REAL MONEY Nine Steps to Dealing With Medical Debt
A broken bone, mental health therapy, a long-term illness, a car accident, a premature baby. All of these situationsand so many more unexpected onescan land a family in medical debt. And you cant comp... Posted on 4/16/13 at 9:27 AM
IN THE BLACK Why Its Important to Pay more than Minimum Payments
Here is a video showing how long it takes and how much interest you pay when only paying the minimum payments on your credit card debt.
In the example in the video, by only paying the minimum payme... Posted on 3/21/13 at 7:29 PM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Legislative notebook: Obama coming to discuss gun violence
By Don Davis
Next week is turning into gun week in Minnesota.
President Barack Obama kicks the week off with a Monday Minneapolis visit to discuss gun violence and state legislators plan to consider... Posted on 1/30/13 at 8:04 PM
MIDDLE AGED PLAGUE I'm a Believer -- So Are You
We disagree with one another a lot these days, but I think I've found three sentences we can all say, "Yes, that's true," to:
1) We are all born.
2) We all die.
3) In between, we operate each of ... Posted on 12/19/12 at 3:11 PM
STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND N.D. lawmakers pitch federal debt proposal
BISMARCK North Dakota lawmakers who want to do their part to help control the nations debt had their first hearing Wednesday.
A group of lawmakers wants the Legislature to support an amendment to th... Posted on 1/19/11 at 6:11 PM
The federal government’s failure to agree on how to fix its debt problem could cost Minnesota more than $90 million this year.
Early numbers show schools and health programs could be among those most affected, a legislative committee learned Friday.
Angie Bettenhausen put her stethoscope to the chest of a 13-year-old asthmatic Pomeranian named Ariyana. The dog had been coughing and wheezing. Bettenhausen, who graduated from Iowa State in 2009, has been a small animal veterinarian at Pinehurst Veterinary Hospital in Bismarck for about three years. She's paying off more than $100,000 in student loans.
UND sophomore Daryl Thom hopes the new Financial Wellness Services program on campus will help her stay debt-free. Although she’d carefully planned for her education and carries no student debt, she still needs help to stay that way, she said.
It's absolutely true, as Herald staff writer Jennifer Johnson reported, that where UND and the North Dakota University System are concerned, "wages for many graduates have not kept up with inflation, even as student-debt loads reach record levels." Given that reality, why has enrollment stayed strong?
Retreating with a purpose, Republicans sped legislation through the House on Wednesday to avert the imminent threat of a government default but pointing the way to a springtime budget struggle with President Barack Obama over Medicare, farm subsidies and other benefit programs.
The reality is that our two major political parties are engaged in a fierce struggle over the future shape of American society. Democrats want to preserve Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and add to them a universal guarantee of essential health care. Republicans want to roll all of that back, making room for drastically lower taxes on the wealthy. Yes, it’s essentially a class war.
A company that buys bad debts has agreed to change its collection practices to settle a lawsuit filed by the state of Minnesota that accused it of filing unreliable court papers and carelessly targeting people for debts they didn't owe.
Republicans Rick Berg, John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer should follow the lead of the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council by supporting a grand bargain, thereby putting America first, North Dakota second — and Grover Norquist, if he’s on the list at all, a very distant third.
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