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Williston Development is moving east


By Eric Killelea The Williams County Commission approved the first major residential development east of Williston. Commissioners last week voted in favor of Shelter Construction’s request for a preliminary plat and a comprehensive plan amendment regarding a 35-unit housing development in Stony Creek Township off Highway 1804. The 110-acre property was rezoned from agricultural to residential two years ago. The ...

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Bakken Briefings


Dumping bothers Divide County Divide County Emergency Manager and Land Use Administrator Jody Gunlock is worried about illegal dumping on rural roadways. “This can happen at any time,” Gunlock said. “These guys are trying to make a quick buck. They open their valves, dump, then go back and get paid for another load.” The reason Gunlock loses sleep over dumping ...

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Fryburg school project remains in limbo

Fryburg school

20 hours ago  •  By Lauren Donovan Three years after the Fryburg school was sold it still stands empty and a zoning application to use it for oil field workers was delayed again this week. The long-empty Billings County school was sold for nearly $500,000 in 2011 to a developer who planned to use the building and surrounding acreage for a man camp. ...

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ND county lowers $2.6M fine against TX oil company


WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The Williams County Commission has reduced by 99 percent a $2.6 million fine levied against a Texas company operating what the county describes as illegal housing in the western North Dakota oil patch. The agreement calls for Houston-based Stallion Oilfield Services to pay just $26,000 and to have employees vacate the units by the end of ...

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Faces of the Boom: After enduring RV, family happy to have a home


By: Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service WILLISTON, N.D. – Paul and Marcia Whitcomb thought they’d be temporary North Dakotans, working in the oilfield to earn money and someday returning to Arkansas. But now the couple and their four children are permanent Williston residents, working oilfield jobs that will be around long after drilling is over and finally living in a house ...

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[Watford City] School struggles to meet needs of “homeless” students

homeless children

By Kate Ruggles Farmer Staff Writer As the face of McKenzie County Public School District No. 1’s student population changes, the district continues to face a unique set of circumstances that, in many ways, challenges its ‘old’ tried and true approach to education. At the beginning of the school year, the McKenzie County Farmer ran a story telling of the ...

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State Officials Thank Company for Housing Fund Donation

money house

By: Nick Smith State leaders recognized an energy company Wednesday for its $1 million contribution to the Housing Incentive Fund which fills out the portion of the fund to be capitalized through tax credits. Members of the North Dakota Industrial Commission recognized Denver-based QEP Resources for its contribution. Earlier this week it was announced that the $20 million in state ...

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Port plan to heat crude oil raises concerns


ALBANY — Do I want the Keystone XL pipeline in my neighborhood? Do you want it in yours? That isn’t an entirely hypothetical question for many of us here in the Capital Region. There’s a proposal afoot to move Keystone-type crude oil on trains headed to the Port of Albany, where it would be transferred and shipped to refineries. The ...

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Contributions outpace cap for ND housing fund

low income

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Officials say contributions have exceeded a $20 million state income tax credit cap to subsidize construction of low-income dwellings in North Dakota, primarily in the state’s booming oil patch. The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency’s low-income housing development program gives individual and business donors a dollar-for-dollar tax credit. Agency Director Jolene Kline says several million dollars ...

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