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Western Area Water Supply rates set


The North Dakota Industrial Commission voted to set rates for water sales for the Western Area Water Supply Authority during its meeting Thursday. Officials with the WAWS Authority briefed the commission on the rates prior to the vote. Jaret Wirtz, executive director of the WAWS Authority, said the group was recommending a rate of $20 per thousand gallons. This would ...

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Median income boosted thanks to ND oil boom

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BISMARCK – North Dakota’s unprecedented oil boom has helped boost the state’s median household income above the national average and positively impacted salaries to its sister state to the south, demographers in the Dakotas say. Statistics released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show North Dakota’s median household income rose to $53,585 last year, up from $52,763 in 2011. The ...

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North Dakota airports report busiest August yet


North Dakota airports had strong and even record-breaking August boarding numbers, according to data released by the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission. Minot International Airport had 19,656 passengers in August, just slightly down from 20,743 this past August. Both those are considerable increases over the previous two Augusts – 13,990 in 2011 and 8,798 in 2010. While Minot International Airport’s growth ...

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What is happening with the Keystone XL pipeline?


What is happening with the Keystone XL pipeline? As Congress convenes hearings on President Obama’s climate change initiatives (Wednesday), marks the fifth anniversary of the Keystone XL pipeline’s non-approval (Thursday), and takes in the president’s deadline for stronger rules on coal plant emissions (Friday), environmental groups are staging an impromptu Climate Week inside the Beltway—and out. As video has become ...

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A deeper look at the July Bakken numbers


Oil production in North Dakota exploded higher in July. This is according to new data from the state’s Industrial Commission’s Oil and Gas Division. Overall, production jumped by 55,000 barrels per day to a total just below 875,000. To put those numbers into perspective, total U.S. oil production in July was just 7.5 million, meaning North Dakota now represents almost ...

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Bakken News Round-up: Watford Schools, Water Pipelines, Lignite Housing, and Oil Bust?

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Bakken News Round-up: Watford tops 1,000 students Just a week after completing construction on an elementary school addition that was supposed to give the district room to grow, the Watford City Elementary School found itself needing more classrooms. “Technically, the elementary school can house 625 students, faculty and staff,” said Steve Holen, district superintendent. Enrollment for first grade and kindergarten ...

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Hi! Have you met North Dakota oil?

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For anyone new to western North Dakota, the sheer amount of oil activity is hard to consume in just one day. Two days isn’t much help either. Yet, in the stuffy, dark upstairs area of the Agri Sports Complex, Michelle Martin sat through a presentation on groundwater testing — asking questions and taking notes — absorbing everything the show had ...

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