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Williston jobs still plentiful, becoming more specialized

Although activity in North Dakota’s Bakken oil patch has slowed dramatically from the frantic activity just a year ago, hiring is still going strong, but it’s becoming more specialized. As reported by The Bakken Magazine, the area surrounding Williston, North Dakota, a community in the oil patch core, is still dealing with a shortage of workers ranging from truck drivers ...

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Meetings scheduled to discuss pipeline reclamation program

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is holding two town hall meetings to discuss its pipeline restoration and reclamation program. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the meetings are meant to help farmers, ranchers, landowners and others resolve land surface issues and answer other questions about the program. Goehring says a new brochure will be made available to ...

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Williston-area homelessness still high, despite decline

WILLISTON, N.D. — The homeless population in the Williston region is dwindling, though the number of people living without adequate shelter is still troubling, a state advocacy group says. The North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People estimates 370 homeless in the oil patch counties of Williams, McKenzie and Divide, down from the peak of 624 in 2013. Unlike other areas ...

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ND sheriff accused of misusing department credit card

WILLISTON, N.D. — The McKenzie County sheriff is facing a criminal charge after authorities accused him of misusing his department’s credit card. The Williston Herald reports that Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger is accused in an affidavit of racking up about $980 in personal charges. They include airfare for his wife to attend a law enforcement conference in Las Vegas, an upgrade ...

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Minot sees big increase in thefts from motor vehicles

MINOT, N.D. — Minot police are linking an increase in thefts from vehicles this year to a rise in illegal drug activity. There were 282 thefts from motor vehicles reported in the city through October — an 84 percent increase from the same time period last year. Police Chief Jason Olson says there’s a connection between the thefts and increased ...

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State monitoring of Ward County Jail to continue into June

MINOT, N.D. — State-ordered oversight of the Ward County Jail will continue into next summer as the facility works to meet federal standards. A state investigation into the death of a jail inmate late last year found the jail’s care “grossly inadequate” and led to an order for the jail to change its operations or face closure. The investigation found ...

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Oil still drives development in Watford City

Even with the price of oil hovering around its 52-week lows, development in the Watford City, ND micropolitan area continues unabated. The vast majority of oil and gas produced in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale play is concentrated in four counties: Dunn, Mountrail, Williams and McKenzie counties. Seeking to maximize operational efficiency, the industry’s regional offices are tending to aggregate in, ...

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