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Williston Menards to open Wednesday Sept. 9

The wait is finally over as the new Williston, North Dakota, Menards Mega Store prepares to open on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Last year Williston Mayor Howard Klug expressed his excitement for the project, telling the Williston Herald, “This is kind of like our field of dreams. If you build it they will come.” The Menards will be one of ...

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National park in North Dakota to host astronomy festival

MEDORA, N.D. — Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the city of Medora are hosting an astronomy festival this month. The park in western North Dakota has scheduled the third annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival for Sept. 11-13. This year’s guest speakers are Craig Howe, who is the director of the South Dakota-based Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, ...

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More high temperatures across the Dakotas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The National Weather Service is forecasting more hot temperatures across the Dakotas on Thursday. The Weather Service’s Bismarck office says Williston, North Dakota, reached 100 degrees on Wednesday, breaking the record of 99 for this day set in 1901. The heat index, which takes into account humidity, is expected to reach 100 in some areas on ...

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Nearly half of hotel rooms in North Dakota oil capital sit empty

WILLISTON, N.D. – Nearly half of the hotel rooms in the epicenter of North Dakota’s energy boom have been sitting empty this year, yet another sign that plunging oil prices have cooled the economy of the second-largest crude producing U.S. state. Producers, oilfield service providers and other energy companies across the state’s western oil patch have cut employee hours, canceled ...

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Family Crisis Shelter plans expansion in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. — A shelter for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault in Williston is planning to more than double its size. The Family Crisis Shelter has purchased land to expand facilities after five years of searching, the Williston Herald reported. Plans for the land were approved earlier this month at a Williston Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, despite ...

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Idaho man sentenced for sex trafficking in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — An Idaho man who once won a battle against the federal government in the U.S. Supreme Court is now going to federal prison for sex trafficking in North Dakota. The Bismarck Tribune reports that 48-year-old Michael Sackett, of Priest Lake, Idaho, pleaded guilty Monday to a sex trafficking charge and was sentenced to a year and a ...

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Economic growth tied to more than just price of oil

Last year at this time my office received dozens of phone calls and emails asking about ‘Boomtown’ and what’s really going on in Williston, North Dakota. Now we get calls asking about ‘the bust’ and what’s it like in Williston. After I slowly put down the phone and back away from the keyboard, I take a breath and just smile. ...

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