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North Dakota’s job landscape shifting (for now) away from big oil

WILLISTON, N.D. – Halliburton Co , Schlumberger NV and other large energy companies were conspicuously absent from a major North Dakota job fair this week, a telling sign as employers in the No. 2 U.S. oil-producing state grapple with sliding crude prices . Instead of roustabouts, the state’s oil industry wants pump technicians, gas-processing plant operators and truck drivers to ...

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Bakken becomes research lab for Pennsylvania students

MINOT, N.D. — Graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia are doing firsthand research in North Dakota’s Bakken oil patch to see how an economic boom impacts communities. The students were in Minot on Monday and Tuesday and made stops in other small communities on their way to Williston to continue their research. The 11 students enrolled in ...

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FBI to have agents working the Bakken in May

By this spring the Federal Bureau of Investigation will have agents on the ground in Williston, North Dakota, reports the Williston Herald. Earlier this week a spokesman for Sen. John Hoeven appeared before the Williston City Commission to relay the latest update on the recently announced FBI field office. Last week, the agency stated that it had chosen a location ...

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10 men arrested in prostitution sting in western ND

WILLISTON, N.D. — Ten men and a woman are facing charges after being arrested during a two-day human trafficking and prostitution sting in western North Dakota. Authorities in Williston on Monday said the individuals were arrested during the operation conducted Thursday and Friday. The Williams County Sheriff’s Office says undercover agents responded to internet ads for female escorts, and two ...

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No injuries in separate blasts in North Dakota oil patch

ALEXANDER, N.D. — No injuries were reported in two large fires in the western North Dakota oil patch over the weekend. McKenzie County Emergency Manager Karolin Rockvoy says emergency crews from Alexander and Williston were called to an oil and gas waste disposal site north of Alexander about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Firefighters had the blaze contained about 5 ½ hours ...

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Explosion razes waste disposal facility near Alexander

A fire so massive that it could not be approached by firefighters erupted after an explosion at an oil waste disposal site north of Alexander, North Dakota. According to KXNews, McKenzie County Emergency Manager Karlin Rockvoy said the only thing to do at first was watch the fire burn itself out. The explosion occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. Emergency responders from ...

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FBI formally announces permanent Williston office

WILLISTON, N.D. — The FBI has formally announced that it will establish a regional office in the western North Dakota oil patch. The federal agency says it anticipates the Williston office will be fully staffed and operational later this year. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven says it’s unclear how many agents will be stationed there but that it will likely have ...

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5 developers will present pitches for new Williston airport

WILLISTON, N.D. — A committee working toward a new airport in Williston will hear pitches from five developers that want to design the facility. The panel received 10 applications, according to Williston Economic Development Executive Director Shawn Wenko. Five of those have been invited to interview. The three-person committee is doubling in size for the interview process. Wenko, Mayor Howard ...

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Williston man camp closing because of city code violations

WILLISTON, N.D. — Officials in Williston are standing by their previous decision and forcing a 400-bed man camp to close because of city code violations. The Williston Herald reports that Black Gold Lodge petitioned the city to reverse a Jan. 13 decision to shut down the facility Tuesday evening. City commissioners moved to take no action, allowing their previous vote ...

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