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GRAND FORKS — Applying for jobs and preparing for interviews can be nerve-wracking. Here are some tips and best practices when it comes to presenting your best self to potential employers. Ilene Odegard, director of the University of North Dakota’s Career Services Center, said this time of year is busy for students preparing to enter the workforce. “A resume is a snapshot of who you are,” Odegard said. When it comes to a resume, Odegard said to make sure it includes keywords from the job description.
In an effort to learn about rising prescription drug costs, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee invited the five largest pharmacy benefit managers to Capitol Hill this week. Until now, few knew of pharmacy benefit managers’ role in the health care system. North Dakota was one of the first states to pass legislation regulating them, the North Dakota Pharmacists Association said. Pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, negotiate lower prices from manufacturers and pharmacies for their beneficiaries.
Monday is the best day of the week to get gas, according to a new study. GasBuddy found that Mondays offer the lowest average gas price in 30 states. That’s true if you’re filling up in North Dakota or South Dakota, but not true if you’re in Minnesota. “If you’re in North Dakota on Monday, pick up some fuel, but if you’re driving toward Minnesota and can wait a day, pick it up on Tuesday there,” said Dan McTeague, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.
WASHINGTON — Are you a millennial looking to move out of your mom's basement? Then Minnesota or North Dakota may be the state for you. A recent study by personal-finance website WalletHub ranked Minnesota and North Dakota as two of the best states for millennials.
Extreme winter weather paired with flooding in parts of the Midwest has led to delays for the BNSF Railway Company, and for commodities shipments. From March 16 to 22, the most recent dates available, almost 1,500 orders have been unfilled for between one and 10 days, and 1,886 orders are 11 days past due, according to a BNSF status report. During the same period in 2018, 80 orders were between one and 10 days past due, and only one order was past due by 11 days, BNSF reported.
TOWER CITY, N.D — Three people are dead near Tower City after a three-car crash. A 16-year-old girl was driving eastbound on Cass County Road 10 east of Tower City around 11:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29, when her vehicle crossed into the westbound lane, according to a release from the North Dakota State Highway Patrol. In doing so, her vehicle struck a Ford Econoline van head-on. Five people were inside the vehicle, three of whom are dead. The 16-year-old was flown to a Fargo hospital with serious injuries, the highway patrol said.
GRAND FORKS - Gas prices in North Dakota and Minnesota have increased about 8.5 cents per gallon the past week, a trend experts say will continue into late spring. Prices at the pump usually start to increase after Valentine’s Day and continue to climb until April or May, according to Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for fuel price tracking company GasBuddy. “Last year, prices peaked around Memorial Day weekend, but it may be closer to April this year,” DeHaan said.
GRAND FORKS - Because of the incoming severe weather, Xcel Energy has released a list of winter weather safety tips. "We understand how inconvenient it can be to lose power, and that's why we monitor the forecast," said Troy Browen, senior director of control center operations for Xcel in a release. In the release, Xcel advises customers to stay away from downed power lines, build a home emergency kit and to use a space heater with caution. Never leave a space heater unattended, the release said. Other tips in the release include:
GRAND FORKS -- The Grand Forks United Way board of directors named Phyllis Johnson as the agency’s interim president and CEO. Johnson has officially resigned from the board of directors and will step into her new role on Friday, March 1, the organization announced in a release on Monday morning. “I've been involved in United Way in a variety of roles in the past seven years,” said Johnson in an email. “I'm pleased to have the opportunity to lead United Way temporarily because I think it's vitally important to our community.”
GRAND FORKS — Contributions to the Grand Forks United Way have fallen 22 percent since 2013, including a 23 percent decline from 2016 to 2017, the most recent year’s figures available. According to the organization’s 990 tax forms, giving in 2013 was $980,035. Although the organization saw a slight increase from 2015 to 2016, the trend has continued, with a recent low of $760,342 in 2017.