A letter signed by the mayors of Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck, Minot and West Fargo stresses the importance of mask-wearing, washing hands and sanitizing surfaces.

“To get us through this wave of COVID-19 and to keep our communities open, it’s crucial to be aware of our behaviors,” the letter states before reminding residents about the importance of hygiene and masks. “We must keep our social interactions to small groups, social distance when out in the public, utilize testing events and stay home if sick.”

In the letter, the phrase “wear a mask” was written in all capital letters.

Signees include Steve Bakken, of Bismarck; Brandon Bochenski, of Grand Forks; Bernie Dardis, of West Fargo; Tim Mahoney, of Fargo; and Shaun Sipma, of Minot.

“We ask for increased diligence from our business community when it comes to NDSmart Restart Recommendations to include occupant capacity in particular. Further disregard may lead to

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  • On October 10, North Korea celebrated the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party with an unusual night-time military parade.
  • MiG-29 Fulcrum and Su-25 Frogfoot fighter jets were among the highlights of the Pyongyang parade, which included what appeared to be a giant new intercontinental ballistic missile.
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On October 10, North Korea celebrated the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party.

The footage of the unusual night-time military parade held in Pyongyang and addressed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was streamed live on North Korea’s state TV and Youtube.

Although what appeared to be a giant new intercontinental ballistic missile on a transporter vehicle with 22 wheels surely attracted the interest of many analysts (it was the very first time since 2018 that North Korea has shown ICBMs at a military parade), the most interesting

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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned Saturday that his country would “fully mobilize” its nuclear force if threatened as he took center stage at a massive military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the country’s ruling party.

a man wearing a suit and tie: In this image made from video broadcasted by North Korea's KRT on Saturday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a speech during a ceremony to mark to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the country’s ruling party in Pyongyang.

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In this image made from video broadcasted by North Korea’s KRT on Saturday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a speech during a ceremony to mark to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the country’s ruling party in Pyongyang.

Kim, however, avoided direct criticism of Washington during the event, which took place less than four weeks before the U.S. presidential election. Instead, he focused on a domestic message urging his people to remain firm in face of “tremendous challenges” posed by the coronavirus pandemic and crippling U.S.-led sanctions over his nuclear program.


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Outside observers were expecting the North to possibly unveil

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By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday celebrated the 75th anniversary of its ruling party with outside observers expecting leader Kim Jong Un to take center stage in a massive military parade in capital Pyongyang, where the North could possibly unveil the latest weapons in its growing nuclear force threatening U.S. allies and the American mainland.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether any events were proceeding or had already taken place.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said there were signs that the North had already mobilized “large crowds and equipment” for a military parade at Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square during the early hours of Saturday, but the activities also could have been a rehearsal.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the U.S. and South Korean militaries were closely analyzing information about the parade and considering the possibility that it could have

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Tim Baylor, a former Vikings football player and Northside business owner, is moving forward with a $60 million project in north Minneapolis designed to bring a mix of market-rate and affordable apartments to W. Broadway.

Crews are expected to break ground by next spring on the Satori Village project, which falls in a federally designated Opportunity Zone, and includes 198 units of blended “market quality” and affordable apartments. Demolition for one of the existing buildings on the site will begin next month.

The combination of affordable and market-rate rental options is badly needed in north Minneapolis, said Baylor, chief executive of the JADT Development Group, which is developing the project.

Baylor noted that Minneapolis’ North Side absorbed more than 350 units of affordable housing in 10 years but developed no new market-rate apartments during the same period.

“Our perspective is that north Minneapolis needs more than just one kind of

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By Shadia Nasralla

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices inched up on Friday, setting both benchmark contracts on track for their biggest weekly gains since early June, on the back of supply outages caused by a storm in the Gulf of Mexico and a strike of offshore workers in Norway.

Brent <LCOc1> was up 16 cents at $43.50 a barrel by 0748 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude <CLc1> rose 14 cents to $41.33.

Both contracts are on track for gains of around 11% this week, the first weekly rise in three weeks.

Brent’s six-month contango, a market structure where the front-month Brent futures are trading at a discount to later contracts implying current oversupply, has shrunk to around $1.90 a barrel from $3.24 less than a month ago.

Norwegian oil company and labour officials said they would meet with a state-appointed mediator on Friday in an attempt to bring

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Throughout 2020, the Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 75 years of serving the real estate needs of North Texans and those relocating to the region. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today the No. 1 residential real estate brokerage in Texas, according to REAL Trends Inc.

“Long life is a privilege not everyone, or every company, gets to enjoy,” said Chris Kelly, Ebby Halliday Companies’ president and CEO.

“During this anniversary year, we acknowledge this fact with a spirit of gratitude.”

The legacy of Ebby Halliday, who founded Ebby Halliday Realtors in 1945, is carried out daily in North Texas through 2,000-plus agents and staff across three real estate brands and in-house mortgage, insurance and title companies. It is now amplified by the Ebby Halliday Companies’ affiliation with Berkshire Hathaway affiliate HomeServices of America, the country’s

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The sun sets over the coast of North Korea, seen from Yeonpyeong Island in South Korea


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North Korea is violating international sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear programme by exceeding a cap on petroleum imports and sending its workers overseas, including a former Juventus footballer, the United Nations said.

Pyongyang is subject to a range of restrictions imposed since 2017 that limit its oil imports and ban exports of coal, fish and textiles.

It has nonetheless continued to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile arsenal, analysts say, despite three high-profile meetings between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.

The UN Security Council on Monday said an annual 500,000 barrel cap on imports of refined petroleum products had been broken in just the first five months of 2020.

A report by the intergovernmental panel said deliveries to the authoritarian state “far exceeded” the ceiling,

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WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J., Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J., Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Chubb announced that it has named Jeffrey Updyke Vice President, Chubb Group and Division President, Chubb Small Business. In this capacity, Mr. Updyke will have executive operating responsibility for Chubb’s retail insurance business that serves small commercial clients in the U.S. and Canada. He will oversee all facets of the business including strategy, product and business development, underwriting and service operations, and profit and loss performance. Mr. Updyke will report to John Lupica, Vice Chairman, Chubb Group and President of North America Insurance.

“Over the last several years, we have made significant investments to deliver an exceptional offering for small businesses and their agents, including the introduction of an award-winning digital platform called Chubb Marketplace,” said Mr. Lupica.  “Small

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WASHINGTON & SINGAPORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GlobalCom PR Network (GCPR), an alliance of 80 public relations agencies in more than 100 countries, is delivering even greater strategic value to companies looking to expand their global footprint, with the appointment of two new Managing Directors from the North America and Asia markets to the GCPR Board. Vivian Kelly, CEO of Interprose in the U.S. and Lars Voedisch, Managing Director of PRecious Communications, headquartered in Singapore, join Ralf Hartmann, Founder of GCPR in Germany, and Richard Merrin, Managing Director, Spreckley in the UK, on the GlobalCom Board of Directors to provide strategic direction for the growing GCPR Network, and pan-global insights for international enterprises, including start-ups, mid-sized companies and brand leaders.

“We live in a decentralized world, and companies are looking for trusted partners who understand their business, and can scale as they expand into new markets,” said Ralf Hartmann. “Our clients are

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