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Propane prices plummet thanks to large inventories

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MINOT, N.D. — Propane users may be heating their homes more cheaply this winter than they have for many years. Large petroleum inventories have caused prices to plummet, and that’s good news for many rural residents who heat with propane. “It’s kind of nice to see a smile on a face,” propane distributor David O’Keeffe said of the response he’s ...

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Hess Corp. eyeing Watford City for potential field office

Watford City, North Dakota. Looking west on Route 85. Temporary housing and road constructed for oil and gas workers. (Image: National Parks Conservation Association via Flickr)

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Hess Corp. is eyeing Watford City to possibly open a field office should oil prices recover. Hess spokeswoman Maria Effertz-Hanson tells The Williston Herald the company has already looked at office space in Watford City. The oil company moved its headquarters from Williston to Minot in 2009. However, Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford says the city ...

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Minot considers requiring cabs to be wheelchair accessible

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MINOT, N.D. — Officials in Minot are considering a proposed ordinance that would require all cab companies operating in the city to have at least one wheelchair-accessible vehicle. The Minot Daily News reports a city ad hoc committee has already endorsed the ordinance. If approved by the city’s council, cab companies operating in Minot would have six months from the ...

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Texas company buying 4 North Dakota TV stations for $44M

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Texas-based Nexstar Broadcasting Group is buying four CBS-affiliated TV stations in North Dakota for $44 million. Nexstar is buying KXMC in Minot, KXMB in Bismarck, KXMA in Dickinson and KXMD in Williston from Reiten Television. Nexstar also will provide sales and other services to the market’s two ABC-affiliated stations owned by Forum Communications, in continuation of Reiten’s ...

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Stolen truck, property worth about $40,000 recovered in ND

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MINOT, N.D. — Authorities in North Dakota say a stolen pickup truck and numerous items worth about $40,000 have been recovered in Minot. The Ward County Sheriff’s Department on Monday said the items were recovered when a search warrant was executed at a Minot apartment and garage Friday. Authorities say deputies found a 2012 Chevrolet pickup that had been reported ...

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10 North Dakota airports get $3.2 million for improvements

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s congressional delegation says 10 North Dakota airports will share more than $3.2 million in federal money for runway and other improvements. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Grand Forks International Airport is getting the bulk of the funding at more than $732,000. The funds are to be used to update the airport’s ...

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Home construction slowing in Minot since post-flood peak

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MINOT, N.D. — Residential construction in Minot is slowing from the post-flood pace of a few years ago. Through August of this year, permits were filed for 80 single-family residences, 27 townhomes and 96 apartment units, the Minot Daily News reported. That compares to year-to-date numbers of 123 single-family residences, 16 townhomes and 338 apartments in 2014. Matt Geinert, vice ...

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Minot delegation says connections made on Norway trade trip

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MINOT, N.D. — Members of a Minot trade delegation who visited Norway in August say they made significant business connections with major agricultural and energy firms. They met with representatives of fertilizer and polyethylene production industries in Oslo and Telemark, and presented Minot as a possible location for new plants, the Minot Daily News reported. The group, which was invited ...

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