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OMB forecasts $9.8B in N.D. oil tax revenue in 2015-17

Revised forecast for current biennium is $2.2B higher than previous estimate; Democrat blasts projections as ‘entirely unreliable’ BISMARCK – North Dakota is poised to collect nearly $9.8 billion in oil tax revenue during the next two years and $2.2 billion more than previously forecast for 2013-15, according to a new outlook released Friday that had elected leaders calling for additional tax relief, greater funding for western counties and more accurate forecasts.

Ex-Marine feels at home in male-dominated field

Ex-Marine feels at home in male-dominated field

WILLISTON, N.D. -- Emily Gathje is used to working in a man’s world. The St. Charles, Minn., native served with the U.S. Marine Corps for more than eight years before coming to North Dakota’s Oil Patch to work as an airport operations manager at Sloulin Field International Airport in Williston.

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Oil Patch leaders seek to give legislators a dose of reality

Oil Patch leaders seek to give legislators a dose of reality

Division of oil tax revenue an issue leading up to the session
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- When legislators and local government leaders in the Oil Patch make their case for more funding in the next legislative session, they want those from outside the region to have seen the situation firsthand. “We want them to have visual images in their minds of seeing RV parks and these roads — not perceptions — of what it’s like out here,” Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford said Wednesday. “... I think it hit home, they were all looking and watching, very quiet and reflective.”

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Dickinson leaders get facetime with legislators on oil country tour

DICKINSON, N.D. -- To start a two-day tour of western North Dakota oil country, more than 30 legislators stopped at Marathon Oil's Dickinson office to hear from city officials. Terry Kovacevich, head of Marathon's Bakken operations, opened the visit with an update on the company's drilling activity. He said drilling is getting faster, and production is increasing with constantly evolving technology. "We're getting better all the time," he said.

Parties fined $25K for unpermitted work on saltwater disposal well site

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Industrial Commission voted Tuesday to impose a $25,000 civil penalty on four parties with ties to construction work done on a saltwater disposal well site in McKenzie County without a state permit. The complaint filed by Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms alleged that the work was performed on two days in May 2013 at a site about 10 miles northwest of Watford City.

EPA now has ND office space for environmental crime detectives

BISMARCK -- Federal environmental crimes detectives now have office space when they're in North Dakota investigating Bakken-related incidents.

Stories from Williston

Stories from Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. — Everyone in this town seems to have a story. From a hotel receptionist from Kenya to a pre-med major from Georgia working on an oil rig, Williston has a bit of everything, and everybody.

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Oil services manager values North Dakota’s can-do attitude

Oil services manager values North Dakota’s can-do attitude

WILLISTON, N.D. -- Richard Cloy was just 16 when he got his start in the industrial instrument and piping business at the Exxon Baton Rouge Refinery.

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Does N.D. crude need to be stabilized?

Does N.D. crude need to be stabilized?

Amid calls for reduced volatility, leaders say stabilization could increase problems

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Small-town school adjusts to the oil boom

Small-town school adjusts to the oil boom

Housing a key to hiring teachers as school adds students, diversity
ALEXANDER, N.D. -- Leslie Bieber was fielding questions from parents and students Thursday morning, as the new year off at Alexander Public School in western North Dakota’s Oil Patch. Bieber, the K-12 district’s superintendent, then helped a new 10th-grader with his schedule and counseled two senior girls about taking a dual-credit course at Williston State College, 25 miles to the north.

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Bakken crime targeted as drug czar lays out northern border drug strategy

Bakken crime targeted as drug czar lays out northern border drug strategy

MINOT, N.D. – The Obama administration’s drug czar chose North Dakota oil country on Tuesday to unveil the White House’s updated strategy for fighting illicit drug movement on the U.S.-Canada border, highlighting the “emerging threat” posed by synthetic drugs and drug trafficking in the Bakken oilfield region.

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$150M convention center eyed for Williston

$150M convention center eyed for Williston

WILLISTON -- A subsidiary of real estate developer The Prime Group said on Monday it plans to build a $150 million convention center in Williston, aiming to supply a world-class meeting space for the fast-growing oil boom community.

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FACES OF THE BOOM: No small operation: Energy boom keeps operating room’s chief nurse hopping

FACES OF THE BOOM: No small operation: Energy boom keeps operating room’s chief nurse hopping

WILLISTON, N.D. -- The day that Sue Erling arrived in Williston in September 2010, she was surrounded by trucks. No longer the sleepy outpost she remembered as a young girl, the native North Dakotan was fresh off a year working as a nurse in Fairbanks, Alaska, and ready to meet the challenges at Mercy Medical Center.

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ND sets another record for oil production; pipeline bottleneck hinders progress on flaring

BISMARCK – North Dakota set another record for oil production in June, but reducing the amount of natural gas flared continues to be a struggle.

Teachers shortage has superintendent ‘juggling’

Teachers shortage has superintendent ‘juggling’

Oil Patch schools still looking teachers, readying for more students
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Last month, Viola LaFontaine was facing a teacher shortage the likes of which she had not seen in her four years as superintendent of the Williston Public School District. With 25 open teaching positions and the resignation of another counselor, she feared having to reassign reading and other teachers who provide academic support to fill the gaps, which would have affected her reading program and forced her out of compliance.

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