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Eugene Graner: Did oil top in January? [video]

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A “winter rally high” in January showed oil at a high around $55 per barrel. Eugene Graner, from Heartland Investor Services, walks us through crude oil prices and what he thinks the market will do next, including a discussion of OPEC and crude oil inventories. Visit Heartland to see this week’s Market Quick Take video. About Heartland Investor Services: Heartland Investor Services ...

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Calculate Your Savings: Natural Gas vs. Diesel

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The old cliché “Time is Money” is still relevant in today’s oilfield operations. When your rig is down, you’re losing money with every passing minute. That’s why LTR helps you assess your energy needs and provide a strategic plan to help you decide which generators will best help you optimize your operations. Chad Wolf, LTR’s Product Manager for Natural Gas ...

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Trade! Do Americans Really Have a Bad Deal?

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Understanding Americas Trading Relationship with Planet Earth The Rise of the American Economic Empire For those of you who have been living in a cave over the last 18 months, the topic of “unfair,” “bad” and “disastrous” trade deals exploded into the American lexicon through the politicization of free trade agreements that have become popular political fodder. Up until the ...

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ND Watchdog Network 2017 Legislative Half-Time Report

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Yesterday marked the end of the first half of the legislative session. Next week, bills that passed one chamber will cross the hall to the opposite chamber to be discussed and voted on. Here are just a few of the highlights of the good bills that are still alive in the legislature: House and Senate Pass Corporate Welfare Reform HB1182 shifts costs of ...

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Dealogic reports record-breaking M&A deals

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A couple of “mega-deals,” including a $17.2 billion takeover of ONEOK Partners by its parent firm, are part of a record-breaking quarter of M&A transactions that showed total oil and gas deals at the start of 2017 are four times what they were last year during the same time-frame, reports Dave Forest of Oiloprice.com. A recent report by M&A specialists ...

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ND House defeats property tax reform bill

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Yesterday, the North Dakota House of Representatives voted against HB 1326, the tax bill that Managing Director of the North Dakota Watchdog Dustin Gawrylow calls “a critical piece of pro-taxpayer reform that can and should be the beginning of real property tax reform” in North Dakota. The basic premise of the bill: Every political subdivision shall have an affirmative control ...

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Dynasty Downhole Services Acquisitions Expand North American Capabilities

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Lafayette, LA.–Dynasty Downhole Services has expanded their North American services with the recent purchase of Key Fishing & Rental’s Deepwater assets in Houma, Louisiana and Slaugh Fishing Services with services centers in Vernal, Utah, Ft. Collins, CO and Watford City, ND; bringing the total number of Service Centers to eight.   The Dynasty leadership team offers over 150 plus years of hands-on experience ...

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Spray foam for agriculture? Here’s why farmers should think about it…

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Most people typically think about spray polyurethane foam for home construction, commercial buildings, and roofing since it prevents leaks, wards off humidity and mitigates temperature fluctuation. It makes heating and cooling more cost-effective. But SPF has applications far beyond homes and commercial buildings. Spray foam is now being used by a diverse number of industries. Farmers and ranchers have begun ...

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Real Estate Developer Mike Marcil Awards $25,000 Grant to PATH, Inc.

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January 30, 2017, Fargo, North Dakota– Mike Marcil, CEO of Aalton Real Estate LLC., a Fargo-based commercial and rental real estate company, awarded a $25,000 grant to the PATH Family Support Program in Fargo, North Dakota. The grant will be used to support the recruitment and retention of licensed foster families to serve in the PATH Family Support Program. Additionally, the ...

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Noble Energy makes bold M&A moves

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With a recent Permian Basin acquisition worth around $6 billion, Exxon Mobil isn’t the only oil and gas company making waves in the new year. Noble Energy announced Jan. 16 it plans to acquire Clayton Williams Energy for $2.7 billion in Noble Energy stock and cash. The Noble Energy press release notes the acquisition will advance the companies goals within the ...

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