SENSE AND CENTSIBILITY How to prepare financially for adopting a pet
I'm a dog person and I treat my pets like family. I'll be the first to tell you that adding a new member to the family is a huge decision. When you adopt a pet you are committing to care for your pets... Posted on 5/10/13 at 9:32 AM
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH DAKOTA What you can do to help control health care costs
By Shauna Vistad
We have already told you about some of the fraud, abuse and waste in the health care system that is inflating health care costs and told you what Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dako... Posted on 4/19/13 at 12:27 PM
IN THE BLACK Costs of Owning a Car
One of my goals for the next month is to post each day of July about a List of 10 dealing with a personal finance or money saving idea topic.
Buying and owning a car is one of the larger expenses in ... Posted on 7/21/12 at 7:58 AM
STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND N.D. lawmakers discuss inmate medical bills
BISMARCKThe increasing cost of medical care for jail inmates is of growing concern for North Dakota counties, and state lawmakers are trying to decide how to handle the issue.
The Senate Human Servic... Posted on 1/10/11 at 6:43 PM
HEALTHBEAT Doc around the clock
If you've ever spent a weekend in the hospital, you couldn't fail to notice how quiet it was. No surgeries, other than those that are urgent. Fewer tests being scheduled. Fewer staff in the building... Posted on 10/8/10 at 3:58 PM
Although spring flooding in North Dakota wasn't as bad advertised in some areas, officials who are totaling the damages said Friday the costs are piling up. The question is whether the final figure will impress the federal government.
As President Barack Obama prepared to announce new measures Wednesday to help ease the burden of student loan debt, new figures painted a demoralizing picture of college costs for students and parents: Average in-state tuition and fees at four-year public colleges rose an additional $631 this fall, or 8.3 percent, compared with a year ago.
By Justin Pope, The Associated Press
, October 26, 2011
Authorities in North Dakota on Friday were meeting to add up the cost of capturing a convicted sex offender who escaped from a private prisoner transport van and sparked a manhunt that ended in a cornfield.
No matter what source of heat — natural gas, oil, propane or electricity — it is expensive to heat your home.
It’s more important than ever to make the most of the heat your furnace produces. About 45 percent of the energy used in homes goes toward heating and cooling, so running your system in the most efficient way, can make a big impact.
Lance Brower, NDSU Extension Service
, February 03, 2010
Elected public officials who watch out for the pocketbooks of their constituents should be praised. North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer is in that category. Conservative by political nature, Cramer was quick to jump on a report by a Twin Cities newspaper that Xcel Energy’s $5.22 million aviation budget includes two leased private jet aircraft. How much of that expenditure, Cramer wanted to know, was impacting Xcel customers in North Dakota?
A letter Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota is sending to its members about the possible cost of health care reform is drawing criticism from reform proponents.
The Blues are sending letters to members detailing possible impacts of health reform pending before Congress could bring, including premium increases.
By Patrick Springer, Forum Communications Co.
, November 18, 2009
As the temperatures drop and days get shorter we struggle to see how long we can go without flipping the switch to turn on the furnace.
Last winter included numerous days of below-zero temps and often it would have been a relief to toss the heating bill on the fire along with another log.
There’s reason to fear that, even with reform, the nation’s total outlays for health care — currently 17 percent of gross domestic product — will continue to soar, and so will federal health spending and insurance premiums.
When Wisconsin and Minnesota governors this spring announced a plan to have their governments join forces and save money through efficiencies and purchasing power, they put the potential savings at a combined $20 million.
Sure, that seemed optimistic, but even if it netted half that amount, taxpayers would still be saving $10 million. What Viking and Packer couldn’t get along at the price?
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