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Dallas Fed: Oil and Gas Activity Rises in Third Quarter

energy, 2016, year in review

Surveys and reports from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas are now available for the third quarter. The business activity index – the survey’s broadest measure of conditions facing Eleventh District energy firms – was up from 13.8 in the second quarter to 26.7. While the survey still shows weakness in both industry employment and production, it does show some ...

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Clay Jenkinson on the DAPL Protest

Dakota Access pipeline, Clay Jenkinson, Lakota, Four Bears

Clay Jenkinson has a deep love for North Dakota, his home state. An award winning writer and a distinguished humanities scholar at Bismarck State College, he may be best known for portraying Thomas Jefferson in The Jefferson Hour.  That’s why his thoughts on the recent protests gave me some pause. It’s not a a clear-cut situation, with mountains of historical context that ...

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Best Debate Tweets: Presidential Edition

Debate, presidential race 2016

Let’s start with the basics. This presidential election this year has heated up to an inferno, and tonight’s debate is only a taste of what we’ll likely see in the next several weeks until election night. Topics like taxes, the national debt, ISIS and gun control were covered, as one candidate tried to edge words in among the other. Most ...

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If a top drive motor design has worked for 50 years, why change it? Because new technology gives you more horsepower and torque

high power density motor, Ward Leonard

Oft times when something is working, the prevailing attitude is usually, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Especially if something has been working for more than 50 years. That pretty much describes what has happened with top drive motors in the oil patch.  The induction motors really hadn’t changed since their introduction in 1982. They seemed to work well, ...

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Valley Mortgage Breaks Ground on New Office Building in South Fargo

Valley Mortgage, rendering, office building Fargo

Valley Mortgage, Inc. announced last month construction began on a new 13,200 square foot building located at 3315 45th Street South in Fargo, North Dakota. The new office building will provide much-needed space for the award-winning mortgage firm. As the experienced staff of underwriters, originators and processors has grown substantially over the past several years, a new building will help ...

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Amidst protests, Energy Transfer sells shares of Bakken Pipeline

Dakota Access, Energy Transfer Partners

In the midst of protests across North Dakota and Iowa in recent weeks, Energy Transfer Partners  (ETP) and Sunoco Logistics (SXL) announced an agreement to sell 36.76% of the Bakken Pipeline Project, according to Iowa’s Chronicle Times on August 31. The two companies have agreed to sell their shares to MarEn Bakken Company LLC, jointly owned by Marathon Petroleum Corporation ...

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Iceland hosts energy branding conference Sept. 19-21

Blue Lagoon, geothermal spa

The electricity market has moved from regulation to competition meaning that consumers have an added influence. The most effective way of communicating with them is through a well-designed, strong brand. This is opening up new opportunities, both for the utilities and the customers. All marketing efforts need to rely on strong brand work to be efficient and effective. CHARGE – The World’s First Energy Branding ...

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