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Bridging the gap between farm and fork

July 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

FARGO — Those in the ag industry say it’s scary how much of a disconnect there is between consumers and farmers.
“You have people saying they don’t need a farmer because they can go to the grocery store,” said Bill Hoffmann, a member of th…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

SD work group will review consumer protection laws

June 13, 2013 in The Daily Republic

The attorney general says the group will look specifically at strengthening laws on deceptive trade practices.
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OPINION: Unlock phones so people can use public airwaves

March 25, 2013 in The Daily Republic

What if, when you bought a new television, you had to decide which electrical network you’d like to use it on. That is essentially the problem most Americans face whenever they buy a mobile phone.
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The cost of putting food on the table

September 1, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

The banana could be considered a minor miracle of global trade.
Every day of the year, even in winter, a shopper in Grand Forks can purchase fruit grown in the tropics and shipped thousands of miles to be sold during short period before it turns black, at a price, as of last month, of 58 cents per pound. Continue Reading

34-year Kmart shopper, 74, protests New Ulm store closing

March 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Marge Hames set up again today across the street from the New Ulm Kmart, one of 15 stores that Sears Holding plans to close. Hames has two signs that read “Keep Kmart Open” and “These ‘associates’ are friends, neighbors and family.” Continue Reading

Who should get blame for soaring gas prices? Unhappy public unsure

March 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Some blame President Barack Obama. Some just cite “the government,” while others believe it’s the work of big, greedy oil companies. No matter who is responsible, almost everyone seems to want the government to do something, even if people aren’t sure what, exactly, it should or can do. Continue Reading

Pork industry moves to group pens at great cost to producers … and consumers to feel it, too

March 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Under pressure from animal rights activists and sensing a shift in consumer sentiment, several major pork producers have agreed to phase out gestation crates and switch to more open pens.Experts say at least some of those expenses are likely to be passed on in the price of ham, bacon, chops and sausage. Continue Reading

Study: More bargain-hunting Canadians flying out of U.S. airports

March 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Canadian Airports Council says in a report titled “One of Our Airports is Missing” that last year a 4.8-million one-way trips were made by Canadians to American airports, an increase of 15 percent from 2010.
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Massive spike in long-term care costs hits Minnesota seniors

March 19, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The unforeseen premium increases have caused a rash of calls to state regulators and advocates from worried or irate older Minnesotans.
But the effect could go much further. It could dampen a new three-year effort by state agencies to convince more people to finance their own long-term care in old age. Continue Reading

Biofuels: Even when Minnesota-made, they’re not offered at state pumps

March 12, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The state’s fuel-blending law was written years ago with ethanol in mind — and new biofuels don’t qualify to be part of the mandated 10 percent mix. Continue Reading