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Forum news Service, Published March 26 2013

Ground broken at site of future ND refinery

DICKINSON, N.D. – A who’s who of North Dakota political and business leaders were in Dickinson on Tuesday for the groundbreaking of the state’s first oil refinery in more than a half-century and first in the United States since 1976.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple and U.S. Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., headlined a group of more than 100 state, local and industry leaders as the first dirt was moved for the construction of the Dakota Prairie Refinery, which is targeted to be completed by late 2014.

“This is a great day for North Dakota and especially southwest North Dakota,” Dalrymple said. “This is a $300 million investment coming into the Dickinson area, and it gives us an opportunity to use our own Bakken crude oil right here in our state.”

The facility – which is projected to create 100 full-time jobs – will specialize in refining diesel fuel and will sit on a 318-acre site four miles west of Dickinson.