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Press Photo by Dustin Monke An oil rig drills for oil Feb. 13 a mile north of Watford City. It is one of the many towers in the state pumping for Bakken crude as companies try to break the benchmark to produce one million barrels a day.

Close, but no milestone: N.D. oil production up, but not 1 million barrels yet

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By Amy Dalrymple

Forum News Service

WILLISTON — North Dakota oil production hit another all-time high in March at 977,051 barrels per day after three months of tough winter weather slowed the state’s oil activity.


“We are back to setting records, just barely,” Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said Tuesday.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.