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Human skeleton with clothing unearthed at Dickinson construction site

The Dickinson Press reports that an excavation crew unearthed a partial human skeleton and clothing on the evening of Thursday, May 21. Dickinson Police Captain Joe Cianni said that local law enforcement agencies are currently investigating the construction site in north Dickinson, North Dakota, where the remains were discovered. On Friday morning, police blocked off a large area surrounding the ...

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Work beginning on $83 million Watford City Event Center

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Work is starting on an $83 million event center in Watford City. Mayor Brent Sanford said Wednesday’s ground-breaking ceremony for the project was “pretty monumental” for the oil patch city. Residents last June voted to increase the city sales tax to fund the center and other projects, including a new hospital. The Bismarck Tribune reports that ...

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Concert tickets on sale for 38th Norsk Hostfest in Minot

MINOT, N.D. — Ticket sales have begun for concerts at this year’s Norsk Hostfest in Minot. Headline entertainers lined up include The Band Perry and The Beach Boys, singers Ronnie Milsap, Martina McBride and Marty Stuart, the Celtic Thunder musical group, comedian Jeff Foxworthy and the ABBA tribute band Abbacadabra, which will perform with the Minot Symphony Orchestra. The annual ...

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Bakken schools keeping eye on low, fluctuating oil prices

BISMARCK, N.D. — Some school administrators in North Dakota’s Bakken oil region are keeping an eye on student enrollment as oil prices fluctuate and some families leave for work elsewhere. Officials at schools in Dickinson, Tioga, Ray, Williston and Parshall are watching some students leave along with the drilling rigs as oil prices stay low. But others, like in Watford ...

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Milwaukee woman charged with human trafficking in oil patch

BISMARCK, N.D. — A Milwaukee woman is charged with felony human trafficking on the North Dakota oil patch. Authorities say Shakira McClinton was arrested in Minot earlier this week after another woman accused McClinton of assaulting her. The woman who made the complaint said she and McClinton were working as prostitutes. A preliminary hearing is scheduled June 11. McClinton faces ...

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Bakken crude refinery begins production

The Dakota Prairie Refinery located in Dickinson, North Dakota, has commenced operations. The facility has started producing diesel fuel and anticipates sales of the refined product to begin in May as the plant ramps up operations. Jointly owned and operated by MDU Resources Group Inc. (NYSE: MDU) and Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP (NASDAQ: CLMT), the refining facility is the ...

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Attempted murder charge dismissed in oil patch stabbing case

WILLISTON, N.D. — An attempted murder charge has been dismissed against a Washington state man accused of stabbing his roommate in Williston. KXMB-TV reports that 25-year-old Joshua Floyd was charged with attempted murder in December of 2014. Officials say he was in a fight with his roommate about money and stabbed him at their Williston hotel room. Floyd pleaded guilty ...

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