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Bakken crime: Watford City law enforcement center on time and under budget

To combat the growing crime rates that came along with the frantic drilling rates, regional, state and county entities have been working together, along with ICON Architectural Group, to help keep western North Dakota safe. The exponential growth of North Dakota’s oil patch has left state agencies scrambling to catch up with the population boom and the infrastructure needed to ...

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Tribes discuss resource protection, energy at summit

BISMARCK, N.D. — Native American tribes discussed ways to protect their land and resources while furthering energy production during a natural resources panel at a summit in Bismarck. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the discussion was part of Wednesday’s United Tribes 2015 Tribal Leaders Summit. Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa member Carol Ann Davis has been working to prevent hydraulic ...

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Minot delegation says connections made on Norway trade trip

MINOT, N.D. — Members of a Minot trade delegation who visited Norway in August say they made significant business connections with major agricultural and energy firms. They met with representatives of fertilizer and polyethylene production industries in Oslo and Telemark, and presented Minot as a possible location for new plants, the Minot Daily News reported. The group, which was invited ...

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Lawyers allege juror misconduct in ND death penalty case

FARGO, N.D. — An attorney for a man convicted of the 2003 killing of a University of North Dakota student spent several hours Tuesday questioning a juror about alleged misconduct, including whether she withheld information on a questionnaire because shew as eager to be part of the proceedings. Jurors in 2006 convicted Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., of Crookston, Minnesota, of kidnapping ...

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Northern lights making a splash in the Dakotas

BISMARCK, N.D. — The northern lights have been making a splash in the Dakotas this week. The North Dakota Department of Commerce’s tourism Twitter account has been busy retweeting residents’ brightly colored photographs of the aurora borealis from across the state. Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based KELO-TV even caught a shot of the aurora on its Chamberlain sky-camera. Patrick Ayd of ...

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Suspicious package shuts down Dickinson airport

The Dickinson Airport was shut down earlier today due to an unclaimed, ‘beeping’ package, reports the Dickinson Press. A news release from Stark County Sheriff Terry Oestreich said the aircraft, a SkyWest Airlines plane operating as a Delta connection flight from Minneapolis, landed safely but reported that an unclaimed bag was emitting a beeping sound. The aircraft was promptly secured ...

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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says no run for North Dakota governor

BISMARCK, N.D. — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Wednesday that she won’t run for North Dakota governor, a setback for Democrats’ hopes of claiming the top office in the Republican-dominated state. Heitkamp said she has ruled out seeking the seat being vacated by Republican Jack Dalrymple, who announced Aug. 24 that he wouldn’t seek re-election because he wanted to spend ...

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