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North Dakota deer season set to open with far fewer hunters

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s deer hunting landscape has changed and it’s unlikely that it will return to the not-so-distant days when deer and licenses were plentiful, wildlife management officials say. When gun season begins Friday at noon, hunters lucky enough to get a license will be pursuing game during a bleak deer hunting for the state, though officials have ...

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North Dakota regulators approve utility’s gas rate increase

BISMARCK, N.D. — Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.’s residential customers in North Dakota will see their monthly gas bills rise by about $2 under a rate increase approved Wednesday by the state Public Service Commission. The Bismarck-based utility, which serves more than 107,000 North Dakota customers in 74 communities, contends the 2 percent rate hike is necessary to help recoup the costs ...

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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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Editorial: Keystone XL delay is a setback for public safety in Minnesota

The triumphant but misguided e-mail landed in inboxes just hours after the Canadian company pushing to build the Keystone XL pipeline announced it wants the U.S. government to suspend review of the pipeline’s construction permit application. “We made our voices heard that we would stand up to protect our planet for future generations,” trumpeted a Democratic National Committee missive that ...

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Oklahoma native on the job as new Minot Daily News editor

MINOT, N.D. — The Minot Daily News has a new editor. Forty-six-year-old Michael Sasser is an Oklahoma native who has traveled extensively during his journalism career and written several travel books. The Daily News reports that Sasser most recently was doing contract work for a variety of publications from Florida, including serving as editor of the Sun Post in Miami ...

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Manufacturing in Midwest, including Minnesota, slumps in October

Conditions in Minnesota and other central U.S. factories fell yet again as manufacturers in October struggled with a drop in wholesale farm and energy prices and the strong U.S. dollar, according to a widely watched economic report released Monday. The Creighton University Mid-America Business Conditions Index also found that employment fell throughout its nine-state region as manufacturers let workers ago ...

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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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Heitkamp, Hoeven criticize Obama following Keystone request

BISMARCK, N.D. — U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven are criticizing the Obama administration’s long delay in approving the proposed Keystone XL pipeline after the operator asked the U.S. State Department to pause its review of the project. The remarks from the North Dakota senators came Monday after TransCanada’s announcement. The fate of the Canada-to-Texas pipeline has languished for ...

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