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North Dakota Landowners Fight State Over Oil, Mineral Rights

North Dakota landowners claiming the state is usurping their subterranean oil and mineral rights and costing them millions of dollars are asking a state court judge to let them proceed with a lawsuit.

At the state courthouse in Williston, 70 miles south of the Canadian border, the landowners’ lawyers today opposed North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s bid for dismissal of the lawsuit they filed in March.