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Faces of the Boom: North Dakota’s largest indoor recreation center a big draw

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By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, INFORUM WILLISTON, N.D. – Shawn Egge didn’t expect to return to his hometown of Williston after he graduated from college in Missouri. But the town he knew as a small, quiet community is now home to the largest indoor recreation facility in North Dakota. Egge got a job offer to work for the state-of-the-art center ...

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N.D. housing authorities to receive $2 million in HUD capital funds


By Forum News Service WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded nearly $2 million to 15 housing authorities in North Dakota, the state’s congressional delegation announced Friday. The funds will come from HUD’s Public Housing Capital Fund to help local housing authorities expand access to safe, affordable housing for those who need it most, including the ...

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Spring rolls out with street damage concerns: Potholes, weight limits cause issues


By Katherine Grandstrand After a long, cold winter, it’s easy to welcome spring with open arms. But as the ground thaws, it leaves roads vulnerable to damage. That is why several roads have had weight restrictions placed on them for the first several weeks of the spring season. Those who break the weight restrictions will pay a hefty fine, Stark County ...

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Ward County Jail expansion moves ahead: Overcrowding leads to more fights, other western ND counties also mull jail options

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By Mike Nowatzki  NOT — Putting two men in a double-bunked jail cell with a single toilet is bound to create some tension. And the line for the loo isn’t getting any shorter at the crowded Ward County Jail, where the headcount has skyrocketed with the region’s oil-driven population boom. “Now, you’ve got three, four other guys coming in to use ...

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Williston Barber Shop Gets New Space


There is a new barber shop in Williston that opened a week ago. The owner has been cutting hair in town for five-years and now, he can continue that trend in a brand new facility. The owner of Jason’s Barber Shop is Jason Johnson. He has been cutting hair for 18-years, but five-years-ago, he bought a shop from a retiring ...

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Postal Service announces new Williston location


WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says it will open a new location in Williston in late spring. Acting Dakotas district manager Jim Herrmann says the Postal Service is boosting its presence in the fast growing Bakken oil field region with a 5,880-square-foot facility on the north side of the city. The Badlands Station will feature PO boxes, ...

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Williston attorney pushes inpatient drug treatment

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WILLISTON, N.D. (A.P) — An attorney says the western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston should establish an inpatient treatment program for drug offenders. Drug crimes have been on the rise in Williston, and jailing drug offenders doesn’t address the root of the problem, attorney Jeff Nehring said. “Jail doesn’t do anything. You lock them up, the problem is ...

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Bakken Briefings


Tioga accepts bid The Tioga Medical Center board of directors have awarded to a Minnesota company an $8.2 million contract for construction of a new clinic and other renovations. Shingobee Construction, the contractor that recently completed renovations to St. Luke’s Medical Center in Crosby, turned in the lowest of three bids submitted. Officials are targeting the project for completion by ...

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Western N.D. legal cases spilling into Grand Forks


By Steve Lee  Rising crime in western North Dakota is spilling into the federal courthouse in Grand Forks, adding to the workload of the U.S. magistrate judge here, according to court officials. Since September, for example, Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal has handled all the immigration proceedings from the west at the Grand Forks courthouse. Judge Ralph Erickson, chief judge of the ...

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