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Officials push corps to be part of Souris River flood plan

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota officials are pushing the Army Corps of Engineers to make long-term flood protection for the Souris River Valley a priority. Local and state officials fear that any work they do on a proposed $1 billion protection plan might mitigate the flood threat enough that federal officials will decide they don’t need to get involved. That ...

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Minot businesses: New liquor rules change how we operate

MINOT, N.D. — Some business owners in Minot say a change to the city’s liquor ordinance that restricts their hours of operation is changing the way they run their businesses. KXMC-TV reports the city council amended the liquor license ordinance in early June so that businesses with supper club licenses may only sell liquor for one hour after kitchen operations ...

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Williston continuing to grow despite oil industry downturn

WILLISTON, N.D. — A downturn in the oil industry isn’t having much of an effect on construction in the North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston. The Williston Herald reports that the value of private enterprise building permits issued through March is $26.5 million. And there are numerous publicly funded projects under way or in the works. They include a ...

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Heitkamp, McCain focusing on ND’s trafficking challenges

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Longtime anti-human trafficking advocate Cindy McCain and U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp are touring western North Dakota to look at the state’s human trafficking challenges. Cindy McCain is the co-founder of the McCain Institute and wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain. She will join Heitkamp in Watford City on Sunday to hear firsthand ...

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Williston takes jurisdiction over $500 million development

WILLISTON, N.D. — A Swiss company planning a $500 million development on Williston’s outskirts will need permission from the city, whose mayor isn’t happy about the chosen site. The city has exercised its 1-mile extraterritorial jurisdiction, which will include the site that international real estate company Stropiq has chosen for its Williston Crossing project, the Williston Herald reported. That means ...

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State-funded $15M underpass/overpass opened in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. — Officials have completed a project intended to separate local and regional traffic on a section of U.S. Highway 2 in the bustling oil patch hub of Williston. The $15 million project paid for with state money provides an overpass for regional traffic and an underpass for local traffic. It was opened to vehicles on Thursday. The 18th ...

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Williston water treatment plant has been expanded

WILLISTON, N.D. — An expansion project at Williston’s water treatment plant is complete, enabling a regional water system to expand the number of people it can serve. The plant is treating Missouri River water for the Western Area Water Supply Project, which hopes to serve 160,000 people by 2038 in the region that includes North Dakota’s bustling oil patch. Williston’s ...

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