Plans are moving forward to build the biggest new refinery in 40 years in the U.S. at a time when gasoline consumption is expected to break an all-time record in 2016. California-based Meridian Energy Group is expected to begin construction soon on the planned Davis Refinery in Belfield, North Dakota that would take advantage of the Bakken shale play and process up to 55,000 barrels of oil a day. The project comes on the heels of the 2015 opening of the 20,000-barrel-a-day Dakota Prairie Refinery that represented the nation's first new refinery since 1976.Sanford Health to add clinic in Minot:
A new health clinic is coming to Minot in August. Sanford Health is expanding its presence in northwest North Dakota by opening a family and specialty care clinic in Lakeside Plaza, near the North Hill Marketplace Foods location. The South Dakota-based healthcare provider already operates a walk-in clinic off the 2 and 52 bypass in Minot. Sanford reps say the new clinic will include 16 exam rooms and two procedure rooms -- and is expected to employ more than 50 people.Temporary housing will continue in Tioga:
Temporary housing in Tioga appears to be safe for another year following a lively exchange at the Tioga City Commission meeting recently. Representatives of apartment owners and developers showed up to lobby the commission to shut down two RV parks seeking one-year renewals of their conditional use permits park owners.