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Stats show oil patch highway is most dangerous in state

BISMARCK, N.D. — The main north-south artery in North Dakota’s oil patch is the most dangerous stretch of road in the state, newly released statistics show. U.S. Highway 85 had the most fatal accidents, injury accidents and property damage accidents, according to a preliminary 2014 report from the state Department of Transportation. The highway had 11 fatal accidents, 188 injury ...

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How secure are ND’s pipelines and drilling sites?

A number of spills in North Dakota’s oil patch have got headlines recently, but at least one company is a little suspicious as to how they came to happen. “Hess spokesman John Roper said employees found wide-open valves on saltwater storage tanks on two well locations 3 miles apart,” the Bismarck Tribune reported. “We call that suspicious,” Roper told the ...

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Woman agrees to plead guilty to prostitution in ND oil patch

BISMARCK, N.D. — A woman accused of prostitution in the North Dakota oil patch says she will plead guilty in federal court. Authorities say Thuy Hoang worked at prostitution parlors in Minot, Dickinson and Williston. She’s charged with conspiracy. The brothels allegedly were operated by Loc Tran and Trina Nguyen (wihn). They are scheduled for trial in June on racketeering ...

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Judge lets North Dakota oil patch overtime lawsuit proceed

FARGO, N.D. — A lawsuit accusing oil-services company Schlumberger Ltd. of failing to pay overtime wages in North Dakota’s oil patch can move forward, a federal judge says. Judge Ralph Erickson’s ruling, released Monday, grants conditional class-action status to the suit filed by a former employee of Houston-based Schlumberger, which provides technology and other support services for the oil and ...

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2 die in western North Dakota oil patch rollover

MANNING, N.D. — Two men from out of state are dead after a pickup truck rollover in the western North Dakota oil patch on Christmas. The Highway Patrol says the crash happened 4 miles southwest of Manning about 10 p.m. Thursday, when the pickup truck failed to negotiate a turn and rolled down a ravine. The 23-year-old driver from Bozeman, ...

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Sanford to base air ambulance in ND oil patch


DICKINSON, N.D.— Dakotas-based Sanford Health says it is adding an airplane ambulance in North Dakota’s oil patch. Sanford AirMed is slated to be operating the twin-turboprop airplane in Dickinson beginning Monday. The airplane will have a crew of flight paramedics, flight nurses, mechanics and a pilot who will transport patients in western North Dakota. In related news, Will oil patch demands ...

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