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HALLOCK, Minn. — The Gateway Motel and Museum in Hallock has 10 rooms. During pipeline construction, each room is filled and the workers are outside on the patio between the motel and museum grilling food bought from the grocery store, talking with locals or drinking a beer at the bar down the block. Mikey Totleben is the owner of the motel. He said he caters to construction workers and was depending on the work on the pipeline coming through town this summer.
GRAND FORKS - Because of the incoming severe weather, Xcel Energy has released a list of winter weather safety tips. "We understand how inconvenient it can be to lose power, and that's why we monitor the forecast," said Troy Browen, senior director of control center operations for Xcel in a release. In the release, Xcel advises customers to stay away from downed power lines, build a home emergency kit and to use a space heater with caution. Never leave a space heater unattended, the release said. Other tips in the release include:
GRAND FORKS -- Payless ShoeSource will close all U.S. stores this year, including several in North Dakota and Minnesota. Between March and May, the discount shoe store will close more than 2,000 locations, according to a Payless spokesperson. The company began liquidation sales at its stores on Sunday. North Dakota locations set for closure include the Columbia Mall location in Grand Forks and the West Acres location in Fargo.
GRAND FORKS - As tax season approaches, many are just now thinking about tax preparation, but some experts say that is already too late. “It’s more about planning than anything else,” said Cathi Feeley, a financial adviser with Alerus. People need to start thinking about their taxes as early as September, Feeley said. “At that point there is actually something you can do to change how much you get back,” Feeley said. “You can actually take action then, if you notice you’re being over-withheld or under-withheld.”
SAN DIEGO — Jessica and Troy Nelson, owners of Trojan Promotions in Grand Forks, died while on a trip to San Diego early Monday, Jan. 21. According to social media posts, they were killed when a 75-foot tree fell onto the house they were staying in. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the tree fell around 6:15 a.m., local time, killing two occupants.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- What happens to your 401(k) when the market is volatile? For investors, the constant ups and downs can be seen as cause to worry, but experts say this is not the case. Senior retirement adviser for Alerus Rob Woytassek said that investors are affected little day to day and in the long term by market volatility if they are invested within their means. “If you’re investing too aggressively you could see your retirement date pushed back (because of market volatility),” Woytassek said.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota is nationally known for its oil and gas production, which are both at all-time highs. The state is also abundant in renewable energy resources, contributing more than $170 million in economic activity to the state, according to a North Dakota State University study. Renewable energy pays more than $7.7 million in property taxes in North Dakota, the study found. Minnesota doesn’t produce fossil fuels, but has significant renewable energy resources. Renewable generation supplied about a quarter of Minnesota’s electricity in 2017.