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Mary Schimke is Managing Editor for Energy Media Group. Mary Schimke is Editor at Energy Media Group. She brings to the table 15 years of teaching, editing, and management experience. She graduated in 1999 from Minot State University with a BS in Education and a major in English. She has worked as a freelance editor for several independent clients in a variety of disciplines. Mary is currently a graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University studying literary theory, criticism, and writing.

Rig count drops by 5

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The Baker Hughes North America Rotary Rig Count dropped by 5 last week, with the largest overall dips in Texas. The Permian Basin lost 2 of its rigs, while the Eagle Ford lost 3. In total, Texas lost 7 rigs, while Louisiana lost 1. Interestingly, all the rigs lost were exploring for gas. The oil rig count actually increased by 3. ...

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Is it Better to be Good or Lucky?

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The answer to that age-old question depends on the context.  My dad taught me how to play cribbage as a youngster, and I still believe that if you play regularly you develop enough skill in a few years to compete with the old-timers.  The rest, as they say, is the luck of the draw. Being “good” implies a consistent skill ...

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No, It’s Not Time To Increase The Gas Tax

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Earlier this week, a shocking headline was posted by an unlikely source. Rob Port of the SayAnythingBlog posted an article announcing his support of an increase in the gas tax. Port says: You may be wondering why a conservative with a preference for limited government is in favor of a tax hike. It’s an easy case to make… The best ...

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Commission On Initiated Measures Is Unconstitutional

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Commission On Initiated Measures Is Unconstitutional By Its Very Existence If the commission wants to follow the constitution, here are three suggestions. This legislative session, a bill was passed that is designed to “fix” the initiated measures process in North Dakota. While there are some things that can be done to that end, the overwhelming sense is that nothing good can ...

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Love the Vikings? Win VIP Turf Suite tickets!

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Do you love the Vikings? Do you want to support a GREAT cause? Friends of Mountain Fire Department are raffling off 2 tickets to the Minnesota Vikings vs. Dolphins August 31 at US Bank Stadium. The tickets are not just any average seats. You get seats in the Turf Suite, which is absolutely the BEST way to experience this amazing ...

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Risky Business–A Little Something for Everyone

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The concept of managing risk is quite simple.  Like many other safety applications, it’s about effectively guiding people and processes.  If it were only that easy.  We all manage risk every day but what gets us into trouble as a workforce is when we all come at risk from a different angle.  Because our risk thresholds vary what is considered ...

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Oil tanker turned party boat? Best. Vacation. Ever.

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Wondering what to do with your next couple of days off? For $110, you can party like oil is still over $100 with 25 foot slides, water trampolines, and  an open bar on an oil tanker. Yup, you heard me right. D-Boat Antigua is a 43-year-old decommissioned oil tanker turned party boat, permanently moored just off Maiden Island in Antigua, according ...

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Rig count increase raises concerns

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The Baker Hughes weekly rotary rig count showed an increase of 12 total rigs July 7 for a total of 952 rigs drilling for oil and gas in the United States. Of the 952, 763 rigs are drilling for oil, up 7 from last week, while 189 are drilling for gas, an increase of 5. By state, Alaska and Oklahoma ...

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