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Short-term finances earn state high ranking: Pensions, retirement could be threatened

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GRAND FORKS — Despite a potentially bumpy long-term budget outlook, North Dakota landed near the top of a fiscal condition report ranking all 50 states by their ability to meet their financial needs


The state comes in third behind Alaska and South Dakota. Nebraska and Wyoming round out the top five of the rankings. Minnesota followed in the middle of the pack at 35th.

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Brandi Jewett
Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter for the Grand Forks Herald with beats focusing on northwest Minnesota, unmanned aircraft systems and East Grand Forks city government. Other positions she has held at the Herald include Grand Forks city government reporter, general assigment reporter and news intern. A native of Valley City, N.D., 24 years worth of winters haven't scared her out of the state yet. Follow her work at and on Twitter and Instagram: @brandijewett. Send tips and story ideas to 
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