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Last week, for the first time in 1,152 days, Forum columnist and reporter Tammy Swift drove to an office and went to work. And she found that as much things have changed, they have completely stayed the same.
For individuals forgoing vaccination, the risks can include layoffs and ineligibility to collect unemployment, higher insurance premiums, or loss of academic scholarships. For employers, vaccine hesitancy can contribute to short-staffed workplaces.
Do you have Don Draper aspirations but Homer Simpson's love of not wearing pants? Then you might want to check out the Couchmaster CYCON, an ingenious invention that allows you to conquer those spreadsheets and leverage your wheelhouse from the comfort of your sofa.
Working from home with your kitty snuggling on your lap? No need to attend the company Christmas party? Many of the undervalued, overlooked introverts of the world have loved this "new abnormal."

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Minnesota Senate Republicans opposed to the bill said it increases taxes on employers for benefits they may already offer or that workers might not need.
Leaders from several long-term care organizations in the state say care facilities are struggling to hire for some 23,000 open positions.
The Amazon Fulfillment Center in north Fargo is the size of 22 football fields and is set to begin operations Sunday, Sept. 19. Take a look inside the massive warehouse with reporter Thomas Evanella and videographer Chris Flynn.
Unemployment rate down slightly to 3.9%.
“Whatever’s on the streets and goes down the gutter, that’s what ends up in those pits,” a Grand Forks worker told the Herald. And someone has to keep those pits clean.
The news comes after a federal minimum wage increase was rejected by congressional leadership, and applies to all tribal entities, including the Shooting Star Casino.

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North Dakota's minimum wage policies vary significantly from its neighbors Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota. The three bordering states all have minimum wages higher than the federal rate and make annual adjustments to their respective minimum wages.
Once a former pre-professional ballet dancer, Emma Westman is one of two female service technicians who work out of RDO Equipment’s Moorhead location. She and good friend Makenzie Lako, a service tech in RDO’s construction division, have thrown a wrench in outdated notions of what women “should” do for a living.
For journalists everywhere, the COVID-19 pandemic is hardly a time of calm. While many reporters and editors are working from home, others are covering stories from the front lines of the fight.

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