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Forum editorial: Promotion, regulation do not mix


How is it that one of the most important state agencies in North Dakota has been stuck with the impossible task of regulation and promotion? The contradiction is obvious. Effective regulation leaves no room for promotion. Promotion implies an agenda that is anathema to serious regulation. An honest regulator cannot be a cheerleader for the regulated. Thus, the Oil and ...

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ND energy industry gains young professionals group


By: Kris Bevill, Forum News Service, INFORUM BISMARCK – What do Bismarck, Dubai, Hong Kong and Denver have in common? Each city now hosts a chapter of Young Professionals in Energy, a nonprofit group focused on delivering networking opportunities to young members of the global energy industry. Founded in 2005, the group has 25 chapters worldwide with thousands of members, including ...

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Suspected Murderer, Watford City man arrested in Mandan on firearms charges


MANDAN, N.D. — A Watford City man was arrested Saturday in Mandan on federal firearms charges. James Terry Henrikson, 34, is charged in U.S. District Court for the district of North Dakota with being a felon in possession of several firearms. “The arrest of James Henrikson today on allegations of illegal possession of firearms by a convicted felon should reassure ...

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Is North Dakota a business-friendly state?

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January 17, 2014 1:30 am  •  By REP. ROSCOE STREYLE | Minot North Dakota has a lot of great things going for it; it is one of the best run states with a low unemployment rate, thousands of open jobs, rising incomes. It is the second largest oil- producing state with rising tax revenues and an increasing population. So why would the ...

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Oil service companies on hiring blitz


December 26, 2013 4:19 pm  •  By Jessica Holdman One company in the Bakken wants to hire 300 employees by spring. Oil-related companies are on hiring blitzes as the focus in the patch shifts from exploration to production. Power Fuels, a subsidiary of Nuverra Environmental Solutions and one of the largest oil field service companies in the Bakken, put out its call for ...

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Wanted: FBI agents


 By TOM LUTEY | Lee News Service BILLINGS, Mont. _  A Bakken-state fracas has erupted over whether FBI agents stationed in Montana should be moved to North Dakota. Responding to a 32 percent increase in crime in the Bakken oil country, the FBI last July opened shop in Sidney, which is where Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., contends the agents belong. North ...

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Bakken briefs

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Watford City police force growing Dealing with increased population and higher levels of crime, the Watford City Police Department added three new officers in 2013 and hopes to add three more in the coming year. With nine fully-trained officers and three in training, Chief Jesse Wellen says he will have better coverage in the city. Traffic citations were down overall ...

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