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Harold Hamm fires back after call to slow oil development after train crash, explosion

Train Derailment

By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, INFORUM WILLISTON, N.D. – Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm fired back this week to comments made by the chairman of North Dakota’s Republican Party calling for the oil industry to take a “moderated approach” to development. Hamm, whose company was a pioneer in the use of horizontal drilling that fueled the Bakken oil boom, said ...

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911 calls from Casselton train derailment show crew member first reported his train carried ethanol

911 call

By: Helmut Schmidt FARGO – Emergency 911 calls indicate at least one member of the crew involved in the Dec. 30 train derailment and explosion west of Casselton thought the train was carrying ethanol instead of highly combustible Bakken crude oil. Another railroad worker shortly after the accident told dispatchers he was worried the derailed cars could explode, and sought permission ...

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DPS talks about adding more teachers


As more students register with Dickinson Public Schools each week, school officials are looking to hire more teachers to meet the demand. At a meeting of the Dickinson Public School Board Budget Committee on Wednesday morning at the Central Administration Building, Assistant Superintendent Vince Reep spoke about the recruiting efforts as well as the need for more funds for payroll ...

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On Bakken oil patch, heroin brings violence, organized crime


By Katherine Grandstrand DICKINSON, N.D. — The levels of violent crime, drug trafficking and prosecutions in the U.S. Attorney’s Office are up. Piggybacking on the state’s recent oil boom that has brought much economic prosperity to once mostly rural areas, organized crime has come to North Dakota. In the past six to eight months, the Dickinson Police Department has seen ...

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Former ND governor calls for new railroad rules


FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Former North Dakota governor and Casselton native George Sinner said Wednesday that the derailment of crude oil tankers outside his hometown shows the “ridiculous threat” to communities across the state and elsewhere. The accident happened when a train carrying soybeans derailed in front of a BNSF Railway oil train, causing that train to also derail and ...

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North Dakota: The more the merrier


Tribune editorial “It’s the economy, stupid” — that’s a dressed up version of how presidential campaign strategist James Carville put the focus of Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 race. It’s the economy and the resulting jobs that have pushed North Dakota’s population to record levels. The adjusted estimate for North Dakota’s population in 2012 is 723,393 residents. The prior record high ...

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Deadline needed to get oil tankers upgraded


By: Lauren Donovan The chief executive officer for BNSF Railway felt pressure from both North Dakota U.S. senators over the weekend after the town of Casselton had a near-miss from a Bakken oil rail explosion. Both Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp said the rail industry can’t upgrade tankers to a new tougher standard fast enough and some sort of deadline ...

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North Dakota man pleads guilty in separate assault cases


BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota man has pleaded guilty to two separate assaults against women on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Waylon Gardner pleaded guilty Monday to assault of a spouse or intimate partner resulting in substantial bodily injury, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Authorities say the incidents happened April 3 in Mandaree and May 20 in ...

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North Dakota Menards Flys in Workers Weekly


By: John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media In the rapidly expanding Bakken oil-shale region, there are more jobs than there are homes for people to live in. The city of Dickinson, ND is a prime example of one of the cities most affected by the boom. Menards is an extremely well-known home improvement chain in the Dickinson, ND area. They should ...

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