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Faces of the Boom: Louisiana living, Bakken business for telecommuting graphic designer

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By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service WILLISTON, N.D. – When Tiffany Smith made the decision to leave North Dakota and return to Louisiana, she didn’t want to leave her job. The graphic designer joked with her boss that she could still work for the Williston business from afar. Due to the city’s workforce shortage, Smith’s idea to work from her home ...

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Williston approves more than 2,000 housing units


April 25, 2014 10:12 pm  •  Associated Press WILLISTON, N.D. — Williston’s City Commission has approved plans for a 535-acre development that will bring 2,024 residential units to the housing-strapped city. Colorado-based LAI Design’s North Star Center residential and commercial project was approved Tuesday. The development is set to drastically increase the city’s housing stock with 1,349 apartments, 94 single-family lots and ...

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Postal Service makes improvements in Bismarck, across the busy Bakken

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By Jessica Holdman, The Bismark Tribune BISMARCK, N.D. — The U.S. Postal Service has embraced technology to improve service for western North Dakota’s growing population. Technology improvements include Mobile Point of Sale devices at six locations and self-service kiosks. Other changes will include a new post office in Williston and higher wages to attract rural letter carriers “The growth in the area ...

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Supply and demand: In a booming economy, businesses compete for potential employees

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By Nadya Faulx Help wanted” signs have become almost as ubiquitous as pickup trucks and oil rigs in booming Dickinson, with everyone from Menards to McDonald’s looking to hire. But while the demand is there, supply has yet to catch up. An April 1 report from Job Service North Dakota’s Labor Market Information Center found that there are roughly 2,041 job ...

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Archaeologists busy in N.D.

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 By Jessica Holdman, Bismark Tribune BISMARCK, N.D. _ North Dakota’s oil boom has come with its share of problems, from crowded roads to increased crime, but it has also led to an increase in the discovery of historical sites and an increase in business for archaeological firms. Cultural resource site records have increased 97 percent over the past five years, according ...

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Initiative aimed at wooing workers to western ND


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Job fairs are being held in 12 cities in the Dakotas to woo workers to construction jobs in the western North Dakota oil patch. The events are part of an initiative launched by Dakota Construction Careers. The coalition of six labor unions has launched a campaign to recruit both construction workers and people wanting to learn ...

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North Dakota has room for more STEM careers


BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota ranks first in the nation in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing job growth, but 40th in the concentration of those jobs. “We’re growing fast, but we have room to catch up,” said Mark Schill, of ND STEM Network, during the network’s first state conference, held Friday at the Bismarck State College National Energy Center of ...

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Steffes sells oil tank division


By Dickinson Press Staff  Steffes Corp. has announced the sale of its oil tank division in Dickinson to an Ohio company, according to a release sent out Friday afternoon. The sale was made to Worthington Industries, a leading diversified metal processing company with annual sales of approximately $2.6 billion headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Worthington operates 83 facilities in 12 countries, according ...

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Study finds Weld County would lose thousands of jobs, millions in taxes if fracking banned statewide

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A new study of the economic effects of a potential statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing shows that Colorado and Weld County would lose out on thousands of jobs and millions in tax revenues. The University of Colorado Leeds School of Business on Wednesday released a study on the economic impacts of a potential statewide fracking ban, finding that in the ...

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