Time and Again: Handling Prosperity

Betty Mills

By Betty Mills

After attending a family funeral in Bowman, we drove east out of New England on Highway 21 where golden fields stretched for what seemed miles, sometimes from down one hill to the top of the next. It was the North Dakota harvest season of my youth with no sign of the prosperity and the tension of the oil patch injecting a chaotic note into an otherwise reassur­ing view.

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District 30 Candidates Support Taylor Property Tax Relief Package

District 30 legislative candidates Nancy Guy, Tom Decker and Daphne Ghorbani have come out in favor of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ryan Taylor’s property tax plan. The 2011 Republican controlled legislature failed to enact meaningful property tax reductions.

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Sitting Bull College Provides Training for North Dakota Oil Patch

10-day, Oil Drilling Training program concluded on June 29 and was co-sponsored by Sitting Bull Col­lege’s Job Place­ment and Train­ing Program (JPTP), the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Tribal Employ­ment Rights Office (TERO) and office for the Workforce Investment Act.

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BSC Ranked Nationally in Engineering-Related Graduates

Bismarck State College was ranked fourth among two and four-year institutions granting degrees in engineering tech­nologies and engineering related fields in the June 11th issue of Community College Week, an independent, national publication covering community, tech­nical and junior colleges.

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Back-to-School Transitions: Tips for Parents

By Stacy Sturm

Getting a new school year off to a good start can influence children’s attitude, confi­dence, and performance both socially and academically. The transition from August to September can be diffi­cult for both children and parents. Even children who are eager to return to class must adjust to the greater levels of activ­ity, structure, and, for some, pressures as­sociated with school life.

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AARP Plans Public Meeting on Social Security, Medicare Reforms

AARP North Dakota will seek public input on Social Se­curity and Medicare reform proposals being debated in Washington and on the campaign trail at an August 16 meeting in Bismarck.

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What’s in the Health Care Law For You – Today

By Nicole Duritz, Vice President, Health AARP Education & Outreach

Many families across the country already know how the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, is helping them. They’ve been able to maintain coverage for their college-age children, or buy health insurance after being previously labeled “uninsurable.” Still millions more have discounts on expensive prescription drugs.

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Good News for Bad Times Ahead

By Derri Scarlett

Doomsayers abound in 2012 – everyone from the Mayans to Nostradamus to fundamen­talists seeks to assure us that the sky, indeed, is falling.

Amid all this comes an unlikely trio to offer yet another scenario, as well as the answer to surviving it. It’s all found in a nonfiction book called “Visions from Heaven: Climbing the Ladder to Spiritual Oneness.”

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Some Justice in a Mostly Forgotten Place

Charlie Barber, Mandan

By Charlie Barber
Part 2 of a series. Republished by permission of the au­thor and the High Plains Reader

It is very lonely sometimes, trying to play God.”
– U.S. Supreme Court Jus­tice Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not so­cialism.”
– Hubert Humphrey

“Trust everyone, but cut the cards.”
– Finley Peter Dunne

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Local Residents Feel Unsafe Despite Low Crime Rates

By Melissa Gonzalez

As residents of North Dakota, many have felt the increase in population: congested roads, longer commutes, rent hikes and housing crunches. But the main change residents have seemed to notice, and are concerned about, is the per­ceived increase in crime.

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