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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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How to power the whole world? Ask Elon Musk.

Elon Musk

While pipelines are approved and rig counts go up, Elon Musk and Leonardo DiCaprio are talking lithium ion batteries, climate change and alternative energy. Is all of this just talk, or is there some truth to their rhetoric? We actually did the calculations to figure out what it would take to transition the whole world to sustainable energy. You’d need ...

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Eugene Graner: $60 oil will have to wait

Texas oil, pumpjack

Eugene Graner, with Heartland Investor Services, released his latest Market Quick Take. Despite a desire for $60 oil by OPEC, domestic shale producers, and many others, we don’t always get what we want. Instead, it looks likes $60 oil might be just out of reach. Graner mentions there are several technical and fundamental obstacles keeping oil from going up. Consistent ...

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U.S. oil poised as next swing producer – INTERVIEW

energy market, oil swing producer

Oil prices have taken a wild ride in recent years, and nobody knows exactly where they will settle. Some market analysts, though, have a better idea than others. Brent Berarducci of Blacklion Capital Management, namely, is one unique to the oil and gas financial market. His boots have been on the ground (as well as 30,000+ feet in the air) ...

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Big property tax hikes coming in 2018?

property taxes, property in Fargo

The sustainability of “property tax relief” program using state tax dollars to reduce local property taxes is now at 0% as the State House yesterday voted to repeal the 12% property tax credit. Senate Bill 2206 was amended to repeal the 12% credit and takeover about half that much of the property tax bill which covers local social services. As ...

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When safety hurts

workplace safety, injury

“Life’s just not fair sometimes” is the justification that I’ve been weaving more frequently into the message with my kids when they don’t get the result they want.  I guess I’m preparing them for the working world so they develop some resilience to disappointment, frustration, even failure.  Time for me to listen to my own wisdom. My frustration involves the ...

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West Fargo restaurant finds new way to support local youth

Maxwells Restaurant,

As owners of Maxwells Restaurant & Bar, General Manager Ramon Sosa and Executive Chef Mike Wald weren’t searching for a way to promote their restaurant. They don’t typically offer coupons or promotions. The experience of eating at the high-end West Fargo restaurant speaks for itself. The atmosphere is intimate, with hand-picked wines, handcrafted cocktails, impeccable American cuisine with a French-inflected ...

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Rig count breaks 800, Permian back on top

oil rig, rig count, Baker Hughes

After a small slump last week, the Permian basin is back on top in U.S. rig count gains released March 24. The Baker Hughes U.S. rig count gained a total of 20 new rigs this week, with a total of 809 rigs exploring for oil and gas. Baker Hughes reported 21 new rigs exploring for oil and gas, totaling 652, ...

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