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Hunting For Thistles and Research Apps

“Hi, my name is Rick. I am addicted to thistling.” It’s true. Every summer weekend that I am in town I spend 2-8 hours scouring the canyons and gullies in my neighborhood for noxious weeds. With my four-gallon backpack sprayer and wide-brimmed hat, I probably look like an alien. By now I have the Canadian, […]

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Protect Business, Employees Against Embezzlement

After reading last week’s column on embezzling, KFG operations manager Beth Kangootui shared the following story: “‘Our accountant is leaving and we think you have the ability to learn bookkeeping. Do you want the job?’ This question began one of the greatest, yet most difficult, lessons I would ever learn.

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Embezzlement Has High Financial, Emotional Costs

As a fan of our local ECHL hockey team, the Rapid City Rush, I was sorry to learn recently that the team’s new owners had uncovered evidence of some $500,000 worth of embezzlement over the past several years. Few things strike more fear and disbelief into the heart of an employer than learning a trusted […]

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How Safe Is Your Safe Deposit Box?

I have routinely recommended that people use a bank safe deposit box to store valuable papers and small assets. The physical protection of a bank vault, plus a system of access requiring two keys kept by the customer and the bank, would seem to provide a great deal of security. Yet several recent news articles […]

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