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    NOW HIRING: Ramp up in activity increases need in new employees

    NOW HIRING: INCREASING ACTIVITY CALLS FOR INCREASING WORKFORCE With spring on the horizon and more stable markets, activity is set to ramp up and many companies are starting the hunt for new employees to help fill vacancies in their workforces. This is welcome news in many communities that have weathered nearly five years of the downturn…

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    Petroleum industry looking to increase safety for anticipated oil activity

    BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council expects an uptick in activity in the Bakken. Monday, they held a safety meeting to discuss better practices for inexperienced workers. North Dakota’s petroleum industry is facing a recruitment problem. The state oil rig count is predicted to increase and well service companies are looking to hire…

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    Neset appointed to second higher ed board term

    NICK SMITH Bismarck Tribune The chairwoman of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education was appointed Thursday by Gov. Doug Burgum to a second term on the board. Kathleen Neset now awaits a confirmation vote from the Senate. Burgum appointed Neset from among three finalists considered for the board, which consists of seven members…

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    XTO Energy awards $50,000 in grants to Bakken-area charities

    DENVER, COLORADO —  XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, today announced it has awarded grants totaling $50,000 to two charities serving communities in the Bakken formation area in North Dakota. These grants are part of XTO’s second-annual “Give Back to the Bakken”grant program. Community Action Partnership in Dickinson, N.D., and Ronald McDonald…

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    Scoping It Out: Area educators receive Statoil STEM grants

    Thomas. A. Kvamme, Williston Herald Looking to the future, back in 2015, a group of area residents banded together and formed what is now known as the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation (NWNDCF). The idea behind this group is to work on improving the quality of life on the western edge of the state. Board…

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    Oh, the places you’ll go: Library gets young kids interested in reading with free new program

    By BRYCE MARTIN Pioneer Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.net “We want to get books into the hands of young children as soon as possible,” said Sarah Snavely, director of the Bowman Regional Public Library. And that is precisely the goal for the library’s newest literacy program, Imagination Library. Professional organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics and…

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    North Dakota Petroleum Council Accepting Applications For Al Golden Scholarships

    Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) is seeking applicants for the Al Golden Memorial Scholarship program, which will provide a $2,000 scholarship to nine qualified college students pursuing a post-secondary education in geology, engineering, processing plant technology, science, technical skills or other careers related to the oil and gas industry. The application…

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    Whiting Petroleum Corporation Contributes $50,000 to New Medical Campus

    Watford City—Construction of the new, state-of-the-art medical campus is well underway. McKenzie County Healthcare Systems’ (MCHS) new medical campus is designed to enhance outpatient and inpatient care, meet the community’s primary and urgent care needs, provide for surgical procedures and equip the Howard Bonner Memorial Emergency Room with technology necessary for the best, most immediate…

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    Battle of the Bakken Blood Drive Kicks Off Jan. 27

    Bismarck, N.D. – The Third Annual Battle of the Bakken Blood Drive will kick off tomorrow, January 27. The blood drive, which is hosted by the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) in partnership with United Blood Services, pits companies operating in the Bakken against one another in a friendly competition to recruit the most volunteers…

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    North Dakota pulls top spot for raising a family

    By Melissa Krause mkrause@willistonherald.com Silvia Zubke moved from the bustling South American city of Bogota, Colombia to the quiet of North Dakota — or so she thought. Now, 9 years later, she’s watched Williston undergo a dramatic transformation, and she and her three young sons are some of the faces that have changed it.  North…

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