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North Dakota’s outsider candidate ready to tackle bad news

Republican governor candidate Doug Burgum talks to supporters at an art gallery in downtown Fargo, N.D., after Burgum won the GOP primary vote on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Burgum, a Fargo businessman, defeated Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who was endorsed at the state Republican Party convention. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Hours after North Dakota Republicans put former Microsoft executive Doug Burgum on track to become governor, another grim report about oil production underscored the challenges awaiting the next leader of a once-thriving state now enduring an economic downturn. With his resounding primary victory over longtime state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who had the GOP convention’s endorsement, ...

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ND Insights releases May 2016 Monthly Market Report

View of downtown Williston, North Dakota. (Image: Mike Galt via Flickr)

Williston, ND – The Monthly Market Report – May 2016 published by ND Insights is now available. The latest monthly report includes monthly economic indicators that were released in May 2016 along with additional analysis for the 2015 Taxable Sales and Purchases information that was released April 21, 2016. Updated Data Sets In addition to the standard monthly data updates, ...

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Appeals court upholds ruling against Minnesota power law

Xcel Energy's Sherco power plant in Becker, MN, Sherburne County -- Power-generating plants in Minnesota are required to disclose environmental information, particularly air emissions data, to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. (Image courtesy MPCA via Flickr)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court sided with North Dakota interests on Wednesday in affirming a lower court ruling that bars Minnesota from enforcing key sections of its 2007 law restricting new power generation from coal. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act illegally regulates out-of-state utilities. Minnesota’s ...

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Natural gas pipeline proposed for eastern ND, western MN

File image: Loozrboy via Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck-based energy company says it wants to build a roughly 38-mile pipeline to deliver natural gas supply to eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. WBI Energy Inc. said Monday that the expansion would cost an estimated $50 million. The company, a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group Inc., says the project would connect a pipeline near ...

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Burgum-Sanford ticket emphasizes energy, economic growth

Doug Burgum

Doug Burgum believes the energy industry is essential to North Dakota’s economic future. Growth of the industry provided well-paying jobs and revitalized many communities in western North Dakota. He was recently endorsed by former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer as “the conservative business leader we need.” As a businessman who has spent his life growing businesses, creating jobs and investing ...

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North Dakota FFA elects officers at state convention

North Dakota FFA, officers, 2016

FARGO — The North Dakota FFA concluded its 87th annual state convention Friday at North Dakota State University. The FFA is an organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. North Dakota has 84 chapters around the state. The weeklong state ...

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North Dakota GOP gubernatorial campaign enters homestretch

Inside the Legislative Hall at the North Dakota State Capitol in Bismarck. (Image: Timothy Vogel via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — After months of rallies in tiny town cafes and fundraisers in big city venues, the Republican candidates for North Dakota governor are making their final push in an intense, expensive and often acrimonious campaign between longtime friends that has focused largely on leadership qualifications as the state’s oil revenues decline. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and his GOP ...

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Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford balances governor’s ticket

Doug Burgum, Brent Sanford, North Dakota, governor, election

Brent Sanford knows and understands the issues that surround western North Dakota. Born and raised in Watford City, Sanford was elected mayor in 2010. Thanks to the Bakken oil boom, the city’s population jumped from about 2,000 to 12,000 during his tenure. The rapid increase in residents brought many challenges. Transport facilities were outdated. Water management needed to be upgraded. ...

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Obama administration designates 9 new promise zones

A cast bronze statue of Bruce Lafountain of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa in North Dakota. The region has been designated a Promise Zone by the Obama Administration. (Image: sciondriver via Flickr)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has added nine communities to its effort to ease access to federal aid and cut red tape for areas beset by joblessness, hunger, crime and poor housing. The newly selected so-called Promise Zones include neighborhoods in Nashville, south Los Angeles, the west side of Atlanta, parts of Evansville, Indiana; San Diego, eastern Puerto Rico ...

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A Microsoft star seeks to run North Dakota

Doug Burgum

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A decade ago, then-Microsoft executive Doug Burgum stood before a cheering crowd at a technology conference in Dallas and introduced his boss, company co-founder Bill Gates, by describing what makes entrepreneurs successful. “Innovators are people who go against the grain” by taking risks and chasing dreams, said Burgum, who’d become a tech star in his own ...

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