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Million Barrel Celebration

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There were a million reasons to celebrate in Tioga today.

North Dakota has reached the oil production milestone of one million barrels of oil produced every day in the Bakken area.

The North Dakota Petroleum Council decided the best place to celebrate would be where the first barrel of oil came out of the ground in 1951 --- in Tioga.

Shoulder to shoulder, hundreds of people gathered at Neset Consulting to enjoy a barbecue meal that had been roasting since midnight, crawfish and the Texas Flying Legends Air Show.

If you need more than a million reasons to celebrate, Governor Jack Dalrymple boasted about the state's lowest unemployment rate in the nation, the fastest growing income and population rates and for the forth year in a row, the fastest growing economy in the nation.

Dalrymple even referenced a recent survey about being the happiest state --- and he said that while oil has helped, none of it was accidental.

(Gov. Jack Dalrymple, (R) North Dakota) "We have encouraged business development, we have encouraged job creation over the past 15 years. And we have said that we will keep taxes down and we will keep a reasonable regulatory climate and we will encourage people to bring jobs to North Dakota."

The entire event was free and open to the public.

 

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