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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.
National Pie Day came and went Thursday without nearly the publicity and fanfare such an auspicious day deserves. Jan.
Let me begin by apologizing if this column comes across as snarky, condescending, haughty and smug. However, I am always amazed how the first inch or two of snow every fall can seemingly come to such a surprise to folks who live in the Northern Hemisphere. Now I know there are plenty of transplants from southern states, but whether you have spent your whole life driving on snow and ice or are a newc
The first of November I issued a challenge to my clean-shaven brothers to put way their razors for No-Shave November.