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    NDSU researcher hopes to prevent oil spills

    In a small, noisy lab, Fardad Azarmi rummages through a few pieces of steel on a table. He picks up a playing card-sized chunk covered with a gray coating. The coating, a mix of metal and ceramic particles sprayed onto the steel at temperatures between 2,000 and 3,000 degrees, is designed to slow the corrosion…

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    THANKFUL FOR NEW FOOTBALL FIELD

    In July, the small community of South Heart hosted the Bakken Rocks CookFest. The school gladly welcomed the use of its football field and track for the festival, even if it meant many big rigs parking there. That’s because both the track and field have been in need of renovations for a few years. Earlier…

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    Infographic: Thanksgiving

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    October Newsletter: Energizing Veterans Through New Opportunity

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR OCTOBER 2015     IN THIS ISSUE: PLUS:  DESPITE DOWNTURN, INDUSTRY IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL  RED RIVER VALLEY FIRMS AID OIL PATCH WITH TECH, DATA WATCH IT:  HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO ALEXANDER, NORTH DAKOTA Energy of North Dakota IS ON INSTAGRAM  VETERANS AND SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN AT THE CORE…

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    Safe travels this winter, holiday season

    We’re fortunate to have gasoline to power our Thanksgiving trips to Grandma’s house this week. Tomorrow marks the busiest travel day of the year. Add that to winter driving conditions and things could get nasty if you aren’t prepared. Make sure to take the proper precautions so you & your family arrive at your destination safely.

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    Letter: Life is still good in North Dakota

    Since oil prices began dropping, media outlets around the country have published many stories that claim North Dakota’s oil boom has officially busted. As they tell it, businesses across the state have collapsed and thousands of North Dakotans are suddenly without work. Nothing could be further from the truth. North Dakota is still booming with…

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    Rock stars of energy

    WILLISTON — They were here for the long haul after the 80s bust and have since been at the center of a technological evolution that has made the Bakken what it is today — a play they believe will have life for decades to come. John Seil, recently retired partner and sales manager from Go…

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    Number of North Dakota ‘income millionaires’ jumps by 79

    BISMARCK, North Dakota — The number of North Dakotans reporting income of more than $1 million went up 7.5 percent last year, and the number of residents’ tax returns rose by more than 20,000 to a new high, the state Tax Department said. Figures released to The Associated Press show 1,120 North Dakota taxpayers reported…

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    Dalrymple: Oil slide won’t reverse state’s population gains

    By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press The ebb in oil drilling activity and low crude prices are unlikely to reverse record population gains in North Dakota over the past decade as young families keep moving to the state to fill plentiful jobs in areas beyond the energy industry, Gov. Jack Dalrymple and the state’s demographer say….

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    When the Land is Quiet Again

    Once a well has stopped producing, the land is reclaimed, re-contoured, and reseeded back to its original condition. Learn more.

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    Protecting our Resources Through Preparedness and Response

    This cooperative of companies takes their duty to recover resources responsibly and part of it is being prepared for anything. Learn how.

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    Take bird study with a grain of salt

    The following is written by Watford City resident and rancher Patsy Levang in response to an article printed in the Bismarck Tribune on October 15, 2015:   Your article regarding the birds in the Bakken was interesting.  I don’t agree with what the study you are citing is suggesting. We live right in the middle of the…

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    Some Minnesotans still benefit from North Dakota oil; others wait for prices to rise

    By Don Davis, Forum Communications Minnesotans do not only look across the border into North Dakota and drool at the money being made to the west. Even during the current oil price slump, Minnesota businesses continue to take advantage of what remains a strong oil economy in western North Dakota’s Bakken oilfields. Many look for…

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    Tesoro contributes $5.3 million to Housing Incentive Fund

    Housing Incentive Fund More Than 70 Percent Capitalized Tesoro Corporation today announced a substantial contribution to the North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund (HIF). Company representatives presented Gov. Jack Dalrymple with a check for $5.3 million, the single-largest contribution in the program’s history, to support affordable housing projects in Bismarck, Mandan, Dickinson and Watford City. Tesoro’s…

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    LETTER: Scare stories to the contrary, Bakken life is good

    By Lynn Welker Commentary on the Bakken seems to come in spurts, but one thing is consistent: the opinions are usually from those not living or working in it. Much of the commentary is unsupported by fact. Take, for instance, a Washington writer who penned that oil producers are here “to make a quick buck.”…

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    Coming Home: Newfound hope means we’re raising kids with our old classmates

    By Jessie Veeder on Oct 25, 2 On top of the hill across from the golf course, my hometown is busy building a brand-new, beautiful high school. Plans have been in the works for a few years as our student population continues to grow, forcing classes to be held in portable rooms even after a…

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    Job Service Williston Sees Increase in Job Postings, Despite Bakken Slowdown

      Even while oil prices are slumping, there’s still a need for more workers in the Bakken. With crude oil prices still below $50 per barrel, you might assume that jobs are leaving the Bakken. But that’s not the case. “Just this week alone, we posted I think another 120 jobs were posted,” said Cindy…

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    Basin Safety Consulting celebrates expansion in a time of retraction

    By Melissa Krause [email protected] WILLISTON — In a slumping oil market, many companies have scaled back spending, but have not spared the expense for safety. This explains how a local company, Basin Safety Consulting, has evolved in a changing market and now celebrates its expansion. With the bustle of a small army of friends and…

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    SM Energy — who hasn’t laid off anyone — opens new Williston office complex

    By Renée Jean / Williston Herald on   hey are one of the few oil companies who can say they’ve laid no one off during the downturn, and they have no plans to do so over the next two to three years, despite the low oil price environment. They can also now lay claim to…

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