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Bakken doctor joins med school recruitment

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January 19, 2014 2:00 am  •  By LLOYD OMDAHL Dr. Gary Ramage of Watford City, a strong advocate of recruiting family practitioners for smaller communities, has underlined his interest in a response to last week’s column on the crisis in medical education. Here are his comments, slightly edited for style. “I read your article ‘A city of 65,000 and no additional doctors.’ ...

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Sanford announces partnership to build facilities, expand health care in Watford City

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WATFORD CITY, N.D. – Sanford Health announced Wednesday it will partner with McKenzie County Healthcare Systems to construct a new hospital and clinic in Watford City and bring specialty physicians to the heart of the Oil Patch. The new collaboration also will expand air ambulance services in McKenzie County, which accounts for a third of the state’s oil drilling activity. ...

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Officials: Oil train didn’t speed before Montana derailment

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A train that derailed and spilled 35,000 gallons of oil in northeastern Montana was traveling within recommended speed limits, federal officials said Monday as they continued to probe the accident’s cause. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train loaded with crude from North Dakota was traveling 44 miles per hour before Thursday’s wreck, U.S. Federal Railroad ...

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Oil Patch drinking water violations prevalent

WILLISTON, N.D. – Crew camps, RV parks and other water systems in oil-producing counties dominate a list released Monday of drinking water violations issued last year, but officials say most issues have been corrected. The North Dakota Department of Health issued 236 major violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act in 2012, primarily for public water systems that failed to ...

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