Solving the Hyperlocal Puzzle

DNAinfo.com’s Web sites cover neighborhood news in New York and Chicago. Can billionaire Joe Ricketts’ venture achieve the financial success that has been elusive for similar startups?

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Ricketts helps buy out gas leases in national forest

A conservation group was able to preserve part of a national forest in western Wyoming with an $8.75 million buyout of oil and gas leases secured by last-minute donations, including $750,000 from the founder of online stockbroker TD Ameritrade.

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Late cash saves Noble Basin

Joe Ricketts, a Sublette County rancher and the founder of TD Ameritrade, stepped in at the 11th hour with money to complete the buyout of 58,000 acres of gas leases in the basin. The area had been targeted for development by Plains Production and Exploration, known as PXP.

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Joe Ricketts’ horses land roles in TV series, Roses parade

A team of Ricketts’ draft horses, of the Percheron breed, will help promote the new show when they appear in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., clip-clopping just ahead of RFD-TV’s classic-tractor-themed float in the last half-hour of the two-hour parade, which begins airing at 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

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