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    In slump, oil firms turn to labs, data centers for help

    By Ernest Scheyder GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Reuters) – In a basement lab of a North Dakota research center, Beth Kurz and an assistant are peering through a scanning electron microscope, studying samples from the state’s vast Bakken shale oil formation. Kurz, a hydrogeologist, is part of a team, which looks at using carbon dioxide to…

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    LETTER: Thanks, Big Oil, for helping North Dakota prosper and grow

    By Chris Strand Tod   Oh, those big oil companies. Where can I even begin? They came into North Dakota, and what did they bring? Remember back to those nostalgic times of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, when our state plugged along, watching generations move away while the state’s economy grew from the bottom to…

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    Neset talks geology in ND Reclamation Conference keynote speech

    By Andrew Haffner on   For Kathleen Neset, president of wellsite services company Neset Consulting Service, the story of the North Dakota oil economy is all about geology. Neset built her career on her expertise in the science and its ready application to energy extraction, and imparted some knowledge of the oilfield’s unique characteristics and…

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    As Oil Slides, Many Determined to Stay Put in North Dakota

    By James MacPherson, Associated Press Kennedy Mugemuzi is done moving. After leaving Congo to live in Nashville for a few years and then coming to North Dakota for the opportunities of the oil boom, he is among the many staying put in Williston — even though depressed crude prices have spurred an exodus of thousands…

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    February: One way industry is giving back in a down market

    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR FEBRUARY 2016     CULTURE, CUISINE & A CAUSE Dickinson API Gumbo Cookoff serves up Cajun and Creole cuisine for education and community Mardi Gras and Carnival may be over, but the celebration of Louisiana culture will continue in Dickinson this Saturday when the Dickinson API Chapter hosts its 19th Annual Gumbo Cookoff. Eighteen…

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    Students Learn About Career Options at Energy Generation Conference

      It’s never too early to start exploring career options. Middle and high school students paid a visit to the Bismarck Event Center Wednesday to open their eyes to what’s available. With the help of Bismarck State College, the Energy Generation Conference held a special workshop introducing kids to this field of work. There were multiple stations set…

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    Culture, cuisine and a cause: Dickinson API raises funds through traditional Cajun and Creole cuisine

    Mardi Gras and Carnival may be over, but the celebration of Louisiana culture will continue in Dickinson this Saturday when the Dickinson API Chapter hosts its 19th Annual Gumbo Cookoff. Eighteen teams will don their best costumes and face off in this year’s cookoff themed “The Dark Secrets of the Bayou” offering up their rendition…

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    New Watford high school allows ‘room to grow’: In heart of the Bakken, $53 million building opens this week

    By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications Students in Watford City will say goodbye to crowded hallways and portable classrooms as they transition to a newly constructed high school this week. The completion of the $53 million school marks a new era for the school district that has seen enrollment nearly triple since the beginning of the…

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    Monke: Obama’s silly oil tax just another ego trip

    By Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press When you ask three members of Congress the same question about a proposed policy and every one of them laughs about it, you know it can’t be good. That was the case when I interviewed members of the North Dakota Congressional delegation about President Barack Obama’s proposed $10.25 per…

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    Northwest Landowner Association Expo draws large crowd to Stanley

    By Kevin Killough The Bakken could see a lot more cooperation between landowners and the oil industry. Fostering greater communication between them, as well as providing information to landowners, was the theme of the Northwest Landowners Association (NWLA) Expo last week in Stanley. The event featured informational booths from companies and government agencies, as well…

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    Watford’s Main Street welcomes new businesses

    By Amy Robinson Farmer Staff Writer Five new businesses have recently added some new life and excitement to Main Street in Watford City. It’s the first time in a long time that this many small businesses have come at one time, and it’s at a time when residents have been concerned about the downturn in…

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    After the Boom: Pipeline Reclamation

    KXNet.com – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND More than half of oil and gas products in the state are transported by pipeline. According to the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, there are close to seven-thousand miles of transmission and distribution pipelines in the state. In tonight’s segment of ‘After the Boom,’ Jennifer Kleen tells us about a pipeline reclamation program…

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    State official says big pipeline spills should soon be a thing of the past

    By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications STANLEY – Pipeline spills should become a smaller problem in North Dakota after new regulations are developed, a state official said Tuesday. “We shouldn’t have large spills anymore. That’s my goal,” said Kevin Connors, pipeline program supervisor for the Department of Mineral Resources. Connors outlined the new state pipeline program…

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    High school rises as symbol of new prosperity

    By Lauren Donovan, Bismarck Tribune WATFORD CITY — Bill Blair’s put his mind and construction know-how into a lot of buildings in his career, but he also put his heart into the new high school in Watford City. The glass-and-steel structure rises as if from a futuristic dream in this oil boom town so changed it…

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