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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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Prosecutors continue to recover money in oil patch fraud

FARGO, N.D. — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a man and his former wife accused of fraud and terror in the North Dakota oil patch to forfeit about $250,000 from bank accounts. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland said the money in accounts listed under James Henrikson, Sarah Creveling and their former trucking company “shall be disposed of” by the ...

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Amtrak says to suspend national rail service without safety extension-letter

WASHINGTON – Amtrak has told U.S. lawmakers that it will suspend service on its national network in mid-December unless Congress extends a Dec. 31 deadline for implementing advanced safety technology, according to an Oct. 5 letter from Amtrak reviewed by Reuters. The letter, addressed to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, says service would be suspended ...

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Public gets chance to weigh in on pipeline proposal

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Member of the public are getting a change to weigh in on a proposal to convert a crude oil gathering pipeline in northwestern North Dakota into a transmission line. The state Public Service Commission scheduled a public hearing in Watford City on Wednesday on the application by Hiland Crude LLC. Regulators say the company wants to ...

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