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Board to consider special request for $11 million for Watford City school infrastructure


By Mike Nowatzki BISMARCK – Watford City leaders are asking the state Land Board to break routine and speed up grant dollars to help pay for infrastructure for a $50 million high school approved by voters last week. The Department of Trust Lands is recommending approval of the city’s special request for $11 million in emergency funds from the state’s Oil ...

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Workforce campaign must wrestle with housing


By Grand Forks Herald  North Dakota needs workers. And by launching a campaign to recruit a permanent workforce, the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation is on the right track. But a huge obstacle is blocking the road to population growth, almost as stubbornly as the lack of jobs once did. This recent spate of national headlines captures the problem: “A North ...

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Equipment supplier Briersbach opens 5th location in booming Dickinson

Gene Kruger, branch manager of the Dickinson Bierschbach Equipment and Supply

By Katherine Grandstrand Oil brings people, people need houses, houses need construction, and that’s where Bierschbach Equipment and Supply comes in. The Sioux Falls, S.D.,-based construction equipment rental company recently opened its fifth location in Dickinson.“It just seemed like the next logical choice for a new location,” said Gene Kruger, Dickinson branch manager. While it rents all types of lightweight equipment ...

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ND to receive $13M for American Indian Affordable Housing

us department of housing and urban development

  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s congressional delegation says North Dakota is getting about $13 million for affordable housing projects on American Indian land in the state.   The money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will go to tribal housing authorities in Fort Berthold, Spirit Lake and Trenton.   Most of the money is going to the Trenton Indian Housing Authority, ...

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Williston’s temporary shelter fills up quickly: Project Heat may be extended past March 31 close date

salvation army

By Amy Dalrymple  WILLISTON — A new program here to provide temporary shelter to men during cold months has been running at capacity, as the Oil Patch’s hub communities search for solutions for their homeless population. Project Heat, supported by the Salvation Army and Williston churches, provides a warm place to sleep for up to 10 homeless men each night in ...

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Number of homeless students rising in Williston


WILLISTON, N.D.(A.P) — As Williston’s population has grown, so has the number of homeless students in the western North Dakota oil patch hub. Deb Roel is the homeless liaison and parenting director for the school district. She says that 128 students are considered homeless, up more than one-third from just two years ago. Williston’s population has more than doubled since ...

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Williston groups host meeting on housing laws


WILLISTON, N.D. (A.P) — Two citizen groups in Williston are hosting a meeting to educate area residents on North Dakota housing laws. The groups scheduled the meeting for today at Williston High School. Organizers said the meeting is intended to teach area residents about their rights as renters or tenants. A member of the North Dakota Legal Services Division is ...

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Regional jail discussed in northwest North Dakota


WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) – County officials in northwestern North Dakota are discussing the possibility of building a regional jail to keep up with a growing inmate population. People have been flocking to the oil patch as business there has boomed in recent years, and crime has been on the rise. A new jail that was built in Williams County in ...

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