- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 25, 2014

TIOGA, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s governor and oil industry representatives are hosting the public at a celebration marking the state’s one million barrels a day oil production level.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple says hydraulic fracturing is the key to the future of not only North Dakota but the entire nation.

North Dakota Petroleum Council head Ron Ness says the Tioga celebration is more about fun than speeches despite high profile guests in attendance. The event featured an aerial acrobatics performed by World War II-era fighter planes, a barbeque and a live band that played a cover of John Denver’s Country Roads with lyrics about North Dakota.

Oil was first discovered in North Dakota in a wheat field near Tioga in 1951. The state surpassed the million barrels a day production mark in April.

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