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Dakota coal industry digs in as wind power sweeps the state

UNDERWOOD, N.D. — Lignite is the fuel that made North Dakota a fossil energy state long before the Bakken Shale produced its first barrel of oil. And for places like Underwood — home of the sprawling Falkirk mine and its primary customer, the 1,100-megawatt Coal Creek Station — it is the lifeblood of a regional economy centered on coal and coal-fired power. But the risk of disruptive change lies just over the horizon.

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