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US 85 bridge near Williston being closed for maintenance

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Lewis and Clark Bridge on U.S. Highway 85 south of Williston is closing for much of the day for maintenance work. The highway is the major north-south artery in the western North Dakota oil patch. Motorists will need to take alternate routes between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday. The state Transportation Department says alternative routes ...

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Road construction season deemed a success in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — State and oil patch officials say this year’s road construction season has been successful so far, thanks to favorable weather. As of Oct. 15, 66 percent of more than $596 million in projects bid out this year have been completed. That compares with 53 percent of projects completed at the same time last year and 61 percent ...

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Zoo in Minot debuts aviary that can house over 21 species

MINOT, N.D. — The zoo in Minot is debuting a new aviary that can house more than 21 species of birds. Minot Park District executive director Ron Merritt tells the Minot Daily News that the aviary will provide an opportunity for additional year-round recreation for the community. The historic Souris River flooding in 2011 shut down Minot’s Roosevelt Park Zoo ...

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Williston delays permanent ban on metal buildings downtown

WILLISTON, N.D. — City leaders in Williston have put on hold a proposal to permanently ban metal buildings downtown. City commissioners this week tabled a final decision on the proposal so officials could meet with developers to hear their concerns, the Williston Herald reported. “I understand the purpose of this, but being as builders have concerns, it should be discussed ...

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Minot development taking shape on former flood housing site

MINOT, N.D. — Officials are developing a small community in an area once used for temporary housing for Minot residents displaced by Souris River flooding in 2011. The Minot Daily News reports that townhomes, a school and a fire station are under construction in the 530-acre 55th Crossing area. It also will be home to a gymnastics facility. Lt. Gov. ...

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Women lash out at suspect during sex trafficking trial

BISMARCK, N.D. — Women testifying in the trial of a man accused of sex trafficking in the Williston area allege Keith Graves used a handgun, bat and fists to keep them in line. They also testified Wednesday that he raped them and forced them into prostitution. One woman said she was forced at gunpoint to inject another woman with methamphetamine. ...

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Official questions need for replacement Williston airport

WILLISTON, N.D. — A Williams County commissioner has raised concerns about the need to relocate Williston’s airport in letters to state and federal lawmakers. Martin Hanson says he believes the city should keep the airport where it is and upgrade the facility, reducing costs by at least $100 million and preserving farmland. City officials have received approval and initial funding ...

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