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Proposed Sandpiper crude oil pipeline draws concerns at North Dakota PSC hearing


By: Kyle Potter, INFORUM GRAND FORKS – One North Dakota man worried aloud whether a spill from Enbridge Energy’s proposed Sandpiper crude pipeline – a stretch of which would be buried in the bed of the Red River south of Grand Forks – would ruin the town’s drinking water supply. Another said constructing the project on its proposed route could irreparably ...

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Annexation requests up: Nedrose school losing students to Minot


By: Andrea Johnson, Minot Daily News Minot’s population boom means that more families are moving into the area and are often confused about what school district their new home is in. “I’m getting one (annexation request) a week on average,” said Ward County Superintendent of Schools Jodi Johnson, who said that’s an increase over previous years. “And the office is getting ...

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Resident doctors coming to Williston


By: Larry Griffin, The Williston Herald Medical doctors in training are coming to Williston this summer to practice rural medicine. A new residency program with the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health will have medical grad students doing their training in the North Dakota area for the first time. The first year of each residency program, a press ...

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Amtrak disruptions in ND to continue until March; heavy freight traffic ties up rail lines


By: Kevin Bonham, Forum News Service, INFORUM GRAND FORKS – Westbound Amtrak train service will continue to bypass Grand Forks and Devils Lake through North Dakota until at least Feb. 28. That means passengers with stops in Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby will be bused to and from Fargo or Minot, just as Amtrak has been doing for nearly three ...

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Agencies plan training on human trafficking


By Bismarck Tribune Three state agencies are working together to train officials in North Dakota about human trafficking. The North Dakota Board of University and School Lands gave CAWS North Dakota, the statewide membership organization representing domestic violence and sexual assault crisis centers, $30,000 for human trafficking training in oil country. According to a statement, CAWS is working with the Office ...

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Fort Yates Woman Reportedly Freezes to Death

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By Tom Gerhardt, News Director, KXNET A Fort Yates woman is dead after being found frozen to death in her home. An email message forwarded from a Standing Rock official says Debbie Dogskin was found dead in her home in Sioux Village in Fort Yates. Avis Little Eagle says the Sioux County Sheriff came to the Standing Rock Administration building ...

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Minot issues 2nd-highest total of building permits


MINOT, N.D. (AP) – The value of building permits issued in North Dakota’s fourth-largest city last year was the second-highest total in Minot’s history. The city says $261.2 million worth of permits were issued in 2013, second only to the $305 million in permits issued in 2012. The second-highest amount had been $204.6 million in 2011. City Manager Dave Waind ...

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GA trucker faces negligent homicide charges in ND


STANLEY, N.D. (AP) – A truck driver from Georgia faces three negligent homicide charges in a six-vehicle crash in North Dakota last summer that killed three men and injured three other people. Vernon Wright, of Hiram, Ga., could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. His attorney did not immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment. ...

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Minot group gets suicide prevention contract

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The state Health Department has awarded a statewide suicide prevention contract to the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities in Minot. Officials say the goal is to start a training program for middle school personnel. The Health Department says the training meets new North Dakota requirements related to youth suicide-risk indicators. Project coordinator Christine Brigden ...

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