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Freezing rain, snow cause problems in northern North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — Freezing rain and snow are creating poor travel conditions in northwestern North Dakota. The state Transportation Department has issued a travel alert for the region that includes Williston, Watford City, Stanley and Tioga. Officials say motorists can still travel but should be aware of the danger and drive according to conditions. The National Weather Service has issued ...

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Public hearing set for oil pipeline conversion


WILLISTON, N.D. — The North Dakota Public Service Commission is holding a public hearing in Stanley on a proposed oil pipeline conversion. Targa Badlands LLC wants to convert a 31-mile-long gathering pipeline system between New Town and Stanley into a transmission pipeline. The pipeline would have a maximum capacity of about 48,000 barrels per day and transport oil to an ...

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Sinner says Republican wave too much to overcome


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for North Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat said his loss to Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer by 30,000 votes shows that the outcome was “meant to be.” George Sinner says he believed the race would be closer, but his campaign was outspent as the election drew near and Cramer rode the Republican wave to ...

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Polls opening across ND for midterm election

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Polls are opening across North Dakota for the midterm election. Polling sites are open in most counties from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time Tuesday. Lines had formed by opening time in Fargo, the state’s largest city. The National Weather Service forecast indicates favorable conditions, with highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s. Voters will ...

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Dunn County commissioners make landowner rights top priority in pipeline talks


On Wednesday, Dunn County commissioners met with representatives of Texas-based Energy Transfer to cautiously discuss landowner relations as they move forward with their new pipeline project. The Dickinson Press reported that the pipeline project is valued at $3.7 billion. The Dakota Access Pipeline, or colloquially called the Bakken Pipeline, will have the capability of transferring 570,000 barrels per day from ...

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Stanley hospital halfway through upgrade project


STANLEY, N.D. (A.P) — The hospital in the western North Dakota oil patch city of Stanley is halfway through a multimillion-dollar upgrade. The Mountrail County Health Center has scheduled a Sunday afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first phase of the project. The center invested more than $6 million to expand its emergency room area, add a CT scanner and enclose ...

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Bakken Briefings

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School bids higher than anticipated Elation for the overwhelming acceptance of a Tioga School District bond issue earlier this year has turned to consternation now that a construction bid has come in 25 percent higher than anticipated. Low bids came in around $325 a square foot. Tioga School Board President Mark Schmidt said that’s $160 a square foot more than ...

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Western North Dakota getting several inches of snow

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Winterlike weather in western North Dakota on Monday kicked off Severe Summer Weather Awareness Week in the state. The irony didn’t escape National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Mathews, though he said snow at this time of year is not unusual. “Spring storms can certainly give North Dakota some snowfall,” he said. The snow, and rain in other ...

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