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By Lydia Gilbertson | Google+ Lydia Gilbertson is from Devils Lake, ND and has received a BA in English from Minnesota State University-Moorhead (2010), and a certificate in web development from MState (2013). She enjoys yoga, cooking, traveling, browsing reddit, PC gaming, and concerts of any kind. She resides in Fargo, ND with her cat Posey, and her corgi Super Nova.

Basin Electric power plant sets safety milestone

Basin Electric

BISMARCK, N.D.— Basin Electric Power Cooperative says one of its coal-fired plants has reached of milestone of 2.5 million work hours without a major injury. Basin Electric is based in Bismarck. The company says its Leland Olds power plant in western North Dakota reached the milestone this month. The plant has 166 workers. The company says the safety record dates ...

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MDU to buy southwestern North Dakota wind farm


BISMARCK, N.D. — Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. is buying a 43-turbine wind farm in southwestern North Dakota. Allete Clean Energy will develop the project near Hettinger. The $200 million wind farm is expected to be done in December 2015. MDU, a division of MDU Resources Group Inc., about a year ago signed an agreement to buy the wind farm’s power from ...

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North Dakota lawmaker wants no state income tax

income tax

BISMARCK, N.D. — With the state treasury flush with billions of dollars in oil money, at least one state lawmaker thinks North Dakotans could better spend the roughly $500 million collected annually from the levy. When the Legislature reconvenes in January, Rep. Scott Louser said he will introduce a bill that would set the state income tax rate at 0 ...

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Williston group works to improve downtown


WILLISTON, N.D.— A group of business owners, residents and Williston officials is working to liven up the city’s downtown by promoting local businesses and making the area more walkable. The Williston Downtowners Association has gone from five to 60 members in just two years, and is using the growth to speed the city’s development, the Bismarck Tribune reported. About seven ...

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Devils Lake group wants public vote on refinery

devils lake

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — A citizens group in Devils Lake is pushing for a public vote on a $200 million oil refinery proposed for the city’s industrial park. The city should have gathered input from residents before signing a letter of support for the project in October, Mary Lundy, spokeswoman for the Devils Lake Oil Refinery Citizens, told The ...

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Ohio dairy farmers cash in on gas well boom


CARROLLTON, Ohio— Utica Shale saved the farm. In early 2010, Ballard Jenkins and his wife, Sharon, were preparing to sell the family’s 233 acres in Carroll County’s Washington Township and 70 cows at auction to pay off creditors. It was a tough time to be a dairy farmer. “We were dying a little day by day,” he said. Then landmen ...

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Analysis: ‘Big Oil’ suit survives, so far

pump jacks

NEW ORLEANS — Facing opposition from a powerful industry, the governor and many in the Legislature, a New Orleans-area flood board’s lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies seemed doomed early on. But that was roughly 15,000 billable hours ago. That ever-growing number means ever-increasing pressure on opponents of the lawsuit, filed in the summer of 2013, to ...

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Cassidy gives weekly GOP address on Keystone


BATON ROUGE, La. — In the weekly Republican address, GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy describes Senate Democrats’ rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline as stifling American energy independence. Cassidy used the nationally-released speech Saturday to take fresh digs at Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu’s failure to get the vote needed for pipeline passage — though he never names Landrieu. Cassidy’s ...

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