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ND lawmakers may halt pork spending amid slipping oil prices

BISMARCK, N.D. — Before North Dakota’s treasury was overflowing with oil revenues, state lawmakers in the ultra-conservative state were notoriously stingy in spending taxpayer money. “In the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, it was tight and we were tightfisted — we had to be,” Republican Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner said. “We just said, “We don’t have the money and we’re ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

BISMARCK, N.D. — The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Dec. 31, 2014 Prices bring uncertainty to oil patch As oil prices have decreased, conversations on what it might mean to the state have done exactly the opposite. The newest oil boom that has enveloped western North Dakota has meant new jobs, rising state tax revenues, some definite growing pains and now, a ...

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Number of ND bills already filed is below average

BISMARCK, N.D. — The number of bills filed before the start of North Dakota’s upcoming legislative session — on topics from tax reform to requiring ginseng growers to be registered to lowering penalties for possession of drug paraphernalia — is below the long-term average, the head of the Legislature’s research arm says. Lawmakers, state agencies and legislative committees have already ...

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Oil patch towns looking to catch up with demands

BISMARCK, N.D. — City officials in the North Dakota oil patch say they are forging ahead with housing and infrastructure projects despite the forecast for a downturn in drilling in the next year. Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford tells the Bismarck Tribune that development and land sales are not slowing down because housing needs for permanent oil field workers have not ...

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Hoeven to welcome home National Guard unit

BISMARCK, N.D. — U.S. Sen. John Hoeven is set to welcome home 36 members of a North Dakota National Guard unit that recently returned to the U.S. from Kosovo. Hoeven will greet the 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment’s C Company at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Bismarck’s airport. The unit flies Black Hawk helicopters and was deployed to Kosovo for a ...

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Colleges, ND to offer job training in Dickinson

DICKINSON, N.D. — Three colleges in North Dakota and a state agency have partnered to offer professional development and workforce training classes in Dickinson. Bismarck State College, Dickinson State University, Williston State College and TrainND — a state agency that provides worker training — are part of the effort. The class offerings include computer skills, leadership and OSHA training. Bismarck ...

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Fresh financial start list names ND cities and a boomtown

Billings Montana

Badcredit.org compiled a list of the ten best cities for a fresh financial start this week. Three North Dakota cities and Bakken oil town Billings, Montana all made the list. Badcredit.org gathered data from sources such as the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, BestPlaces.net and Forbes to create these rankings. Billings, Montana ranked 10th; Grand Forks, North Dakota ...

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Basin Electric power plant sets safety milestone

Basin Electric

BISMARCK, N.D.— Basin Electric Power Cooperative says one of its coal-fired plants has reached of milestone of 2.5 million work hours without a major injury. Basin Electric is based in Bismarck. The company says its Leland Olds power plant in western North Dakota reached the milestone this month. The plant has 166 workers. The company says the safety record dates ...

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