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“For Companies that Want Something Really Stable We’re the Place.”

Our very own Trent Mindeman was written up in conjunction with Bakken Residence Suites.

Trent moved his entire out west to his native North Dakota from Virginia. Having a family do the management has helped set the tone for the culture at Bakken Residence Suites.

“You can’t really find another place that compares to this – at least not in this area,” Mindeman said. “For companies that want something really stable, we’re the place. When we did our market research, we found that a huge obstacle in getting people out here to work was housing. Our goal was to make our residences as nice as possible so there would be absolutely no stress coming from the housing factor.” Read the whole article

With so many options out there it’s nice to know that the value of a home away from home is available.

Oil Prices on the Rise

Oil prices have gained 8% in the last month and Goldman Sachs is predicting that prices will continue to rise.

Factors such as European sanctions on Iranian imports, political instability in key oil producing countries and an increased demand for oil in China and the US mean we will likely continue to see the prices rise.

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This is good news for the Bakken. Decreasing availability of other sources will push Bakken Oil into greater demand.
That’s fine by the Bakken.

Production has been churning out 700,000 barrels per day. Some have suggested it could reach 1 million barrels per day. Only six other fields have seen such an output: Burgan (Kuwait), Cantarell (Mexico), Daqing (China), Samotlr (Russia), and Kirkuk (Iraq).

Analysts say that with China’s growing middle class and increasing energy demands as well as the growing demands of the US and other nations the need for oil will only grow. Production in the Bakken does not show signs of slowing anytime soon either.

This is very good news.

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California vs. North Dakota (Humor)

Canis latrans Français : Un coyote en Arizona

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Here is a little humor that has been circulating the internet:


The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks the Governor’s dog, then bites the Governor.

1. The Governor starts to intervene, but reflects upon the movie “Bambi” and then realizes he should stop because the coyote is only doing what is natural.

2. He calls animal control . Animal Control captures the coyote and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases and $500 for relocating it.

3. He calls a veterinarian. The vet collects the dead dog and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases.

4. The Governor goes to hospital and spends $3,500 getting checked for diseases from the coyote and on getting his bite wound bandaged.

5. The running trail gets shut down for 6 months while Fish & Game conducts a $100,000 survey to make sure the area is now free of dangerous animals.

6. The Governor spends $50,000 in state funds implementing a “coyote awareness program” for residents of the area.

7. The State Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better treat rabies and how to permanently eradicate the disease throughout the world.

8. The Governor’s security agent is fired for not stopping the attack. The State spends $150,000 to hire and train a new agent with additional special training re: the nature of coyotes.

9. PETA protests the coyote’s relocation and files a $5 million suit against the State.

North Dakota:

The Governor of North Dakota is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A Coyote jumps out and attacks his dog.

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1. The Governor shoots the coyote with his State-issued pistol and keeps jogging. The Governor has spent $0.50 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge.

2. The Buzzards eat the dead coyote.

And that, my friends, is why California is broke and North Dakota is not.

California’s Budget Deficit is projected to be $1.9 billion.

North Dakota’s surplus is projected to be $1.6 billion.