Reader Reply: January 2023

What steps would you recommend to encourage more to enter the health care field?


At an annual meeting I attended Dec. 8, we were informed the state investment board has a fund value of $8,408,634,457. That could easily be distributed to many entities in the state, but it appears to be more important to some politicians to continue to invest it in companies out of state and overseas.

There are two items needed in my local community. Many over the age of 65 would be interested in housing to be constructed with NO steps of any kind, and to be rented reasonably.

The younger generation with children would like a day care where the staff who are hired stay longer than a month or two, so paying them decent wages with some benefits.

Carla Hodenfield
Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative



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Deadline for submission: Jan. 13

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Deadline for submission: Feb. 10

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