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South Dakota landowners hit with $1 million in liens during Keystone XL road dispute
April 1, 2019 - 6:18pm
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Brandenburg Drainage filed 23 mechanic's liens totaling $1.01 million against Meade County landowners in mid-March, leaving...
PUC again reaffirms Line 3 approval
March 26, 2019 - 4:37pm
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission again on Tuesday, March 26, stood by its decisions to permit Enbridge’s contentious...
North Dakota oil numbers hold steady, natural gas breaks record in January
March 15, 2019 - 8:15pm
BISMARCK — North Dakota oil production held steady in January at 1.4 million barrels per day while natural gas production reached a new high,...
Minnesota communities disappointed after pipeline delays
March 14, 2019 - 6:00am
HALLOCK, Minn. — The Gateway Motel and Museum in Hallock has 10 rooms. During pipeline construction, each room is filled and the workers are...
Xcel issues tips to stay safe, report an outage
March 13, 2019 - 1:44pm
GRAND FORKS - Because of the incoming severe weather, Xcel Energy has released a list of winter weather safety tips. "We understand how inconvenient...
Keystone Pipeline leak in South Dakota dropped estimated 130,500 gallons, report says
March 12, 2019 - 5:14pm
ABERDEEN, S.D. - An updated and final report of a 2018 Keystone Pipeline leak in northeastern South Dakota said less crude oil leaked than the...
Study: North Dakota's oil industry sees increase in long-term jobs
March 5, 2019 - 6:24pm
BISMARCK — A new economic impact study shows North Dakota’s oil industry is maturing, with more long-term jobs to maintain production and...
Judge finds law defining mineral ownership under Lake Sakakawea constitutional
February 27, 2019 - 4:44pm
BISMARCK — A new North Dakota law better defining oil and gas ownership under Lake Sakakawea is constitutional but requires the state to refund...
Montana-Dakota Utilities to retire coal-fired units
February 19, 2019 - 6:53pm
MANDAN, N.D. — Montana-Dakota Utilities announced Tuesday, Feb. 19, it plans to retire Heskett Station near Mandan in 2021 and replace the...
Nuclear commission overrules judge, upholds license for company to mine uranium in southwest South Dakota
February 6, 2019 - 5:44pm
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has decided to uphold a company’s license to mine for uranium near Edgemont, even...
Public Service Commission approves Emmons-Logan wind farm
February 6, 2019 - 5:28pm
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission issued a siting permit on Wednesday, Feb. 6, for the Emmons-Logan Wind Energy Center,...
TransCanada seeks water permits for Keystone XL construction in South Dakota
January 30, 2019 - 4:32pm
RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota regulators are considering several water permit applications for the proposed construction of the Keystone...
Leak causes brine spill in North Dakota's McKenzie County
January 14, 2019 - 4:21pm
CARTWRIGHT, N.D. - A leak caused about 660 barrels, or 27,720 gallons, of brine to spill on Friday, Jan. 11, at a well site in McKenzie County,...
Central North Dakota wind farm permits denied
January 8, 2019 - 3:27pm
BISMARCK — The Burleigh County Commission voted 4-1 Monday, Jan. 7, to deny special use permits in Morton Township for the proposed Burleigh-Emmons...
Ethanol update, 2019: Here’s a snapshot of an industry that’s proving vital to rural America
January 3, 2019 - 6:44pm
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The remarkable thing about the ethanol industry is not how big it is today. It’s how fast it has grown. Think 500 percent...