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Regional Bakken economy beginning to stabilize

Hotel rentals, the flow of sewage and drilling are all down in the North Dakota oil patch, but the mood regarding the continued growth of Williston’s economy is optimistic, reports the Forum News Service (FNS). At last week’s Williston Economic Development WEST! Conference, the city’s economic activity outside the oil field was highlighted and examined. Organizer of the conference and ...

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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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Minneapolis neighborhood roiled by railroad plan

MINNEAPOLIS — A quiet Minneapolis neighborhood has been roiled by the BNSF Railway’s sudden plan to expand its track system. The railroad plans to lay track closer to houses while leveling a thick tree buffer that once shielded residents from the 92 trains that pass through daily, including several that carry crude oil. BNSF is doing it to alleviate rail ...

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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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Drop in Canadian dollar affects Montana retail

KALISPELL, Mont. — Fewer license plates from Canada are showing up in northern Montana as the Canadian dollar continues to weaken and make shopping trips to the U.S. more expensive. As of Aug. 31, the U.S. dollar was worth $1.32 in Canadian currency, the strongest the U.S. dollar has been in at least five years. The Canadian dollar is tied ...

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College initiative aims to keep oil workers in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — Newly hired North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott was recently touring the state’s booming oil patch when the Rhodes scholar met a rig worker with a high school diploma. Hagerott, a cybersecurity expert, said he soon found himself talking shop with an intellectual equal. “As a former nuclear engineer, I was asking questions about power ratings, ...

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