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ND oil patch continues path of record production

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BISMARCK (AP) -- Production in North Dakota's prolific oil patch continues to grow exponentially, with a record number of wells drawing crude at nearly twice the daily rate as two years ago.

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Lynn Helms, director of the state Department of Mineral Resources, says North Dakota's 4,736 active oil wells pumped an average of 277,403 barrels a day in March.

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