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Filter sock probe continues; state to meet with company


By Lauren Donovan The North Dakota Health Department plans to meet this week with the company responsible for piling potentially radioactive filter socks and oil debris on open trailers at a rural location near Watford City. RP Services, headquartered in Riverton, Wyo., remains under investigation for improper storage, handling and transportation of the filter socks, and in the meantime, the department’s ...

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Basin fires up more gas-based service in the oil patch

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By Lauren Donovan A new gas-fired power plant went into service northwest of Williston Saturday, helping add much-needed electricity into the oil patch region. Basin Electric Power Cooperative put Unit 3 of the Pioneer Generation Station into service, adding another 45 megawatts of generation. Pioneer Generation Units 1 and 2, with the same electrical rating, went on line earlier. The cooperative ...

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Commission OKs steps to curb flaring

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By Nick Smith The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved a series of recommendations Monday to adopt portions of a task force’s plans to help reduce the flaring of natural gas. North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources director Lynn Helms provided the three-member commission with six recommendations that were approved unanimously. Helms’ recommendations come in response to the work of a task ...

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Spending in N.D. national parks tops $39 million


A recent report issued by the National Park Service showed 669,242 people visited national parks in North Dakota in 2012, spending $39.2 million supporting 528 jobs. According to the report, for every $1 invested in the national park system there was a $10 return. The national parks in North Dakota are: Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Williston; Knife ...

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Oil Patch influence seen in Jamestown Crime statistics


By Chris Olson Overall crime statistics for the city of Jamestown are down compared to last year, but Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger said he is seeing some upward trends related to the population increases out west. The Jamestown Police Department released its annual report for 2013. The department responded to 16,661 calls for service in 2013, which is down 3 ...

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Forum Editorial: ‘Extraordinary places’ initiative is sensible


By The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead  The fictions and distortions by opponents of North Dakota’s “extraordinary places” initiative are just short of out-and-out lies. The rants are not even clever. They are ham-handed misrepresentations that have no relation to the truth of a sensible proposal that was developed by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. The response to his meticulous work has been outrageous. ...

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BLM: taking the heat while making history: Drilling permits take up a lot of time for undersized Dickinson office


By Katherine Lymn A small staff at Dickinson’s Bureau of Land Management office handles applications for permit to drill (APDs) from big-time operators interested in federal lands in the Bakken. That means a big role in the boom and the history it’s making — not to mention a lot of heat, both from operators to get permits approved quickly and from ...

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Monke: There’s no place like Watford City

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By Dustin Monke Nothing in America compares to what’s happening right now in Watford City. It’s as simple as that. As Williston gets the headlines and Dickinson sees the benefits of the Bakken oil boom while not having to deal with the truly dirty side of it, Watford City is stuck right in the middle of it all — “the epicenter” ...

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Weekend cold breaks records across the Dakotas


       BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ The latest cold snap of the winter shattered records around the Dakotas over the weekend, but a warm-up appears to be in store. In North Dakota, Grand Forks, Fargo, Jamestown, Minot, Dickinson and Bismarck all set records Saturday or Sunday for record low high temperatures for the date. National Weather Service reports show that ...

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