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Inside Business: Aamodt takes job with Valley News Live

FARGO – Long-time area newsman Al Aamodt has taken a job with Valley News Live as assignment editor at the Fargo TV station.

Aamodt said Monday the job will start in about a week and a half.

Aamodt currently works for KFGO-AM 790, where he is responsible for a number of duties, including research for talk shows, night time news, and morning traffic reports.

He is also an instructor at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he teaches writing.

Aamodt has been with KFGO about 3½ years.

Before that, he worked for WDAY-AM 970 and before that he worked for WDAY-TV, which he joined in the 1970s as a reporter-photographer.

He was named news assignment editor at WDAY-TV in 1979 and news director in 1985. He was promoted to senior news executive at WDAY-TV in 2005.

WDAY, like The Forum, is owned by Forum Communications Co.

Education that Works initiative unveils website

FARGO – A website to raise awareness about the changing classroom was launched Tuesday.

The site,, is part of the Education that Works initiative, a partnership between local school districts, the United Way of Cass-Clay and the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp.

The goals are to provide enhanced professional development for current teachers, prepare future educators differently, and raise community awareness about 21st-century skills, such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

The new website includes a video featuring local education, business and nonprofit leaders. That was also unveiled Wednesday during “Tech Camp,” three days of technology immersion for more than 250 local teachers.

Essentia Health CEO Person set to retire

DULUTH, Minn. – Dr. Peter E. Person, chief executive officer of Essentia Health, announced plans to retire in 2015.

Essentia’s board of directors will begin a national search for Person’s replacement. The search is expected to take several months.

Person joined the Duluth Clinic as an internist in 1981, and was named president in 1995. He was named CEO of the SMDC Health System, an integration of the Duluth Clinic and St. Mary’s Medical Center, in 1997. He also facilitated the formation of Essentia Health in 2004, and the integration that added Fargo-based Innovis Health in 2008.

Fargo ranks among best cities for women to work

FARGO – Fargo ranked No. 12 on a list of the best medium-sized cities for women in the workforce.

The listing was compiled by NerdWallet, which analyzed women’s earnings adjusted by cost of living, women’s pay as a percentage of men’s pay and population growth.

According to NerdWallet’s figures, the median earnings for female full-time, year-round workers were $34,608 and median gross rent was $647. Women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s earnings was just shy of 86 percent.

The top five medium-sized cities for women in the workforce were Kent, Wash.; Lehigh Acres, Fla.; Richmond, Calif.; Durham, N.C.; and Syracuse, N.Y.

Minneapolis ranked seventh on a NerdWallet’s list of best large cities for women in the workforce.

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