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MATTERS AT HAND: Oil, higher ed could mix well

Published 03/24/2012, Grand Forks Herald

It seems pretty clear that the issues of the decade in North Dakota are oil and higher education. What’s not so clear is whether these can be linked to the benefit of the state’s economy. That’s the trick that Texas pulled off when it became suddenly wealthy. The Texas university system is among America’s best. That state’s broad emphasis on culture and the arts is impressive, too. Such an opportunity has opened for North Dakota, which will soon be second only to Texas in oil production among the states — and from a much smaller area and many fewer wells.

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