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Reep v. State

Supreme Court of North Dakota

December 26, 2013

Stanford A. REEP and Amy Reep, the Stockman Family Trust, the Charles and Ruth Patch Trust, Heidi Mcgillivray, Julie Streich, Mary Beth Ferguson, Florence Irwin ex rel. Loren Irwin, her guardian and conservator, and Loren Irwin, Individually, Thomas Selby, and Sogard Davidson Mineral LLLP, and on Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated, Plaintiffs and Appellants
v.
STATE of North Dakota, North Dakota Board of University and School Lands; and North Dakota Trust Lands Commissioner Lance D. Gaebe, in his official and personal capacities, Defendants and Appellees. Brigham Oil & Gas, L.P. n/k/a/ Statoil Oil & Gas L.P., Plaintiff and Appellee
v.
North Dakota Board of University & School Lands; City of Williston; Williams County, North Dakota; Geraldine Loder; Virgil A. Bloechl; Theresa Sitzmann; Michaele M. Gran; Robert James McDonald; Richard R. McDonald; Mary Ellen Smith; Carole J. McDonald; Thomas T. McDonald; Rose Marie Dokken; Elaine McDonald; John C. McDonald, Jr.; Josephine Swenson; Jacque N. Masog; Kay L. Dodge; William R. Mueller; Elvira C. Fulton; Doreen Fern McDonald; Goergia Carol Hausauer; Margaret Cecelia Gott; Marlyne Myrtle Loomis; Lesley Louise Neary; Virginia A. Venti; Eileen Eugenia Ehrler; BNSF Railway Company; Joseph Patrick Wodnik and Loraine Ann Wodnik, as joint tenants; Sherrill Myers; Viola DeTienne; Theresa Cogswell; Beulah Clawson; Norman Bratcher; Nancy Ann Bower-Pryor; Brian Jay Bower and Thomas Adrian Bower, as joint tenants; Stephen A. Messenger; Sandra Lee Messenger; Jacqueline Mech; Orville M. Erickson; Kerry P. Hoffman; Ardean O. Aafedt; Robert K. Torgerson; Jerome Bakke; Curtis Bakke; Sherrie Dee Bakke, Trustee of the Lowell G. Bakken Mineral Trust; Cynthia Jo Weldon; Jane Sanders Galt; Leah Pearce Bond; Charles E. Pearce and Gabriele Pearce as joint tenants; B.C. Harris and Ann Harris, Co-Trustees of the Harris Revocable Trust executed July 25, 1996; James R. Goins; Wayne Smith; Michael Brooks; Bill Como; Christi Breithaupt; Chris Smith; Kelly Smith; Mark Lemley; Beverly Sundet; Ricky Vance; Linda Kirkland; First National Bank and Trust Co. of Williston, Trustee of Hilda Noe Grandchildren Trust; Lois C. Zeigler, Trustee under the Last Will and Testament of Frederick H. Zeigler, Deceased; Shirley L. Schwab Trustee under Trust Agreement dated March 5, 1999; Gary S. Schwab; American State Bank & Trust Company of Williston, Trustee of Frank W. Moran and Mary Joan Moran Family Minerals Trust; American State Bank and Trust Company of Williston, Trustee of the Harris and Louise Anderson Family Minerals Trust U/A dated February 10, 2006; United States of America; Leroy Clapper; Energy One, LLC; Powers Energy Corporation; GeoFocus Corporation; Golden Eye Resources, LLC; Golden Eye Royalties, LLC; Upstream Innovations, Inc.; The Dublin Company; Petroleum Land Services; Huston Energy Corporation; Harvest Oil Company, LLC; and all unknown persons claiming an interest in, or lien or encumbrance upon, the proceeds from the production of the mineral estate described in the complaint herein, Defendants Kerry Hoffman, City of Williston, Williams County, North Dakota, Harvest Oil Company LLC, Beverly Sundet, Ricky Vance, Linda Kirkland, First National Bank & Trust Co. of Williston, Trustee of the Hilda Noe Grandchildren Trust, American State Bank and Trust Company of Williston, Trustee of the Frank W. Moran and Mary Joan Moran Family Minerals Trust, American State Bank and Trust Company of Williston, Trustee of the Harris and Louise Anderson Family Minerals Trust U/A dated February 10, 2006, Upstream Innovations, Inc., Shirley L. Schwab Trustee under Trust Agreement dated March 5, 1999, Lois C. Zeigler, Trustee under the Last Will and Testament of Frederick H. Zeigler, Deceased, and Gary S. Schwab, Jerome Bakke; Curtis Bakke; Sherrie Dee Bakke, Trustee of the Lowell G. Bakken Mineral Trust, Appellants State of North Dakota, North Dakota Board of University and School Lands; and North Dakota Trust Lands Commissioner Lance D. Gaebe, in his official and personal capacities, Appellees.

