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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.

North Dakota’s Newest Big Bad Wolf

water pipeline, eminent domain, WAWS

Throughout history the practice of eminent domain has been abused in the United States.  Abused to the point where the parties taking the land were colloquially referred as the “big bad wolf.” The first big bad wolf was the railroad. The process was quite simple, the railroad is considered a project for the public good, and if you do not ...

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Big property tax hikes coming in 2018?

property taxes, property in Fargo

The sustainability of “property tax relief” program using state tax dollars to reduce local property taxes is now at 0% as the State House yesterday voted to repeal the 12% property tax credit. Senate Bill 2206 was amended to repeal the 12% credit and takeover about half that much of the property tax bill which covers local social services. As ...

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Hot new Bakken jobs – April 10

bakken oil jobs, truck driver

We’ve rounded up a few of the hottest jobs in the Bakken. Whether you’re entry-level or you’ve got experience, there’s someone looking for you. Check these out: Frac Operator Adler Hot Oil Service, Williston, is looking for a Frac Operator. This job requires only one year of oilfield experience and a high school or equivalent education. You’ll need a CDL ...

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When safety hurts

workplace safety, injury

“Life’s just not fair sometimes” is the justification that I’ve been weaving more frequently into the message with my kids when they don’t get the result they want.  I guess I’m preparing them for the working world so they develop some resilience to disappointment, frustration, even failure.  Time for me to listen to my own wisdom. My frustration involves the ...

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Rig count gains another 15

oil rig, rig count, Baker Hughes

The continued ramp up in the Permian basis comes as no surprise this week, as the area absorbed most of this week’s rig count gains. The Permian saw an increase of 12 rigs this week, the majority of the 15 total rigs gained in the U.S. Totals now reach 839, almost double last year’s total at this time of 443. ...

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ND research geologist honored posthumously

geologist Julie LeFever, core sample library

In recognition of North Dakota’s preeminent Bakken expert, the American Association of Professional Geologists (AAPG) honored UND research geologist Julie LeFever on Sunday with the Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award, given in recognition of a singular achievement in petroleum geoscience research. State Geologist Ed Murphy said: Julie was so thrilled to learn in November that she had won the ...

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Rig count up 15, up 374 over last year

oil rig, rig count, Baker Hughes

The Baker Hughes rig count showed an increase of 15 over last week, bringing the current total to 824. Ten are exploring for oil, and 5 are searching for gas. Texas gained another 7 rigs, and Alaska was up 4. By basin, the Permian saw gains of of four, and one each in the Eagle Ford, Granite Wash, and Haynesville. ...

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West Fargo restaurant finds new way to support local youth

Maxwells Restaurant,

As owners of Maxwells Restaurant & Bar, General Manager Ramon Sosa and Executive Chef Mike Wald weren’t searching for a way to promote their restaurant. They don’t typically offer coupons or promotions. The experience of eating at the high-end West Fargo restaurant speaks for itself. The atmosphere is intimate, with hand-picked wines, handcrafted cocktails, impeccable American cuisine with a French-inflected ...

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Exec order gives coal industry hope, but no new jobs

coal industry,

President Trump’s executive order signed Tuesday rolling back Obama-era policies probably won’t bring back coal industry jobs, but it could provide the industry some much-needed breathing room to continue working on ways to stay competitive in the ever-changing energy landscape. President Trump signed his “Energy Independence” executive order surrounded by coal miners, who heard the President say many times throughout his ...

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The Rough Waters of Western North Dakota

WAWS, water, North Dakota

The first in a 5-part series on the controversial water industry of western North Dakota. Reprinted with permission.  The state of North Dakota is now experiencing a serious crossroads situation regarding the Western Area Water Supply Authority (WAWSA) and its future path.  Uncertainty is nothing new to WAWSA and its project as controversy, a questionable business plan and forceful government ...

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