New Refinery Up and Running in Dickinson

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It's been 40 years since the last refinery was built in the U.S., and now, there's a brand new one open in Dickinson.

It's taken two years to build the Dakota Prairie Refinery, and right now it's running at 50 percent capacity.

There were some setbacks in construction, but the plant manager says there is a need for a refinery here.

"There's a very strong demand for diesel here in North Dakota and by producing diesel here in North Dakota locally it doesn't have to come from out of state. We are using local crude oil and turning into diesel right here," said Dakota Prairie Refinery Manager Dave Podratz.

Podratz says the plant will sell to 20 local companies and be used for agriculture and also in the oilfields. More on the night report about the workforce.