Category Archives: Features

Oil & natural gas stimulate North Dakota economic and job growth

Oil and natural gas are driving the U.S. economy through a major energy boom and that boom is rippling through the economy of North Dakota, supporting business activity across the state. This finding grows out of a new American Petroleum Institute survey of domestic oil and natural gas vendors, which…

MDU Resources Group plays integral role in Bakken growth

MDU Resources Group Inc. got its start as a utility company in 1924 in the shadows of the Bakken region. Within a couple of years, it was providing electric and natural gas service to communities that today are in the heart of the oil and natural gas production boom in…

How North Dakota got it right (and how other states can, too!)

By Mark Anderson, CEO, Mainstream Investors, LLC As North Dakota entered the last decade of the 20th century, it found itself near the bottom of nearly every economic metric measured, save agriculture.  Each year, it was a net exporter of people, and with a total population of just 638,800 statewide,…

From battlefield to the oilfield: Military veterans transition to new jobs

By Rebecca Colnar The Bakken oil boom is well-known for providing high-paying jobs for those willing to work in some harsh conditions with long hours. One group of people used such challenges are America’s military veterans—and those veterans have been finding work in North Dakota. by

Growing with the Bakken: Enerplus and the community

Enerplus is coming off a landmark 2013 in the Williston Basin. The company’s record production last year sets the stage for more growth in 2014. by

Giving hope today: Williston Salvation Army helps those in need in the Bakken

Story and photos by Craig Dirkes/The Salvation Army Business is booming at The Salvation Army of Williston, N.D. But it’s not the same kind of boom that Bakken oil companies are enjoying.   by