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Press Photo by Mike Hricik A well pumps away Saturday near a farm west of Dickinson. The oil and gas industry has taken the No. 1 spot as North Dakota’s top economic driver.

Oil is king: Crude, gas industry surpasses agriculture as North Dakota’s top economic driver

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FARGO — Activities associated with oil and gas extraction have knocked the agricultural sector from its pedestal topping North Dakota’s economy.


That, at least, is shown in a statistics by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis that measure each state’s gross domestic product, a trend that began in 2011 and continued through 2013.

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Patrick Springer
Patrick Springer first joined the reporting staff of The Forum in 1985. He can be reached by calling 701-241-5522. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to