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Last week, the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation announced plans to raise $2.5 million for a recruitment plan “Find the Good Life in North Dakota.” The campaign will promote North Dakota as a great place to live, work and raise a family, according to Wally Goulet, the foundation’s chairman. They will focus on veterans and active members expected to re-enter civilian lives in the coming years, along with new graduates and
Last spring I wrote about visiting the Williston Basin Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan. Beyond learning a heck of a lot about the industry, it was an opportunity to visit towns along the way that receive our publication, “The Drill.” One of the towns I stopped in just south of the Canadian border was Noonan. Noonan is located in Divide County at the intersection of N.D. Highways 5 and 40. I remember it had a few businesses and a couple of bars. I remember thinking, compared to some of the other small towns I drove through, it really hadn’t been impacted by the oil boom.
Last night before falling to sleep, my wife would have moved the clocks in our house one hour forward — one of her many assigned duties — for daylight savings time. The only clock she can’t change is the one in my head that takes about a week or two more to adapt.
I was taught and believe that rule No. 1 in business is the customer is always right, and rule No. 2 is to see rule No. 1. That being said, there are some folks you can’t afford to have as customers. I’ve often seen signs on a cash register that often will say, “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone,” and I always assumed the sign was there to keep unruly customers along with those customers who they just couldn’t afford to please away from their business.
The new energy debate is whether or not the United States should allow the export of American crude oil. The export of American oil, except to Canada, has been restricted since the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) oil boycott of the 1970s. Back then, Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members were looking for ways to hit back at supporters of Israel. So they launched an embargo that blocked oil deliveries to the U.S. Oil prices quadrupled as did the price of gas if you could even find it.
Monday is President’s Day, a state and federal holiday for their workers and some folks who work in the banking and financial industry. Now those of you who qualify for the day off with pay appreciate the time off. But do we really need a day to honor U.S. presidents? Presidents are a lot like artists. If they are ever going to be appreciated at all, it’s after they are dead and gone.
The Winter Olympics started Friday in Sochi, Russia, and I can’t help but think it wasn’t that long ago when the United States boycotted the Summer Olympics in Moscow. Growing up in Arizona, the games played at the Winter Olympics were completely unfamiliar and fascinated us who gathered around our television.
The first time I really heard about methamphetamine was when I was working in South Dakota. There was a story in the newspaper of a single mother in Iowa who was a meth addict. Her small children literally starved to death after she left them for more than a week when she was high on meth.
National Pie Day came and went Thursday without nearly the publicity and fanfare such an auspicious day deserves. Jan.
Did you hear the story about the North Dakota farmer who found a genie in a bottle while plowing his fields? When asked for his wish, the farmer said he wanted to go to Hawaii but was afraid to fly. So his wish was for a bridge from the mainland to Hawaii so he could drive. The genie responded that it would be next to impossible to build a bridge to Hawaii. The farmer said, “OK, I just wish my mail would be delivered on time to my farm in North Dakota.” To which the genie said, “Now back to that bridge. Would two lanes be enough?” Sen.