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    ND Oil Patch sees high demand for workers

    By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications WILLISTON, N.D. — Human resources manager Judy Billehus had goosebumps as job-seekers filled a Williston job fair Wednesday, March 22. “I knew it was going to be hopping,” said Billehus, who was recruiting workers to fill oilfield and construction-related jobs for JMAC Resources. Compared to the past two major Williston…

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    Spring job fair a sold-out show with 60 employers

    Hundreds of openings for workers, in oil and other fields By Renée Jean [email protected] Last year through March there were six job fairs at the North Dakota Job Services in Williston — not shabby considering it was in the midst of the downturn — but, for the same period this year, there have been 27…

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    Employers seeking workers in Billings as demand rises in the oil patch

    By ERIK OLSON [email protected] With activity rising in the oil patch, Becky Riedl and Tracy Thompson had a compelling message for job seekers in Billings Thursday: Stay closer to home. “They don’t want to go to North Dakota, or Eastern Montana. They don’t want to be away for months,” said Riedl, who works at Billings…

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    NOW HIRING: Ramp up in activity increases need in new employees

    NOW HIRING: INCREASING ACTIVITY CALLS FOR INCREASING WORKFORCE With spring on the horizon and more stable markets, activity is set to ramp up and many companies are starting the hunt for new employees to help fill vacancies in their workforces. This is welcome news in many communities that have weathered nearly five years of the downturn…

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    Petroleum industry looking to increase safety for anticipated oil activity

    BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council expects an uptick in activity in the Bakken. Monday, they held a safety meeting to discuss better practices for inexperienced workers. North Dakota’s petroleum industry is facing a recruitment problem. The state oil rig count is predicted to increase and well service companies are looking to hire…

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    Neset appointed to second higher ed board term

    NICK SMITH Bismarck Tribune The chairwoman of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education was appointed Thursday by Gov. Doug Burgum to a second term on the board. Kathleen Neset now awaits a confirmation vote from the Senate. Burgum appointed Neset from among three finalists considered for the board, which consists of seven members…

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    XTO Energy awards $50,000 in grants to Bakken-area charities

    DENVER, COLORADO —  XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, today announced it has awarded grants totaling $50,000 to two charities serving communities in the Bakken formation area in North Dakota. These grants are part of XTO’s second-annual “Give Back to the Bakken”grant program. Community Action Partnership in Dickinson, N.D., and Ronald McDonald…

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    Scoping It Out: Area educators receive Statoil STEM grants

    Thomas. A. Kvamme, Williston Herald Looking to the future, back in 2015, a group of area residents banded together and formed what is now known as the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation (NWNDCF). The idea behind this group is to work on improving the quality of life on the western edge of the state. Board…

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    Oh, the places you’ll go: Library gets young kids interested in reading with free new program

    By BRYCE MARTIN Pioneer Editor | [email protected] “We want to get books into the hands of young children as soon as possible,” said Sarah Snavely, director of the Bowman Regional Public Library. And that is precisely the goal for the library’s newest literacy program, Imagination Library. Professional organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics and…

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    North Dakota Petroleum Council Accepting Applications For Al Golden Scholarships

    Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) is seeking applicants for the Al Golden Memorial Scholarship program, which will provide a $2,000 scholarship to nine qualified college students pursuing a post-secondary education in geology, engineering, processing plant technology, science, technical skills or other careers related to the oil and gas industry. The application…

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