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Xcel says it is working on plan to curb Fargo power outages

Fargo, Xcel

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Xcel Energy has replaced more than a mile of old underground cable in Fargo as part of an effort to help curb a spate of power outages that have bedeviled the state’s biggest city in recent weeks, the utility told North Dakota regulators Wednesday. Several officials from the Minneapolis-based utility met with North Dakota’s Public Service ...

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North Dakota motorists enjoying lower gasoline prices

FARGO, N.D. — Motorists in Bismarck are paying the lowest average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in more than six years. AAA North Dakota says the last time the Bismarck metro average was lower than Monday’s $1.92 per gallon was in March 2009, when the price dipped to $1.88. The North Dakota statewide average is $2.08, the lowest ...

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Annual North Dakota petroleum conference slated for Fargo

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Petroleum Council is moving its annual meeting outside the western oil patch for the first time, to Fargo in the east. Organizers say it’s a chance to explain issues facing the industry and to tout opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs in the state’s biggest city. The annual meeting is slated for Sept. 22-23 ...

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Special police unit to focus on street gangs in Fargo area

FARGO, N.D. — A special police unit is planned to target gang members who have expanded their activity from the North Dakota oil patch to Fargo, law enforcement officials announced Thursday. Police say that dozens of gang members primarily from Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and California have decided to set up shop in the Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, metropolitan area ...

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North Dakota breaks export record

North Dakota has broken its export record for the year of 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Last year the state exported $5.3 billion worth of commodities, a 42 percent increase from 2013. Last year overall U.S. exports increased by a mere 3 percent. With North Dakota’s 42 percent increase, the state had the second highest annual export ...

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Bakken Boom!: Plains Art Museum brings oil field buzz to Fargo

Over the past decade, the Bakken oil boom has thrown North Dakota into the international spotlight. Its effects have rippled through the state, the region, the nation and even beyond. The new exhibit at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, Bakken Boom!, brings the oil industry to the museum’s viewers. “The show invites you to consider the new realities in ...

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North Dakota legislators to discuss oil tax distribution

This week the North Dakota Legislature will discuss how to distribute revenue generated by the state oil tax among its 53 counties. Also on the legislative docket is whether or not to waive sales taxes on materials used to build natural gas pipelines and chemical plants, according to a report from Reuters. During the 80-day session, the disbursement of oil ...

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Minnesota rail safety upgrades pegged at $243M

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Upgrading Minnesota railroad crossings on highways and roads where passing oil trains from North Dakota pose a risk of explosions and fires will cost at least $243 million, Minnesota transportation officials said Wednesday. The Minnesota Department of Transportation said some of the state’s highest-risk grade crossings are just across the North Dakota-Minnesota border on the BNSF ...

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Public to discuss ND’s radioactive waste problem

Beginning January 2015 there will be several public information sessions and hearings regarding the possible changes to industrial and oilfield waste landfill regulations proposed by the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH). After the completion of a study performed by the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), which examined acceptable levels of Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM), the NDDoH proposed ...

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“Williston is what it would look like if Halliburton tried to colonize the moon.”

Pump jack sunset

The oil boom in western North Dakota has fascinated the nation. A variety of news outlets have done pieces highlighting the economic phenomenon. Today Vox.com released an interesting, descriptive and unbiased picture of the oil boom in North Dakota. Its author, Libby Nelson, poses the question,“what will North Dakota do with its newfound wealth?” Along with this question, Nelson discusses the ...

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