North Dakota

Three miles east of the Montana border is Golva, one of North Dakota’s youngest towns. Like other communities across the state, Golva has its roots in the railroad. The site of Golva was considered for a town as early as 1913. When the Northern Pacific Railroad arrived at the site in 1915, a station was established – finished the next year with the help of horses, mules and wagons.

 

Democratic response to Burgum's State of the State Address

Jan 23, 2018

The Democratic response to Governor Burgum's State of the State Address was delivered by Representative Ron Guggisberg, from District 11 in Fargo.

Guggisberg says as North Dakota's minority party, the Democratic-NPL Party reaches across the aisle to work on effective laws for the state. But he also says the party will continue to raise their voices in opposition when they feel things could be improved. And Guggisberg says the party does believe there are opportunities to do better.

Dental therapists expand dental care in rural Minnesota

Jan 18, 2018

There are currently 77 licensed dental therapists in Minnesota - and Teresa Bushnell is one of them.

Bushnell works at different employer sites across the state, including the Clay County Family Service Center, where she performs oral health procedures on children. She says dental therapists can focus on about 82 services, whereas dentists are trained to do more than 500.

The Bakken Gears Up For Its Second Decade

Nov 10, 2017
Amy Sisk / Inside Energy

A decade into North Dakota’s shale fracking boom, the state consistently produces one million barrels of oil per day -- and officials here are looking to boost that number.

North Dakota is the nation’s second-biggest oil producer behind only Texas. This rural state has become a huge player not just on the national oil scene, but globally as well.

The governor here is dreaming even bigger: he wants to double North Dakota’s daily oil production.

FM Diversion Task Force meets in Fargo

Oct 23, 2017

The first meeting of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Flood Diversion Task Force took place in Fargo today.

The task force consists of 16 people, 8 from Minnesota and 8 from North Dakota, plus each state's governor. The Diversion was halted in September when Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources refused to issue needed permits. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney says collaboration on this level has always been needed. He says he's optimistic going forward.

Amy Sisk / Inside Energy

With the Clean Power Plan out, officials in North Dakota say they are still committed to finding ways to capture carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

They’re eyeing a project under construction in Texas to build a zero-emission gas plant, a small-scale version of the Allam Cycle outside Houston that’s slated to fire up next year.

Amy Sisk / Inside Energy

Hurricane Harvey is wreaking havoc on oil operations in the Gulf Coast, and even states far from the storm’s path are feeling its impact on the energy industry.

The hurricane has shuttered 22 percent of the nation’s refining capacity as Gulf refineries halt operations due to damage and flooding.

Amy Sisk / Inside Energy

When a company enters oil and gas country, it wants to know there’s enough oil and gas in the ground that business will be robust for a long time.

One way it gets that assurance? An estimate from the U.S. Geological Survey showing how much oil and gas remains untapped.

Officials in North Dakota are pushing the agency do this for its Bakken and Three Forks formations.

Back in 2008 the USGS did a study in the Bakken, concluding the shale play contained 3.7 billion barrels of oil available for operators to extract.

Lightning And Oil Country: A Volatile Mix

Aug 28, 2017
Amy Sisk / Inside Energy

Dozens of times during the summer as the rain picks up here on the prairie, suddenly, there’s a flash.

“You can be sitting there watching it, enjoying the night and all the sudden, boom!” said Kyle Chernenko, a resident of Grassy Butte.

Chernenko has watched these prairie thunderstorms his whole life from his home in North Dakota’s Bakken oil patch. He’s the volunteer fire chief in this small town.

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