Rehearing Denied Feb. 24, 2014.

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Jan M. Conlin (argued), Richard B. Allyn (appeared), Aaron R. Fahrenkrog (appeared), Sara A. Poulos (on brief), Minneapolis, MN, David R. Bossart (appeared), Thomas J. Conlin (appeared), Minneapolis, MN, Charles L. Neff (appeared), Williston, N.D. and John W. Morrison, Jr. (appeared), Bismarck, N.D., for plaintiffs and appellants. Stanford A. Reep and Amy Reep, the Stockman Family Trust, the Charles and Ruth Patch Trust, Florence Irwin ex rel. Loren Irwin, her guardian and conservator, and Loren Irwin, Individually, Thomas Selby, and Sogard DavidsonMineral LLLP, and on Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated.

Charles L. Neff (appeared), Williston, N.D., and Sara A. Poulos (on brief), Minneapolis, MN, for plaintiffs and appellants Heidi Mcgillivray, Julie Streich, Mary Beth Ferguson, Thomas Selby, and Sogard Davidson Mineral LLLP, and on Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated.

Charles M. Carvell (argued), Bismarck, N.D., Hope L. Hogan (appeared), Bismarck, N.D., Jennifer L. Verleger (appeared) and Thomas L. Trenbeath (appeared), Bismarck, N.D., for defendants and appellees State of North Dakota, North Dakota Board of University and School Lands; and North Dakota Trust Lands Commissioner Lance D. Gaebe, in his official and personal capacities.

Lawrence Bender (appeared) and Michael D. Schoepf (on brief), Bismarck, N.D., for plaintiff and appellee Brigham Oil & Gas, L.P. n/k/a Statoil Oil & Gas L.P.

Jan M. Conlin (argued), Richard B. Allyn (appeared), Aaron R. Fahrenkrog (appeared), Sara A. Poulos (on brief), Minneapolis, MN, and Charles L. Neff (appeared), Williston, N.D., for appellant Kerry Hoffman.

Kent A. Reierson (on brief), Williston, N.D., for appellant City of Williston, North Dakota.

Marlyce A. Wilder (on brief), Williston, N.D., for appellant Williams County, North Dakota.

Randall T. Cox (appeared), Gillette, WY, for appellant Harvest Oil Company, LLC.

Greg W. Hennessy (on brief), Williston, ND, for appellants Beverly Sundet, Ricky Vance, and Linda Kirkland.

Scott M. Knudsvig (appeared), Minot, N.D., for appellants First National Bank & Trust Co. of Williston, Trustee of the Hilda Noe Grandchildren Trust, American State

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Bank and Trust Company of Williston, Trustee of the Frank W. Moran and Mary Joan Moran FamilyMinerals Trust, American State Bank and Trust Company of Williston, Trustee of the Harris and Louise Anderson Family Minerals TrustU/A dated February 10, 2006.

Dennis E. Johnson (on brief), Watford City, N.D., for appellant Upstream Innovations, Inc.

Shirley L. Schwab (on brief) Trustee under Trust Agreement dated March 5, 1999, 805 West Fairmont Drive, Peoria, IL, appellant.

Lois C. Zeigler (on brief), Trustee under the Last Will and Testament of Frederick H. Ziegler, Deceased, East Peoria, IL, appellant.

Gary S. Schwab (on brief), Springfield, IL, appellant.

Jerome Bakke (appeared), Grand Forks, N.D., appellant.

Curtis Bakke (on brief) and Sherrie Dee Bakke, (on brief) Trustee of the Lowell G. BakkenMineral Trust, ...


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