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As Oil Floods Plains Towns, Crime Pours In

Crime in the Bakken

Matthew Staver for The New York Times Sgt. Daniel Blood making an arrest last month in Watford City, N.D. Since 2005, arrests there have risen more than fivefold. SIDNEY, Mont. — One cold morning last year, a math teacher jogging through her hometown in eastern Montana was abducted, strangled and buried in a shallow grave. Charged in her death were ...

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North Dakota homeowners flooded in 2011 applying for millions in loans from new state program

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MINOT, North Dakota — North Dakota homeowners who were flooded two years ago are seeking about $3.6 million in loans from a state program that began taking applications Oct. 1. The state-owned Bank of North Dakota reports it has received 182 applications in the Supplemental Rebuilders Loan Program, which offers low-interest loans of up to $20,000 to homeowners who previously ...

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Canadian company acquires North Dakota fuel distribution business

Canada’s Parkland acquiring SPF Parkland Fuel Corp., which has taken pride in its ability to seize emerging opportunities in the Canadian marketplace, is spreading its wings into the United States with a $110 million purchase of SPF Energy to acquire a North Dakota fuel distribution business. Based in Red Deer, central Alberta, Parkland said it is buying all the outstanding ...

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Funding growth is a source of contention for North Dakota legislators

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Funding growth is a source of contention for North Dakota legislators   Constitutional changes are needed if North Dakota is to release its storehouse of savings to benefit schools and oil-impacted areas, Minot legislators said Friday. Several legislators attended a Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee meeting Friday, where Sen. David Hogue and Rep. Dan Ruby, both R-Minot, ...

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Flood funds approved for Minot and North Dakota

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By John Bestoloffe | Bakken.com Minot and the state of North Dakota has been given the blessing to spend over $23 million dollars from the federal government in flood recovery grant funds. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development gave the city the green light to spend 57% of a previously announced $35 million grant award. The city ...

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Minot Public Schools “beefen” security measures

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Even though a sought-after federal grant fell through, the City of Minot and Minot Public Schools continue to pursue a partnership to provide two police officers to serve as resource officers in the schools. The Minot City Council’s Finance and Improvements Committee agreed Tuesday to recommend the council use the $13,000 included in the 2014 city budget as match for ...

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Tour looks into saltwater pipeline damage

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MINOT, N.D. – A tour planned for Monday aims to draw attention to an area north of here where oil development is blamed for damaging the land, something organizers say could happen in the Bakken if precautions aren’t taken. “My goal with this tour is to wake up our state officials,” said Donny Nelson, a farmer and rancher in McKenzie ...

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Addition to Minot airport coming soon

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MINOT, N.D. — Ground could be broken later this month for a new airport terminal in Minot. Airport Director Andrew Solsvig says the project received a $6.6 million federal grant at the end of August. That enabled the City Council on Tuesday to accept the $40.7 million bid of Graham Construction Services of Eagan, Minn. The city is allowing the ...

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