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Human skeleton with clothing unearthed at Dickinson construction site

The Dickinson Press reports that an excavation crew unearthed a partial human skeleton and clothing on the evening of Thursday, May 21. Dickinson Police Captain Joe Cianni said that local law enforcement agencies are currently investigating the construction site in north Dickinson, North Dakota, where the remains were discovered. On Friday morning, police blocked off a large area surrounding the ...

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Bakken schools keeping eye on low, fluctuating oil prices

BISMARCK, N.D. — Some school administrators in North Dakota’s Bakken oil region are keeping an eye on student enrollment as oil prices fluctuate and some families leave for work elsewhere. Officials at schools in Dickinson, Tioga, Ray, Williston and Parshall are watching some students leave along with the drilling rigs as oil prices stay low. But others, like in Watford ...

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Bakken crude refinery begins production

The Dakota Prairie Refinery located in Dickinson, North Dakota, has commenced operations. The facility has started producing diesel fuel and anticipates sales of the refined product to begin in May as the plant ramps up operations. Jointly owned and operated by MDU Resources Group Inc. (NYSE: MDU) and Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP (NASDAQ: CLMT), the refining facility is the ...

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Dickinson refinery not expected to stabilize diesel prices

DICKINSON, N.D. — A new oil refinery near Dickinson is expected to begin operations within three months, but officials don’t expect it to stabilize the price of diesel fuel during harvest. The Dakota Prairie Refinery is expected to produce nearly 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel each day. It will be sold locally, but MDU Resources Group spokesman Rick Matteson tells ...

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Areas in western North Dakota among nation’s fastest-growing

BISMARCK, N.D. — Cities and counties in the western North Dakota oil patch continue to be among the fastest-growing areas in the country. The U.S. Census Bureau says that between 2013 and 2014, Williston and Dickinson were the fastest-growing micropolitan areas in the country. A micropolitan area is an entity with between 10,000 and 50,000 people. By percentage, Williams County ...

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Halliburton closing Minot facility, transferring many jobs

MINOT, N.D. — Houston-based oil field services company Halliburton is suspending operations at its facility in Minot and transferring many of the jobs there to locations in Williston and Dickinson. Spokeswoman Susie McMichael says the company will shut down the Minot facility on April 1 due to “changing business needs from its customers.” Halliburton isn’t saying how many of the ...

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Northern Industrial Training offers January classes

Northern Industrial Training, LLC (NIT) is kicking off 2015 with a variety of great courses for both workplace safety and truck driving skills. Check out the list below to see if one of NIT’s courses is right for you! Confined Space Awareness Class begins January 8. The course is intended to provide training to individuals who work in a confined ...

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State withholds Dickinson State University grants


BISMARCK, N.D. — State grants totaling more than $663,000 are being withheld from Dickinson State University due to financial problems with the independent foundation that supports the western North Dakota school. The grants are part of the North Dakota Challenge Fund, which allocates $1 of state money to university foundations for every $2 in private donations that are raised. The ...

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ND fines company $687,000 for disposal violations

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators assessed a $687,000 fine Wednesday against a Utah company for violating saltwater waste disposal rules. The North Dakota Industrial Commission, a three-member panel that includes Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple, approved the sanction against Springville, Utah-based Redemption Energy LLC. The matter now goes to North Dakota District Court for collection. Redemption Energy did not immediately ...

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