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A man working as part of a snow removal crew died early Saturday morning, Feb. 9, in Grand Forks. Grand Forks police were called to 600 High Plains Court for a report of an injury traffic crash around 3 a.m. on Saturday morning. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene. The name of the victim is being withheld so police can notify his family. Sgt. Kris Brown said it appeared the victim was standing on the bucket of the snow removal vehicle when he slipped off and fell under the wheels of the vehicle.
GRAND FORKS - As tax season approaches, many are just now thinking about tax preparation, but some experts say that is already too late. “It’s more about planning than anything else,” said Cathi Feeley, a financial adviser with Alerus. People need to start thinking about their taxes as early as September, Feeley said. “At that point there is actually something you can do to change how much you get back,” Feeley said. “You can actually take action then, if you notice you’re being over-withheld or under-withheld.”
GRAND FORKS - The president and CEO of the Grand Forks United Way may no longer be in the role she’s held for more than 20 years. Pat Berger's status was unclear Monday. Last week, Berger said she was in the process of retiring. When asked Monday about her retirement plans, Berger directed questions to her attorney, David Thompson. Her bio still was on the United Way website Monday morning, Jan. 28. Nikki Jackman, head of the United Way’s board, said Berger is on leave. “We don’t comment on employee issues,” Jackman said.
SAN DIEGO — Jessica and Troy Nelson, owners of Trojan Promotions in Grand Forks, died while on a trip to San Diego early Monday, Jan. 21. According to social media posts, they were killed when a 75-foot tree fell onto the house they were staying in. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the tree fell around 6:15 a.m., local time, killing two occupants.
GRAND FORKS — Jobs seem to be the No. 1 reason bringing people to or taking them away from North Dakota in the past year, a study found. Moving company United Van Lines released its national movers study the first week of January. “A lot of people are moving out of or into North Dakota to be closer to their family or for a new job. The majority of reasons people nationwide move is for a job,” said Eily Cummings, spokeswoman for United Van Lines.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- What happens to your 401(k) when the market is volatile? For investors, the constant ups and downs can be seen as cause to worry, but experts say this is not the case. Senior retirement adviser for Alerus Rob Woytassek said that investors are affected little day to day and in the long term by market volatility if they are invested within their means. “If you’re investing too aggressively you could see your retirement date pushed back (because of market volatility),” Woytassek said.
THOMPSON, N.D. — In October, many are thinking of what they plan to get loved ones for Christmas. Phil Ring was thinking of starting a Christmas tree farm. “I mean, it was something we had talked about doing when we moved out here,” Brittany Ring said on their Thompson farm. “But this was all Phil’s idea.” The family had gotten started two years earlier by planting 750 trees by hand in one of their fields. But each of those trees is only a foot or two tall, not nearly tall enough to sell, Phil said.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota is nationally known for its oil and gas production, which are both at all-time highs. The state is also abundant in renewable energy resources, contributing more than $170 million in economic activity to the state, according to a North Dakota State University study. Renewable energy pays more than $7.7 million in property taxes in North Dakota, the study found. Minnesota doesn’t produce fossil fuels, but has significant renewable energy resources. Renewable generation supplied about a quarter of Minnesota’s electricity in 2017.
MANDAREE, N.D. — Lisa DeVille lives in the heart of the Bakken oil formation. DeVille is an enrolled member of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation and lives in Mandaree on the Fort Berthold Reservation. Living in the Bakken, she and her family see natural gas flares almost daily. “We witness it, we live with oil and gas,” DeVille said. “The night sky is lit up like day. You can feel the earth rumble under you when those flares happen, you can hear it and smell it.”
GRAND FORKS — With stores opening on Thanksgiving afternoon for Black Friday shopping, is the next day still an important shopping holiday? Many area retailers say yes. The Grand Forks J.C. Penney opened its doors for Black Friday starting at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Target offered deals starting at 5 p.m. and Walmart at 6 p.m. on Thursday.