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Alexander looks to co-op with Williston for spring sports


ALEXANDER, N.D. — The Alexander and Williston school systems are considering a cooperative for spring sports. Alexander has partnered with Watford City in the past, but the Williston Herald reports that Watford City isn’t continuing the co-op this school year so that it can remain under the Class B enrollment cap. Watford City has been growing due to the western ...

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October airline boardings down nearly 10 percent from 2014


BISMARCK, N.D. — Boardings at North Dakota’s eight commercial service airports in October dropped nearly 10 percent from the previous year, with the airport in Dickinson seeing the sharpest decrease. The state Aeronautics Commission reports the airports saw almost 99,300 boardings last month compared to more than 110,100 boardings in October 2014. The airport in Dickinson experienced a drop of ...

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Williston moves closer to banning crew camps in city limits

Target Logistics, Williston Lodge North, North Dakota. (Image courtesy of Target Logistics)

WILLISTON, N.D. — City commissioners in Williston have given initial approval to an ordinance that would eliminate oil field crew camps within city limits next year, even though oil companies saying there remains a need for temporary worker housing despite the oil slowdown. Commissioners on Tuesday voted 3-2 to set a July 1 deadline for crew camps to close, The ...

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Williston jobs still plentiful, becoming more specialized


Although activity in North Dakota’s Bakken oil patch has slowed dramatically from the frantic activity just a year ago, hiring is still going strong, but it’s becoming more specialized. As reported by The Bakken Magazine, the area surrounding Williston, North Dakota, a community in the oil patch core, is still dealing with a shortage of workers ranging from truck drivers ...

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Williston-area homelessness still high, despite decline


WILLISTON, N.D. — The homeless population in the Williston region is dwindling, though the number of people living without adequate shelter is still troubling, a state advocacy group says. The North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People estimates 370 homeless in the oil patch counties of Williams, McKenzie and Divide, down from the peak of 624 in 2013. Unlike other areas ...

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ND sheriff accused of misusing department credit card


WILLISTON, N.D. — The McKenzie County sheriff is facing a criminal charge after authorities accused him of misusing his department’s credit card. The Williston Herald reports that Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger is accused in an affidavit of racking up about $980 in personal charges. They include airfare for his wife to attend a law enforcement conference in Las Vegas, an upgrade ...

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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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Williston shelter program for men won’t operate this winter

View of downtown Williston, North Dakota. (Image: Mike Galt via Flickr)

WILLISTON, N.D. — A program in Williston that for the past two winters helped temporarily homeless men with shelter won’t operate this winter. The organizers of Project Heat tell the Williston Herald the oil industry slowdown combined with falling rents and more available housing in the oil patch hub have reduced the need for the service. Project Heat was aimed ...

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