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Will Highway 85 see more improvements, another expansion?

One of the highways serving as a main artery for traffic through North Dakota’s oil patch might soon expand to four lanes, along with a possible bridge replacement, reports The Bismarck Tribune. The North Dakota Department of Transportation said it plans to complete improvements on the southern stretch of Highway 85 from Watford City to Interstate 94, a 62-mile stretch ...

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Williston shelter program for men won’t operate this winter

WILLISTON, N.D. — A program in Williston that for the past two winters helped temporarily homeless men with shelter won’t operate this winter. The organizers of Project Heat tell the Williston Herald the oil industry slowdown combined with falling rents and more available housing in the oil patch hub have reduced the need for the service. Project Heat was aimed ...

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Oklahoma native on the job as new Minot Daily News editor

MINOT, N.D. — The Minot Daily News has a new editor. Forty-six-year-old Michael Sasser is an Oklahoma native who has traveled extensively during his journalism career and written several travel books. The Daily News reports that Sasser most recently was doing contract work for a variety of publications from Florida, including serving as editor of the Sun Post in Miami ...

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Poaching cases probed in Williston, Watford City areas

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is seeking the public’s help in cracking several wildlife poaching cases over the past couple of months in the western oil patch. Officials say half a dozen incidents have occurred in the Williston and Watford City areas. They involve the illegal killing of eight deer and two pronghorn. Authorities don’t ...

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Federal jury convicts Williston sex trafficking suspect

BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal jury in Bismarck has convicted a man accused of sex trafficking in the Williston area. Keith Graves, 39, showed little emotion on Friday after he was convicted on five counts of sex trafficking by force or coercion, and distribution of and possession of methamphetamine, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Each sex-trafficking offense carries a mandatory minimum ...

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Watford City’s Stenehjem Commons Site Now Shovel-Ready for Development

Following the precipitous drop in the price of oil, much of the industry’s operations in North Dakota are aggregating in the Watford City area, site of most productive wells. There, investment continues unabated and huge developments like Stenehjem Commons are moving full speed ahead. Watford City, ND, November 2, 2015 — The Watford City, ND multi-use development, Stenehjem Commons, is ...

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SM Energy opens new office in Williston

Independent oil and gas exploration and production company SM Energy (NYSE: SM) has announced that its new Williston, North Dakota, office is now open for business. The Denver-based company celebrated the opening of its new office with a grand opening event on Thursday, October 29. SM Energy executives, state officials and guests gathered at the new site to praise both ...

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Williston celebrates completion of Main Street project

WILLISTON, N.D. — State and local officials in Williston are celebrating the completion of a $10.6 million reconstruction of the city’s downtown Main Street. The Williston Main Street Reconstruction project includes replacement of storm drains, sewer, water, sidewalks, landscaping and signal lights from Front Street to 6th Street. Williston Mayor Howard Klug, Williston Area Chamber of Commerce President Scott Meske, ...

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