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Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford balances governor’s ticket

Doug Burgum, Brent Sanford, North Dakota, governor, election

Brent Sanford knows and understands the issues that surround western North Dakota. Born and raised in Watford City, Sanford was elected mayor in 2010. Thanks to the Bakken oil boom, the city’s population jumped from about 2,000 to 12,000 during his tenure. The rapid increase in residents brought many challenges. Transport facilities were outdated. Water management needed to be upgraded. ...

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Hearing set in Mandan on proposed $153 million wind farm

Mandan, wind farm

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Public Service Commission is holding a public hearing in Mandan on a proposed $153 million wind farm and associated electric transmission line in Oliver and Morton counties. A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources is planning a wind farm of up to 48 turbines and associated facilities on about 34 square miles in northeastern Morton ...

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Burgum’s business background promises prosperity for North Dakota

Doug Burgum

Doug Burgum’s commitment to community is moving statewide. The Fargo-based entrepreneur and philanthropist is running for North Dakota governor and promises to create an environment that’s welcoming to business. One area he will focus on is the energy industry. “Growing up, I was told we were going to run out of oil,” Burgum said. “There was an oil crisis shortly ...

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Bismarck elementary students got an energy education on Wednesday at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference

Oil Can Kids Day

250 students, mostly fourth-graders, attended the Oil Can Kids Day event at the Bismarck Civic Center. Fourth-grade classes rotated through different energy education stations, each one a snapshot of where energy comes from and how it is used. The program also teaches students about tools and skills they’ll need if they work in a trade. At one station, kids participated ...

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3-day North Dakota oil expo, conference begins in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Organizers expect about 2,800 people to attend a three-day event in Bismarck highlighting the state’s oil patch. The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference and Expo starts Tuesday at the Bismarck Civic Center. The North Dakota Petroleum Council says people come from about 40 states and a few foreign countries. The event brings together engineers, geologists, investors, CEOs ...

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Williston Basin oil expo comes amid trouble times for industry

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s oil expo and conference kicks off at a troubled time for the industry, with depressed prices and a drop in drilling activity that has hurt both oil companies and oil-producing states like this one. The three-day Williston Basin Petroleum Conference and Expo starts Tuesday in Bismarck with a theme of “Bakken Forward,” featuring seminars ...

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Crews excavating North Dakota land after large spill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Crews in North Dakota excavated pastureland after more than 120,000 gallons of oil and drilling wastewater overflowed from a tank, the state Health Department said Friday. The spill happened Wednesday morning near Marmarth in southwestern North Dakota at a site operated by Plano, Texas-based Denbury Onshore LLC, according to Bill Suess, an environmental scientist who heads ...

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North Dakota housing fund threatened with drilling downturn

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A state income tax credit that helped subsidize construction of thousands of living spaces largely in western North Dakota’s oil patch has outlived lived its usefulness with the downturn in drilling and a prolonged slump in crude prices, the chairmen of the Senate and House taxation committees say. “Without a doubt, we need to re-evaluate this,” ...

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