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Rig count continues steady upward climb

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While Canada lost 19 rigs this week, the U.S. Baker Hughes rig count continues its steady upward climb. With fourteen straight weeks of increase, it doesn’t seem as though it will stop anytime soon. This week’s total is up ten from last week. Of the 857 rigs, 688 are exploring for oil, while 167 are exploring for gas. Two rigs ...

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Big property tax hikes coming in 2018?

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The sustainability of “property tax relief” program using state tax dollars to reduce local property taxes is now at 0% as the State House yesterday voted to repeal the 12% property tax credit. Senate Bill 2206 was amended to repeal the 12% credit and takeover about half that much of the property tax bill which covers local social services. As ...

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When safety hurts

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“Life’s just not fair sometimes” is the justification that I’ve been weaving more frequently into the message with my kids when they don’t get the result they want.  I guess I’m preparing them for the working world so they develop some resilience to disappointment, frustration, even failure.  Time for me to listen to my own wisdom. My frustration involves the ...

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Exec order gives coal industry hope, but no new jobs

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President Trump’s executive order signed Tuesday rolling back Obama-era policies probably won’t bring back coal industry jobs, but it could provide the industry some much-needed breathing room to continue working on ways to stay competitive in the ever-changing energy landscape. President Trump signed his “Energy Independence” executive order surrounded by coal miners, who heard the President say many times throughout his ...

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US involvement in Paris climate agreement in jeopardy after exec order

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President Trump delivered on a campaign promise today to roll back Obama-era climate change policy with a “much-anticipated” executive order. The order, called the “Energy Independence” executive order, directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin withdrawing Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which was intended to cut carbon emissions created by coal-fired power plants. The Clean Power Plan would have cut ...

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The Village secures largest donation in organization history

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A North Dakota native and real estate developer made a unique and substantial donation to a Fargo-based nonprofit human services organization. Mike Marcil (not affiliated with Forum Communications) recently donated a gift of real estate worth $2.3 million to The Village Family Service Center, the organization that supports programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Nokomis Child Care Centers, First ...

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WAWS Official Publication Touts Support For The Water (Royalty) Tax As Its Official Governmental-Entity Position

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In a shockingly bad public relations decision, the Western Area Water Supply has published an official public support position of the Water (Royalty) Tax in House Bill 1020. WAWS Goes Political Here is what WAWS is now saying about the provisions in HB 1020 to tax private frack water sales: A water royalty clause was also introduced in HB1020. As ...

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Crude oil: Are we seeing a short term low?

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Today’s Market Quick take from Eugene Graner at Heartland Investor Services gives us a quick 4 1/2 minute update on the crude oil markets and short term outlook. Inside this 4 ½ minute video, he shows how oil might bounce from some support before the second shoe drops. Today’s low of $47.70 shows a price decline, despite a projection that EIA data ...

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