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  • North Dakota Drills Its Way Out Of Property Taxes

    06/12/2012 5:32:30 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 12, 2012
    Energy Boom: One state has found a solution to job and economic growth so successful it may eliminate one of the most onerous of taxes. It turns out that, yes, we can drill our way out of our problems. On Tuesday in North Dakota, a state flush with revenues from oil produced from the Bakken Shale formation it sits astride, voters were deciding whether theirs will become the first and only state not to have a property tax. If it passes (polls didn't close until after our press time), it ll be the first time a state has eliminated a...
  • Editorial: Vote ‘yes’ to retire UND logo (Fighting Sioux)

    06/12/2012 8:40:42 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 48 replies
    The Forum (Fargo, N.D.) ^ | 5 June 2012 | editorial board
    All the arguments have been heard. The debate, which has raged for years, comes down to Tuesday’s vote on Measure 4 – whether to retire the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux logo and nickname. North Dakotans who understand the greatness of a university is not defined by flawed imagery should vote “yes.” North Dakotans who understand that UND has been hurt by the nickname flap – and will be further damaged if the debate drags on – should vote “yes.” It really is that simple. The questions every voter should ask: Is the future of the university more important...
  • North Dakota voters to decide on Fighting Sioux nickname

    06/12/2012 6:21:42 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 12 2012
    A bitter dispute over whether the University of North Dakota should save or scrap its Fighting Sioux nickname headed to voters on Tuesday, even as supporters of the moniker pledged another battle this fall regardless of the outcome. The issue has been simmering on the campus for several decades but boiled over seven years ago when UND was placed on a list of schools with American Indian nicknames the NCAA deemed hostile and abusive. Those colleges were told to dump the monikers or risk sanctions against their athletic teams. Voters in Tuesday's North Dakota primary will be asked whether to...
  • North Dakota: New Poll Shows Kevin Cramer Surge for House Seat

    06/11/2012 1:56:42 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    Roll Call ^ | June 11, 2012 | By Shira Toeplitz
    Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer (R) could upset his party-backed opponent in the Tuesday primary for North Dakota’s open at-large seat, a new poll suggested. Cramer led fellow Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk, 60 percent to 21 percent with 19 percent undecided, in a Mason-Dixon poll sponsored by the local Valley News Live/KFYR-TV. The poll surveyed 625 likely voters from June 4 to 6. It had a margin of error of 4 percent.
  • New poll finds Heitkamp, Berg deadlocked in Senate race

    06/08/2012 7:17:12 AM PDT · by AuH2ORepublican · 32 replies
    INFORUM ^ | June 7, 2012 | Kristen Daum
    FARGO – A new independent poll released today indicates North Dakota’s U.S. Senate race is a dead heat between Republican Rep. Rick Berg and Democrat Heidi Heitkamp. Fargo-based Valley News Live and Bismarck-based KFYR-TV commissioned a poll of 625 likely North Dakota voters this week, just days before the statewide primary election. The poll found Heitkamp with 47 percent of the support from likely general election voters, while Berg had 46 percent. Seven percent remain undecided in the race, with about five months left until November. Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, of Washington, D.C., conducted the telephone survey June 4-6. The...
  • North Dakota race a test for Dems seeking to retain Senate

    06/07/2012 4:24:54 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 7, 2012 | By Josh Lederman
    The race for retiring Sen. Kent Conrad’s (D-N.D.) seat has set up a test case for whether Democrats can count on voters splitting the ticket in states where people have soured on President Obama. In North Dakota, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp has managed to make competitive a Senate race that many expected early on would be a slam-dunk for Republicans.
  • N.D. Senate Race Could Be Next National Battleground

    06/07/2012 2:36:35 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    National Pulblic Radio ^ | June 6, 2012 | Brian Naylor
    The conservative group Crossroads GPS aired an ad in North Dakota featuring a video clip it unearthed of Heitkamp from 2008, where she says: "I think Barack Obama's going to be amazing and I think that we are on our way to a better United States." The ad then goes on to say: "Tell Heidi, Obamacare is not the way to a better United States. Support the repeal of Obamacare." The Crossroads GPS ad is aimed at helping Berg, the Republican, a real estate developer and former state lawmaker who is completing his first term in North Dakota's only U.S....
  • GREEN Cola Gasification Plant Celebrates 25 years of operation.

