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BELFIELD -- Developers will start underground work on a huge $30 million residential and commercial project in Belfield this spring. While developers can't disclose the specific businesses yet, American Landmark Group's Mitchel Beckstead said tenants could be a travel center, a grocery store, a hotel and office warehouse space. The development, currently called Belfield Crossing, will also have housing, which could help the community with its need for more residential options. The housing component includes seven buildings for a total of 112 apartment units, which are a mix of one- and two-
More than half of Americans don't know the recent oil boom has increased domestic energy production, according to a new poll, which also showed increased opposition to fracking. Less than half of respondents to the national Pew Research Center poll -- 48 percent -- correctly said U.S. energy production has increased in recent years.
Dunn County commissioners on Wednesday told oil company representatives they all need better plans in place for shutting down a road in case of a heavy rainstorm that could cause serious damage. Commissioners asked companies OXY and Marathon Oil who they could reach quickly in the case of having to temporarily shut down a road. "Those roads get so torn up and we know you guys are stretched with trying to keep roads up," Commissioner Donna Scott said, "but on the same token, we need something.
KILLDEER -- Something's happening that Killdeer Mayor Dan Dolechek "never would've expected just a few years ago." Two new developments broke ground in the town this week. With the oil development in the area, Killdeer lately has just been trying to catch up -- and these developments will help, he said Monday at the groundbreaking for the town's third hotel. He said he hopes a nearly 80-acre residential and commercial development a half-mile east of town will offer affordable housing. But Reading Overstreet of developer ParcGate says that's out of the question, at least for the first of tw
MEDORA -- Theodore Roosevelt National Park officials had four hours to shut down 71,000 acres of park Tuesday morning. Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks were required to close. North Dakota's park got four hours -- 8 a.m.
Marathon Oil is the first company to try modern horizontal fracking in the Tyler Formation after spudding a well in northeastern Slope County this month. If successful, Marathon could be the first of many companies to drill that way in the Tyler, a geologically complex formation beneath the southwest part of the state that is viewed by many as the Bakken's little brother.
E15 gasoline, which contains 15 percent ethanol, is now available in four of North Dakota's larger cities -- at six PetroServe USA locations in Bismarck, Mandan, Fargo and West Fargo. The blended fuel is approved for cars and light-duty vehicles with a model year of 2001 or later, and flex-fuel vehicles. North Dakota is the ninth state to offer this fuel blend.
North Dakota's daily oil production will double to 1.6 million barrels by 2017, Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said in a taped address to oil county and industry folks Thursday. Helms also discussed the increasing need for well maintenance water, which he predicts will eclipse the need for fracking water, and new exploration in the Tyler Formation at the annual meeting of the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties at the Dickinson Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge.
Big-time developers got a taste of small-town, homegrown opposition Thursday. After hearing passionate opposition from local landowners, the Stark County Zoning Board denied requests for rezoning a combined 1,125 acres from agricultural to industrial for two separate rail spur projects. Wearing bright yellow T-shirts that said "Neighbors United," opponents of the plans filled the Stark County Courthouse meeting room, spilling into the hallways, for the five-hour meeting. They voiced concerns over the noise the facilities would make, the loss of agricultural land and the traffic the projects
FARGO - Nancy Johnson, who has represented Dickinson at the North Dakota House of Representatives for almost 15 years, has moved out of the district for the last year of her term. Fellow legislators, though, say they aren't concerned about Johnson maintaining a relationship with the area. "She knows the issues," said state Sen. Rich Wardner, who also represents District 37. Fellow Rep.