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Page 6 November 11, 2010 Fighting cold and flu season in the workplace Cold and flu season is setting in and the close quarters of the work- place allow coworkers to easily trade germs. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) recommends that business owners take a few simple steps to pre.vent illnesses from spreading and promote productivity throughout the workplace. According to the National Institutes of Health, every year there are more than 1 billion cases of the common cold in the United States. The flu also affects 5 to 20 percent of Americans eVer,y, year with the peak season arting in late November, according to the Center tbr Disease Control. "Fighting germs around the office is about keeping your employees safe and maintaining productivity throughout the peak cold and flu seasons," said Dana Badgerow, presiden t and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. "Encouraging proper hygiene and a liberal leave policy will help maintain a happier, health- ier workplace," The BBB recommends taking the following steps to protect employees during cold and flu season: Build up an arsenal to fight germs. Kleenex, hand sanitizer, and products for cleaning workspaces are three basic purchases employers can make for fighting germs around the office. Also consider investing in no-touch trash cans. Encourage people to stay home. Sick employees may think they're being dedicated workers when they still come into work, but the truth is, they spread germs to other employ- ees and cut down on the overall pro- ductivity of the business. Encourage employees to stay home when they are sick at least until 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or severe symptoms. Consider institut- ing a flexible leave policy - and adaptable technology - that allows employees to work from home if they or their children are sick. Promote good hygiene around the office - Remind everyone of the importance of hand washing and covering your mouth if you sneeze or cough. Encourage employees to regularly clean shared equipment such as phones and computers and wipe down common areas. Post friendly reminders around the work- place in languages that all employ- ees can easily understand. Encourage flu shots - Contact your local hospital to see if they provide on- site flu shots or consider reimbursing some or all of the cost for employees to get a shot on their own time. Hold a health fair - Contact your local hospital to see if they provide health fairs for larger offices. You can also contract the coordination of an on-site health fair with a compa- ny specializing in the service. Set a good example. Now that you've asked everyone to wash their hands regularly and stay home if they're sick, it's important as the busi- ness owner that you follow your own advice. When you're the boss it can seem like an impossible task to take a sick day, but stay home and keep your germs out of the workplace. For more advice on providing a safe and healthy workplace, visit us online at www.bbb.org/us/Business- Tips-Index/ Steps to create and keep a holiday budget Unless you're among a select group of people, sitting down and creating a budget does not sound like much holiday fun. Nevertheless, in tough economic times, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) advises that taking the time to map out your spending in November will help ease the strain of a holiday financial hangover in January. According to a survey by Consumer Reports, shoppers planned on spending about $699 over the holidays last year, but. in a follow-up survey, admitted to actu- ally spending closer to an average of $811 - 16 percent more than planned. Creating a budget, and being disciplined enough to follow it, is one of the best ways to avoid overspending during the holidays. "While it isn't the most festive way to spend an evening, sit your- self down with a calculator and crunch the numbers, because chal- lenging economic times mean that few people can afford to spend with abandon," said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB. "'Building a budget and sticking to it over the holidays is the best way to get your new year off to a good start." Step One: Consider your Income. The first step is to measure how much money is coming in. Add up your monthly salary along with your spouse's and any child support payments, dividends or interest pay- ments and other sources of income. Step Two: Add up regular monthly expenses. Adding up expenses is usually harder than determining your income because there are so many more factors to consider. Start with your rent or mortgage, utilities and credit card payments. Also factor in other expenses for gas and car maintenance, healthcare and gro- ceries. A full list of monthly expens- es to consider is available at www.bbb.org/us/article/tips-on- how-to-develop-a-working-budget- 6101 Step Three: Estimate Extra Holiday Expenses A lot of little purchases have a way of adding up over the holidays and it's important to consider all of the expenses of the season includ- ing: Gifts - Make an itemized list of everyone you want to buy presents for and estimate how much you're willing to spend for each. This includes presents for family, friends and coworkers. Also consider the cost for holiday cards and postage. Entertaining - Entertaining is big over the holidays. Think about who you'll be having over and also budget for any food or beverages you might need to bring to someone else's party. Also consider the costs for eating out and going to the movies--both popular expenses over the