    06/07/2012 7:24:42 AM PDT · by Young Werther · 13 replies
    Dakota Natural Gas webpage ^ | May 4, 2011 | Daryl Hill
    Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric), through its for-profit subsidiary, Dakota Gasification Company (Dakota Gas), owns and operates the Great Plains Synfuels Plant (Synfuels Plant). The Synfuels Plant is the only commercial-scale coal gasification plant in the United States that manufactures natural gas. It is also the cleanest energy plant operating in the state of North Dakota, according to a comparison of emissions data available from the North Dakota Department of Health
  • Bakken Boom to Squeeze Oil Sands Margins

    06/05/2012 11:05:18 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | June 05, 2012 | Karen Boman
    Growing U.S. tight oil production, particularly from the Bakken oil play, threatens to squeeze the margins of Canadian oil sands projects, and could result in unsanctioned oil sands projects being delayed or cancelled due to the potential for wide and volatile price differentials, according to a May 2012 report by Wood Mackenzie. The massive growth of North American tight oil production, particularly North Dakota's Bakken play, is placing pressure, and competing directly with Canadian barrels moving south, according to the report. This problem will only get worse as Wood Mackenzie forecasts that North Dakota's Bakken production will double to 1.2...
  • Jobs boom beyond Oil Patch

    06/02/2012 8:25:17 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Jamestown Sun ^ | May 31, 2012 | The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
    The gusher of economic activity flowing from the boom in North Dakota’s Oil Patch often is reflexively credited with single-handedly driving the state’s impressive growth. But figures from Job Service North Dakota make it clear that the robust prosperity and employment growth are occurring statewide. The 24,059 job openings listed online at Job Service as of April reflect a jump of 66 percent over a year ago — and two-thirds of the opportunities are outside the state’s oil-producing counties. The fact that two of every three job openings are outside the Oil Patch often is lost in the hubbub surrounding...
  • North Dakota oil patch schools say they are in crisis

    06/02/2012 8:22:52 AM PDT · by thackney · 26 replies
    Bismark Tribune ^ | June 1, 2012 | Bismark Tribune
    chool officials in the northwestern North Dakota oil patch say they are in a state of emergency because of an influx of students and need state help. Schools might need as much as $200 million to handle as many as 3,000 new students next year, Stanley Superintendent Kent Hjelmstad told state legislators during a Thursday meeting in Williston. The amount is double the estimate in a recent study done by a Bismarck consultant at the request of Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Hjelmstad said needs include new buildings, additional staff, more buses, support for a growing special education population, teacher housing and...
  • GOP’s Worst Nightmare: Electoral Stalemate, Constitutional crisis

    05/23/2012 7:04:42 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 42 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 23, 2012 | Michael Medved
    This column originally appeared in THE DAILY BEAST. In looking ahead toward the November election, Republican strategists should take proactive steps to avoid a damaging, dangerous conclusion to the presidential race and to prevent the very real chance that Mitt Romney will win the Electoral College even while losing the popular vote badly to Barack Obama. The problem stems from the lopsided margins President Obama will surely pile up in a few uncontested states with big populations, including California, New York, Illinois and Massachusetts. Mr. Romney, meanwhile, will prevail by comparable margins in only relatively small states: Utah, Idaho, the...
  • Enbridge starts historic flow on Seaway oil pipeline { First flow to Texas refiners from Cushing}

    05/21/2012 5:42:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | MAY 17, 2012 | DINA O'MEARA
    First oil will flow south to refiners in the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend on the Seaway pipeline, providing slight relief to bloated storage in the Midwest and to discounted Canadian crude. Enbridge Inc. and partner Enterprise Products Partners said Thursday the 150,000 barrel-per-day line reversal was complete, and oil from Cushing, Oklahoma would be arriving in Houston, Texas within two weeks. Markets responded to the news by shrinking the discount of West Texas Intermediate to Europe’s Brent by $2 to approximately $14 US per barrel on visions of slowly debottlenecking record amounts of oil at Cushing. The difference had...
  • Poll: Berg leads Heitkamp in U.S. Senate race (7 points ahead in ND)

