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Group to suggest easing day care permit requirement in Minot

MINOT, N.D. — A committee will recommend that the city of Minot eliminate a costly permit requirement following child care providers’ complaints. The city passed a zoning ordinance change in 2013 to require home day cares with more than 14 children to obtain conditional use permits. The permits cost $250, and applicants also must post a $1,250 fee to cover ...

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MDU Resources Group delays plan for diesel refinery in Minot

BISMARCK, N.D. — Developers of a recently completed diesel refinery near Dickinson say they’re delaying plans for a second factory in the Minot area due to market conditions. Bismarck-based MDU Resources Group and Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners built the $430 million Dakota Prairie Refinery near Dickinson. It began selling fuel in May but has lost money in its first ...

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October airline boardings down nearly 10 percent from 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. — Boardings at North Dakota’s eight commercial service airports in October dropped nearly 10 percent from the previous year, with the airport in Dickinson seeing the sharpest decrease. The state Aeronautics Commission reports the airports saw almost 99,300 boardings last month compared to more than 110,100 boardings in October 2014. The airport in Dickinson experienced a drop of ...

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Sanford Health says it’s open to discussions with Trinity

MINOT, N.D. — Sanford Health says it would welcome discussions with Minot-based Trinity Health in the wake of Trinity’s failure to cement a partnership with another health system. Sanford didn’t offer specifics, and Trinity is remaining mum on whether it has any interest. Trinity, which operates the only hospital in North Dakota’s fourth-largest city, announced Thursday that negotiations for a ...

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Affordable housing lacking in Minot after 2011 flooding

MINOT, N.D. — New housing built since the 2011 Souris River flood in Minot has not kept up with the demand for affordable housing. The Minot Daily News reports that the flood four years ago damaged some of the city’s more affordable neighborhoods. Minot Housing Authority Executive Director Tom Alexander says new housing built since then for low- to moderate-income ...

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Design work underway for new hospital in Minot

MINOT, N.D. — Architects are designing a new 208-bed hospital in Minot, which will encompass half a million square feet on 72 acres of land in the south part of the city. Trinity Health, which operates the only hospital in, the state’s fourth-largest city, announced in June that it’s becoming part of Montana-based Billings Clinic RegionalCare — a partnership that ...

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Williston moves closer to banning crew camps in city limits

WILLISTON, N.D. — City commissioners in Williston have given initial approval to an ordinance that would eliminate oil field crew camps within city limits next year, even though oil companies saying there remains a need for temporary worker housing despite the oil slowdown. Commissioners on Tuesday voted 3-2 to set a July 1 deadline for crew camps to close, The ...

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