North Dakota and Texas play significant role in cutting US crude oil imports to 42% this year, lowest level in two years. For years, the 30-second soundbite has been the US imported more than 60% of its crude oil.
It's not just the Bakken any more. Bakken-centric Whiting is pursuing the Red River Williston Basin play, also.
There are 500 wells producing oil on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
Williston's temporary truck reliever route west of Williston has officially opened.
Mercy Medical Center has broken ground on a new cancer treatment center.
TJ Corcoran, founder of two award-winning childcare centers in Ohio, will open the Corcoran School in Williston on September 4. Corcoran had read about the issues in Williston and was determined to help find a solution.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is also opening a child care center.
[Personal note: while living in the Charleston, South Carolina, area, my son-in-law found an outstanding day care/school to send the granddaughters to: Ridge Christian Academy. The staff was incredible. There's something to be said for Christian options for many families.]
Construction has begun on a 58-unit apartment complex, Pheasant Run Apartments, in Sidney.
And perhaps most important, Golf Digest, has named three North Dakota courses "as most fun to play." One of the courses is The Links of North Dakota, Ray, about 30 miles east of Williston. I can't recall if I've posted the photos of my dad and I visiting the links last autumn.
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