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By Andrew Wernette, The Dickinson Press
North Dakota Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner raised his fist as he encouraged the crowd around him to chant along.
“Hip hip, hooray!” the Dickinson Republican shouted, and the responding roar was unanimous.
is was one of the more energetic responses Monday during the grand opening of Dakota Prairie Refining on the plant’s grounds 4 miles west of Dickinson.
Several politicians, and community and state leaders of all levels commemorated the opening of the estimated $425 million refinery—the nation’s first greenfield refinery built since 1976—that began operations in early May after more than two years of construction and startup phases.