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FARGO — When March Madness rolls around, tournament brackets circulate the office. When the Powerball jackpot is running high, hopeful workers pitch in for tickets. And for some employees in the Fargo-Moorhead area, Christmas brings another kind of office pool: Co-workers collect donations to support causes such as the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center and the YWCA. Others give of their time by ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.
FARGO—The average Verizon, Sprint and AT&T customer spends over $140 a month on cell service, according to a survey of U.S.-based mobile customers conducted by Cowen and Company in 2014. Many who are tired of the high monthly cost are switching to budget brands such as Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS and Boost Mobile. Storefronts for these sort of discount providers have been popping up around the Fargo metro in recent months.
FARGO, N.D.—When it became a federal holiday in 1894, Americans did not associate Labor Day with backyard barbecues or getting a great deal on a new bedroom set. The late 1800s were the height of the Industrial Revolution. The average American was working 12-hour days, seven days a week, and often under extremely unsafe working conditions. The holiday was established to recognize achievements made in the labor movement such as the 40-hour work week, minimum wage, sick leave, overtime and child labor laws.
FARGO -- When Dr. Yuri Nakasato of Fargo learned he was named a 2016 Bush Fellow, he remembers thinking, "Uh-oh, now I need to change the world." It's a realization that likely hit Betty Gronneberg, also of Fargo, and many of the other winners from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and the 23 native nations in this area.
FARGO – Does the offer of unlimited vacation and sick time seem too good to be true? Not for employees of companies that provide flex time off like Netflix and Virgin. Rather than earning a fixed number of days off per year, their employees are free to take as much time off as they want or need provided that their work is done. Employees are valued based on what they accomplish, not on how many hours they spend in the office.
FARGO -- Losing weight and getting in shape continue to top the list of the most common New Year's resolutions. This year, many will receive help achieving those goals from their employer. The number of area companies that provide workplace wellness programs is growing, said Pete Seljevold, administrator for Blue Cross Blue Shield's North Dakota Worksite Wellness Initiative.
FARGO — Network security has more to do with smoke and mirrors than actual security at many companies today, according to Corey Steele, network security engineer for local voice and data network solutions provider High Point Networks. The self-taught cybersecurity expert gets paid to test companies’ networks and says the days when firewalls, data backup and antivirus programs provided sufficient protection are over. “A network that’s protected just by a firewall, antivirus and backups in this environment is really akin to taking a super carrier from our American Navy today and dropping it in
FARGO — “Earn up to $1,000 a week without leaving your home. No experience or skills required.” Sound too good to be true? In most cases, it is.
FARGO — Ag producers and manufacturers are looking for new Cuban export opportunities following President Barack Obama’s announcement last month of his intent to restore diplomatic relations with the island nation 90 miles south of the U.S. border. Many trade and government officials seem to be taking a wait-and-see approach to the news. Heather Ranck, international trade specialist and director of the U.S.
FARGO — North Dakota voters appeared in incomplete and unofficial results Tuesday in favor of a measure that would prevent state and local governments from imposing taxes on real estate transactions. With 401 of 427 precincts reporting, 76 percent of voters supported Measure 2, while 24 percent were opposed. There were 176,907 votes cast in favor and 56,735 opposed. Realtor and Rep.