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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

What worked in ’30s still works The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, July 8, 2015 When large portions of the nation became a dust bowl in the 1930s one of the solutions was shelterbelts. The shelterbelts, or windbreaks, served several purposes. They provided protection from erosion; increased crop productivity; gave shelter to livestock and helped improve weight gain; and boosted energy efficiency ...

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Oilfields may be fountain of youth for Western Pa.

By Brian Bowling | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Greensburg, Pa.) The oil and gas industry is attracting thousands of workers, largely young and male, to Western Pennsylvania, and that could drive changes in Allegheny County demographics — as the Census Bureau says it has elsewhere. Five Great Plains states became noticeably younger in 2013 when younger males sought work in oil and ...

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Oil boom fuels drop in age in Great Plains states

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is still growing older, but the trend is reversing in the Great Plains, thanks to a liberal application of oil. The aging baby boom generation helped inch up the median age in the United States last year from 37.5 years to 37.6 years, according to data released Thursday by the Census Bureau. But a ...

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Climate change to make Great Plains hotter, drier

By JOHN FLESHER, The Associated Press Climate change will bring more drought, fierce storms and searing heat to the Great Plains, causing hardships that will test the region’s legendry capacity to cope with severe weather, says a report by the National Climate Assessment. Despite its sharply contrasting landscapes, the eight-state region extending from Texas to Montana by way of Oklahoma, ...

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Energy boom spurs growth west of the Mississippi


WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s energy boom is fueling population growth west of the Mississippi River. New 2013 census information released Thursday shows that 6 of the 10 fastest-growing metropolitan areas and 8 of the 10 fastest-growing counties in the country are located in or near the oil- and gas-rich fields of the Great Plains and Mountain West. More and more ...

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