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Federal judge blocks ND ‘heartbeat’ anti-abortion law

By   /  July 22, 2013  /  GPN  /  No Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (GPN) – A federal judge in Bismarck has blocked a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a woman is more than six weeks pregnant. The Legislature approved the law earlier this year. It is the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland says the law is a [...]

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UPDATE: ND oil production tops 800,000 barrels a day

By   /  July 16, 2013  /  GPN  /  No Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (GPN) – North Dakota’s oil production has set another record. The state Department of Mineral Resources reports that May’s average production was 810,000 barrels a day. That’s an increase of 2 percent from the previous month. Agency director Lynn Helms calls the numbers “a happy surprise.” He says he’s expecting more oil production [...]

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UPDATE: Dalrymple appoints two new ND district judges

By   /  July 15, 2013  /  GPN  /  No Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (GPN) – Gov. Jack Dalrymple has appointed two western North Dakota lawyers to new judgeships in Williston and Watford City. Robin Schmidt will take the Watford City job. She now has a solo legal practice in Watford City. Paul Jacobson was picked for the Williston position. He’s the top attorney in charge of [...]

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ND oil production tops 800,000 barrels a day

By   /  July 15, 2013  /  GPN  /  No Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (GPN) – North Dakota’s oil production has set another record. The state Department of Mineral Resources reports that May’s average production was 810,000 barrels a day. That’s an increase of 2 percent from the previous month. But there are some signs things may be slowing down in western North Dakota’s oil country. Drilling [...]

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Dalrymple appoints two new ND district judges

By   /  July 15, 2013  /  GPN  /  No Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (GPN) – Gov. Jack Dalrymple has appointed two western North Dakota lawyers to new judgeships in Williston and Watford City. Robin Schmidt will take the Watford City job. She now has a solo legal practice in Watford City. Paul Jacobson was picked for the Williston position. He’s the top attorney in charge of [...]

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Congressmen say ND key to US energy future

By   /  July 15, 2013  /  GPN  /  No Comments

MINOT, N.D. (GPN) – Members of a U.S. House energy committee say North Dakota is crucial to the nation’s energy security. North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer took six Republican committee members on a tour of some energy facilities in northwestern North Dakota. Michigan Congressman Fred Upton is chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. [...]

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Rail accident shouldn’t deter oil shipments, Cramer says

By   /  July 15, 2013  /  GPN  /  No Comments

MINOT, N.D. (GPN) – North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer says a oil train accident in Quebec shouldn’t put a crimp in oil shipments from North Dakota. The train was carrying Bakken crude in the Canadian province of Quebec when it derailed in a small provincial town and exploded. Fifty people died. Cramer says rail transport [...]

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ND regulators say new electric power line will boost service reliability

By   /  July 15, 2013  /  GPN  /  No Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (GPN) – Two utilities want to build a new 160-mile electric power transmission line in southeastern North Dakota and northeastern South Dakota. Otter Tail Power Co. and Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. say the proposed line would stretch from near Ellendale, N.D., to the Big Stone power plant near Milbank, S.D. North Dakota’s Public Service [...]

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Unlicensed ND pea buyers agree to $500 fine

By   /  July 15, 2013  /  GPN  /  No Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (GPN) – A company has agreed to pay a $500 fine for buying peas in North Dakota without a license. Commercial Lynx of Alexandria, Va., bought 15,000 bushels of green peas from a North Dakota farmer last May. Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann says the company needed a roving grain buyer’s license to [...]

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Visiting congressmen impressed by ND’s energy production

By   /  July 12, 2013  /  GPN  /  No Comments

MINOT, N.D. (GPN) – North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer took six Republican House colleagues on a tour of some western North Dakota energy facilities Friday. The congressmen are members of the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee. They said they were impressed by what they saw – although one congressman said he was struck by the [...]

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