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5 stories you may have missed from over the weekend

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Matt and Bridget Cullen with their children, Wyatt, Brooks and Joey, at the Cullen Hockey Center in Moorhead. David Samson / The Forum
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1. Matt Cullen, retired NHL player and local philanthropist, named The Forum's 2019 Area Person of the Year

Matt Cullen admits that during the 21 years he played in the National Hockey League, most of his family's life revolved around him.

Hockey dictated when and what he ate. When he rested. When he worked out. When he was home. When he was on the road. His wife Bridget and, later, their three children lived their lives around Matt's career.

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2. Second day of storm could bring blizzard conditions, closed roads

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A semi lays on its side along I-94 in Clay County Sunday morning. No travel was advised in northwest and west-central Minnesota due to high winds and blowing snow creating hazardous driving conditions. Sgt. Jesse Grabow / Twitter

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Eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota were blanketed with snow as a winter storm began making its way across the region Saturday, Dec. 28.

By noon Saturday, 4 inches had fallen in areas near Forman, N.D., and Pelican Rapids, Minn., and 2 inches fell in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

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3. UND's Hunter Pinke suffers spinal injury in Colorado ski accident

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Elizabeth, Hunter and Anika Pinke at UND football's fan fest in Grand Forks on August 22. Katie Pinke / Forum News Service

UND tight end Hunter Pinke has suffered a severe spinal injury following a skiing accident in Colorado on Friday, Fighting Hawks coach Bubba Schweigert confirmed Saturday morning.

"These players become like family members," said Schweigert, who spoke to the Pinke family Saturday morning after an extensive surgery Friday night. "When these things occur, we know wins and losses take a backseat to what the program is all about. It's about building relationships and preparing young men for the future. When I think about Hunter, I know he's got a strong Christian faith and is the spiritual leader on our team. I know he'll be very courageous and fight through any adversity that this accident has dealt him."

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4. Fargo man researches snow emergency policies in 125 regional cities, calls for stricter policies

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Fresh snow is removed near the fire station in downtown Fargo on Saturday, Dec. 28. David Samson / Forum News Service

Les Herbranson of north Fargo spent three days this past fall looking up snow emergency policies in about 125 cities across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

About 90% of the cities tow vehicles that are left on city streets during snow emergencies, he said

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5. Letter: Pensions should be illegal

Letter to the editor FSA

Are you ready for a doozy of an unpopular opinion? Pensions should be illegal. Employer-sponsored retirement plans come in two basic forms: pensions (defined-benefit plans) and 401(k)s (defined-contribution plans). At their core, all retirement plans are the same. You work for a wage, you set aside some money and put it in a pot, that pot grows, if all goes well you will have a nice big savings account waiting for you when you retire. The functional difference between these two types of plans is who bears the risk. There are two risky barriers that must be overcome for a pension to work: that the pot will have a high rate of return, and that retirees will not live too long.

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