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Williston delays permanent ban on metal buildings downtown

WILLISTON, N.D. — City leaders in Williston have put on hold a proposal to permanently ban metal buildings downtown. City commissioners this week tabled a final decision on the proposal so officials could meet with developers to hear their concerns, the Williston Herald reported. “I understand the purpose of this, but being as builders have concerns, it should be discussed ...

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Women lash out at suspect during sex trafficking trial

BISMARCK, N.D. — Women testifying in the trial of a man accused of sex trafficking in the Williston area allege Keith Graves used a handgun, bat and fists to keep them in line. They also testified Wednesday that he raped them and forced them into prostitution. One woman said she was forced at gunpoint to inject another woman with methamphetamine. ...

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Official questions need for replacement Williston airport

WILLISTON, N.D. — A Williams County commissioner has raised concerns about the need to relocate Williston’s airport in letters to state and federal lawmakers. Martin Hanson says he believes the city should keep the airport where it is and upgrade the facility, reducing costs by at least $100 million and preserving farmland. City officials have received approval and initial funding ...

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Federal trial begins for Williston sex trafficking suspect

BISMARCK, N.D. — A sex trafficking trial is underway in Bismarck for a man who was featured in a North Dakota oil patch documentary. The Bismarck Tribune reports jury selection began late Monday afternoon after U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland rejected a request to delay the trial by Keith Graves, who’s representing himself. Graves faces 11 charges related to sex ...

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Williston moves toward closing the last of the crew camps

WILLISTON, N.D. — As oil prices remain perilously low and even the biggest of the Bakken companies succumb to layoffs, city commissioners are working toward the elimination of crew camps. While it’s an issue that has much of the city wondering about the impact on rents, it has left the halls of Target Logistics altogether somber. Oilfield workers and Target ...

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Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase scheduled in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. — About 50 North Dakota companies will be showcasing their products during a Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase in Williston this weekend. State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says products will range from food to books, and it’s a great opportunity for early holiday shopping. The event is Saturday and Sunday at the Raymond Family Community Center. Admission is ...

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Williston restaurant shut down over smell complaints

WILLISTON, N.D. — A downtown Williston restaurant that had become a hot spot for Hawaiian-style food has been shut down after being deemed a public nuisance. The Hula Grill on Main Street faced complaints about creating a constant smell of barbecue in the area. Owner Jerry Wong said the city ordered him to find a better way to ventilate his ...

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Officials celebrate completion of Williston bypass

WILLISTON, N.D. — A 13-mile-long bypass designed to divert regional truck traffic around the western edge of Williston has been completed. The $150 million four-lane bypass routes truck traffic west of Williston, connecting U.S. Highway 85 and U.S. Highway 2. Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the Williston bypass will provide a safer and more efficient roadway for both regional and local ...

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Williston weighs permanent ban on metal buildings downtown

WILLISTON, N.D. — City leaders are hoping to improve the appearance of the downtown Williston by making permanent a temporary moratorium on metal buildings downtown. However, some commissioners in the oil patch hub worry the move will add to the expense of building downtown and discourage new projects. The proposal recommended by the city’s planning and zoning commission would ban ...

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