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ND delegation applauds House vote to lift ban on oil exports

BISMARCK, N.D. — Members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation are pleased the U.S. House has approved a bill to lift a 40-year U.S. ban on crude oil exports. The Republican-controlled House approved the measure Friday despite a White House veto threat. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer voted for the proposal. The Republican from oil-rich North Dakota says the U.S. should use ...

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TrainND oil & gas education facility to celebrate grand opening

The official celebration ceremony for the opening of the new $7.5 million TrainND Northwest Center at Williston State College will take place this Tuesday, October 13, at 10:30 a.m. Although classes have been in session since August, there hasn’t been a proper display of accomplishment since the new training facility was completed. The TrainND Northwest Center combines classroom education with ...

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Montana chemical company takes important step toward goal of going global

MISSOULA — In the 1980s, a University of Montana scientist discovered an economical and efficient way to produce glucaric acid, which can serve as a replacement for phosphates. It could eventually make Missoula the headquarters of a global chemical company, the firm’s CEO said. On Tuesday in Danville, Va., a different company began manufacturing the acid commercially, which made it ...

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Watford City barrels through downturn in oil economy

A dramatic drop in the price of oil has adversely impacted the economies of North Dakota and its oil patch cities and counties. But one area has weathered the storm better than most. Whether you take your measure from sales taxable revenue (up 11% year-over-year), construction permits or industry pundits, Watford City and McKenzie County have exceeded expectations. Experts mostly ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

Too many N.D. kids live in poverty The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Oct. 8, 2015 During a time when North Dakota’s economy has been considered booming, there’s been a growing problem behind the scenes. There has been an increase in child poverty across the state. No, you won’t find a child in rags begging on a street corner. There are, however, ...

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Propane prices plummet thanks to large inventories

MINOT, N.D. — Propane users may be heating their homes more cheaply this winter than they have for many years. Large petroleum inventories have caused prices to plummet, and that’s good news for many rural residents who heat with propane. “It’s kind of nice to see a smile on a face,” propane distributor David O’Keeffe said of the response he’s ...

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Zinke a key lawmaker in removing U.S. crude export ban

U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., is making his case for removing the national ban on crude exports. Zinke told journalists Wednesday the 1970s ban on exporting U.S. oil is hurting the economy, both nationally and in Montana. He estimated that increased Bakken activity resulting from oil exports would create 2,400 jobs in Montana, primarily in the Eastern Montana oil patch ...

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Landowners near planned Williston airport question future

WILLISTON, N.D. — Owners of farmland near the preferred site for a new Williston airport are wondering about the future of their properties. Officials expect to break ground in the spring on a $254 million airport, after receiving approval and initial funding from the Federal Aviation Administration this fall. The city wants to acquire 1,540 acres from eight landowners, a ...

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