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Representatives travel over 5,000 miles from Moldova to visit ND


Delegates from Moldova will spend a week learning about North Dakota’s energy sources this month. The delegates will meet with the North Dakota Department of Commerce and Public Service Commission to learn about policy making, as well as tour the Blue Flint Ethanol Plant, Wilton Wind Farm and the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s sugar beet biomass research facilities ...

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Oil country sees spike in North Dakota domestic violence

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The astonishing growth of the oil-fueled western North Dakota economy has provided many opportunities for people from all over to find high-paying jobs in the industry. The accompanying growing pains have also choked city infrastructure and squeezed out much of the traditional way of life there. One such negative impact on the rise is domestic violence. “We really started noticing ...

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A Cause for Concern: Oil well blowouts

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WILLISTON, N.D. – Oil well blowouts are increasing in the Bakken, prompting regulators to take action. North Dakota has had 23 blowouts in the past year, according to the Department of Mineral Resources. “That’s up significantly,” said Lynn Helms, director of the department.A blowout may be an uncontrolled flow of oil, gas, saltwater or a mixture of these. “The fluids flowing out of ...

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Bakken effects starting to be felt in Crosby, ND


CROSBY –  Tim Gjovig more than doubled the size of his Hardware Hank store in Crosby when he rebuilt to accommodate the business volume that he was seeing. Now in his new building for just over a year, he’s already wishing the store was bigger. “There’s just so much going on around here,” said Gjovig, whose store is experiencing a ...

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Bakken investments equal gold

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If you’re a real estate developer and you’re not considering options in western North Dakota, you’re missing out on a $1 billion construction market, says Jeff Zarling, president of Williston, N.D.-based Dawa Solutions Group. Building permit valuations last year in the Bakken’s three hub communities — Williston, Minot and Dickinson — totaled more than $1 billion with millions of dollars ...

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A peek into the Great Plains Synfuels Plant


BEULAH, N.D.—”I’ll tell you some chemistry fundamentals that are really important for CO2.” Almost everything that Dale Johnson, who manages the massive industrial facility I was visiting, said after that I didn’t quite understand, although a few times I acted like I did. What I did understand was that this facility, the Great Plains Synfuels Plant, is rare—the only one ...

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President Obama absent from North Dakota


DICKINSON, N.D.—North Dakota is like an overachieving child who attracts the attention of everyone—except Dad. The oil boom taking over western North Dakota and transforming America’s energy landscape has prompted visits from people around the world—Germany, Turkey, Japan, Dubai, and elsewhere—to see what they can learn and how they can benefit. President Obama, however, has not visited the state since ...

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