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Bakken area news: Oil impact grants and a missing Williston man

The suspension of grant rounds for the state’s oil impact grant fund could soon be lifted, according to Nick Smith today, reporting for the Bismarck Tribune, but “would be subject to tight scrutiny and prioritization if the move is made.” Read more about the grants as discussed by State Land Commissioner Lance Gaebe here.

The Williston Herald reported today the a search continues for a missing Williston man who left Sunday for a motorcycle ride before dinner and has not returned. Zackary Edward Baldwin, age 30, is married and has small children. Authorities do not believe foul play is associated with his disappearance. If you have any information about Baldwin’s whereabouts, call the Williams County Sheriff’s office at 701-577-7700.

McKenzie County is debating whether or not to implement a new 911 dispatch system, according to the McKenzie County Farmer earlier this week. Currently, McKenzie County uses state radio out of Bismarck for dispatch services since county dispatch went away, citing “tremendous turnover during the oil boom.” Now, the county must weigh the costs and benefits of getting a dispatch tailored to the county’s specific needs.

The Williams County Administration Office renovation project is underway after demolition of the former Service First Building last week, according to the Williston Herald. The first phase of the project, removal of an apartment building to accommodate expansion of the jail and Law Enforcement Center, began in April, and the entire renovation is projected to be completed by fall 2017.


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