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Can you save the farm from divorce?

Farmers are often practical and stoic people. Things need to get done, you get up and do them. If the weather's bad or your equipment breaks down, you adjust. You fix things and move on. Good planning and hard work will get you through most situations, but that doesn't mean stress won't take its toll.

Farms have often suffered in recent years. Throughout North Dakota, farmers have had to contend with bad weather, tough competition and economic uncertainty. But those things aren't just hard on farmers; they're hard on everyone who lives on the farm. And as Agweek notes, the divorce rate among farmers has risen sharply in the last few decades.

Three Most Common Causes of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving has escalated to one of the most pressing issues on the road. A quick glance away from the road may seem harmless enough, but that split second distraction is cited as a contributing factor as one of the leading causes of car accidents and resulting deaths and injuries. There are legal ramifications if a distracted driver is involved in an accident and causes injury to others, so it is important to recognize and avoid distractions.

While there are a number of distractions that contribute to this issue, a few standout as being more prominent than others are. A survey performed by Erie Insurance in 2018 attempted to identify these common distractions in order to gain a better understanding of how to prevent this issue. The following causes of distracted driving were most prevalent in the results of the survey.

Vaping manufacturers face inquiry

According to Kaiser Health News, when e-cigarettes arrived on the market, just 1.5% of teens said they had vaped. By 2018, that number had risen to more than 20%. In North Dakota, more than 60% of all high school seniors say they've tried vaping. Nearly one-third used e-cigarettes within the past 30 days.

Governor Walz Appoints Jade Rosenfeldt to Fill Seventh Judicial District Vacancy

Governor Tim Walz announced the appointment of Jade Rosenfeldt as District Court Judge in Minnesota's Seventh Judicial District. This appointment fills a vacancy that occurred upon the creation of a new District Court judgeship effective July 1, 2019 and will be chambered in Moorhead in Clay County.

What passed and what failed? 2019 ND legislative session's highlights

From: North Dakota Employment Law Letter | 07/01/2019

From January to April 2019, the North Dakota Legislature convened for its 66th Legislative Assembly. Both the house and the senate introduced several employment-related bills, which were met with varying degrees of success. Read on to find out more about the most notable employment bills from this year's session and whether they passed or failed.

Noncompete provisions in contracts

House Bill (HB) 1351 revised North Dakota's law related to contractual noncompete provisions. Before the revision, the law generally prohibited any contract restraining an individual or entity from exercising a lawful profession, trade, or business unless there was the sale of a business's goodwill or a partnership dissolution. HB 1351 didn't modify the general prohibition against noncompete provisions in contracts, but it did slightly expand the exceptions to the prohibition, likely to reflect modern-day business transactions.

Are home businesses subject to zoning laws?

In the digital age, starting a business is easier than ever. Not only is information more readily available, but technology allows many to work completely from home. However, if you are considering starting a business, you must be sure your business will comply with federal, state, and local laws. Zoning ordinances are an important, and often an underappreciated, legal requirement that may affect your home business.

Zoning laws designate land for a particular use or uses. Local government rules sometimes permit home businesses in residential zones and sometimes do not. As a result, any entrepreneur considering a home business must take care to ensure compliance with zoning ordinances.

Avoid common start up mistakes

If you are planning to start a new business, you should take time to consider the many tasks you will need to complete to get your business up and running and make a plan to complete those tasks. In so doing, you should consider mistakes commonly made by new entrepreneurs, including:

  • Failing to select the proper type of business entity;
  • Failing to draft a solid business plan;
  • Poor financial planning;
  • Failing to complete regulatory and administrative requirements.

In order to avoid these mistakes, you should take time to plan your new business, starting with big picture concepts and working through practical considerations affecting the day-to-day operation of your new business.

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