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High school grads to get free ride at ND college

WILLISTON, N.D. — Petrodollars can buy the finer things in life. And in one North Dakota oil county, they will be used to pay for the higher education of every graduate of area high schools, if students want. Williston State College, a two-year school in Williston, announced Thursday that graduates of Williams County’s high schools will automatically be eligible for ...

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ND schools see hike in students deemed homeless

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WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) – Schools in North Dakota’s oil country have seen an increase in the number of students who are deemed homeless under federal regulations. The Williston Herald reports that Williston Public School District No. 1 has 123 students considered homeless, while the New Public School District No. 8 in Williston has 115 students – 33 percent of the ...

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Emerald Oil expands Bakken holdings

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Emerald Oil of Denver, CO has signed a potentially $110 million dollar deal. It has acquired 27,400 acres in the Bakken shale area through Liberty Resources II. This increases its land holdings in the area to 49,727 acres in total. The area is between two projects in Williams County, Emerald’s Low Rider and Lewis and Clark ...

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Former defendant in rancher’s killing charged after police chase

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WILLISTON – A man previously charged in connection with the death of a Williston rancher led police on a short chase Wednesday before crashing a motorcycle. Ronald Gibbons was treated at Mercy Medical Center in Williston after the chase, the Williams County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. His condition was unknown Wednesday afternoon. Deputies were seeking Gibbons for ...

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Williston bypass gets environmental clearance

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 By Lauren Donovan A temporary bypass to route heavy oil patch traffic around Williston will be replaced with a permanent one starting this summer. The state Department of Transportation received federal clearance that the route for the permanent bypass was given a finding of no significant environmental impact. The clearance is for the department’s preferred route, which begins at the junction ...

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Oil production counties at the top of ND list

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — High-paying jobs in North Dakota‘s booming oil patch helped bump the state’s average annual wage by 10 percent last year to nearly $46,000 though the state continues to lag behind the national average, a Job Service analysis showed. “We’re seeing pretty incredible increases,” Job Service North Dakota research analyst Michael Ziesch said Wednesday. “We’re slightly behind ...

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