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A drilling rig is pictured near Williston on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. The state's rig count is expected to top 200 again in 2013.

Oil production dips for first time in 19 months

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WILLISTON -- Winter weather contributed to a 2 percent decline in North Dakota's oil production in November, the first drop in 19 months, the Department of Mineral Resources said Friday.

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"It's a wake-up call," said director Lynn Helms. "We had gotten very used to month-by-month increases in production almost regardless of what was happening out there."

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Amy Dalrymple

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

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