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Gatekeepers of the refinery: Lab chemists play large role in Dakota Prairie Refining

Gatekeepers of the refinery: Lab chemists play large role in Dakota Prairie Refining

DICKINSON, N.D. -- In a windowless room inside of a non-descript steel building at Dakota Prairie Refining's sprawling facility west of Dickinson, there are six people whose job is to make certain America's first greenfield refinery built since 1976 turns Bakken crude oil into diesel fuel.

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Coming soon: Killdeer plans for massive investment this year

Coming soon: Killdeer plans for massive investment this year

KILLDEER, N.D. — For the first 14 years as building inspector for the city of Killdeer, Ron Fettig worked part time. But for the past three years, he has been full time — and his days are truly full.

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Faces of the Boom: Navy veterans move to Bakken for new role with energy company

Faces of the Boom: Navy veterans move to Bakken for new role with energy company

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – Adam and Elizabeth Powell came to North Dakota as a package deal.

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Navy veterans move to Bakken for new role with energy company

Navy veterans move to Bakken for new role with energy company

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – Adam and Elizabeth Powell came to North Dakota as a package deal. The newlyweds who recently completed serving four years in the U.S. Navy moved to Watford City to take on leadership roles with a startup energy company. The couple met while serving on the same ship in San Diego. Even before they began dating, Adam was talking about moving to North Dakota after he left the Navy and researching jobs in the oil industry.

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Oklahoma company wants to bring refinery to wellhead B&A Global Energy sets sights on ending flaring in Bakken

Oklahoma company wants to bring refinery to wellhead B&A Global Energy sets sights on ending flaring in Bakken

By Dustin Monke Forum News Service DICKINSON, N.D. -- Oklahomans Jack Kelley and Skip Bennett are an unassuming duo with a big idea. The entrepreneurs have a plan to capture natural gas, eliminate flaring at the wellhead, create a viable commodity from that gas, and pay both energy companies and royalty owners for their share, although a North Dakota university researcher has some doubts about the market for the gas.

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Hazen superintendent appointed to state higher ed board

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Mike Ness, the superintendent of the Hazen (N.D.) School District, has been appointed to the State Board of Higher Education. Gov. Jack Dalrymple chose Ness from a group of three finalists, and he still needs to be confirmed by the North Dakota Senate during this legislative session. Ness will fill the seat left open after former board Chairwoman Kirsten Diederich stepped down in January. Terry Hjelmstad was subsequently elected chairman by the board.

70 percent of bills advance in North Dakota Legislature in first half of session

Lawmakers say new revenue forecast will set stage for second half
BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota lawmakers gave their initial stamp of approval to nearly 600 bills before breaking for a three-day recess on Thursday, and a new state revenue forecast in mid-March will set the stage for the second half of the session. House and Senate lawmakers advanced a combined 599 bills – 70 percent of the 852 bills introduced – during the session’s first 38 days, while 249 bills failed and four were withdrawn. The vast majority of the bills will now be taken up in the opposite chamber. Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Thursday that legislators had made good progress leading into crossover.

College, university presidents protest possibility of less funding

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The State Board of Higher Education heard passionate testimony at a meeting Thursday from many college and university presidents in response to a House bill that could reduce the amount of funding institutions were expecting to receive this coming biennium. House Bill 1003 alters a funding formula that was developed by a task force and put in place during the last legislative session. It funded the schools based on completed credit hours, effectively creating a reward system for campuses that saw increased enrollment and retention.

Corporate farming bill up again, while ‘Canada Day’ gets a modified ‘aye’

BISMARCK, N.D. – Lawmakers will dive right back into the thick of things when they reconvene Wednesday after a three-day recess, and that’s especially true for the House and Senate agriculture committees, which will take up two of the session’s most contentious ag-related bills. The House Agriculture Committee will host a hearing at 8 a.m. Thursday on Senate Bill 2351, which would exempt dairy and swine operations from North Dakota’s anti-corporate farming law. Senate Republicans passed the bill 27-18.

Controlling growth: Fill vacant developments before starting new ones, some city officials say

Controlling growth: Fill vacant developments before starting new ones, some city officials say

DICKINSON, N.D. -- When Dickinson Planning and Zoning commissioners ended a debate last week in a tie vote over a rezoning petition from the developers of the proposed Barons Vista subdivision, concerns were not so much around what might be developed there, but when it might be developed, if ever.

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http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2756/50/50/ OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK
DNR: Mild winter will help deer rebound
If this winter's mild conditions persist, those conditions combined with a conservative 2014 deer harvest could signal the start of a rebound in the states white-tailed deer populations, say wildlife ...
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http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2759/50/50/ ADDICTED TO RUNNING
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"You must expect great things from yourself before you can do them." -- Michael Jordan If you live in Fargo-Moorhead, you may know there's a broad discussion going on right now about walkability, the...
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http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2757/50/50/ ASTRO BOB
It's double duo week: Moon-Jupiter and Venus-Uranus
I looked until around 11 p.m. last night but moonlight diluted any aurora that may have out. But the predicted storm did hit between about 2 a.m. and dawn this morning. While some readers might thin...
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http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2763/50/50/ BISON MEDIA BLOG
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http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2811/50/50/ UND HOCKEY
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Ticket packages for UND's first-round NCHC playoffs series (March 13-15)are now on sale. Series ticket packages are reserved seating and are $50 for adults, $30 for youth, and $20 for UND students. A...
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http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2758/50/50/ UND NEWS
UND Wind Ensemble and Band performance set for March 8 at the Fritz
The University of North Dakota Wind Ensemble and University Band, conducted by UND Professor of Music James Popejoy, will showcase a concert Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium....
3/2/15 at 1:48 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2812/50/50/ SOCIAL SECURITY: INFORMATION & UPDATES
When are you age 62 for Social Security?
Q: I was told that if you retire at 62, you have to be 62 plus one month of age before you are eligible to collect Social Security retirement. Is this true? A: This is along the correct path but wand...
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Show Kindness By Reminding People They Are Not Alone
My girlfriend is talking about going back to work. Shes not certain she can swing it with three small children at home, but she feels like she should be using the degree she worked so hard to earn. ...
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http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2774/50/50/ NDSU NEWS
Winners named in NDSU’s student innovation competition
A drone system with improved flight characteristics, a website that helps people stay connected to their communities, and a mechanical way to reduce weed pressure won their categories in North Dakot...
2/26/15 at 4:37 PM
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DeKock Nantucket Cake
Covered with a generous mound of real whipped cream, the warm coffee cake was fragrant with the scent of almond extract and cranberries. When I transferred the first forkful to my mouth, I knew right...
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