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Study shows North Dakota as easy place to move up

July 30, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

JAMESTOWN – When it comes to children growing up and turning their lives around financially, North Dakota is one of the best places to start, according to a recent study. Continue Reading

Getting income tax refund could be a mistake, say credit counselors

March 17, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Millions of Americans celebrate receiving an income tax refund each year. Many of these same people live each month under the burden of financial hardship, struggling to make ends meet, often falling behind on living expenses and debt obligations. Continue Reading

How financial savvy are you?

March 2, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Financial literacy, including saving and spending habits, decision making skills, and how to be a smart consumer, are often topics discussed at the kitchen table – by parents. These are tools, however, that prepare youth for life-long successful financial decision making. Continue Reading

Expert offers three retirement planning tips for Baby Boomers

February 4, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

The economy may be recovering, but some of the changes wrought by the Great Recession may be long-lasting. Continue Reading

Disaster aid receives support, but incident clouds session

August 24, 2012 in West Central Tribune

ST. PAUL – Provisions to provide Minnesotans financial aid to recover from summer storms received little opposition this morning as two committees discussed a bill the full Legislature is to debate later today. Continue Reading

One couple’s losses and hard lessons

June 24, 2012 in West Central Tribune

RALEIGH, N.C. With their elderly parents seated across the octagonal oak table, Donna and Jim Parker were back in the kitchen they knew so well the hutch along one wall crammed with plates, bells and salt-and-pepper shakers picked up during family trips; at the table’s corner, the spindly wooden high chair where a 7-year-old Jim had tearfully confessed to setting a neighbor’s woods ablaze. Continue Reading

Seniors often targets of financial fraud

June 24, 2012 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR Anyone can become a victim of financial fraud, but one demographic the elderly are especially vulnerable to these types of scams.
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US stocks inch lower, calm returns to market

June 4, 2012 in West Central Tribune

U.S. stocks are trading modestly lower at midday as calm returns to the market after a spasm of fearful selling last week. Continue Reading

AREAVOICES: Don’t be fooled by debt myths

January 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

After working in banking and financial counseling for many years, I’ve noticed some recurring themes about debt. Continue Reading

Strong November for Alerus Center

December 21, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks’ Alerus Center had a better-than-expected November, though it is still projected to post a loss for the year. Continue Reading