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Fewer passenger, freight rail delays due to drilling decline

BISMARCK, N.D. — Delays in Amtrak service and agricultural product shipping have eased across the Upper Midwest in part because weak oil prices have prompted a drilling slowdown in North Dakota, officials say. Along with recent track upgrades, a recently completed pipeline and a new North Dakota refinery also has resulted in fewer oil-laden trains, freeing up rail space and ...

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State housing agency gets $133,000 federal counseling grant

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Housing Finance Agency is using a $133,000 federal grant to support housing counseling services statewide. The funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be divided among three organizations. Community Action Partnership of Dickinson and Williston will get about $48,000, Community Action Opportunities of Minot about $46,000 and South Eastern North Dakota ...

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Williston continuing to grow despite oil industry downturn

WILLISTON, N.D. — A downturn in the oil industry isn’t having much of an effect on construction in the North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston. The Williston Herald reports that the value of private enterprise building permits issued through March is $26.5 million. And there are numerous publicly funded projects under way or in the works. They include a ...

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Heitkamp, McCain focusing on ND’s trafficking challenges

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Longtime anti-human trafficking advocate Cindy McCain and U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp are touring western North Dakota to look at the state’s human trafficking challenges. Cindy McCain is the co-founder of the McCain Institute and wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain. She will join Heitkamp in Watford City on Sunday to hear firsthand ...

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Williston takes jurisdiction over $500 million development

WILLISTON, N.D. — A Swiss company planning a $500 million development on Williston’s outskirts will need permission from the city, whose mayor isn’t happy about the chosen site. The city has exercised its 1-mile extraterritorial jurisdiction, which will include the site that international real estate company Stropiq has chosen for its Williston Crossing project, the Williston Herald reported. That means ...

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State-funded $15M underpass/overpass opened in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. — Officials have completed a project intended to separate local and regional traffic on a section of U.S. Highway 2 in the bustling oil patch hub of Williston. The $15 million project paid for with state money provides an overpass for regional traffic and an underpass for local traffic. It was opened to vehicles on Thursday. The 18th ...

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