Plain Talk: The January 6 anniversary, and a North Dakota business owner talks about how he’s fighting the labor shortage


FILE PHOTO: An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump riot in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo

Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic malaise, America’s employers have been in a crunch. Not only are their costs rising due to supply line snaggles, but many of them are having trouble finding and keeping workers.

Jonathan Holth is one a North Dakota employer. He is a co-founder of the Toasted Frog restaurant in downtown Grand Forks, and has since opened additional locations in Bismarck and Fargo. He’s also the co-owner of the Urban Stampede Coffee Bar in Grand Forks. On this episode of Plain Talk, he discusses what his business has been doing to keep workers on the job, which includes getting creative with leave time and other benefits.

Among the creativity is an accepting approach to employees struggling with addiction. Holth himself is nearly 14 years sober and was appointed by Gov. Doug Burgum to serve on the advisory council for North Dakota’s Office of Recovery Reinvented.

Also on this episode, co-host Chad Oban and I talk about the upcoming anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, riot in Washington, D.C., and the growing mainstream acceptance of political extremism in America.

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