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IRS scam reported in North Dakota


By Jamestown Sun Staff Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said residents across the state have reported receiving a threatening phone message supposedly from the Internal Revenue Service. The message claims that there is a problem with the IRS and failure to return the call will lead to the individual’s arrest. “No one wants to get into trouble with the IRS, and that’s ...

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Bakken briefings


Socks dumped in Mountrail County In what seems to be a recurring story in northwestern North Dakota these days, officials in Mountrail County have found discarded filter socks off the roadway in the southern part of the county. Emergency Manager Don Longmuir said he received the call April 4 from Mountrail County Chief Deputy Corey Bristol that the socks had ...

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Oil Patch influence seen in Jamestown Crime statistics


By Chris Olson Overall crime statistics for the city of Jamestown are down compared to last year, but Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger said he is seeing some upward trends related to the population increases out west. The Jamestown Police Department released its annual report for 2013. The department responded to 16,661 calls for service in 2013, which is down 3 ...

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Forum Editorial: ‘Extraordinary places’ initiative is sensible


By The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead  The fictions and distortions by opponents of North Dakota’s “extraordinary places” initiative are just short of out-and-out lies. The rants are not even clever. They are ham-handed misrepresentations that have no relation to the truth of a sensible proposal that was developed by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. The response to his meticulous work has been outrageous. ...

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Weekend cold breaks records across the Dakotas


       BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ The latest cold snap of the winter shattered records around the Dakotas over the weekend, but a warm-up appears to be in store. In North Dakota, Grand Forks, Fargo, Jamestown, Minot, Dickinson and Bismarck all set records Saturday or Sunday for record low high temperatures for the date. National Weather Service reports show that ...

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It’s ’41-59 or fight’ in Bakken Country

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This week, we need to address the growing discontent among the local governments in the Bakken. They have been experiencing widespread shock as thousands of students have converged on schools, lawlessness has become a commonplace, medical needs have skyrocketed, roads have been hammered into dust, and infrastructure has been taxed to the limit. While the Bakken local governments have been ...

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Child care in N.D. at ‘tipping point’

By : Mike Nowatzki, Jamestown Sun “Bright & Early” is a program led by the state Department of Human Services in partnership with Child Care Aware of North Dakota. It went through a two-year pilot project in Cass County and was officially launched last month in Cass, Stutsman, Ward and Williams counties. Five additional counties — Burleigh, Grand Forks, Morton, Ramsey ...

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Alleged murder a first for tiny Finley

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By: Steve Lee, The Jamestown Sun The accused is Sherry Midstokke, who turned 61 in the jail in Fargo on Saturday. The victim is her husband, Lyle Midstokke, 66, found dead of asphyxiation on the floor of their bedroom after she called 911 on Feb. 3. Police thought the death suspicious and arrested her the same day. “Nobody in a hundred ...

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A city of 65000 and no additional doctors


January 12, 2014 2:00 am  •  By LLOYD OMDAHL The shortage of primary care physicians in North Dakota just got worse. It was approaching a crisis situation before the Medicaid expansion kicked in on Jan. 1. That expansion will eventually add 20,000 to 30,000 people to the patient load in North Dakota. Add this to the 40,000 newcomers working in the Bakken ...

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