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Flush With Oil and Gas Cash, North Dakota’s Growth Tops in Nation

North Dakota’s economy wasn’t much to behold a decade ago. But that’s changed dramatically thanks to surging oil and gas production on its Bakken shale. North Dakota’s per person gross domestic product increased nearly 11 percent from 2011 to 2012 — tops in the nation for the second straight year, and three times larger than runners-up Texas and West Virginia. ...

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ND border counties beating Minnesota in job growth

Billboard ND open for business

Forum News ServicePark Rapids Enterprise By Erik Burgess / The Forum MOORHEAD — The bright yellow billboard ad outside Moorhead claiming North Dakota’s superiority in the business realm is gone. But while the advertisement has skedaddled, the fact remains that on the overall, North Dakota border counties crushed their counterparts in Minnesota in job growth over the last decade. Cass ...

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$71 million approved for Oil Patch communities

71 Million Approved for Infrastructure Projects

BISMARCK – Twenty Oil Patch communities will receive $71 million in energy impact grants for assistance with water-related projects. Grants approved Thursday by the Board of University and School Lands include:• $5 million to expand Crosby’s water supply and wastewater treatment systems.• $10 million to expand New Town’s water treatment plant, water and sewer system upgrades and street improvements. • ...

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ND drillers to get tax breaks for natural gas usage

Oil Pumpers

The Republican-sponsored bills passed the Legislature this year. They offer oil companies tax incentives for capturing and using the byproduct of the state’s booming crude production. Records show 275 million cubic feet of natural gas goes up in smoke each day in North Dakota, or enough to heat more than 1 million homes daily. Flaring also accounted for about 5 ...

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