Football coach and commentator Lou Holtz speaks on May 26, at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck. (Renae Mitchell Photography)

Holtz Motivates Energy Conference In Leadup To Trump

BISMARCK — Lou Holtz joked Thursday that the last time he was in North Dakota, oil was $100 a barrel and he wasn’t homeless. The former college football coach and ESPN commentator, who lost a Florida home in a fire last summer, encouraged energy industry leaders and workers to take the recent oil downturn in…
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Jim Volker, the CEO of Whiting Petroleum, speaks Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, N.D. Credit: Renae Mitchell Photography

Whiting CEO: We Believe In The Bakken

Volker says oil companies still profiting despite lower oil prices BISMARCK — The chief executive of North Dakota’s largest oil producer said Wednesday that his company is still making big money on Bakken and Three Forks wells despite the industry’s economic downturn. Whiting Petroleum Corp. President and CEO Jim Volker said during the second day…
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Bill Prentice, CEO of Meridian Energy Group, which is building the Davis Refinery west of Belfield, poses for a photo on Tuesday at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, N.D. (Press Photo by Dustin Monke)

Changing Perceptions: CEO Of Company Building $900 Million Davis Refinery Emphasizes Environment

BISMARCK — Meridian Energy Group CEO Bill Prentice said his company wants to make southwest North Dakota home to an oil refinery that could change the industry, and he’s ready to win over the people trying to prevent them from doing that. Meridian has proposed building the Davis Refinery in Billings County just west of…
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Keystone XL Denial Affected Dakota Access Pipeline Strategy, Executive Says

BISMARCK — The denial of the Keystone XL pipeline affected how the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline executed its strategy, one of its engineering executives said Tuesday at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference. Joey Mahmoud, the senior vice president of engineering for Energy Transfer Partners, said the $3.78 billion pipeline project now in the…
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North Dakota First Lady Betsy Dalrymple, left, reads “Roar of a Snore” to a group of children at the Dickinson Area Public Library on Monday morning during the relaunch of the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program in Stark County. (Press Photo by Dustin Monke)

Free Kids Books Are Back: Imagination Library Program Restarts In Stark County

Jessina Kary said she wasn’t sure what had happened when her son, Isaac, stopped receiving his monthly book through the mail from the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. She wondered if there had been a mixup in her address after her family had moved. It wasn’t until later that Kary and hundreds of others learned…
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