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Will Highway 85 see more improvements, another expansion?


One of the highways serving as a main artery for traffic through North Dakota’s oil patch might soon expand to four lanes, along with a possible bridge replacement, reports The Bismarck Tribune. The North Dakota Department of Transportation said it plans to complete improvements on the southern stretch of Highway 85 from Watford City to Interstate 94, a 62-mile stretch ...

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Poaching cases probed in Williston, Watford City areas

Pronghorn Antelope (Antilocapra americanus) female the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota.

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is seeking the public’s help in cracking several wildlife poaching cases over the past couple of months in the western oil patch. Officials say half a dozen incidents have occurred in the Williston and Watford City areas. They involve the illegal killing of eight deer and two pronghorn. Authorities don’t ...

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Watford City’s Stenehjem Commons Site Now Shovel-Ready for Development

Stenehjem Commons

Following the precipitous drop in the price of oil, much of the industry’s operations in North Dakota are aggregating in the Watford City area, site of most productive wells. There, investment continues unabated and huge developments like Stenehjem Commons are moving full speed ahead. Watford City, ND, November 2, 2015 — The Watford City, ND multi-use development, Stenehjem Commons, is ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials


U-Mary program fills Watford City need The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Oct. 15, 2015 Watford City recently got some good news when the University of Mary announced plans to offer more college courses there beginning in 2016. The new offerings will include a master of education program for local teachers. This will be added to the classroom business classes they currently ...

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Watford City population six times higher than pre-boom

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 was once a sleepy town with a humble population of about 1,500 people. That was before the oil boom, though, which has sent the population rocketing upwards six times over, with continued growth predicted. McKenzie County Job Development Authority Director Gene Veeder said, “We’re coming on more stable times, and our trend in growth is still upward. Our ...

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Watford City barrels through downturn in oil economy

Watford City Real Estate development pic

A dramatic drop in the price of oil has adversely impacted the economies of North Dakota and its oil patch cities and counties. But one area has weathered the storm better than most. Whether you take your measure from sales taxable revenue (up 11% year-over-year), construction permits or industry pundits, Watford City and McKenzie County have exceeded expectations. Experts mostly ...

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Public gets chance to weigh in on pipeline proposal


WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Member of the public are getting a change to weigh in on a proposal to convert a crude oil gathering pipeline in northwestern North Dakota into a transmission line. The state Public Service Commission scheduled a public hearing in Watford City on Wednesday on the application by Hiland Crude LLC. Regulators say the company wants to ...

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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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Woman pleads not guilty to scamming investors in oil patch


FARGO, N.D. — The wife of a man indicted in a murder-for-hire scheme that originated in the North Dakota oil patch pleaded not guilty Monday in an alleged scam involving her oilfield trucking business. Sarah Creveling is charged with four counts, including conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering. Authorities say Creveling and a co-conspirator, who is not named ...

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