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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

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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Poaching cases probed in Williston, Watford City areas

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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Federal jury convicts Williston sex trafficking suspect

BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal jury in Bismarck has convicted a man accused of sex trafficking in the Williston area. Keith Graves, 39, showed little emotion on Friday after he was convicted on five counts of sex trafficking by force or coercion, and distribution of and possession of methamphetamine, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Each sex-trafficking offense carries a mandatory minimum ...

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SM Energy opens new office in Williston

Independent oil and gas exploration and production company SM Energy (NYSE: SM) has announced that its new Williston, North Dakota, office is now open for business. The Denver-based company celebrated the opening of its new office with a grand opening event on Thursday, October 29. SM Energy executives, state officials and guests gathered at the new site to praise both ...

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Williston celebrates completion of Main Street project

WILLISTON, N.D. — State and local officials in Williston are celebrating the completion of a $10.6 million reconstruction of the city’s downtown Main Street. The Williston Main Street Reconstruction project includes replacement of storm drains, sewer, water, sidewalks, landscaping and signal lights from Front Street to 6th Street. Williston Mayor Howard Klug, Williston Area Chamber of Commerce President Scott Meske, ...

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US 85 bridge near Williston being closed for maintenance

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Lewis and Clark Bridge on U.S. Highway 85 south of Williston is closing for much of the day for maintenance work. The highway is the major north-south artery in the western North Dakota oil patch. Motorists will need to take alternate routes between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday. The state Transportation Department says alternative routes ...

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Road construction season deemed a success in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — State and oil patch officials say this year’s road construction season has been successful so far, thanks to favorable weather. As of Oct. 15, 66 percent of more than $596 million in projects bid out this year have been completed. That compares with 53 percent of projects completed at the same time last year and 61 percent ...

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