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Gasoline prices take another big jump in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gasoline prices continue to rise in North Dakota by more than a dime a week. GasBuddy.com reports the average retail price of a gallon of gas rose about 11 cents per gallon in the last week, after rising nearly 11 cents per gallon the previous week and more than 12 cents the week before that. The average ...

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Sinner says Republican wave too much to overcome

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for North Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat said his loss to Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer by 30,000 votes shows that the outcome was “meant to be.” George Sinner says he believed the race would be closer, but his campaign was outspent as the election drew near and Cramer rode the Republican wave to ...

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Polls opening across ND for midterm election

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Polls are opening across North Dakota for the midterm election. Polling sites are open in most counties from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time Tuesday. Lines had formed by opening time in Fargo, the state’s largest city. The National Weather Service forecast indicates favorable conditions, with highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s. Voters will ...

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Western N.D. legal cases spilling into Grand Forks

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By Steve Lee  Rising crime in western North Dakota is spilling into the federal courthouse in Grand Forks, adding to the workload of the U.S. magistrate judge here, according to court officials. Since September, for example, Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal has handled all the immigration proceedings from the west at the Grand Forks courthouse. Judge Ralph Erickson, chief judge of the ...

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Opportunity Funds gets more money

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By: Bismark Tribune MANDAN, N.D.  –The North Dakota Opportunity Fund secured $3.3 million in more funding for small businesses in the 38-community consortium. It is the third disbursement from the U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative. The group of cities is receiving more funds after making business loan commitments totaling $7.5 million. In October, when the consortium exceeded ...

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As Oil Floods Plains Towns, Crime Pours In

Crime in the Bakken

Matthew Staver for The New York Times Sgt. Daniel Blood making an arrest last month in Watford City, N.D. Since 2005, arrests there have risen more than fivefold. SIDNEY, Mont. — One cold morning last year, a math teacher jogging through her hometown in eastern Montana was abducted, strangled and buried in a shallow grave. Charged in her death were ...

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NDSCS opens a diesel tech training center and program

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Multiple speakers stood in the shadow of different pieces of equipment that will be worked on by students at the North Dakota State College of Science Diesel Technology Program during a opening ceremony to Bisek Hall in Wahpeton Friday. The ceremony, led by NDSCS President John Richman, opened the event by commemorating the opening of the new addition to Bisek ...

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Federal drug czar touring ND, Montana Oil Patch

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FARGO — Of all the warning bells sounded by law enforcement officials in North Dakota and Montana about crime associated with the Bakken Oil Patch’s rapid population growth, the one that seems to ring true involves drug trafficking. Michael Cotter, U.S. attorney from Montana, cites an April 2012 meeting he sponsored that was attended by about 150 law enforcement officials, ...

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ND oil spurs $4.1-B outlay for railroad

JIM GEHRZ / MCT ARCHIVES Enlarge Image   Excess gas is burned off at well sites east of Williston, N.D. BNSF is crucial in the Bakken oil boom. MINOT, N.D. — To bolster its ability to haul freight, including crude oil, Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF Railway Co. plans to spend $4.1 billion on capital improvements in 2013, a single-year record ...

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