THE BRIDGEHUNTER'S CHRONICLES Mystery Bridge 20: The bridge that used to house a bike shop
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NEW PLATEAUS Give and Take
In this season of giving, here are two counter-intuitive truths about how Internet music piracy and product knock-offs benefit the original creators.
#1: In November, TechNewsDaily published a story ... Posted on 12/27/12 at 10:48 AM
THE NEW FORTY Call me Dr. Chopsticks!
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MISS SIMPLICITY Lesson In What Comes In Must Go Out
This week I worked with a client who had 3 days to clear every single thing out of their house because of a pending natural disaster. During those 3 sleepless days things were thrown in boxes and ... Posted on 8/2/12 at 5:53 PM
A MINNESOTAN IN CHINA Beijing Means Business
Here's a picture book for your eyes and minds highlighting some illegal entrepreneurs, the business district of bustling Beijing and Walmart in China.
A common sight in Chinese cities are the... Posted on 7/14/12 at 9:03 AM
Property tax relief is one of the stated goals North Dakota state legislators have pointed to all session for the 2009-2011 biennium.
During a “Coffee with Your Legislators” event held Saturday at Dickinson City Hall, several residents questioned whether or not true property tax relief is possible if certain bills being discussed in Bismarck pass.
A private research group's monthly forecast of economic activity rose unexpectedly in December, mostly because the flood of federal bailouts increased the money supply.
Separately, existing home sales rose 6.5 percent in December to an annual rate of 4.74 million units, as the median home sales price plunged to $175,400, down 15.3 percent from $207,000 a year ago. The decline is the largest year-over-year drop on records going back to 1968.
The New York-based Conference Board's monthly forecast of economic activity increased 0.3 percent in December. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected a 0.3 percent decline.
The group's index of leading economic indicators had fallen 0.4 percent in November and a revised 1.0 percent in October.
The index is designed to forecast economic activity in the next three to six months based on 10 economic components, including stock prices, building permits, average weekly manufacturing hours and initial claims for unemployment benefits.
With most components falling steeply, the Conference Board said unemployment could rise to 9 percent from 7.2 percent as the country remains in an intense recession through spring.
Job cut announcements continued Monday. Home Depot Inc. said it plans to eliminate 7,000 jobs while closing four dozen of its smaller home improvement stores. Sprint Nextel Corp. said it is eliminating about 8,000 positions as it seeks to cut annual costs by $1.2 billion.
The Conference Board's leading economic index is about 5.0 percent lower than its most recent peak in July 2007. Over the last six months, a separate Conference Board index has seen its largest decline since 1980.
After the defeat of a proposed amendment on the June 10 ballot that would have allowed the Dickinson City Commission to appropriate funds collected by the city’s half-percent sales tax without a vote from the people, the future of that money is up in the air.
By a margin of less than 60 votes, Dickinson residents rejected Tuesday an amendment to the city’s half-percent sales tax ordinance that would have given the Dickinson City Commission the ability to spend the proceeds on large-scale community projects.
It appears North Dakota enjoyed a good holiday shopping season as retail taxable sales and purchases increased 8.95 percent in the state during the fourth quarter of 2007 when compared to the year previous.
FARGO — North Dakota’s ability to sell agricultural products to Cuba shouldn’t be hurt by Cuban President Fidel Castro’s decision to step down after nearly 50 years in power, said state Agriculture Com-missioner Roger Johnson.
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