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Lawmakers to take a tour of Oil Patch

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford says it’s time to shift the focus on why the oil patch is important to the entire state.

Oilfield supply business burns

Oilfield supply business burns

WILLISTON, N.D. -- Hazardous materials teams are at the site of an oil industry trucking and supply business that caught fire early Tuesday and may continue to burn for days.

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Minneapolis developer reports 8 project sales in western North Dakota

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- With two recent deals, Minneapolis-based Oppidan Investment Company has sold eight development projects in western North Dakota in 2014. A Watford City apartment building and a grocery store in Tioga were the most recent sales, a news release from the company announced.

Faces of the Boom: Adventure, solitude rewarding for Oil Patch ‘wanderer’

Faces of the Boom: Adventure, solitude rewarding for Oil Patch ‘wanderer’

WILLISTON, N.D. -- Anneli Anderson recalls the last time she said goodbye to her older brother, Evan.

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North Dakota’s influx of men smaller than other booms

North Dakota’s influx of men smaller than other booms

DICKINSON, N.D. -- The rush of men to North Dakota caused by Bakken oil development has been less impactful than comparable booms in Alaska and Colorado, according to a new Pew Research Center report.

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The Bakken brand

The Bakken brand

Whether for oilfield workers to send home to their families, or tourists passing through, Bakken-themed merchandise is taking off DICKINSON, N.D. -- Oil isn’t the only item for which the “Bakken” name will move product.

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Record high deposit of $112 million made to N.D. Legacy Fund this month

BISMARCK, N.D. – A record high deposit of $112 million will be made into North Dakota’s Legacy Fund this month, pushing the rainy day fund’s balance past $2.2 billion, State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt announced Thursday.

Oil production, well permits increase

Oil production, well permits increase

BISMARCK, N.D. -- After passing the 1 million barrels per day benchmark in April, North Dakota oil production reached another all-time high in May of 1,039,635 barrels per day, according to preliminary numbers released by the Department of Mineral Resources.

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$80,000 worth of oil reported stolen in Dunn County

KILLDEER, N.D. -- A Dunn County roustabout service is estimating that $80,000 worth of crude oil was stolen from tanks it maintains at two well sites north of Dunn Center.

White House recognizes 'burgeoning threat' of drugs in Bakken

WILLISTON, N.D. – Drug trafficking in the Bakken is highlighted in the National Drug Control Strategy released Wednesday by the White House drug czar. The 102-page document includes several mentions of North Dakota and Montana, including about a page dedicated to the need for agencies to collaborate in response to a “burgeoning threat” in the Bakken.

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Training on the railroad: BNSF holds safety session for emergency responders in Dickinson

Training on the railroad: BNSF holds safety session for emergency responders in Dickinson

DICKINSON, N.D. -- Coal, ethanol, grain. It all gets shipped across the state by rail. But it’s the hundreds of trains carrying crude oil that have caught the attention of officials and community members concerned, not only with the rapid increase in activity, but the potential safety issues attached with it.

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Faces of the Boom: Smoke shop angles for return customers

Faces of the Boom: Smoke shop angles for return customers

ALEXANDER, N.D. – New Yorker Phil Hamda came to North Dakota to scout for real estate opportunities, but his plans changed after paying nearly $8 for a pack of cigarettes in Williston.

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Pipeline route spares prairie

Sandpiper plan approved last week avoids natural reserve area
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Academics at the University of North Dakota breathed a collective sigh of relief when the North Dakota Public Service Commission approved a Sandpiper oil pipeline route last week that skirts valuable research prairie. Oakville Prairie, a 960-acre piece of land about seven miles west of Grand Forks that has never been tilled, is ideal for research and one of the few untilled prairies in the region, experts say.

Legislators may provide more taxes to western North Dakota counties

Oil, gas association leader predicts 'watershed session'
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Vicky Steiner, executive director of the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties, predicts that a "watershed legislative session" is coming for western North Dakota. Steiner spoke at the Elks Lodge in Dickinson on Monday night, meeting with members of the Southwest Association of Counties. Steiner, a Republican representing District 37 in the North Dakota House of Representatives, said that recent funding meetings with state legislators, planning for next year's legislative session, have been "extremely positive."

N.D. to roll out new plan to curb outsized rate of wells burning off natural gas

FARGO – North Dakota is the No. 2 oil-producing state in the U.S., but it’s the king of flaring natural gas.

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