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Via the Bismark Tribune Bakken Breifly Robinson Lake plant to expand The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday on a proposed expansion of the Robinson Lake Gas Plant located about eight miles northeast of New Town. The Robinson Lake Gas Plant, owned by Whiting Oil and Gas Corp., was originally constructed in 2007 to process ...

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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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Changing Ray The city of Ray could look very different in five years. City Planner Brent Moore has been working with Ray’s Planning Commission over the past six months to develop a comprehensive plan, with the highway corridor and Main Street targeted as growth areas. Moore said comprehensive plans focus on a design for growth rather than how any specific ...

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Heitkamp asks for road money for reservations

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WASHINGTON — More than 60 percent of tribal roads are unpaved and 27 percent of bridges on tribal lands are deficient, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp highlighted Thursday. Heitkamp, D-N.D., pressed federal officials during a committee hearing on federal transportation programs to improve roads and bridges on tribal lands, citing statistics from the Federal Highway Administration. “All five North Dakota tribes continue ...

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Tioga day care gets funding Bright Beginnings Daycare, a new venture by Tioga residents Katie and Dan Seiler, has received approval for a $15,000 loan buydown and a $5,000 grant from the Tioga Fund. The Tioga City Commission approved the funding recently. After sitting through 45 minutes of other city business, Katie Seiler had barely begun to describe the project ...

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Letter: Petroleum Council stoops to untruths, scare tactics

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By Shelly Ventsch from New Town  The North Dakota Petroleum Council’s newspaper ads and notices to members urged them to oppose the North Dakota Industrial Commission’s proposal on “extraordinary places” out of concern for private property rights. This seems hypocritical. In the last couple of legislative sessions, almost every bill proposed that would have helped residents and landowners was opposed by ...

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Plant explosion raises questions A huge explosion and fireball at a compressor station south of Tioga this month has raised questions about whether there is any state oversight of such facilities. The explosion at a Hiland Partners station, which rattled windows as far as 30 miles away, appears to be an accident with no gross violations found, said Kris Roberts, ...

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