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Minot rent prices collapse

Rumors continue to abound in the Bakken about how the boom is over and the bust is here. Despite various pipeline projects in the works and approximately 900 wells awaiting completion, economic indicators such as rent prices are suggesting that although the Bakken might not be busted, the economic landscape of the region is beginning to return to normalcy, much ...

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State regulators deciding on gas plant expansion project

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — The North Dakota Public Service Commission is deciding on a proposed expansion of the Little Missouri Gas Plant in McKenzie County. State regulators say Targa Badlands LLC has submitted an application to expand the facility to four gas processing units, at a cost of about $140 million. The PSC scheduled a hearing in Watford City on ...

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Freezing rain, snow cause problems in northern North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — Freezing rain and snow are creating poor travel conditions in northwestern North Dakota. The state Transportation Department has issued a travel alert for the region that includes Williston, Watford City, Stanley and Tioga. Officials say motorists can still travel but should be aware of the danger and drive according to conditions. The National Weather Service has issued ...

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Bakken boom-town aims to become more family friendly

Watford City is planning for another major construction season which city and county leaders hope will entice more families to make the city their permanent home, reports The Forum News Service (FNS). The projects the city has planned are aimed to accommodate the growing population of youth. As reported by FNS, McKenzie County Healthcare Systems CEO Dan Kelly said, “For ...

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ND Gov. Dalrymple signs $1.1B ‘surge funding’ bill

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed a “great legislative accomplishment” Tuesday that will fast-track $1.1 billion for highways and communities affected by North Dakota’s exploding growth. The record one-time spending bill was rushed through the House and Senate so infrastructure projects begin by summer. The bulk of the money will be spent in in western North Dakota’s oil-producing region, ...

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Growing pains: Oil boom turns prairie school to melting pot

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Every morning as principal Brad Foss arrives at his school — after just a 60-second commute — he’s reminded of oil’s giant footprint in this town. There’s the revolving-door student roster that reads like random pages of a school atlas: Jiang from China, Emma from Utah, Jose from Guatemala, Omar from Arizona. There are the teachers, ...

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Truckers who avoid New Town bypass facing $1,500 fine

NEW TOWN, N.D. — Truckers who don’t use a new $25 million highway bypass around New Town face the prospect of a $1,500 fine. Police in the western oil patch city have been issuing warnings, and this week they began enforcing the new ordinance with tickets to crack down on truck traffic. A city official recently observed 45 trucks in ...

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