Heitkamp's Senate win tops ND stories for 2012 - Article Photos 3/6

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 26, 2011, file photo, Ben Shaw hangs from an oil derrick outside of Williston, N.D. U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer. North Dakota set an oil-production record for the fifth consecutive year, putting the state on pace to best the previous mark by more than 50 million barrels. The state also passed Alaska to become the second-leading oil-producing state in the nation, trailing only Texas. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)