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Bakken tour, CTD

Comprehensive new tour takes travelers off-the-beaten-path throughout the Roughrider State and into oil country Would-be travelers who assume North Dakota is a “drive-through” state may need to think again once tour operator Country Travel DISCOVERIES (CTD) shows them the state’s wonders, including a couple of days in oil country. The Wisconsin-based company specializing in guided tours with a rural emphasis ...

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North Dakota 1st quarter taxable sales drop 33 percent

North Dakota State Captiol building in Bismarck. (Image: Amber Lien via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Tax Commissioner says the state is returning to a “pre-oil boom economy” due to slumping crude and farm commodity prices. Ryan Rauschenberger (RAW’-shun-bur-gur) says the state recorded $3.8 billion in taxable sales and purchases during January, February and March. That’s down 33 percent from a record $5.8 billion for the same period a year ...

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Judge says waste leak from coal plant ponds is ‘alarming’

An example of coal ash collected following cleanup of Duke Energy's coal ash waste. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A state judge expressed alarm at the estimated 200 million gallons of contaminated water seeping annually from leaky ash-storage ponds at a Montana power plant serving customers across the Pacific Northwest — a problem that’s persisted for years after the company and state officials said they were addressing it. A 2012 deal between Montana environmental regulators ...

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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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