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  • Energy of North Dakota News from November 2015

    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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    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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    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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