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Many weren't surprised at recent polling showing roughly half of North Dakotans think oil-producing counties don't get enough oil impact funding to meet the needs. The debate over the west's needs will only heat up as the legislative session nears, when western Republicans will introduce two proposals to aid oil-impacted counties and the oil boom in general will dominate the floor. "I think people are starting to realize that the impacts out here are great," Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, said in response to the poll results. "If we want to continue this stream of funding that comes to the state and then is redistributed across the state, we need to take care ... and make sure that they have the infrastructure that they need to have it done."
The majority of North Dakotans, regardless of location or political leaning, think oil-producing counties do not receive enough state oil impact funding to meet their needs, or are unsure, according to a new poll.
As the energy industry brings more and more money to western North Dakota, counties and contractors are finding that when building up infrastructure to meet the demand, their dollar doesn't go as far.
Job postings around the Oil Patch list the usual: pay, location, duties. But an attractive offer amid a housing crunch can be that of a place to live. Businesses, even outside the oil industry, are using housing assistance to compete for employees in a community in need of both workforce and affordable housing. Property managers in Dickinson say a good portion of their renting is through a company that is holding apartments or townhomes for their employees. In other cases, employees often get rent assistance. About a quarter of leases at Sierra Ridge Apartment Homes, on Dickinson's west side, are through companies for employees, assistant property manager Reanne Prage said. She and others said more workers are moving to the area with their families, or reuniting with their families in Dickinson after being dispatched here and living alone for a while.
Weathered by years of oil activity, Dunn County commissioners warned of the importance of landowner relations Wednesday as they met with representatives of a company proposing a huge oil pipeline that would cut through the county on its way from Stanley to Patoka, Ill.
As his members work toward reaching a state-set goal of flaring reduction, the head of the North Dakota Petroleum Council told companies to put a focus on landowner relations Thursday at the final day of the group's annual meeting.
Strained by having to house inmates elsewhere and using up resources to transport them, McKenzie County is in the planning stages for a bigger jail.
Local western North Dakota leaders are ready with their lists of needs should a newly proposed "surge" funding bill be adopted next legislative session. Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson,...
A group of western North Dakota Republican legislators on Wednesday proposed an $800 million “surge” fund for the state and, in a preview of a proposal to come next week, said it'd be the last such bill needed if a new oil tax formula is adopted this session.
Oh, to be a fly on the wall at The Bakken Club. The club is in a storefront on Main Street in Williston, but to get inside takes thousands of dollars and the blessing of a current member.