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North Dakota Menards Flys in Workers Weekly


By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media In the rapidly expanding Bakken oil-shale region, there are more jobs than there are homes for people to live in. The city of Dickinson, ND is a prime example of one of the cities most affected by the boom. Menards is an extremely well-known home improvement chain in the Dickinson, ND area. They should ...

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Contributions outpace cap for ND housing fund

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Officials say contributions have exceeded a $20 million state income tax credit cap to subsidize construction of low-income dwellings in North Dakota, primarily in the state’s booming oil patch. The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency’s low-income housing development program gives individual and business donors a dollar-for-dollar tax credit. Agency Director Jolene Kline says several million dollars ...

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North Dakota Republican asks for oil slowdown

A prominent North Dakota Republican has called for a slowdown in the state’s oil production boom following the derailment and explosion of a train carrying crude oil on Monday. Robert Harms, chairman of North Dakota’s Republican party and an energy industry consultant, told Reuters on Thursday that a “moderated approach” was needed amid an energy boom that has transformed the ...

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Some states confirm water pollution from oil and gas drilling


PITTSBURGH – In at least four states that have nurtured the nation’s energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen. The Associated Press requested data on drilling-related complaints ...

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More training needed on train derailment disaster scenario


FARGO – In early November, city officials here faced a sobering but hypothetical emergency response drill: What would happen if an oil train derailed in the heart of Fargo? Following the fiery train derailment and explosion near Casselton on Monday, many in the metro area are wondering what would transpire if the “what-if” scenario became reality. It’s something local emergency ...

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51 below doesn’t hinder western ND much


By Dustin Monke and Katherine Lymn / The Dickinson Press Brutally cold temperatures appears to be on the way out of western North Dakota after wind chills in Dickinson dropped to as much as 51-below zero on Sunday and lingered into Monday afternoon with temperatures as low as 18 below in the morning. Despite the cold temperatures and wind chills ...

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‘Polar vortex’ pushes subzero temps into Midwest

CHICAGO (AP) — A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a “polar vortex” descended Monday into much of the U.S., pummeling parts of the country with a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records with wind chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama. For a big chunk of the Midwest, the subzero temperatures were moving in behind another winter ...

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Drug dealers follow the money to ND


The levels of violent crime, drug trafficking and prosecutions in the U.S. Attorney’s Office are up. Piggybacking on the state’s recent oil boom that has brought much economic prosperity to once mostly rural areas, organized crime has come to North Dakota. In the past six to eight months, the Dickinson Police Department has seen more heroin coming into Dickinson than ...

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