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31st Annual Sport & Recreation Show scheduled for March 18-20

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Williston, N.D. – The 31st Annual Sport & Recreation Show will be held at the Raymond Family Community Center March 18-20, 2016. The show is produced by the Williston Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) each year as a fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting the Williston Police Department, community events and event equipment for Williston. “We have some great returning vendors who ...

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North Dakota “Great Recession” real estate crisis?

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The North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner recently reported a $63 million shortfall in anticipated sales tax collections in December of 2015. Sales tax collections have declined by over 50 percent in some oil patch cities. Even with a massive state investment program and projects that were financed prior to the recent decline in oil prices, sales tax revenues still collapsed. Plunging sales ...

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Heroin overdoses in Williston spike, 1 dead

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Investigators are looking into a series of heroin-related overdoses that occurred in Williston over the course of six days, reports the Forum News Service. One man is dead and eight others were treated for opioid overdoses. On Saturday between 1 and 9 p.m. first responders were dispatched to five different locations where they found four men, aged 28 to 31, ...

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County objects to any lowered fine in large pipeline spill

In this photo taken Jan. 12, 2015, crews dig up land at a saltwater spill site near Blacktail Creek outside Williston, N.D. A North Dakota health official called the 70,000 barrel spill the state's largest during the state's current oil boom. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Zack Nelson)

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Williams County Commission has gone on record as opposing a reduction of a $2.4 million fine levied against a Texas company for the largest pipeline spill in North Dakota history. State regulators are considering easing the record fine levied in June against pipeline owner Summit Midstream Partners. Regulators routinely settle on fines, saying it promotes cooperation ...

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Deadline extended for grants aimed at Williston projects

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WILLISTON, N.D. — The Williston STAR Fund board of directors has extended the deadline for 2016 Community Enhancement grant applications. The grant program helps nonprofit groups fund activities and projects that improve the quality of life in Williston. The deadline for applications is to 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Grant recipients in the past include Williston Sea Lions, Boy Scouts and ...

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In North Dakota, donations slip as oil slides

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Thousands of layoffs from the oil industry’s slide have taken a toll on donations in western North Dakota’s oil patch, just as charities say their need is increasing. Donations to the Salvation Army were down by more than 60 percent in Williston, in the heart of oil country, as of mid-December. And energy companies that used to ...

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$5.4M in enrollment growth grants doled out to ND schools

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Thirty-five school districts in North Dakota have received a total of $5.4 million in grants to help them cope with unusually high enrollment growth. The Legislature earlier this year set aside nearly $15 million in the Department of Public Instruction’s two-year budget for the grants. State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced the first grants Monday. “The way ...

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Williston sets deadline for elimination of oil crew camps

Target Logistics, Williston Lodge North, North Dakota. Exterior structures at dusk/dawn.

WILLISTON, N.D. — Williston’s City Commission has set a July 1 deadline for the elimination of oil field crew camps within city limits, but the issue still might not be resolved. Commissioners on Tuesday voted 3-2 to approve an ordinance setting the deadline, after debate about its impact on the energy industry. However, Mayor Howard Klug said he will push ...

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Williston jail ordered to reduce female inmate population

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WILLISTON, N.D. — State corrections officials have ordered the Williams County jail to reduce its population of female inmates. A recent inspection found the facility had 18 more women than the 20 it’s allowed, the Williston Herald reported. The jail’s population has increased as the general population has soared with the region’s oil boom. “Who’d have ever thought we’d have ...

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