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ND tops nation in taps, housing rate

North Dakota housing

If one were to adopt power rankings for each state, North Dakota would be in pole position. Leading the nation in several categories, the state already has the lowest unemployment rate, is second in oil production and tops all other states in economic growth. Last week two more honors were bestowed upon the Peace Garden State, which now leads the ...

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This Is Your Town on Fracking

Not long ago I found myself stranded in Williston, North Dakota. You might have heard of it. Despite being the eighth-largest city in the 48th most-populous state, Williston has won some infamy in recent years. It’s at the center of an oil boom that’s likely to make the United States a net exporter of fossil fuels in just a few ...

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Oil Patch drinking water violations prevalent

WILLISTON, N.D. – Crew camps, RV parks and other water systems in oil-producing counties dominate a list released Monday of drinking water violations issued last year, but officials say most issues have been corrected. The North Dakota Department of Health issued 236 major violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act in 2012, primarily for public water systems that failed to ...

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Powering up the oil patch – McKenzie County Farmer

Lonesome Creek Power Station

By Zach Stenberg Farmer Intern With the influx of people and businesses moving into northwest North Dakota, Basin Electric Power Cooperative of Bismarck is getting ready to go on line with enough power to provide electricity to 36,000 homes in this rapidly growing region of the state. The new Lonesome Creek Station 45-megawatt capacity power plant, which is estimated to ...

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