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Annual energy meeting will focus on global oil, gas outlook

BISMARCK, N.D. — Policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and industry leaders are expected at an energy conference in Bismarck this week. The ninth annual Great Plains and EmPower ND Energy Conference is scheduled Tuesday at the National Energy Center of Excellence at Bismarck State College. Speakers and panels will focus on the global oil and gas outlook, renewable energy integration, new technologies, ...

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Firefighters battle several blazes in southern North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — Grass fires fanned by strong winds in the Dakotas destroyed homes, shut down highways and prompted the evacuation of a small town on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation over the weekend, and the gusty weather was forecast to continue Monday. The fires were contained Sunday and no injuries were immediately reported. Several cities in the two states ...

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Williston weighs permanent ban on metal buildings downtown

WILLISTON, N.D. — City leaders are hoping to improve the appearance of the downtown Williston by making permanent a temporary moratorium on metal buildings downtown. However, some commissioners in the oil patch hub worry the move will add to the expense of building downtown and discourage new projects. The proposal recommended by the city’s planning and zoning commission would ban ...

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State approves funding for Minot water system improvements

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota’s Water Commission has approved funding that will help improve northern Minot’s water system. KMXC-TV reports that the commission approved $3.6 million for the project that will involve installing a new water tank and water lines in the city. The estimated cost of the entire project is $6 million. The station reports that dozens of new ...

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ND delegation applauds House vote to lift ban on oil exports

BISMARCK, N.D. — Members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation are pleased the U.S. House has approved a bill to lift a 40-year U.S. ban on crude oil exports. The Republican-controlled House approved the measure Friday despite a White House veto threat. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer voted for the proposal. The Republican from oil-rich North Dakota says the U.S. should use ...

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TrainND oil & gas education facility to celebrate grand opening

The official celebration ceremony for the opening of the new $7.5 million TrainND Northwest Center at Williston State College will take place this Tuesday, October 13, at 10:30 a.m. Although classes have been in session since August, there hasn’t been a proper display of accomplishment since the new training facility was completed. The TrainND Northwest Center combines classroom education with ...

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Montana chemical company takes important step toward goal of going global

MISSOULA — In the 1980s, a University of Montana scientist discovered an economical and efficient way to produce glucaric acid, which can serve as a replacement for phosphates. It could eventually make Missoula the headquarters of a global chemical company, the firm’s CEO said. On Tuesday in Danville, Va., a different company began manufacturing the acid commercially, which made it ...

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