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MDU Resources Group lays off workers, cuts other positions

BISMARCK, N.D. — MDU Resources Group Inc. has laid off seven employees in its Bismarck corporate office after the sale of its oil company. MDU, a diversified natural resource company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, announced the sale of its Fidelity Exploration and Production properties in November to generate capital to fund investments at its other subsidiaries. The ...

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Western states’ battle over coal royalties spills into House

The Western states’ battle over royalties that companies pay for coal, oil and gas taken from public lands spilled into Congress on Tuesday, where lawmakers and witnesses from Montana and Wyoming squared off. Former Montana Department of Revenue Director Dan Bucks told the House Natural Resources Committee that more needed to be done to ensure the public was getting its ...

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Oilfield firm donates $172M in software to School of Mines

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Oilfield services company Schlumberger has donated $172 million worth of software to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology to strengthen the school’s energy resources initiative. The Houston-based company provides technology and other support services for the oil and gas industry in areas such as western North Dakota’s oil patch. School officials say the software ...

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Judge throws out lawsuit challenging Nebraska pipeline law

The Keystone Oil Pipeline is pictured under construction in North Dakota in this undated photograph released on January 18, 2012. TransCanada Corporation Handout Photo

OMAHA, Neb. — A judge has thrown out a lawsuit challenging a Nebraska law that allowed the Nebraska governor to approve the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline route through the state. Holt County District Judge Mark Kozisek tossed the lawsuit on Friday, agreeing with the pipeline company’s argument that the issue was rendered moot by TransCanada’s decision to abandon plans ...

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Stenehjem: $1.25M available to address human trafficking

Human trafficking word cloud

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN’-juhm) says $1.5 million is available for groups providing services relating to human trafficking. The money was authorized by the 2015 Legislature as part of a comprehensive package of bills to address human trafficking in North Dakota. In addition to organizations already providing prevention and treatment services to victims, the grants ...

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Weak U.S. inventories seen weighing on fourth quarter growth

Shoppers wait to pay in Costco in Fairfax, Virginia, January 7, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. wholesale inventories fell in October as businesses stepped up efforts to reduce stockpiles of unsold merchandise, suggesting inventories would again be a drag on growth in the fourth quarter. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday wholesale inventories slipped 0.1 percent as stocks of both durable and nondurable goods fell. September inventories were revised down to show ...

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Job Service wants more funding to cover rise in unemployment

An oil derrick is seen at a fracking site for extracting oil outside of Williston, North Dakota March 11, 2013. An oil derrick is a complex set of machines specifically designed for optimum efficiency, safety and low cost. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENERGY ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS COMMODITIES)

BISMARCK, N.D. — Faced with an expected spike in unemployment claims due largely to a slowdown of oil drilling, North Dakota’s employment agency on Tuesday made an emergency request of $240,000 to maintain staffing through January, the agency’s busiest month. Cheri Giesen, who heads Job Service North Dakota, which administers state unemployment benefits and workforce training programs, told the state ...

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