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Balancing oil and agriculture

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John Deede | Shale Plays Media Google+ Western North Dakota, once a desolate expanse of farming and ranching communities, has experienced a flurry of activity unlike the state has ever seen. Small towns dotting the landscape are finding themselves hubs of the shale industry since hydraulic fracturing made the sea of shale oil underneath them accessible. People from out of state flooded ...

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Vets get oilfield training from Dickinson School


Mike Kopp | Shale Plays Media Veterans are on both sides of the teacher’s desk at an oilfield/vocational training facility in Dickinson. Fifty percent of the staff at Northern Industrial Training is either a veteran or the spouse of a veteran.   The company started training veterans in the Alaskan oil field eight years ago and is now training veterans and ...

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North Dakota government sends 7.8 mil to boomtown schools


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ The North Dakota oil boom has put strain on the communities near the Bakken shale in many different ways.  The rapid growth in population has been difficult to keep up with. Schools in particular are struggling because they have experienced a sudden burst of enrollment along with many issues associated with students living in ...

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U.S. Energy secretary to visit N.D. oil rigs

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ Heidi Heitkamp announced Thursday that the U.S Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz, will tour oil and gas sites in Tioga next week. This will be his first time in North Dakota. Moniz and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx are coming to the state to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy policy meeting at Bismarck ...

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Natural Gas processing plant to be built in McKenzie County

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ ONEOK, an energy company that specializes in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas is investing approximately $605 million to $785 million to build a 200-million cubic feet natural gas processing facility (The Demicks Lake plant) in northeast McKenzie County.  The project also allocates for a 12 mile-long natural gas liquids gathering pipeline ...

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8 energy companies leading the way in LGBT equality


Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media For the past 12 years, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation has compiled a list called the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a sweeping survey of non-discrimination policies of Fortune 1000 companies in the United States. The index takes a look at these policies, specifically in regards to equality for LGBT employees. Criteria involved in giving each ...

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Menards is coming to Williston


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ After years of rumors and speculations it has been confirmed that yes, Williston is getting a Menards.  The Williston Herald reported yesterday that the hardware store chain applied for a building permit on Tuesday.  Nearly a year ago it was reported that the store signed a contract to be at the Sand Creek Town ...

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Traffic fatalities higher in North Dakota than rest of the country

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ Road fatalities in the United States as a whole are down 23% percent since 2005.  The states of North Dakota (24.3%), Wyoming (21.3%), and Montana (20.4%) have the highest rate of deaths per billion miles traveled. North Dakota’s 4 percent increase is largely due to the state’s recent population and oil boom in the ...

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Ex-fiancee defends man camp murder suspect

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 Sarah Volpenhein | The Grand Forks Herald The ex-fiancee of Ryan Neil Anderson took the stand Wednesday in his murder trial in Grand Forks, with the prosecution scrutinizing her side of the story. The Iron River, Mich., man is accused of stabbing his friend Christopher King, also of Iron River, to death more than a year ago at a man camp ...

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NY plans $65 million Watford City development

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Watford City has seen enormous growth from the recent North Dakota oil boom. The formerly tiny North Dakota town has more than doubled in population. A New York-based company, Coltown Properties, has announced that they will be developing the city with projects worth an estimated $65 million. Coltown is planning to build two new ...

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