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Top 5 Bakken news stories – April 9-15

Check out what stories our readers found most engaging this week with our top five recap. Happy Friday!

5. Governor says North Dakota is weathering energy, ag slump

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the state’s economic strength and diversified economy is helping to weather fluctuations in the energy and agriculture industries.

Dalrymple spoke Wednesday at the state’s first demographic conference, which is focusing on how demographics impact citizens, businesses and communities.

To read the full article, click here.

4. North Dakota taxable sales, purchase drop 19 percent in 2015

Home of Economy sign in Williston, North Dakota. (Image: Jasperdo via Flickr)

Home of Economy sign in Williston, North Dakota. (Image: Jasperdo via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Tax Department records show the state’s economy slowed last year due to low crop prices and a sustained oil industry slump.

North Dakota’s taxable sales and purchases are a key indicator of economic activity in the state.

To read the full article, click here.

3. Layoffs: Are they really the answer to your financial woes?

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Job cuts seem to be many companies’ way to deal with low oil and gas prices. But is this the best way to balance the budget?

2. TransCanada: 16,800 gallons of oil leaked in South Dakota

A brine [produced] water and oil spill was reported in North Dakota's Billings County. (Image: Just1snap via Flickr - CC3)

(Image: Just1snap via Flickr – CC3)

FREEMAN, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada estimates that about 16,800 gallons of oil leaked into a field in South Dakota as part of a spill that has shut the Keystone pipeline down while officials investigate.

The company says it reported the 400-barrel estimate Thursday to the National Response Centre and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration. It says the estimate is based on the excavation of soil to expose more than 100 feet of pipe and takes into account factors including oil observed in the soil and the potential area affected.

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1. Target Logistics files suit opposing Williston crew camp ban

Target Logistics, Williston Lodge North, North Dakota. (Image courtesy of Target Logistics)

Target Logistics, Williston Lodge North, North Dakota. (Image courtesy of Target Logistics)

Target Logistics has filed suit in state and federal court to address recent unjust actions by the City of Williston, North Dakota, to ban workforce housing.

Our court papers point out that the recent ordinance passed by the City Commission seeking to impose this citywide ban must be struck down for multiple reasons. First, it is a flagrant government intrusion on property rights that violates the United States Constitution.

To read the full statement, click here.

Bonus – Cruz says North Dakota could decide Republican convention

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Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Image: Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz told attendees at the North Dakota Republican convention Saturday that their presidential delegates could decide the nomination.

Convention-goers are scheduled Sunday to select 25 of their 28 delegates who will go to the national convention unbound to any of the presidential candidates. North Dakota does not have a primary or caucus.

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