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HERO saves lives everywhere, from Liberia to Williston

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HERO or Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization is a non-profit based out of Fargo, ND that specializes in distributing refurbished medical equipment to places in need. Bakken.com recently met with Ty Hegland, the executive director of HERO to discuss his organization, their process and all of the places they’ve helped. HERO is located in the up-and-coming area of South Osgood in ...

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UND hopes to expand its petroleum engineering program

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The University of North Dakota (UND) has recently developed a petroleum engineering program, according to The Williston Herald. The program is aimed at preparing and encouraging young people in North Dakota to be qualified, educated workers for the state’s booming oil industry. UND has stated that the most common requests that oil companies come to them with is their lack of people. ...

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ND oil patch road projects bring calm to towns

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ALEXANDER, N.D.— For the first time in a long time, the main street in the North Dakota oil patch community of Alexander is quiet. Oil field traffic would pack the no-stoplight town just a few weeks ago between Williston and Watford City, with 13,000 vehicles a day creeping through. Now, with a 3.8-mile highway bypass completed, the nonstop flow of ...

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Phillips 66 to partner with Energy Transfer Partners on Bakken pipeline project

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Earlier this year Energy Transfer Partners, L.P announced that it would be building a pipeline system from North Dakota to Illinois and Colorado to aid in the state’s lack of infrastructure and support its burgeoning energy industry. Today, Phillips 66 has announced it is becoming a joint partner in the venture to build the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Energy ...

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Agents seized more than 30 guns in ND drug case

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Agents seized more than 30 firearms from the residence of a suspect in a drug conspiracy on North Dakota’s oil patch, along with methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and a device meant to alter urine samples, according to new court documents. Randy Skarda, of Keene, has pleaded not guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution ...

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ND school to get iPads for every student

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WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota elementary school is getting technology resources through the White House’s ConnectEd program. U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says every student at Cannon Ball Elementary School will receive an iPad. Every teacher and administrator will get an iPad or a Mac computer. In related news, High school grads to get free ride at ND college Cannon ...

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Williston human trafficking trial set for January

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WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A man accused of forcing women into prostitution in the western North Dakota oil patch is to go on trial early next year. Court documents indicate that the trial for 38-year-old Keith Graves is scheduled to begin Jan. 12 and last for five days. In related news, Sex trafficking has growing presence in Oil Patch, experts say. ...

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Minot jail moving inmates to ease overcrowding

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MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Inmates at the Ward County jail are being moved to lockups in Bismarck, Rugby and, possibly, Grand Forks because of a lack of space at the Minot facility. The state Corrections Department told the jail to address the overcrowding problem, KXMC-TV reported. The jail has 104 beds but was housing more than 150 inmates last week. ...

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Western North Dakota water project to seek $120M

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials plan to ask the Legislature next year for $120 million in funding for the Western Area Water Supply Project, as demand grows for treated Missouri River water in the western North Dakota region that includes the booming oil patch. The request likely will be for $90 million in grants and $30 million in loans, according ...

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City, BNSF come to terms on rail line

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La Crosse officials will meet Thursday evening on a proposed agreement with BNSF Railway that would clear the way for a second line of tracks to be installed on the city’s east side. The tentative agreement calls for BNSF to pay for relocating utilities at 11 sites, upgrading rail crossings at Main, Cass and Farnam streets and reconfiguring the municipal ...

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