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In the history of fire insurance, the Great Chicago Fire stands as a milestone. The 1871 fire destroyed some 3½ square miles of the city and bankrupted 68 of Chicago's 200 fire insurance companies. But the city and the insurance industry not only recovered, they did so while pioneering dramatic improvements in fire protection, firefighting and fire insurance practices. Today, businesses and homeowners routinely carry fire insurance. And they need it blessedly seldom, because thanks to prevention, catastrophic fires now are rare.
WARROAD, Minn.—With more than 5,000 employees in 12 factories across the United States — about 2,100 of whom are located in Minnesota — the Marvin Cos. are one of the largest made-to-order window and door manufacturers in the world. In October, the family-owned firm named Paul Marvin as president and CEO. He is a member of the fourth generation of the Marvin family to work in the business; and in this Q&A, he answers questions about his background, his family's legacy and the Marvin Cos.' century-long history in its headquarters town of Warroad, Minn.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Esquire Never. Inside the Law School Scam. Law Lemmings. Third Tier Reality. And a few other names that can't be printed here. In parts of America, the Great Recession hammered the economics of practicing law, and underemployed lawyers' angry "scam blogs" (such as the ones listed above) have swung mallets at the situation ever since.
Esquire Never. Inside the Law School Scam. Law Lemmings. Third Tier Reality. And a few other names that can't be printed here. In parts of America, the Great Recession hammered the economics of practicing law, and underemployed lawyers' angry "scam blogs" (such as the ones listed above) have swung mallets at the situation ever since.
A fellow we know is looking back on 20 years in Grand Forks. He arrived with his young family a few months after the 1997 flood. Today, the kids have passed through the Grand Forks schools and are making their way in the world. So a new chapter has begun, but the fellow and his wife are happy to stay. Why? Because Grand Forks retains its appeal. Trash covered the berms when the newcomers arrived in 1997. But the city's assets shone through, and today they're on full display.
The North Dakota prairie is the last place you'd expect to find an iceberg. But drive on out to the Grand Sky project, take a look at the construction there, and you'll see it—the tip of one, at least. It's the buildings themselves. They're the tip of a truly massive "iceberg"—a huge and, until now, hidden source of growth and economic development.
To help prevent opioid addiction, take an "ecosystem" approach. That means employ a web of strategies, a network that involves police, hospitals, nonprofits, families and others in a citywide response. Here's one strand of the web: Learn from Iceland's experience. The country devotes time and effort to helping young people experience "natural highs," a recognized key to avoiding addiction.
The points have nothing to do with either the Legislature or UND, and they were buried in a long Q&A. So for Grand Forks residents, it would have been easy to miss North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's recent comments about downtowns and development. This editorial will help make sure that doesn't happen. Clearly, Burgum believes healthy downtowns matter, and that they matters for reasons beyond the standard line, "downtown is the heart of the city." In Burgum's eyes, a healthy downtown and the policies that foster it are signs of a fiscally responsible city, too.
Editor's note: North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum recently visited the Herald and sat for an interview with the newspaper's editorial board. Today, we're presenting Part 2 of a two-part transcript of the interview highlights. Part 1 was presented on yesterday's editorial page. The interview has been lightly edited for clarity and length. □ □ □ Q. How do we work on the workforce issue in North Dakota?
In Minnesota, the outline of a Grand Plan is coming into view. It shows a way forward on the three big budget divides that are threatening yet another government shutdown. The divides are taxes, education and transportation. And the way forward is this: Gov. Mark Dayton yields on education; Republicans in the Legislature yield on transportation; and the two sides split the difference on taxes. ▇ "Both parties are divided on how much to spend, particularly on Dayton's proposal to add $175 million to expand prekindergarten programs," the Star Tribune summarized this week.