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Hey Siri! You Have A Big Mouth

In 2011, Apple released virtual pal Siri, a novel idea for iPhone owners. A simple “Hey Siri” opened a world of information for its owners simply by asking questions. Shortly after, Siri was joined by other virtual assistants, Alexa and Cortana for the Android set. Although, Siri became a virtual star first and was immediately Read More

College SAVE hosts 529 Day activities

May is special for many reasons: Mother’s Day, graduations, tulips and 529 Day which celebrates tax-advantaged 529 plan accounts. Instituted by the Internal Revenue Service, 529 accounts help people save for college. In North Dakota, College SAVE is the 529 plan supported by the state. Anyone can open an account with as little as $25 Read More

Financing Economic Development Report 2017

Bank of North Dakota’s vision statement, “Bank of North Dakota is an agile partner that creates financial solutions to current and emerging economic needs,” drives our economic development and diversification efforts daily. We accomplish this through strong vision and collaboration with state agencies, local economic development groups and financial institutions. Read the report here.

Financing Higher Education Report 2017

Higher education, whether one, two, four or more years beyond high school, is about achieving more. An educated workforce is an essential element to Bank of North Dakota’s mission “To promote agriculture, commerce and industry in North Dakota.” College SAVE, college planning and student loans to pay for college and refinance afterward offer a cradle-to-career Read More

Bank of North Dakota releases 2017 Annual Report

BISMARCK – The state-owned Bank of North Dakota recorded its 14th consecutive year of record profits in 2017, with $145.3 million in net earnings, the Bank reported today in its annual report to the state Industrial Commission. Total assets decreased slightly from $7.3 billion in 2016 to $7.0 billion. BND ended the year with capital Read More

As Tax Day Looms Hackers Gear Up for Paydays

That deadline is looming. You know the one. The tax return filing deadline is just around the corner. This year, it’s Tuesday, April 17 and don’t think for a second that the cybercriminals out there are not very aware of this date. In fact, the IRS is warning taxpayers once again to be on the Read More

Hackers Steal $172B Globally From Consumers

Bad things happen to good consumers and 2017 was a banner year for cybercrime here and abroad. The 2017 Norton Security Report found that of the $172 billion that was stolen from consumers globally–$19.4 billion of that was from consumers in the U.S. The average victim lost $142 and 20 hours of their time trying Read More

“Ask Staci and Amanda” live on Facebook

You’ve got questions, and BND’s Staci and Amanda have answers – college-related ones. Check out their series “Ask Staci and Amanda” live every Tuesday, typically at 2:30 p.m., on BND’s Facebook page. They, along with featured guests, discuss a variety of higher education and career-related topics. Join the conversation and post your questions in the Read More

Cyberattacks Increased By 100% In 2017; Protect Your Identity

A recent report released by ThreatMetrix, Cybercrime Report 2017: A Year in Review, provides an eye-popping account of cybercrime and fraud worldwide. The fear of having one’s credit or banking cards physically stolen is rapidly shifting to having that information stolen online and for good reason. The report finds that from 2015 to 2017, cyberattacks increased by 100%. Read More

Midco believes in community involvement

Thanks to Pat McAdaragh, CEO and President of Midco, for sharing his thoughts on the role of telecommunications in economic development. They recently donated $10,000 to North Dakota Dollars for Scholars to fund technology industry-related scholarships. Provide a brief history and overview of Midco? Midco started as a movie theatre company back in 1931 and Read More

Addressing infrastructure needs in Valley City

City Administrator David Schelkoph, Valley City, North Dakota, shared his community’s perspective on infrastructure funding and how Sheyenne River flooding impacts those needs. Tell us about the problem you needed to address and how it was affecting your community. I am sure your readers have heard this before from across the state, but Valley City Read More

North Dakota Dollars for Scholars accepting scholarship applications

North Dakota Dollars for Scholars is accepting scholarship applications from North Dakota high school seniors and college students. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $2,500 each for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applicants must be from a North Dakota community with an active Dollars for Scholars chapter to qualify. Students from a wide range of backgrounds Read More

Bank of North Dakota prepares for 100th anniversary celebration

Bismarck – Bank of North Dakota (BND) is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019 and is asking the public for assistance. Historical artifacts from the Bank such as letters, memorabilia and promotional items are being accepted. In addition, the Bank is seeking stories from farm families who were assisted by the Bank during Read More

Smishing Means Big Trouble In A Tiny Text

SMS text phishing, or smishing, is on the rise for us all. Smishing has been around for a while, and is gaining in popularity for cyberthieves. Texts are being sent to smartphones asking recipients to go to a link or respond with personal information. Most often, these texts contain a great sense of urgency to Read More