartland to see this week’s Market Quick Take video. About Heartland Investor Services: Heartland Investor Services ...

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Clay Jenkinson on the DAPL Protest

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Clay Jenkinson has a deep love for North Dakota, his home state. An award winning writer and a distinguished humanities scholar at Bismarck State College, he may be best known for portraying Thomas Jefferson in The Jefferson Hour.  That’s why his thoughts on the recent protests gave me some pause. It’s not a a clear-cut situation, with mountains of historical context that ...

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