    05/17/2012 3:24:06 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies
    The Fargo Forum ^ | May 17, 2012 | Kristen Daum
    The first independent poll of North Dakota’s contested U.S. Senate race shows Republican Rep. Rick Berg has a slim lead over his Democratic opponent six months before the general election. A Forum Communications Co. poll of 500 likely voters statewide found 51 percent would choose Berg over Democrat Heidi Heitkamp if the general election were held at the time of the survey, conducted May 3 to May 8 by Essman/Research of Des Moines, Iowa. Heitkamp received 44 percent of likely voters’ support, while 5 percent were still undecided. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3...
  • No sure thing for GOP: a tight battle for Senate

    05/16/2012 5:54:34 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/16/12 | DAVID ESPO Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisive Republican primaries, an out-of-nowhere GOP retirement in Maine and an unexpectedly competitive race in North Dakota add up to an unpredictable battle for control of the Senate this fall, confounding early forecasts that an era of Democratic rule was inevitably coming to an end.Adding to the uncertainty, tea party-backed challengers are on the primary ballot against establishment candidates in New Mexico and Texas in the coming weeks, a continuation of an internal Republican struggle that Democrats hope will aid them as it did in 2010.With the support of two independents, Democrats now hold an effective 53-47...
  • N.D. tops Alaska on oil

    05/15/2012 6:43:26 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Jamestown Sun ^ | May 15, 2012 | Stephen J. Lee
    North Dakota passed Alaska in March to become the second-leading state in crude oil production, trailing only Texas, according to preliminary figures released Monday. North Dakota produced an average of 575,490 barrels of crude oil every day in March, another record, according to Lynn Helms, director of the state’s Department of Mineral Resources. The crude is coming from a record 6,636 wells. In February, the state produced 558,255 barrels and had 6,450 wells. The number of rigs drilling in the state was at 208 on Monday, about where it has been for eight months, including a record 212 drilling for...
  • Newly independent ConocoPhillips will expand in North America, CEO says

    05/10/2012 5:31:38 AM PDT · by thackney · 30 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 9, 2012 | Simone Sebastian
    In ConocoPhillips’ first shareholders meting since it unhitched its refinery business, new CEO Ryan Lance said he’s focused on further expanding the company’s position in North American shale and other unconventional fossil fuels. Much of the $15 billion Lance plans to funnel into capital spending each year will target oil and natural gas operations in the United States and Canada. The Eagle Ford shale in south Texas, the Permian Basin in West Texas and the Bakken shale in North Dakota will be growth priorities, he said. “With the land ownership and the infrastructure that we have in the United States,...
  • PN Bakken: California refiner loves North Dakota oil

    05/08/2012 11:12:13 AM PDT · by thackney · 24 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of May 06, 2012 | Rose Ragsdale
    The April 8 edition of The Californian features an article about a strategy being used by a refiner in the heart of California oil country of buying large amounts of crude from North Dakota and paying to have it hauled by train to Bakersfield, Calif., where it’s turned into mostly gasoline and diesel for the California market. The ingenious part of this approach is that the company is turning a bigger profit using midcontinent crude than if it were buying roughly the same grade oil strictly in Kern County, Calif., the article by John Cox reported. More refiners will likely...
  • Official: Polka dots painted on North Dakota home an eyesore

    05/01/2012 5:23:24 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 42 replies ^ | 1 May 2012 | AP story
    Jim Deitz believes he’s creating a Grand Forks landmark, but the downtown apartment house he’s painting one polka dot at a time is making a city planner cringe. The retired house painter on Tuesday was putting the final polka dots on his home-turned-apartments, where passers-by have been gathering to watch him work and to request colors from his palette of a dozen cans of brightly colored paint. "Pizza delivery drivers won’t have any trouble finding this place," Deitz said of the century old-two story home that houses six apartments. "You can’t miss it." The house is next to a church,...
  • Heitkamp up Five in New Poll, DSCC Launching Ad

    04/27/2012 5:37:47 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    The Hotline ^ | April 27, 2012 | Steven Shepard and Julie Sobel
    The seat of retiring North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad is viewed as one of the best Republican pick-up opportunities on the Senate landscape this cycle, but Democrats have long contended that their prospects of holding onto the seat in November are better than most observers believe. To further that point, they released a new poll Friday conducted for the Peace Garden State's Democratic Party showing GOP at-large Rep. Rick Berg trailing Democrat Heidi Heitkamp by a small margin, results that were similar to a poll last November commissioned by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Meanwhile, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee...