> MDU-Resources Group posts record profit

MDU-Resources Group Inc. has surpassed last year’s record profit in the first nine months of 2007, led by the highest earnings for a quarter in the company’s 83-year history.

The Bismarck-based energy, mining and construction company posted record earnings of $201.1 million for the third quarter this year, due in part to a $91.5 million gain from the sale of power production assets. The third-quarter earnings compared with $108.3 million for the same quarter a year ago.

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