holidays. Decorations - Take stock of what you already own and then consider any additional spending you might need to make for a tree, lights, orna- ments, wrapping paper, etc. Travel - If you're heading out of town for the holidays, consider the cost of travel including any car maintenance or pet boarding if applicable. Charitable Donations - The hol- idays are a time of giving, so budg- et in how much you plan on donat- ing to a worthy cause. You can learn more about being a savvy donor from the BBB Wise Giving Alliance at www.bbb.org/charity. Step Four: Revisit, evaluate and revise your budget along the way. Once you've added up your income and your expenses, it's time to compare. If more is going out than coming in, it's time to go back over your budget and pare down expenses. Consider giving fewer gifts or less expensive ways of entertain!ng. Last year's decora- tions are also probably just fine. Once you've balanced your budget, revisit it frequently over the holidays to make sure you're stick- ing to it. You might find that you overestimated in some categories and underestimated in others. Step Five: Reward yourself. Work into your budget a small reward that you, can earn if you meet your goals. If you don't meet your goals, you can guess where that money is going instead: Paying off your credit card bill in January. More advice on saving money over the holidays is available online at www.bbb.org/us/consumer-tips- holiday/ Prizes for teens set in contest North Dal0ta teens can pro- mote traffic safety in their school and community, all while having fun with friends by registering for the 2nd Annual NDTeenDrivers Traffic Safety Contest. Contestants have the chance to win up to $1,000 and a $1,000 Traffic Safety Grant for their school. The North Dakota Departmen of Transportation (NDDOT). AAA North Dakota, and the North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) are in partners h:ip-to hl,e_nd Annual N DTeen D]'i v s,: q'raffic Safety Contesf at www.NDTeenDrivers.com. "The NDDOT launched the NDTeenDrivers.com website to promote safe driving practices among teens. I think this contest is a great way to get teens involved in traffic safety and focus on their driving behaviors," states Mark Nelson, Safety Director with the NDDOT. This year the NDTeenDrivers Traffic Safety Contest will ask students, ages 14 to 19 enrolled at a North Dakota school, to develop a 30-second traffic safety video or create a traffic safety billboard design. Students may work indi- vidually, or in a group of up to five students, focusing on distracted driving, underage drinking and driving,o,r ea bolt-se..- In addition to creating a video or billboard design, each entry is required to conduct one traffic safety event at their school. A traf- fic safety event could be to bring a program or demonstration to their school such as Alive at 25, Rollover Simulator, Seatbelt Convincer, or have a local Law Enforcement officer come to their school to speak about traffic safe, ty. AAA North Dakota and Wal- Mart are sponsors of the cash prizes for the traffic safety vide9 and billboard design winners. Firs place winners in each category will also receive a Traffic Safety Grant for their school. "AAA is committed to helping teens survive the most dangerous period of their lives - learning to drive," said Gene LaDoucer, AAA North Dakota spokesman. "As North Dakota teens are grossly overrepresented in motor vehic!e crashes, their involvement in crafting and delivering traffic safety messages can save lives and reduce injuries on our state's road ways." The contest winner last year. Rugby High School, observed an increase in seatbelt use by 13 per- cent after the contest was complet- ed in March 2010. With survey results showing that students began to change their behavior and become safer drivers after the contest, it was evident the NDDOT should continue efforts to promote safe driving with another contest, this fall. For more information about the contest, visit NDTeenDrivers.com or Facebook.com/NDTeenDrivers. Put Your Money Where Your Housk T_sl local independent .1 stregen our bonnet.s are  comrrmty your best value an our economy DID YO1T KNOW? Tax Planning is a valuable service used to adjust your tax liability. Take advantage of our 30 years of expertise. Schedule a tax planning appointment at (800) 660-1765. "IFII ND for UFE """-""'""="'"" P-,ne, eu =lung  NBO & SIIIOWtlmo 3,.,.-  st. .,a.=,lllallNOn.p 6,**,= FREE service on SecondTV Offer tapl ! 111/11. Restrict;ons aop. Ca(( for dcHafs. Ca//now to ask how to get a $50 Cilf Card. 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This fine automobile has been driven approximately 8,000 mile, by the owner. The car is priced below book value. Would consider an older car or small pickup in trade. I need to part with it because family driving needs are eurtailed considerably. The original new car window sticker is available. To see and drive the car, call Don Brengle at 701-872-3246 BEACH St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Rev. Russ Kovash Mass: Saturday 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 a.m., Sunday St. Paul's Lutheran Church, LCMS Rev. Scott Hojnacki Sunday Worship - 10:15 a.m. Sunday School - 11: t 5 a.m. First Lutheran Church - ELCA Pastor J.T. Burk Sunday School - 8:10 a.m. Sunday Worship - 9:30 a.m. Beach Evangelical Church Rev. Dr. James Isaac, pastor Sunday School - 9:30 a,m. Worship - 10:45 a.m. United Community Church Pastor Warren Maxted Sunday Worship - 9 a.m. BELFIELD St. Bernard's Catholic Church Rev. Shannon G. 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