One U.S. Senate candidate in the state is talking about how she plans to encourage economic development and growth around the western part of North Dakota.
Heidi Heitkamp says that in 2011 the federal government collected 318 million dollars in oil royalties on federal land in North Dakota.
The Democratic Candidate says that she will fight to get a substantial portion of that money back into the state for public need in avenues such as health care and assistance for affordable housing.
One of the big issues presenting the state is President Obama's negative stance on Hydraulic Fracturing.
Heitkamp says it's not a federal issue.
(Heidi Heitkamp/Running for Senate)"I'm challenging anyone who would want to put one size fits all on hydraulic fracking. I'm challenging them to the test I think people really don't understand the geology of North Dakota. They don't understand that every structure is different and this is a local issue should be controlled locally and should be regulated locally and so I will fight and resist any efforts for a national fracking standard."
Heitkamp is running against Rick Berg for the vacant U.S. Senate seat.