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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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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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Rig count breaks 800, Permian back on top

oil rig, rig count, Baker Hughes

After a small slump last week, the Permian basin is back on top in U.S. rig count gains released March 24. The Baker Hughes U.S. rig count gained a total of 20 new rigs this week, with a total of 809 rigs exploring for oil and gas. Baker Hughes reported 21 new rigs exploring for oil and gas, totaling 652, ...

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The Village secures largest donation in organization history

The Village, land donation

A North Dakota native and real estate developer made a unique and substantial donation to a Fargo-based nonprofit human services organization. Mike Marcil (not affiliated with Forum Communications) recently donated a gift of real estate worth $2.3 million to The Village Family Service Center, the organization that supports programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Nokomis Child Care Centers, First ...

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Crude oil: Are we seeing a short term low?

oil barrel, market quick take, crude oil market

Today’s Market Quick take from Eugene Graner at Heartland Investor Services gives us a quick 4 1/2 minute update on the crude oil markets and short term outlook. Inside this 4 ½ minute video, he shows how oil might bounce from some support before the second shoe drops. Today’s low of $47.70 shows a price decline, despite a projection that EIA data ...

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

bakken pumpjacks, oil production

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

power generation, natural gas vs diesel

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?

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

North Dakota, legislative report

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

Bakken shale play

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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