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BISMARCK -- Tuesday was supposed to be a warm-up day for the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference. But by late afternoon, the total number of registrations passed 3,861 people and are expected to easily surpass 4,000 today and Thursday.


"We've had incredible interest," said Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. "People have just been pouring in all day."

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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.