Faces Of The Boom: Oilfield Business Founded In Garage Now Thriving

WILLISTON, N.D. – One Friday about two years ago, Michael Sweeney had to lay off all of his employees. Sweeney managed a Williston branch of an oil and gas construction company, but the business was primarily focused on natural gas and didn’t survive. The following Sunday, Sweeney gathered six of his employees, and they decided…
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How Much Can The Oil Patch Give? Geological Survey Assesses Bakken, Three Forks In ND, Mont

From my colleague April Barumgarten of The Dickinson Press:   One question on the minds of energy enthusiast is how much oil and gas the Oil Patch is going to produce. The U.S. Geological Survey plans to have a new estimate and answers in the fall of 2013, officials said. “The more we know about…
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Williston Ranked As Fastest-growing Micro Area In Nation

WILLISTON, N.D. – Williston is the fastest-growing micro area in the country, and Dickinson and Minot also made the top 10, according to estimates released Thursday by the Census. The population of the Williston micro area – which is Williams County – grew 8.8 percent from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2011, according to…
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‘FrackNation’ Filmmaker To Scout For Locations In North Dakota Next Week

WILLISTON, N.D. – A filmmaker for the upcoming documentary “FrackNation” will be scouting for locations to film in North Dakota next week. Ann McElhinney, who will speak in Minot on Tuesday and Bismarck on Wednesday, also has plans to visit Dickinson, Williston and Glendive, Mont., during her trip. McElhinney said this will be her first…
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Investors Take Action After Attending Bakken Conference

MINOT, N.D. – Dave Coble may be the ultimate multi-tasker. While he was in Minot making business connections at the Bakken Investor Conference, the Arizona man also was closing on a town home in Stanley, N.D., and buying furniture. The land planning and civil engineering firm Coble works for is opening an office in North…
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