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Crews from North Star Caviar weigh and measure female paddlefish in Williston, North Dakota May 2, 2015. The roe, or eggs, from the paddlefish are processed on site into caviar that is popular globally.

Amidst an oil boom, North Dakota produces premium caviar

There is only a limited number of paddlefish that can be caught per year

North Dakota is known globally not just for prolific oil production, but also, it turns out, for caviar. A distinctly American version of the salty delicacy prized for centuries by Russian czars gets its start each May in the cool waters where the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers converge, the same spot where explorers Lewis and

Bill Whitelaw, CEO of JuneWarren Nickel’s Energy Group spoke about the current state of the oil industry at the Bakken 2.0 business development conference held in Brandon.

Manitoba oil industry slows but won’t cease

Despite dwindling production in other parts of the country, Manitoba will still see 350 wells drilled in 2015

The current oil price slump will not have a major effect on activity in Manitoba’s oil industry, and it’s good news if you’re a buyer rather than a seller, said speakers at a recent oil industry conference here. “Low oil prices do have a positive effect for other parts of the economy. A lot of

John Deere sponsors 4-H scholarships

John Deere Canada is sponsoring a scholarship program for the 2013-14 school year to mark its long-standing support of 4-H Canada and to celebrate its 100th anniversary. John Deere is matching funds with 11 dealers in seven provinces to award up to 12, $2,000 scholarships. Applicants must be entering their first year of post-secondary education


Manitoba government defends oilpatch oversight

Companies caught dumping oilfield waste in ditches are responsible for cleaning it up, a Manitoba government official said in an email to the Manitoba Co-operator last week. The official was responding to Cromer farmer Carlyle Jorgensen’s complaint, reported in the Nov. 1 Co-operator, that the province’s Petroleum Branch isn’t doing enough to discourage improper waste

Somaliland hopes oil will replace goat dependence

Reuters / Wanted: investors for small African nation with good oil and mineral potential — no seat at the United Nations but history of independence in rough neighbourhood. The breakaway nation of Somaliland is a tough sell but the recent announcement that serious hydrocarbon exploration is about to kick off there shows that oil talks,

Reston’s loonie lot offer

With about four million website hits and its phone ringing off the hook, the RM of Pipestone is reasonably assured of making a quick $24. Posting 24 residential lots for sale at the price of one loonie apiece, with the dream of small-town living in Reston thrown in has hit a chord across the continent


Councils survey the cost for missing markers

Rural municipalities would like to know who is messing with their survey markers. A recent Association of Manitoba Municipalities resolution calls on the province to amend legislation so local governments can keep tabs on the markers. Currently, if survey monuments are disturbed or missing due to construction or oilfield work, the municipalities have no way

Residents Face Long Wait For New Bridge

Abuckled bridge in the province s southwest corner has residents fuming. The bridge, which spans the Souris River between Coulter and Waskada on PR 251, suffered extensive damage in early July amid heavy flooding. Area resident Shirley Kernaghan said that the structure has buckled in the middle, rendering it off limits to vehicle travel. Because