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Milwaukee woman charged with human trafficking in oil patch

BISMARCK, N.D. — A Milwaukee woman is charged with felony human trafficking on the North Dakota oil patch. Authorities say Shakira McClinton was arrested in Minot earlier this week after another woman accused McClinton of assaulting her. The woman who made the complaint said she and McClinton were working as prostitutes. A preliminary hearing is scheduled June 11. McClinton faces ...

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‘Boomtowners’ looks to the human side of North Dakota’s oil fields

WILLISTON, N.D. – Aiming to show the human side of North Dakota’s oil industry, the Smithsonian Channel’s “Boomtowners” chronicles the highs and lows of transplants to one of the nation’s fastest-growing economies. Producers of the show, which airs the third of six episodes this Sunday night, deliberately sidestepped any focus on the environmental concerns of hydraulic fracturing, the controversial technique ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

Communities continue to expand in and around the oil patch The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, May 6, 2015 Despite soft oil prices and the active drilling rig count in North Dakota’s oil patch dropping by more than half compared to a year ago, residential and commercial construction activity remains strong in the western half of the state. Concerns over the impact ...

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Busy western oil patch bridge again open around the clock

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — A busy bridge on U.S. Highway 85 in the western North Dakota oil patch is once again open to traffic around the clock. The Long X Bridge south of Watford City had been temporarily closed during nighttime hours for repair work. The state Transportation Department says the work is done and the nighttime restrictions are lifted. ...

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Texas oil company accused of ND worker discrimination


WILLISTON, N.D. — A federal lawsuit has been filed against an oil company operating in North Dakota’s oil patch accusing it of discriminating against a worker based on his race. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Cudd Energy Services violated civil rights law by subjecting Alexis Villanueva to a racially hostile work environment because of his Asian race and ...

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Special police unit to focus on street gangs in Fargo area

FARGO, N.D. — A special police unit is planned to target gang members who have expanded their activity from the North Dakota oil patch to Fargo, law enforcement officials announced Thursday. Police say that dozens of gang members primarily from Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and California have decided to set up shop in the Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, metropolitan area ...

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PSC approves 2 small pipeline projects in McKenzie County

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators have approved siting permits for two small pipeline projects in McKenzie County. Hiland Crude plans a 13-mile crude oil pipeline, and Caliber Midstream Partners plans a 4.4-mile liquid natural gas pipeline. The state Public Service Commission says the pipelines will be valuable pieces of infrastructure in the western oil patch. In related news, Pipeline that ...

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