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2014 ND taxable sales, purchases set record at $28.2 billion

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s taxable sales and purchases increased 11 percent in 2014 to a record $28.2 billion. State Tax commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger (RAW’-shuhn-bur-gur) says the report released Tuesday “shows a continuation of rapid sales growth.” Taxable sales and purchases are a key indicator of economic activity in the state. And Rauschenberger says 10 of North Dakota’s 15 economic ...

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Low oil prices good news for North Dakota road budgets

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The same slumping oil prices that forced North Dakota’s Legislature to trim some state spending are stretching road construction dollars further, officials say. The reason: Prices for petroleum-based asphalt are down as much as 20 percent than what had been estimated for road building this summer, transportation department spokeswoman Jane Berger said. “It’s tied to oil ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

Communities continue to expand in and around the oil patch The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, May 6, 2015 Despite soft oil prices and the active drilling rig count in North Dakota’s oil patch dropping by more than half compared to a year ago, residential and commercial construction activity remains strong in the western half of the state. Concerns over the impact ...

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Attempted murder charge dismissed in oil patch stabbing case

WILLISTON, N.D. — An attempted murder charge has been dismissed against a Washington state man accused of stabbing his roommate in Williston. KXMB-TV reports that 25-year-old Joshua Floyd was charged with attempted murder in December of 2014. Officials say he was in a fight with his roommate about money and stabbed him at their Williston hotel room. Floyd pleaded guilty ...

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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week

Here are the top five stories from Bakken.com for the week of April 18 through April 24. Enjoy! 5. Study: Deferring well completion to pay off Crude storage in the U.S. is at a record high. During the week of March 27, 4.8 million barrels added topped off the current high of 471.4 million barrels, according to a recent report from ...

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Williston eateries increasing with city’s population

WILLISTON, N.D. — The number of fast-food and casual restaurants in Williston is growing rapidly to meet the appetite of the booming population in the western oil patch hub. Recent additions to the dining scene include Qdoba, Culver’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Famous Dave’s Fuddrucker’s, Outlaw Steakhouse, Williston Brewing, Mississippi BBQ, Deli To Go, Papa Murphy’s and Papa Johns. The city ...

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