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Oil patch bypasses to start with ceremonies

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 By Lauren Donovan Ceremonial groundbreaking for two road projects designed to greatly increase safety and comfort in the oil patch will be held Tuesday. Local and state officials will gather at 10 a.m. Tuesday to herald the start of the Alexander bypass, at a location one mile west of U.S. Highway 85 on First Avenue. Later, at 12:15 p.m., a second ...

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Farm Credit provides $30K for Killdeer ambulance station

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By Katherine Lymn  Farm Credit Services of Mandan provided $30,000 for the new Killdeer Area Ambulance station and garage, Farm Credit announced Wednesday. The check was in the form of a rural community grant. Farm Credit, AgriBank and Farm Credit Services of North Dakota awarded more than $700,000 in Rural Community Grants last year to “support a variety of infrastructure and ...

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Bakken Briefings

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McKenzie roads McKenzie County needs to pave nearly 130 miles of roadway, County Commission Chairman Ron Anderson says. At roughly $1.5 million a mile, that’s a big job. “McKenzie County has the highest number of traffic-related deaths for the second year in a row,” Anderson said. “We really need to spread some of the traffic out.” All the county’s roads ...

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Killdeer airport expansion plans take shape

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By Katherine Lymn KILLDEER, N.D. — Dunn County’s Weydahl Field Airport has come a long way since a summer storm last year destroyed its hangar and three planes. The runway reopened a month ago and plans are already underway for its replacement, which would be a little wider than the current one. The airport signed the last purchase agreements this month ...

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Update: Name released in oil rig death near Killdeer

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Investigations are still ongoing in the death of a 32-year-old man who was killed after a fall from an oil rig west of Killdeer, North Dakota, on Thursday. According to Eric Brooks, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration area director, Kristopher Barnes of Minot died after being struck by traveling blocks. He became trapped beneath the blocks while working on ...

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Man dies on oil well drilling site

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By Jessica Holdman A man died at an oil well drilling site west of Killdeer Thursday. The man, who worked for Ensign U.S. Drilling, was struck by traveling blocks while working on a drilling rig, said Eric Brooks, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration area director. Emergency personnel were called and the man was pronounced dead on the site, Brooks ...

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Dunn County says battlefield study too big

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By Lauren Donovan KILLDEER, N.D. — The Dunn County Commission said it can’t support a study of the Killdeer Mountain Battlefield in its present wide-angled scope, but left the door open for one on a smaller scale. The study under the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program sets out a 17,000-acre area to be investigated for how and where ...

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Dunn Co. opposes Killdeer battlefield study: Landowner accuses NDSU professor of submitting fraudulent application

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By Katherine Lymn MANNING — The Dunn County Commission does not support North Dakota State University’s Killdeer Mountain battlefield study as presented. Commissioners voted to unanimously reject the document Wednesday during a regular meeting, which outlines the significance of a battle between Native American tribes and a troop of U.S. Calvary in 1868. The study came out in August, days before ...

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Oil spill reported northwest of Killdeer

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 By Nick Smith An oil spill at a well site leaked between six and 10 barrels of oil into a nearby stock pond, state health officials said Tuesday. A statement from the Health Department said the oil leaked from a well site owned and operated by Oklahoma City, Okla.-based Continental Resources. The location of the spill was reported as approximately 14 ...

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